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Koi

4.5
4.5
371 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Asian

Koi has been a consistent member of the arts and music scene in Calgary for over a decade, and continues to grow as an integral part of the city’s culture.

With exciting events, a great rotation of local visual artists, fresh in-house created cocktails and an elevated new Asian-fusion menu, this hip spot is breaking ground to bring you new experiences on the regular. A beacon to Calgary’s growing music scene, Koi remains one of downtown Calgary’s best restaurant bars to take in live sessions.

Enjoy a blended cuisine inspired by the best food out of China, Korea and Japan with a plethora of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly options. If you like a cocktail with your show, you will be blown away by the innovative creations from the bar. There is certainly a little something for everyone.

Immerse yourself in an intimate and passionate atmosphere flavoured for the Calgary arts scene.

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Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 206-1564

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ken Campbell

  • Private party facilities

    Offering an intimate venue for up to 60 people with delicious food and the ability to bring in live music or DJ entertainment. Have held private birthdays, dance parties, business meetings, conferences, cocktail parties, art receptions, and weddings. Please contact info@cafekoi.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Penosky: (403) 206-1564

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    1st Street SW

  • Parking details

    Lots of street parking available around the area. Free parking on street after 6pm

  • Entertainment

    Koi has a diverse array of exciting entertainment we offer 6 nights a week!From Singer/Songwriter Open Mics, Jazz, Classical, and even Poetry, our venue will allow you to experience local communities creative efforts through art and music. Please visit www.cafekoi.com for details on our events and our event calendar!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Small Plates

  • Vegetable GyozasCA$8.50

    handmade, pan seared, served with sweet sriracha sauce

    • Pork GyozasCA$9.50

      handmade, pan seared, served with sweet sriracha sauce

      • Spring RollsCA$7.00

        2 large handmade vegetable spring rolls fried crispy and served with in house made sweet chili sauce

        • Fresh Papaya SaladCA$8.50

          shredded green papaya, carrot and cucumber tossed in fresh mint and a sweet citrus dressing, topped with roasted peanuts

          • Vegan 'Oh-Koi' BaoCA$6.00

            sweet potato and vegan "shrimp" okoy fritter served in a coconut black sesame bun, topped with a garlic lime vegannaise and green onion

            • For 3CA$16.00
          • The 'OG' Pork Belly BaoCA$6.50

            16-hour sous vide pork belly infused with pandan and lemongrass, sweet soy, hoisin, topped with ponzu pickles, chicharron and green onions in a steamed milk bun

            • For 3CA$18.00
          • Kimchi StewCA$4.00

            Spicy vegetable stew made with house-made Kimchi

            Noodles

            add a fried egg for $2, gluten free options available - please ask

            • Pad KareCA$13.00

              stir-fried rice noodles and vegetables tossed in a annatto tamarind peanut sauce, topped with bean sprouts and roasted peanuts

              • Crispy Vegetable Chow MeinCA$13.00

                crispy fried noodles topped with vegetables, stir fried in a black bean sauce

                • Peanut Satay Vegan Noodle BowlCA$14.00

                  Stir fried vegan udon noodles and vegetables cooked in a coconut peanut satay sauce and served with crispy fried tofu

                  Rice Dishes

                  all dishes served with sautéed vegetables and jasmine rice, add a fried egg for $2, gluten free options available, please ask

                  • Bistek BeefCA$17.00

                    toyomansi-marinated beef steak, topped with raw onion and a fried egg

                    • Miso Glazed ChickenCA$15.00

                      grilled chicken basted in a miso glaze dressing

                      • Adobo TofuCA$14.00

                        Crispy tofu marinated in a Filipino soy adobo

                        • Classic Coconut CurryCA$13.00

                          yellow coconut lemongrass curry garnished with fresh carrot and lime

                          • Kimchi Fried RiceCA$13.00

                            fried rice cooked with house-made kimchi and gochujang sauce

                            Desserts

                            • Dessert BaoCA$6.50

                              deep-fried milk buns, with a rotating assortment of sweet fillings

                              • For 3CA$18.00
                            • Vegan Dessert BaoCA$6.00

                              deep-fried sesame coconut buns, with a rotating assortment of sweet vegan fillings

                              • For 3CA$16.00
                            • Rotating Specials

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                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                              What 371 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                              4.5
                              4.5 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.4Food
                              • 4.5Service
                              • 4.4Ambience
                              • 4.4Value

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                              1. S

                                Stace

                                Calgary

                                21 reviews

                                5.0

                                21 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                This little gem never disappoints! Great food and live classical music, plus fantastic service! One of our regular date night favorites.

                              2. SC

                                SunC

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Beautiful place with wonderful environment and yummy food

                              3. SW

                                SarW

                                Calgary

                                3 reviews

                                1.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                Made a reservation through opentable. Got there and got turned away from the door.

