Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

★★★☆☆
  • 624 Davis St

    Evanston, IL 60201

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  • 847-866-6969

About Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

Hours
Mon-Thurs 11:30am - 3pm, 4:30 - 10pm Friday 11:30 am - 3pm, 4:30 - 11pm Saturday 11:30am - 11pm Sunday 11:30am - 10 pm /// Delivery: Monday-Thurs 11:30am - 3pm, 4:30 - 10pm Friday 11:30am - 3pm, 4:30 - 11pm Saturday 4:30 - 11pm Sunday 4:30 - 10pm
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I went here for the first time this week and will definitely be coming back. Fresh, quality sushi and they had an extensive martini menu with specials. For a weekend, there wasn't too much of a wait and the staff were really friendly. Solid pick.

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★★★★☆

I went here for the first time this week and will definitely be coming back. Fresh, quality sushi and they had an extensive martini menu with specials. For a weekend, there wasn't too much of a wait and the staff were really friendly. Solid pick.

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and portion is good but the service is not always\nconsistent.

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★★★★☆

and portion is good but the service is not always\nconsistent.

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I was here for lunch on Memorial Day and it was very empty. I had the Shrimp Soong and my friend had the Crispy Chinese Duck, which was anything but crispy. He was pretty disappointed in how fatty the meat was and how soggy/greasy the skin was.\n\nThe menu has so many choices, it's really difficult to ascertain what we should be ordering. With so many options, ranging from a couple different Chinese menus, a Thai menu, and a Sushi menu, I felt like I was just taking a shot at the dark in ordering. Koi tries to be a fusion Asian restaurant and appeal to everyone but ends up doing nothing particularly well.\n\nThe Shrimp Soong was okay, not too salty, and the shrimp and vegetable mix was a nice contrast to the sweet lettuce wraps. If the lettuce had been served chilled it would have been even better though. The dish was nothing special, and I could have easily made it at home.\n\nThe portions here are very generous, but quantity cannot make up for lack of quality. Neither of us finished our meals, and we had no desire to pack them to go.\n\nBeware that there is a $.95 surcharge for brown rice, which is not made clear when ordering. I was simply asked if I preferred white or brown rice and the charge was tacked on to the bill. Pretty lame, considering I only had a couple spoonfuls of brown rice.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was here for lunch on Memorial Day and it was very empty. I had the Shrimp Soong and my friend had the Crispy Chinese Duck, which was anything but crispy. He was pretty disappointed in how fatty the meat was and how soggy/greasy the skin was.\n\nThe menu has so many choices, it's really difficult to ascertain what we should be ordering. With so many options, ranging from a couple different Chinese menus, a Thai menu, and a Sushi menu, I felt like I was just taking a shot at the dark in ordering. Koi tries to be a fusion Asian restaurant and appeal to everyone but ends up doing nothing particularly well.\n\nThe Shrimp Soong was okay, not too salty, and the shrimp and vegetable mix was a nice contrast to the sweet lettuce wraps. If the lettuce had been served chilled it would have been even better though. The dish was nothing special, and I could have easily made it at home.\n\nThe portions here are very generous, but quantity cannot make up for lack of quality. Neither of us finished our meals, and we had no desire to pack them to go.\n\nBeware that there is a $.95 surcharge for brown rice, which is not made clear when ordering. I was simply asked if I preferred white or brown rice and the charge was tacked on to the bill. Pretty lame, considering I only had a couple spoonfuls of brown rice.

Pros: Large, extensive menu with Thai, Chinese and Sushi options

Cons: Soggy crispy duck, Hidden surcharge for brown rice

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Koi has a great atmosphere and really good service. The food's pretty yum too! I really like the shrimp fried rice.

5
★★★★★

Koi has a great atmosphere and really good service. The food's pretty yum too! I really like the shrimp fried rice.

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Koi has a great atmosphere. We enjoyed dinner in & take out from Koi. The general gao's low fat chicken is really tasty. The sushi is great and one of the best in Evanston.

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★★★★☆

Koi has a great atmosphere. We enjoyed dinner in & take out from Koi. The general gao's low fat chicken is really tasty. The sushi is great and one of the best in Evanston.

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The sushi was okay, but not so good. The service was awful. It seems to me that the staff were not well-trained. Most of them did not have service-minded. Well, I would say they were not so friendly as I expected to see in a ""Japanese restaurant."" Will not go again.

