Koki Teppan & Sushi

★★★★☆

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Mon - Fri: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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The best thing about Koki's is being able to watch your food as it is cooked fresh right in front of you! Not only is it nice and hot to eat, but you get an entertaining show from the chef (all of which are extremely friendly!)
They also have a great sushi bar with a high variety of dishes to order!

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★★★★☆

The best thing about Koki's is being able to watch your food as it is cooked fresh right in front of you! Not only is it nice and hot to eat, but you get an entertaining show from the chef (all of which are extremely friendly!)
They also have a great sushi bar with a high variety of dishes to order!

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Excellent service and showmanship. We go here every year for my birthday. I have many memories here that I treasure. They really are a fun place to celebrate a birthday.

5
★★★★★

Excellent service and showmanship. We go here every year for my birthday. I have many memories here that I treasure. They really are a fun place to celebrate a birthday.

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Koki's is a great teppan restaurant located in a shopping center on Culver Dr. in Irvine. My husband took me for dinner and I've been dying to go back ever since! The peppered steak (and chicken) were amazing! The service was great. The prices were a bit higher than what I'd normally pay for dinner but the food was well worth it.

4
★★★★☆

Koki's is a great teppan restaurant located in a shopping center on Culver Dr. in Irvine. My husband took me for dinner and I've been dying to go back ever since! The peppered steak (and chicken) were amazing! The service was great. The prices were a bit higher than what I'd normally pay for dinner but the food was well worth it.

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I remember going here last year. This place is good for entertainment and food that is edible. For the most part, the "rainbow rolls" and any other rolls with such names actually do not exist in Japan. They do now since many Japanese tourists came to visit and had this here in the States. So, if you don't really know true sushi and think this american made/invented rubish is sushi, then good for you. Enjoy. Yes, service is slow or bad, but then again, this place is not a true Japanese establishment. They do need more servers. If you are someone that knows what sushi really is, don't bother. Try the teppan instead. It's great entertainment. Not authentic though.

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★★★☆☆

I remember going here last year. This place is good for entertainment and food that is edible. For the most part, the "rainbow rolls" and any other rolls with such names actually do not exist in Japan. They do now since many Japanese tourists came to visit and had this here in the States. So, if you don't really know true sushi and think this american made/invented rubish is sushi, then good for you. Enjoy. Yes, service is slow or bad, but then again, this place is not a true Japanese establishment. They do need more servers. If you are someone that knows what sushi really is, don't bother. Try the teppan instead. It's great entertainment. Not authentic though.

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You have to go to Koki's if not just for the best sushi, then for Endo, their sushi chef. You may run into a slight wait on Friday and Saturday nights, but it's worth it. Endo will make rolls that aren't on any menu anywhere, and they get better each visit. You have to try the Koki roll which is a cross between a rainbow roll and crunchy roll... incredible. I have been going there every week for three years and have never once been dissapointed!

2
★★★★★

You have to go to Koki's if not just for the best sushi, then for Endo, their sushi chef. You may run into a slight wait on Friday and Saturday nights, but it's worth it. Endo will make rolls that aren't on any menu anywhere, and they get better each visit. You have to try the Koki roll which is a cross between a rainbow roll and crunchy roll... incredible. I have been going there every week for three years and have never once been dissapointed!

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What are you talking about! Do you think I'm an idiot that I don't know the difference between a Japanese and a Chinese!!

Who cares if Endo is not Japanese. He is still a wonderful sushi chef. Yes it is slow, but they have one guy to a bar load of people plus the Teppanyaki guest.

Will always rave about Endo.

Endo if you ever read this, when we fly down to the SoCal we will always visit you.

We heard how these people hurt your feelings when you read the rants. But remember, it's not you. It must be their own character. We have never had a bad time with you.

Thanks Endo..

P.S. Koki owners*maybe you should consider getting an assistant for Endo. Just a thought.

PFC

2
★★★★★

What are you talking about! Do you think I'm an idiot that I don't know the difference between a Japanese and a Chinese!!

