LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill

3.9
93 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
LemonShark Poké and Makai Grill is an inviting, Hawaiian-themed establishment that offers sustainably sourced sushi-grade fish and authentic hibachi-style grilled meats.

Our menu marries many exotic Asian flavors to bring you a unique flavor profile in every bite. Enjoy authentic hibachi-style grilled meats or chose from one of our signature poké bowls as you enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail around our full-service bar. We aim to provide Greater Columbus with a community-centered, table service and counterpoint dining experience, which boasts the comfort of a sit-down restaurant and the convenience of fast-casual dining. Passion is our most important quality as we bring you the beauty of fresh ingredients in every bite.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 93 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My date and I had been seated for 15-20 minutes before we were greeted/brought waters/etc. We went ahead and ordered the garlic noodles as our appetizer, 1 shrimp poke bowl, 1 Makai surf and turf bowl, and 2 drinks. The appetizer came out relatively quickly and was average. The noodles were slightly overcooked and turned into a sticky mess within minutes of hitting the table. The drinks came out next, we got The Handshake Deal and the Makai Tai. The Handshake Deal was fine, nothing special. The Makai Tai was way too sweet and undrinkable. I attempted to flag down our waitress to ask for a different drink and was unable to get her attention for another 15 minutes while the drink sat untouched. Our entrees came out and our waitress finally stopped by to ask how everything was. We said it was fine and asked if I could get a different drink, as mine was way too sweet. She took my order and left to go get it. She brought my new drink back and left again. We then realized the shrimp on the poke bowl was not fully cooked, and the rice in both of our bowls was not fully cooked. At this point we just wanted to leave so we asked for the check. The Makai Tai had not been taken off the bill even though it was untouched and we had to ask for it to be taken off. Will not be returning here.

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CarolineC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was just as good! Can’t wait to come back!

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HenryS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for my anniversary and had a great time. Great service and food were good.

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Mmmmmm
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were really good.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review, that's great to hear!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ordered food. Took 30 mins to arrive. Was ice cold. Sent it back. 20 min later no one had even spoken to us. We just got up and left.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for this constructive feedback. We're upset you had such a bad experience and we understand your frustration. During the shutdown, many long-term hospitality employees were forced to find new career paths. The local and national hospitality industry is currently undergoing challenges with employee hiring and retention. We appreciate your understanding as we train and welcome fresh faces into our restaurant. We sincerely hope you will give us another chance.

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vipDavidH
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I’m not sure how new this place is, when it opened. Staff was more interested in socializing amongst themselves than checking tables. I had to ask for waiter after waiting over 15 minutes. It appeared no one knew what to do. Several times I observed food being brought out only to turn around and return to kitchen area. Food was okay once it got to table.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hey David, thank you for the feedback! We understand your frustration and agree this is unacceptable. Thank you for your patience as continue to fill & train all employee roles. We will pass this info along to management.

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JenR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we don't like shopping or Easton very much, we like Lemon Shark and have been twice. Great poke and excellent service.

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vipGreaseWD40
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible as always. This was out first time trying the hibachi surf and turf and it was excellent. They had plenty of staff, but our waitress appeared to be covering every table inside which was unfair to her. Unfortunately that also slowed down the service as well.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 18, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for the 5 star review! We're so glad you enjoyed the hibachi surf & turf! Unfortunately, your waitress did probably have more tables than they should have. The local and national hospitality industry is currently undergoing challenges with employee hiring and retention. We appreciate your understanding as we train and welcome fresh faces into our restaurant! We hope you will come back soon!

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vipLubnaN
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time! We really enjoyed the food the ambience and the service! LJ our server was wonderful and the owner Jeff was super accommodating and welcoming! Definitely worth a try if you love seafood!

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LancelotM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

it was good , good ambient and I would recommend to my friends.

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KS92
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed! I would definitely recommend one of the hibachi or poke bowls over the small plates but it was so fun to try everything. Was a little disappointed when we showed up at our reservation time and was told we would have to wait 30 min but I understand due to restaurant week. Great experience overall.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thanks for the review! The poke & hibachi bowls are definitely some of our favorites. Thank you for being understanding about Restaurant Week and we hope you will come back soon.

