Clever Koi - Phoenix

4.7
428 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
We are offering dine in, take out, curbside and delivery services through our online ordering platform at cleverkoi.com, UberEats and Postmates. Support local!

Reservations Welcome! We are excited to have you experience Clever Koi!

We are an Asian inspired kitchen and bar, that uses a crafty American approach. A seasonally and locally refined menu includes steamed buns, house made dumplings, and progressive noodle dishes, reflecting regions such as Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Indo-China. This comfortable urban setting features a heavy emphasis on seasonal craft cocktails, house made shrubs, an eclectic wine list, a variety of local beers and sakes to round out the palate creating a unique dining experience in the Central Phoenix Corridor.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 428 people are saying
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4.6
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessenL
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in to celebrate my brother's 21st birthday, and had an amazing time. Our server, Ray, took EXCELLENT care of us (which is even more impressive as we were a group of 10). I could not recommend this place highly enough, and will continue to come back! Thanks so much guys!

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KiaraG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, drinks were tasty, happy hour was fun. We had a large party and we were well tended to.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star experience! Everything was top notch from start to finish. Thanks to the Clever Koi team!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the drinks seriously the best in town.

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Madeline
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, unique dishes that were all very delicious. Great value for the price as well! Our waiter was so knowledgeable and friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always consistent and delicious. I love this place.

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vipcharlesm
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time and yep, it’s still great. Spicy but not overwhelming. Busy but not loud. And great cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night location. Scorpion bowl is great. The sticky buns are amazing.

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Hiiii
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was not good, especially the catfish. It was straight mush. ?? Restaurant should focus on the food, not the ‘ambiance.’

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a gift for my birthday and it was perfect. The place was really busy and we arrived at the height of the rush, so no real problem with service timing and the advice the waiter gave and his description of the specials was excellent.

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vipcharlesm
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner. Loved the ambience, food and especially the cocktails! Will put this on our regular “rotation “.

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Kaizenko
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place is excellent, and uses flavors we haven't encountered elsewhere. Easily the best ramen we've had in over a year. Next time we find ourselves in Phoenix we're definitely going back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First timers and we were overall very satisfied. We went on a Friday night and had reservations. Highly recommend having a reservation because at 7pm there was a line out the door. We had hot chicken, soft shell crab and pork belly steam buns which were all delicious. I had the shaken beef and my husband had the pork ramen. All the dishes were exceptional and the hubby is a picky eater. Our bartenders Christina and Jason were awesome! Listen to Christina when she recommends a cocktail and you won’t be disappointed.

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ELena
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening with friends. Staff and servers made the evening along with excellent food. We’ll be back!

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vipJoanne
Tucson
68 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have not been too Clever Koi since Covid so it has been a long time. But we took the drive from Tucson to Phoenix for our favorite dishes. But when we got them, they did not taste or look the same.
The calamari fries were breaded differently or they used a different breading. They were not crunchy like they used to be. The were battered with a thick batter like a pancake style batter. Although okay to eat, but was very unsatisfying and bland.
They also removed the Duck from the menu. Again it was another disappointment.

I ordered the special shrimp curry ramen. My husband ordered the broccoli and beef dish. His was okay but nothing to get excited about. My curry was way too spicy and the shrimp were so little they were smaller than a dime. Minimal amount of shrimp too. They used these tiny baby scallops and hardly had 3 in dish. Then they sprinkled such hot peppers on it. I could not eat it. We had mango sorbet and that was good. Unfortunately, we will not be taking the long drive to Phoenix for Clever Koi dinner.

The place was VERY loud. It's Way too loud. Catered to very young crowd which is fine. But we were the old ones in restaurant and our waiter did not pay much attention to us since we are not big drinkers

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing service! I had the pad Thai and it was to die for. I’ll be back for more.

VP
VanessaP
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

staff was super friendly, food was so yummy, & the feel of the place is inviting. my girlfriend and i found our new favorite local spot!

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Josephine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food is geared towards mor American palates and on the sweeter side. Not your traditional dishes at all. Drinks a bomb. But do not get a seat outside. You will be swatting at flies every five mins.

