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$21 - $30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Uptown Broadway
2.9 miles from The Alamo
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

We love to go out and eat sushi. This restaurant had so many choices & saki. We ended up ordering several items. Sit by the windows. The view is nice. The place is hidden way in the back.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 28, 2019

Chose Koi Kawa by chance. It's a small restaurant with relatively plain atmosphere, but nice windows overlooking the river and Brakinridge Park. Food was very good, service was friendly (though not particularly prompt). We had a good dinner for about $50 (including tax and tip)....I'd go back.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Tucked away in the back of a complex called the boardwalk, the restaurant may not be the easiest to find, but it is truly a hidden gem. Coming from Hawai'i and the west coast, I will admit there are only a handful of sushi places...I go to and Koi Kawa is at the top 9f the list. Offering the freshest sushi I've found in San Antonio, the variety of sushi rolls is incredible. Their namesake Koi kawa roll features tuna and is a great starter. I also love the Kiss of fire roll - Tuna, Hamachi, & Avocado Topped with Seared Tuna, Jalapeno, Sp. Mayo, Chili, Habanero Tobiko, but my go to is their salmon skin hand rolls. This is the only sushi restaurant I have found in San Antonio that prepares the skin with a little meat and braised in a toaster oven. Everywhere else here, they deep fry the skin giving you a greasy crisp. The prices are very reasonable for the area and the offer other Japanese cuisine. So, if looking for a more west coast style sushi, Koi Kawa should be your first choiceMore

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Great food, wonderful amiance & friendly service! Isn't that what we all want? YES, yes, yes! Stop in here for a great meal in a relaxing atmosphere - heaven!

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed June 6, 2018

This is not the same Koi Kawa we all come to know. I've been a loyal customer for 20 years, but Niki sold this restaurant to a new Korean owner. They kept the same name but this is not the same Koi Kawa. The menu...is the same, but the food is horrible. The new owner does not know Japanese food, because those party sushi rolls all taste the same with siracha and mayo. Even the rice on the sushi is a disaster. Instead it taste like regular bland steamed rice. The rice on the tuna chirashi is bloody, and taste fishy. I got sick the next day.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

We live nearby and enjoy coming here for happy hour specials on rolls and sake. They also have great cooked specials for those in your party who may not want sushi. Enjoy watching the river and take a stroll in Brackenridge after your meal.

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

We had appetizers and entrees and they were very good, high quality food. Wait staff was very attentive. Excellent experience, good price. We're visiting San Antonio and it's been one of our best meals.

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

This little gem has been in operation for over 20 years. The sushi is always very fresh. The other night they had sea urchin and fatty tuna and it was heavenly. Today the salmon was delicious. For lunch they offer a large variety of bento...boxes as well as the main menu. The service is attentive and the setting is tranquil.More

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Koi Kawa has been a San Antonio hidden gem for decades. My husband's grandparents brought me here the first time in 1998. The food is wonderful, with a wide selection of favorite rolls and a wide selection of house rolls that may surprise you. There...is a lovely selection of noodles, tempura, and an appetizer selection that can easily be a meal. The beer is cold, the tea is hot, and the sake is silky. It really is an A-1 restaurant with a great staff.More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed March 31, 2017

Our family just moved to SA. We've eaten here 2x. The first time was on a Wednesday night and the service was really slow. We were there for about 2 hours and had to cancel some plans later that evening because we didn't get done...with dinner in time. The next time we went on a Friday evening and the service was better and the food was just as good. The staff is friendly, the restaurant is clean and it has a nice view of the park. This is our favorite Japanese spot so far. It's not cheap and our family of 4 usually spends about 80-90 for dinner.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Yes, Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar offers takeout services.

Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4