Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

4.4
736 reviews
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$30 and under
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Koi is located in the right in the heart of charming Evanston’s restaurant row. Koi brings the bold flavors of the eight different regions of authentic Chinese Cuisine and fresh sushi to every dining experience. The new menu brings owner Sandy Chens’ love for traditional Chinese cooking to the forefront, while still offering the menu favorites that our regular customers have come to love.

Recently redesigned, Koi offers a modern, relaxing atmosphere perfect for a night out with friends, dinner for two or private parties. Koi’s express kitchen caters carryout and delivery to a wide range of North Shore residences.

With an incredible menu and exciting drinks, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, complimented by the knowledgeable staff, Koi is one of Evanston's premier dining destinations. Come and see us to enjoy the weekly specials at the bar after work. Be creative, live long, be happy and follow your own path. Let the party begin.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My girlfriend and I went to Koi on Valentine’s Day for sushi. Not only was the service slow (~ 40 minutes for an entree), but we were brought the wrong order and never received one of the rolls we ordered. On top of that, we were charged for the missing roll as well as a cocktail we never ordered.

Although the food was fine once we got it, the immense difficulty the staff had in accomplishing that ruined the experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and amazing maki.

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m
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Koi rarely disappoints. This visit was no exception. Everything was hot and delicious. The sesame beef was superb and the portion was certainly big enough to share. The combo fried rice was among the best we’ve ever had, and again, we shared and brought home enough for two more meals! The only disappointment of the evening was that my husband chose two different wines which were out of stock.

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MR
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This was the worst meal I have ever had at Koi, with service to match. I doubt I will go back, though I have been going for years.

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A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice night out on a cold winter night. The fireplace is very inviting. For starters we had the Deon maki which was delicious. I had the Kung Bao plate which was also very nice. The restaurant was very lively on a Friday night!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great staff and venue. Expensive and above average food. Chicago area tends to have these restaurants that combine cuisines. Japanese, Vetnamese, Chinese, etc. or Hotdogs, Phily Steak and Gyro or Steak and seafood. None are ever as good as the specialty places. So, for Chicago area this is very good.

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T
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Best Chinese cuisine we’ve had in Chicagoland. Service was kind and thoughtful but slow. Price is expensive, especially for lunch.

Overall, a positive experience.

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GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lion dance! Birthday

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CC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Recipe changes to some of our favorite dishes? New management? Not sure if we will return to one of our favorite haunts!

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JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable and nice environment. Staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. We went with his recommendations, which we asked for and were happy. I like the looks of the bar area and will give that a try sometime.

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CC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food - good; service good; but if you really care about the company you are eating with, DO NOT sit in the back room when there are tables set up for more than 6! We shared the room with a party of 16 at and the noise level made it impossible to talk and hear each other. Bummer.

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J
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was outstanding, with so many choices. I selected Chinese. The staff was particularly helpful, efficient without being overbearing. The best part is that they have found a ways to manage the loudness that used to be part of the restaurant. It is now quiet.

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GF
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined at Koi twice in 2 days. The first was for a large group at a business lunch, and the 2nd was with friends visiting from out of town. Koi always delivers. The food is great, and can meet all kinds of dietary needs and restrictions.

John, the server for our group of 4 for dinner, is a font of information. He made sure that the diner who has celiac constraints, got food that would not upset her system, and described dishes in a way that entertained our 13 yr old diner.

I will return often!

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EP
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best hot and sour soup I’ve ever had. Food is great and inexpensive. Highly recommend.

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F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding

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LR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there to celebrate my birthday. The staff members whom we had contact with made us feel so comfortable. This was our second visit for dining since we discovered this gem of a restaurant last Christmas day. We will certainly return again and again for top notch food and service.

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J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

While the food, when served, was good however one person in our party of four didn’t get her food until well into the meal. She watched the others eat their meals and called the servers over several times who apologized but didn’t deliver until there was no point in bringing the food out. In addition, one of the items that I ordered never came. Of course, we weren’t charged for these and they comped a couple of dessert items. Too little too late.

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w
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was ridiculously cold. A lot of patrons were wearing their coats. Not how I like to eat dinner in a restaurant. They have a real problem with the way their front door is situated. Service leaves a lot to be desired. The host was adverse to moving us to a table in warmer area. While he eventually relocated us, it was evident that he was not happy and thought we were being unreasonable. We made the best of it and enjoyed a delicious meal with our out-of-town friends. We won’t go back for dinner. We’ll stick with lunch there on warmer days!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Our waiter John was informative and efficient and made the evening fun.

