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    • disneydiner

      Registered: February 2015
      Posts: 39
      Review Date: Sat June 2, 2018 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): different and delicious
      Cons: none

      We have always had nice meals at Kona Cafe and our April lunch there was no exception. Our party of four ordered the Asian stir fry, Dashi noodle bowl with grouper, Verlasso salmon, soup of the day and sushi. We were all pleased with our choices and did some tasting of each others' dishes. So good! We ordered two Kona Cones for dessert and what a treat they were! Too cute-and yummy! Our waitress was great and took photos of our group-it had been a long time since we four had been together. Our bill was less painful with my niece's cast member discount. Meals are priced on the high side at Kona but it is vacation and it is Disney. Oh, and the lapu-lapus were great!
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      Registered: April 2017
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Fri November 3, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food was good
      Cons: drinks were warm, service slow, party split up

      Kona is usually a must do for us- Lapu Lapu's and good food... unfortunately our last visit in June was not good. We were very disappointed. We were a large party, there were 12 of us in all. 10 of our party were seated together and two of us were seated on our own. This was poor planning on their part as they had smaller parties seated at the end of the table, which is why we were separated. We had the reservation for 5 months, this was not a surprise for them. Drinks were slow to come and warm when we received them. Service was very spotty, the wait staff (we had 2) disappeared for long stretches leading to a drawn out meal. Just overall disappointing. It will be a while before we go back.
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      Registered: August 2017
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Sun August 20, 2017 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 3 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Ambiance; friendliness
      Cons: Dramatic menu change and not positive

      Kona has been a mainstay during our visits for years but this year (August 2017) was disappointing. The menu listed for Kona on AllEars is for December 2016 but that has changed and not, in my family's opinion, for the better. Sushi selections have been cut by more than half, entrée selections have been reduced as well and the steamed pork buns - a favorite appetizer - have exited the menu. Among some items we ordered were the California roll (ate half; not tasty), Asian Pasta Shrimp (half eaten; again, not tasty and a bit overcooked) and the steak (reduced portion for the amount paid). Additionally, the restaurant was fairly empty at 6:00 which we have never experienced in prior visits. We liked dining at Kona rather than Ohana because of the more selective menu. I'm afraid future visits are probably in jeopardy. Do not know what happened there but my family was very disappointed.
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      Registered: January 2009
      Posts: 55
      Review Date: Sat February 4, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): great service, very good food

      We checked in at Polynesian on 12/22 and had a noon reservation at Kona. We were seated on time and had a very pleasant meal here. I've always liked Kona but my family hasn't always enjoyed it to be honest. But I'm happy to say we all very much enjoyed our lunch. Perhaps it was at least partially due to the fact that we were all very hungry after our flight. And perhaps it was partially due to us being excited to be just beginning our vacation and escaping the New England cold.

      Our waitress was terrific and our appetizers came quickly. I've had Kona's crab cakes before and I was looking forward to them. They were just as good as I remembered! Other apps ordered were pot stickers and salads.

      For entrees we ordered the Loco Moco, pork tacos and the Asian noodle bowl for entrees.

      Kona flies under the radar for most people and while it wasn't the best meal of our trip, I believe everyone will be happy to go back. Before our meal was over we received a text that our room was ready! Perfect ending!
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      Registered: October 2011
      Location: United States
      Posts: 25
      Review Date: Mon December 12, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Good Food
      Cons: Coffee pressed pot horrible

      Had dinner at the Kona Café on 12/9/16. The Kona Café is my favorite restaurant anywhere. This is the 1st time I would rate it less than a 10. The food was great as always, dessert perfect. the Pressed Pot of coffee has changed to Jofferys coffee from 100% Kona. So now you pay more for coffee much less quality. Kona blend is a better cup of coffee. This being said I will be back because it is still the Kona Café.
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      Registered: September 2016
      Posts: 19
      Review Date: Tue September 27, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Sticky wings!!!
      Cons: Can be noisy

      With ADR, we ate here on September 12, 2016, as we toured our way through the monorail resorts. A favorite first-night pastime. We decided to share two appetizers since the sweet bread and macadamia nut butter cannot be ignored.

      We shared our favorites sticky wings and the California Luau roll. The sticky wings have a wonderful Polynesian glaze with just the right amount of mustard drizzled on top. Over time the portion size has gotten smaller, so I think this time we got 5 wings. The sushi was excellent. I had not had this one before with the pineapple included.

      The restaurant is on the second floor of the lobby and is open-air, so it can be a bit loud at times. It has never stopped us from coming. Great wait staff and nice atmosphere to enjoy.

