Koi

4.5
243 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Asian
Top tags:
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Fun
Koi has been a consistent member of the arts and music scene in Calgary for over a decade, and continues to grow as an integral part of the city’s culture.

With exciting events, a great rotation of local visual artists, fresh in-house created cocktails and an elevated new Asian-fusion menu, this hip spot is breaking ground to bring you new experiences on the regular. A beacon to Calgary’s growing music scene, Koi remains one of downtown Calgary’s best restaurant bars to take in live sessions.

Enjoy a blended cuisine inspired by the best food out of China, Korea and Japan with a plethora of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly options. If you like a cocktail with your show, you will be blown away by the innovative creations from the bar. There is certainly a little something for everyone.

Immerse yourself in an intimate and passionate atmosphere flavoured for the Calgary arts scene.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 206-1564
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mckenzie Bolton
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
1st Street SW
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Parking Details
Lots of street parking available around the area. Free parking on street after 6pm
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Entertainment
Koi has a diverse array of exciting entertainment we offer 6 nights a week!


From Singer/Songwriter Open Mics, Jazz, Classical, and even Poetry, our venue will allow you to experience local communities creative efforts through art and music.


Please visit www.cafekoi.com for details on our events and our event calendar!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

What 243 People Are Saying
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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Live music is also awesome!!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I love going here for lunch. The service is great. The food is tasty and it always comes out hot. Definitely recommend

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S
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The server was very friendly and efficient. The appetizers were good. However, the main courses were, at best, very ordinary. Having eaten at Koi over a number years, we have seen a deterioration of the food recently. The main courses lacked any zest or significant flavour. It was very disappointing to see a “good eat” go bland. We have eaten better curry out of a can at home. Furthermore, the dishes were very over-priced for so little creativity.

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were there on Monday night of this week with a vegan friend visiting from Toronto. The food was excellent. I had the curry bowl, as did she....and the chocolate dessert (vegan) was phenomenal. Excellent service from a friendly and engaging young woman. As my husband has a hearing loss, we appreciated that the music had been cancelled that night, and we were able to have a conversation easily. This kind of environment (a restaurant for hearing impaired individuals) is very difficult to find in Calgary.

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IV
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Excellent food, vibrant atmosphere, service was very friendly although not on point.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Live music was great! Our meals were delicious and the staff was very professional.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

i hadn't been back to Koi for a few years, but use to go regularly. i was disappointed to see the menu had changed, it's much smaller than it use to be. despite that we still had a great experience, friendly server, huge portions, the food was accommodating to a vegan and gluten free diet and very reasonably priced. overall a good experience, despite the much missed old menu.

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing all around, always something new, super friendly staff, 10/10 would recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Vegetarian selection was great. What I did not enjoy was the Open Mike. It was a disappointment as the level of talent was not very good. I was visiting from Vancouver, B.C. and was out with a friend for a vegetarian meal which was excellent. I would highly recommend the food for quality and healthy. Definitely a good alternative to have a non meat meal.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Little quirky gem of a restaurant and live music venue.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Kim chi fried rice was fine, but i can get something better tasting for nearly half the price 10 blocks north in Chinatown

Service was good. Friendly and attentive

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A
Calgary
40 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It is always a challenge for the carnivores in our family to accommodate that one Vegan. And this place ticked off all the boxes for her. The food as very tasty, nice presentation, and filled up meat eaters and vegans alike. She was so excited that there is an actual desert for vegans which she enjoyed. The service was friendly and informative. It is a small setting so I am not sure how noisy it could be?

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RA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We loved the absolutely delicious ginger beef and flavorful chicken curry. Great right-level-of-attentiveness service. The live music was amazing. What a great little spot supporting local talent. We had a great night!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Food was a bit interesting and would not recommend the cocktails. Ambiance was good and upbeat.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Always reliable in serving tasty, well prepared & presented Asian-fusion cuisine. It seems that they always have new servers, so that part of the experience can vary greatly from one visit to the next.

