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About 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.

624 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Mon-fri: 11:30am-2:30pm
Saturday 11:30am-3pm
Sunday: 11:30am-3pm

Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm- 9:30pm
Friday: 4:30pm- 10:30pm
Saturday: 3pm-10:30pm
Sunday: 3pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Sherman

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 866-6969

Website:
http://www.koievanston.com/

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

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 events@koievanston.com for catering details. 847/866-6969

Parking Details:
Street parking or pay lot available.

Public Transit:
Purple line to Davis.

Executive Chef:
Humberto Sanchez

Private Party Facilities:
With an incredible menu and exciting drinks, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, complimented by the knowledgeable staff, makes Koi one of Evanston"s premier private party destinations. Koi provides a posh dining experience that will impress the most sophisticated palates. Koi can accommodate groups of 12 - 250 guests privately and semi privately. Please call us for a custom proposal or view our event menus here: http://www.koievanston.com/download/Menu-PrivateCatering-20160208.pdf

Private Party Contact:
sandy chen: (877) 240-0775

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

4.0

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4.0

value

3.8

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (11)
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Casual (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Spicy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server, Matt, was wonderful! Food was delicious and service was great. Overall awesome experience!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for an early dinner. The service by John was impeccable. He made awesome recommendations and brought a bit of humor as well. The food we delicious and I look forward to my next visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

I love sushi, my wife Chinese food, so Koi is perfect for us as they serve both. Always love it here except this time our waiter was a little obnoxious in his attempts to be funny and even though we told him we weren’t in a rush he did everything to try and flip the table. Had he not his tip would have more than made up for it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love this place! Always excellent food. This is upscale Chinese and Japanese - Sushi. Quality ingredients and you can order low fat, gluten free options. Waiter was the BEST. Ask for John. First thing he asked is if any in party had food allergies they should know about. We didn’t but I know this can be a challenge for those that do. Love that we can use Open Table bc this is a popular restaurant. Carey out and lunch specials also awesome!!! Love you Koi!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

A bit expensive; my wife wasn’t impressed with her honey chicken. Mongolian Beef ok. Miso soup good but not hot enough. Enough sake soothes the soul ...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

As usual, the food was most delicious. Our waiter, Darren, epitomizes what every food server should be. We have been coming here for years and expect to come here for years to come. One of our favorite restaurants in the Chicago area.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great place! Food was delicious. Wonderful server. Relaxing and easy to converse. Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food is consistently good and always served hot. Great appetizers, delicious sushi and some nice wine options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I usually don’t review negative situations, but in this case I experienced worst service ever. 20 minutes for the beer, and then another 25 for the soup. The answer of the guy who took the order ?
I m just taking the order...someone else is responsible for the food delivery. Are u kidding me ? Never heard such anormality...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The server did not speak clearly and was borderline rude. He only visited the table when he took our initial order. We never saw him again. We had to flag down a manager to pay our tab. The food wasn't as good as it usually is.

Tags: Spicy
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

For dinner I would give Koi 4 stars, but my experience was very different at a recent lunch. Because I have usually been thrilled with Koi for dinner, I invited a dear friend for a special birthday lunch thinking that it would be a great place to celebrate. It fell down badly in my usually uncritical eyes.

We ordered the lunch special which seemed quite reasonable. The miso soup came out and before we had two spoons eaten, our entrees were upon us. The maki roll that came as an appetizer then came after all of the other dishes were there, giving us three dishes at one time. Maybe not a problem at times, but it made it hard to relax over a meal and enjoy our food hot.

We ordered two teas which turned out to be 7 dollars a pot. The food was salty and not up to Koi standards. The server forgot that it was my friends birthday and I had to remind him after he brought the check. He was sweet, but either very new or having a bad day. The worst for me was that I get sick when I eat peppers (the vegetable) in any form and I asked if there were peppers in the dish that I ordered. Very clearly stating that I get sick from them. And my dish came loaded with peppers which weren't mentioned in the menu description either.

The plus was that the waiter was sweet and likeable; he replaced the dish; he did bring out the birthday candle with some cookies; he apologized. But overall, lunch is not Koi's strong suit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We had a business celebration dinner at Koi. The food was outstanding! The service was mediocre/poor. We waited 15 minutes before ordering, and then waited 20 minutes after everything was done before getting our check. The food and vibe were very good though.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Family event

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Consistently good food and a nice variety of options on the menu.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

In the interest of fairness, this evening dining experience occurred on Labor Day when the restaurant may have been short-staffed. However, if our experience was shared by other patrons, the owner should consider closing the restaurant on holidays. The food, mostly sushi and a couple of chinese dishes were mediocre at best. The service was beyond poor: inordinate delays in receiving drinks, appetizers and entrees (the sushi entrees arriving late but a good 10 minutes before the chinese entrees); no water refills; waiters were no where to be seen. At various times, the noise level was deafening, making it very difficult to carry-on a conversation. Don't expect to return any time soon.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our server was very kind and attentive. We enjoyed our evening at Koi.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

