INKO NITO Arts District

4.4
130 reviews
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Japanese
Unconventional Japanese robatayaki.
With bold, banging and delicious flavors, INKO NITO's menu offers approachable and delicious food in a fun, welcoming and casual atmosphere.
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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the wait staff! So friendly, and charismatic. The food was also really good, as well as the decor and the music.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was really great. The salmon filet and Brussels sprouts were amazing.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Phenomenal food.
Poor greeting service from host(s).
Attentive server.
Decently priced.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been a few times and always good quality, prefer the LA one to london

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d
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The food here bears no resemblance to Japanese food, and there are no Japanese people to be found any where near the kitchen. It's just a very corporate, loud place blasting unpleasant music. (It turns out to be owned by a corporate group in the UK - and that's how it feels.) The two worst food items I had were the fried chicken (fried in same oil as fish, so tasted horrible) and brussels sprouts (deep fried to the point where they were burnt to a crisp). Wrote to restaurant but didn't hear anything back. Avoid avoid avoid.

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

For a place that has an hour and a half time limit, they took 2 hours and 15 minutes to serve us our 4 course meal. The food was very light and the waitress was too busy to bother checking in on us. Drinks weren’t great either. It was basically an overpriced appetizer.

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CN
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Took my wife to celebrate her birthday. We both order but only my dinner was served. For some reason they forgot my wife's dish. So much for impressing my wife on her birthday.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not first time come. Environment and service is excellent! I think because of Dine LA week, every course was not come out so fast. The whole dinner use up to 2 hours. Dina LA special menu hasn’t have the most popular dishes there. I went Inko several times and I think this time the food quality has a little bit drop down. The service is definitely great! My friend she can’t eat any green onion due to allegations, servicer is very good that helps us double check each dishes whether has green onion.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!! Hip fun and the best of DTLA!!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We opted to go for the DineLA menu which was such a treat and also an amazing value for what we ordered.

Dining in front of the chefs was a great experience and it was super cool to eat and watch as food was being prepared. The “interactive-ness” made the restaurant feel very accessible and comfortable.

Courses were served fairly quickly, especially the appetizers however because it is tapas style, it was okay! We also ordered an extra scallop skewer that was super tender and cooked perfectly. The star of the entire meal though was the coconut soft serve - mind blown at the combination of flavors and textures.

All in all, I enjoyed it and would definitely make my way back to try more items (especially from the grill).

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibes, great deal for DineLA; the counter tables were awesome as you got to view the chefs preparing the food

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Mediocre food at a high price

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DY
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overpriced food and small portions

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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Sorry, but food wasn't that I expected. It wasn't Japanese food.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Had reserved 3 seats indoors at the bar (there was an option offered in OpenTable app!). It rained (OMG, rain in LA) and the "outdoors" people were brought inside. I had a party of 3 including an out of town guest who I was looking forward to entertaining at the chef's counter. We came not only on time but a little early and I was greeted with a non-enthusiastic manager (I am guessing) who offered to seat us in the draft right next to the door. Not at the counter. I politely inquired whether it was still possible to seat us at the seats we had requested IN ADVANCE. USING TECHNOLOGY MEANT TO ENHANCE OUR LIVES. And I was offered "I will see what I can do." I am a regular. I live nearby. I bring more people over (that would never know the place exists). Come on. If you are a part of OpenTable - know what options are offered there. Honor them. Otherwise, I am not coming back. I have options. We did get moved to the counter but my experience at Inko Nito was kinda meh this time. Will take a while to heal.

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PW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Very lively. We felt welcome the whole time we were there. Service was attentive. Food was good with a couple of minor misses. We will definitely go back to try other items on the menu.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Their happy hour is a great way to wind down from a busy day.
The cocktails are incredible.

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j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food is on the pricey side for such small portions, but ambiance is great. Would go elsewhere for less expensive, larger portion dining.

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I dined alone at the counter. Service was great, but the food all came out at once making me feel rushed. Everything was delicious and service couldn’t have been better. It was just too fast for a single diner.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Highly recommended. My 13th time visiting (both locations) since opening. I do wish the service was a little more special like other restaurants in this Area and/or price point. I didn’t feel fully taken care of at this visit. But will come back. The food is amazing and worth it.
I recommend Valet parking, getting desert and trying the cocktails! Also, best lobster I’ve ever had, ever. Lol

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PE
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very nice dining room and cheerful service, but despite being a quiet lunch time, the food took a long time to come out and everything was luke warm by the time it reached us. The food itself was mediocre and below par, particularly at the price point. Overall our impression was of a place that was not paying much attention to the quality of food that it was putting out, which surprised and disappointed us.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff- from the maître d, to our server, to the chefs.... everyone was so kind. The food was (and ALWAYS is) incredible. Great ambiance and music.

