Ki Modern Japanese - Calgary
Ki Modern Japanese - Calgary

Ki Modern Japanese - Calgary

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kijapanese.com/
  • Phone: (403) 264-1133
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday : 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hiroshi Kudo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: At Ki Modern Japanese and Bar we are proud of our ability to create a dynamic and unique experience for our private function guests. Our Management team will take all the time necessary to work with you in designing the menu offering, beverage matches, and dining environment you require to ensure an exceptional event.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Snelling 4032641133x
  • Special Events: Holiday Parties are booking up. Call now or email Adam Snelling at adam@kijapanese.com for inquiries.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd st
  • Public Transit: Three block walk from the 3rd Street C-Train stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located on the corner of 4th Ave and 2nd St. SW on the ground level of the Jamieson Building, next door to the Westin Hotel. There is ample street parking in the area. There is a public parkade in the Jamieson Building accessible on 3rd Ave. SW, as well as valet parking available at the Westin Hotel.
A word from Ki Modern Japanese - Calgary
Ki Modern Japanese & Bar offers an exceptional menu of classic and contemporary Asian fare. In the stunning new Jamieson Building, close to shopping, major hotels and offices, Ki promises a variety of experiences.
Guests may choose from an extensive selection of sushi, sashimi, makimono and kushiyaki, as well as Ki's own signature hot and cold plates.
Wine and sake lists are designed to complement the cuisine and servers play guides through a relaxed, interactive and intriguing experience. Whether in the dining room, at the sushi bar, in the spectacular lounge, or people-watching on the sunny patio, Ki promises to be one of Calgary's most unique and dynamic dining destinations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ki Modern Japanese - Calgary reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (48)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (38)good for groups (36)romantic (25)hot spot (21)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (9)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food, so-so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The food was amazing, very fresh and vibrant. Our server however wasn't very attentive and seemed to be quite slow in getting to us. She forgot items several times and left us without beverages frequently. The bussers were great though, clearing plates very quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly presented food, but the taste was too!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service was impeccable and the attention to detail from arrival, through our dining experience is unmatched. Thank you for such a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • white wine
    ignacio
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I am spanish and i iordered a spanish white wine(albarinho). This wine has to be served much more colder than it is served nowadayd at the restaurant. Serving this wine colder makes him more good, everubody who like this wine know it in Spain. Btw, food was really good. One of the better places for havind dinner in the city. Congrats for the meal
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is the KI
    Alan
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    let's start with a great modern upscale decor add a personable engaging knowledgeable waiter, truly amazing food and you get an overall fantastic time that you will remember for ever. We had a table of 7, rez by open table ... everything as planned. the manager was always close by, he was engaging and genuinely interested in our experience. comp the desert. KI is our absolute favorite. both in Calgary as well as Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Ki, once again, was fantastic. Our server was personable and extremely knowledgeable on the menu (we had inquired about sashimi and the different varieties). The food was fantastic, we ordered both sashimi and a couple rolls. I would highly recommend this for a lunch spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    Keith
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The price you pay for the amount and quality of food you get is outrageous. There are way better sushi places that offer higher quality food and at a WAY better price. $235 for lunch for two people is not acceptable. I will never go to this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    On this occasion the usually great table service was terrible, at each and every contact point from sitting down through getting the bill. The manager helped mitigate to some extent, but not until after the damage was done . Hopefully the waiter will learn from the experience, otherwise we'd certainly make other high price choices our preference for future such occasions. The food itself was OK, once it arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    MeatsweatsVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    What a fabulous night! Best service by far we have ever received. Wonderful selection of sushi, with a unique twist on ingredients (like kiwi!). We will definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricy for what you get
    EastCoastNinja
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The ambiance and the service was excellent. Very beautiful restaurant and our server was amazing. The food however is what they are lacking in a big way. Portions were really small for the price, and the quality did not make up for the size. Much better quality and portion size at Towa and Globefish, both pricy but worth it. Quality is even much better at Kinjo and it's not even close to being pricy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food. Lots of selection, nice decor, great service. My only complaint as a wine geek is that the wine list needs work. Maybe hire a consultant to ensure the wine on your list actually pairs well with the food? Other than that - all good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting Menu
    AnneJenn
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    When your server asks if you want to just do a tasting menu, be sure what it will entail. $200 for 3 people with no alcohol leaves you feeling like you've been taken for a ride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrible service and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was terrible. We waited 25 to receive the bill after requesting it twice. The server was border line aggressive in her recommendations. Their prices are high too for average sushi. Will not be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Perfect location and great vibrant atmosphere to meet clients. Along with a great sushi selection Ki offers other menu items. Presentation of the meals are very pleasing. The service is always very good and friendly. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were celebrating a friend's birthday and have always enjoyed the food. At this occasion the food again did not disappoint. There were a few niggling issues: We each had coffee and were served a 1/2 cup of coffee for $3.25 each (WOW, a little steep). When we mentioned this the coffee pot came over and apparently was difficult to pour because the pot was new and operator difficulties prevailed.When reviewing the bill, we noticed that water was being charged per bottle (both still/tap and sparkling) and there was no check is with us (the client) on whether we wanted a third/fourth bottle....a little unorthodox, wouldn't you say!! Then, even before we were ready to leave the bus boy removed the almost full bottle of water and our glasses!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit pricey but good food
    Eatmeplz
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had the seared tuna steak and pork belly appy. Both were very good and service was good as well. A bit on the pricey side but food was of good quality.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best and most expensive sushi ever
    Taras
