Redmond >Food & Dining > Coho Cafe
8976 161ST Ave NE, Redmond, WA | Directions 9805247.682007 -122.125569
Monday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Did not live up to expectations – Based on reviews from several websites, I was expecting at least a four star experience from our first dinner at Coho. Also based on these reviews, I took my whole family.
The service was four star. The wait staff was excellent, they were really on top of making sure we were taken care of. They forgot to bring our appetizer before our meal, which was annoying, but made up for it by comping one of our desserts (they even comped the most expensive one we ordered). The only real problem was that service was slower than it should have been for a rather slow evening. There was staff everywhere, but dessert took almost as long to bring out as our main meal did.
Presentation was excellent. All our meals certainly looked good enough to eat.
I loved the atmosphere and decor. It's a fun place and I could see that both adults and kids could have a good time there.
The food was not worth the price. The menu looks fantastic, and I suspect if it was prepared better, or used higher quality ingredients, it would also taste fantastic. My stuffed chicken breast was dry, the salmon was overcooked, the fish and chips uninspiring (though edible) and the ahi tuna had poor flavor. I can say that all the vegetables were beyond excellent, and should I return, I'll stick to vegetarian dinners. Our happiest diner that evening was probably the one who ordered a salad. The meals were not very filling. I certainly wasn't looking for a claim jumper experience, but we were left unsatisfied. Dessert was fine, though not exciting (we tried the creme brulee trio, the lava cake, and the cobbler). The most interesting offering was the pumpkin spice creme brulee; it was fantastic. Too bad you can't order that by itself.
The food wasn't terrible, about the quality I might expect from an Olive Garden. But not worth the price. It managed to impress my mother, who has trouble finding food of very good quality where she lives, but didn't impress the taste buds of a Seattlite.
If you love Fish and Chips do not go to COHO! – I could go on a bit about this but I will be brief. The waitstaff was more interested in chatting among themselves than taking care of this particular customer. The menu sounds delicious and at $16.50 for the Halibut and Chips I was hoping for something special. I have a real weakness for good fish and chips. What they served me could cure that weakness. What I got for my $20.00 with tip was mostly deep fried beer batter and Ore Ida frozen french fries. I've had more meaty and satisfying fish from a supermarket freezer bag at home and much better from fast food chains like Burgerville. I don't know about the rest of the menu but if it's as overpriced as the Halibut and Chips, you be money ahead and much less disappointed by just getting drivethrough. But, on the other hand, if you like your fish crisp on the outside and doughy in the middle, this is the place to come
No excuses, sometimes you just blow and it certainly sounds like this was one of those times. We are humbly apologetic and thank you sincerely for bringing these issues to our attention. The problems are now fixed and if you?re willing, we would like to invite you back for another try (on us of course). Give us a call at 425-885-2646 and ask for Kara or Denise.
From all of us at the Coho Cafe
Steve Price, President
Kid Friendly, Mother Approved – I am writing to say how much I appreciate my neighborhood restaurant. Thank you Coho Cafe for being so kid friendly, reasonably priced and delicious. We are a busy family and one of our favorite things to do is dine at Coho Cafe. They are always so friendly and accomodating, especially with my children. Trying to dine with three young children is always a challenge but the people at Coho always make my family feel so welcome. The staff seems to pay special attention to our needs and many of the staff know our family
by name. The menu has something to offer even the most finacky eater and the cooks always seem willing to modify meals. I would suggest Coho Cafe to anyone, thanks you for being part of our family dining experience.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Since most of us have children it is natural for us to welcome them with open arms.
We do, however, worry whether we can achieve that delicate balance between providing a lively entertaining environment for the adults while at the same time provide a safe friendly environment for the kids.
We are extremely proud to know that we have succeeded with your family. Thank you so much for letting us know.
The Coho Crew
Best in Redmond – I never write these things but like to give kudos when well deserved.
Coho Cafe nails it. We've always dined out alot so are pretty critical.
Coho is our go-to place for romantic dinners....the salmon, service and cocktails are perfect. And, we are tending to go out for their Happy Hour more than we should. The bar is beautiful but what I really lust after is my crab and avocado tower (new invention by the chef) and gorgeous glass of wine, together still under ten bucks. Why stay home? Why drink overpriced lattes when I can look forward to a huge platter of steamed clams in a broth-to-die-for (7.50 at happy hour) and a crisp Chardonnay? Keep up the good work and I may have to move in. Their decor is upscale and happy without being pretentious and so are their people. FInally, the perfect all-around restaurant, and in Redmond.
We're so glad that you have enjoyed your visits with us! It's always a pleasure to hear when we have made a new friend. Thank you so much for letting us know!
As far as moving in...it probably would be better if you just visit us more often, the cleaning crew can get a little roudy in the middle of the night!
