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.
The salmon curry was very flavourful. I asked if they could make my curry spicy and that is exactly what they did. The salmon was done to perfection. The vibe is casual and friendly. I would definitely go back.
Gem of a restaurant with ultra tasty menu items, a definite go-to for a great lunch and excellent service.
Lunch with a cousin I haven’t seen for quite a while. Her first time at Koi and she loved it.
Came to listen to the Jazz band. Overall the place is great. Have been here before.
I found the sauce accompanying the gyoza and the salad dressing that came with the Koi salad to be way too salty! Didn’t enjoy the food because of that. My drink and latte were great. I would come again but not order food. The first time I came I remember not enjoying the food either. Maybe my taste buds.
We wanted to hear live music so picked Koi for an evening out. First time there and what a wonderful place! The band "Jazz Works" was excellent and the food superb. Very friendly and perfect service added to the quality evening. Would highly recommend this fine restaurant for an evening out with friends or just a romantic night with your someone special.
The coconut curry with tofu is a favourite of mine. Great spot for lunch but greatness takes time so give yourself the extra time to dine. :)
They took a reservation for our group through Opentable.ca for the 17th at noon.
We all show up, and they're closed.
Very poor administration and organization. Our group was left scrambling and we wasted taxis and ubers.
Made a reservation on OpenTable for Family Day lunch. Confirmed our reservation the day prior via OpenTable's email reminder. Arrived for our reservation and the place was CLOSED.
Went to see/hear classical guitar music. Music was very good, service was very good and food was very good. All in all a nice evening.
I had made a reservation through Open Table and needed to cancel; I then remade the same reservation as my clients time opened back up. I received confirmation from Open Table that my reservation was secured via email and app but upon arriving at Koi they did not have any record of my reservation and could not seat us. We were eventually seated in the corner of the Sushi counter but was not what we were expecting since a reservation had been secured or so I thought.
Great service. Great food.
The server did not know anything about the menu and did not look up any reservation notes I said. It was my dads birthday and I mentioned that but he did nothing. Poor service. He messed up our order as well.
Will not come again. Meanwhile, there was only one other party in the restaurant at the time.
Absolutely amazing food and drinks! Celebrated my birthday here and despite the small size of the venue, the servers managed to seat all of us at the same table. Incredibly grateful to all the servers for putting so much extra effort into making this a special night for us.
The place did seem understaffed though, which is perhaps more of a note for the owners rather than a comment on the quality of service (which was brilliant!).
The live music was varied and interesting, would definitely go back to see other local artists perform there.
We are beyond disappointed. It appeared that our server was inexperienced. He wanted to take the food order almost immediately before offering us a cocktail. We ordered 2 appetizers and 2 mains. After a reasonable time 1 main (rice bowl)arrived. Server told us that the other main would be right up in 60 seconds. Said the appetizers would be along in a few minutes. Some time after I’d finished my rice bowl the second main arrived. The server indicated the appetizers were coming and offered them at no charge. We refused as we were extremely dismayed with the entire experience.
The rice bowl with tofu was marginal. The ramen did not measure up to our homemade version. Turnips ice cold. Maybe supposed to be?
Worst meal experience in recent memory.
Love the food. It is fresh, flavourful and eye catching - great flavours and the value is good. Highly recommend the cauliflower rice with the curry bowls. :)
Good food and service but unfortunately we were unaware of live music performance which made it too loud to converse
I like eating at Koi because there are plenty of healthy options as I am a pescatarian that eats dairy and gluten free. The service is always quite good. I had a rice plate with veggies and salmon. The salmon was cooked perfectly - I only wish there was more of it.
We enjoyed the great food and the live music at Koi! There were options for vegans, vegetarians as well as meat-eaters so there was something for every person in our group.
