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    • girldrgn8

      Registered: April 2011
      Posts: 30
      Review Date: Sat March 28, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Drinks; Bread; Service
      Cons: Food Choices

      My husband and I ate here on March 21 using our TIW. After a long day, it was great to sit down and order drinks. My husband ordered the Lapu Lapu and I had the Tropical Macaw. Both were great! The bread that they bring out is wonderful and the butter is wonderful too. Then it came to ordering dinner. My husband ordered the Spicy Tuna which he really did not like at all. He ate it because he was hungry. I ordered the pot stickers and soup for my dinner. I thought both were fine but nothing special. Neither of us ordered dessert even though they looked great. We decided we will try breakfast next time and skip the dinner menu here.
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      Registered: May 2009
      Location: 1,194 Miles from Disney World
      Posts: 250
      Review Date: Tue January 20, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Best food of the trip, accommodating
      Cons: Poor service, very rushed

      This was a new restaurant for us and one we were looking forward to very much. Our ADR was for 1:35pm on 12/18. We arrived on time and our party of two was seated right away at a table for four. This turned out to be lucky because a friend decided he wanted to join us and was in the Poly lobby when we were being seated. Our server told us it wouldn't be a problem to add him to the table.

      My mom and I came in pretty sure of what we wanted, so we ordered almost immediately. We asked to split the Crab Cakes for an appetizer and the Polynesian Plate Lunch of Pan-Fried Chicken for our entree.

      Our friend ordered right after he sat down, maybe two minutes after we had ordered. My appetizer came within 10 minutes of ordering, which was great...but the server brought the entree at the same time! Not a good thing, because then we felt rushed to eat the app before the chicken got cold.
      Our friend had the same issue when his food was delivered just a few minutes after ours.

      The food was delicious, at least. We had requested the Jalapeno-Lime sauce on the side for our crab cakes, and the cakes were so flavorful they didn't need the sauce anyway. The pan-fried chicken was amazing and so tender. It was served with coconut and mango sauces on top, plus sides of white rice (boring) and pasta salad (boring, but really good). Our friend had the Steamed Pork Buns and the BBQ Pork Tacos and had no complaints at all.

      Mom and I looked at all the dessert options but decided to stick with our original intention: the Chocolate Fondue. It did not disappoint! So good we almost licked the dish.

      We had explained to our server that my mom and I would be one check and our friend would be separate. We were told that was not a problem but he brought us two copies of only our check. Then it took forever for him to come by again so we could let him know. He had just kind of disappeared throughout the meal, and we never got drink refills.

      Overall, amazing food but poor service. Yes, I'd return.
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      Registered: October 2012
      Location: Boston, MA
      Posts: 16
      Review Date: Tue January 13, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): amazing food, great service, quiet

      This was our favorite meal of the entire trip. I had the coffee crusted pork chop and it was amazing. This will be a stop on my next trip and I will order it again. The atmposhere was lovely- very quiet and peaceful. Our server was great as well. We had no complaints at all here!
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      Registered: July 2006
      Posts: 37
      Review Date: Thu January 1, 2015 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 1 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): NOTHING
      Cons: EVERYTHING: Food, Waiter, Service... ICK

      We have eaten dinner at the Kona Cafe twice between 2005-2014 so we decided to try lunch here on the 17th of November. Oh My Gosh, we really regretted it. We will NOT be returning to the Kona Cafe EVER again.

      For lunch they don't serve the bread with hazelnut butter...at least we didn't get one. Then when our lunch (eventually) came they brought the wrong item. I ordered the hamburger w/ bacon instead of shrimp, but they brought the hamburger w/ shrimp which did taste good.

      Then, there was dessert... :shudders:. We both had the apple tart. It looked soo good and had my mom order it too. It tasted like it was 2-3 months old. It was hard as a rock...okay we were able to break it but it was so horrible. Even the ice cream tasted bad. ICE CREAM!!!

      So we just paid and left. The waiter took forever w/ our food. So we are NEVER EVER EVER returning there.
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      Registered: March 2011
      Posts: 11
      Review Date: Sun December 21, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, friendly service
      Cons: None

      We ate here on 12/16/14 for dinner. The staff and our server were excellent. So friendly and helpful.
      We had crab cakes as an appetizer which was very good. My daughter had the swordfish , excellent. I had the tofu asian noodles, excellent . For dessert the banana cream was very good and chocolate fondue was good too.
      The best was the bread with almond butter...excellent.
      I would highly recommend eating here. I feel like it's a hidden gem for a great meal.
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      Registered: July 2006
      Posts: 37
      Review Date: Wed November 26, 2014 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 1 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): None
      Cons: Food... Service

      I really regret going to Kona Cafe for lunch. We only went because nothing was open for Dinner. Lunch pretty much was bad.

      My mom had the steak which was good but my hamburger was bad. I ordered the bacon hamburger instead of the shrimp but they messed up my order and brought the shrimp, which was 'ok.'

      We were surprised there was no bread served. Not sure if they just forgot about it for us. But the service was bad.

      The dessert was HORRIBLE. We both had the apple cobbler which was hard as a rock. We will not be returning to Kona for lunch OR dinner.

