730 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Phone: (310) 659-1555
Fax Number: (310) 659-9434
Fax: (310) 659-0310
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Family Style, Sushi
Price Range : Average
Visited on a Friday night with my best friend and had such a great time at the restaurant. We ate our meal like it was a 5 course dinner! We just ordered things a little bit at a time and enjoyed our stay there.
Advice, make reservations so you don't have to wait. But if you do wait, there is a great bar with wonderful decor so you can just hang out. It's a little dark in there though, kinda hard to read the menu. Ambiance was nice, the music was at a perfect level and it was all good music. Service was great, considering the place was packed out waiter was very attentive and nice! Taking off a star because they let you smoke in the "outdoor" section, which really isn't outdoor. So the smoke just gets pushed around the room by fans.
We had the yellowtail sushi, so fresh and buttery! Great cuts and presentation. There was also on our table a shrimp tempura roll. Presentation was simple, but it was good. Rolls are a bit small for the price. There was also a bay scallop roll, which was yummy but I thought it would have been better warm than cold. We opted out of dessert.
If you haven't been here yet. then don't hesitate and make reservation reservation in advance!
08/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Koi is one of my all-time favorite sushi restaurants. From its delicious food, to its unique design and dimlit atmosphere. However, due to our economic situations; prices here have gone up. So if you are the ""wallet-watcher"" type than maybe this isnt the place for you.
03/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
the food is really good , the sushis are amazing and fresh but....the way they are charging people is crazy!!! i use to go to this place very very often but i stopped going there a year and a half ago because the portions were getting smaller and smaller and the prices higher and higher...i had some friends in town and said: maybe they have learn from their mistakes...are u kidding me...the service is worse and worse, pushing you to order as much and as quick as possible and the portions are even smaller and the prices are higher!!! it s a shame that in this economy restaurants take customers for fools!!! i will never go back to such a place, even if it s one of my favorite sushi in town!
12/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Koi Koi Koi...
Come on man..you're paying top dollar for the food, but that's definitley all your big bucks cover. I've given this restaurant three chances and each time they've outdone themselves with shockingly horrific incidents. First time: we asked for a bottle of sake the waitress recommended. It would have been common decency for her to share the $100 price tag on it before she brought it over and poured us our first shots of it. Second time: When the waiter accidentally attempted charging our credit card $564 instead of the $64 intended, he came over hollering amongst the entire restaurant that the card was declined. Scene causing and humiliating. Third, and last time for good: our waitress came chasing us outside in the valet line demanding more of a tip than the 12% she hardly deserved for the 2 glimpses we got of her the entire duration of our meal and the 20 minute wait between each item we ordered. This place is just not worth it.
11/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best place in LA to bring people that are visiting--especially first timers. The ambiance is amazing. You see a really good mix of people. The crispy tuna rolls and cod are amazing. The service has always been great and everyone that I have ever eaten there with has had a great experience.
07/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Absolutely fantastic sushi! I came here for dinner with an old friend who frequents this establishment a few times a week. He did all the ordering and my god, it was spot on. The crispy rice with spicy tuna was fantastic. The drinks here were fabulous as well. Very packed place, which is a good sign. Atmosphere was a great vibe, but the music was a bit too loud.
06/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I am a foodie and have eaten at many many LA restaurants, and I have to say, I am always impressed whenever I eat at Koi. The food is delicious, and I have always been treated really well. On my recent visit, I tried several of their new dishes and love them all. For example, Salmon Carpaccio with truffles (and I usually do not eat Salmon) and the Spicy Crunchy Yellowtail Tartare (literally melts in your mouth). Request the back patio for great people watching. I'll definitely be back soon!
06/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Last night I went to KOI with 5 people. We sat out back, in the patio. Service was ok I guess for what it is. Restaurant was about 1/2 full (it was a Friday night at 8:15pm).
My friend was about 3 bites into her mushroom salad appetizer and I kid you not, shattered a large piece of F**KING GLASS, about 2"" wide I'd say based on all the small pieces that came out of her mouth, along with 3 or 4 linen napkins worth of BL**D. It was real bad.
The response to the situation was absolutely deplorable, as offensive as the incident itself.
The manager, who could barely put together complete sentences (I suppose getting high when you're bored at work will do that to you), tried to fix things by bringing her a shot of tequila along with the rest of our food. Everyone was stunned. About 20 minutes go by, people finish ""eating"" in our group and along comes the bill. When we inquired as to why we were being charged and not escorted out on a flying carpet, we were literally yelled at. A friend was literally confronted on the way out by the 18-year old hostess who kept saying it wasn't the manager's fault and that it has only happened once in 12 years.
Moral to the story, KOI should be avoided like the plague.
06/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The decor is super slick and asian inspired which is what I like...When I go I usually go for Omakase where the meal is determined by the chef and highlights the freshest in season ingredients...I also like to have a ""ty-tini"" which is a martini made from TY KU (a sake based liqueur) AND the mango mochi for dessert YUM!....the service is good although it can be difficult to get a reservation, but well worth it...probably the best sushi in town!
01/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I love sushi and japanese food. My boyfriend took me to Koi, and we loved it. The food was amazing, the staff was very nice. The food was coming out of the kitchen so fast that we finished our dinner in one hour (we ordered 6 dishes)! I have no idea why other people's reviews are so bad.
