INKO NITO Arts District

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Conceived by Rainer Becker, and developed alongside executive chef Hamish Brown, INKO NITO is a standalone Japanese dining concept that launched in Los Angeles’ art district.

Offering unconventional Japanese robatayaki with Korean flavor influences, INKO NITO is the perfect destination to enjoy a unique dining experience in a fun and vibrant surrounding.

The interiors at INKO NITO Downtown LA create an elegant but approachable setting, incorporating custom glazed handmade tiles throughout. With an open Robata grill allowing customers to soak up the environment, the casual dining area also encompasses a plant-lined outdoor terrace and cocktail bar seating.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

very overpriced for mediocre food. will not return

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was okay. Restaurant was beautiful. I probably wouldn’t go back. Wasn’t blown away.

ON
Denver
90 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was pretty awesome except for the overcooked bone marrow. The service was excellent. The food was inventive and beautifully presented. the quality of the fatty tuna was outstanding as was the price of the uni — twice what i
Ve paid elsewhere for equal quality.

yes it was New Year’s eve but we were there for a 6:45 reservation and the DJ kept turning up the volume of the disco music — there was no dance floor — louder and louder until we left because we could not speak across a small table for 2.

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night celebrating my sons birthday . We were greeted warmly at the door . Server came immediately with water and drinks shortly after . Waiter was super helpful with suggestions . Waiter helped us with a cake celebration
Hostess came to check on us throughout the night
Thank you

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant is terrible restaurant.
Food is too salty and I ordered expensive dish but they used cheap food ingredient.
Also waitress took our dishes before finish. She did many times.
Restaurant was too loud. Even i can not hear the voice front of my friend.

SS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really interesting place in the heart of the Art District: a tongue and cheek take on contemporary Japanese cuisine, starting from the name. Great food and great service!

E
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at INKO NITO. Top notch service and food. Yellowtail collars are delicious and meaty. Beef cheek is well seasoned and so tender.

MK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Wasn't blown away by anything, but decent food and cool patio.

MJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the "Omakase" Tasting menu, nine courses. Amazingly fresh Sashimi. Yellowtail salad was subtle and light. The scallops skewer was succulent and flavorful. Beef Cheeks were incredible and the Branzino a delight. Meats that literally melt in your mouth. The brulee was excellent although I could do without the soya caramel cream it was topped with... the contrast of flavors was too much and disappointing. I look forward to returning, I have too try their baby back ribs. Two thumbs way up.

MR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything

SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service. Relaxed atmosphere on a Saturday night. A few of the dishes seemed overpriced for the amount served, but otherwise delicious Japanese style food.

MV
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great vegetarian options, super fun place, great dog-friendly outdoor area, exciting cocktails!

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you, come back soon :)

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Restaurant seems to have taken a step backwards. First two times I went it was spectacular. This time was below average (poor service, lesser menu, etc.). Will not return, unfortunately.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The service here can be a hit or miss. While our server was very kind - it took two appetizers to come out before I had to flag him down for our drinks.

The food came out slow, I know grilling takes time - but felt like the restaurant pace was moving must slower than it should’ve been.

It also appears to be that their menu has since changed. Personally I preferred the menu from when they first opened in LA. The portions as maki rolls are too small to taste any of the distinct ingredients they offered. I hope they go back to the way they use to serve them.

However, all the grilled and vegetable portions are delicious and well portioned.

Ambience is always great, but as I mentioned service can always be a hit or miss.

p
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was awesome! Sat by the grill and the food was awesome, portions are just right and order numerous items and share, great for two people cause most of the food is prepared that way. We will be back for sure

JP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!!! We loved it.

CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a date night and lots of things to do around this restaurant!

JD
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Dessert-coconut soft serve was next level delish. The rest was ok. Nothing special. The hamachi collar was supppper fishy.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place - good atmosphere - amazing drinks - food was a bit spicy for me but good food.

R
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on a Sunday evening, no crowds, and easy to get a table indoor, outdoor, or at the bar. Great Food, drinks and great service. What else can I ask for?