The vibe was really cool, and the music was definitely worth seeing. Koi had nice employees and great drinks. The only problem: We ordered the Banh Mi and the cilantro was used like how lettuce should be. It totally ruined the sandwich and we couldn’t finish it. The ginger tofu, Yams, and Curry were amazing though.
Well priced menu with all entries lower than $20. Excellent curry bowls. Fast friendly service.
Koi was great. The noodle bowl was extremely spicy (runny nose spicy) but the menu did not indicate that there was any spice in the dish, although the noodle bowl did seem to be doused in chili flakes. A guest of mine was not able to handle that level of spice, so she was unable to eat the dish. The chef’s recommendation was to put sugar on the dish to offset the spice... a recommendation for your menu would be to indicate what dishes are and are not spicy, and those that do not like spice will not order it.
We went early no music etc, the food was not worth the visit but would be great if they had good band etc
We had a wonderful evening, with good food, live entertainment and a pleasant atmosphere.
Unfortunately Koi did not have our reservation, arranged through the OpenTable app, and were lucky a single small table was available only inches away from the band. We were so close my date had to move back to make space for the trombone.
That aside, we had a very positive experience.
Wait staff were short handed and they handled it very well. Unfortunately venue is very noisy and had bad acoustics for both conversation and the love music.
i really enjoy the food and ambience. A favourite place for a meal with someone I want to spend some time talking to.
I would recommend based on the delicious food, however the service, not so much. Waited on drinks, waited on food. Very small venue for very big evenings, entertainment wise.
We *love* Koi! One of our favourite places for vegan nosh.
The live music was great, food was good, and the service was on point without being overwhelming.
Came to Koi for the open mic night and were not disappointed! We have some incredible talent in this city and great to see it in such an intimate environment.
This was a great intimate venue to appreciate jazz music. The service was very slow but the cocktails were delicious so it made up for the long wait. The portions of appetizers were smaller than expected but the entre was a decent size. I would definitely come back to see another show!
Food was average. Our server was fairly new, but she acted as a “food taxi” we had to constantly catch her attention for drinks (did not offer refills), sauce, etc. That’s why I gave it one star.
There was live music, but the place is so small and the music was uncomfortably loud.
We went to the restaurant for dinner and to hear the music. The service was great, the food was tasty and the ambiance was very nice. The classical guitar music presented by the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary was exquisite. Thanks Kat, Eri and Stephen for your great performances.
Never disappointed with the food or the service!
Great service, good food and nice live entertainment. We’d go back next time we’re in town.
Small restaurant but value and taste was outstanding.
Great place. Food and service were wonderful. The music was fabulous! Would go back again to hear Katherine Fischer!
Thank you for the great review Carol! Would love to have you back again!
We visited during one of their open mics, and it was a very nice event with a strong sense of community, where you felt welcome. The food was delicious and they have an excellent cocktail selection.
So glad that you enjoyed our weekly open mic! As one of the longest running open mics in town, the community is thick and we want everyone to be apart! Come back again!
We were there on a Saturday evening before the live music starts, to celebrate a family birthday. We chose Koi for their vegan options and it did not disappoint. Food was delicious, cocktails were amazing (I'm glad I indulged instead of sticking with my usual wine!) The ambiance was intimate and kind of cool, and our server was knowledgable and fun. We'll definitely go back - highly recommended!
We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Koi, Karen! Would love to have you back anytime!
The best party in your mouth flavours. Reasonable portions but the flavours were outstanding. Awesome vegetarian options. Kudos to Olivia our amazing server as well. She was a true delight and happily took our photos when we asked. We were heading out to see Oprah that evening and Koi was an awesome place to be pre Oprah. Definitely will be back. Thanks so much.
Koi has excellent food and is a small hip gem downtown. The service is EXCELLENT!!
They have different musicians, bands and artists regularly and they are providing a venue for these burgeoning artists.
It’s small, loud, hip and delicious with awesome servers.
Koi does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
Koi is rated 4.4 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.
Koi does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.koicalgary.com/shop.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.