Kona Grill - Tampa

4.1
1543 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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

What 1543 people are saying
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alyinth
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service5ambience1

They had no food left and we had to sit outside and sweat. Service was amazing but that rest wasn’t very good

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CameronP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

A complete disaster on Father’s Day. Sat 30 minutes late in the corner of the patio with a reservation, had to ask three times to be sat inside - fine, whatever. Upon sitting down our very nice server told us that we should get food orders in quickly because the kitchen is so slow. No exaggeration… The waitress then told us that the kitchen is out of New York strip, salmon, shrimp, calamari, sea bass, potstickers, and the French dip…… at 7:30. On Father’s Day. My dad then asked the waitress how the 5-spice Korean ribs are (one of the only things left on the menu) - and she said they weren’t very good 😅☠️. Great. We ordered from the 30% of the menu that they still had available, and waited literally an hour and a half for food why the restaurant cleared out. When our food arrived the server didn’t bring my mom’s pad thai, and told us that she forgot to ring it in 😂. Oh, and everything that was supposed to be served with mashed potatoes was replaced with rice, presumably because they ran out of mashed potatoes of course, and we were not told until the food was on the table. I don’t know if they were understaffed - but how do you run out of half of your menu by 7 o’clock on Father’s Day… especially when you aren’t even sitting the whole restaurant? I’ve worked in a lot of restaurants, and this place doesn’t need me to leave this review for them to be about a year or so away from having a vacancy sign out front.

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vipLJ3318
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I’ll say that it was Father’s Day, and the restaurant was busy (but not crazily so) and probably understaffed. HOWEVER, we had a 7 PM reservation and did not get seated until almost 7:30 PM. Okay, not ideal but I wouldn’t normally complain about that. I WOULD complain about the fact that NO ONE ever came to our table. Not to give us waters or take a drink order or acknowledge us in any way for FORTY-FIVE more minutes. Even when we asked twice about our server and two different hosts said they’d alerted the person to come to our table. A group next to us said it took them two hours total to get their food. We left after we’d been there for an hour and fifteen minutes. There were a decent number of empty tables and not many folks waiting so it didn’t feel catastrophically overbooked. Just poorly managed perhaps. Anyway, it was a bummer because it was my first time there and I was looking forward to it.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

First of all we thank you for taking the time to review Kona Tampa. We sincerely apologize for the experience you received. you obviously caught us on a bad day. Please feel free to reach out to us at tampa@konagrill. we would like to make this right, especially with it being your first experience with us. We know we can do better and we would like to show you the best service possible on your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for 7pm arrived early and was told had to wait an additional 20-30 minutes after my reservation by the young dark skin guy. I asked why have reservations and was told by him that it’s just to get you a table doesn’t guarantee time. Which is completely absurd. Then after waiting 40 minutes was sat down and was then informed by our waitress they they had run out of a lot of the dishes and appetizers and that it was over an hour wait for food. So we got up and left luckily for us miller’s ale house is right down the street and wasn’t packed and they had plenty of food. For a restaurant like Kona that is far from cheap to run out of food and to have staff that apparently doesn’t know the meaning of a reservation is absurd.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

First of all, thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize for the service you received. We would like to make this right for you. If you could please contact us at tampa.konagrill we would like to know how to make this right for you!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Didn’t even care about the long food wait time. Service was awful we felt very unimportant. Came in and wasn’t helped until 45 minutes after our reservation time. I ordered the prime rib and was given the steak instead I was so over it . I understand it’s Father’s Day and a busy day but Our server wasn’t attentive at all and made our first experience at this restaurant be our last unwelcoming experience...had another server more worried about us (wish she was our server instead).

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

First of all, thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize for the service you received. We would like to make this right for you. If you could please contact us at tampa.konagrill we would like to know how to make this right for you!

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OdairS
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We waited over 1 hour and half close to 2 hours for the food. This place is also wayyy over priced. Dont think we will be coming back.

