Kona Grill - Tampa

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1684 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome to Kona Grill Tampa, located at MetWest International in the heart of Tampa’s Westshore Business District, across from International Plaza. Visitors and locals can enjoy a local paradise. Fresh, wild caught fish is used to craft the award-winning sushi, while contemporary American entrees are prepared from scratch in-house. Enjoy one of the best happy hours in Tampa on the beautiful, shaded patio. And don’t leave until you’ve tried one of the handcrafted cocktails, ice cold draft beer, or a glass of wine selected from the extensive drink menu. The restaurant’s diverse menu and contemporary ambience provide the perfect venue for special occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, birthday celebrations, business meetings, date night, or just any occasion really.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 8:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

DJ blasting music, people dancing on tables, server was miserable, never checked on us and filet was super tough.

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Angelina
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

This was a terrible experience! Where did the classy Hawaiian restaurant go?
This wasn't it!
We arrived early for our booked reservation and therefore didn't mind waiting to be seated. But then, we had to wait over an hour to get the starter/appetizer. The server brought one side dish and one main menu item before the starters but never brought any silverware.
Then when the appetizer finally arrived it was served on dirty plates and really inedible. All the while the music was way too loud you literally had to yell at each other to be heard.
The restroom was out of toilet paper and the disposal cans were overflowing onto a dirty floor.
We cannot recommend this place if you are looking for a classy restaurant like the Hawaiian restaurant USED TO BE do not go to the Kona Grill!
All in all a very disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience ever!!! Took more than 2 hrs to get 2 main plates, entrees never arrived as we left after being sitting for 2.5 hrs with kids already asleep. Tks they went to sleep otherwise they would have been very disappointed with this photo burguer 😳

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Made reservations for a Thanksgiving weeks in advance. Restaurant capacity was limited then as evidenced by available times. Arrived at Kona grill for 7:15 reservation. Kona grill never capped capacity and was taking reservation well into thanksgiving day with no regard their patrons. Our Thanksgiving was terrible there. Did not get seated until an hour after our reservation. Ordered appetizers which took well over another hour. Waitress took order and had to change main dish order three times. Ran out of Turkey. Waitress came back. Ordered salmon, they ran out. Waitress came back. Party of 8 people. Almost $500 dollar bill. Main dishes arrived sporadically over 30 minute period. Finished dinner after 10pm. I know it was holiday but corporate greed not closing reservations ruined many patrons holiday yesterday. Way to go Kona Grill!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I reserved for 2 at 6 o clocked waited 20 minutes to get seated the food got to us an hour and 10 minutes after we sat down the food was warm-cold and the Mac and cheese was cold. The server only arrived every 30 minutes to say the food is almost done wouldn’t come back

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vipcristina
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiance was great -Good music. Drinks were good . Meatballs were very salty and the mac n cheese needed salt but otherwise good . The sushi was very tasty as always.

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HeatherK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

took an hour after seating to even get food. first was wrong, did not receive replacement till after my daughter received her meal. Our food was 20 minutes after hers. Actually received my bar drink before the others received just water. Was our first and last visit there. Noise inside was way too loud - music blasting. for over 100$ it was a complete waste. Our server questioned everything we ordered as if he didn't know the menu and he was very hard to understand.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The tomato soup was fantastic.
I had the Turkey dinner, stuffing was like boogers on your plate. Turkey, mash potatoes, green beans and the gravy was delicious.
My daughters sliders where a joke.
We had to send my husband stake back (which was removed from our bill),
and they forgot my son’s french fries, and when they did bring them, they were hardly cooked.
Martini was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Logan was a phenomenal server.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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AngeliqueA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't have to wait to be seated at all, nice atmosphere

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JohnT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was very loud, we enjoyed the outside patio.
Food was excellent.

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vipJoanneR
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Server was good but a bit overwhelmed. It was 1:30 pm on Thanksgiving and there was a DJ BLASTING music in the restaurant so we had to sit outside so we can actually talk to each other. Food was pretty good but the chicken was tough. Get the carrot cake, it was awesome.

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PamelaO
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for son in law, nice Sunday evening dinner. The restaurant was not even 50% full so it was quiet and efficient.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was really good!

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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Bucksfoodie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome. Service is great.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on November 21, 2021

Thank you for the five star review, we hope to see you again soon

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vipLocalLuncher
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was disappointed that former favorite dishes (jambalaya, Cuban sandwich) are no longer on the menu. The waiter did not clear our plates when he brought the check or when collecting payment, though I think it was obvious that we had finished eating. The service was otherwise ok and the food was good.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

We apologize for your last visit with us! We here at Kona Grill pride ourselves on our amazing food and service! We always are trying new and interesting items for our menu. We can certainly try to bring those items back, that'll be something we can discuss with our corporate office. Thanks again we hope to see you again soon!

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CPas
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great restaurant for a nice date night, out with friends, or family. Fair value, and the food is good.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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LemerlD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the Kona Stir Fry with Chicken and Shrimp. It was the best stir fry I have had in a longtime. I will definitely be coming back to Kona!

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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AshleyT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really Enjoyed The Sushi & Cocktails
Was seated quickly with a great view of the restaurant.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow. Some items on the menu need better descriptions. The Pad Thai was more of a tomato based sauce and not peanut based. Drinks were mediocre at best.

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vipStevenC
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and service to match. A little noisy, but a booth might be better.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

service was good but the food was just ok!!
We ordered the pad Thai noodles and they were awful! too much sauce and no taste!

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We always pride ourselves on our guest feedback! We hope to see you again very soon!

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vipDanT
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Our waiter Byron was excellent

Kitchen staff not so good. We ordered tomato soup, a sushi roll, and fish sliders. All the food came out except the soup. We nearly finished our entire meal and still no soup. So we canceled it. How can soup not be first?