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CR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great. Only one person serving the entire restaurant t so they weren't as attentive as we would have liked. Food came out quick and was delicious. It was disappointing to learn upon arrival that the jazz band cancelled and no other entertainment was offered.

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a
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Came here with a friend who has a lot of dietary restrictions and we had no trouble finding food that worked for both of us. Everything came out hot and was delicious! Service was originally very attentive, but became less and less as it got busier. Understandable since there weren't many staff working and it was quite packed. Regardless, I would still recommend this place and will definitely be going back again!

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BK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very nice, leisurely lunch. They accommodated the 2 Vegans in our group. Food was delicious!

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RT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Offers up live music from local talent - great place to listen and try wonderful food.

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S
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service fantastic, food decent sized share plates. Very tasty. Will be back.

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EV
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband & I have always wanted to check out Café Koi’s live music & made a date to go for the Ben Ivenstein Trio performance- which was excellent, as was the service/ambiance/food & beverage = we’ll come again! *highly recommend*

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HH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service! I have been many times, and will continue many times into the future.

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KB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We really enjoyed the meal, however, it took us quite awhile to get our lunch. That was the only drawback as we only have an hour for lunch.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was decent, but nowhere near the quality I'd expect for the price.

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RT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I came to see local Jazz band that was performing- the Dennis Kwok Quartet. They were wonderful and the food was good too.

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MW
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Much better. We got there and our table was ready. The server was very attentive. They changed the menu and it is significantly better than the old one. Good combinations and flavours. Will return.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food is really delicious, but often find it takes awhile to come out. Whether that's the server or the kitchen I don't know. Worth the wait though, so tasty!!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Café Koi has excellent food and we usually come in the evening which is great. This time we came for lunch and it took 60 minutes for our food. Not acceptable for a business lunch as we need to get in and out in about 50 minutes (max). The bottleneck was the kitchen. Great food but need to find a way to handle lunch crowd faster.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great selection of dishes with lots of choice for vegetarian clients.
Reasonably fast for lunchtime service
Definitely will go back and will recommend to others

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Have been going to Koi for many years, but not recently. The food was extremely poor compared to the previous menu. My wife had to dig through mounds of cheap greenery to find tastier items, and I had the Vietnamese sub which was woeful; poor white bun, not fresh, with very little filling.
We went for the music, but will certainly not be coming again if this is the new standard of fare.

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MW
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We got there and they did not have our reservation ready. Lucky there was a table available. The attitude about it was “oh well...”. Not impressed. Food was good. They change their menu and the new one is better. Service the rest of the evening was ok. The draw is the live music. In the past we have been better served.

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b
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

They changed the menu with the change in ownership. I preferred the previous menu.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Try the kimchee bowl!!

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YR
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The owner and staff at Cafe Koi are friendly, helpful, attentive. It is an very intimate space when attending any musical function and provides a great opportunity to mingle with like-minded people.

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V
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Portions is on the small side considering what they charge.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was good, although the menu is somewhat limited, but the choices are good. The entertainment on flamenco nights is outstanding and superb, the main reason for coming to Cafe Koi. A small and intimate setting, reservations are recommended.

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S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff, awesome food, and always great shows! Will be back.

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CD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Special occasion for One Act Play and meal. Great friendly service and very welcoming atmosphere. Great food. Extremely worthwhile experience. Recomended

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went to Cafe Koi to see the one act play Transformance. Glad we went early to enjoy a good simple meal before the show. Can highly recommend Cafe Koi.

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K
Berkshire
70 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We selected Café Koi from the reviews and location as it was close to our Condo and the Calgary weather was predicted to take a turn for the worse that night. We were welcomed to a smallish venue which boasted popular live music in addition to a tasty Asian fusion menu. Koi (as it is trying to become known) also offers a selection of local beers with which to wash down the goodies.
My companion and I had a variation of the noodle dish. My chicken was nice if unexceptional but her beef was really very good.

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