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730 N. La Cienega Blvd. (West Hollywood)
West Hollywood, CA
(1) 310-659-9449 | www.koirestaurant.com
HOURSSun.-Wed.: 6:00pm-11:00pm; Thurs.: 6:00pm-11:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 6:00pm-12:00am
PRICE (ENTRÉE)USD 15-30
FAMOUS PLATESCrispy rice with spicy tuna; miso-bronzed black cod
DRINKS AND WINEGreat sake selection; creative cocktails
# OF SEATS200-250
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
Glitzy zen. The ambiance is chilled-out feng shui with candlelight, bamboo gardens, Buddha heads, and trickling fountains galore, but the crowd is as sceney as they come. The spacious and serene back patio is where super-starlets hold court, while baying packs of paparazzi create a ruckus at the entry. Actor-in-waiting servers can turn from chill to chilly if it’s clear you don’t have any juicy parts to cast for, but in-crowd wannabes suffer it gladly for a chance to dine with the stars.
Celeb-heavy–especially from the Young Hollywood set. A less high-profile albeit ever well-heeled group of hip 30- and 40-somethings also pack in. Popular date spot.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Aim for an effortlessly glam yet casual look, like a sexy skirt, a trendy top, and heels or hip flats.
GO HERE WITH
A date; girlfriends
WHY WE LIKE IT
The glam sceney-yet-zen ambiance is fun–great for people watching or intimate conversation. The fusion fare can really hit some high notes, too.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Servers who are too busy being seen to see to their guests. Also, the sushi is hit or miss.
GOOD TO KNOW
There’s valet parking.
Las Vegas; New York; Bangkok
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