Indeed Kendo UI grid for ASP.NET MVC doesn't support full text filtering out of the box. You can perhaps support that by implementing custom binding. Documentation about custom binding is available here: http://docs.kendoui.com/getting-started/using-kendo-with/aspnet-mvc/helpers/grid/custom-binding
You need to take the filter expression from the DataSourceRequest parameter of the action method and execute the corresponding DB call to perform the full text search.
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