Permanently Closed - The Koa Table

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$30 and under
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Hawaiian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Euro-Pacific cuisine is an innovative and adventurous style combining classical European culinary techniques with fresh ingredients of the Pacific Rim, resulting in an exquisite blend of tastes.

The Koa Table appetizers, entrees, and desserts are beautifully created, expertly prepared, and artfully presented with uniqueness and balance of flavors, all coming the prodigious culinary imagination of Chef Ippy.

The Koa Table offers a truly unique culinary experience quite like no other, offering flavors, textures, cfrom and the freshest local ingredients and the finest seafood from the oceans surrounding Hawaii, combined with the best of what traditional European cuisine has to offer.
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
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3.9
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3.5
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3.5
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vipAlyR
Vancouver
60 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Whole fried fish is worth every penny. Others dishes were not so great. Service was lacking although we had young kids which the servers helped out with when they got tired/loud. Overall, this place was not busy at all for a Friday night meaning that they are likely not doing so well compared to others in the area....

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KatKas
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Okay food and menu selections but nothing special. Food arrived before beverages. Very noisy - better place to grab a beer than to have a pleasant dinner.

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SequimBarneses
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A nice place, a very nice meal, the service was excellent. It was our first visit, and we have absolutely no complaints except for the fact that it was a bit noisy, but unfortunately most restaurants are, these days. One party starts speaking loudly, usually after a few drinks, then everybody around them needs to raise their voices to be heard, and pretty soon you have a steady din. The situation wasn't any worse than usual at the Koa Table, and in fact kudos to the hostess, who asked us if we wanted to be seated in the noisy area or the slightly-less-noisy area.

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supportlocalfarmer
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the local whole fish entree. The mule made with whiskey was inventive and very good.

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vipch50
Fayetteville
41 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While fish entree was excellent. Would definitely get again. "Bug juice" sauce was the perfect accompaniment.

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GS123
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service, a little noisy but overall positive experience.

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DebiB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Went to this restaurant when it was called 3 Fat Pigs we enjoyed it a great deal, couldn't wait to get back. Noticed it's name had changed but was hoping for the same great menu, very disappointed it felt like any other convenient tourist restaurant. Nothing to get to excited about. Will not return on our next year visit.
Truly Disappointed 😢

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TimB
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service

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vipPERG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered Saimin, the baby back ribs and the fried chicken. The Saimin was super and I substituted prawns for the pork belly - excellent choice. The baby back ribs were very good and fell off the bone. The fried chicken was dry and chewy. Overall a good meal and experience, and will definitely be back next time we are in the island.

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vipRachel
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Where to start? The most disappointing (and expensive!) meal of our vacation. Menu descriptions are artful however don’t match the reality of what arrives on your plate. Tempura green beans were described as arriving with two aoilis...one plastic container of commercial mayonnaise with a couple of sweet chilies arrived. Pasta aioglio was described as coming with roasted tomatoes. My dish had three HALVES of grape tomatoes.

Then there was the service. We were the only diners at 5:30pm. Despite that our entrees arrived while we were still eating our tempura appetizer (delayed because I had to ask for Siracha and mayo to make my own so-called aoli to make up for the sad excuse for a dipping sauce that arrived with the green beans). We told the food runner we wanted to finish the appetizer first and yet our entrees were just deposited on the table.

Lastly, I’d let the restaurant know we were there celebrating our second honeymoon. Not a word was said...

Poor service, lackluster atmosphere and food that missed the mark. Don’t be sucked in by Chef Ippy’s background or the menu description. It’s an expensive ruse.

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ukdataguy
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is eclectic and delicious - the Chinese Pork Belly, Lamb, and NY Strip were excellent. The daily fish special was really good, in the day we went there, with the Sweet Chilli Broccoli giving the meal a unique flavor.
Our sever was very personable and provided excellent attention throughout the meal.

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MurphyF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate there twice during our February vacation, food was excellent and service was attentive and friendly. Amazing pasta and noodle dishes and wonderful miso black cod.

CM
ChrisM
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Horriable aweful inattentive server and wait time for food!

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vipdinnerfor3
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the fiod. Service was fantastic. Waiter was very friendly.

LM
vipLindsayM
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentines Day so glad we made the reservation as they weren’t accepting walk ins. It wasn’t very busy. Service was
Exceptional. Food was pretty good. Nice place.

JG
vipJGWM
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I was routing for this to be an undiscovered diamond in the rough, but I agree with previous diners- I expected more: better atmosphere, more innovative culinary effort and higher quality food overall. First impression: Inside the restaurant where most of the tables are located is really plain, low-scale - generic , plain furniture, no real nod to the Hawaiian location-they could also use more outside tables given the setting. As for the food, it was just okay - I had a salad to start which was ho-hum, ribs that were tasty but not particularly noteworthy served with two gigantic mounds of white rice, and creme brûlée which was fine. My companion said his bone marrow appetizer was great and oxtail stew entree was good. From a food competition chef background, I just expected way more. At least it’s a little more budget-friendly than other options on the Kohala Coast, which is good given what you’re getting. Pluses are the hostess and wait staff were welcoming and friendly, but overall service could be better if they learned to do more than just drop the plates and go- follow-up attention with diners should be more consistent at this price point. Overall, it’s a mixed bag- lower your expectations and you’ll probably have a decent experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was our 2nd visit in 2 weeks. 1st time was Great! 2nd time not so good. There was a large table of 12 people & we think the kitchen couldn't cope. Our salads & entrees came out at the same time & our food was NOT hot. We think it had been setting for awhile & they forgot to bring it to us. Really wanted dessert but left due to poor service & feeling totally forgotten. They have good food..when it gets to you in a timely fashion.

