INKO NITO Arts District
Grab your spot near the open-grill, with casual tables for communal dining, a plant-lined outdoor dining space, bar seats for those seeking innovative cocktails or joining us for Social Hour.
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. The interiors at the Downtown LA location create an elegant but approachable setting, incorporating custom glazed handmade tiles throughout, with an open Robata grill allowing customers to soak up the environment.
with shishito peppers, sweet soy & shichimi yogurt slaw*
butter lettuce, Korean miso & pickled daikon
Creme Brulee with Soy Caramel Cream, Asian Pear Salad & Roasted Rice
Open table needs to update the restaurants listed , cause this one was closed.
Had a great time! Our server was very nice and attentive and the food was just great. We’ll surely come again.
It was a small group for my birthday on the outdoor patio and we absolutely loved our evening at INKO! From the attentive service to the EXCELLENT food to the tasty (&stiff) drinks – everything was a hit. Our server had such good energy and was always checking to make sure we were happy & comfortable. They didn't have any desserts that night, so she even brought me a shot on the house for my birthday. She was extremely attentive, but with the perfect balance of letting us enjoy our evening.
Now onto THE FOOD: let's just start with A++++
We order a bit of everything, but the standout was 100% the juicy, fall-off-the-bone, sweet & savory robata baby back ribs. Honestly, I won't go on just order them. You can't go here without trying these! The salmon was also super flavorful and perfectly flaky/tender. The edamame was a basic, but perfect start. The next big highlight was the sushi selection. Although somewhat limited every roll we order was a delicious bite! We had all three fish maki: spicy tuna, raw salmon, and chirashi. The spicy tuna, a sushi classic, was simple and fresh. The chirashi was yummy and provided a good mix. However, THE RAW SALMON was the star of all the maki. Second only to the ribs this is a must! It was fresh & bright and honestly just such a good bite. To round it out we had the sweetcorn as a side - yes because we needed more food. It was good, but not a wow.
Finally, we accompanied the meal with some delicious and stiff drinks. The Palomita was my personal favorite and definitely what you want if you're a tequila person. The Japanese inspired Nori Old Fashion was smooth and warming. I can't stand aperol, but was told the INKO Spritz was refreshing!
All in all this was a perfect night out. The costs was reasonable and the ambiance was perfect. My best piece of advice? GO HERE ...and order the ribs!
I will review everything I ordered Friday night (11/13/2020)
1. Snacks: Kimchi
Solid kimchi with chives on top. Basic but with the good fermented salty taste. Fresh and inexpensive.
2. Makis (sushi rolls): Chirashi, dungeness crab
Chirashi/mixed sashimi was solid.
Well worth it.
The crab was basically a fancier crab roll, almost a California roll. Crab is fresh and of good quality, however the roll was still very underwhelming. Not convinced if rolls mesh well with the rest of the menu tbh.
3. Sides: Cauliflower, steamed rice with furikake, sweetcorn, kimchi rice
Cauliflower arrived last and after all main entrees, makis, sides, etc. Solid flavors though the parmesan dominated everything else.
Steamed rice with furikake is self explanatory. Only get it if you really want white rice to compliment. $4 is ridiculous.
Kimchi rice: Best side by far. Kimchi with scallions and raw egg yolk mixed together. Very delicious. Good side despite the $11 price.
Sweetcorn: Okay. Nothing special. 1 corn cut into 4 pieces with chili butter and a like to squeeze. Not worth $9
4. Robata Grill: Hamachi collar, baby back ribs, 10 oz black angus ribeye, 6 oz wagyu burger
Hamachi collar was very good. Favorite item of the night by far. Tender fish (yellowtail) would absolutely have gotten 2 of these.
Baby back ribs had meat that somehow slightly came off the bone but was not tender and dry once chewed. Very odd and there was a lack of glaze. Less nuts and more glaze please. Biggest disappointment of the night.
Black angus ribeye was tender. Not as fatty as most other ribeyes but the ponzu mixture for dipping was good. Solid choice to order.
6 oz wagyu burger is a total finesse. The truffle mayo is phenomenal however and fries were very crispy. Dont get this it is a total shame.
Overall I rate this establishment a 6/10. Great ambience and outdoor seating however the price is a shame for the quality. Do order drinks though!
1) they have a limited COVID menu so know that before you go
2) it’s getting cool now (by LA standards) so they need to beef up their outdoor heaters. The vertical flames they have sparsely spaced in between tables isn’t enough. Those look nice and are adequate for a bar patio if folks are standing next to them but do nothing for seated guests. They really need to invest in either directional IR heaters or the typical patio heater with a circular top that redirects heat down.
I guess the food was O.K. My biggest disappointment was that many of the items I saw on their Website menu was not available. They are now working off a COVID19 menu.