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Mario
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Poke Bowls!!! They really introduced the breadth of flavor and crunch to the palate. Will definitely come back with friends.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 6, 2021

Mario, thank you for the great review! We appreciate you taking the time to post this and can't wait to see you back in with friends.

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NickR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was quite slow. Food was good but sloppy. Was presented a dirty menu with masago on it.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on August 6, 2021

Nick, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your honest feedback is extremely helpful and we're forwarding this to management as we're constantly striving to improve.

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TerryD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The Service was sporadic and very slow. Dishes cam out willey niley. Some of the food was good some of it was awful. I asked for my steak to be rare and got it so over cooked I could not eat it. The prices were way too high for what you got and the noise was unbearable and the restaurant was freezing cold

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 29, 2021

Terry, thank you for taking the time to give us a review. Your honest feedback is extremely helpful and we're forwarding this to management as we're constantly striving to improve.

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vipLuv2Travel
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I want to like this place. I keep going back hoping that it gets better. Sadly, the food is not prepared well at all. It is either over cooked or undercooked. Last time I sent back several dishes because I refuse to pay for something that is not cooked properly.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 29, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave this honest review. We're displeased to hear this and will voice your concerns with management as we constantly strive to improve. We hope you'll come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was very delicious and unique, however all the employees we encountered seemed “off.” The service was not that great. The restaurant was not even that busy for a Saturday evening at dinner time.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 29, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave your honest review. We're glad you enjoyed your food and we will bring up other issues with management as we strive to improve!

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vipDonL
Columbus
64 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great new addition to the Easton options. The poke options are tasty and filling. The wings were tasty and the Tai shrimp was just the right spice.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 29, 2021

Don, thanks for the 5 star review! We're so glad you had an amazing experience with us and we hope you'll come back soon.

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Alexandra
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cake with a friend for lunch. we shared edamame and mochi, i got the surf and turf hibachi bowl and she got a custom poke bowl. the food was fantastic and our server oj was so attentive and kind

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 29, 2021

Alexandra, we're so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the 5 star review!

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Mamag
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I made my reservation through OpenTable. When we arrived and I told them that I had a reservation I was informed we would have a 20 to 30 minute wait. The restaurant apparently didn't have enough staff that day. I understand that some restaurants are struggling to get help but we were completely ignored when we came in the door and waited about 5 minutes before someone even approached us.
On a good note, the food took an average amount of time to get to us and was very good.

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DaltonP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and drinks, it was a little loud due to the business of the restaurant. Service was decent but we waited a while to order and to get our drinks. I’m not faulting the waitress though because she was nice and was pretty busy with other tables around the restaurant. Food came out in a timely manner but our appetizer and dinner all came out at the same time. Not a big deal but I wish we got the appetizer about 10-15 minutes before the food.

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vipLaurieW
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Took 20 min for a server to come over. Brought out the wrong starters that were not edible. After an hour a half never received our entrees. The manager and server did not care. We told them we were leaving and all they could say is sorry about that. We ended up at another restaurant. We will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our waitress was very nice but she had trouble with the credit card machine. I explained to her that the chicken was not cooked. She agreed that was not OK but did not offer to re-cook it or take it off the bill. There was also a hair in one of our our meals. She was not concerned about that either. The food actually did not taste that good either.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the Poke Bowls. Definitely will return.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 21, 2021

Thank you for the review, that's great to hear!

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McKeev
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and fantastic! Service was fast and the patio is a must!

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 29, 2021

We're so happy to hear this! Thank you for taking the time to leave this review.

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CaitlinD
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our appetizer came out with our food. Everything was cold. There was a long hair in my drink that came out after our food arrived. Spent most of the time waiting for our server to show up. Over all terrible experience which sucked because my first experience was so great.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 21, 2021

Hi Caitlin- Thank you for your honest review. We're so sorry your experience was less than perfect and we've forwarded your reviews to management as we're constantly striving to improve.