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vipdandmg
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great menu with different choices, service was very good as well

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just OK, not great

JM
vipJoanneM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, and diverse menu. Service is awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We shared the tempura green beans. Good but very greasy. Shard the crab mac & cheese which was very good. Lots of crab! Husband had an excellent hamburger. The baby back ribs were moist & fall off the bones delicious! The chocolate lava cake was to die for. We would skip the appetizers next time. Will definitely be back to try other entrees. This place has good food & good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The staff was great and very friendly though not always restaurant professional. We had wine and the restaurant does not seem to keep the wines at a cool or reasonably cool temperature. Plus they sent out the wrong wines. They did correct this but still, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks should be the speciality of the bar and known well by the wait staff.

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vipGourmetGal
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Unfortunately this restaurant looks and feels tired. There is ZERO ambiance...it actually felt like a food court. The food is very average with poor presentation and choices. We struggled to find anything to order. Disappointing. Server was very nice and efficient.

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CherylF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place this time I tried the catch of the day. Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. Service friendly and very attentive. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful. AVOID at all costs!! Food was awful, service was awful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Stopped here on a recent vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall experience was very pleasant. The manager and our server were both super nice and the food was delicious. I got the Siamin which was delicious, my boyfriend got the lasagna and wished he got the ribs (they looked amazing on the table next to us). We were sat outside on the back patio which had beautiful views of a small lake/pond.

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NancyK
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I expected this restaurant to be more upscale than it was. The food was good, not great, and the ambiance was very casual. The cuisine was not as creative as I expected. Acceptable restaurant but nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very friendly staff. Prices are very reasonable. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

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Tjrix
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the KOA table. The food and service is fantastic. We are here on a 3 week vacation and have been there 3 or 4 times. Go, you won't be disappointed!

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CobaltBlue
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was really good. The service was good when we could get someone to help - they were obviously short staffed but the team they did have was great. So, a scheduling problem?? We watched another couple nearly walk out but they talked them into sitting back down, but that meant the other tables didn’t get help for 10 more mins because the server spent that whole time appeasing the near-miss.

But worth it even with the service issues. Food was so good we came back within 2 days.

LM
vipLisaMV
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The “fresh catch” fish smelled and tasted like it hadn’t been fresh for a few days. The mushroom and pea shoot appetizer has exactly one small pea shoot. It was really just sautéed mushrooms and onion with a lot of soy sauce. Drinks were not strong but tasted ok. Service was fine. Our waitress didn’t charge us for the inedible fish and we went somewhere else, never to return.

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vipRandiW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Inconsistent is the overall theme. Fried chicken plate was good. Pasta was embarrassingly awful. Fried saimin was flavorful but too sweet and oily. The service was slow and minimal. As locals, we always support homegrown businesses, but this place...no can. It feels bad to say that but the things that made our dinner a disappointment can be fixed and have nothing to do with being local. Hope this manaʻo helps them improve.

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vipJerryW
Palm Springs
73 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made a reservation on the spur of the moment and they accommodated our party of 9 well. The food was good and reasonably priced for Hawaii. The area we sat was close to the front door and didn’t have much ambiance, and the floors in that area were kind of sticky (should have been cleaner); those would be my only complaints

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A group of 6, 4 college-aged girls and 2 parents. Everyone had different entrees, lots of choices, everything was great. Not crowded on a Monday night, but we did make a reservation because of the group size. No special view, it’s in a shopping mall, and the decor was fresh but nothing special. We had a great reasonably priced dinner with great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! The staff, atmosphere, FOOD!, and drinks were all incredible. Best meal on the island so far. Lots of gluten free options and helpful wait staff to answer all questions. I’d highly recommend both the grits (unfortunately not gf, but my husband said they were amazing) and butterfish!

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vipPamV
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had Sun 6:15pm reservations. Restaurant was almost empty but filled up quickly shortly thereafter. Seated promptly. Service great. Saimin bowl was excellent. Ribs were not that good - not tender. Coconut creme brûlée great.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good flavors and menu concept; however, felt it fell a little flat on execution. I had the foodie saimin, and the broth came out really tasty. But the noodles were a little doughy and the crispy pork belly that came with it was cold and pretty much all fat. My partner got the hipster saimin and added pork belly to it, which they forgot to add. However, after we reminded them and they brought out a fresh side of pork belly, it was delicious -- hot and crispy. So... yeah. Lots of potential, but unless they can tighten things up a little I don't think I'd rush back.

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Clark
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service! My husband tried the ribs and I had the red curry. Both dishes were tasty!

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vipBrianH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had three in our party. The restaurant was maybe half full so that doesn’t explain the slow service. It took 10 plus minutes to get our drinks. Our appetizer and salad arrived timely but after that we didn’t see our server for quite awhile. When dinner was finally delivered to our son’s swordfish was good but the short ribs and cheese grits my wife shared were cold. Cold cheese grits are not good. Our meal was not worth the price.

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Permanently Closed - The Koa Table is rated 3.8 stars by 524 OpenTable diners.