Food we received was good

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RonC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Waitress was extremely slow and disorganized, no silverware and took forever to come and check on us for everything

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience5

We had a party of 10 and ordered a variety of things. The food was bland for the most part. Our food took forever to come out. I'm not sure why as there weren't many people dining at that time. My wife's plate was missing shrimp. The macaroni just tasted like a plate of noodles. My steak had no flavor although the sides were great.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. Here At Kona Grill, We have the highest standards not only in service, but food as well. We sincerely apologize that we dropped the ball on that front. We hope that your next visit with us, We can exceed your expectations with our amazing food. If youd like to discuss, anything further please feel free to reach out to one of the management team directly at tampa@konagrill

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KerimI
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Every was great, but the service was slow, not attentive.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on November 7, 2021

Keriml, First off, thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review! We sincerely apologize for the speed of service you received on your last visit with us. We take pride in every aspect of our day to day operations. So thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we hope your next visit will be better than your last!

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vipSarahB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came in from a long flight for some late dinner. Our server Michelle was very kind and we were served quickly. Food was good. My only critique was that the miso soup was unbearably salty. Tasted like drinking water out of the ocean. The seabass was tasty though.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on November 7, 2021

SarahB, Thank you So much for taking the time to write us, and michelle a review! We hope we can get more seabass in your belly sooner rather than later! We will leave the salt at home.

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vipShan
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at Kona Grill. Delicious food and cocktails. Really great service!

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on November 7, 2021

Shan, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We hope to see you again very soon!

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DXJ2020
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good service, bar was bare with hardly any selection, food came out cold. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I picked up to celebrate my birthday and the service has very badd. The place and music good but the service very bad, he didn’t check our drinks and when we ordered he said it will take forever. The worst service experience for my first time. He didn’t check our table at all. Also I didn’t like that the service brought our check when we didn’t ask. I felt that he was pushing us to leave. For nice place with bad service my experience was horrible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Celebration of life

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MikeN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We reserved an early table before the Stones concert . Very few ppl there when we came in. Over an hour wait for our food. We finally said bring it or we are outta here. Manager said she would check but was still sometime before everything came. I got my food and finished before the rest of the party. Won’t be going back.

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vipTony
Baltimore
268 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kona Grill was a pick by a colleague & glad that he did
The food was good we had the potstickers & the Chilli salmon
Both were very good. Would go back again

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Excellent
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp tacos were the best I've had in a long time! Ribeye meatballs were excellent as well!

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Megz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Food was tasty but took forever. Server was good overall but had to track her down after sitting for 25 minutes. Maybe this was not a regular occurrence for here but most likely wouldn't return.

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AkaCarioca
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience.
Noticed that the prices went up a bit.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on October 24, 2021

Thank you for the five star review! Things have changed a bit as we strive for excellence, but we hope that doesn't stray you away, we look forward to seeing you again for another great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour is great as well as the food! Matt the server went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our experience.

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RichardT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an awesome host and waitress that found me a comfortable spot to peacefully eat while reading a book.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on October 22, 2021

Richard, Thank you so much for the five star review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time here with us, hope to see you again soon!

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Nurse
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This was my small birthday with my family, it was suppose to be enjoyable and quaint, however, the waiter Bernie, from the start, had already given us an uncaring, distasteful and unlikable vibe. Stressing how long he has been working for the restaurant, and had no personality already set off the small event to wonder if we should stay or go to the better restaurant Texas de Brazil. Well decided to just stay and what we thought of Kona grill wasn't what we thought at all! I would not recommend the food, all their signature roles tasted old, Korean bbq was disgusting as ribs are suppose to slide right off the bone and not be a plate of chewing gum. The taste was awful as we all spit out the ribs! The lettuce wraps had holes in the lettuce they drowned the chicken/shrimp serving with sauce! No hats off to the chef! This was the worst, overpriced meal! Bernie didn't even offer a dessert for the birthday person. He recommended what dessert not to get and didn't even ask everyone in the table what would they like. Also said he would get a fresh pot of coffee, never did! Horrible! Yet we still tipped him! Sorry dude, if you hate your job, I know times are tough but be happy you got a job! On our end it's hard to get 2 nurses, military vet and the 20 year olds on the same event schedule okay! Don't ruin the guests parade when you are WORKING IN HOSPITALITY!!!! I work as a nurse, day in and day out taking care of sick people and deserve a good meal once in awhile. I've already told a few doctor friends of mine not to go here, as I would also never return. Husband, my sister and daughters all had horrible meals and felt disgusted with their meals. Only deserves 1 star for the decent location and parking.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on October 20, 2021

Nurse, We thank you for taking the time to write us a review about your experience here at KG Tampa. We thrive on hearing from our guests on how we can improve. Your experience is inexcusable.. We also would love to have you come back so that we can make things right please reach out to a member of our management team so that we could hopefully set up a time for you to come back in, and enjoy a meal on us. The email is tampa@konagrill, We hope to hear from you soon.

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Rachel
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Matthew our server was great. He was very tentative and was always available. The food was subpar. We order steak and sushi. The noise level was so loud it was hard for my husband and I to hold a conversation without yelling. It kind ruined our anniversary dinner.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on October 20, 2021

Rachel, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! Here at Kona Grill Tampa Bay, We have a set of standards not only for our service but our food as well. Clearly we dropped the ball on the food aspect. We sincerely apologize for this mishap, If you wouldn't mind please reach out to one of our management team so that We can have you come back in, and we can make up for your anniversary. Tampa@konagrill

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FAQs

Kona Grill - Tampa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 877-5938.

Kona Grill - Tampa is rated 4 stars by 1684 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.