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Koi

3.8
3.8
378 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
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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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 206-1564

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Ken Campbell

  • Private party facilities

    Offering an intimate venue for up to 60 people with delicious food and the ability to bring in live music or DJ entertainment. Have held private birthdays, dance parties, business meetings, conferences, cocktail parties, art receptions, and weddings. Please contact info@cafekoi.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Penosky: (403) 206-1564

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    1st Street SW

  • Parking Details

    Lots of street parking available around the area. Free parking on street after 6pm

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 378 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The location they have posted on the website is closed down, made reservations for dinner and they weren’t even open. Had to scramble for last minute reservations elsewhere. The phone is not even in use.
  2. OS

    OpentableSupporter

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked a reservation but when we got to the restaurant it was closed. Not sure why they are on Open Table.
  3. YS

    YuhaoS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Koi was open for the last day during our visit. Excellent food and music and songs and poems. Very unique dining experience, hope it will reopen soon and definitely will come back again.
  4. DB

    DavidB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at Koi. The live music combined with amazing food was sush a wonderful treat
  5. AG

    AGHAUNT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Koi always. They changed there menu since we had been, we were pleased with the options as we are a vegan and a vegetarian duo. We were impressed with the food portion and left feeling full and satisfied. Our waitress was lovely and we just loved her personality. Also the music was so good we definitely commented on that to each other. Top notch, thank you guys
  6. PG

    PennyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went on a Tuesday night which turned out to be open mic night. What a fun surprise. There was a variety of acts, lots of fun and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We tried the Blossom cocktail. It was delicious!!!
  7. W

    Williv

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We find the table & chair spacing is a little too 'cozy'.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Turkey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Eigentlich ein schönes Restaurant. Tisch reserviert wurden aber trotzdem rein geschickt, uns wurde versprochen sobald was frei ist werden wir raus geschickt, ein paar tische war den ganzen abend nicht belegt und als man nachgefragt hat meinte man „alles ist besetzt wir geben Ihnen bescheid sobald was frei ist“ leider nicht passiert
  9. BL

    BabsLind

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Enjoyed our visit and food was good. The Bao was really good in particular. We visited on a Friday night and we were departing as a 2nd music act was beginning as does a cover charge if your staying. Menu could have a few more offerings. Service was great and we will visit again.
  10. S

    Stace

    Calgary

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This little gem never disappoints! Great food and live classical music, plus fantastic service! One of our regular date night favorites.
  11. SC

    SunC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place with wonderful environment and yummy food
  12. SW

    SarW

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation through opentable. Got there and got turned away from the door.
  13. M

    Monty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Koi! For an outstanding first experience! We made it for your spoken word night, and it was an absolute treasure to witness everyone’s hearts and souls spill out the cavity of each written page. Never have I personally felt so connected to a room full of strangers. And never have I felt so truly welcomed from the moment I opened the door to saying goodbye and knowing I’d definitely be back again. Thanks for accepting all open minded creatures of all sorts of backgrounds into your home, and allowing them to feast and nurture on the figments of our imagination and the yearning strifes of our realities. Amazing food and drink. Adieu!
  14. EF

    ElizabethF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a delightful evening at Koi taking in the Thursday evening Open Mic Poetry evening. Our server was lovely and the ambiance was warm and inclusive. The only downside was the lack of menu items, but that is the reality of supply chain issues that are prevalent all around presently. ;)
  15. HP

    HiskeP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hip & happening place with delicious food, warm welcome from the owner and great live music! Unique place in Calgary. Not suitable for a quiet conversation but to feel alive!
  16. SM

    SusanM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, great music, great food and drink. This is one of my favourite places in Calgary. Excellent joint
  17. J

    Joel

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and the service was friendly and prompt. That evening there was a local band playing. The band was very good. The sound level was high at times but overall it was an excellent atmosphere to unwind at the end of the week.
  18. SC

    SunC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, Wonderful crowd, open mic is very versatile and supportive
  19. JP

    JasmineP

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere were amazing! Great service as well. Small, intimate and amazing
  20. S

    Stace

    Calgary

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food as always along with great service and a fun night with Classical Guitar!
  21. AK

    AngeloK

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The chairs a little uncomfortable but I guess that’s part of the experience?
  22. SC

    SunC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. Open mics every Tuesday and other events on daily basis. A cute little place to have fun and destress as well as meet new people
  23. s

    shhh

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erin is a kind, professional, and hardworking owner. Dominick was also very friendly and efficient as our server. The food there is great and the live show was amazing!
  24. DK

