Food is good, not great. I would spend the extra $s to go to a place like French Laundry. 2 of 11 courses were exceptional. The others hmmmmm .... just good....
The food was delicious, and the servers were friendly and pleasant. The restaurant serves a high-end, expensive tasting menu, so everyone gets the same meals.
The problem is we were siting for an hour before we got any food - even the amuse bouche. Which is perplexing as the restaurant is serving every table an identical meal. This delay continued throughout the meal. It wasn't leisurely; it was painfully delayed. The timing was off. There would bE long pauses between courses - we ate several pieces of bread to stave off hunger and drunkenness.
I've been to every high end restaurant on SF, and the delays here were among the worst.
The food was also not plentiful. Unlike some tasting menus where you may be unpleasantly full by the end, I would not have been full if it hadn't been for the bread and the vast quantity of wine I drank.
I’ll give it a two star instead of three
I expected more from a tree Star Michelin restaurant :(
Three star Michelin and understandably so. No low spots in the tasting menu not in service.
I am not an SF native, but coming from SFChinatown, the area is a bit sketchy with strip bars nearby. The place was a bit smaller than expected. The tables were quite close together. My girlfriend and I were expecting a more intimate setting. The food was unique, worthy of a Michelin Star or 2. I was not blown away. The service was great.
We enjoyed the dinner. The staff was extremely accommodating and pleasant. The food from the standard chef’s menu was outstanding! If I were to pick out a critique, it would be that since my wife didn’t eat red meat, her substitutions (mostly vegetarian) could have been better. But that’s nit-picking. :)
Keep up the great work at Coi!
Absolutely fantastic and complex flavors.
COI has been on my to try list for a few years now and I'm glad I finally made it. It was AMAZING. All dishes were not only tasty but also prepared with great care and presentation in mind. The staff were friendly, respectful, and personable. They made sure we were comfortable. When we arrived 20 minutes early, they sat us down immediately.
It's really hard to pick one favorite dish... If I had to pick one, it would be the sturgeon. Oh wait.. no, the hazelnut cream with the caviar and hen egg. wait... yeah I can't pick just one favorite. They're all good!
Definitely will come back for a special occasion!
Food and service were amazing and we got a great seat! Will definitely come back. Thank you!
Great exquisite food but service was pushy on trying to get us to purchase expensive beverage add-ons (we were asked 5 times to order drinks during the meal)
If the entire history of gastronomy was wiped from the earth bar the food at Coi, that would be fine with me. A remarkable dining experience.
I am really happy I have a chance to speak a lot with my girlfriend! Thank you!
Food was tasty portion was way too small. I was still very hungry when it was all done. The table next to us were talking about going to get some fast after this.
Disappointing is the word; definitely does not feel like a Michelin 3-star restaurant. Food ok but I was not amazed as I have been on all the Michelin restaurants I have been. the following day I went to Benu and that was certainly worth it. I would not recommend this restaurant
Keep your eye on Chef Eric Anderson! He knows how to wow.
Loved the food, loved the service, felt the tables were too close together, could hear neighbours conversations, for the cost would prefer more separation.
I booked this place on a Wednesday evening. The lighting and conversation level was much more relaxed than the other Michelin Star restaurants I've been too. The tables, utensils, furniture, and even the decorations on the wall were all so simple, modern, yet had a touch of poise and elegance, as if Gianni Versace breathed on this place.
Customer Service 5/5:
I'm so used to sliding into my seat that I was surprised when the waiters/waitresses were pulling out my chair and tucked the chair in when I adjusted myself accordingly. Never had that before and for the few hours I was here, I truly was feeling Upper Echelon. Though when that check came, that feeling drained out the window...
Anyway, great recommendations. Water cup was never empty. Wine was always refilled before the last sip. Paired the perfect beer for the remaining dishes on the menu. And even offered to provide additional desserts, which we declined because we were already full.
When they saw us get up for the bathroom, they even hurried to open the doors for us. Don't get that everyday.
Coi provides an incredible tasting menu. I have had everything on the menu before, separately but their take on the dishes was phenomenal.
GeoDuck - caramelized duck cream, clams, and green onions
Portion size is similar to teacup level so you really do need to enjoy this one.
Halzenut - hen egg, parsnip, caramelized salsify, and puffed rice
This one is on par as far as taste level but man, the halzenuts to the salsify, to the rice, to the cream they pour over everything was to die for.
Beef - black trumpet with fermented pepper toffee
The beef is imitation wagyu, it was that delicious and the sauce was amazing. Tasted like a $10,000 oyster sauce
Overall, had an amazing experience. This place is somewhere you take someone, or even yourself, to be pampered. It is pricy ($250 a person) and there is an automatic 20% gratuity.
