Sensei Bar

4.6
74 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Asian
A Chef-Driven Bar where boozy cocktails flow to old-school beats, and a modern and rebellious take on Asian eats, serve up good times with mastery. Tucked away a stride from 17th Avenue’s nightlife, our intimate and urban space welcomes you all night and late-night. Our little-but-loud menu puts a boldly flavourful, yet nourishing spin on Korean and Taiwanese bites - all starring local ingredients and the beloved bao bun. Pair it with our curated cocktails and bow down to the bao with your inner Sensei.

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  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 74 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing cocktails and baos! Thanks for making my birthday special

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KaranS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration, magical shots and drinks! Lots of shareable food and snacks. Got a sneak peek of the Bam Bam Ribs and they were delicious. Will be back soon!

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KimC
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was great. Very limited options if you are celiac but what was available was great. Tables were very close together and it was loud but overall a great spot!

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vipAnna
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Love the vintage elderflower and plant food drink here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Wonderful server, we ordered everything she suggested: Waugh beef, miso chicken, Tuna and skirt steak. All but the steak were really tasty. Great pisco margarita which was not sweet snd really refreshing.

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NADW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Excellent presentation! Must try cocktails!

MA
vipMathewA
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. We really loved this restaurant and will absolutely return.

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TeresaC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was amazing! The flavour profiles were on point! The service staff was knowledgeable and able to explain all menu items. Cocktails were awesome with great options to choose from.

You will not be disappointed, bring your appetite because you just can’t have one or two dishes, you will need to try at least a handful if not more.

I will be back most definitely.

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gordeux
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The wait staff is amazing and very attentive. Some of the drink presentations are incredibly creative. Food can be hit or miss, but it's definitely a place to return to.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails. Great experience.

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Jillian
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great place if you are into cocktails. Patio is a bit busy (right next to 14th) but overall great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is great and drinks are delicious!

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vipMannyMayor
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good. Drinks were pretty but over priced for the taste. Very juice/ice forward. Not spirit forward. Probably would come back for th pork Bao and lollipops

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Tish
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic. The drinks were next level. The servers were so polite. Definitely a great experience and will be back many times

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Ashd
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious cocktails, and great small plates. My friend and I split the lollipops and Brussels sprouts. The bison for a main course is so flavourful. Will be back.

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Courtney
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each dish we ordered was the perfect amount of food for a share plate, and was absolutely delicious!! Will be coming back for sure :)

JE
vipJocelynE
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most incredible experience and Errin and Amani treated us so well. Delicious food, exceptional service and we will be back!! Thank you so very much for hosting us so generously!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved the food and drinks! 😄 Would definitely recommend for others to go!

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DavidN
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really great location. The cocktails were immaculate/ sophisticated and the food was even better. Our server and what seemed like the manager were very professional and knowledgeable about their menu.
My only small comment was the size of the restaurant is very small and we were very close to another table which we could hear every word they spoke. Besides that 10/10. Will be coming back often.

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MikeS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it ! We will be back for sure. The truffle dumplings were unreal.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great portion sizes on the meat mains, they took a while to come out but that’s what you get for food being made fresh. Good cocktails. Music was a bit noisy for an “intimate” evening. Didn’t love the bao buns but the Brussel sprouts are a must try.

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SteveB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and drink were fantastic. All bao buns were good flavour with the exception of the little Big Mac. Dumplings were small but great flavour, kohlrabi was great flavour and spice along with a large portion of the Char Siu. Only thing odd was the hard core hip hop music going on that was quite loud for the small place dropping F bombs in every song. Kinda kills the mood as it’s definitely not the place for that music with the kinda place I think they’re trying to be (in my opinion anyway). I’m doubting the parents that brought kids to the restaurant were happy with the music choice either. Other than that, ZERO reason not to return. Will be back for sure

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and cocktails were amazing and all service was very friendly

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MelisiaJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service
Cocktails on point as well. Definitely go back:)

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vipValentine
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing tastes! Cocktails are incredible

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vipKaranS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went back again, tried the gochujang chicken lollipops and mango coconut terrine dessert and the red lantern cocktail. All Super delicious!

MP
MorePestoPlz
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Amazing place to get drinks and appies or a small dinner (emphasis on small). The food itself was delicious and incredibly well made/presented. The location itself was such an intimate space and just an over all stand out as far as calgary dining experiences go. Would highly recommend to for a first date or a gal’s night out

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BBQ pork bao and truffle dumplings are a must!

JM
JaniceM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We ordered what the server recommended and she hit it out of the park for us! I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Decent food and drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and equally wonderful service by Rachelle. Generally speaking, we find service to be hit and miss in restaurants and her service was noteworthy. Thank you for a great evening.

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Vaughn
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, cool drinks, and a very cute patio. Some traffic/noise from 14th but not bad. We tried all of the bao buns plus most of the small plates and a couple veggie dishes. Nothing disappointed. Get there before it gets too popular and busy.

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LilaS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service was great! Accommodating with respect to replacing our choices with better ones which was appreciated.

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vipreinak
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Drinks were great and service was wonderful, but food was a miss and flavours were nothing exciting.

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vipBear
Calgary
59 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Service was excellent we loved how they described the food/drinks as they brought them out. The wagyu carpaccio was such a hit, the perfect taste of salty, spicy, etc. The pork Bao was a table favorite. The drinks / cocktails were really fun ! Lovely experience

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NetcandiAndy
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Finally got the opportunity to check out this new downtown gem. Was happy to sit outside and surprised at the busy-ness of the place on a Monday night for a quiet dinner and drinks.

I had the miso cod entree which was hearty and worthwhile in portion and taste. The chicken "pops" (lollipops) were novel, but at 4pcs for $10, wasn't quite as worthwhile for me. The presentation was great, so for all of you foodpornographers out there, this is the spot.

Had several cocktails. Some had a great presentation like the Red Lantern that arrives in a glass cloche filled with smoke, but didn't taste as substantial as say, their coffee cocktail, which also presented super well.

Overall value was great for cocktails, snacks, and ambience.

Service was top notch with Jean the Australian Korean who was warm, inviting, and made us feel at home. We loved the personal story swaps and laughs.

Would go back, no brainer.

Next time, I'll check out indoors, as we were on the patio this time around.

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AaronL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No dish was the same, and every one of them was full of exceptional flavours. We dabbled in the cocktail menu and attempted as many dishes as possible between four of us - there were zero negatives about this place. Food was fast, drinks were next level, service was excellent, plating was beautiful, and the space was perfectly decorated. Book early on, or be prepared to wait to get in, this is not a show up and dine type place - exceptional places are not for impromptu dining. Loved it. Easily a new favourite for my wife and I. Will be back again and again and again.

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AGaroundtown
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing Service and all our drinks and food choices were well prepared and delicious! will be recommending and returning. We tried to encourage that the feature side item- Kimichi Fried Rice- be placed on the regular menu. Best I have had in awhile.

CA
CulinaryAdvCo
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent our wedding anniversary wiht Sensei - and was an incredible night. The food was only topped by the incredible service from Alexandra and the care from the entire kitchen. Unique, delicious and a true culinary adventure.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Brussels sprouts & BAO buns were amazing

FAQs

Sensei Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

Sensei Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.tableup.com/r/1656/home/giftcards/guest-info.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.