                              4. M

                                Monty

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Thank you Koi! For an outstanding first experience! We made it for your spoken word night, and it was an absolute treasure to witness everyone’s hearts and souls spill out the cavity of each written page. Never have I personally felt so connected to a room full of strangers. And never have I felt so truly welcomed from the moment I opened the door to saying goodbye and knowing I’d definitely be back again. Thanks for accepting all open minded creatures of all sorts of backgrounds into your home, and allowing them to feast and nurture on the figments of our imagination and the yearning strifes of our realities. Amazing food and drink. Adieu!

                              5. EF

                                ElizabethF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Had a delightful evening at Koi taking in the Thursday evening Open Mic Poetry evening. Our server was lovely and the ambiance was warm and inclusive. The only downside was the lack of menu items, but that is the reality of supply chain issues that are prevalent all around presently. ;)

                              6. HP

                                HiskeP

                                San Francisco

                                4 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Hip & happening place with delicious food, warm welcome from the owner and great live music! Unique place in Calgary. Not suitable for a quiet conversation but to feel alive!

                              7. SM

                                SusanM

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great vibe, great music, great food and drink. This is one of my favourite places in Calgary. Excellent joint

                              8. J

                                Joel

                                Calgary

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The food was amazing and the service was friendly and prompt. That evening there was a local band playing. The band was very good. The sound level was high at times but overall it was an excellent atmosphere to unwind at the end of the week.

                              9. SC

                                SunC

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful place, Wonderful crowd, open mic is very versatile and supportive

                              10. JP

                                JasmineP

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food and atmosphere were amazing! Great service as well. Small, intimate and amazing

                              11. S

                                Stace

                                Calgary

                                22 reviews

                                5.0

                                22 reviews

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Fabulous food as always along with great service and a fun night with Classical Guitar!

                              12. AK

                                AngeloK

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                The chairs a little uncomfortable but I guess that’s part of the experience?

                              13. SC

                                SunC

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful place. Open mics every Tuesday and other events on daily basis. A cute little place to have fun and destress as well as meet new people

                              14. s

                                shhh

                                Exclusive

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Erin is a kind, professional, and hardworking owner. Dominick was also very friendly and efficient as our server. The food there is great and the live show was amazing!

                              15. DK

                                DebraK

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Sonia's singing was amazing and the food and staff were great!

                              16. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 1, 2022

                                overall4food3service5ambience4

                                We came for the open mic it was a good variety of music

                              17. NS

                                NiaS

                                London

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food is amazing and the shows I saw were fantastic. Will definitely be back soon!

                              18. JM

                                JohairaMichelle

                                Los Angeles

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 25, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food was outstanding. They where super busy and food wait was a little dramatic. The food itself delicious. Amazing vegan options Update*** the food was so delicious I returned a few days later. The service was even better and I love the artistic quirky vibe. im a fan

                              19. EA

                                EAmo

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on January 29, 2022

                                overall1food4service1ambience1

                                A few negative things to say about this establishment. First, I made a reservation on Friday, January 28th at 8:30 PM for 2 people. When my date and I arrived at the cafe, there was an open mic that was going on (which was fine), but the server came to get us after 2 minutes waiting at the door - we did not want to just walk in and disturb the performance. As we got in, we can tell that there was no available seats anywhere. The server then asked a customer sitting at the bar to move to give us a seat for 2 at the bar. Normally we wouldn’t mind, but we have a RESERVATION- meaning seats are supposed to be RESERVED. Furthermore, we were in the server section of the bar where they bring the plates out and drinks to take into the tables. We then ordered drinks and gyoza for appetizers. The drinks were fine, but we walked in at 8:45; by 9:30 the gyoza still hasn’t come out so we decided to order 1 more round of drinks and then leave - that’s when the server mentioned the gyoza (clearly she forgot). The biggest disappointment of the night was when the bill came, and to my surprise, there was an ENTRANCE FEE of $15 per person. There was never ANY mention of this fee whether it was on the website, on open table or before we entered and got our seats. The server just asks “there’s also an entrance fee for tonight” WHEN SHE HANDED THE BILL. I understand if this is a niche place and it’s mostly regulars that come in there and knows the drill, but we weren’t regulars and we’re just looking to try something new. I still paid the tip and didn’t argue while we were there to avoid any interruptions with the open mic event. Needless to say I would never again go into this restaurant and refer it to any of my friends.

                              20. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on January 29, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Had a lovely time. Good vibes, good music, great food.

                              21. UB

                                UrvashiB

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 31, 2021

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                The restaurant was closed and we were not informed.

                              22. T

                                Tarzan

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 23, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The venue always has a very professional yet warm atmosphere. The staff are helpful and genuine. The food, drinks and entertainment is tops in the area. Would definitely recommend to family and friends!

                              23. D

                                Deni

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on December 19, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful in all respects, including food,, service, music and ambience

                              24. DC

                                DonC

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 19, 2021

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                This was our first visit, as we are friends with the band leader. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the experience a very good one. We were concerned at the number of people allowed into the place. Everyone was checked for ID and vaccination, but we couldn't eat and drink with masks on. I put on my mask when I was finished my meal. I didn't see anyone else do that. The staff were busy, and could not police that. People moved around without masking. We will be back with friends for food when there is no band, which should reduce the number in attendance.