Who cares if Endo is not Japanese. He is still a wonderful sushi chef. Yes it is slow, but they have one guy to a bar load of people plus the Teppanyaki guest.

Will always rave about Endo.

Endo if you ever read this, when we fly down to the SoCal we will always visit you.

We heard how these people hurt your feelings when you read the rants. But remember, it's not you. It must be their own character. We have never had a bad time with you.

Thanks Endo..

P.S. Koki owners*maybe you should consider getting an assistant for Endo. Just a thought.

PFC

Pros: Endo

Cons: Too Busy

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My wife and I decided to go out for some sushi this evening. We are originally from J-Town in LA so we did not expect too much when it came to Sushi in OC. I was beyond disappointed when we tried this place especially after some good reviews from the readers. So many things were wrong with this place. Where do I begin. First off this "Japanese" restaurant is FAR from authentic! It is owned and run by Chinese owners and the sushi Chef is also Chinese. I say this because the Sushi preparation is terrible! There is a certain art in the way a fish is cut and prepared. This was stressed by my wife and her uncle who is a sushi chef. The tempura was very unappetizing as a result of the over-used oil! The Fish was far from fresh, it had a rather fishy aroma. fresh fish should have no odor. We cancelled the rest of our order after trying a couple of pieces. My wife and I decided that it is definitely worth while to drive to downtown J-Town next time we are craving FRESH and AUTHENTIC sushi the way it should be prepared and served. Also, it took FOREVER for us to get our sushi order even when we were sitting at the sushi bar! Terrible, If you are a true sushi Connoiseur AVOID this place at all cost, unless your are like the MANY GAIJINs in OC that don't know or care how real fresh sushi should be prepared and served. This is our opinion and just wanted to share our experience with the true sushi lovers out there. Remember you have been warned.

BTW...PapaC...Since you mention it I DO think your an idiot for thinking this place is great. Why don't you try REAL sushi from an authentic restaurant first before opening your big mouth. Typical Pathetic "Gaijin".

0
★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I decided to go out for some sushi this evening. We are originally from J-Town in LA so we did not expect too much when it came to Sushi in OC. I was beyond disappointed when we tried this place especially after some good reviews from the readers. So many things were wrong with this place. Where do I begin. First off this "Japanese" restaurant is FAR from authentic! It is owned and run by Chinese owners and the sushi Chef is also Chinese. I say this because the Sushi preparation is terrible! There is a certain art in the way a fish is cut and prepared. This was stressed by my wife and her uncle who is a sushi chef. The tempura was very unappetizing as a result of the over-used oil! The Fish was far from fresh, it had a rather fishy aroma. fresh fish should have no odor. We cancelled the rest of our order after trying a couple of pieces. My wife and I decided that it is definitely worth while to drive to downtown J-Town next time we are craving FRESH and AUTHENTIC sushi the way it should be prepared and served. Also, it took FOREVER for us to get our sushi order even when we were sitting at the sushi bar! Terrible, If you are a true sushi Connoiseur AVOID this place at all cost, unless your are like the MANY GAIJINs in OC that don't know or care how real fresh sushi should be prepared and served. This is our opinion and just wanted to share our experience with the true sushi lovers out there. Remember you have been warned.

BTW...PapaC...Since you mention it I DO think your an idiot for thinking this place is great. Why don't you try REAL sushi from an authentic restaurant first before opening your big mouth. Typical Pathetic "Gaijin".

Pros: Nothing good about this place

Cons: Terrible Sushi, Sushi took forever to get served

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SO every time i've been to this restaurant, it's been at least a 45 minute wait for sushi, and then another 30-40 minute wait to get the sushi. they have one sushi chef, and that's it. It's very unfortunate too because the sushi is excellent and a great value, but i do not recommend it for the unpredictable wait time (or i should say, predictably long wait).

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★★☆☆☆

SO every time i've been to this restaurant, it's been at least a 45 minute wait for sushi, and then another 30-40 minute wait to get the sushi. they have one sushi chef, and that's it. It's very unfortunate too because the sushi is excellent and a great value, but i do not recommend it for the unpredictable wait time (or i should say, predictably long wait).