Very limited. Definitely a bummer. I won't be back until they have their full menu back.
This was my first time coming to this restaurant and the food was great! Although I had to wait 25 minutes to get seated. That was a bummer. Despite that, I had a good time.
Maybe because it was Halloween weekend, but it was packed. Had to wait an extra 30 minutes after our reservation time because there were no tables available and our party of 3 was put at a small table clearly meant for 2 people. The menu was also missing a lot of the dishes we normally enjoyed from the restaurant. The ambiance was great however and the wait staff was very forthcoming and told us their kitchen was backed up so we would need to order all at once. It was a good place to enjoy some well lit, ambient outdoor dining and as long as you dont expect unreasonable perfection during this pandemic, you will enjoy your time here
So glad they are open and operating again. Food was delish and the drinks were great! Their maki (salmon avocado and their special crab maki) were delicious! Thank you!
I think this place is fantastic for any ocasión , my first time was on a date , then group of friends , then I just decided to make it my fav place to dine in the art district. The food is delicious the service fantastic I have recommend this place to most of the people I know and they just love it .
Jose is just one of the most amazing person there
Randolph the chef. What can I say he is a master in the kitchen I ho often to this place because I love it
Dont order Sake by the glass, the value is far too expensive for what you get.
Great food! Loved the quality and the flavors were all amazing!
Must try the pork ribs, cauliflower rice and the yellowtail hamachi! WOWOWOWOWW! Defiantly will be back once the menu becomes more selective!
Love this place as it is one of my favorites to dine in.
We were there on a Sunday evening and ordered the “Sunday Funday” special. Definitely a great value, there is a lot of food! One for two would have been enough, not sure they would let you share the special though. The food was quite delicious, although some of the items on the assortment plate were a bit cold. Service was friendly, I like the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was quiet, but it also wasn’t very crowded at the time we were there.
We showed up at 6:50 for a 7:00 pm rezi. We thought we would check in and grab a drink while we waited. Not sure if they had a bunch of buss people not show up but the host looked to be too busy running around clearing and setting tables to even bother checking the host station. We stood there waiting until after 7:00 before the host finally looked over to see a fairly large backup forming. When we told him our reservation time he just told us it would be about a twenty minute wait and went back to setting tables. Considering the fact that there were a bunch of tables open....we were more than a bit surprised. All of the above said....
They sat us at our table about 10 minutes late, but the friendly bartenders helped to take the edge off of what was looking to be a bad experience. The food was amazing (have the beef cheeks!!) and so was the waiter....Hence the 5 stars for service.
I was leaning toward blaming the host for the poor beginning, but over flowing wastebaskets in the restrooms, un-bussed tables on the patio seating probably indicates poor management.
Go for the food... be prepared for a wait.
Splendid quality and good variety
The service, food and drinks were excellent. It is a great place for date night, or time with the girls or guys.
Great Valentines Night Dinner! Service was amazing and so was food! Great music and vibe. Definitely will be back!
beautiful space. food was good but not remarkable, if it wasnt the molecular size of their maki roles it would have received a much higher rating. too many other amazing choices
Sunday Funday was a great value! Food is not really Japanese, just Japanese-inspired. (I am Japanese).
The best sushi I’ve had outside of Tokyo. Really a fine dining experience in a lovely little part of LA.
I made a reservation for my husbands birthday. I noted in my reservation it was for a birthday. When I checked into the restaurant I told the server it was for my husbands birthday. The restaurant did not offer us a dessert menu at the end nor did they bring out dessert. Instead they brought me the check. When I noted my disappointment the waitress said we don’t offer birthday desserts. Ridiculous because I didn’t even get an opportunity to order dessert. Never coming back. Food was mediocre and service was terrible even though the place wasn’t even full.
I had great experience. I wanted to try something new. The food was delicious. Shareable food and tapas vibe. The Drinks were excellent as well.
Great place for groups! Happy hour lunch or dinner ! Great service awesome food 👏👏👏
Expensive but very good food.
Dine LA: Presentation of plates was very nice; however, most of the food lacked flavor. The beef cheek was good, which actually had some flavor. The decor was nice and ambiance is pretty hip. I’m happy to have tried this restaurant; however, it is not for me.
Cool place for drinks and small plates
Got the DineLA fixed menu. It was good as well as the drinks. Valet was $12 though so I suggest finding street parking.
The Scallop is excellent but the Branzino is a little salty. The Creme Brulee is one of the best.
Amazing experience and food!
Excellent food prep and delivery. Service was outstanding. We will certainly be back!
Amazing food and service.
very overpriced for mediocre food. will not return
Food was okay. Restaurant was beautiful. I probably wouldn’t go back. Wasn’t blown away.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Wasn't blown away by anything, but decent food and cool patio.
INKO NITO Arts District is rated 4.5 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.