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★☆☆☆☆

The sushi was okay, but not so good. The service was awful. It seems to me that the staff were not well-trained. Most of them did not have service-minded. Well, I would say they were not so friendly as I expected to see in a ""Japanese restaurant."" Will not go again.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: bad service and awful staff

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Koi is the most reliable restaurant in Evanston, IL. From Northwestern University students to Evanston families of all ages it is one establishment that is sure to impress in both ambience and food.
The sushi is fantastic and cheap for the excellent quality. The chicken dishes are also fabulous and favorites among my friends. The sweet & sour chicken is always a hit.
The service is always friendly and professional, yet not too overwhelming and annoying like at some restaurants.
GREAT value for the quality! As mentioned it is a favorite among college kids!

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★★★★☆

Koi is the most reliable restaurant in Evanston, IL. From Northwestern University students to Evanston families of all ages it is one establishment that is sure to impress in both ambience and food.
The sushi is fantastic and cheap for the excellent quality. The chicken dishes are also fabulous and favorites among my friends. The sweet & sour chicken is always a hit.
The service is always friendly and professional, yet not too overwhelming and annoying like at some restaurants.
GREAT value for the quality! As mentioned it is a favorite among college kids!

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I LOVE sushi. As such, I had high hopes for Koi. Silly me. While the ambiance and location are great, (walking distance to El and Metra), the food is only mediacore and the service is a joke. Twice in the past we have attempted delivery and then carry-out. Both times the soups and sauces were spilled in the bag. While we were compensated with gift certificates ($25 the first time and $50 the next), I should have known that this was a great fore-shadowing of what would happen if I decided to have my birthday dinner there. I called Wednesday to reserve an 8:00 table for 11 people on Saturday night. Saturday morning Koi called to confirm. We arrived at 7:55 and waited AN HOUR AND FIFTEEN mintues for a table. Thats right. 95 grueling minutes for a reservation that was made 4 days in advance. So we sat at the bar, where NONE of our drinks were compted. Yes, the manager gave us 2 bottles of their second-to-cheapest wine, but that was it. We got a slew of excuses until they finally decided to squeeze some tables in for us. And I really mean squeeze. It was VERY tight. Once we were seated, the service did not get much better. The waitress failed to ask if anyone wanted a drink other than the cheap red wine. Which, many of us did. A few of us had to ask repeatedly for water. Some people ordered appetizers as a main dish, and they were brought out long before the rest of us recieved our meals. They were also out of my favorite sushi. :-( There are a few other great suchi spots in Evanston. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go to them instead! Koi is WAAAY too expensive for the quality of both food and service that they have to offer. We should have just walked over to Potbellys . . .

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★★☆☆☆

I LOVE sushi. As such, I had high hopes for Koi. Silly me. While the ambiance and location are great, (walking distance to El and Metra), the food is only mediacore and the service is a joke. Twice in the past we have attempted delivery and then carry-out. Both times the soups and sauces were spilled in the bag. While we were compensated with gift certificates ($25 the first time and $50 the next), I should have known that this was a great fore-shadowing of what would happen if I decided to have my birthday dinner there. I called Wednesday to reserve an 8:00 table for 11 people on Saturday night. Saturday morning Koi called to confirm. We arrived at 7:55 and waited AN HOUR AND FIFTEEN mintues for a table. Thats right. 95 grueling minutes for a reservation that was made 4 days in advance. So we sat at the bar, where NONE of our drinks were compted. Yes, the manager gave us 2 bottles of their second-to-cheapest wine, but that was it. We got a slew of excuses until they finally decided to squeeze some tables in for us. And I really mean squeeze. It was VERY tight. Once we were seated, the service did not get much better. The waitress failed to ask if anyone wanted a drink other than the cheap red wine. Which, many of us did. A few of us had to ask repeatedly for water. Some people ordered appetizers as a main dish, and they were brought out long before the rest of us recieved our meals. They were also out of my favorite sushi. :-( There are a few other great suchi spots in Evanston. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go to them instead! Koi is WAAAY too expensive for the quality of both food and service that they have to offer. We should have just walked over to Potbellys . . .

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Koi is a nice restaurant with good service. I like that you can go on a date and they have both sushi and chinese dinner options. Their orange chicken is awesome.