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I read the reviews and decided to check out Koki's. I did not have a very good experience. The service was slow and the sushi didn't stand out like many of the other reviews suggested. I could not handle waiting 20 minutes to get my next piece of sushi. I understand that the sushi chef is a perfectionist, but wouldn't it make sense to have an apprentice? One of the reviews says, "the sushi chef is Japanese and has been doing this since his childhood. They receive a fresh shipment of fish every other day... " I'm not sure how any customer would know how often a restaurant gets a fresh shipment of fish. In my opinion, the sushi was comparable to the many other sushi bars I've been to, but the wait was just ridiculous.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I read the reviews and decided to check out Koki's. I did not have a very good experience. The service was slow and the sushi didn't stand out like many of the other reviews suggested. I could not handle waiting 20 minutes to get my next piece of sushi. I understand that the sushi chef is a perfectionist, but wouldn't it make sense to have an apprentice? One of the reviews says, "the sushi chef is Japanese and has been doing this since his childhood. They receive a fresh shipment of fish every other day... " I'm not sure how any customer would know how often a restaurant gets a fresh shipment of fish. In my opinion, the sushi was comparable to the many other sushi bars I've been to, but the wait was just ridiculous.

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Endo was wonderful as always. We took our family of 11. Some sat at the bar(the sushi eaters) and the non sushi eaters sat behind us.
Again, as always Endo was a crowd pleaser we pictures to prove it...however, we do have a rant this time.

The food ordered for the non sushi eaters came from the Teppan side. Okay so when they finally got their food which took a very long time( I think they forgot about them) we the sushi eaters were almost finished...and the people on here state that Endo is slow...well he was not slow this time...this time it was the Teppan people or at least the servers. Their food was cold, and when I went to complain the head gy stated we could put it in the microwave!!! What the heck...okay so the others did not argue they just ate their cold food because they were so hungry. Needless to say that side of the family were very unhappy. But what cheered them up was the entertainment of Endo. Yes, he made all our night! Good sushi..good time!
So next time we fly down...we'll be back in to visit only Endo...

Thanks Endo!

p.s. to the MP15 or whatever you are...stop with the racial comments...how would you like it if people called you a Nip or a Jap(remember you're not the only one who knows what a Gaijin is)....as an Asian American I am very offended by your comments. Talk about Sushi, not about how people don't know real sushi because you don't know where we all come from.

2
★★★★★

Endo was wonderful as always. We took our family of 11. Some sat at the bar(the sushi eaters) and the non sushi eaters sat behind us.
Again, as always Endo was a crowd pleaser we pictures to prove it...however, we do have a rant this time.

The food ordered for the non sushi eaters came from the Teppan side. Okay so when they finally got their food which took a very long time( I think they forgot about them) we the sushi eaters were almost finished...and the people on here state that Endo is slow...well he was not slow this time...this time it was the Teppan people or at least the servers. Their food was cold, and when I went to complain the head gy stated we could put it in the microwave!!! What the heck...okay so the others did not argue they just ate their cold food because they were so hungry. Needless to say that side of the family were very unhappy. But what cheered them up was the entertainment of Endo. Yes, he made all our night! Good sushi..good time!
So next time we fly down...we'll be back in to visit only Endo...

Thanks Endo!

p.s. to the MP15 or whatever you are...stop with the racial comments...how would you like it if people called you a Nip or a Jap(remember you're not the only one who knows what a Gaijin is)....as an Asian American I am very offended by your comments. Talk about Sushi, not about how people don't know real sushi because you don't know where we all come from.

Pros: Endo, Family Fun, Fresh Seafood

Cons: The Teppan side servers, and cold food for the non sushi eaters

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Yes, there may be a long wait at Koki's BUT take a good look around! There is one sushi chef for the entire restaurant. If you pay any attention, Endo is non-stop serving customers at both at the sushi bar and teppan side. That is the price you pay for the excellent sushi that Endo prepares/serves. This sushi bar is definately the place for sushi lovers to go. If you want fast food, then go to KFC or any other fastfood places & don't bother coming here - you'll only be making a fool of yourself in front of the regulars who appreciate the good quality of sushi at a friendly, clean atmosphere of Koki's sushi bar.

