INKO NITO Arts District

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Conceived by Rainer Becker, and developed alongside executive chef Hamish Brown, INKO NITO is a standalone Japanese dining concept that launched in Los Angeles’ art district. Offering unconventional Japanese robatayaki with Korean flavour influences, INKO NITO is the perfect destination to enjoy a unique dining experience in a fun and vibrant surrounding.
The interiors at INKO NITO Downtown LA create an elegant but approachable setting, incorporating custom glazed handmade tiles throughout. With an open Robata grill allowing customers to soak up the environment, the casual dining area also encompasses a plant-lined outdoor terrace, and cocktail bar seating.
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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was awesome! Sat by the grill and the food was awesome, portions are just right and order numerous items and share, great for two people cause most of the food is prepared that way. We will be back for sure

JP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!! We loved it.

CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a date night and lots of things to do around this restaurant!

JD
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Dessert-coconut soft serve was next level delish. The rest was ok. Nothing special. The hamachi collar was supppper fishy.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place - good atmosphere - amazing drinks - food was a bit spicy for me but good food.

R
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went on a Sunday evening, no crowds, and easy to get a table indoor, outdoor, or at the bar. Great Food, drinks and great service. What else can I ask for?

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

waited excruciatingly long for the waiter to take our order on a slow service night.

i
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love having you guys in the neighborhood. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is simple + fresh with a menu selection that suits any diet. I’ve taken friends who are vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, and it’s always enjoyable.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice experience with a very modern take on Japanese and Korean Influences

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Responded on August 11, 2019

Thanks very much, we also do a happy hour Monday to Friday 5pm to 7pm!

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BC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food took WAY too long. I think they forgot about our wagyu steak, it took over 30 minutes from the time we ordered it. They had a $59.00 menu which no one told us about we had already ordered apps. It was just all mediocre service and food for the price. It does have very nice decor, plants everywhere. I'm pretty disappointed was looking forward to a great evening here as we were celebrating a birthday. Not encouraged to go back.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Lots of food was undercooked/not as crisp as last few times.
Consistency in food is not good.
Items not cooked right - wagu skewers, tofu and yellowtail

AL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the noise level great discovery great good

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My girlfriend and I came for DineLA. We sat outside, it was nice. Then everything went to crap. Waiter was rude and gave us weird looks when we asked questions about the food. The food kept coming out in weird orders. Not like menu advertised on dine LA. Got fish. Then steak. Then side dishes, then our other appetizer came out. Food was cold. Kept asking for napkins. Kept bringing paper napkins. Finally I said dude bring me a cloth napkin like every table has. He brought one napkin. There were two of us. Both of us got soy sauce on our pants. Need to get cleaned. FYI, after the first course I went up to him separately to not upset my girlfriend saying his attitude needs to change because he was making us uncomfortable. After our final dish he finally asked if we wanted a refill on drinks. Overall this was a horrible date night experience. When you spend $180 for two people you expect good service and non cold food.

NT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The restaurant itself is decorated thoughtfully and trendily, with attentive service. All the positives end there, however, which is not a good sign when food isn't mentioned as one of the positives of a dining experience.

Everything ordered (a mix of appetizers/snacks, entrees, and skewers) lacked ANY kind of flavor. Every single item my party and I ordered was haplessly bland. I wish I could tell you our food was delicious because it was salty, spicy, juicy, or anything...but it was none of those things. The food here sits right in the middle of any taste spectrum; perfectly neutral and not leaning toward any extreme. The food here is simply lifeless. I can't recommend anyone I know to give Inko Nito a try considering the food items here are on the pricey side. You could have a more tasty meal at Gyu Kaku (and I hate Gyu Kaku). Will not be returning and definitely do not recommend.

s
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great- awesome corn (best I’ve had),
Good - sushi
Average - scallops
Below average/Bland - cauliflower, mushrooms
Pass- not a big fan of cold edamame regardless but lots of ice chips on the pod.
Service- average
Host- was very confused working on his iPad when we walked in. Hate it when someone is incapable of just saying “hello and I’ll be right with you.”
Space was cool. Maybe try the meats next time if I ever go back? C+.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Service in the beginning from all our servers was great! Food was wonderful especially the sea bream and wagyu skewers. When it came to dessert, they took a long time to bring out the coconut soft serve, but I think they had brought it out to the wrong table.