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LR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food and will return next month to celebrate my birthday. The prices are reasonable and the portion sizes are very pleasing!

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BI
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

An excellent meal on a very busy Christmas Eve. We were very pleased with their gluten free options and although only one in our party was gluten free we ordered all gluten free dishes and they were excellent, particularly the walnut shrimp. Service was so-so, but they were jammed and the waiter gave us a discount coupon in recognition - they were probably short a waiter or two.

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DT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

What a pleasant surprise! I had heard about Koi before, but never ventured to Evanston to try it until Christmas Eve. I'm suspicious of an Asian restaurant that does sushi, Chinese and Thai, so aside from edamame we stuck with Chinese. The regional menu offerings were fun, and this being our first time there, we stuck mostly with the waiter's suggestions. I would never have ordered the Catonese steamed dover sole fish filet without the recommendation, and it was terrific. We also had stir-fried broccoli with beef (I know - boring), cumin lamb (a must if you love cumin) and twice cooked green beans. My 8-year old devoured a plate of beef pot-stickers, a first for someone who usually nibbles off the dumpling and leaves the filling behind. We were pleased with all of our courses, and service was quite attentive for such a busy evening We will definitely go back, and look forward to sampling Koi's other Asian offerings.

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J
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best happy hour on earth. I love the options for happy hour menu and the cocktails are TO DIE

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BS
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Koi continues to satisfy whenever the craving for Chinese pops up.
Great place to stop in after watching a movie near by.

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W
Chicago
138 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dim sum. Interesting selections including congee with fermented egg. Was delicious. Value is mostly good too but skip the teas. $6-$7 for basic Asian tea. Not worth it. Food is better value.

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happily surprised to find a healthy and delicious gluten-free option for lunch with a substantial portion size. I have dietary restrictions and do not eat out very much. I left very satisfied with the experience and would go back when the occasion arises.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, always great food and service. Skip was our server he was wonderful

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there...7 of us celebrating a birthday. Koi even had balloons on our table. We ordered 2 appetizers, 5 entrees, 2 desserts and shared it all. Abundant servings, delicious, even some left over to take home. Server was excellent. Creative Mojo type cocktails and wines were very good. Definitely will return to Koi.

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D
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast and pleasant, helpful service. Shrimp pad Thai and stir fry veggie dish were delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond Great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time there. Enjoy the food.

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Asian cuisine and friendly service. Outstanding seasonal options as well.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food is generous, absolutely delicious, well priced. Servers were "on the job" but ran around with such wild, frantic energy that they created an atmosphere that was hyper. Also the restaurant is loud in general but the crashing dishes as the tables were cleared was distracting, with no thought to how this crashing sound could/would/did disturb diners. We will take out food from Koi in the future. Really, the food and number of choices on menu are fantastic!

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r
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server was horrible. He did not come back to our table until after our food was served. Never asked us if we wanted another drink. I don't know why he is a waiter.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

After the big write-up for this restaurant, the reality was disappointing. We arrived on time but stood at the front desk for a while while one of the three greeters finished placing take-out orders on the one iPad. Despite the early hour (5:30) and the mostly empty restaurant, were sandwiched in a table between two other larger parties—close enough that backs of chairs were almost touching. Our three appetizers came out one at a time, so we ended up eating in shifts. They were good, but not as good as expected from the reviews. The sushi was kind of blah too.

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TA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Average. Late lunch. Pretty slow service.

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We frequently visit Koi and always enjoy the food, atmosphere, and service. The service specifically is typically top notch, with attentive and knowledgeable servers who are happy to represent the restaurant regardless of party size. This weekend, we had a party of seven dining rather early because the group included kids. The waiter’s only interaction with us the entire meal were “what would you like”, with a check dropped silently at the end including a 20% tip. The bussing staff did not do anything to clean up the table during the meal - we had to ask for a change of plates between appetizers and the main course, and then when they were cleaning up once the check was on the table, spilled one of the leftover dishes on me. Now you may think the waiter was very busy, but no, looking around the room I frequently saw him just standing “holding up a wall” in the distance.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent. Not great..

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