Clever Koi - Phoenix

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213 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Reservations Welcome! We take all size parties Monday - Thursday, on Friday and Saturday we take reservations for parties of 5 or more. Please give us a call for all availability, 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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OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always yummy. Our server was excellent (wish I remembered her name). We had a large party and nothing came out slow. Great experience

d
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The bus boy provided us the best service tonight, so we tipped him separately. I had the vibe from the very beginning that our waitress wasn't going to give us good service and it annoyed me most the night. I was soo close to leaving no tip and just giving cash to the busser who helped us with most everything tonight. I was disappointed most cause we come here often and it was easily our worst experience yet. Also.. Bring back the brussel sprouts and Chinese sausage appetizer, that was the best.

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance. Service was a bit slow but it was totally worth the wait. They amazing craft cocktails! Best Ramen soup and dumplings.

G
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bean cakes and lemon pepper ramen were outstanding! The atmosphere is great too!

t
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great unique food and excellent service

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AJ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Slow service and noisy. Food is good but not enough to make up for it.

EZ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really fun bar with cool cocktail menu. Our initial server was great, but it’s a team service place and the other servers barely noticed we were there. The food was fresh and tasty... loved the black bean cakes. Cool vibes.

T
Phoenix
117 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love this place. Black bean cakes are amazing! Haven't had anything that I didn't like. Do not recommend the wings.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The service was slow and the entree was very salty. The bao buns were ok but not out of this world. To their credit when the waitress noticed I didn’t eat my meal due to how salty it was she offered to remove it from our tab.

SS
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place ever!

JG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was very good, but portions are small and unsatisfying.

P
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Took a long time for our food, kitchen was slow. Good food and some unique dishes. Would visit again.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great, our server Decker was on point with recommendations and was always available. The food was great, especially the crab bun and catfish. It was a bit loud but a great looking restaurant with really great vibes.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is some of the best food I've found in Phoenix. I rarely find anything of true quality in this city, although I often try. The many live plants added real class to the already nice ambiance. Will be going back for the pig-face dumplings especially and just about everything else I can afford. Also, have never been a big ramen guy, but tried there's on a whim and now I finally understand why people go for it. Prices are appropriate, but if I ordered everything I could I would be straining the kitchen and my budget. Interesting drinks too, although the swizzle didn't suit my tastes and doesn't reflect a normal swizzle recipe that well.

s
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Service was horrible. They did not have our reservation ready. Messed up on my food order. Waiter was not attentive. I was very disappointed in the service.

UG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Restaurant was super noisy on date we went; wait staff was attentive at beginning but then it was hard to get anyone's attention just for drink refills.

C
Phoenix
111 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Been here twice for dinner. Everything is great! My only complaint is that it takes 15 mins (?) to get your drinks after ordering them. I Understand that the restaurant is always crowded, but perhaps they need an extra bartender! In any case, this restaurant is a neighborhood gem

LA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place with great food! Not our first time and will definitely go there more!!!

KK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

everything was okay but the service was horrifying. We waited over 30 minutes for a simple cocktail and the food was delivered haphazardly and out of order, with starters being served last

VL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was fantastic! The food and service were exceptional.

SM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place on the patio for noodles and rice dishes. The Tuna Chips with Guacamole/Wasabi was outstanding!

TG
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clever Koi is one of our favorite restaurants at any price level. The atmosphere, the food, and the prices are all exceptional. We go there at least once a month and have never been disappointed.

J
Tucson
56 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Clever Koi and it was a great experience. We started with the calamari fries. We were so please to see it was real calamari steak pieces cut like fries and not little rings as everyone does. They were so tender and juicy and the sauces were delicious. I had the pineapple duck. It was fabulous. My husband had a noodle dish and loved it. Then we actually had dessert. It was a delicious fritter which I do not know the name of. It had Chinese five spice in it and was so good we licked the dish. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is a hidden gem. We will be back even though we had to drive 2 hours to get there!

PP
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food. Cute place. Accommodated my group of friends with different checks. This is a fun spot.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite restaurant in Phoenix! My absolute favorites and are the crispy crab steamed buns and duck! Can’t wait to go back again!

BP
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent and fun menu options including the drink menu and entrees. Service friendly and fast. Noise level a bit high but not prohibitive to conversation.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Gave us a great seat and the food was amazing. We had to drive the conversations and next steps with the waiter but that was the only negative.

UG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to the Phoenix location. Had the brussel sprouts and the XO noodles and they were both delicious! The entire experience was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

TG
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the entire Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The duck confit is incredible! The service is always great. It has a casual neighborhood aura that we really like.

GF
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, super cocktails (Loved the koismopolitan!) and delicious and unique ariations on Asian classics (Tuna poke chips, pork belly buns, scallion pancakes with hummus were all excellent!). Great outdoor patio area too.

VT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and enjoyed the music and beautiful weather on the patio! The Pad Thai was terrific with lemongrass chicken - love the jalapeno slices and fresh lime. Will definitely go again.

CM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great downtown find, we really enjoyed every aspect .

MK
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Rachel, our server was fantastic. We loved every bite. It was our second time eating there and we can’t wait to return again.

DO
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are repeat Clever Koi patrons. It’s always great-knowledgeable staff, great cocktails, and awesome food.

N
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is outstanding and consistent. We recommend this place very highly

PJ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, Clever Koi does not disappoint. The food was excellent and the wine was delicious!

C
Phoenix
111 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What a great discovery this restaurant was for us! The food is just terrific but the service staff seem to be a little overwhelmed, or maybe it was the kitchen. They missed bringing our appetizer out but instead delivered it after the main course. The dumplings were so delicious, we were just happy to have the opportunity to try them.

I ordered a mixed drinks (as did my wife) and we didn’t find either one of them particularly tasty. They have a large drink menu, so maybe we just ordered the wrong things.

But the food / chef is the real star here. (The Dan Dan noodles were terrific.) We dined on the patio which,with heat lamps, was very comfortable. We will be back!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal customer service, food, and ambiance! We celebrated my wife’s birthday here and were blown away about how excellent everything turned out. The Pork Ramen was delicious and our waiter was exceptional!

D
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Two separate times incorrect food was delivered to our table.

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