Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.koievanston.com/
  • Phone: 8478666969
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Mon-fri: 11:30am-2:30pm
    Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm all day
    Sunday no lunch

    Dinner:
    Sunday-Thursday: 4:30pm- 9:30pm
    Friday: 4:30pm- 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Mark Tsang/Kenny Tan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Koi is locate in the heart of Evanston's charming downtown. The moden and chic dining room exemplify both class and saphistication, with relaxed feel. Koi offer bold, traditional flavors from the 8 distinct regions of China, as well as fresh contemoprary, sushi plates. Come join us in downtown Evanston where the North Shore meets the city. contact Joey@koievanston.com for catering details. 847/866-6969
  • Entertainment: Established in 2004. Koi brings life to the menu with specialty entrees like the savory Black Mushroom Duck and sweet and spicy Shanghai Red Snapper. Even the sushi novice can indulge in the sweet flavors Dragon Fire Maki and the artfully crafted Signature Sushi roll.

    Exquisite dishes are complimented by a fabulous drink list. The full bar offers patrons everything from a funky Disco Martini to a rich wine list that includes 51 different varieties from top vineyards from around the world.

    Draped in a surrounding of high-design and modern architecture, patrons can enjoy
  • Special Events: Koi host monthly chef's tasting table. visit www.koievanston.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sherman
  • Public Transit: Purple line to Davis.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking or pay lot available.
A word from Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Koi is located in the right in the heart of charming Evanston’s restaurant row. Koi brings the bold flavors of the eight different regions of authentic Chinese Cuisine and fresh sushi to every dining experience. The new menu brings owner Sandy Chens’ love for traditional Chinese cooking to the forefront, while still offering the menu favorites that our regular customers have come to love.

Recently redesigned, Koi offers a modern, relaxing atmosphere perfect for a night out with friends, dinner for two or private parties. Koi’s express kitchen caters carryout and delivery to a wide range of North Shore residences.