    DebraK

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sonia's singing was amazing and the food and staff were great!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We came for the open mic it was a good variety of music
  26. NS

    NiaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing and the shows I saw were fantastic. Will definitely be back soon!
  27. JM

    JohairaMichelle

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. They where super busy and food wait was a little dramatic. The food itself delicious. Amazing vegan options Update*** the food was so delicious I returned a few days later. The service was even better and I love the artistic quirky vibe. im a fan
  28. EA

    EAmo

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    A few negative things to say about this establishment. First, I made a reservation on Friday, January 28th at 8:30 PM for 2 people. When my date and I arrived at the cafe, there was an open mic that was going on (which was fine), but the server came to get us after 2 minutes waiting at the door - we did not want to just walk in and disturb the performance. As we got in, we can tell that there was no available seats anywhere. The server then asked a customer sitting at the bar to move to give us a seat for 2 at the bar. Normally we wouldn’t mind, but we have a RESERVATION- meaning seats are supposed to be RESERVED. Furthermore, we were in the server section of the bar where they bring the plates out and drinks to take into the tables. We then ordered drinks and gyoza for appetizers. The drinks were fine, but we walked in at 8:45; by 9:30 the gyoza still hasn’t come out so we decided to order 1 more round of drinks and then leave - that’s when the server mentioned the gyoza (clearly she forgot). The biggest disappointment of the night was when the bill came, and to my surprise, there was an ENTRANCE FEE of $15 per person. There was never ANY mention of this fee whether it was on the website, on open table or before we entered and got our seats. The server just asks “there’s also an entrance fee for tonight” WHEN SHE HANDED THE BILL. I understand if this is a niche place and it’s mostly regulars that come in there and knows the drill, but we weren’t regulars and we’re just looking to try something new. I still paid the tip and didn’t argue while we were there to avoid any interruptions with the open mic event. Needless to say I would never again go into this restaurant and refer it to any of my friends.
  29. NB

    NikkiB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely time. Good vibes, good music, great food.
  30. UB

    UrvashiB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed and we were not informed.
  31. T

    Tarzan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The venue always has a very professional yet warm atmosphere. The staff are helpful and genuine. The food, drinks and entertainment is tops in the area. Would definitely recommend to family and friends!
  32. D

    Deni

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful in all respects, including food,, service, music and ambience
  33. DC

    DonC

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was our first visit, as we are friends with the band leader. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the experience a very good one. We were concerned at the number of people allowed into the place. Everyone was checked for ID and vaccination, but we couldn't eat and drink with masks on. I put on my mask when I was finished my meal. I didn't see anyone else do that. The staff were busy, and could not police that. People moved around without masking. We will be back with friends for food when there is no band, which should reduce the number in attendance.
  34. DF

    DonF

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and pleasant atmosphere. Asian bowls are excellent. While almost all the aspects of my visit were very good, the specific evening I visited was very cold outside and made the interior of the restaurant a bit cold. In those rare cases if a curtain could be put on the door that might help. UPDATE: I am informed that this issue was a one-time occurrence and is being addressed. Great news!
  35. SL

    SLow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was really good - I had the coconut curry with chicken and the portion size was very generous. I was part of the group that participated in the Classical Guitar Night so I am biased but the live music was what made the meal memorable.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Open Mic every Tuesday night showcases some of the best talent in Calgary.
  37. T

    Tux42

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local venue that supports the arts. Fantastic food and friendly staff.
  38. D

    Dineo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great reception and hospitality from the staff, you feel welcomed. The food wasn’t my cup of tea but to each their own.
  39. j

    jayro

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Food and ambiance was great. Service was horrendous. 1 server for the entire restaurant. Had to wait 20 min for a water and to order.
  40. SM

    SofiaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    What's the point of making reservations if you get there and they just added an extra chair to your friends table instead giving you the table you reserved.

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Koi does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats.

Koi is rated 3.8 stars by 378 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Additional information

  • Cross Street

    1st Street SW

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Lots of street parking available around the area. Free parking on street after 6pm

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ken Campbell

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 206-1564

  • Private party facilities

    Offering an intimate venue for up to 60 people with delicious food and the ability to bring in live music or DJ entertainment. Have held private birthdays, dance parties, business meetings, conferences, cocktail parties, art receptions, and weddings. Please contact info@cafekoi.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Penosky: (403) 206-1564

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