kō•än

4.7
362 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian
kō•än, seeks to bring stories, food and people back to the former ān cuisines space in Cary, NC. With a focus on humble, tranquil, “food for thought,” kō•än will bring a renewed energy and feel to Cary’s dining scene. kō•än’s menu is focused on sharing food that celebrates the unsung heroes of Southeast Asian and Sushi cuisine.

The restaurant is located at 2800 Renaissance Park Place Cary, North Carolina.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 362 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Food choice was excellent, food contained the right amount of spices. good wine selection.

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Junn
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service provided was really impressive but the only negative thing about the whole dinner experience was that it took very long for each food to be served.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I want to start by saying the service was exceptional. The food… was subpar. We tried their entire sushi menu, the bo tai chanh, and pho. The only thing that was delicious and had good flavors were the bo tai chanh appetizer and hamachi roll. Most of the sushi (especially the fish) was already drenched in too much soy sauce and you could not immediately taste the freshness of the fish. Then we ended on the pho, and omygosh, the flavor was completely off. It tasted like a watered down sweet soy sauce (like sukiyaki) and was not good at all. The ox tail was burned and that flavor seeped into the soup. The only thing that was good in that dish was the wagyu and you can’t really mess that up. Overall, We we’re thankful for the service and ambiance but would not come back based on the menu. If you’re looking for good ambiance and some nice side dishes, this place is fine but if you’re looking for a fine dining experience with great food that gives you a real taste of Asian cuisine- unfortunately this place is not it.

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vipDMH305
Raleigh
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and it was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. Outstanding on all counts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was fantastic!

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Kurotsubasa
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!! Ordered from Triangle Restaurant Week menu … wow!! Everything was amazing. Definitely will come back for regular menu next time !

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service!

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JasonP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. A great way to celebrate our graduating senior!

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Musicmom
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we were impressed. We had excellent service from several staff members, and we were so touched by a few extras they gave us to honor our anniversary. We chose the Restaurant Week menu with curated drink pairings and everything was perfect and so delicious! I can’t wait to return!

KM
KatharineM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome graduation celebration in a private room and Nick was fantastic in making sure our special dietary needs were met. The food was absolutely delicious and Ko-an also provided special cookies to our graduates :)

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and cocktails were nothing short of AMAZING!!! I hope to see some of the restaurant week items on the menu soon. The charcuterie board is a must try! And I never would have imagined that the best steak I've ever had would be from an Asian restaurant and not an upscale steak house. Outstanding! You must complete your meal with the peaches and cream. Just trust the combination. Your palate will thank you.

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vipsctoad
New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Triangle Rest week and had one dinner on reg meal and one of the special offers. Both were excellent. Dessert was very good .

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ndcarter007
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and all-around experience. The portions are a little small, so make sure to order an appetizer. Expect a higher price as this is a higher-end dining experience.

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KBohl
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable and kind. The serving assistants were attentive and the runners were gracious. Our food was absolutely delicious. My husband thought the broccolini could have used a bit of salt but was not discouraged from eating every bite. The dessert, peaches & cream, was absolutely amazing. If I had the room, I would have eaten a second!

We cannot wait to come back and hope that ko an considers doing other meal specials in the future similar to tri restaurant week. Thank you for a great meal!

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TammyM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. The sever was great too. Lots of gluten free options.

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RobertaP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time visiting Koan. We were previous fans of buku, and sad to see them close. This did not disappoint! Everything we had to eat was delicious and we look forward to returning soon.

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smor
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great appetizers! 4 of us had Korean Bibimbap. It was cold, rice was uncooked, and it was not worth the price.
The Pho was nothing to write home about...
All an all the value for the food we had wasn't that great-

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting ko•an for our Date night. We ordered a couple of old fashioneds and some small plates. The lettuce wraps, lobster buns, shaved beef and cauliflower. The lobster buns and cauliflower are our favorites. They’re *chefs kiss* amazing. I still can’t believe it’s cauliflower!
Our server Nick knew everything about the menu and really added to our wonderful experience. We can’t wait to come back.

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vipEngaged
Raleigh
78 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner from beginning to end. The restaurant is welcoming and beautiful. The food was excellent from appetizer, sushi, to the main courses. So was the ambiance and the staff. We haven't been out much, as most of us haven't, so we were very excited about going to Ko-An. It was worth the anticipation in every way. Oddly, the only negatives were the folks at the welcoming desk who seemed slightly uninterested and far less engaged than everyone else. Other than that, a wonderful dinner that we would highly recommend.

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vipKathy
Raleigh
82 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always innovative selections and excellent service. We enjoyed trying some new Ko’an items and a few classics. The desserts are a must here! So creative!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was amazing and services was great! One of our new favorites!

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vipNycjoe
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way. Menu is a little thin as they’re just reopening from COVID restrictions. Can’t wait for full menu to return. Especially for sushi and sashimi selection.

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SusC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each dish we tried was fantastic. We especially loved the lettuce wraps and the steamed buns (small plates). Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Perfectly prepared food. Attention to allergens. Waiters all masked.

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BensonJ
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and ambiance were excellent. Best restaurant!

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WWes
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Great place to try food was speedy but not rushed😊

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raync
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner. The highlight was the cauliflower starter. Large plates (Sichuan chicken and waffles; bibimbap) were good but not remarkable. Service was prompt and efficient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and our server were EXCELLENT!!! We cannot wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, the portions were perfect size for each description. The small plate steamed buns were our favorite. The Korean Bibimbap was the most flavorful Asian dish with the most unique ingredients. Highly recommend to take your partner here for a fancy once a month, amazing meal.

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MargaretK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and wow! Service was so incredible and the food presentation was superb!! Will definitely go back to try the other dishes. Desserts are a must!

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viplovefreshfood
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the 1st time out as a family since covid 19 since we were all vaccinated.
My birthday and our daughters new job.
Perfectly done Ko-an

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vipFabFood
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience on the patio. The food was fantastic! The service was attentive without being intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing; there was never a moment where I felt we were not addressed while not making us feel rushed. The food and cocktails were perfectly prepared. This was an excellent choice for our anniversary celebration but I intend to return soon for no other reason than to enjoy the experience again.

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MrYummy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our mother's day dinner. Sat at outdoors at a private table on the outside of the fireplace so it made for a very intimate experience. Overall ambience is nice, but has a chain restaurant feel too it. Great Mescal cocktails. Food was exquisite, but portion sizes are small so maybe not best option for big appetites.

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Lauraincary
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the chef and the ambiance at Ko An. It is one of our Go To special occasion restaurants that do not break the bank. My mother love this place as much as Angus Barn. The dishes are always creative. If you eat here, make sure you save room for dessert!

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Buggy
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

KoAn is a family favorite- the food is fantastic and never fails to amaze!

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ErinS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for a special family dinner or romantic night for two.. The food was delicious. Our dessert was the best! We will be back!

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Dora
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous outdoor seating, white glove service, and divine food. Great options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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NancyF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I’m honestly really disappointed in our last visit. We’ve been here three times before the pandemic, but things have changed since. The food was all very mediocre. The Thai red curry had far too much sauce compared to the fixings, making it very soupy. My Elderflower 75 was sooo orangey I couldn’t taste anything else. The dumplings were a bit skimpy. I will say the lettuce wraps were the best part of our meal. They were crispy and refreshing. The service was also very attentive and nice. It just was not worth the $100 plus tip. We used to love it here but we really don’t see a reason to come back again.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from kō•än using the Order Online button. kō•än also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 677-9229.

kō•än is rated 4.7 stars by 362 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.