Kona Grill - Sarasota

4.1
860 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome to Kona Grill Sarasota at the Mall at University Town Center. Enjoy your local paradise after a day of shopping or family meal complete with kid’s bento boxes. Fresh, wild caught fish is flown in daily to craft award-winning sushi, while contemporary American entrees are prepared from scratch in-house. Relax on the shaded patio and enjoy one of the best happy hours in Sarasota. 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.

Safety precautions

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

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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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

What 860 People Are Saying
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4.1
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Arkie
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A fun place to eat, with a cool ambiance and lively crowd. Service was quite good and the food choices somewhat different and excellent. Expect to spend about $30 per person

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BL4evr
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and overall fun evening. The ease of making the reservation was great as well.

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Ruth919
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Sea bass not available. Ran out of glassware. Broccoli very salty

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MonikaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

We had a reservation for 2 people on thanksgiving. We showed up on time and were told it was a 20 minute wait for a table or we can sit by the bar. Why take reservations if you won't honor them? The server never introduced herself. She asked for our order and told us that the kitchen was backed up so we should order all our food at the same time as our appetizers. Ok ... Whatever - Never refilled our drinks. We ordered calamari to start and it was greasy and slightly undercooked. We noticed the ceiling above us was peeling off ... Kind of odd - the steak was good. I asked for a condiment and never got it.
They weren't as busy as you'd imagine so Im assuming we got poor service because I wore a Tshirt so maybe they thought I didn't have a lot of $$ ... I dunno. Not happy - I don't recommend. Go somewhere that won't overcharge for poor service

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foodie
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The service was very slow, and server was forgetful and nonchalant. Glasses left empty. When the food finally arrived, it was undercooked and cold with incorrect sides. No apologies offered. When the undercooked steak was taken back, the server forgot about it, so everyone else finished their meals before it was even brought back out.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

The food that was good was pretty good. However, I had to send my filet back twice because it came out cold, both times. By then my family was done with their meals. Our waiter was awesome but you could tell he had had it with the kitchen. He kept waiting for orders to come up and would bring them out as soon as they were up, so the filets were obviously sitting in the kitchen, not waiting to be served. Two tables near us also had to send orders back (one was also a filet).

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MartinM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and attentive and friendly service. It's our "go-to" restaurant in Sarasota for a nice lunch or a wonderful dinner!

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MarkL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food quality was great and Server was wonderful. We'll be back.

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vipPatio
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Disappointing on many fronts. Service and food. All steaks were cooked to a temperature it was not ordered as.

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dago0609
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great time. Food was good. Desserts excellent!

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vipDianeH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was great but the music was way to loud and took away from the whole dining experience.

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StacyW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food service was super slow.

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vipdebraJ
Orlando
52 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the edamame and avocado egg rolls.
Service attentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great we had a big party and our waitress Darling was great defiantly will be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks, appetizer’s and main course were excellent. Friendly staff and would recommend and return. It was a Friday night there was a good crowd and energetic atmosphere.

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AmyR
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time at this venue. Very impressed with the atmosphere, the service, and the delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

The music was so loud in the main dining. They need to adjust between the bar and dinning. Could not even talk and thought we were in a night club not a restaurant

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ChuckK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, food, and drinks! We sat outside, and had a pleasant dinner with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Sushi always hits the spot and the sliders were great as well! It was quiet and our server was very attentive.

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Julieo
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for Happy Hour. There is a nice outside area and the server was awesome. All the food came fast and the whole experience was very enjoyable.

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SunnySideUp
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Horrible service! Do NOT recommend. Our party of 6 had to get their first round of drinks from the bar. We had to ask the hostess for menus after 30 minutes. No waiter attended to our table for the first 45 minutes. We finally had to ask for someone to come over to take our order. At this time we were told that we’d been seated in an area with no waiter assigned. Do not bother going here unless you wish to serve yourself!

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vipBeccaS
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good menu. Good sushi menu. Enjoyed the sweet chili salmon entree. Service was a bit slow but very pleasant server.

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ScottB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience1

The staff was very nice. The food was very good. The music was very loud, which really didn’t bother me too much. The only negative was the condition of the

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Bobbitz
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Was not our first time but disappointing this time. Wife ordered cilantro lime chicken and got something with a curry sauce. My French dip was too fatty and even the au jus was greasy. “Homemade”? Chips were cold and rubbery. Service was good but wife was served a martini that was overflowing and spilled all over the table and her when it was served. Most of the menu items seemed overpriced. Music was not only loud but not even good. Gave everyone a headache. Not sure we will ever go back. Too many other better choices.

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Holli
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was not very good. Chicken was very dry. Mashed potatoes were disgusting and not impressed with any of the other food items at the table. Cocktail drinks were not the greatest either. Atmosphere was so loud could hardly hear anyone next to you. Could not hear a single thing that the waitress was saying either. Our food also took 1.5 hours to come out. Our reservation was at 630 and did not end up leaving until a little before 930. The waitress was brand new so we tried to cut her some slack but there were 3 other tables around us that came in after us and left before us..not sure what the hold up was but probably would not go back. Sad that we had better experiences previously but this just really hit us the wrong way.

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KDMcK
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Yeah the music way too loud. The service was substandard and the food was not so good.

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JamesS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Our food was freezing cold! Sent back and came back almost the same… wasn’t re-fired. Very disappointing considering the price. Management bought out drinks and we got our apps for free. Left promptly.

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viplovefood
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Horrid experience and nobody cared - an hour in we had no food or drink other than water!
Supposedly a computer problem and it was our servers first night, but an unbelievably bad experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The salad which was excellent had too much dressing.

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Missy
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Salad great Sandwich dry. Be careful of the level of heat in the sauce. Waitress checked back until we needed water.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my clients for a business meeting. The Manager on duty went above and beyond. The Chef even brought our meal to us. Thank you Kona! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

We’ve never had an issue with Kona grill before, but this time around was a bit different. We were the only party at the restaurant for the first 30 minutes of our meal, meaning there really should’ve been no incidents.

However 2 of the 4 meals we ordered came out Luke warm, and 1 was completely incorrect. I had ordered a crab Benedict, but was brought a ham Benedict. After pointing this out, the kind waitress said she’d fix it right away- but did not take away my plate, simply came back with a little bowl of over cooked, fishy crab… bizarre to say the least.

The bottomless mimosas were good though!

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vipDalaiPookah
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I ordered the surf and turf special. The steak, suhsi, and vegetables were served on a plank barely adequate to contain the food, making cutting the steak and eating the meal awkward. The steak was gristly, not the best. I was also disappointed with the roll in both quantity and taste. It seemed like they served a half roll. I chose the Vegas roll, but was surprised that the outside was fried(?) Perhaps, I just made a bad choice.

In the past we've enjoyed Kona Grill in Lincolnshire, IL, but we found the Sarasota location below par. Also, when ordering, it appeared that the prices suggested a higher quality than what was actually offered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I would go back. Food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't say enough about the service and food! 5 Star experience !

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BrittanyA
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food everytime!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Wasn’t a good experience food was cold restaurant need an update there were fly’s and slow service would not recommend unfortunately

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BrittanyA
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing experience everytime!

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ZKnight
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, nice choices on the menu, cooked to perfection. Somewhat pricey, but had a good time on Friday night.
Thank you,

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SusanB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The nana roll was excellent!

FAQs

Kona Grill - Sarasota offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 256-8005.

Kona Grill - Sarasota is rated 4.1 stars by 860 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 bookings at the moment.