Kona Grill – Near International Plaza



I have the Basil Pesto Linguine. It has chicken, andouille sausage, tomatoes and pesto cream with garlic bread. This is my favorite Kona Grill option. I have to force myself to order something else. I love pesto and I love linguine. Put them together and I’m hooked. For dessert, I have the Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese frosting. That cupcake was absolutely delicious! I split it between myself and a coworker and we pretty much just mumbled about how good it was while eating. I ABSOLUTELY recommend both items!


Here, I have the Macadamia Nut Chicken. It has house mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, shoyu cream and pineapple-papaya marmalade. I DO NOT recommend this dish. It’s kind of bland. You can do better.

I don’t have a picture, but I also recommend the Pan-asian noodles. It has udon noodles, beef tenderloin, vegetables and black bean garlic sauce. Be warned though, there’s more noodles than meat.

Let me say this: If you’re not on the Kona Grill email list, get on it. You get a free entree, up to $15 for your birthday. That’s how I came upon this meal. And they brought out the cupcake for free. What a fantastic birthday gift from them. I love free food!

Anyways, I recommend Kona Grill if you’ve never been, but I wouldn’t send you there often. I really feel like you have to choose wisely. Unfortunately, I have not had a spectacular experience with their sushi. There are too many good sushi places in Tampa to waste your money here. And you might as well visit a sandwich shop for a sandwich. Their flatbreads are okay, but it’s hard to screw those up. And my boss swears by the Kona Salad!

Expect to spend $15-30, depending on what you order.


  • If you decide to go for lunch, be warned…they are SLOW! It’s a 1.5 hour lunch, easy. 30 minutes will be devoted to waiting…on the food, check…just waiting.