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Kona Island Sushi Bar Review and Photos

Many thanks to Amanda Tinney, writer of the fantastic DisneyEveryDay.com, for guest blogging about this fun food spot! Can’t wait to try it!

Kona Cafe Sushi Bar

Kona Cafe Sushi Bar

Ah YES…Joy and Rapture! Disney has added another Sushi Bar to the Walt Disney World Resort! As a Disney Veteran I am embarrassed to admit that I just recently found out about this latest addition last month and come to find out… they have been serving up Sushi for about a year now. Shameful!

Welcome Disney epicureans to the Kona Island Sushi Bar!

Wall Menu

Wall Menu

Specs and Eats
If you’re guessing that this Nosh Spot is in the Polynesian Resort…You are correct! The Kona Island Sushi Bar is situated right next to the Kona Café on the second floor of the Polynesian. In the morning this hot spot is the Kona Coffee Bar, but it is magically transformed in the late afternoon to serve Sushi to hungry tourists and locals alike.

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The bar is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and has two seating areas, which will accommodate roughly twenty people, total. A little over half of the seating is at a bar on a glass wall that overlooks the beautiful gardens and water features that make up the entrance to the resort. The remaining seats are directly in front of the bar where the chefs prepare the sushi. But do not despair if you can’t get a seat at the bar; the full sushi menu is served at Kona Café and vice versa — the full Kona Menu is served at the Sushi Bar.

Here’s a peek at the Sushi Menu…

Kona Sushi Bar Menu

Kona Sushi Bar Menu

We sampled the Volcano Roll, Dragon Hand Roll, and California Luau Roll. Everything we had was delicious!

The California Roll was a nice surprise as it had pineapple in place of the standard cucumber and the citrus flavor made it taste even fresher than sushi normally tastes.

Kona Sushi Bar California Roll

Kona Sushi Bar California Roll

The Volcano Roll, made with Spicy Tuna, Seafood Lau’ai and Tempura Crunch, filled the entire plate….

Kona Volcano Roll

Kona Volcano Roll

I was so excited to eat the Dragon Hand Roll that I forgot to take a picture of it. I am a big fan of eel and had never eaten a hand roll before so I dug in without thinking…sorry.

But! While we were at the bar, someone ordered the Tuna Poke. When the chef placed it on the bar I snapped a picture of it. It was beautiful! It looked like three large tortelloni (a tortellini-ravioli hybrid) with diced tomato on top, but was actually the most perfect, red tuna salad served over round crisps.

Kona Sushi Bar Tuna Poke

Kona Sushi Bar Tuna Poke

And here’s a shot of the Shrimp Tempura Roll, which consists of Tempura Shrimp, fresh mango, and Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Sauce:

Kona Sushi Bar Shrimp Tempura Roll

Kona Sushi Bar Shrimp Tempura Roll

…and the Kona Crab Cake Roll which is made with a Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, avocado, and Asian tartar sauce…

Kona Sushi Bar Crab Cake Roll

Kona Sushi Bar Crab Cake Roll

Costs and Cocktails
If you think you’ll have to break the bank to eat here, think again. Prices are very reasonable considering the quality of food that you will get for your money. The chefs that we spoke with that night had worked at The California Grill at the Contemporary. Plates start at $8.99 and go up to $15.99.

I was also surprised to discover that Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is served here! I got a chance to sample it at the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and gave it a rave review!

Kona Sushi Bar Cocktails Menu

Kona Sushi Bar Cocktails Menu

The Kona Island Sushi Bar also serves traditional sake as well…

Wine and Sake Menu at Kona Sushi Bar

Wine and Sake Menu at Kona Sushi Bar

If you decide to check out this eatery on your next visit make sure to look for the Hidden Mickey in the bar.

Kona Sushi Bar Hidden Mickey

Kona Sushi Bar Hidden Mickey

As a local…I will definitely be returning for some nom nom’s at the Kona Island Sushi Bar! Amanda Tinney signing out! Dewa kore de! Bye for Now!

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15 Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    …And this gets added to the “To Eat” list for the next trip! Unfortunately, I’ll have to do so alone, as the missus doesn’t do sushi. Ah, well, her loss. More for me!

  2. AJ says:

    Jeff, just have her come along and order something from the Kona Cafe menu! She can even get steak if she wants! ;-)

  3. Cookie says:

    I just discovered your blog and love it! I’ve only had the chance to visit Disney World once with my mom last year and had the most wonderful time. We visited Epcot Center for 2 days (LOVE it!) and Magic Kingdom for a day since it was pretty much just like Disneyland. I can’t wait to go back! I’ll definitely be using your blog for my planning!

  4. AJ says:

    Thanks, Cookie! I love the title of your blog — can’t wait to go check it out! :-) Where did you eat with your Mom in WDW? Would love to hear your thoughts on the restaurants you tried.

  5. Kelly says:

    I love Kona Cafe…I don’t know if I can tear myself away to try the Sushi Bar…but I might have to! It looks delicious!

  6. Christina says:

    Great blog! I’ll definitely need to try this place with hubby next time! We’ve also never been to the Poly!

  7. AJ says:

    Kelly — Just order the sushi while you’re AT the Kona cafe :-) You can always snap a shot of the bar while you walk by…

    Christina — This is right up your alley! Would love to hear what you think of this sushi spot. Also, looking forward to any more blog posts you want to do…just sayin’… :-)

  8. Re Re says:

    Yummy! I am definitely making the trip to Kona! Thanks for the pictures!

  9. AJ says:

    Glad you enjoyed, Re Re!

  10. Dawn says:

    I am a sushi FREAK!!!! I will be there within the next 3 weeks and this is definitely a place we will be going to!!!!!

  11. AJ says:

    Dawn, if you love sushi, be sure to check out this post on Tokyo Dining in the World Showcase!

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  14. Stephen Binder says:

    Hello, We will be visiting WDW next month and I am trying to locate a dear friend who I believe works at Kona Island Sushi Bar, his name is Johnny Dowd “chef”. if anyone could help me reconnect with my friend it, I would be very grateful’

  15. Jenny says:

    Can the sushi be ordered to go? I’m staying at The Contemporary in April and was bummed when I found out Cali Grill is going to be closed.

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