Clever Koi Gilbert

4.6
164 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Clever Koi is an Asian-inspired kitchen & craft cocktail bar with locations in Central Phoenix (and coming soon), historic downtown Gilbert. Once inside, patrons are warmly greeted by some of the Valley’s most knowledgeable and energetic front of house staff, that are focused and fully geared towards making your experience one of a kind, every time. The mantra of the service staff is consistent hospitality at every turn. At Clever Koi, guests’ senses are invoked with the sights, sounds and aromas of the open kitchen’s grill and roaring woks. From the kitchen; guests can get a front row view of staff diligently preparing an ever-evolving menu of steamed buns, house made dumplings, progressive noodle dishes & small plates that reflect flavors and techniques from regions such as Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Indo-China. The goal of the bar staff is to take you on a journey across a wide spectrum of spirits, sakes, beer & wine that marry perfectly with the cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Friday & Sunday; 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(480) 306-4237
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Dang
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 164 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, will be going back. Had the tuna with chips and black bean pancakes.....awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outside- not too loud. Perfect night!

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WB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar to enjoy the Wednesday 2 for 45 deal. Curtis was our bartender and he was warm and diligent to our needs. We will definitely be back!

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LE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Clever Koi. Food and service were outstanding !!!! Highly recommended !

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J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, reasonably priced, good service. We will be going back.

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RL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Food is good and so are the drinks. Their desserts are not that great though.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best vegan options! So delicious. It was a little loud and hard to hear one another talk but overall we had a good experience.

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BK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing... beyond amazing. Service is so good. Food tastes good but is high in calories. We ate:

1. Friedrice - so good
2. Black bean pancake - it seemed like deep fried. Not what we expected
3. Shumai - it was okay.
4. Buns - okay
5. Ramen spicy duck - okay
6. Donut holes - soooo good.
7. Malbec wine - perfect.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I loved the fact that they took reservations at the Gilbert location!!! Our table was ready when we got there even though they were very busy and unknown to us it was Restaurant Week.
We were greeted and our drink order taken. We then ordered the steamed pork buns-our waitress’s favorite and they were amazing!

We picked this restaurant on a recommendation as a special night to celebrate a new job. It wasn’t mentioned which is fine-the Restaurant Week menu wasn’t explained or mentioned by our waitress. We then had to flag her down to order.....

She stopped by a couple of times and apologized for it taking so long -I finally said it was taking WAY to long and she said she would send a manager over.

The manager promptly came over and apologized for it being 43 mins for our order and offered to buy dinner which we appreciated very much.

The waitress later brought our check for the beverages but never asked if we wanted dessert or anything we else.

We will be back as we both thought it was just a freak thing....the menu looks really interesting and the manager did make it right!

Both of us have been in restaurant management and I thought it odd that the wait staff didn’t have their hair pulled back and the kitchen staff didn’t have hats or hair nets....maybe that’s ok in Gilbert or a new trend.

We will try the location on Central next!

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WP
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Tried this place for the 1st during AZ Restaurant week. It was about 15 minutes after we sat down before someone came by with water and took our drink orders after that the service was good and much less waiting. The meal started off well with the appetizers Tuna Chips & Pork Shoulder both were good. We ordered the XO Noodles & the Octopus Dok Boki for the second course. The noodles were cooked well but very spicy and not near enough protein and the grilled Octopus just missed the mark in flavor & taste, the Dok Boki was very large, heavy, and lacked flavor. For desert we were served the Lychee Cheesecake which was different can't say I really like or disliked it.

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RL
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

We ĺeft a detailed note on the bill. Attention to client needs was lacking during our experience. Taking to long to serve or follow up.

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SN
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place to go, food & drinks are outstanding. Everyone is so friendly they treat you like family.

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H
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

OUR SERVER WAS A GEM. SHE WAS FRIENDLY AND VERY HELPFUL WITH HER MENU EXPLANATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS. SHE MADE OUR EXPERIENCE EVEN BETTER.

SAT OUTSIDE WITH THE MISTERS. INSIDE WAS EXTREMELY NOISY -- ONLY NEGATIVE THING WE CAN SAY!