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Went for lunch with two other sushi lovers. We order 5 assorted platters of sushi and sashimi and rolls, (mostly sashimi.) it was some of the best, freshest fish ever. They had assorted types of sashimi you can only get at the finest restaurants. The lunch was also the most expensive sushi meals any of us ever had too. Overall, watch what you order or you will pay for it., but be prepared for great sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The quality is always great here,with many unique options on the menu. The service wasn't as great as the last time I frequented this spot. Last time there were so many variations of tea to choose from and the former waiter had made a delicious reccomendation. This time our server didn't even offer a choice. The staff were in a rush to take our plates, interrupting conversation and hovering until we politely removed the last pieces which is never comfortable. Regardless I would still go back - the quality and ambiance is what makes this place most enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite miso soup
    Jenbeez
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    KI's Miso Chowder is a must try. The Spicy Maguro + Sake Crispy Rice Cakes are also a delicious KI dish I order everytime.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushiloveVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Another fantastic meal at Ki - wonderful service, very attentive without being overbearing, and delicious food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was amazing, inventive and fresh. My only criticism was that the service for 5 people did take quite a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DBShop
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always an amazing time at Ki. Food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were in Calgary for one night and were so fortunate to eat at Ki Modern Japanese. We are huge sushi lovers and this restaurant had some of the best sushi rolls we've had anywhere. Too bad we live in Philadelphia! We miss it already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Ambiance
    Lunchdiva
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant has the best ambiance and a very zen feeling. The food is exceptional and the hot cloth prior to eating is a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome staff
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I know it is their job, but the girls give that extra touch that does not go unnoticed. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and presentation
    djdm
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nice place with impressive decor. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable, menu selections were outstanding. Will be back with a group next time so I can try more of what they have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but Expensive
    alfrednobel
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for lunch with clients, waitress was prompt, courteous, and helpful. Food was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food poor service
    tasty
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I've eaten at Ki in Toronto many time and had hoped for a similar positive experience. While the food was as excellent as I expected the service was very poor. The waitress, who never introduced herself, was slow, in-attentive and almost rude. I would NOT recommend this place based on this experience.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 313 reviews are from the Ki Modern Japanese - Calgary reviews archive.
  • Great experience
    debchat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went there for dinner on Saturday. The waiter was friendly and helpful. He helped us in making the right choice of food and drink. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, drink and overall experience. I want to compliment the chef and KI kitchen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If I had better service I'd go back
    VeganLove
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Sorry to say but the Server wasn't good. She wasn't friendly, she forgot part of our order (when we asked her for the rest of our order she said- "I saw it go somewhere- I think I saw it go to another table- do you still want it?" and I felt uncomfortable and disgusted b/c after I told her I was a vegan and I don't eat any animal products she said- " all the animals are dead here so it's ok to eat them" she also when on the say - " it's ok to eat animals". It's true it is ok for some people to eat animals But if someone tells you they don't eat animals- you should just leave it at that. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I eat a Ki whenever I'm in town for business. I'm always had outstanding service and I recommend this restaurant highly. Also of note- I'm vegan and they always come up with something amazing to work for my diet. Well done Ki!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Brenda
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The restaurant is beautifully decorated and for the amount of people it seats, was very quiet so you can enjoy the company you are with. The food was so very tasty. We had the tempura shrimp to start, YUMMY! The service was excellent, the menu was organized well! Can't say enough abou this restaurant. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was delicious but it took over 20 mins to get drinks and what was supposed to be a one hour lunch took 2 hours. I do not reccomend this restaurant if you're on a schedule.
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  • Expensive Sushi Place
    Sabrina
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This place is nice, classy. I like the idea that they can put together a plate to share for as long as you all like the same things and indicate what you don't like to have. However, this restaurant charges too much. A cup of miso soup was $6. Out total bill was $200+ tip for 4 people. All we had was 20 pieces of sashimi & 28 pieces of the nigiri to share and a miso soup per person. In my opinion this pricing is way too much so we all decided we are no longer eating here. Not recommended if you are on a budget. Good to try one time and just eat mac and cheese till next pay cheque.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notable Sake List !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Unbelievable selection of sake ... complete with knowledgeable bar staff that really know their stuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Posh Sushi
    BenTYYC
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Credit to its name, Ki really is "Modern" Japanese. While they do have some more traditional offerings, it's the newer interpretations and contemporary combinations that really make it shine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    goodfoodputsmeinagoodmood
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food was amazing, I had no idea such good things could be made with edamame beans! (i.e. cake, puree, etc...)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So GOOD I keep going back
    DanielleWalliserVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I go to Ki for work lunches about once every two weeks and I am never dissappointed! Everyting is amazing from the look of the restaurant to the service to the food! Not to mention you can sit up at the sushi bar and watch them make your food !! Not your tradition "sushi" place, but that's not what they are trying to be (I assume) ... it is japanese FOOD, not just sushi. TRY THIS RESTAURANT!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Business Lunch
    bigguyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food was great, service was fast and friendly...I'd bring customers to Ki anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Food was excellent and service started out great. When we were finished eating, our server seemed to vanish. Not a big deal...just made for a rather long lunch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is nothing special and pricey
    Hello
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was nothing special but overpriced and too small in portion. Service was alright - server was busy at other tables since it was peak lunch time, which is understandable. I got a hot towel before I had my meal so that was good. I would probably not go back though since I've been to so many better sushi places in Calgary and Ki is not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic