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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kona Grill, Downtown

Kona Grill is an upscale chain right in the middle of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  It's in a seriously great location, the space itself is huge and it has a modern, yet classy feel to it.  In fact, it's so huge that it was perfect for a large group dinner that Dan and I went to.  Well, it was perfect sizing wise....however, our meal, unfortunately, did not measure up.

Before coming to the restaurant, Dan and I decided that we were going to try and limit our spending that night.  This meant no cocktails and no signature entrees (though we noticed that the prices they had on the online menu were LESS than the prices they had on their menu at the restaurant).  It should have also meant no dessert, but no one can tell me that I should skip dessert :)

Flatbread with Apple, Brie, Walnuts and Figs

I ordered a special - Flatbread with apple, brie, walnuts and FIGS for $13.  What could possibly go wrong (well......)?!?  Add figs to anything and I'm set for life. Unfortunately that was not the case.  I LOVE me some salt, but this was entirely too salty. It was also so overcooked that the dough was chewy and tough.  How disappointing.

I had some bites of Dan's Big Kahuna Cheeseburger (pictured above) which was tasty, but burnt around the edges :o/ The shoestring fries were yummy though.     

Red Velvet Cupcake

The picture above doesn't do justice for how big the Red Velvet Cupcake was.  It was HUGE!  What was hilarious is that we ordered the "hoard" size ($4) rather than the "share" size ($7) to save money and calories, and the smaller size was DEFINITELY enough for two people to share.  I wouldn't suggest getting anything bigger, especially since it's such a good deal for $4!  The cupcake was tasty, but not my favorite.  I liked the cake better than the icing.  The icing tasted like fridge.  Yes, fridge is a taste.

Now, I have to give them credit here.  We had 22 people in our party and all our food came out at the same time (which was probably led to my issues above) and they also split our checks for us.  I also heard good things from my fellow diners about their meals.

So overall, the food was disappointing, though the service and company were great!  What's sad is that Dan and I were really trying to keep a budget and yet our food was sadly below par because of that.  I'm sure I could have had a totally different experience (and a review) had we chosen entrées in the $20+ range.  I have heard they put on a great Happy Hour, which I wouldn't mind trying, but other than that, I can't imagine either of us will choose to come back here again, especially when it's so close to so many other delicious options. 

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theminx said...

No no think you had a bad experience because you ordered less expensive food? If Kona Grill was a *good* restaurant, EVERYTHING would have been good, regardless of the price.

Amy said...

Thanks for the honest review!

Greg B said...

My girlfriend just ate there last week and enjoyed her meal, though she ate more of the salad/fish options than the starchy burger and fries.

All I can say is her friend left some leftovers in the fridge, a pesto with chicken dish that was 'alright', though I admit I didn't heat it up :)

M Smith said...

'Fridge is a taste.' lol! So true. Probably the best review I've read in a long while...

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