Seattle >Food & Dining > Kona Kitchen
8501 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.690571 -122.323176
Neighborhoods: Maple Leaf, North Seattle, North
Great restaurant/bar – Great restaurant and bar. Breakfast food served all day, which is nice. If you go don't forget about their specials too. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30/11:00 - close (2am). Get's pretty packed Friday and Saturday, so if you wanna sing get there earlier and put your song(s) in :) They also have a bar menu.
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Brings Aloha to Seattle – I love this place. The staff is exceptional, the feel is authentic. I can take my kids there and have no worries. The menu is great. On the weekends, the bar opens and they have karaoke. It's my official neighborhood watering hole. Kona attracts a great crowd.
For those who say the service is slow, maybe it is. I've never noticed because I'm there relaxing with family and friends. Don't you know everything slows down in Hawaii? When I lived there, we called it "Aloha time." Stop by, take a load off and relax, Hawaiian style.
Kona is great! – Kona has been a standard for me and my friends ever since they opened about 7 years ago. I like the super casual (but not slack) environment, I can go there anytime and know that the food will always be good and the staff will be friendly. I have had breakfast many times, the kona coffee is great, and they do great classic american breakfasts as well as Hawaiian style dishes...always good. Their dinners are great too, I almost always order Kalhua Pig and Cabbage...yum! I have an affinity to this place, I hope they stay around for years to come!
Spam Masubi! Yummi! – I went here for lunch. It wasn't crowded at all. We got a seat immediately. It was a bit of await, but I forgive the waitress for she seemed like she was all alone. While we were waiting we noticed all the movie memorablia in the walls. It was really cool to see a autographed picture of Mr. Miyagi on the wall. The wait for the food was worth it. I had Kalua Pork drenced with juice which comes with macaroni salad and rice. My cousin had a combo plate with teriyaki beef, mac salad, rice, spring rolls, and pork katsu. They even have spam masubi. Boy, this place took us back. It was fairly affordable too. The space is large so you can bring large families. They even have breakfast.
PERFECT FAMILY RESTAURANT – I wanted to spend my 22nd birthday (including 40 people) in a cozy, family-feel place. Kona Kitchen popped in mind because they have suuuppper gooood food & the atmosphere is so comfortable. They were sooo accomadating, food came out fast & good and the best part was that it was cheap! It was the perfect way to spend my birthday and with friends. Afterwards we had some drinks at the bar before we headed out and let's just say that Angie can 'pour' some drinks. ;D Will always love this place and is a perfect spot to just grab lunch or for any occasion.
Diner style Hawaiian food – Goods eats ... period. Service is generally good, but when it gets very busy the service can come to a crawl. Bottomline - if you're in a rush, this may not be the place for you.
This place does have a core group of customers that continue to support this establishment. I'd say one of their biggest fans has to be the Seattle Police dept. because everytime I eat there, there is always 2 or 3 uniformed officers there. I mysef frequent this restaurant about 3 times a month and I live in Pierce County.
Back to the food - the Loco-Moco, Kalua Pig and BBQ chicken are very good and they don't short you on the amount served. The first time I had their BBQ chicken, I expected a typical portion of sliced breast meat, but instead I got "two hind-quarters," that's 2 drumsticks and 2 thighs.
But, the highlight for me is - when you have a hankering for, or simply want to "discover" Lau-Lau, make it a point to eat there on Sunday, after 11:00 AM. Their Lau-Lau is Ono!
I miss the chicken – Their chicken is so good! One of the best Hawaiian restaurants in Seattle. Down to earth family style. Not a fancy place. not for dates, but their food promise a good time!!!!
kona kitchen takes me back home... – i'm originally from hawaii and when i moved up here a few years ago, finding a place to eat that reminded me of home was tough. and then i discovered kona kitchen and i've been going there ever since. yes, the service can be slow at times but it's definitely about enjoying the food and enjoying the people you're with. it's truly a place to just hang out and relax after a long day and the food is absolutely worth the wait. so if you're not in a huge rush, love good homestyle cooking and appreciate a little small town feel, this is a great place to go.
Low key but fun – Low key atmosphere with good food. Great family atmosphere. Perfect for those lazy Sunday's to just go in, relax, and eat by yourself, family or friends. Kona Kitchen also has a bar area in the back away from the dining area. They have made some cosmetic changes to that area since they open I think 2 or 3 years ago. Again, with the bar area, if you are interested in going out but not fight the crowd, Kona Kitchen is the place to be. Bar area is great to hang out with friends or make new friends, also Friday and Saturday nights they have karaoke from 10pm to close (2am). I have heard some great singers and seen some funny signers, any way you cut it everyone is having FUN!
good food...terrible service – The first time I dined here I didn't notice that the service was that bad as the food was good. I loved the authenticity and low key atmosphere. After our recent visit, however, I've decided that we'll never go back. We arrived at 12:30 on a weekday. There was one person who was serving all the tables. One cook. We waited for 50 minutes for our order and finally had to ask for it to go as the rest of our group was getting antsy. Everyone in the restaurant was complaining that they were starving. No accomodations were made to deal with the unhappy customers. When we got the food home we reheated it in the microwave and it was good. Yes, they do have good food. I'd love to be able to go back again. Not any time soon, however. I don't have that kind of time.
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