      We were staying at the PORS, so we took a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then rode the resort monorail around to the Poly. Easy-peasy.
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      Registered: January 2007
      Posts: 41
      Review Date: Mon July 18, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): sushi,.noodle bowls

      We walked up at 5:00 on June 30 without an ADR and they were able to seat us so that alone was amazing. We have always loved Kona and it did not disappoint. We started off with the must have Lapu lapus and then the sweet bread and macadamia nut butter- delish! We had a mix of potstickers, sushi, red pepper soup and shrimp and chicken noodle bowls. Everything was absolutely delicious. We have never been disappointed here and I can not wait to go back!
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      Registered: January 2011
      Location: Minnesota
      Posts: 46
      Review Date: Tue June 21, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food
      Cons: service a little slow

      Very busy when we were there. Service was somewhat slow as a result. Food was good. We had salmon and sushi and portions were a nice size, not too large, and quite tasty.
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      Registered: December 2015
      Posts: 12
      Review Date: Thu December 31, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, service

      The sirloin was tremendous and the bread warm and sweet. Creme brûlée superb. Kids meal also got the thumbs up. An excellent experience!
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      Registered: April 2011
      Location: Cols, OH
      Posts: 45
      Review Date: Mon November 9, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Bread
      Cons: Average food and service

      We tried this place since we wanted to see the refurbishments to the Ceremonial House at the Polynesian. We had to wait about 10 past our ADR to be seated and the café was very busy, we were largely ignored by our server but noticed he was like that with most of the tables around us. The bread and butter are worth the price alone and the menu had something for everyone. The steak was well cooked and the sides were well prepared. The desserts were fine but not very memorable. Unless I was staying nearby, not sure I would go out of my way to eat there again. You can pretty much get the same steak at any of the Disney resorts.
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      Registered: July 2006
      Posts: 28
      Review Date: Sun November 1, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food and service
      Cons: portion size

      We loved the Kona Café. The service was great and the food was even better. Enjoyed the delicious lapu lapu cocktail which is served in a pineapple, which adds to the pineapple flavor. I hated to throw away the pineapple, but it looked silly trying to scoop it out. Loved the sweet Hawaiian bread that was served with a honey sweetened macadamia nut butter, had a hard time saving room for dinner after eating. My husband ordered the rack of lamb which they had to cook special for him since he has shellfish allergies and apparently they use some form of shellfish in their typical lamb rub. None-the-less he said his lamb was one of the best cooked lamb he'd ever had. For my entrée I had the seared scallops that was served with wakame seaweed salad and a Polynesian seasoned rice, which was incredibly delicious. I followed up my meal with the citrus tart, similar t key lime pie, and it was sweet but not too sweet. Unfortunately the entrée portion was small and had it not been for the bread and the dessert, I would have left hungry. But otherwise a great experience and one of the best meals we've had at Disneyworld.
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      Registered: August 2008
      Location: Palm Coast, FL
      Posts: 20
      Review Date: Thu August 6, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Not too crowded, nice choices of food
      Cons: None!

      We were staying at Bay Lake Tower and made a special trip over to the Kona Café for lunch on 7/31. A quick monorail ride and then over to Magic Kingdom makes for a nice break from the park during the hot part of the day. Thoroughly enjoyed the fish tacos! The shell was more like a fried chalupa shell and was crunchy and delicious. Pasta salad and slaw sides were ok, and enjoyed the chocolate torte dessert. Would definitely recommend and will return again.
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      Registered: January 2007
      Posts: 103
      Review Date: Sat July 18, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Terrific food
      Cons: Service can be slow

      The menu options here are great, very different from usual hotel offerings. The Tuna Poke is beautifully presented and delicious, with just a hint of heat. I preferred over the one I had last week at Monsieur Paul which was very heavy on mustard. The sushi is always very good and the appetizer menu cannot be beaten anywhere. The Pot Stickers and Sticky Wings are a must have, but all of the choices are delicious. Service is very relaxed, some may find it slow.
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      Registered: July 2015
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Tue July 7, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great location do watching fireworks afterwards
      Cons: Nothing really

      We were pleasantly surprised by Kona. I knew nothing about it and we ended up having the best steak of our trip. This meal was a fraction of the cost of our other meals. The great view of the fireworks out by the pool was wonderful. Definitely a bit of Disney Magic!
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      Registered: April 2009
      Location: Milton, Georgia
      Posts: 18
      Review Date: Tue July 7, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great out of the park retreat, delicious food
      Cons: Disney prices (but we knew that going in)

      Husband and teen son went for 2nd visit for lunch on July 3rd as a break from our marathon Magic Kingdom day in the park. I highly recommend taking the monorail and going here to take a break for lunch, especially on a hot summer day! They both got the surf and turf burgers and loved them (again)! Think this place is great! P.S. If you have room after, go to the Dole Whip stand outside the downstairs. Refreshing!
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