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Annie
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good but the service was definitely slow and lacking. It took a long time for a server to come over and everything we ordered took a long time to come to the table. The restaurant was not very busy and there appeared to be an adequate amount of staff so I’m not sure why the service was so slow. The hostess also had quite the attitude when I asked her if we could sit at a different table than the one she originally selected. Again, there were plenty of open tables so I’m not sure what her deal was. If you don’t like dealing with people than maybe a job working in a restaurant is not for you.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 12, 2021

Annie, thank you for taking the time to give us a review. The honest feedback is extremely helpful and we will be forwarding this to management as we constantly strive to improve. Would you share your mailing address with us? We'd love to make this up to you and we hope you will give us another chance. Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing! So many delicious options. Our drinks were delicious as well. Service was fast and really good!

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LC512
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great concept & great atmosphere but poor execution. The service was not good. We had to ask for silverware 3 times. Ordered a beer and they were out of it. Ordered a different beer and they were out of that as well. They couldn’t serve ahi tuna because it was “too frozen” but ahi tuna is one of their most popular items. We were brought one of the three appetizers we ordered 20 minutes after the other two came. The ahi tuna was replaced with spicy tuna and it was extremely hot and not what was ordered. One dish had the incorrect rice and the other had the incorrect type of fish. We were brought a dessert to share but no plates or silverware again. This restaurant could be fantastic but has some serious execution issues.

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KABM
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Fresh flavors! Nice patio!

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 12, 2021

Thank you for your 5 star review! We hope you'll come back soon!

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CaitlinD
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All and all had a great experience. Will come back again.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 9, 2021

Hi Caitlin - thank you so much for the four-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon.

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amyc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty good overall. Dishes were hit and miss. Hits: bbq chicken skewer, miso cod, spam musubi.
Misses: Argentinian shrimp, hangar steak, each of our poke bowls missing ingredients

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible service, insane prices.

The third time the server visited the table was to hover over us as we paid and did the tip right there. For $18 a bowl and fast casual like service, there is no need for the staff be tipped workers. Pay them enough to eliminate tips, or have them actually serve the table. Also don’t have them hover over as people pay.

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TheresaH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my teen daughter’s birthday. The food and service was great!

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 9, 2021

Hi Theresa - thank you so much for the five-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience for your daughter's birthday and hope to see you back soon.

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EllenS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Affordable price, delicious food and great costumer service

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 9, 2021

Hi Ellen - thank you so much for the five-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your entire experience and hope to see you back soon.

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FoodLover
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Tried several things. Favorite was the lamb chops and the ahi tuna, filet mignon wasn’t the best but it wasn’t too bad either. They didn’t have the Japanese corn that I wanted to try. The waitress was nice and helpful.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 9, 2021

Hi there - thank you so much for the four-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon.

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Kynthia7
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A good place for lunch. Maybe also for dinner, if we had sat outside. Too loud inside to have much of a conversation. Food was pretty good. Portions were smaller than expected, but it was our first visit. Will probably return for either lunch or an afternoon snack sometime. Staff was nice and they kept the place clean.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 9, 2021

Hi Kynthia - thank you so much for the four-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon.

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LaurenK
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant! The food was amazing and unique, service was wonderful, can’t recommend enough!

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on June 9, 2021

Hi Lauren - thanks so much for the five-star review! We're glad that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on July 9, 2021

Hi there - thank you so much for the five-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon.

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TravisS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Excellent service. Cannot wait to try the rest of the menu.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on May 29, 2021

Hi Travis - thanks so much for the five-star review! We're glad that you enjoyed your entire experience from food to service and we look forward to seeing you back soon.

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RickW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Very expensive, small servings. Rather noisy place.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill
Responded on May 29, 2021

Hi Rick - thank you for your honest feedback and we apologize that your experience was less than perfect. We will forward your review to management as we're constantly striving to improve.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill using the Order Online button. LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 618-7653.

LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill is rated 3.9 stars by 93 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.