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PM69
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious choices. Excellent cocktails. Bar vibe. But it's not appropriate to let children into a bar.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food was excellent! A great vibe too.

CB
vipCyndiB
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time at the restaurant, but it will not be our last. EVERYTHING was wonderful. Preston was our server and was very good. Answered our questions and made the whole experience great. Plenty of choices both food and drink. We had steamed buns with soft shell crab, short rib dumplings and both were outstanding. Dinners were stir fry, a ramen and the chicken sandwich.
We will definitely return, can’t wait to try more items.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming to the Clever Koi for years. Service & food are top notch. My friend is a vegan & was so pleased he could order more than a green salad. Said his meal was delicious. Wonderful I can bring friends with every food preference here

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OpenTable Diner
Maastricht
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We selected inside seating on open table and for some reason that didn’t go through at the restaurant and we were going to be seated outside. The staff were extremely accommodating in making it work for us. Food is great and lots of vegan options for our friends. Ambiance is great vibes!

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robertjones
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly and answered our questions and truly made it a great experience as always to dine with them.

JM
JosephM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really liked coming here for our date night. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food was good too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good was GREAT! Service was a little slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was so so fun. the restaurant is airy and bright and so beautiful. the food was phenomenal and so was the mojito :D

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Highly highly recommend the steak! Actually everything we ordered was delicious from the calamari fries to the lemon pepper chicken ramen to the pad Thai. It was sooo good. The service was slow, we waited 15 minutes before being greeted.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very cute, the stems bun was my fav !!!!

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AndyAZ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to Clever Koi for a birthday dinner. They sat us outside (which was unfortunate as its summer in Arizona). The misters were full blast which soaked our whole party. Other than that the service was excellent. The drinks are very good and fun to try different ones. I had the short rib dumplings and Thai salad. The dumplings were wonderful. The salad I wasn't so impressed with as I was hoping it would be more to what I had in Thailand. The bang bang dressing was just too much and made it taste like coleslaw. Overall we had a really great time and will be back again!

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ReneeM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Clever Koi is very tasty. They provide a nice blend of flavors you can’t find anywhere else. They also always have great specials to keep everything interesting! They also have vegan options 🙂. Nice drink selection too.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they were super friendly and very customer oriented!! first time going and def will continue to :) such a trendy place and great vibes !

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LeslieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funky little joint with eclectic decor, great music and beautiful ambiance. Could smell the grill before entering! Was met by very friendly staff and servers who explained the menu well. Super fast service of our food even tho the place was packed. Reservations on open table suggested. Food was FABULOUS, pretty and creative. Nice to have such a plethora of flavors in one bite! We had 2 of the specials of the night which were super tasty and Pad Thai with lemongrass chicken (yum yum) and the pork belly bun and both were absolutely great. Can’t wait to return!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipellef
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Great cocktails too.

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JenniferG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed dinner, but the service was a little off. At least three times, the waiter asked if they could take our plates, even though there was food on them. Sometimes they asked to clear the dishes before we had our food.
The ambiance is great, fun vibe, drinks were super. Service was off.

JC
JC95
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing drinks! Chris at the bar provided us with the most amazing experience. It was our first time in and he was super helpful especially with our food allergies

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AndreaR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio has the best misting system!!! Every restaurant with a patio in Arizona needs this misting system! The atmosphere was very cool! Our waiter was funny, had great suggestions! It was awesome! We are going back for sure (and soon)!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great - always is. The chef even went out of his way to ensure my date had a meal that fit her diet restrictions.

JT
JessicaT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was yummy, service and staff were great! Beware that traffic along Central is LOUD. So be prepared to stop conversation when a noisy vehicle drives by. We went as a family of 5 with kids ranging from 6 to 18 and everyone enjoyed themselves. The days special of yellowtail collar and the appetizer of mushrooms were both divine.

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You can order delivery directly from Clever Koi - Phoenix using the Order Online button. Clever Koi - Phoenix also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Clever Koi - Phoenix also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 222-3474.

Clever Koi - Phoenix is rated 4.7 stars by 428 OpenTable diners.

Clever Koi - Phoenix does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/the-clever-koi-central-4236-n-central-ave/giftcards.

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.

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