This was as disappointing of a fine dining experience. as you can get for Michelin three-star restaurant. I don't know what happened to Coi! Perhaps the loss of their chef. The courses were uninspired, single note in flavors, and simply disappointing. There are many other choices in San Francisco, suggest you try Atelier Crenn for the kind of brilliant cuisine expected from Michelin restaurant. Don't be disappointed? As we were.
Excellent food, very innovative and tasty. Exotic but very enjoyable
Please don’t go! We first sent a letter to express the many failures of the new Coi, after two weeks there was no response , add this to the list of Just Wrong
I don’t believe 1 Star will remain next year
We frequent Michelin restaurants and were excited to experience Coi as it recently earned 3 Michelin stars. We learned the chef that earned the 3 stars is not the current chef at Coi as he was selected to compete in Bocuse d'Or and left Coi. The new chef's tasting did not seem to measure up to what we are accustomed with 3 star Michelin restaurants. However, we felt the restaurant was a solid 2 star Michelin restaurant. My wife and I enjoyed the deserts and the lamb was the best either of us have ever had. My favorite dish was the mustard brassica. I think what hindered the evening most was not experiencing the tasting that got Coi 3 stars.
Unique very special experience
Carefully constructed food.
They are all tasty but not impressive considering the price.
Coi recently earned 3 Michelin Stars and I was really excited to try the experience. Having been to Alinea in Chicago, Coi failed to deliver the 3 Michelin Star standard. Overall, it's really a 2 Michelin Star. The courses were okay. I barely had one bite on 2 of the dishes served as it was not good ( Beet and Coat Cheese Tart, New Olive Oil.) Most dishes were salty. On top of that, corkage fees were $40 the first bottle and $60 the second - pretty steep.
Our fourth visit - specifically wanted to go when Daniel was back in the kitchen. Simply fantastic
Service was SUPER GREAT 👍🏾 should have more wine bye the glass
Great experience with local in-season produce. Fantastic 12 course menu tasting menu that was given to us as a suprise as requested so not knowing what was coming next. Great flavours, textures and preparations. Much respect to the chef. Highly recommended!!
Beautiful evening true dining experience from beginning to end definitely a splurge but we will be reminiscing about it for months
As a Michelin 3 star restaurant it has a high standard to meet. Coi does so. All aspects of food and service were outstanding. The kitchen was more than willing to make adjustments for a number of dietary restrictions and preferences, and the substitutes were every bit as good as the primary menu items.
COI is rated by Michelin three stars. Then everything need to be an extraordinary experience. Obviously it's a great restaurant, but not worth 3 stars at the moment. The Wine Pairing was one of the best I have had, but food wise a disappointment.
Beautiful creative dinner and a Michelin three-star restaurant would repeat.
We had a great time with food,wine and service...We enjoyed the caring and attention to detail from the service staff. Replacement dish could be better.
We chose Coi based on the delicious looking pervious menu. However, the menu we got was changed and totally not seafood based what we love so much. Caviar, crab soup(included with a big piece of crab skeleton in mine) and over cooked octopus were not the seafood delicates we expected. Instead, a course of carrots, cauliflower/broccoli/olive oil and one course with red beets were served, which looked amazing btw. Honestly, we had a great time but we expected far much more of the seafood expierence of the restaurant. The wine card is amazing, a big plus. So all together we paid 1200 for the 2 of us and did not got the expierence we dreamed of. Additionally, the automatic service costs of 20% are fine(167$) however it’s nice to notice in front so the tip on top would be a choice.
This is a very cozy restaurant. The chair looks very normal but very comfortable. Although, they got tons of waiters and waitresses, I still felt very relax by just sitting there. There were many dishes that you can taste various and multiple layers of flavors within one bite.
The goat cheese with beets was truly amazing. Taste like some yogurt, it has to pair with the beet, the rammish taste is just to the point and the crispy thing on the top can balance the texture.
My wife got substitute of the beef tender/crab soup which was a mushroom one. It was so brilliant, much better than the crab soup that I got. So many flavors just in one spoon, the mushroom flavor was... I couldn’t find a word for it.
Other dishes were okay, the matsutake was sweet and delicious. What else? Couldn’t really recall. But the main dish was lamb, which was not okay for me. Too normal and flat. The abalone was not tender, don’t really like how they handle it.
I’ve now dined here three times and every time I come away a bit underwhelmed. With the third star I had assumed they upped their game, but once again I came away with a feeling that it was just OK. Not great, but OK. Their food is beautiful, but only one dish wowed me.
Beautiful and amazing food... Every bite was enjoyable!