With an incredible menu and exciting drinks, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, complimented by the knowledgeable staff, Koi is one of Evanston's premier dining destinations. Come and see us to enjoy the weekly specials at the bar after work. Be creative, live long, be happy and follow your own path. Let the party begin.
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Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (15)good for groups (10)great for lunch (9)romantic (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Flavorful
    Pipsy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an excellent dinner here, the eggplant with sole in a sweet/spicy sauce was superb! Sushi also good if a little pricey. Waitstaff was helpful and prompt. It was good to have a reservation even on a Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back!
    SlainteVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I met our daughter at Koi on a recent Friday night. It had been a few years since we dined at Koi. But after our experience, we'll return VERY soon! I had the walnut shrimp entree and my wife ordered chicken pad Thai. We requested both entrees be prepared low sodium and each arrived perfectly. My daughter ordered sushi and also enjoyed her dinner. Portions are generous. Service was excellent. When we sent a salad and appetizer back because it wasn't to our liking, our server asked if we'd like them redone or if we wished to order something else. When we said no and when the check arrived, the two items were already taken off. A nice surprise! So yes, we'll return to Koi soon and bring our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother going to this restaura
    sharon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The noise level was so loud that we had to shout our conversation to each other. It was just very much too noisey. The service was extremely slow and everyone's meal and/or appetizers came out at different times. Two of the soups we ordered were completely forgotten. The food was just mediocre. This restaurant would never survive in Chinatown, its food bearing no taste like authentic pan-asian food except for the sushi which was well prepared and attractive but all the different types of sushi tasted the same.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, As Usual
    KrysiaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food here is always top-notch and this visit confirmed our conviction that we can always eat delicious dishes of the highest quality at Koi. The service is great. This time I reserved a table for two, but an unexpected guest arrive; so we had three for dinner. Although the restaurant was completely full, the staff accommodated our entire party with graciousness and charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Made reservations on opentable & placed in comment box for highchair (that was not done) .Went there for lunch and order the one lunch special which includes soup/sushi/ dish. Sushi came after the dish was finished.... The menu is too large for them to handle (included dim sum) they were out of stuff. Again service for lunch time shouldn't be like this --- can imagine what dinner service would be. I'm a very patient person but this is too much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great offerings in a a great town
    DinoKingVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Koi is a go-to spot for sushi and great authentic chinese food. Portions are big, tastes are bigger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pan Asian
    Overrated
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always the food was wonderful. The service this time was slow and they even forgot an item, but the gave us a free appetizer in exchange.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    critisized
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food is great, although a bit overpriced. Huge selection and taste is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • alwayshungry
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    our waiter could not have been less help full, we where seated close to the busing station very loud and distracting food was over priced for the quality and presentation... very dissapointing
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently Great Food
    KrysiaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Every time we have eaten at Koi, the food has been great. The service is efficient and friendly, yet not obtrusive. We are lucky to have found this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good selections
    Atlas
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Good selections of different types of Chinese food-- great dimsum selection as well. Xiaolongbao and veggie dumplings were excellent, especially the dipping sauces. Server was nice but not the most attentive-- missed our two empty beer glasses entirely. He also did not have much to say when asked for recommendations. The space is clean, modern, and pleasing to look at.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    truthtellerVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Had been to Koi many times before. Food ( the duck) was dry, and the sushi just ok. Been there many times before. Not likely to go back. Service on the slow side
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Koi
    3at3rVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    so many good things to select. Veg options. spice level options. I love that I can get japanese food and chinese in the same meal. Generous portions. Good drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but Noisy
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food and service were terrific but two separate tables of rowdy patrons on a Saturday night made the dining experience very unpleasant. Finally management, used a sliding wall comprised of wood and glass to reduce the noise level from one table but a similar fix was not available for the other noisy table. Fortunately, that table left during the middle of our meal so that we could have a reasonably tranquil second half.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best. Chinese Food. Ever.
    djdebbiedebVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have been to Koi once before, several years ago, and after returning there this weekend, I wondered why I have not been back sooner! The food is superb. The service is superb. The ambiance is superb. I will there again SOON. Not your average Chinese food (huge menu of options, with dishes from 8 regions of China, plus the traditional Chinatown menu), but priced just above takeout, believe it or not. I highly recommend it for all ages, families, dates, occasions ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Tammy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have dined at Koi restaurant and have always enjoyed it. The food was great as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must visit when I'm in Evanston
    Yumfun
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love koi. Food is excellent ; service is super attentive . We were there during NU graduation weekend and the staff was pleasant, friendly and helpful. We never felt rushed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    the food provided is amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food
    KrysiaVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I can say without a doubt that Koi Restaurant serves some of the Best Chinese food I have ever eaten. I particularly like the menu that specifies different regions of Chinese cuisine with accurate descriptions of the dishes. The Dover Sole and Eggplant was especially yummy. We tried dishes we had never eaten before and were excited by the new taste sensations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interestin Asian choices
    noname
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Menu is long and hard to understand on your own, but the wait staff was very helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anothe Great Dinner at Koi
    John
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Took the family there to celebrate a graduation. Great food, good service, nice atmosphere. Just wish they wouldn't turn the lights down so low around 8:15pm. Makes it hard to read the menu in the dining area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 341 reviews are from the Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Lunch special
    VoulaVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I have been to Koi many times. This is the first time that I have had the lunch special. You get a soup, maki and entrée. The Mongolian beef was outstanding...best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch out with the Girls
    Bionda1VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We dined early for lunch at Koi and really had a great experience. The waiter was attentive but not overly so. Appetizers were tasty, as was the delicious Basil Chicken entree that I had. We over-ordered (our eyes were bigger than our stomachs!) so the waiter packed all the leftovers separately to go. Overall, a great place for lunch. Very pleasant staff!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disconnected
