Koi

4.3
261 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Cozy
  • Authentic
  • Live Music
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.

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What 261 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Koi for a night of live music! It was fantastic. Perfect intimate setting, great service by all staff. Drinks and Food prices are on the higher side, portions were small so be prepared, but the service made up for cost of product.
Live speakers and musicians were amazing. Great concept, welcoming environment for all.

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Crowded and somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Live music (Jim Hutchison) was amateurish and too loud. There were two errors on the bill (in our favour). All clients had to leave by 9:00 to prepare for the layer show. Food was OK, but somewhat bland.

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KB
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a small jewel, the only negative is that is it is pretty small but other than that it's great!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

There was no live music when we went.

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SM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Breaking bread with friends we hadn’t seen for a while and although the night was bitter cold staff set us up near a heater. Staff was great at offering suggestions to cover any dietary issues [gluten, no meat, spice levels]. Ginger beef, ginger tofu, yam fries were all great starters. Curry bowl was amazing, rice dishes tasty and noodle bowl was hearty. Deserts were spot on as well and change regularly.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Won't be back. Restaurant opened and 11, we arrived for a reservation at 12. After ordering we were informed that they were out of all noodles and couldn't prepare a noodle bowl. The menu is not extensive and I expect that is a common item ordered. After we changed our order we were told it would take 30 minutes - for a curry rice bowl. On the way out I also noticed some draught beers taps were marked as being unavailable as well.

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JH
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love the ambiance the food the service and the jazz music.
They eliminated the beer I like.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed my latest birthday at KOI. What a great experience it was for me. Live music, great food, friendly staff. Just a great night out

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S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place! The live music is always a blast, and the drinks/food are great too. Highly recommend the steak sandwich.

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a Wonderfull dinner before heading to a show. Delicious Chai Tea and Gyozo to start had us wanting more. Main dishes were Vegetarian Curry and my Meat Curry. Great spices. Options for Vegans and Gluten Free as well. Look forward to going back for more!

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

We were not prepared for the music to start at 7pm. The cafe is far too small to have live music while eating a meal. The music was so loud that my sister in-law had to leave because their child would not stop crying. People had to speak louder and louder to be heard over the music which made dinner table conversation pretty much impossible. To be honest the music ruined our dinner.

The food was ok. We ended up with the wrong entree, but staff were accommodating in fixing this. As someone who eats a plant-based diet I would say the meals were good but nothing special, with the exception of the tofu entree which was excellent.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice live jazz/blues and casual Asian style food. Friendly service in an intimate setting. I understand that there are other live music, comedy, and poetry evenings on a regular basis.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Good but food was slow to arrive. Overall a good experience

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Z
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience and food as always. :)

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DB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Made reservations for Christmas Eve. Received a confirming email as well as an email request I reconfirm.

Arrived at Koi's right on time. They were closed. Ever tried to find an alternate oh Christmas eve on short notice? Thanks a lot from me, my family and our guest. Never again.

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BG
Calgary
28 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is your quintessential hidden gem. Try the kim chi fried rice and for sure the ginger beef. Not your traditional in the least. Soooooo good!

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KP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

So ive been to koi 2 times in total and completely loved it. The food was above average and the service on point. The open mic that they host is amazing. Everyone should go check out the fine mix of artists jams. But reseve a spot because she fills up quick! I'll be back again for sure!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met up with an old friend for a long lunch enhanced with delicious, fresh food & wonderful service. Koi was everything I remember from my last few visits, excellent!

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OT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Live music is also awesome!!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
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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1 review
Dined on November 8, 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 29, 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 20, 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 5, 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 28, 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 25, 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 21, 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
41 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 14, 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 7, 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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GC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 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
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 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 23, 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
21 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
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 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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