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Kona Grill - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Kona Grill - Kansas City

4.2
4.2
1820 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome to Kona Grill in Country Club Plaza, Kansas City’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Visitors and locals alike can come in to enjoy our scratch kitchen and award-winning sushi after reveling in the art festivals and special events. Stop by for happy hour to taste our handcrafted cocktails infused with freshly squeezed juices. Enjoy a diverse menu featuring a wide variety of contemporary American dishes, as well as unique entrées and appetizers with a global flair. Specialties include Miso-saké Sea Bass in a delicious marinade, filets, almond-crusted Pork-Tenderloin, and Kona Grill’s signature dish – Macadamia Nut Chicken. The restaurant’s contemporary ambience and its new patio 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–22:00 Happy Hour Mon–Fri 14:00–18:00 Mon–Thu 21:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    (816) 931-5888

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Catering available for delivery & pickup through EZ Cater at: https://www.ezcater.com/catering/kona-grill-kansas-city

  • Private party contact

    Brandon King: (816) 931-5888

  • Area

    Plaza / Brookside

  • Cross Street

    Broadway & Pennsylvania

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Kona Grill Date Night

    US$39.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    The search is over for the PERFECT DATE NIGHT! Make your reservation for DATE NIGHT at Kona Grill, offered every Sunday through Wednesday for $39 per person. This special menu features your choice of 1 of the 3 listed signature starters, Ribeye Meatballs or Lobster Toast or Ribeye Sliders. Followed by your choice of 2 of the 4 listed entrees, Sweet-Chili Glazed Salmon or Big Island Ribeye or Korean 5-Spiced Ribs or Assorted Sushi Board. Finishing your night off with Coffee Bread Pudding & a shot of Bailey’s. Add a bottle of Lunetta Prosecco, Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay, or Two Vines Cabernet for $25.

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What 1,820 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kansas City

    Contemporary American

  • Kansas City, Missouri

    Late Night Find

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  1. A

    Alanda

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up early/on time for reservation. Service was horrible. The hostess man was rude. We left Kona Grill - Kansas City because of that. We had to wait over 40 mins beyond our reservation time to finally get a seat which it was not a good table. Service was poor, so we told them we're leaving.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brayden was a wonderful service I would definitely come back!

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded 1 day agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review! We absolutely love it when our team members are recognized for their impeccable service. It really goes a long way, I'm sure you understand how much we value a team member like Brayden! We look forward to making your next visit just as incredible as this one!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I had a great night never disappointed

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the stars! Let us know what we can do next time to earn that fifth star from you!

  4. JN

    JNC79

    Kansas City

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    I was appalled at how dirty the restaurant was. The plexiglass partitions between the booths looks as it had been months since they were cleaned. The booths and carpet were disgusting. The atmosphere, food and ambiance have decreased substantially since my last visit. I will not be returning!
  5. KC

    KCNotes

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Our first time to Kona and it was just "ok". The food was lacking flavor and the music was so loud. I will say the sushi that came with the meal was amazing. Once they cranked up the music there was an overhead speaker that use have been about to go out.....it was very awful sounding. It scared our daughter so I asked to eat outside. The manager said we could eat out there but would not be receiving any service since they were short staffed. I didn't mind no service, just wanted somewhere she could finish her dinner without covering her ears. Once we went outside, the music was blaring even louder so we just left. The mac and cheese was over boiled and the cheese was lumpy. Unless it's for sushi, I don't think we'll be returning anytime soon.
  6. RD

    RayD

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    First time back to Kona Grill since before the pandemic. The restaurant is showing its wear a bit, but was clean and organized. Our server Will was very good and attentive. Food was tasty but a little pricey considering what we ordered (but I know prices are up everywhere). We were there on a Saturday around 5 and were able to get a table easily using Open Table. The music, however, was entirely too loud and got louder while we were there. Not sure you need a night club feel when you are there for dinner and drinks.
  7. PC

    PollyC

    Kansas City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The server seemed to be checked out. Took forever for drink orders & for drinks to arrive. By 8 PM the music was so loud you could not even talk to the person sitting next to you.
  8. RG

    RickyG

    Tampa

    77 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    This was the second Kona Grill I’ve been to. Other was in Scottsdale. Not impressed. They are poor decorated, dog eared and dingy. Sushi rolls are poorly rolled and the fish is room temperature which is concerning. For me 2 strikes you’re out. Too many other good options.
  9. GW

    GeneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very knowledgeable about menu. Very attentive to our needs. Very friendly to visit with. Very good experience