As always, Koi was a great choice for a meal. My friend and I had theater tickets and were able to have good food, served quickly, and then walk the few blocks to the theater.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Vegan, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great sushi, well prepared entrees, our server, Hannah, could not have been more attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food and service are excellent, and there is an interesting variety of regional Chinese dishes. Ambience is good, though tables are just a bit too close in the front room and when it is full the noise level makes conversation difficult.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

It was very noisy the plates were crashing and the room is very live. The white tuna maki was extremely salty - before the soy sauce - so much that I could not eat it. They took it off the bill but did not offer anything else. Very polite server. Won't go back

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Really good versions of some standard Thai, Chinese, and other Asian dishes. Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Perfect and delicious

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was the 2nd visit to KOI. The first time was with a party of 10 and the second was a small intimate group of 4. The waiter (John) was fantastic and remembered me from my previous visit. Service was outstanding, the food was very well prepared & presented, and the wait staff assisting John were invisible but magically appeared any time anything was needed or when dishes needed to be replaced. It is now one of my absolute favorite restaurants and plan to return on a regular basis.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Spicy, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The crab wontoons were phenomenal and the service outstanding

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I have dined at Koi before and the food is fantastic. This time the kitchen was very slow but after speaking with the manager he resolved it as quickly as he could and was incredibly professional in how he handled the situation. There are lots of good restaurants. Sometimes something can go wrong anywhere but what separates the best restaurants from the rest is how they set up when there is a problem. I was most impressed and look forward to my next time in Evanston eating here again. Food is great and the management is the utmost in professionalism.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The service was the worst.. waiter never came to see if everything was ok or if we needed anything... it took 30 minutes to get the check... didn't have silverware and couldn't find anyone to get it.. food cold but nobody to even tell ... and lastly it took 30 minutes to get our car from valet...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Huge/interesting Asian menu, representing many Chinese provinces, along with excellent sushi and a few Thai dishes. Slightly pricey, but portion sizes are generous and quality is high. Nice atmosphere, but the main dining room is extremely noisy any more than half full, which it almost always is. Not all of the servers are well-versed in specific preparations/ingredients, so if that's an issue for you, ask them to check with the kitchen.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

It wasn't very busy on the Sunday night at 6:30 when our party of 5 arrived so we were surprised to be seated in an empty, windowless back room. We seem to have been forgotten as we had to leave the table to find a waiter to take our order. After a good wait, the apps arrived but no drinks. We had to ask where they were. We continued to have to flag down staff for the remainder of the evening. Even though the food was wonderful, the terrible service was enough not to want to go back. Very disappointing!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We had visitors from out of town and decided to have dinner at Koi. My guests were very happy with the food, the service, and the price. One caution-- it is very noisy. Hard to have a conversation when things are in full swing.
I would not recommend it for people who have hearing difficulties. Wish they would devise a Quiet Corner for seniors and noise-averse food-lovers.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Pros: Fantastic food with great menu of options. My cocktail was delicious, too.

Cons: It was incredibly loud, as they fit too many tables into a small space. My date and I were shouting at each other just to hear what the other was saying. Our server wasn't personable at all. He seemed uninterested in talking to us, so I felt uncomfortable asking questions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Everything was fresh and delicious. We had
Lo Mein vegetables which were very tasty. Also shrimp with walnuts that happened to be delicious. We had a special with eggplant and chicken that was outstanding. I shared these dishes with two other people and there was plenty of food for everyone. The service was attentive and nice. I am looking forward to going again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

i was very disappointed in the food. i wouldn't visit koi again

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Always a wonderful experience, excellent food, superb service and a nice atmosphere. we have never been disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

It was ok. Our waitress wasn't great. Maybe if we had a better server we would be abt to return. The table next to us seemed to have someone more interested in their job and probably had a meal suited to their requests. The bus person and hostess were both very accommodating and the food was good.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The kitchen and wait staff need to get their act together. There were 4 of us. One person received their starter at least 5 minutes after the others were served. One person received their entee more than 5 minutes before anyone else at the table was served.

The food is excellent, the prices are reasonable, but the lack of attention to service spoils the dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Way overpriced. Server barely spoke English

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Our first visit to Koi and a bit disappointing. Food was good, except for the steamed vegetable dumplings, which were so doughy we could hardly eat them and left most of the order. We did tell our server about the dumplings but never heard back from anyone in that regard. Our server was very polite but she never followed thru on any of our needs or requests. I am still waiting for the knife I asked for after mine had dropped and for the wet cloth to clean up from the messy ribs we had.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere! Went for a nice dinner was not disappointed. The staff was so lovely and the food was amazing! The basil chicken was incredibly filling and the crab wantons were outstandingly delicious!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Kid friendly. The servers attentive to children. Spill-proof waters, art with crayons, and boosters attended to immediately. This was my family's second time to KOI and their attention to children is superb. Highly recommend the back room for a more casual family outing, but without sacrificing a top notch menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was tasty. There was a wide selection of dishes. The service was good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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