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MariaV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had a reservation for 11 people. We called to reconfirm and we were reassured that it was ready. When we got there there was no table/space available and the only option was to sit outside at a 88 F weather! Worst than the heat was the awful service as it took them over 90 minutes to get the kids food out even though we ordered it as soon as we sat down. The adults meals were served within 120 minutes of our arrival! We saw 2-3 patrons sit, eat, pay and go!

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KristtaL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The kitchen lost our ticket and it took over 1 1/2 hours for us to get our food. And when it came out it was rushed and items missing. This was Father’s Day and it was poor experience.

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Emily
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I took my family to Kona for Father’s Day yesterday. I had reservation. We waited 15-20 minutes for our first round of bottomless mimosas. We ordered a starter, which took an hour until it was brought to the table and the food was brought out about 15-20 minutes after. I should mention that it was not very busy. We would have been okay if we hadn’t have made a reservation. Our waitress was MIA most of the time during this experience. The food was good, but no one was impressed, especially with the timeliness of the kitchen/service. I am really disappointed as I was hoping for the best experience for my father in laws Father’s Day brunch.

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vipJimbox
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Took 30 minutes to get the table and then sat out in the heat. Food took 2 hours

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

First of all, thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize for the service you received. We would like to make this right for you. If you could please contact us at tampa.konagrill we would like to know how to make this right for you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our server was great but the meal was not. Took over 2 hours to recieve our order. Drinks took 20 - 25 minutes to be delivered. Not likely that we'll return.

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NancyN
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Unfortunately, Service was terrible. It wasn’t the servers fault. Not many people working and he was doing the best he could.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

First of all, thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize for the service you received. We would like to make this right for you. If you could please contact us at tampa.konagrill we would like to know how to make this right for you!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Totally understand they were busy, but a dinner for 3 people taking almost 3 hours is excessive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant. It's a very nice place. Our server was attentive in the beginning but shortly waned throughout the meal(probably bc many of us didn't order drinks) The apps and drinks were tasty but the entrees were not as much (especially considering the price) I didn't like the ribs I got or the calamari.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

First of all, thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize for the service you received. We would like to make this right for you. If you could please contact us at tampa.konagrill we would like to know how to make this right for you!

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vipScottR
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great with a combination effort from Jordan and Liz. They really helped make the overall experience a great evening out.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review! please come back again very soon so we can wow you with our service once again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Didn’t provide the 1000 bonus points

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you soo much for taking the time to write a review! please come back again very soon so we can up that review to 5 stars!

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RonJ
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food is overpriced to start and then they served us spoiled steak! Manager did take care of the steak but still will not return

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JanetS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and the service was fast.

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VickyW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was okay. Service inattentive and several server errors made evening less enjoyable (brought drink and appetizer that were not the ones ordered, forgot to put in additional take-out order for family member who stayed home, so we had to wait to have the bill recalculated and then wait for the take-out meal after our meal concluded, and had to be asked more than once to bring items to table (water refills, salt, etc.). These were minor things, however there were several of them that happened, and combined with fact that our server was mostly absent and difficult to flag down when he was around, and the fact that he had to be asked multiple times and took a long time to address issues made the experience frustrating.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We were told upfront that the kitchen was running behind by 40 minutes, turned out it was more like 70 minutes. Once it came out , the food was delicious. Our server is on his way to becoming a hood server and gets credit for his positive attitude Ane energy. The DJ was a bit loud, but maybe I’m getting old. Due to the music volume, people have to raise their voice to be heard across the table which leads to a noisy atmosphere. Overall 3 stars, fix the kitchen issue and it easily jumps to 4.5.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very loud dining room with music being blasted. Service was lacking and inattentive. We were there for 45 minutes before our appetizer came out and about an hour and 20 minutes before the entrees. This wasn’t due to a delay in getting our order placed, the kitchen was very slow. When the entrees arrived, the sushi was warm and the stir fry was way too spicy. The bill was nearly $100 for two people and it was certainly not anywhere near worth it.

