Clever Koi - Phoenix

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232 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
We are offering a safe dine in experience, take out, curbside and delivery services through our online ordering platform, UberEats and Postmates. We are here to feed you and your family during this trying time. Support local!

Reservations Welcome! We take all size parties Monday - Thursday, and Sunday. Friday and Saturday we take reservations for parties of 6 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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JamesM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always! So happy they have reopened for dining. We felt “safe” and they are taking appropriate precautions to ensure cleanliness and safety of their guests!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and so were the food and cocktails. I will definitely request the patio next time and check out their sister restaurant Across the Pond!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

patio dining and indoor seating available. Perfectly Adhering to guidelines for safe dining . Very clean . Friendly and attentive service . Unique cocktail list and they know mixology well ! Happy hour every day ! Fresh ingredients . My favorite is the steamed buns : try the awesome khimchi cauliflower or pork belly buns . Lovely patio, upbeat chill music ( always at the ideal dining volume . Plenty of free parking too !

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Brian
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Clever Koi has put special attention toward perfecting every item on their menu. You’ll quickly find this restaurant at the top of your “go to” list of great places for dinner and lunch, and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ramen I’ve had in the Western Hemisphere!! I’ve been to many spots here in the valley, but Clever Koi may very well be my last. I do not want to go anywhere else. The staff treated me as if I was a VIP. I felt that my specific requests were just as important to them, as they were to me. The drinks had the perfect amount of alcohol to where you can enjoy the true flavor of the drink but still tell it isn’t virgin.

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vipNina
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good. The gloves on the servers need to go. Just spreading germs, they do not change them per patron & germs adhere to gloves. Much better off with bare hands washing & using sanitizer. Will not return until this is corrected.

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MenithS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our anniversary

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sofun
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 20 year anniversary and the staff was amazing and wonderful! The food was fabulous as well! Their cocktails are unlike anything I’ve had before all incredibly Delicious!! Incredible food ambiance and staff!!

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vipMoxie1
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

One of my absolute favorite restaurants let me down BIG TIME in food! New chef, new suppliers, new menu? The Pork Ramen noodles weren't cooked enough. The Duck Curry was "duck" in name only. The duck flew the coop, obviously. The soft shelled crab was ruined by a glob of mayo. The Ribs here sent back because they were so tough. This was my first time having lunch. Dinner is always fabulous. All was saved by a good waiter so I'll try again.

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vipTomG
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! The calamari fries are the best in town. The pineapple duck is delicious.

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CherDeLew
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was excellent with suggestions, professionalisms, and just all around pleasant to have at your table!
Anika and her cocktails🍹...
She’s an amazing mixologist, and sure to tip any taste bud your looking for in spirits!

I highly recommend for an intimate or large gathering... Enjoy!

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GabbyM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time! The atmosphere was cozy with modern decor. Loved the open kitchen so I was able to watch the cooks. The food was very flavorful and had unique twists to the recipes. I really enjoyed the black bean pancakes.

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vipJoanne
Tucson
59 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and dinner was outstanding. My husband an I have dined here several times. We’ve driven 2 1/2 hours and it’s worth it! I took my family here before taking them to the airport to celebrate a milestone birthday. My husband ordered the calamari fries and ribs for appetizer to share. The calamari fries are beyond delicious!! The ribs had wonderful Korean style flavor and had a ginger mayo aioli that went so well with them. The duck with pineapple was outstanding and my soft shell crab, pork belly and chicken buns were delicious.
The fried rice with chicken and the chicken chow mein were great according to my family. They even went out of the way to cook special food for my neice who has serious health issues with digestion. Angela was our waitress was very attentive and personable.
The manager even remembered me from my first visit when he came to our table and asked how our vacation to Europe was!
He remembered from 7 months ago! Most people meet you and move on.
Only issue I had with the night was they sat us right by the front door and it was freezing!
We will definitely take the 2 1/2 hour drive again!! Heading to Phoenix definitely has a destination restaurant for us.

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vipDanielL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time...good food and service....fun vibe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo good 😋 try the duck curry

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JimV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great - Ramen broth was a bit on the plain side tonight so a bit disappointing- everything else fantastic

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vipPamVC
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bean cakes are a must get! Food tends to be a bit spicy and we love that. Happy servers, delicious flavors.

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Bordenaz
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and the food is definitely good.

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Gina
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The person who took care of our table went out of the way to make our experience really great! Food was great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 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

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djtang12
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.

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Lucia12
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.

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vipGourmande
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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trippes
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great unique food and excellent service

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vipAJ10
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

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ErinZ
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.

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vipTexmex
Phoenix
119 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSassyStef
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place ever!

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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Paul2
Phoenix
18 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.

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CameronW
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.

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TylerM
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.

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seanm
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.

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UptownGirl
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.

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vipCarpediem
Phoenix
113 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

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LiatA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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KirK
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

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VeronicaL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipScottM
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!

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Clever Koi - Phoenix does offer 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 232 OpenTable diners.

Clever Koi - Phoenix does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1562/clever-koi.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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