American Grill-Meets-Sushi: Kona Grill To Open Its First California Location At Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine, Calif., March 2015Kona Grill, a fast-growing American grill concept, is set to open its first California location at Irvine Spectrum Center in 2016. Offering scratch-made American food with a modern spin, Kona Grill will also feature award-winning sushi with fresh seafood flown in daily, as well as steaks, crafted cocktails and seasonal menus.

“Our restaurant collection is about as diverse as it gets and we’re looking forward to providing another great dining option here at Irvine Spectrum Center,” said Stacie Ellis, senior marketing director for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “Kona Grill will serve contemporary American cuisine with an impressive selection of sushi.”

Signature dishes include: Macadamia Nut Chicken with a pineapple-papaya marmalade, Miso-Sake Sea Bass and a passion fruit creme brulee. On the sushi side, there’s Salmon Wasabi Sashimi, with fresh wasabi root, pickled onions, cucumber salad with a yuzu ponzu, along with specialty rolls such as the Checkerboard Roll, with tuna, habanero tuna mix, yellowtail, avocado, asparagus and spicy motoyaki sauce.

The restaurant will include a large patio dining space, a custom-designed aquarium and an expansive bar. Kona Grill will be located across from Yard House.

About Irvine Spectrum Center: Irvine Spectrum Center is Southern California’s ultimate entertainment and lifestyle destination, visited by more than 17 million people each year.  The center features Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target, along with more than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as Orange County’s most popular movie theater, a 6,400-seat, 21-screen movie theater with an IMAX screen. Recent additions include: BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Umami Burger, Urban Seoul, TLT Food, LYFE Kitchen, Pho Saigon Pearl and Sports Authority. For more information, please visit

About Kona Grill: Kona Grill features American favorites with an international influence and award-winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 31 restaurants, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. Restaurants are located in 19 states: Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale); Colorado (Denver); Connecticut (Stamford); Florida (Tampa, Sarasota); Georgia (Alpharetta); Illinois (Lincolnshire, Oak Brook); Indiana (Carmel); Idaho (Boise) Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Maryland (Baltimore); Michigan (Troy); Minnesota (Eden Prairie); Missouri (Kansas City); Nebraska (Omaha); New Jersey (Woodbridge); Nevada (Las Vegas); Ohio (Columbus) Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, The Woodlands, Ft. Worth, El Paso); Virginia (Richmond).