Restaurant Review: Kona Grill, Carmel, IN

Kona Grill is a smaller chain of restaurants with location scattered around a dozen or so states, including one in Carmel, Indiana.

From their website: Kona Grill has a passion for fresh.  Fresh ingredients.  Fresh ideas.  Fresh experiences.  Every innovative dish is crafted using carefully sourced and hand-selected fish, meats and produce.  Our hand-crafted cocktails, more than 40 sauces, and our tempting desserts are all made in-house from scratch every day.  It’s an approach we call Kona Crafted.  Every detail matters. Since opening our doors in 1998 in Scottsdale, Arizona, we have strived to make every experience exceptional.

I had never dined in person here, although we had got carry out at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are still doing outside dining only, for the most part, and Holly had dined on the patio last week with her sister, had a great experience, so we decided to go back on a Weekday evening.

They have a happy hour food menu, and the food is served kind of Tapas style, meant for sharing. The patio is spacious and the tables were well spaced out. Service was exceptional.

For round one, we shared a plate of Spicy Yellowtail Sashimi. This is nice and spicy (I like my food REALLY spicy) and the flavor was outstanding. Although I’ve had quite a bit of sushi, I believe this is my first time ordering Sashimi, and I would not hesitate to order it again. It was the perfect size for sharing.

For my 2nd round, I chose the Kona sliders. I liked this a lot, also. Perfectly done, served on mini King’s Hawaiian rolls, with fried onion crisps and other dressings, these were a unique and satisfying combination of flavors.

All in all, this was a great meal. Add in a pleasant patio, great service, I will not hesitate to visit again.

Kona Grill is located at 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032. You can find them online at

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