Phenomenal sushi! Moved here from
The city and this is my favorite place!!!
WE had planned a quick lunch but did not finish for 2 hours. That is an inordinate amount of time for a quick little lunch. The soup that was served steaming but only luke warm to the taste and there was only ONE wonton in a huge bowl of soup.
I had been to a networking event at Koi before and thought the appetizers I had there were pretty good. My girlfriend and I decided to go for Valentine's and it was exceptional. The food was delicious and our waiter was great. He had excellent recommendations and was also just very pleasant all around. He recommended coming back on the weekend for their dim sum, which I think we will do soon!
Koi is one of the best Asian cuisine restaurants in Evanston. Service is great. Lots of good choices. Only disappointment is that they do no have egg rolls, only spring rolls which are not the same.
Food was delicious and love how the plates are broken out by the region in China. Service was quick and gave great suggestions. We will be back!
The staff was very lovely and the restaurant had a nice ambience. It was still busy by the time I got to it at 7:30pm. I felt so bad because my friend had an accident wasn't able to get there until almost 8:05, but the waitress was still super patient with us. I ordered one of their specialty sushis (the Lotus Bomb I believe) and it was absolutely delicious. I then followed it up with their cheesecake and enjoyed that as well. Overall, it was a good experience and I would recommend it for a nice date.
It was really relaxing and they took care of everything for our private event
We had a great time and dinner. The waiter was awesome; very knowledgeable on the menu and ingredients. We has 2 people with very specific food allergies and was VERY easy to accommodate the needs without compromising the choice of menu options.
Always a pleasant experience. John, our server, even remembered our fondness for Lychee Martini's. The DragonFire sushi is the best, warm and wonderful sauce and presentation. My advice...go there!
Made a reservation for 4. Met friends at the theater. They had no trouble at the last minute to change to 6. Very accommodating. Everyone enjoyed their food and the assortment of different Asian cuisines made ordering a pleasure: one had Japanese, 2 had Chinese and 2 had a variety. Will go back.
Great food, well timed.
My husband, kids and I went for my birthday, which I noted on the reservation. It all started well, with balloons at our table, which was a nice touch. Service then proceeded very slowly, which is tough with young kids. When we finally got to order dessert, we waited at least 15 minutes for it to arrive, at which point they’d decorated my daughter’s plate rather than mine and brought me the entirely wrong dessert. The waiter then blamed the person who brought out our desserts saying she’s new, but he clearly never ordered mine. After five more minutes when the kids were done with their desserts, my husband was told mine would be another 10 minutes, so he canceled the order and requested the bill immediately. It took another 5-10 minutes to get the bill, at which point the waiter made a point to say he’d taken something off. Turns out the only thing not on the bill was the dessert I never got. He then had the nerve, as I was leaving, to hand me a certificate for $25 off our next visit. I returned it. There will not be another visit. More than 2 hours after we walked in, we finally left. My husband noted our experience to the staff at the front, a conversation a manager walked into and then said nothing. There are plenty of options for dining in Evanston and the North Shore. Don’t bother with Koi.
Frequent guest. Tonight with the cold weather we were seated by the window. But there was a lot of cold air leaking through to the dining area. We needed to move to another table.
While the food was good enough, the service was horrendous. After receiving our drinks, we received our sushi order. Then there was a gap of -- no joke-- an hour before the rest of the meal was served. We asked our waitress repeatedly who kept reassuring us it was "just coming up." Baloney. I was embarrassed that I recommended this spot for dinner to our group. What a shame. And no effort on the restaurants part to acknowledge the issues. Won't be back.
Delicious authentic Asian food. Very testy and beautifully presented. Large portions.
Kudos to the staff for keeping service flowing through the evening because it was otherwise chaotic. Food was OK. Drinks were OK. Giving them a pass because it was so crowded.
We come here frequently because of the vast and interesting menu. This visit we came because Koi is one of the few neighborhood restaurants that is open on Christmas eve. Also, this time we had a gluten-free diner with us. On one hand, we thought that all of the entrées that are clearly marked GF are already gluten-free, but the waitress told us that was not the case: the “GF” means that the item CAN be prepared gluten-free but you have to ask. That’s really odd and unintuitive.
We ordered GF versions of our favorite items and, while they were good, they tasted much different and more salty than the usual preparations. Not sure why that is the case. Also, they seem to have taken off many vegetarian versions of popular items since the last time we visited, like the pot stickers. Perhaps they had a more limited menu for Christmas eve, but the waitress didn’t think so.
Our table of nine had a great experience at Koi. First and foremost, huge credit goes to our wonderful server. Though his name now escapes me, I will surely remember his friendly, patient, and attentive service. The food was a bit uneven (sesame chicken was oddly sweet, miso soup not hot enough) but there was certainly something there for everyone to enjoy. My sushi was great.
Excellent service and good food.