                              25. DF

                                DonF

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 17, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Great food and pleasant atmosphere. Asian bowls are excellent. While almost all the aspects of my visit were very good, the specific evening I visited was very cold outside and made the interior of the restaurant a bit cold. In those rare cases if a curtain could be put on the door that might help. UPDATE: I am informed that this issue was a one-time occurrence and is being addressed. Great news!

                              26. SL

                                SLow

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 12, 2021

                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                The food was really good - I had the coconut curry with chicken and the portion size was very generous. I was part of the group that participated in the Classical Guitar Night so I am biased but the live music was what made the meal memorable.

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on December 8, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Open Mic every Tuesday night showcases some of the best talent in Calgary.

                              28. T

                                Tux42

                                Calgary

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on December 8, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great local venue that supports the arts. Fantastic food and friendly staff.

                              29. D

                                Dineo

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 4, 2021

                                overall5food3service5ambience5

                                Great reception and hospitality from the staff, you feel welcomed. The food wasn’t my cup of tea but to each their own.

                              30. j

                                jayro

                                Calgary

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                2.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on December 3, 2021

                                overall2food4service1ambience5

                                Food and ambiance was great. Service was horrendous. 1 server for the entire restaurant. Had to wait 20 min for a water and to order.

                              31. SM

                                SofiaM

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on November 14, 2021

                                overall3food5service4ambience5

                                What's the point of making reservations if you get there and they just added an extra chair to your friends table instead giving you the table you reserved.

                              32. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on November 14, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Lovely evening, delicious food, great attentive staff and nice live music.

                              33. HM

                                HannahM

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on November 13, 2021

                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                Booked a reservation at Koi on a day of an event (we didn’t know there was an event going on). We were told we had to pay 15 dollars to watch the show and was not allowed to come in even though we had reservations. Once we were able to enter a few minutes after this misunderstanding (we didn’t need to pay for the event), we were told to go to our table when there were other people sitting on the table. We requested for them to sanitize the table and it seemed like the staff was not prepared for us at all. Besides that, the meal was amazing and the whole experience was lovely.

                              34. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Edmonton

                                12 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                12 reviews

                                Dined on October 17, 2021

                                overall3food5service4ambience3

                                Food was awesome, lovely spot. However, once the live band came on our evening changed, the music was WAY too loud, to the point that we had to leave to continue our conversation. The band were amazing, so if you were there for music rather than conversation, then great!

                              35. CB

                                CaitB

                                Baja California Sur

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on October 17, 2021

                                overall3food5service1ambience5

                                Everything was incredible except that the following day we found our receipt and realized that our server charged us for a $55 bottle of Champagne when he served us a $13 bottle of Prosecco. I really hope this was an honest mistake.

                              36. CH

                                CHUEY

                                Vancouver

                                9 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on October 10, 2021

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Lovely room, great service and very good food

                              37. SS

                                SansiraS

                                Calgary

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on October 10, 2021

                                overall4food3service4ambience5

                                We really enjoyed the music but it was a bit loud and we had trouble talking during dinner. Unfortunately you ran out of all desert which really wasn’t great for a birthday celebration.

                              38. S

                                Sansira

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on October 10, 2021

                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                The music and ambiance was amazing but I had higher expectations for the food. My beef was tough, the dish was simple, and the flavors seemed pretty ordinary.

                              39. AB

                                AngelB

                                Calgary

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on October 10, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Every time we’ve come here the food is fantastic and the service is equally good. I love the support for local artists and quality without being pretentious. I’ve gone other places in Calgary for vegan cuisine and music and none measure up to Koi. Must try the gyoza and noodle bowls! If you want a quiet spot too you can always just call to see when the shows start and go earlier, it’s a great vibe even without a show.

                              40. A

                                Alexander

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on October 9, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food and service. Live performance is outstanding. Very warm and romantic place

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                              Koi is rated 4.5 stars by 371 OpenTable diners.

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                              Booked 2 times today

                              Order delivery or takeout

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                              Google Map for Koi

                              100, 1011 - 1st Street SW Calgary, AB T2R 1J2

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                1st Street SW

                              • Neighborhood

                                Downtown

                              • Hours of operation

                                Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Casual Dress

                              • Parking details

                                Lots of street parking available around the area. Free parking on street after 6pm

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Ken Campbell

                              • Entertainment

                                Koi has a diverse array of exciting entertainment we offer 6 nights a week!From Singer/Songwriter Open Mics, Jazz, Classical, and even Poetry, our venue will allow you to experience local communities creative efforts through art and music. Please visit www.cafekoi.com for details on our events and our event calendar!

                              • Additional

                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (403) 206-1564

                              • Private party facilities

                                Offering an intimate venue for up to 60 people with delicious food and the ability to bring in live music or DJ entertainment. Have held private birthdays, dance parties, business meetings, conferences, cocktail parties, art receptions, and weddings. Please contact info@cafekoi.com for details.

                              • Private party contact

                                Erin Penosky: (403) 206-1564

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