2
★★★★★

Yes, there may be a long wait at Koki's BUT take a good look around! There is one sushi chef for the entire restaurant. If you pay any attention, Endo is non-stop serving customers at both at the sushi bar and teppan side. That is the price you pay for the excellent sushi that Endo prepares/serves. This sushi bar is definately the place for sushi lovers to go. If you want fast food, then go to KFC or any other fastfood places & don't bother coming here - you'll only be making a fool of yourself in front of the regulars who appreciate the good quality of sushi at a friendly, clean atmosphere of Koki's sushi bar.

Pros: Fresh Sushi, Endo, Pricing

Cons: Not enough Endos

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After visiting Japan, I thought I would never find a real good sushi place in town. This restaurant is THE best that I have found here in the US.

2
★★★★★

After visiting Japan, I thought I would never find a real good sushi place in town. This restaurant is THE best that I have found here in the US.

Pros: great service, chefs very friendly, great parking

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upon entering the restaurant, i noticed there was a citysearch rating of 10...i thought to myself that this could not be possible and checked online and sure enough it has a rating of 8.9, still really high if you ask me. why the sleeping bags in my title? well if you plan on eating there, plan on being there all night. in the 2 hours we were there, we got 2 pieces of fish...oh yeah and a bowl of edamame! the sushi chef is definately friendly, but i think he needs some serious help. i suggest, DO NOT GO FOR THE SUSHI...the fish tasted a bit funny...i would give the KFC we had after this crazy experience a 10. thanks for reading!

0
★☆☆☆☆

upon entering the restaurant, i noticed there was a citysearch rating of 10...i thought to myself that this could not be possible and checked online and sure enough it has a rating of 8.9, still really high if you ask me. why the sleeping bags in my title? well if you plan on eating there, plan on being there all night. in the 2 hours we were there, we got 2 pieces of fish...oh yeah and a bowl of edamame! the sushi chef is definately friendly, but i think he needs some serious help. i suggest, DO NOT GO FOR THE SUSHI...the fish tasted a bit funny...i would give the KFC we had after this crazy experience a 10. thanks for reading!

Pros: KFC a few steps away

Cons: short handed

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Its hard to find a nice teppan restaurant that serves great sushi in irvine. Koki is one of those retaurant. Koki serves good teppan and awesome sushi. Their teppan chef are well trained and their waiter and waitresses are polite. They have different variety of sushi and are always fresh. The only cons about this restaurant is that their dinner menu can be kind of pricey. Other than that, its worth a visit.

3
★★★☆☆

Its hard to find a nice teppan restaurant that serves great sushi in irvine. Koki is one of those retaurant. Koki serves good teppan and awesome sushi. Their teppan chef are well trained and their waiter and waitresses are polite. They have different variety of sushi and are always fresh. The only cons about this restaurant is that their dinner menu can be kind of pricey. Other than that, its worth a visit.

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I want to make it clear that I had mention on my last comments. Other places rush me to pay my food bill NOT Koki. Every time, this Japanese consultant comes into town, he enjoys sushi in Little Tokyo for lunch or dinner. This time, I take him to Koki before he goes back to Japan. He loves the sushi. He told me the sushi is fresh and even better than he had in Little TOKYO .....THANKS ENDO .... you make it fresh ... We'll be back

2
★★★★★

I want to make it clear that I had mention on my last comments. Other places rush me to pay my food bill NOT Koki. Every time, this Japanese consultant comes into town, he enjoys sushi in Little Tokyo for lunch or dinner. This time, I take him to Koki before he goes back to Japan. He loves the sushi. He told me the sushi is fresh and even better than he had in Little TOKYO .....THANKS ENDO .... you make it fresh ... We'll be back

