Kona Grill: A Sneak Peak Hard Hat Lunch

Dave Kone

Meandering down Pratt St you can’t help but to notice the construction of the Kona Grill happening at the base of the Verizon Building.  Protruding out onto the sidewalk is a rather large outdoor seating area that can be closed in during the cold weather months; seating approx. 80 people.   A huge sliding door remains open opposite the bar allowing the outdoor guests to feel part of the restaurant.

Upon entering the Kona Grill construction site, we were greeted, received our hard hats and the tour began.  A unique feature to Kona’s décor is a $75,000 humongous Video wall allowing Kona to set the mood & energy of the restaurant.  In addition there will be 4,000 gallons worth of salt water aquariums inside! As you can see from the kitchen photo below they have a lot of work to do before opening early October. 

Kona is BIG on skinny!  Yep, skinny cocktails and skinny sushi that is, where the cocktails are under 150 calories and the rolls under 110.  Don’t want to go skinny? No problem, they can accommodate you as well.

Enough about the restaurant, now for the food:


We started off with nigiri sushi, a Huston roll and a potsticker.  Unanimously the uttered comment during this course was “This is the freshest Sushi I have ever tasted”.  The scrumptious potsticker had a perfectly balanced flavor and texture, hard to put into words – you will have to just try one.  Next up was a mini chopped salad, while tasty had mixed reviews.    And while the salad was not a unanimously big hit like the sushi, I enjoyed it.  Next up, and my favorite, was the miso marinated sea bass with wok tossed vegetables and island rice.  I absolutely loved the flavor of the fish, and the island rice danced in harmony with my taste buds.  This is one fabulous dish, I highly recommend it!  Lastly for dessert was a Passion fruit crème brulee, while very tasty I distinctly tasted a strong hint of lemon and not so much the passion fruit – still a very tasty treat to end our hard hat lunch.

Amazingly fresh sushi, an American grill menu with hand crafted cocktails and a commitment to excellence.  I believe Kona Grill in Baltimore will be a tasty yet different kind of hit!

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