Clever Koi - Phoenix

4.6
152 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(602) 222-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
W Glenrosa Ave
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 152 People Are Saying
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K
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was slow compared to the Gilbert location. Good was still great and what I expected.

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Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My wife who is vegetarian ordered XO noodles. No where on the menu did it mention that the dish contained chunks of pork. Had she been allergic to pork this could have been a major disaster. They did not offer to make her something else and they didn’t take it off the bill. She also ordered Pad Thai with tofu but when the dish arrived there was no tofu in sight. They need some help with customer service. Overall the food was ok.

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OT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clever koi. The cleverest. Clever koi is not Pei way or any other crappy run of the mill Asian spot. I have heard recently that is not good or not as good. I think the people that say this enjoy Taco Bell more than they should also.

We used to come here a lot. Life and geography changes and makes it harder to come back. The ramen stock is different, the service is more attentive.

I heard that the guys were shooting for a James beard award, well they deserve it.

Come here, support a business that gives a damn about comes across the line.

And my little koi- bring back captian crunch ice cream, it was that good.

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H
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing for an excellent price. Our server was attentive and provides great suggestions on drinks and food options. He even provided us samples of spice levels to ensure we would enjoy the level of heat.

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LM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here as the food is amazing and the wait staff chill and attentive. As a vegan, I appreciate a place where both I and my non-vegan friends don't have to compromise...we all get a great meal! Easy to recommend and go back to.

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r
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing drinks but most of all amazing service. Will be back for sure

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DB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a dumpling and Ramon soups. XO noodles were good but spicier than expected. Wait staff was great. Good recommendations and constantly giving attention. We'd go again!

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JM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 6 and we were enjoying our last sips of cocktails and they started wiping down the table and adding another table to our section. I guess that was the sign to leave. All was good we just felt a little rushed.

Thank you

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VS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in the valley. I've been here several times, both with large groups and small, and the service has always been great. On top of that, the food is consistently good. Cocktails are great!
Beer list is small but diverse, and has something for everyone. Clever Koi never disappoints!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t know what to expect going in. I was extremely surprised and the food was amazing. The only problem that I had was keeping myself from ordering one of everything on the menu.

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JA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server and the food was great but it took us about 1 hour to get our food.

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t
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a group of friends. Kitchen got backed up a bit, and seemed to stay a little slow all night and the restaurant didn't seem that busy. Food pretty good with some interesting twists on classics. The cocktail I had (old fashioned with rum) was quite good. Overall, someplace I would go to again and have sent other friends as well.

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c
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mary was our server again, she’s our favorite, never leaves our drinks empty or keeps us waiting. Stuck with our usual this time, but will be back soon to try some of the new menu items.

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CN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was incredible and all wait staff was great too! The hostess really worked with us when we missed our reservation time and was a sweetheart the entire time. The food was out of this world and we will definitely be back!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, I was able to pre-arrange everything and even have our lunch pre ordered and ready when we got there for our reservation.

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails here were always incredible. We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and were thrilled to be able to be seated early. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and highly recommend the pork belly bun, cauliflower dip, and Arizona and Pork Belly Ramens.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrant atmosphere, attentive service, wine and craft cocktails on point. Oh, and the food...well, just go and discover for yourself😋

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s
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food at Clever Koi is amazing! We had the calamari fries and two steamed buns for an appetizer- yummy! Our two entries were beyond reproach- Seafood with XO sauce and Pork Ramen.
Our issue was a slow bar and slow kitchen. While our waitress was very sweet and apologetic, we waited at least 20 minutes for our cocktails. The wait time between our appetizers and main courses was over 30 minutes.
I hated to rush a meal, but this was beyond acceptable

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Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Calamari fries are crispy heaven. Other dishes were painfully salty. Excellent service made that easy to overlook.

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SS
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal! Thank you for making our 20th yummy!!

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t
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love these guys and their food and their exceptional service! Our family fave!

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VN
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Perfect for any special occasion.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from everyone

From hostess to wait staff to guy that tried water glass

Def go back

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RB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, fun atmosphere, and great service!

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BG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to favorite local restaurant. The options are unusual and the flavors bold. Delicious!

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ok. Clever Koi's location, and AZ Restaurant Week, was the initial draw. But their unique menu and its execution is why we'll return! Flavorful food, excellent service, satisfying cocktails and an energetic urban atmosphere. Already looking forward to our next dining experience at Clever Koi!

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S
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate outside during restaurant week. Brought our dog as the weather was still nice.
Mary, our server, as usual was outstanding.
Dumplings and Ramen are always terrific.

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JT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The drinks were excellent. We sampled a lot from the menu and enjoyed everything.

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out of towers looking for something a bit unique. We all enjoyed our experience greatly.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We came for lunch and service was terribly slow. We were there for over an hour and a half. The food was sub-par. I ordered the pad thai and it was so overwhelmed with the taste a fresh mint (a completely unexpected flavor in pad thai) and the shrimp was underseasoned. Once I removed each piece of mint from the dish, it was terribly bland. I was surprised because from the look of the place, I assumed the food would be dynamite! The rest of my compatriots also believed the food was sub-par. I will not come back.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place. Thank you for making such a great non-boring place for lunch in central Phoenix

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was a little slow but the food and drinks were absolutely amazing.

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S
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as I have come to expect. We actually request to sit outside if Mary is serving those tables. She is that good.

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EF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT service and even better food. This is my favorite restaurant in Phoenix, hands down. They've got it figured out here.

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MS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our diner at Clever Koi was great. We went for a family birthday. All 6 of us had a different item on the menu and we all enjoyed our meal. I had the Duck Curry which yummy, tasty and spicy - all my favorites. My wife and daughter enjoyed the unique cocktails. Service was really good. We will definitely eat there again.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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TG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The new menu is Not as good as before. They took a black rice dish off the menu and it was one of the best items. They changed the duck confit dish and it is no longer as tender as previously. Did not try anything else but I am ready for the original menu!

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time in Phoenix and we came to Clever Koi because of a recommendation given to us from a friend who had lived in Phoenix in past years. He had never been, but had heard great things. We were not disappointed. We ordered the pork belly steamed bun and two of the chicken and waffle buns as appetizers. Both my husband and I got the pork ramen and it was delicious. We enjoyed our meal at Clever Koi, and our service was great!! The restaurant is cozy, and it seems like the perfect spot on a nice night; there was an inviting outdoor seating area. We would definitely recommend it to friends!!

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S
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reviews were accurate. Great place to add to my ever growing list of go to places.

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