Pros: clean, freindly, services

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As sushi lovers and trying every sushi resturant here in Orange County as well as LA County, I finally found a place that my husband and I could have quality sushi as well as a fun and entertaining experience. Endo, our chef, was amazing!!!!! He created his works of art by melding the appetizing and the eye appealing gourmet that satified both our tummies and eyes throughout the night. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else!!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

As sushi lovers and trying every sushi resturant here in Orange County as well as LA County, I finally found a place that my husband and I could have quality sushi as well as a fun and entertaining experience. Endo, our chef, was amazing!!!!! He created his works of art by melding the appetizing and the eye appealing gourmet that satified both our tummies and eyes throughout the night. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else!!!!!!!

Pros: Entertaining , Excellent Service, Quality Sushi

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I don't know what militarychow is talking about. First of all, I'm a very picky eater. I've tried various sushi establishments throughout the OC, only to leave disappointed. When I was introduced to Koki's about 3 months ago, I fell in love with the place. I have been going there at least once (sometimes twice) a week...

Koki's is Chinese owned... there's nothing wrong with that. Though Chinese owned, the sushi chef is Japanese and has been doing this since his childhood. They receive a fresh shipment of fish every other day... so to say that the sashimi isn't fresh is ridiculous.

One thing that militarychow is right on is the wait. There is only one sushi chef. If you've got the time to spare, I suggest trying this place out. If you're short on time, try your luck elsewhere.

2
★★★★★

I don't know what militarychow is talking about. First of all, I'm a very picky eater. I've tried various sushi establishments throughout the OC, only to leave disappointed. When I was introduced to Koki's about 3 months ago, I fell in love with the place. I have been going there at least once (sometimes twice) a week...

Koki's is Chinese owned... there's nothing wrong with that. Though Chinese owned, the sushi chef is Japanese and has been doing this since his childhood. They receive a fresh shipment of fish every other day... so to say that the sashimi isn't fresh is ridiculous.

One thing that militarychow is right on is the wait. There is only one sushi chef. If you've got the time to spare, I suggest trying this place out. If you're short on time, try your luck elsewhere.

Pros: Fresh Sushi, Service, Inexpensive

Cons: The Wait (at times), No big parties (4+)

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My Girlfriend And I Wanted To Get Some Sushi One Night. So We Searched For A Place Close By In Irvine. This Place Had A %10 Discount So We Decided To Give It A Try. Big Mistake! This Is A Chinese Owned & Operated Japanese Restaurant. There Was Only One Sushi Chef, So It Took Awhile Till We Got All The Sushi We Ordered. The Sashimi Was Not Fresh At All. I'm Not Sure About The Hibachi Part of The Restaurant. But Do Yourself A Favor And Don't Go To Koki's For The Sushi.

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★☆☆☆☆

My Girlfriend And I Wanted To Get Some Sushi One Night. So We Searched For A Place Close By In Irvine. This Place Had A %10 Discount So We Decided To Give It A Try. Big Mistake! This Is A Chinese Owned & Operated Japanese Restaurant. There Was Only One Sushi Chef, So It Took Awhile Till We Got All The Sushi We Ordered. The Sashimi Was Not Fresh At All. I'm Not Sure About The Hibachi Part of The Restaurant. But Do Yourself A Favor And Don't Go To Koki's For The Sushi.

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I've been to a dozen or so great sushi places in Orange County and LA County, and Koki is by far the best. I've been there twice this week, and plan to make that a habit :-) The sushi chef, Endo (spelling?), is very friendly and welcoming, and has a habit of shelling out extra pieces of sashimi "just to keep you coming back," as he says. The tuna nigiri is to die for.

2
★★★★★

I've been to a dozen or so great sushi places in Orange County and LA County, and Koki is by far the best. I've been there twice this week, and plan to make that a habit :-) The sushi chef, Endo (spelling?), is very friendly and welcoming, and has a habit of shelling out extra pieces of sashimi "just to keep you coming back," as he says. The tuna nigiri is to die for.

Pros: Excellent sushi, Inexpensive, Not too crowded

 

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