      I would rate this a 0 or none at all if there was a choice so I gave it a one.
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      Registered: October 2011
      Posts: 11
      Review Date: Fri October 24, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great Atmosphere, and Great Food

      We ate at Kona on Sunday, September 28th before heading over to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is one of our favorite places to eat in Disney World. Truth be told we have at least 10 places we call our favorites. The food and staff at Kona is stellar. We started off with the Cucumber Roll. They were perfection on a plate. You can't go wrong with some of the freshest ingredients. Entrees consisted of the Grilled New York Strip Steak each. The meat was so tender it melted in your mouth along with the accompanying molasses-bacon butter. The fingerling potatoes were roasted to such a delectable crisp. Kona is a truly hidden gem and we are so happy that we have shared this place together for so many years and we pray for many years to come.
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      Registered: October 2014
      Posts: 14
      Review Date: Wed October 15, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, dessert, waitstaff
      Cons: None

      Visited Disney in August and arrived around 11:00. Check-in was quick since we had club level.
      We were all pretty hungry (5 adults, 4 kids) and took a chance that we could get in to Kona, which we did. Of course for the rest of our 10 days, it was impossible, so I would caution everyone - reservations are a must for both Kona and Ohana. With only two table restaurants, the Poly is touch and go. I wish they would reopen Tangaroa Terrace.
      Anyway, food was very good, drinks same. The desserts were incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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      Registered: February 2009
      Location: Fort Wayne, IN
      Posts: 17
      Review Date: Wed July 23, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great variety and flavors, amazing dessert
      Cons: Open air environment to GCH can be noisy

      This is the second time I've eaten at Kona Cafe. The food is amazing here. There is a great variety of menu options and the flavors are top notch. Truly a Disney hidden gem, as many people don't seem to know about it. There were empty tables while we were there at the dinner rush, which surprised me.

      The only con is the noise factor - not within the restaurant, but from people walking through the GCH from the monorail and from people waiting for dinner at Ohana. It did get a bit loud at times and made it harder to hear, even though we were near the back wall of the restaurant.

      Even with the noise, be sure to try Kona Cafe while it is still there. Rumors are flying that Disney will close it during the construction at the Poly and replace it with something else.
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      Registered: July 2006
      Location: Taunton, Massachusetts
      Posts: 42
      Review Date: Tue July 22, 2014 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros):
      Cons: Service

      It saddens me to write this review of a favorite restaurant. We went on July 20 for dinner. There were ten in our party. We chose this restaurant from past experience, having always enjoyed it. The server, a young man, was inattentive and actually acted like he thought he was something special. Had to ask for the bread and macadamia butter! My sister's tuna was over cooked and the scallops were tasteless. The chocolate fondue was good, but the macaroon cookies were so hard that I couldn't get a spoon into them. This restaurant will no longer be a "must do" or even anywhere near the top of the list.
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      Registered: March 2012
      Posts: 16
      Review Date: Mon March 31, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Good food
      Cons: Atmosphere is a little lacking.

      We waited about 10 minutes for our table. My only complaint is that I'm not a huge fan of the atmosphere. It just seems a little diner-y. Food however was very good. I had the potstickers and DH had the teriyaki steak. We'll probably come here on a future trip, but it's not one of our "must dos".
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      Registered: October 2006
      Posts: 83
      Review Date: Mon December 30, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food and service
      Cons: wait

      This place is usually the best of the trip, and this trip it did not disappoint.

      The steak and desserts are great!

      I ordered one of the Kona beers, and it was too bitter for me. That was the only negative, but that was because of personal dislike.
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      Registered: February 2008
      Posts: 10
      Review Date: Fri November 29, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): good food,good desserts
      Cons: service

      Overall, the food was good, dessert excellent but the service was the worst. We often had to flag someone down to get service, everyone seemed to be so busy doing nothing.
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      Registered: November 2013
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Tue November 19, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Bread and Dessert
      Cons: Disappointing Menu Change

      The Kona Cafe has long been a last-night-of-vacation dinner tradition for us, but after dropping our favorite almond coconut chicken with salad from the menu, we may need to find another restaurant and start a new tradition. We were extremely disappointed in the revised menu and really had a hard time finding anything we even wanted to order. The chicken dish now offered on the menu was rather nondescript despite the curry sauce. The kona coffee rubbed pork chop was delicious, but we didn't care for the mushroom bread pudding served alongside.
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      Registered: December 2007
      Location: UK
      Posts: 59
      Review Date: Thu October 31, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): a really different set of items on the menu
      Cons: quite noisy and open

      I had never seen this restaurant before so had originally planned on using it for an anniversary meal until people on discussion boards warned me it was not quiet and romantic. I am very pleased we decided to still try it though. We came on a Saturday lunch and although quite noisy-it is open no walls between the restaurant and the hotel lobby-and to begin with there was hideous high pitched whistling coming from somewhere that was driving staff and guests alike crazy, it was a most enjoyable meal. We skipped a starter and went straight for the main event. DH had the Teriyaki steak dish and I had the turkey sandwich. It was huge-it would have fed us both. The waitress very kindly let me sub the pear slaw for sweet potato fries which I split with DH, who gave me his pasta salad in return. Both fries and salad were delicious. DH loved his steak-it had never occurred to him to try a steak with a sweetish sauce before but he enjoyed it. Although not the greatest cut of steak you will ever see, he said it was tender and there was nothing left on his plate at the end. I had the crème brulee for dessert and DH had the kilauea torte. The crème brulee was delicious-even DH liked it and he is not keen on banana taste. His torte was very nice too although I didn't get to share much...We enjoyed our meal and will certainly pencil it in for an escape from theme park dining next time.
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