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“Holy huge rolls, Batman!”

Koibito Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #142 of 349 Restaurants in Olympia
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Description: A friendly quaint Japanese cuisine eatery serving creative made-to-order rolls, the freshest sashimi, variety bento boxes, udon and other popular dishes.
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Description: A friendly quaint Japanese cuisine eatery serving creative made-to-order rolls, the freshest sashimi, variety bento boxes, udon and other popular dishes.
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Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Holy huge rolls, Batman!”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

When I pulled in the parking lot of Koibito I noticed two things- no empty spots and people standing inside the glass door apparently waiting to be seated. I generally take these as good signs and I was spot on with that assumption.

Koibit is small and don't expect high-end atmosphere but when the sushi comes out you'll soon forget about the lack of panache in the decor.

I sat at the smallish sushi bar and had to wait a fair bit of time for a waitress to take my order, but they were slammed and it was perfectly understandable. Three sushi chefs behind the glass never stopped moving. The orders were coming fast and frequently enough that they dared not take a breath.

I ordered some nigiri and the spider and alaska rolls. The sushi rice was perfect- just the right amount of vinegar and "sticky." The rice had just enough warmth to be a nice counterpoint to the coolness of the neta (i ordered yellow tail). Careful with the wasabi, it was about a strong as I've had wasabi.

The rolls were something else all together. They were, by far, the largest sushi rolls I've ever been served. Easily 50% larger in diameter than what I usually am served. There was no skimping on ingredients, either. My spider rolls were very full of soft-shelled crab and the other component materials. The taste and texture were excellent and I enjoyed my dinner immensely.

Price was very reasonable. I would have expected to pay around $40 for the meal I had in most other sushi places but I walked out for appx $35 and that was with a glass of plum wine.

As I've said before, the real test is will I go back and the answer is a definitive "yes." I'm in Olympia for about another week and I expect I'll be visiting Koibito at least once or twice more before I leave.

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cost Effective Good Sushi Restaurant in Olympia”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

It has various menu, however, each menu was good in quantity and quality. Cost was cheap ($ or $$).

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Shelton, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“I love their Rainbow Roll!”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

You get a lot of food for the money if you order their teriyaki bowl. I made the mistake of ordering that and the rainbow roll and had to take the teriyaki bowl home. The restaurant is small and atmosphere is average but the food outshines. Service and atmosphere is average.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank ArcadiaGetaway
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Olympia, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious AND has friendly service. Moshi! Moshi!”
Reviewed June 25, 2011

Been a customer off and on for 10 years, had the best experience there last night/ if you want 2-bit sushi, this is the place. Unagi, Salmon sashimi, shrimp tempura roll (was okay), but the Yellow Tail Tuna, the best I've ever had - I'm talking melt in your mouth goodness! Expect friendly service.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank the_pixigirl
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Tacoma
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Teriyaki Meets Sushi”
Reviewed February 1, 2011

Koibito appears to be popular judging by the number of people dining there. For those looking for "authentic" Japanese food, this is NOT the place. the sushi was okay, we had some nigiri and a maki roll, which were average. The dinner was average, my wife had the Deluxe Bento ($22.00) and I had the Beef Teriyaki ($10.00). The beef teriyaki was the teriyaki shack version gussied up a bit for "restaurant" service, the Deluxe bento was pricey for what we got. The beef teriyaki was indistinguishable from any teriyaki shack variety, the bento was decent in size. The tempura was very greasy, the fryer was not at temp when they fried it, the fish was bland and tasteless. There are better hybrid teriyaki shacks that offer sushi out there for the money.

  • Visited January 2011
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