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Kona Grill - Houston

Kona Grill offers diners freshly prepared food, personalized service, and a warm contemporary ambiance that creates an exceptional, yet affordable dining experience. The diverse menu includes a wide variety of mainstream American dishes, as well as a variety of entrees and appetizers with an international influence. Specialties include Baked Sea Bass in a miso-sake marinade, Filets, Almond Crusted Pork Tenderloin, and Kona Grill's signature dish - Macadamia Nut Chicken. Kona Grill also features an award-winning sushi menu containing all of the traditional favorites plus several unique dishes created by talented sushi chefs.
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53 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
(53 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 53 reviews
5 stars
(16)
4 stars
(26)
3 stars
(8)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for lunch(19)
  • good for groups(16)
  • fit for foodies(14)
  • romantic(10)
  • special occasion(9)
  • vibrant bar scene(8)
Kona Grill - Houston Reviews List
Review 1 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/03/2016
 2011
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Review 2 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
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Review 3 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Not too shabby...

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Dined on 1/18/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"When walked in I was not greeted and was ignored for about 5 minutes till I told them I had a table reserved. Finally we sat. The food was to tender and well made with the perfect amount portion. Worth the price, and we're pleased with our waitor."
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 4 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 1/12/2016
 2010
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Review 5 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 12/12/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2012
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Not at all what I thought it was. I was expecting a nice dining experience. It turned out to be a typical mall experience. Very loud, kids with hand held games at adjacent tables.
I had a $30.00 steak and it was very over seasoned. Server was very nice but clearly restaurant was understaffed. Drinks that were ordered were delivered after meal was consumed.
I would visit during a shopping break, but not as a destination restaurant. We were staying at a nearby hotel so our choices were limited.
Wish we had gone to Del Frisco instead."
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2012
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Review 6 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2010
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Review 7 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Kona

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Loved this place. My first time here and everything down to my waiter was perfect. Love the fast service, decor, food, drinks, and dining choices. Next time I'll opt to see outside."
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 8 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Amaing place to relax and enjoy

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Dined on 12/02/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/02/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Kona Grill is a nice place for all occasions. We booked out Team dinner here and it was a great ambiance. The menu is diverse. It was something there for everyone."
Dined on 12/02/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 9 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/06/2014
 2010
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2010
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Review 10 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/29/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/29/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/29/2015
 2011
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Review 11 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 11/28/2015
 2012
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Review 12 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Mall Dining

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We weren't aware that the dining area opens up to the Galleria mall. It was a rather noisy Saturday night in the mall and a couple of loud children were a few tables away. Very casual and most diners were in shorts. Okay for what it is but not a good choice for a quiet dinner for two. Service was attentive. Food was average at best. Bar area was nice. Beautiful fish tank."
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2009
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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Review 13 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

I like Asian Food and Kona Grill is a good spot.

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Dined on 10/27/2015
 2008
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/17/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 15 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Cool spot

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Food was really good, id give 4/5. Only problem with my order were the vegetables weren't cooked fully, but everything else was great."
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/08/2015
 2011
Dined on 10/08/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/08/2015
 2011
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Review 17 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The service was slow, the restaurant was not packed, so it was hard to understand why. But the food was good."
Dined on 10/05/2015
 2012
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 9/30/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/30/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/30/2015
 2015
Special Features: late-night find
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Review 19 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Really Good--not excellent

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I've been to Kona several times now. Occasionally, they hit the mark either on service or on food, but never both. The atmosphere can be noisy rather than vibrant. So, I tend to go for lunch only and get a booth. Food is good, service is good. Never had an exceptional experience here."
Dined on 9/01/2015
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 20 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 7/22/2014
 2015
Dined on 7/22/2014
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food is fabulous! We live to make our own "combo" of sauces and spices"
Dined on 7/22/2014
 2015
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Review 21 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 8/04/2015
 2011
Dined on 8/04/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/04/2015
 2011
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

mwaited on the

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Dined on 7/02/2015
 2015
Dined on 7/02/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 7/02/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find
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Review 23 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2011
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Review 25 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/03/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 26 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 6/04/2015
 2007
Dined on 6/04/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/04/2015
 2007
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Review 27 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

A nice lunch

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Dined on 5/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food was good, they have what appears to be a very elaborate sushi bar, but have not tried it. We enjoyed the meal and the experience."
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 28 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

the sushi combo portion is too little

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Dined on 5/08/2015
 2015
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 29 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Good food - Great service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Food was good. Service was great. This was my first time at Kona Grill and I will be back. Dim lighting was romantic and intimate"
Dined on 4/23/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 30 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great lunch spot

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Dined on 3/17/2015
 2014
Dined on 3/17/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely. The service was a little slow but the servers were very friendly."
Dined on 3/17/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 31 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The food was great and the drinks were great! We had a server who seemed not to want to be at work. She was very nonchalant. Had to ask her several times for things! But I loved the food!"
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
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Review 32 for Kona Grill - Houston
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Extremely mediocre!

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Food was just adequate, and everything was very overpriced given the quality. Sushi had no real flavor; even the spicy ones we ordered had no kick. Portions were small. Overall, a very poor value."
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2009
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Kona Grill - Houston
Based on the average of (21) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
17 out of 19 recommend this product
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic