The wildly popular and completely corporate Kona Grill has open windows overlooking Ward Parkway and friendly, sexy bartenders and servers who sling sushi rolls, Asian-fusion entrées, and mojitos to hordes of folks wanting to be seen. Don't let all the power suits, popped collars and stilettos fool you, though – the bar and lounge are usually packed during the late afternoon and late-night happy hours when the cosmos, sake bombs and maki rolls are drastically discounted. For those on a budget and a diet, Kona offers a “Skinny” food and drink menu with such elements as Splenda simple syrup, ceviche and light rum. It's pretty much the same old Plaza party, except with the ever-present scent of fish and vinegar in the air.

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A slickly packaged concept restaurant exported from Arizona does for Pacific Rim cuisine what rival P.F. Chang’s does for Chinese-American fare, in much the same style -- with sexy servers, in a dimly lit dining room and crowded bar, at moderate prices. The Kona Grill menu is hypercross-cultural, Hawaiian fish shack meets Mexican coastline resort, with periodic stops in Italy, Thailand and New Orleans. To be more specific, that means the menu includes sushi, pizza, avocado egg rolls, Szechwan beans, chicken satay, barbecued ribs and meatloaf. Unexpectedly, the “signature” dishes -- Macadamia Nut Chicken, Pan-Asian Noodles -- are the dullest, but the baby back ribs are as good as those at any local barbecue joint. — Charles Ferruzza

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Price: $$-$$$
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash

Parking: Garage, Street, Valet


Reservations: Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties, Not Necessary


Attire: casual

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