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526 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1445
+1 765-742-8180
17:30 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 23:00
Fri 17:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Tony is a unique chef. He expects to give you the best. He expects that you'll be willing to wait--sometimes a very long while--for the tastiest Asian food you may ever find. He expects that you'll know HE is serving you the tastiest food you'll ever find--HE's preparing it, rather than an employed cook. Others have said Tony is eccentric.... More 

Thank Connie B
Lafayette, Indiana
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169 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Kokoro is owned and run by Tony. He says his food isn't Japanese, that it's just Tony food. Quite happy with himself. I must say that his food IS delicious. I had probably the best fried rice in my life here. No doubt about that. But....it cost $25 and took about an hour. So, yeah, the food and the atmosphere... More 

Thank djkudrak
Lafayette, Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 February 2016

My husband and I plus a couple of our friends had heard wonderful reviews about this restaurant, so we decided to try it out one evening. We had also heard that there could be a wait for the food since it was freshly prepared by the owner and his wife, and the hostess at the door told us that it... More 

1 Thank JCrickett16
West Lafayette, Indiana
Level Contributor
134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

Dining at Kokoro is an experience, and very unpredictable. The sushi is tasty but expensive and packed with rice. I recommend sticking with two dishes that have routinely been impressive. The hibachi steak is prepared beautifully and the accompanying sauce is exquisite. The shrimp fried rice is bountiful and superb. Beware of Tony's antics, and try not be intimidated as... More 

Thank MEKA354
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

My cats wouldn't even eat this stuff...a crying shame I had to pay for it! Was very heavy and rather unappealing. Won't be back...I can't believe the place is still in business as long as it has been

Thank penskesucksfulk
Lafayette, Indiana
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

The food is unusual and fantastic. Chef Tony is eccentric to say the least, but it is hard to argue with the results. It is not a cheap date, but it is worth the experience.

Thank Tipcores
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2014 via mobile

Food is outstanding. Just know that you will wait a while and people in your party will get meals at different times. Tony might even yell a little bit. The teriyaki steak is to die for. The sushi rolls are huge and delicious and the fried rice will make you want to slap your momma! Go in with the right... More 

Thank Michael B
Fishers, Indiana
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Yes, it's expensive. Yes, the wait might take hours. Yes, you will forget all of this once you get the first bite. An all time favorite!!

1 Thank katee785
West Bend, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Some of the best sushi I have ever had. Tony was awesome. People who don't like him need to lighten up a bit. Great!!!!!!!!

Thank tstell
Miami, Florida
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101 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I've eaten here many times over the last nine years. I never come hungry-- I know that by the time I get my food, I'll be starving. "Tony," the legendarily cranky Japanese owner, claims on the menu that he's slow because he's the only one in the kitchen and he's old. Yes, sure, that's true. But it's also true that... More 

Thank SusanMochnacs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 526 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1445
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 765-742-8180

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?