The Coho Crew
Love the Place! – I am new to the area and one of my friends reccommended the Coho Cafe. I read some reviews online and most were favorable. I am a bit of a self claimed "foody" and typically choose a more upscale environment but I kept hearing about Coho so I thought I would give it a try. I'm Glad I did!! My family and I went last weekend and although the place was packed, the hostess sat us within 15 minutes of checkeing in. We were impressed by the look of the restaurant and the staff was very friendly. I had the seafood fettucine and it was outstanding, full of flavors and seafood in a rich creamy alfredo sauce. My wife ordered a fresh salmon filet which she liked equally as well. The best part about the meal was that it felt gourmet but at a reasonable price; something you rarely see dining out anymore. We were so glad to discover such a great restaurant in our new neighborhood. We will definately be back.
Welcome to the neighborhood! We are very pleased you enjoyed your first visit at the Coho and are grateful to your friends who recommended us. We look forward to taking care of you again in the future.
I would also like to say that in todays busy and stressful world we are often quick to point out problems but sometimes forget to express our gratitude for a job well done.
Positive feedback from our guests means everything to our crew and really makes them proud of the work they do. So from everyone at the Coho Cafe please except a special ?Thanks? to any and all who take the time to let us know when we do things well!
Friendliest Restaurant in Town – We live and work in Redmond and dine at the Coho's often.
Despite the fact that they are always busy, we have never had a bad meal or poor experience. The staff is friendly, curteous and helpful. It feels good when we walk in and the staff recognizes us and treats us like family. Keep up the good work!! Best place to dine on the Eastside.
I don't think my food was cooked to order, and the manager tried to send me away with a replacement To-Go box! – Having lived and worked in the area for the last 5 years, this became a regular spot for me, both for business lunches and for weekend dinners where we wanted something simple and comfortable, and maybe a cocktail or two. The food has always been consistent and pretty good, and I've always been impressed with the prawns (fresh, meaty, cooked well).
The place was packed with a 45 minute wait. I ordered off the festival of prawn menu based on my multiple previous good experiences, and imagine my suprise when the order arrived 10 minutes later (remember, the place is packed), before I could even finish my appetizer! Except my prawn were visably overcooked--curled tightly and wrinkled around the edges, and my mashed potatoes even looked a little crusty(!), like the edges were dried out. I took a few bites off a few prawns, and sure enough, they were tough, chewy, and no flavor. Had they been sitting under a heat lamp?
I flagged down my waiter and sent it back, requesting a replacement. The manager came out about 10 minutes later, asked me if I wanted the same dish (yes, as I'd already told the waiter), and then asking if I wanted it to go! When I said no, he arrived IMMEDIATELY afterwards with my new meal. The prawns were better (but not as good as the grilled ones usually are), and this time the potatoes were very creamy and fresh, a distinctly different texture from what I'd gotten before.
I can only think that since the place was so busy, they had meals waiting to go (either that or someone made an extra order by mistake, and they tried to pawn it off on me). And it was pretty obvious that the manager was trying to shoo me out the door, and that my replacement order was already up when he thought he would see if he could get me out quicker with a to go box. Thankfully they did comp my meal, but still. I was really disappointed in both of these tactics, and won't be going back soon.
First, let me tell you how extremely apologetic we are that you had to experience this type of food and service at one of our restaurants! No matter how tempting it is to make excuses as to why it may have happened we know there is simply no excuse! We blew it and would like to offer you our sincerest apologies.
Second, let me express to you my appreciation for taking the time to write this review. A negative review is never pleasant to read but it does provide valuable feedback into to the nature of the problem and helps us identify areas that need focus and improvement. The same holds true with positive reviews in that it allows us to compliment our crew and to encourage them to improve on and continue the actions that resulted in a pleasurable experience for our guest.
Mgratzer, it sounds like you have had many pleasant experiences at the Coho in the past and would hope that you give us another chance. Once again we offer you our sincerest apologies.
Great Place for Friends and Family – Our daughter lives in Redmond and each time we come to visit we always go to Coho's. It seems to have a bit of something for everyone. We each try to order a different type of dinner e.g. salmon, cowboy ribeye, chops, special seafood of the day, and then we all share. Everyone has always have great things to say about the freshness and flavor of the food.
The waiter(s) are very friendly and pace themselves to the wishes of the customer. The wine selection is extensive and the beer cold. Who could ask for anything more!
Good tasty seafood, great place for a business lunch – Coho's in Redmond is a good staple for business entertaining. Their seafood is always fresh and prepared well - I always enjoy the grilled salmon. The environment is relaxed and sophisticated - I enjoy going there for happy hour or a business lunch. They also take passport discount cards which is great! Parking is plentiful and I've never had a long wait.
Good eats with friendly staff – My husband and I thoroughly enjoy dining here whenever we can. The selection makes it easy to fill any graving you may have and the food is flavorful but not overbearing with just the right blend of seasonings, spices and/or sauce. My husband generally gets the Cowboy Rib-eye or New York Steak but I enjoy trying something different and I have yet to be disappointed.
The staff is friendly and it's obvious they thrive to make your dining experience special even during their busiest times. Being in the customer service industry myself, I truly appreciate the dedication, commitment and sincerity demonstrated by the Coho staff. Give it a try....you won't be disappointed.
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