    MBrad
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Although the outcome was excellent "getting" there was not easy. Front of the restaurant was packed so we were led to the back room (630 reservations). Table was not suitable for my dining partner and she had us moved to a 2-top that was a bench and chair facing each other. The person that sits on the bench (me) sits several inches higher than the person in the chair. After we stopped laughing and realized we were sitting next to a very loud party of 6 we moved to the sushi bar. Will sit here from now on. Very fun, funny and educating experience. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One more Chinese place
    ArealA
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Overal - average. Long menu of Chinese entries with some details on ingredients. Disappointing seafood combination (also its probably hard to expect more if a freezer played the role of the "sea"). Good but not outstanding Szechwan pork. Too noisy when your for "party of 2" is next to a big company table. Friendly and young crew may be the most attractive part of experience. Free parking on a street in couple of blocks. Definitely not bad, but if you are not familiar with the Chinese cousin this place probably won't ignite your interest.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep going back.
    TeddyVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We have been there before. When we are in Evanston, we usually go there. It good, a little loud, nice service and good bartenders. The family owned another restaurant named Chen's, in Chicago. That is the reason we visited Koi to begin with. We still miss Chen's though.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Catastrophe!
    CCAB
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We will not be returning until Koi gets it kitchen staff together again. What a catastrophe! Waitstaff stretched to too many tables. Never offered drinks, tea or dessert. Food took 50 minutes to be served-soup included! Food served luke warm, over cooked fried (?) chicken satay, fried dumplings gooey and hard around the edges, browning lettuce for the wraps! We did receive an apology and 25% off of our bill. Koi was one of my favorite go-to Asian restaurants. Not so much anymore.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been better
    BBQLoverVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Service was slow. Our waiter kept forgetting about us when it came to ordering food and drinks. He also forgot basics like necessary silverware and soy sauce. Annoying. Food was ok. The server recommended one appetizer that came with 3 pieces when we had 5 people. Eh. My sesame chicken was dry and lacking sauce. Beautiful restaurant, but ultimately disappointing.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious sushi!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Koi has excellent, extremely fresh tasting sushi. They also have an extensive menu, which interestingly includes the regions the food items come from. If you like spicy food, they have a wonderful selection, if not, there is plenty to choose form also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipping Quality and Rising Prices
    HappyBuddhaVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Even the waiter noted how pricey the (creative but average tasting) sushi is getting at this respected restaurant. Why do so many choices include cilantro and cream cheese? They better take a hard look at the quality of their food (noticed a hair on one plate) prep and prices, as there are increasingly equal or better choices for asian cuisine. This has been one of my favorites for years, but I can't support it given the direction it is heading.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food - Cozy Bar
    HelenaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We've been here about 3 times. This time the food was great as usual. However, our service was slow. Took a long time for our waitress to initally come to the table, a long time to get our drinks, a long time to get our food. Mine was not hot and my friends food came about 5 to 10 minutes after the rest of us at the table (this didn't seem like a big deal to our waitress). When 2 couples share dinner and one doesn't have their food it's kind of glaring. Maybe it was just a fluke this night. We will go again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Here
    Florian
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This was our first time at Koi. The menu was very extensive and reasonably priced. We had a variety of rolls, sushi and entrees and each was great. Our waiter was able to make great recommendations as well. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not a great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    we went to Koi this last Saturday night , ordered and then waited and hour and a half for our food...the waitress apologized and offered free desserts which we were not interested in. I spoke to the manager to say how unhappy we were that and hour and a half went by and we had edamame only. When we received the check he had deducted 20%..which I felt was inadequate at best...I replied I felt that this was not really much considering the wait time. I will not be back.
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  • As always the food at Koi
    valentinesdayVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    As always the food at Koi is excellent, that's one of the reasons why we keep returning The other is valet parking - we seldom go to many other restaurants in Evanston, particularly in the winter, as where can one park?? But, as always the service is not so great - waiters slow & the excuse "the kitchen is backed up" is heard every single time we have been here. Granted it is always during the dinner hours, but always?? Yes, always "the kitchen is backed up'!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm surprised by how weak
    Chicagoguy
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I'm surprised by how weak the service is at Koi. I love the food and atmosphere, but from the bar to the dining room, I find the service slow, inattentive and occasionally a little unfitnedly. And I have been to this restaurant about 20 times. The manager is friendly to the point of over doing it. I actually don't want to talk to the manager, I want to talk with my waiter or bartender and have them care about me. I just don't ever get that sense at Koi. We waited for a long time to order, and then between check backs. I don't usually write reviews of restaurants but I felt compelled here because there is something that just doesn't work about the service while the rest of the package is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Around
    TravelingTheWorldVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Koi has the best Chinese food I have ever had. We had Shrimp Dumplings as a starter, General Tao's Chicken/Beef combination, Walnut Shrimp and Chocolate Lava Cake for desert. Not only was each item flavored perfectly but they were served beautifully with a unique presentation. It was nice to not have the traditional plating of a white platter with a silver lid, as it is in most Chinese restaurants. I only wish I lived closer as driving an hour + for dinner is not something i do frequently. However, this will be my restaurant of choice whenever I am in the Evanston area for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I went with 5 other friends for a celebration and all of us enjoyed our food. The service was great too. Our waiter knew the menu well, was funny and attentive. We will all be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Foodbug
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was good. We will return and will recommend KOI to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best meal
    libraVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My dining partners and I, 4 people in total, all agreed that this was the very best meal any of us have had in quite some time. I can't speak for the other couple but my husband and I dine out very often, almost daily, and we loved Koi. Furthermore, we have a myriad of food restrictions and Koi gladly and hospitably accommodates our requests. We recommend the vegetarian potstickers. We loved that Koi serves Asian food from many regions of the Far East so we could each satisfy our food preferences! Each of our contacts, from the gentleman that phoned me to confirm our reservation to the waitstaff, were friendly and polite, respectful of our time frame and needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal!
    food4thought
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Our server was very pleasant and didn't rush our meal (which is my biggest pet peeve when dining out at busy restaurants on weekend nights) In fact, we tipped her generously and she made a point to come back to the table to thank us for it, which was not expected by us of course, but very kind nonetheless. That said, all of our food was delicious....including the fun martini selection and dessert!! Koi never disappoints!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.