JM
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Excellent spot for a great meal with friends. Food always come out piping hot!!! One of my go to restaurants in LA

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience, fun outdoor seating, great menu, awesome drinks

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Definitely will recommend to friends

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times, and you call always except extraordinary service and impeccable food!

ST
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed every dish we were served from the sashimi to the wagyu beef on a skewer.

k
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The quality of the food has diminished considerably since Inko Nito first opened. So disappointing!

a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance & food was great! Will definitely return!

JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server good
Stake good
Cocktail good

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on June 17, 2019

Love the cocktails! The new Ume Julep is so tasty! There will be some new drinks coming soon. INKO NITO

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Highly recommend

CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered from here once and it was pretty good so decided to come here and try everything FRESH. It did not disappoint. Very cool spot and the food comes out super fast since they've got a piping hot yakitori grill in the center of the restaurant, but unlike other places, the smell will not attach to you! Great ventilaition for it. Otherwise, everything was delicious. Maybe don't get the sashimi as it's not that many pieces, but definitely go for the truffle yellowtail and the grilled corn!

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Responded on June 10, 2019

Hey Christopher, Thanks so much for the feedback and joining us at the restaurant! Glad you enjoyed the food and loved the space. We also do happy hour Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Hope to see you again soon. INKO NITO

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E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and good service

MR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for fun or work.

U
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love! The grilled broccoli, corn was amazing. A perfect salad with radishes was a Star, as well as the salmon & the coconut ice cream with a wonderful smoky flavor. Outstanding little find.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Thanks so much for the review! The Ice Cream is delicious. Look forward to seeing you again at INKO NITO soon.

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D
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a cool and hip restaurant! Love the space and the decor. Love everything about it. Love the music they play, gives the place a good energy.
Service was great and food was good. The two popular dish they ran out on an early evening which was a bummer. The skirt steak was a bit chewy. But everything else was divine. Skewers, nigiri, bone marrow, Brussels sprouts all tasted wonderful.
Definitely will go back and hopefully they won’t run out of wagyu beef skewers.

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Responded on May 20, 2019

Hey Drew, Thanks so much for the review! We are doing a BBQ platter this Memorial Day weekend with the Wagyu Skewers on it, looks so good!! See you at INKO NITO soon!

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HW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we’ve been to. Very good food and service!

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thanks so much for the review Heidi! We have some new additions coming to the menu soon! Look forward to seeing you back at INKO NITO.

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VT
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and variety of food. We went for Mother’s Day and the mother’s were very happy!

SG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Fun mixed drinks. The food was expensive. We were there with a party of 6. We enjoyed our evening

INKO NITO Arts District
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thanks for the review Susie, the mixed drinks are a lot of fun! Our new favorite is the Highball with Cold Brew! Delicious. See you at INKO NITO soon!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The food was okay but was overpriced. Our table was not cleared regularly making it difficult to eat when the new dishes would arrive (drinks glasses were left on the table; had all my glasses even after 4 drinks). Looks nice but lacks flavor and substance

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the roasted cauliflower and softshell crab!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Got a last min reservation and got a great table in front of the robato grill.
Delicious Japanese cocktails started our meal
And had yummy starters and mains
I highly recommend this place for a date night or night out with friends

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Responded on May 20, 2019

Love the Japanese cocktails! The counter seating is a lot of fun here at INKO NITO, soon to be some bar seating!

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E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place the service is so amazing, food so delicious

V
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced.

ES
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the crew especially Antonio. The vibe was great and the food was amazing.

NL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good not the best though I’m sure it can be better. Went in with a lot of expectation but food is mediocre nothing that u have never had before. Average food for a very over priced rate. We paid almost 200 for bite sized portions.

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