4
★★★★☆

Koi is a nice restaurant with good service. I like that you can go on a date and they have both sushi and chinese dinner options. Their orange chicken is awesome.

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Sushi is popular with my immediate family, and we made a second visit to this restaurant, which serves Chinese cuisine and sushi. We ordered fun noodles (stir fried wide rice noodles), maki, and a sushi plate. The food was prepared very artfully and was pleasing to look at. The seafood on the sushi plate were very thin, greatly outsized by the rice it was served on; we ended up chopping the rice pieces in half and leaving rice behind to balance the flavors of rice and seafood. The seafood content of the maki rolls were substantially less than what we were accustomed to from many other sushi restaurants. Perhaps this is traditional in Asian cultures. The service staff made strange motions when delivering the food, such as pumping the plate of noodles up and down in front of us before placing on the table. More galling was when we ordered the sushi plate; the menu does not describe what kinds of fish are included. We asked what the sushi plate included, and the waitress said ""raw fish"". Well, duh! When pressed for what kinds of fish, the waitress said ""tuna and stuff"". (We later debated lodging a fake complaint that the fish was undercooked just to see their reaction, for laughs! But we didn't.) When asked how many pieces each maki roll supplies, she was unable to tell us, saying ""probably 4 to 8 pieces"" depending on the roll.\r\n\r\nIn sum, the food was artfully prepared but unsatisfying given the mid-range price tag ($15 rough average price on dinner items). The service staff is undertrained. A north shore restaurant like this should assume its customers know sushi is raw fish and know what menu items include.

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★★☆☆☆

Sushi is popular with my immediate family, and we made a second visit to this restaurant, which serves Chinese cuisine and sushi. We ordered fun noodles (stir fried wide rice noodles), maki, and a sushi plate. The food was prepared very artfully and was pleasing to look at. The seafood on the sushi plate were very thin, greatly outsized by the rice it was served on; we ended up chopping the rice pieces in half and leaving rice behind to balance the flavors of rice and seafood. The seafood content of the maki rolls were substantially less than what we were accustomed to from many other sushi restaurants. Perhaps this is traditional in Asian cultures. The service staff made strange motions when delivering the food, such as pumping the plate of noodles up and down in front of us before placing on the table. More galling was when we ordered the sushi plate; the menu does not describe what kinds of fish are included. We asked what the sushi plate included, and the waitress said ""raw fish"". Well, duh! When pressed for what kinds of fish, the waitress said ""tuna and stuff"". (We later debated lodging a fake complaint that the fish was undercooked just to see their reaction, for laughs! But we didn't.) When asked how many pieces each maki roll supplies, she was unable to tell us, saying ""probably 4 to 8 pieces"" depending on the roll.\r\n\r\nIn sum, the food was artfully prepared but unsatisfying given the mid-range price tag ($15 rough average price on dinner items). The service staff is undertrained. A north shore restaurant like this should assume its customers know sushi is raw fish and know what menu items include.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, trendy, beautifully prepared food

Cons: Tough parking, poorly trained staff, skimpy on fish content

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i remember coming here before going to the nearby theater for a show. I didn't know it then, but this place was actually 2 places in one (Koi, the Japanese sushi place, and Chen's Chinese). Although the place had good food and the ambiance was great, it was almost as if something was ""fake"" about it. Maybe it was the very easy going athmosphere that surrounded the place. They had a VIP lounge area with a fireplace and and leather sofa and the inside was dark with a warm yellow color all around. This is compared to those traditional looking places with bamboo all over and silk screens. The food was good, but nothing to jump up and say it was a winner to. I did, however, like their innovative drink selections, including martinis and hard to find sake. But other than that, I really did not see anything special enough that can justify this place having 2 $$? Come for a date, but not for those everyday sushi cravings.

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★★★☆☆

i remember coming here before going to the nearby theater for a show. I didn't know it then, but this place was actually 2 places in one (Koi, the Japanese sushi place, and Chen's Chinese). Although the place had good food and the ambiance was great, it was almost as if something was ""fake"" about it. Maybe it was the very easy going athmosphere that surrounded the place. They had a VIP lounge area with a fireplace and and leather sofa and the inside was dark with a warm yellow color all around. This is compared to those traditional looking places with bamboo all over and silk screens. The food was good, but nothing to jump up and say it was a winner to. I did, however, like their innovative drink selections, including martinis and hard to find sake. But other than that, I really did not see anything special enough that can justify this place having 2 $$? Come for a date, but not for those everyday sushi cravings.