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5 stars! We appreciate your positive review and look forward to seeing you again!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    I ordered the date night special, my ribeye was cold when I got it. Our server was cool but he wasn’t checking in on us as much as I’d like, so by the time I was able to tell him about my steak 20 minutes had passed by. He did get me something else, but no one ever came by to talk to me about the issue.
  11. AH

    AustinHawk

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Hadn't been to Kona maybe since the pandemic and a lot has changed. First and foremost, their sushi menu and selection has been dramatically reduced. Years ago, I would compare their sushi offering against most sushi restaurants. Now it seems more like a secondary offering. But what we did order tasted fine. Not incredible, but certainly not bad. Management needs to consider putting more money into the location. It is looking a bit tired.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Fathers Day
  13. JA

    JosephA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very good! The DJ was playing good music. Great time
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Very expensive for the quality of experience. This place was so smoky we could hardly breathe. Everyone in there was choking on the air. We looked around and saw so many people coughing. My little sisters eyes were watering because of the smoke. They need better ventilation! I feel bad for the people that work there, I could hardly bare being there for an hour, I couldn’t imagine how they do it. I was still coughing when I got home. Will not be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jesus and Grant were great

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded on 22 June 2022Love the feedback about Jesus and Grant! Jesus is an amazing server, and I'm glad that Grant help make your experience fantastic! Can't wait to see you back!

  16. JS

    JohnS

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Drunks were too. Best happy hour in KC. Twiggy was so friendly, we would go back just to see her.

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded on 22 June 2022Love the feedback about Twiggy! She's an amazing server, and I'm glad that your experience was fantastic! Can't wait to see you back!

  17. XR

    XenaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caitlin was awesome. Love her energy and was super attentive

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded on 22 June 2022Love the feedback about Caitlin! She's an amazing server, and I'm glad that your experience was fantastic! Can't wait to see you back!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. I believe Sarah was our server (Saturday June 11 at 8PM). She was super pleasant. I’m sure the host job can be stressful when people are waiting. In shows in her face so maybe share that feedback. The forgot our calamari, brought it out late and comp’d it for us for the inconvenience. Love Kona Grill!
  19. AH

    AustinH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Very loud and chaotic. Arrived on time for our reservation and waited in a cluttered entry area for over 10 minutes before we left.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ordered the shrimp stir fry - can out look warm . Two other guests ordered the steak- both were beige and under cooked - didnt even look like it hot a grill ( were ordered medium rare- came out light beige and half raw . One order , the potatoes and gravy were lukewarm . No one is going to complain on a birthday celebration . On top of that , the womens bathroom was dirty- heard from one of them men in the group that the men’s bathroom floor was greasy and wet ( or something ?) . The place has went downhill.
  21. BI

    BIgMama

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Will, was absolute perfection! Very personable, polite, attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, just perfect! It was a busy weekend evening and multiple managers were bussing tables, running food, checking in on guests, and supporting the wait staff. It was everything a diner wants to see. They should all be commended and we will definitely be back!

    Kona Grill - Kansas CityResponded on 22 June 2022Loving the kind words, BIgMama! Glad that Will gave you a fantastic experience while you were here! And thank you for noticing our team work! We do what we can to help! We'll see you back!

  22. TO

    TOPEKAHAWK

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    First time dining here. Food was good. Service was excellent. However, the place seemed worn and shoddy. Booth backs were stained. Booth seats were worn. Men’s room damaged. Could use an interior makeover. Will probably try another restaurant when we are in KC next time.
  23. DS

    DSE18

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service was not good. Waited forever to get sushi and we were almost finished with our meal. Also, drinks sat empty and we didn’t get checked on much. Not worth the money in my opinion. I had a lot better for much less.
  24. m

    michelleb

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    The food and service quite good but music so loud we could not effectively communicate. And we’re told they would not turn down. They finally a little did when others complained.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server, Twiggy was terrific. We sat outside on a perfect evening. Enjoyed the salad and sushi immensely. Also avocado appetizer was a big hit. Only negative is they upped the volume on the outside speakers, but when we requested they turn them down, they instantly accommodated us.
  26. AS

    AndiiS

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was wonderful. Our waiter was great. The downside was that the drinks didn't have a lot of alcohol in them; the skinny margaritas tasted like they had triple sec (artificial tasting) instead of agave like advertised. Pricey menu but good food.
  27. C

    Courtney

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good. Service was great!
  28. JG

    JamesG

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated when we showed up early for our reservation. Food was excellent! Carrot cake was huge -- good thing we shared that!
  29. PS