We love love LOVE INKO NITO!
xo

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The pork belly skewer was way too spicy. The tofu dish was overdressed. Everything is mostly overpriced. Patrick the server was excellent.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The premium tasting menu was overly vegetable heavy in a way that was not balanced and made it feel not worth the price. The waiter had insisted we get the premium tasting and assured us it was dairy free. By the time the proteins came, too much time and too many vegetables had passed to really enjoy them fully. The dessert was not dairy free.

There was an unreasonable amount of time between courses and the service was not attentive for the duration of what turned out to be a way longer meal than planned or necessary. We constantly had to flag someone down to get drink and water refills.

The manager or owner is very kind and helpful, but it often feels as though he is cleaning up the messes caused by fundamental flaws in the menu and way service is handled. This was not the first time service has been an issue.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff is extremely friendly.

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SG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. We sat at the chef’s table overlooking the robata and watched all the mouth watering food being grilled. Beef Cheeks and Pork Belly skewers were the bomb. Definitely will go again and want to try the 3rd Street location.

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AW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambiance were all impeccable!! I love this place.

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W
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The foods is alright. Nothing really impress us. The place is very energetic, can't really talk.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

The environment was amazing. But the food was lacking.

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f
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Beautiful space, but very disappointed by the food and the service. Another overhyped restaurant in L.A.

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k
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First, for those have not heard or been to the "Arts District" in downtown Los Angeles, let's just say this is a "transitional" part of town - most of the area is sketchy, but up pops up a cluster of a few higher end restaurants like Inko. Areas immediately around these restaurants are safe, but don't venture more than half a block away.

Inko is a really cool place - they did a great job with the build out of the space. If you are looking to engage in an in-depth conversation over dinner, I suggest getting an outside patio table. Acoustics make it a bit noisy inside when the place is full.

Food - think Asian-inspired tapas. You'll end up ordering 8+ dishes even for two people. All I can say about the food is that you can't go wrong with any of the dishes - everything we ordered we'd get a again. Everything was outstanding. If they have the oysters with smoked kimchi, get that for sure. I believe that was a special though the night we went.

Drinks - good n strong, just like they should be!

Service - I'd give Inko a B to B+ on service. The backwaiters (people who bring the dishes out) were on top of their game. We've been twice now and service from our main waiter was just OK both times.

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely outstanding cuisine, super competent servers, fabulous room. This restaurant is 100% Arts District in execution and tone---young, hipster, all that. Serious talent in the kitchen and a great team on the floor. Will go back.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall Tasty food + Excellent ambience. Would recommend.

Downside- It’s on the pricier side and the portions aren’t huge. Each person is recommended 3-4 dishes so check the menu and plan accordingly.

Upside- Very unique ambience and they nailed the lighting. Some places are too dark, others are too bright, Inko Nito was spot on. Portions were smaller but everything was delicious. Worth checking out on a special occasion.

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EW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant continues to be a great experience. This is the third time I have been there and the experience is consistently amazing. I like that they are constantly adding to the menu, that the supporting staff is always friendly and engaging, and the interactive atmosphere lends itself to a joyous meal.

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JE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, staff were all great! Definitely a nice date night or group gathering spot

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came for a night out—we were very pleased. The atmosphere is vibrant and engaging. We sat at the counter (a must!), perfect view of the grill and chefs at work. Great food, service was amazing.

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l
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had high expectations as we heard so much about the restaurant. Overall, it did not disappoint. The food was creative and tasty, but the portion size was small depending on what you order (and yes, we have been to plenty of tapas/izakaya style restaurants). The chirashi nigaki, tofu kara-age, and the cauliflower were standouts. The cali nigaki was also tasty but just paled a bit in comparison with the chirashi nigaki. The beef cheek, while slightly too sweet, was excellent as well. The panko fried chicken was underwhelming as I had envisioned fried chicken on the bone; however, it was actually just chicken katsu. The ambience was very cool and modern with music a bit loud for this Gen-Xer but apparently, 80s music is making a huge comeback so who am I to complain? Also, I give lots of kudos to great service by the hostess, waitress, and server. Will be back to try other dishes.

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VT
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time there in 2 weeks and loved it both times.

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BR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. One of our favorite places now. Love it.

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