Pros: martini and sake lineup

Cons: parking, nothing special about the foodthat makes it $$

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I went to Koi with a group of about eight. We weren't seated very promptly and the service wasn't great, our server was not very friendly or helpful. The food was pretty good but a little overpriced. I haven't had the sushi but I was told it's pretty good. The atmosphere is very chic but the service did not live up to the look, nor did the food. It wasn't a terrible experience, but definitely not impressive enough for me to want to go back.

1
★★★☆☆

I went to Koi with a group of about eight. We weren't seated very promptly and the service wasn't great, our server was not very friendly or helpful. The food was pretty good but a little overpriced. I haven't had the sushi but I was told it's pretty good. The atmosphere is very chic but the service did not live up to the look, nor did the food. It wasn't a terrible experience, but definitely not impressive enough for me to want to go back.

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I am not big on Japanese/Chinese restaurants as seem to be very average serving both. The sushi here is OK but not the freshest fish. It is probably fine if you like the complicated oversized maki, but if you are looking for just good fish these combination restaurants are not the best choice.

1
★★☆☆☆

I am not big on Japanese/Chinese restaurants as seem to be very average serving both. The sushi here is OK but not the freshest fish. It is probably fine if you like the complicated oversized maki, but if you are looking for just good fish these combination restaurants are not the best choice.

Pros: Distance to Northwestern

Cons: Chinese and Sushi are both average

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I do not think they know what quality food means at this place. Decor is great and restaurant is great looking. But that is about it. Good place to hang out but not to eat.\n\nIt seems to shows that this restaurant is a great traditional mix of Japanese and Chinese fusion. But I think critical things are missing from Japanese and Chinese food at this place.\n\nChinese - Soup broth is the most critical determination taste. Soup I had tasted like canned soup from super market\n\nJapanese - Off course freshness and quality of fish. I am not sure if chef has ever been trained with sushi. Rice quantilty and firmness is a shame... \n\nVegitable served on side of plate was served frozen as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

I do not think they know what quality food means at this place. Decor is great and restaurant is great looking. But that is about it. Good place to hang out but not to eat.\n\nIt seems to shows that this restaurant is a great traditional mix of Japanese and Chinese fusion. But I think critical things are missing from Japanese and Chinese food at this place.\n\nChinese - Soup broth is the most critical determination taste. Soup I had tasted like canned soup from super market\n\nJapanese - Off course freshness and quality of fish. I am not sure if chef has ever been trained with sushi. Rice quantilty and firmness is a shame... \n\nVegitable served on side of plate was served frozen as well.

Pros: ambience, location

Cons: food , clueless

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I walked in to find a great looking restaurant with nice worker but oh was I wrong I sat at the sushi bar I waited 30 minutes for someone to serve me.next i got my sushi it was hard not fresh and cut wrong. While i told the wator about the experience she very rudely commented ""Like it matters"" LIKE IT MATTERS!!!!!! are you kidding me?!?!?! take your money elswere this is not woth it!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I walked in to find a great looking restaurant with nice worker but oh was I wrong I sat at the sushi bar I waited 30 minutes for someone to serve me.next i got my sushi it was hard not fresh and cut wrong. While i told the wator about the experience she very rudely commented ""Like it matters"" LIKE IT MATTERS!!!!!! are you kidding me?!?!?! take your money elswere this is not woth it!!!

Pros: ???

Cons: KOI !!!!!

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I had what was listed as the chef's ""specialties"". the menu described it as lightly seasoned but it was bland and more effort was put into the presentation rather than the quality of the food though the shrimp in the meal was good. If you like the more authentic style of Chinese food unfortunately this is not the place, but the decor is very nice and the service was friendly.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had what was listed as the chef's ""specialties"". the menu described it as lightly seasoned but it was bland and more effort was put into the presentation rather than the quality of the food though the shrimp in the meal was good. If you like the more authentic style of Chinese food unfortunately this is not the place, but the decor is very nice and the service was friendly.

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Set among the casual cafes along Davis Street, Koi is a refreshingly sophisticated alternative. A small, sleek lounge with a wood-burning fireplace welcomes customers into the minimalist, candlelit dining room, whose…

 

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