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vipBobO
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but took way too long to get it. We were told that kitchen was backed up.

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JACO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a very good experience, appetizer was a little expensive but it was really good!
The music volume could be a little lower .
Attention and food was excellent!, we will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Went for low key date night out. The appetizer we tried to order wasn't available. I ordered a poke bowl, my husband had a burger. I felt like I could get a much better poke bowl elsewhere for cheaper... Didn't have enough variety of taste and textures for me. We both had 2 drinks each. Bill was about $80. We felt like it was expensive for what it was. Place was too noisy. We won't be back.

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vipBfoodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Sea bass melted in your mouth. Service was top notch. Fun evening. Might add that we ended with the butter cake. I highly recommend that as the end of a perfect dinner

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vipBeachboy
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Birthday dinner for dear friend. Her filet was done perfectly BUT NOT EDIBLE, very tough. She did not eat it.
Our salads came out with entree????.

Salmon good, chicken average. Potatoes cold!!!
Manhattan came its as just makers mark, sent back then arrived in proper glass shaken but must have been out of sweet vermouth and cherries.
Probably won’t be back.

Was a favorite pre COVID

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on June 12, 2021

Thank you for the honest feed back regarding your previous visit. I apologize that it was not up to your standards as it is ours to provide every guest with the most exceptional experience. Being that we dropped the ball, I would love to invite you back for the much deserved PROPER Kona Grill experience. We truly take passion behind our brand and our product and unfortunately sometimes mistakes do happen, but we put as much passion into fixing said mistakes.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just want to try something new that why try out. But I’m very please with the whole experience and will be back

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you so much for the great feedback and five star review, we hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

To start the evening management refused to show me to the table where my date had been seated. Service was prompt but borderline rude. Avocado egg roll was delicious but remainder of entrees were either lacking in flavor or too spicy. Dinner was complete and sides never showed up so management bought a dessert.

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ConnyH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, really nice server. A little pricey but worth it as hubby didn’t complain about his steak once.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on June 6, 2021

This is wonderful to hear! Thank you Conny for the great review! We're glad to hear hubby enjoyed his steak!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Food came out extremely cold. Server stopped being attentive the moment there was a problem. Manager was wonderful, but the disconnect between the kitchen and how the server should handle issues was a grave concern.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on June 2, 2021

Truly apologize, we dropped the ball. Hopefully you will give a chance to make it up as we do strive for a five star dinning experience. see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

It was a 1030p reservation. Good tasted old; waitress came by twice…in 1.5 hours. No bueno.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on May 30, 2021

We do apologize as we strive for a five star dinning experience. Hopefully you will let us make it up by returning for a better experience. Hope to see you soon!!

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vipAvi24
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great prices. Fun and energetic ambiance.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on May 30, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the five star rating, hope to see you again soon!

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KateP
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was good, food was good, noise level not too bad although it gets louder in the evening.

Kona Grill - Tampa
Responded on May 30, 2021

Thank you for the five star rating, hope to see you again soon!!

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Jani
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great, the service was a bit on the slow side and the server seemed like he was new.

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DanielG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Music is loud hard to have a conversation while dining. Good was good but pricey for what you get.

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vipShervinH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was great and only made far better by the exceptional service by Bernie.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at this establishment referral he enjoyed it and I’ll server was one of the best this year

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RoGood
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating at Kona Grill-Tampa. Professional staff, great service, and the ambiance is very relaxing. Food & drinks are always yummy & I will continue to support this business.

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scgulfport
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and good service on a busy night. Music was a bit too loud and I felt like I had attended a rock concert the next day, but good food and cocktails made up for the loud music.

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BeverlyH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kona Grill is a nice casual restaurant with an outdoor/indoor bar area with great ambiance. Upbeat music, good drinks and although a limited menu, good entrees and awesome sushi. Will be back!

FAQs

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

Kona Grill - Tampa is rated 4.1 stars by 1543 OpenTable diners.

Kona Grill - Tampa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://konagrill.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

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.