    PeteS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice restaurant. The staff and our server were awesome. Appetizers and Sushi rolls were excellent. My steak was horrible. It was almost like it was oven baked. Very bizarre. I’ve heard rave reviews about their steaks, this has to have been a one off problem. I didn’t say anything because the rest of the food was so good and I was full anyhow. Watch the drink prices. They add up quick.
  30. PK

    PresidentKennedy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hope was amazing! Would come back to just to have her again.
  31. SJ

    SandraJ

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This was our first time at Kona as we celebrated a birthday. Our server, Carolina was just super!! She was attentive and very personable. I think we will as for her area the next time. The food was very good. We ordered the shareables to begin our meal (the KG sliders, ribeye meatballs, and the potstickers). For the main meal, we ordered the chicken stir fry and the filet. The filet had to be sent back and cooked a little more. The taste was different and we would probably not order that one again. Our overall experience was very good. We would go there again. Again kudoos to Carolina who was GREAT!
  32. A

    Ambiance

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Overall it was fine. But it was incredibly noisy. We had to yell across the table to each other to be heard. The food was good, no complaints, nothing outstanding, especially for the price. The bathrooms left a lot to be desired. They were not cleaned and stocked on a holiday.
  33. I

    Irbg

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Arrived and let them know we had reservations. The hostess told us it would be about 5-7 mins for the table. We sat there for 20 mins. Other people were seated before us. My husband was a little upset by then and when my husband let one of the gentlemen at the hostess station know he was rude about it and said our table would be ready in 2 mins. They sat us down and another gentlemen came to our table he wasn't dressed like a waiter so maybe he could have been a manager, he had a different English accent. My husband also complained to him and he was just "well what can I do about it attitude" he made it seem like "it is what it is". My husband told him we had made reservations and we had to wait, other people were walking in and were getting seated. The man said we made the reservations through the app and that it wasn't his fault and he had no control over that. On Open table it states they only have a 5 min grace period if you're late. And that making a reservation gives them time to prepare a table to celebrate any occasion. But that wasn't the case. Our waitress was way kinder to us, we got our drinks and appetizers pretty fast but our main dishes took about 45 mins. Our meat was overcooked and we didn't get exactly what we ordered. But we didn't want to keep complaining. We just wanted to eat and get out of there. We made reservations because we knew it was mother's day and we could understand they were busy but they should have more customer service skills and a manner to diffuse situations when people are upset, but they lack that. They acted like "oh well" we did not feel comfortable or welcomed. Almost like they didn't want to deal with it. Our bill was about $300 for our family, you would think if you're gonna pay that much then we would get better service, at the least they could have been nicer. Why would they be on a reservation app and then act like they have no control of it? We will not go back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Mothers Day and finals for Miss Kansas - the restaurant looked trashed by our 3:45pm reservations and never did get a drink so canceled the drink order then realized we paid for it anyway. I know everyone tried and it was not our waiters fault.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  36. KF

    KristalF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The server I had made my experience terrible. The service was horrible he didn't listen to anything I said. I would like to recommend but hopefully they don't get that server
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Mother’s Day
  38. CB

    ChaunB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Waiter complained about wages, tips, and working there. He was low energy and seemed annoyed. The ambiance was not that great. The lighting was too dim. They crammed 4 of us into a tiny booth right next to the busy work station. The food portions were small and over priced.
  39. AK

    AndrewK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very Noisy. Live DJ playing very loud music. Food was sub par. We ordered an appetizer. A main entrée to split and a few sushi rolls. Everything came out at the same time and was luke warm. Sushi was good. Chicken Satay was not good chicken was tough, but taste was not bad. We ordered the Chilean sea bass entrée, it came out cold. The restaurant was on the warm side and the booths were not comfortable at all. Service was decent. But for a $120+ bill for 2 we will not go there again.
  40. TS

    TeeteeS

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A variety of dishes available. Staff was friendly and energetic! Our waitress was on it. Have not had service this great at a restaurant since the pandemic.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Kona Grill - Kansas City using the Order Online button. Kona Grill - Kansas City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 931-5888.

Kona Grill - Kansas City is rated 4.2 stars by 1820 OpenTable diners.

Kona Grill - Kansas City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Kona Grill - Kansas City

444 Ward Parkway Country Club Plaza Kansas City, MO 64112

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Broadway & Pennsylvania

  • Area

    Plaza / Brookside

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–22:00 Happy Hour Mon–Fri 14:00–18:00 Mon–Thu 21:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (816) 931-5888

  • Catering

    Catering available for delivery & pickup through EZ Cater at: https://www.ezcater.com/catering/kona-grill-kansas-city

  • Private party contact

    Brandon King: (816) 931-5888

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