Kovo

4.6
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
KOVO brings together the traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean region, combined with new world flare and ingredients. For generations our family owned restaurant in Cyprus, an island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, has perfected transforming traditional Mediterranean dishes into a modern, approachable dining experience for people all over the world. Join us for Mediterranean Nights - We will travel around the Mediterranean once a month featuring a different cuisine and celebrating with specialty cocktails, wines and live music! Save the date on May 30th, we'll feature Greece!! Signed up for our e-blasts on Facebook and stay tuned for upcoming events. Make your reservation today!!!
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Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Actually delicious food. Great service. The staff is so friendly and courteous. The pay attention to your needs. Love the calm atmosphere. Love that you can talk across a table and hear your conversation. It’s my go to place for Mediterranean food.

PD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place with attentive service but not smothering; fresh dishes with creativity and lots of bright space and comfortable booths and tables.

A great blend of some known ingredients with unknown pairings or ways of cooking.

I'll return at least monthly to try the fixed menu dinners focusing on a different Mediterranean country each month along with entertainment from that country.

Yanni has done a great job at making everyone feel welcome and sharing his culture and cuisine!

SL
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I really, really wanted to like KOVO more than I did.

What I did love:

1.) It's in a great Paradise Valley location.
2.) The interior design is fresh, modern, and has an upscale feel to it.
3.). The calamari was delicious. We loved the feta, capers, and peppers.
4.) My husband ordered the carved meat platter and he was happy with the amount of food, everything tasted great, and it was served with a rustic flair.
5.) Our server was friendly and attentive to my food allergy requests.

What I did not love:

1.) I ordered the lamb chops and although they were good, they weren't special. I expected a more elevated, sophisticated presentation. The lamb chops were overwhelmed on the plate by the veggies and lemon potatoes. It's a dish that I have been served at lower end Mediterranean restaurants. My meal was average at best.
2.) My husband and I usually eat early and although the restaurant was fairly empty, the service staff was not quick to refill my iced tea or take away our dirty dishes.

So, it was good, but not as great as it could have been.

OT
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT GREEK NIGHT...partytime with good food, music... dancing...!!!

CR
Phoenix
171 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Attractive new restaurant, open and airy with large windows. Food was healthy and delicious. Service was prompt. We had a good lunch and will go back for dinner.

o
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt like family. They didn’t acknowledge our special occasion, but truly did a great job with service levels. Clean, flavorful and family.

r
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we had from appetizer to salad and entrees were absolutely delicious. The service was very good - we will definately return - and soon!

BS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful. She described the dishes perfectly. We ordered appetizers and two Mediterranean dishes. They were both delicious! The atmosphere was very relaxing. Can’t wait to return to this restaurant to try more dishes!

CH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal but the noise level was to high. We had to scream at each other to converse which is no fun at all.

LD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This was my second time at Kovo, I had enjoyed it previously, but this time I was little disappointed. We had the brussel sprouts and cauliflower appetizer. I usually love brussel sprouts but these are fried and even though the outside was warm, the inside was cold and raw. It was not pleasant. the cauliflower was good, but such a disappointing start.
Then we split the butchers board, which was sparse and underwhelming. I cannot have grains, which was fine but the description on the menu said it had meat and cheese on it, there was no cheese to be found.
After that I did not want to spend more money on so so food.
I did enjoy the aperol spritz, and we had a pleasant server.

DR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very reasonable prices especially drinks!

LR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first started with the hummus (red pepper) which was complimentary for first time guest and it was delicious. Next was brushette and we ordered 4 different types. My favorite avocado spread bri and arugala. Then i ordered eggs Benedict. Filo and spinach, Delicious. Cant wait to go back for dinner.

D
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful place with authentic menu and fresh taste. Compact but good wine list. Owner is hands on and servers all friendly. We’ll be going back....soon.

OT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the octopus, grain bowl and platter. More than enough for two. Very good and service on top.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious birthday dinner for my husband.