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DD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but the service was not that great. You would ask one person for a ice tea and 20 minutes later a different server would ask if you needed a drink. A little confusing because you have a multitude of servers so you were never sure who was taking care of you .....and it showed. We were a table of 4 and our meals came out at least 10 to 15 minutes apart which was odd. Staff was friendly but there was a lot of forgetfullness when it came time to service.

Would try it again, liked the food but overall could have been a better experience.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived in time for happy hour. The XO noodles are amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daughter’s birthday.

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GK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing bad to say about Clever Koi! Shout out to the manager Travis and Joshua! Also shout out to all the waiters and waitresses and the cooks! They all helped in my proposal to my fiance the other day. They made it a really special night for my fiance and I. Hands down one of the top places in the east valley to dine!

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TA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was phenomenal (try the short rib dumplings) and fairly priced. Bar and service was slow, but the food made up for it :)

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fun and eclectic. I really like the Asian flavors used. Everything tastes fresh and authentic. The kimchi is good stuff, not too salty.

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YO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was delicious and they have an outstanding drink menu.

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PM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and even better service. Highly recommend!

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E
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat at the high top tables, which surprisingly had the most comfortable chairs because they had a back (rarely see those) food was great especially the cauliflower panang dip! Service was a little slow in the beginning but our waters were always topped off. Def recommend!

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OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service; had a good time and the food was pretty bomb. Would go back down the road.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slow service, lukewarm dumplings, not particularly flavorful,

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CG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Very good proportions and great house mixed drinks!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-Father’s Day celebration.

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TM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service good. Party of 40 noisy people taking over most of restaurant. Made it difficult to have conversation. Loud speeches being made, etc. Seems like restaurant should advise no speeches as we don't have a private room. Otherwise, they should buyout the restaurant. Food-meh. I had the sole (fish). Fish was very mushy and smellier than it should be. Sauce was consistency of baby food. I should have sent it back. I ate very little of it. My friends ate their food, so I'm assuming it was good--shaking beef and pork ramen. I think I'll stick with appetizers at this restaurant, as my last meal of pad thai was bland and needed seasoning, including salt. Weird.

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JD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing menu of really fresh ingredients for a wonderful Asian type restaurant. The ambiance was really cool! They had amazing French Roast coffee served in cute China cups from Goodwill! Perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!

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k
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were excellent
Service was super
Our server made the perfect suggestions
Fantastic evening❤️

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TH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was celebrating a successful medical procedure and the maitre d presented my boyfriend and I with complimentary champagne drinks. This thoughtful gesture set the stage for the entire dining experience.

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f
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my birthday and had a wonderful time. We shared 5 different appetizers that were so delicious. The speciality cocktails were a treat too. And there was even a wonderful surprise birthday deliciousness to enjoy at the end. We are definitely coming back.

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A
Phoenix
119 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

AZ Restaurant week, went with the intent to take advantage of the tasting menu, but opted out when we saw so many other items I wanted to try. I made Saturday 7:30 Opentable dinner reservations at the Gilbert location. Love the atmosphere. our server Christian was very good and attentive.

We ordered cocktails, the shaken Unholy Alliance was amazing along with the traditional Margarita. Food was the Galbi Short Ribs, Trio of Buns (softshell crab and the pork belly), Chicken Dumplings and the House Pad Thai with shrimp. All the food and drinks were amazing, the weakest dish was the Pad Thai. I will definitely be back to try other menu items.

Atmosphere: trendy, Service: very good, Food: very good.

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E
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, only reason I gave 4 stars wish they had some deserts for special occasions. Cocktails were outstanding steam buns oh so yum and calamari amazing

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BF
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

EXCELLENT FOOD and fantastic staff makes The Clever Koi and wonderful place to go

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C
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the food. The Pad Thai, in particular, we very flavourful and not soupy like some places. Everything we ordered was nicely done. We will definitely be back. Welcome to Gilbert, Clever Koi!

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JU
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service as usual, one of favorite places in the PHX area!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but not excellent. Pricing was reasonable. Environment was loud.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere
Will definitely come back

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