Clever Koi - Phoenix

4.7
397 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 397 people are saying
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReneeM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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vipellef
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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KaylnSG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and drinks were amazing. The ambiance was also fantastic. Highly recommend.

MJ
MichaelJ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our 1st time visiting the Clever Koi. We were seated immediately on the patio. Service was good. Food was served at the appropriate pace for us. The food was fantastic. (XO Noodles and Spicy Kim Chee Ramen, and a couple dumplings for an appetizer).
For some reason they seemed to be having an issue with flies on the patio. (there were quite a few around us). They did light a couple of "smoke" sticks (i forgot what they are called) but they didn't seem to help any.
Either way, we enjoyed our visit and will go back.

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michaelj
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and fantastic experience! Highly recommend the Pina Colada and the dumplings!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat down to enjoy our date night my boyfriend and I were having as I do not get to see him as much. We ordered the roasted corn dumplings as our appetizer as were were extremely excited to have veggie dumplings finally after 2 years of being vegetarians and finding no other place to offer this. When the plate was dropped off the server mumbled what the plate was and ran away without me being able to hear him. About 10 minutes later after we had already finished the dish another server brought us a plate and said “roasted corn dumplings” and I said “well what was this that we just ate” she then replied “ THE PIGS FACE DUMPLINGS”!!! I am extremely irritated at the service here and the disgusted that I ate pork. I then had the manager come over to which he stated “I am so sorry I am vegan myself” he then offered a gift card and to take care of our dish. We ended up leaving because we lost our appetite and never received a gift card needless to say I hope the company will learn to accommodate better as pork is a religious dish as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food!

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ClaraW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

restaurant was super cute the vibe was amazing and the food was the best i’ve had yet. the staff were all very nice and attentive and the wait wasn’t long at all

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time bringing kids, and it went great!

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TylerS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

One of my favorite places to go but a reservation is definitely needed for a Friday night.

I was a little disappointed with my experience this time around. We were looking forward to going all week. We made reservations for a birthday dinner at 7:45p Friday night at least 2 days in advance. We arrived at least 15 minutes before our reservation time - then waited over an hour for our table even with a reservation time booked. Once we sat down, we felt extremely rushed. Food came out not even 5 minutes after ordering, with drinks following 20 minutes later. The server gave us the check not even sitting down 25 minutes at our table. They ignored the fact that I requested a birthday desert for this occasion and pushed us out after finishing our food and drinks. We felt so rushed that we were not even able to enjoy our time here. I completely understand how busy and overwhelming it gets on a night like this, but over looking a reservation times and rushing guests shouldn't be a habit staff should get used to.

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vipLinda
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

We really liked the atmosphere and the service. However, it was a Friday night, Happy Hour and very noisy. It is likely that we will return but not at that time. The noise level made it impossible to have a conversation!

JT
JoyT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place! I'm moving to Phoexix!!!! Great waiter, Raymond. The good definitely lives up to the hype!

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Wannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time! Food is good and the servers are always great 👍🏽

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Emalee
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed every part of my meal. It was all very tasty and it is such a comfortable environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a family dinner and the service was impeccable! The food is dream worthy and we always visit whenever in Phoenix!

JH
JonathanH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my friend May and the service was spot on! 7 of us all together and we had the best time. First time we all got together outside of our homes and it was the best experience. Food was delicious and the drinks are some of the best in the valley! Much love to Clever Koi!!

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MattL
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit Cleaver Koi food is top notch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and awesomely delicious food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go, very chill and the drinks were good. A nice place to take a date. Would highly recommend this place.

SG
SusanG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The patio is a lovely place to dine. Not too noisy even though it is adjacent to Central Avenue. The food was very good, except I did not care for the rice chips. I probably just do not like rice chips.

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Chris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiance, cocktails, and service were great. But to be honest I was disappointed with the food. Flavors were average and the kimchi ramen had so much chili oil it was hard to eat.

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salolson
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner, food was fun, lots of flavors and great service.

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SydneyP
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clever koi is in a great area downtown next to two other wonderful restaurants. The restaurant is small, but packs a punch. The patio had a great ambiance with lots of lush green plants. Our favorite part was the thoughtful upscale cocktails and the steamed bun appetizers!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was great. Really cool postmodern architecture. Had some old ways of cooking that I appreciated (with wood logs for the fire). I ate the Spicy Kimchi Ramen and the Emerald drink. Both were excellent. Would come here again for sure!

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VivianI
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me & my husband love this place, is always a good experience when we go.!

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CharlesM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Kimchi was too sour in ramen. I'm Korean and eat kimchi all the time and it was bad. Noodles were too chewy.

Kimchi fried rice was horrible. Took two bites and left it. Too salty

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Mario
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I applaud they are an up and comer and doing very experimental things were their menu. However, the food did not meet expectations. Ordered the Pig Face Dumplings, Pork Bub, Duck Curry and Kimchi & Pork Ramen. Overall each item was ok but not spectacular. Hopefully, they will tighten up and provide a more 'fresh' and 'zest' in the taste.

LA
vipLiatA
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch..was great as always!

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RebeccaS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All ou food was really good and our server was very attentive and had great recommendations.

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Garbarino
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary, our server, was one of the best we have had in a long time anywhere. The food was amazing as always.

JA
JuneA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ambience
Kindness Everywhere
Amazing Ramen
Thank you for the most pleasant dining experience under the Phoenix night sky. Looking forward to coming back.

PD
vipPhxDad
Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! There was a foul smell - probably from neighboring business refuge which kept wafting through patio and made for an occasional unappetizing pause in the experience. Love this place, so hope that can be remedied.

GR
GlennR
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. A staff that cares... With outside seating if you want it! For certain book a reservation to get in and ENJOY!

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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 397 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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