01/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I took my family there and had a reservation that I booked a couple weeks in advance. We arrived promptly for our reservation and were told that we would have to wait about 20 minutes. It was pretty busy, so that was understandable, . To make a long story short, after an hour of waiting, we left, were treated badly by the staff, and had a perfectly good night ruined by this restaurant. I've always wanted to try it, but considering how rude their staff handled everything, I will never return.
12/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
thats all i realized when i was there, it was all about the hype. the food was ok, but the service was horrendous. They were too cool for anyone else in that building and could care less about you, unless you were someone big. Its a really cool place to go, if they could just change the attitudes of staff.
12/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ok there are some attitude filled places in LA, but this place wasn't even that great for how cool the staff thought they were. First off we had a reservation and we still had to wait an hour! And the hostess who tried to feign politeness got mad at me for asking about our table, even though I returned when she said it would be ready on 4 different occasions! A couple before us had waited so long they had left. They had a reservation too and were obviously there on a nice date that got ruined. No managers came out to quell the frustrated guests either. They couldn't care less. Plus the hostess forgot who we were after a while. We said our last name on the reservation which was Nguyen and since it's not pronounced the way it's spelled I guess it confused her. Basically she was just downright incompetent.
Food was good. Not amazing. The sushi was overpriced yes, not anything better than other trendy sushi places I've eaten at. And yes the spicy tuna on crispy rice is pretty darn good. The rice looks and tastes like a tater-tot. They have like one server for every ten tables and then a million busser/runners. So no wonder the service is spotty. Plus our Rebecca Romijn look-a-like waitress was all about the upsell and add-on fees. I don't care about paying, but I just felt a little sad for our world.
We were gonna go to club after dinner, but to be honest the whole waiting and pretentiousness really did destroy the mood for the evening. I will never return. I will tell everyone I know to stay away. Yeah I'm bitter. If you do go though try the spicy tuna and tater-tots.
Tila Tequila was there and got in before us. Her real last name is Nguyen. Isn't that kinda ironic? I hate her
09/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Koi has one of the most fantastic layouts I have ever seen in a restaurant. The dining rooms are all open and have a view of everything that is going on. I actually have to go- at least once every two weeks for the Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna. I was surprised reading the reviews below. Koi is not dirty at all- there are parts that are outside, and that may be why there is natural things outside. Regardless, in the years I have been going I have always found it to be delish, comfortable, beautiful and clean!
08/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Summary: Sublime food, enhanced by a gorgeous setting, attentive staff, and great soundtrack.
Koi is unbelievably beautiful patio setting with a mixture of Asian accents, foliage, lighting, waterfalls, and the namesake fish. Cool background music was upbeat and energizing, without being loud or distracting.
We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation, were greeted pleasantly and seated promptly at a table next to a miniature waterfall. Stunning.
Our dining goal was a sampling of the best Koi had to offer. Our server, Paul, was professional and informative when assisting us with our menu selections, then attentive without being intrusive as we dined.
We began with a selection of appetizers. First, perfectly steamed and salted edamame. Then came the rock shrimp hand roll with avocado and the hamachi fusion. The former was arguably the best appetizer I've ever tasted ... creamy, smooth, bursting with flavorful chunks of fresh rock shrimp. The latter was also divine, with slivers of hamachi lightly drizzled with a tangy, sweetly spicy sauce. Next out was the dragon roll, which will be the standard by which we measure all future dragon rolls. Spicy, crunchy, perfection.
The entrees: Yellowtail salmon salad, with its tangy balsamic/soy dressing and the steamed sea bass, wonderfully tender in a tasty broth which could have stood on its own as a soup. Our evening concluded with a pineapple upside down cake which was nothing like anyone's grandmother ever made in a cast iron skillet. Full as we were, every bite was savored.
Quantities of each dish were nice (no skimpy bite-size doll food here), and prices were quite reasonable for the quality. Our complete dinner, including a modestly priced bottle of riesling, was just over $100 per person.
Koi gets a lot of press for being a place to spot celebrities, but the food and the restaurant itself are the real stars. We plan on returning often, and will heartily recommend Koi to all.
07/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
i went to koi with my girlfriends for one of their birthdays. the waiters were rude, and it took them 30 min
to get our order and 45 min for us to receive our food. their lamb chops were completely raw on the inside.
when i told the waiter he didn't do anything about it, and when i told the manager he said i will tell the kitchen and he never returned. it was absolutely the worst restaurant experience i have ever had. their sushi is ok, but the service was horrible. your better off going to katana.
06/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
delicious. you get what you pay for here - ambiance is nice, food is excellent. a few interesting things on the menu, but it just feels like the same old thing all over again. if you like that same old thing (and i am not saying i don't), this place is great. just not particularly inventive.
02/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is hands down my favorite restaurant ever. The food and drinks are OUTSTANDING, and the service is attentive. The prices are outrageous but you get what you pay for. I highly reccomend the Dragon Roll (a must have for sushi lovers), Lobster Tail, Rock Shrimp Tempura, the Spicy Tuna with Crispy Rice, and the Kobe Beef. There is a reason celebrities frequent this place! I would come here every night if I could afford it. For a great night out I reccomend eating here then heading to The Belmont across the street for drinks...great atmosphere, not your typical pretentious LA hot spot where guys aren't allowed in unless they buy a table.