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

waited excruciatingly long for the waiter to take our order on a slow service night.

i
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love having you guys in the neighborhood. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is simple + fresh with a menu selection that suits any diet. I’ve taken friends who are vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, and it’s always enjoyable.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice experience with a very modern take on Japanese and Korean Influences

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on August 11, 2019

Thanks very much, we also do a happy hour Monday to Friday 5pm to 7pm!

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BC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food took WAY too long. I think they forgot about our wagyu steak, it took over 30 minutes from the time we ordered it. They had a $59.00 menu which no one told us about we had already ordered apps. It was just all mediocre service and food for the price. It does have very nice decor, plants everywhere. I'm pretty disappointed was looking forward to a great evening here as we were celebrating a birthday. Not encouraged to go back.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Lots of food was undercooked/not as crisp as last few times.
Consistency in food is not good.
Items not cooked right - wagu skewers, tofu and yellowtail

AL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than the noise level great discovery great good

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

My girlfriend and I came for DineLA. We sat outside, it was nice. Then everything went to crap. Waiter was rude and gave us weird looks when we asked questions about the food. The food kept coming out in weird orders. Not like menu advertised on dine LA. Got fish. Then steak. Then side dishes, then our other appetizer came out. Food was cold. Kept asking for napkins. Kept bringing paper napkins. Finally I said dude bring me a cloth napkin like every table has. He brought one napkin. There were two of us. Both of us got soy sauce on our pants. Need to get cleaned. FYI, after the first course I went up to him separately to not upset my girlfriend saying his attitude needs to change because he was making us uncomfortable. After our final dish he finally asked if we wanted a refill on drinks. Overall this was a horrible date night experience. When you spend $180 for two people you expect good service and non cold food.

NT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The restaurant itself is decorated thoughtfully and trendily, with attentive service. All the positives end there, however, which is not a good sign when food isn't mentioned as one of the positives of a dining experience.

Everything ordered (a mix of appetizers/snacks, entrees, and skewers) lacked ANY kind of flavor. Every single item my party and I ordered was haplessly bland. I wish I could tell you our food was delicious because it was salty, spicy, juicy, or anything...but it was none of those things. The food here sits right in the middle of any taste spectrum; perfectly neutral and not leaning toward any extreme. The food here is simply lifeless. I can't recommend anyone I know to give Inko Nito a try considering the food items here are on the pricey side. You could have a more tasty meal at Gyu Kaku (and I hate Gyu Kaku). Will not be returning and definitely do not recommend.

s
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great- awesome corn (best I’ve had),
Good - sushi
Average - scallops
Below average/Bland - cauliflower, mushrooms
Pass- not a big fan of cold edamame regardless but lots of ice chips on the pod.
Service- average
Host- was very confused working on his iPad when we walked in. Hate it when someone is incapable of just saying “hello and I’ll be right with you.”
Space was cool. Maybe try the meats next time if I ever go back? C+.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Service in the beginning from all our servers was great! Food was wonderful especially the sea bream and wagyu skewers. When it came to dessert, they took a long time to bring out the coconut soft serve, but I think they had brought it out to the wrong table.

JM
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing. Excellent spot for a great meal with friends. Food always come out piping hot!!! One of my go to restaurants in LA

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, fun outdoor seating, great menu, awesome drinks

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Definitely will recommend to friends

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times, and you call always except extraordinary service and impeccable food!

ST
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I really enjoyed every dish we were served from the sashimi to the wagyu beef on a skewer.

k
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The quality of the food has diminished considerably since Inko Nito first opened. So disappointing!

a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance & food was great! Will definitely return!

JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server good
Stake good
Cocktail good

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on June 17, 2019

Love the cocktails! The new Ume Julep is so tasty! There will be some new drinks coming soon. INKO NITO

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Highly recommend

CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered from here once and it was pretty good so decided to come here and try everything FRESH. It did not disappoint. Very cool spot and the food comes out super fast since they've got a piping hot yakitori grill in the center of the restaurant, but unlike other places, the smell will not attach to you! Great ventilaition for it. Otherwise, everything was delicious. Maybe don't get the sashimi as it's not that many pieces, but definitely go for the truffle yellowtail and the grilled corn!

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on June 10, 2019

Hey Christopher, Thanks so much for the feedback and joining us at the restaurant! Glad you enjoyed the food and loved the space. We also do happy hour Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Hope to see you again soon. INKO NITO

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