Koko

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$41 to $100
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Japanese
Koko features authentic teppanyaki and à la carte cuisine, and is famed for the quality of its sushi and sashimi. A sake bar offers the city’s best range of aged and exclusive sake from Australia and Japan.
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a lavish setting overlooking the Yarra river. Staff were first-rate. It's a little bit on the pricey side, so would reserve it for special occasions.

OT
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I have noticed a change.
I have been to Kokos twice in the last two weeks.
The food was lovely both times. And I think competitively priced.
The service however is just a little off.
When one asks for a table by the pond & one does not get a table by the pond - a reason should be given. Nor do I like sitting in the segregated part of the restaurant for westerners. I have experienced this overseas but it shouldn’t happen here.
Wrong drinks & serving meals to the wrong person needs to be fixed

OT
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Delicious and fresh seafood

OT
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the weekday lunch set. Good quality food and attentive service. We were seated by the window, thus having a scenic view outside.
Unfortunately our enjoyment was tarnished by the rather rude man at the adjacent table by the window. He made several phone calls during and in between his mouth work, with the speaker on, speaking loudly and switching in English and a foreign language. Absolutely disgraceful and uncivilised.

OT
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely food as always! Been coming here quite regularly over the past two years and it's never really dissapointed. Yesterday though was a bit of a different experience, we felt really rushed. I ordered the sit menu and the barramundi had just come out and no joke 2 minutes later the Wagyu steak comes out whilst I'm still eating the barramundi and it wasn't eaten till it went cold. As for my partner her main meal didn't come till after I had eaten my barramundi and the Wagyu, so she ate alone.

OT
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from Caroline brilliant, food unreal, nice Polish Riesling, expensive venue but fabulous for special occasion, namely my 68th.
Yes the four of us enjoyed the two hours dining and highly recommend. Like Swarzenneger “we’ll be back”.
Cheers Joy Bernhard

CT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, try the menu of KOKO, But I think Koko are old restaurant. The decoration, seems from late 20th century. Not like a new more ambience and decorative fine dining on 21st century.

OT
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was beautiful and authentically Japanese. Waiter was very nice and served our food for us. They forgot our drinks and Miso soup though.

OT
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch menu
Food value in a banquet was amazing. $60 a head. Great value.

OT
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Caroline looked after us at every point. I was not feeling well before I arrived yet she still made it a pleasant experience

SD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We ordered set menu Tsukimi, the last main , wagyu beef is chewy like bubble gum. The cocktail is 80% ice, definitely not coming back

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Flavours are average compared to other Japanese restaurants, especially considering what we are paying for the food.

OT
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant
Food was excellent

OT
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always great coming here, food is always on point.

OT
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

View out to the Yarra was great, there were a couple of dishes on the set menu that weren’t to our taste though the others that were, were beautiful. If I went back I wouldn’t do the set menu but choose myself. That being said I tried a few things that I wouldn’t normally order and they were magnificent.

OT
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views and lovely service and ambience and food

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and environment. Girlfriend was impressed

OT
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was nice and the atmosphere lovely. The waiter seemed to be in a hurry!

OT
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have been going to Koko for quite a few years.

Found with my most recent visit that the level of service from the staff has dropped pretty noticeably.

Upon arrival, there was not any proper acknowledgement from the staff at the entrance. She merely said "two people A La Carte?" after I said hello and provided her my booking name and time.

We ordered a chilled sake, and the waiter returned and proceeded with the sake and poured it into a sake warmer.

Food quality was still excellent.

OT
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Underwhelming experience. I specially chose this restaurant for the water garden expecting calm Japanese atmosphere. We were first placed at a table near a large family group with noisy children. We were moved at our request, to the main room near the pond but it was still quite noisy. Koko special was a huge disappointment - presentation was ordinary & the amount of fish was equivalent in all ways to a neighbourhood Japanese restaurant where the same dish would have been half the price.

OT
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and prompt courteous service by Watress Candy.

OT
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful dining experience. Food was exceptional and service was outstanding. A must for lovers of fine Japanese cuisine.

OT
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was ok and service was ok
Expected more as it was pretty expensive
Doubt I would go bwck

OT
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Candy was absolutely incredible!!! She was so so friendly and had the brightest attitude!

The food was spectacular as well, I can’t fault it.

OT
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Indulgence set menu and felt the food had been prepared long before being served. The ingredients I.e beef was very tough and chewy(inedible) very mediocre dishes.

OT
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

the manger’s voice is too loud when we are ordering food. And the responsiveness is slow

OT
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful resturant costumer service was 10/10 food was awsome and was brought out at a steady pace also all food was perfect loved it definetly recommend this place your staff were outstanding in there knowledge of your menu and there customer service thank you for a fantastic night out

FC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

SERVICE - host and waiters insistent, rushed, focused more on their schedule," get them in get out" attitude, haphazard service, customer not important attitude.
FOOD - poor quality ingredients, charge the most, provide the least quality
AMBIENCE - dated, and high noise level
VALUE - not worth the spend

OT
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great night! We did the tasting menu. The food was fresh and very well prepared. The sushi and sashimi plate was sensational as was the main course. I don't normally do Japanese so not all the dishes were to my taste but that was no fault of the restaurant.

The pond is a nice touch.

Next time we'll try a teppanyaki table.

OT
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful food, great service. 2nd time there in a few months and would definitely go back

OT
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot to spend an evening. Fantastic food and service.

OT
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very bright space, not quiet what I expected. Food OK, can get very loud, which I think spoke the effect they were trying to achieve. Or, this maybe how the Melbourne dinning scene is

OT
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been there a few times and will return.
Menu is always a headache with such great choices and variety.
Service level generally excellent except for our last visit where we had to pass some gentle reminders.
Kids friendly place which is important for us and staff is very sensitive to their food allergies.
Sashimi is always a winner and the grilled marinated black cod was just sublime.
Will definitely visit again soon and highly recommended.

OT
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Despite requesting alterations 2 days prior to having lunch at restaurant they once again argued with me regarding omitting seafood from the set menu. This happened last time too hence why requesting at time of confirming booking to avoid this issue.

Too quiet for our group. Not suitable for large groups.

Won't dine here again. Too frustrating as they are not accommodating at all.

OT
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience

OT
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a lovely meal here, but I feel that the restaurant has lost a bit of the friendliness it used to have. We have been coming here for many years & feel its lost the charm it used to have. But the food is still great albeit a little on the pricey side.

OT
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grest good

OT
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Took 15 minutes to get a beer which came out with the entrees.

OT
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First impression, the place was really nice. We got a nice seat by the river and had a really nice view of the city. Fast forward through dinner, service was fast and efficient. Now I don't know if this is a common thing but when they clear away the plates you are done with, they will take your appetisers away without asking if you are done with it. Also, there is a hidden time limit of 2.5 hours so be wary of it else you will get asked to leave with 'someone else needs the table' *shrugs*

n
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I have previously enjoyed Koko a great deal, however, today was a little different. The set menu was in fact a glorified bento box.... and not a great one (despite costing $60). The waiter got two parts of the order wrong and was hard to find st times. Overall disappointing, but prepared to say it may have been a one off for what is usually one of my favourite restaurants

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