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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.
Evanston, IL 60201
Chinese, Sushi, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm- 9:30pm
Friday: 4:30pm- 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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
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 email@example.com for catering details. 847/866-6969
Street parking or pay lot available.
Purple line to Davis.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Service and food were very good. We all enjoyed our meals. Portions were very plentiful. The edamame they brought to the table right after we sat down was a nice touch. We all had the three course dinner special (choice of soup, sushi roll and a stir fry dish, chosen from a limited preset listing) which was a great value.
Ask for Raul! Our server made my father’s night fantastic. He was very attentive and professional. We came with a big group and he continued to serve us with a smile. The rest of the staff were also very pleasant and accommodating. Their Homestyle Bean Curd was delish!
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.
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!!!
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...
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.
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.
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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