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“The Worst Place Ever!!!”
Review of Kono Japanese Steakhouse - CLOSED

Kono Japanese Steakhouse
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner
Reviewed 1 April 2014

We've eaten at this place formally known as Kono's for years and always left extremely satisfied, but not tonight. We arrived at the now OKino's at 4:30 and was the only patrons there. They advertise to open at 3:00 and we expected to have Hibachi serve when we got there, boy were we fooled. The bar tender asked if we were 2 for the diner and we said hibachi and he said he'd have to check to see if they were serving it yet. He came back and said they wouldn't be ready till about 5:00. He told us we could order the same items from the diner as the hibachi and it would be a bit cheaper. So we agreed. We sit in the bar area and he took our drink order and tried to convenience us that we didn't want the sweet tea for it was too sweet. We needed to order it half and half. We are 2 southern girls that like out "sweet" tea. So we declined it to be weakened and he left. We knew what we wanted to order so we had no need for a menu. We placed our order when he returned. We also ordered California rolls. We actually watched the rolls being made and then waited another 15 minutes for them to be brought to out table at which time he told us we had received a double order. It appeared to be the usual 6-8 pieces. Once we finished these we waited another 30 minutes before our food arrived. Not what we expected. This truly was NOT the same teriyaki chicken that we order from the hibachi and we certainly don't get steamed veggies with it. Oh forgot to meant ion that we were asked if we wanted "rice or fires" with our meal
.?????? Ah rice.........that should have been our first warning sign. With NO soup or salad and the meal arriving on a sizzling plate-fajita style we knew this wasn't going to end good. Had to hunt our waiter down to get a tea refill and had to listen to he and the other bartender talk about how the other employees are not pulling their wait and the language that was used was not repeatable. By this time other patrons were arriving and no one was ready to being serving them. They asked if they were early-it's 5:30- and one of the employees that's in the bar conversation says "oh no, we open at 3:00". I wanted to tell them to leave. We finally ask for our check and I about fell out of my seat. This "will be cheaper" experience turned out to be the most expensive I've ever eaten there. So much for the Early Bird Special. The early bird gets SCREWED. WILL NOT RECOMMEND OR EVER PATRON THERE AGAIN.

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2  Thank johnginad
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Filet was tough, rice was hard . I love Japanese and this so far is the worse food evwr! Express Japanese is better than this awful food!

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Thank lmgarris
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

The food was good the Sushi was outstanding. The problem was with the server. Not sure what was going on but he was able to focus or understand what was going on. We waited awhile for our food (we were the only one there) and then it was wrong. My son ordered shrimp and received scallops. He also could not divide our check properly and continued to refer to my brother a lady???? Not sure if we will visit again.

Thank Wade C
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stopped for lunch on News Years Day, probably not a good ideal, the guy at the door looked as though he was still asleep, thus the rest of our service experience. The same guy was our server, he looked confused and was moving really slow, you could tell this server was not all there, not sure why, unless it was due to the party the night before, which he did tell us he had not been home yet.
He took our order and kept repeating the order back to us several times, when he brought the drinks, he said the tea was being made, we had to ask 3 times for the tea. My Nephew ordered shrimp but received scallops, which made him sick. We had ordered sushi but it came after our main dishes. Then when we tried to pay, the server could not separate the bill, so we paid one bill, it was so frustrating, we walk out forgetting out to go boxes... Really, really bad service.. On a positive note, the food was really good, and the sushi was great! Should you go to this restaurant go later rather then early..

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1  Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Our hibachi chef was mildly entertaining and very generous with the portions of food. That was the two pluses of our evening.

I was able to eat only a very small portion of my food (shrimp & chicken) because of the overwhelming amount of soy sauce that the chef used. It was a terrible meal!!!

The dining room we were seated in held 3 or 4 hibachi stations and they were surrounded by what appeared to be everything that normally would be out of sight in the kitchen. Very unattractive surroundings.

The ladies restroom was down a long, long, long, dark hall and was gross.

If you are looking for a great Japanese Steakhouse experience, look elsewhere.

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Thank randee p
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