RK
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food selections are considerable and the staff is extremely accommodating to special requests. Good atmosphere: relaxed, casual and not too noisy. Kabobs are excellent, salmon is very good and the servings are well above what one might expect. Beautiful salads as well.

G
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing healthy food, super bartender Scott love it.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We loved Kovo. The food is phenomenal and great for healthy eating or indulging or even a little bit of both. The staff is nice, friendly and accommodating.

WL
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Full flavored authentic Medit/Greek dining. Particularly enjoyed the braised lamb shank and a lamb burger cooked as requested.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was awesome! The food and service were on par with the remodel, stellar!

LD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was delicious and staff very helpful and friendly. The wine for the Monday deal should be better.

HM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and outstanding service! Definitely a place to go and eat again and again.

j
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Kovo! My husbands lamb chops were excellent as was my salmon! On the night we dined was Morocco night and in addition to a special Moroccan menu, we were entertained by a beautiful belly dancer! It was a very enjoyable evening and we will return!!

KT
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting food! Good olives, charcuterie, bread, and hummus.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

It was beyond hot and felt like there was no AC running in the middle of June

FD
Phoenix
112 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and her friend stopped in for lunch and had a great time. Good food and good conversation. I hope to go myself one day.

KT
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Not too noisy, interesting wine (Greek) , fabulous dessert, ample portions, interesting flavors, very pretty, and walking distance from our home. We will be regular customers. Choosing an appetizer as an entree was a good choice for people who want less food, too.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST restaurant in Scottsdale/Phoenix. You have to try it to realize how GREAT it is. The salmon pizza at brunch is beyond incredible!

j
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We are repeat customers and we have had very positive experiences each time. The food is very good and the wait staff tries really hard. We will be back!

TE
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations but there was a misunderstanding abut the difference between a “reservation” and a “reserved” table. The hostess, however, quickly took control,and found us a great table outdoors on a wonderful May evening. Beyond that, both food and service were great. We definitely will go back again

DP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant evening with good service and food. The moussaka could have more eggplant and less potato, expected more veges vs. starch. Dessert tiramisu was fantastic! Will return soon.

D
Las Vegas
79 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing breakfast for Mother’s Day. Mayra took excellent care of us. She timed each course perfectly. She paid extra attention to allergies and dietary restrictions. She was so sweet. The mimosa’s were a great way to appreciate moms. Each dish was cooked to perfection. The music was so nice! Perfect ambience. Hopefully we’ll enjoy dessert next time. We can’t wait to visit again. Thank you for an extra special Mother’s Day.

j
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Kovo recently and decided to celebrate Mother’s Day there. They have a unique and very flavorful menu with generous portions. Their bar work is beyond reproach with outstanding Bloody Mary options. Everything is very reasonably priced. Even the best restaurants can struggle on Mother’s Day but Kovo was absolutely up to it. I love the bright and open decor, a spacious patio with live music. Their staff is experienced and very capable. It is in a very competitive location so I am rooting for them to do well. Similar food quality at other restaurants would be nearly twice the price we paid. Outstanding experience!!!

b
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. Both entrees were beautifully prepared and very tasty. Only disappointment was dessert. The loukoumades dish was a bummer. The dough was was hard and heavy.

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

food is consistently good, ample portions, huge variety of choices. we go there often, but this night the service was lacking compared to what we were used to. it wasn't busy at all, i just think maybe our server was overwhelmed with a table of 9.

AA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Our service was great. The menu has a lot to offer and the servings were generous. I have absolutely no complaints and will recommend this restaurant to my friends. I look forward to returning soon; perhaps a happy hour or two.

MN
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Found the meals very salty.

DV
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lamb chops were the best I can remember

FD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good the food and service the atmosphere however we ordered a bottle of Pinot noir and it was served to us warm Pinot should be slightly chilled

J
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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