Sensei Bar

4.6
60 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Asian
Where boozy cocktails flow to old-school beats, and a modern and rebellious take on Asian eats, serve up good times with mastery. Tucked away a stride from 17th Avenue’s nightlife, our intimate and urban space welcomes you all night and late-night. Our little-but-loud menu puts a boldly flavourful, yet nourishing spin on Korean and Taiwanese bites - all starring local ingredients and the beloved bao bun. Pair it with our curated cocktails and bow down to the bao with your inner Sensei.

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Ashd
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails, and great small plates. My friend and I split the lollipops and Brussels sprouts. The bison for a main course is so flavourful. Will be back.

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Courtney
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish we ordered was the perfect amount of food for a share plate, and was absolutely delicious!! Will be coming back for sure :)

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vipJocelynE
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most incredible experience and Errin and Amani treated us so well. Delicious food, exceptional service and we will be back!! Thank you so very much for hosting us so generously!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the food and drinks! 😄 Would definitely recommend for others to go!

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DavidN
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great location. The cocktails were immaculate/ sophisticated and the food was even better. Our server and what seemed like the manager were very professional and knowledgeable about their menu.
My only small comment was the size of the restaurant is very small and we were very close to another table which we could hear every word they spoke. Besides that 10/10. Will be coming back often.

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MikeS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! We will be back for sure. The truffle dumplings were unreal.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great portion sizes on the meat mains, they took a while to come out but that’s what you get for food being made fresh. Good cocktails. Music was a bit noisy for an “intimate” evening. Didn’t love the bao buns but the Brussel sprouts are a must try.

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SteveB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and drink were fantastic. All bao buns were good flavour with the exception of the little Big Mac. Dumplings were small but great flavour, kohlrabi was great flavour and spice along with a large portion of the Char Siu. Only thing odd was the hard core hip hop music going on that was quite loud for the small place dropping F bombs in every song. Kinda kills the mood as it’s definitely not the place for that music with the kinda place I think they’re trying to be (in my opinion anyway). I’m doubting the parents that brought kids to the restaurant were happy with the music choice either. Other than that, ZERO reason not to return. Will be back for sure

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were amazing and all service was very friendly

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MelisiaJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Cocktails on point as well. Definitely go back:)

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vipValentine
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tastes! Cocktails are incredible

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KaranS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back again, tried the gochujang chicken lollipops and mango coconut terrine dessert and the red lantern cocktail. All Super delicious!

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MorePestoPlz
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing place to get drinks and appies or a small dinner (emphasis on small). The food itself was delicious and incredibly well made/presented. The location itself was such an intimate space and just an over all stand out as far as calgary dining experiences go. Would highly recommend to for a first date or a gal’s night out

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BBQ pork bao and truffle dumplings are a must!

JM
JaniceM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ordered what the server recommended and she hit it out of the park for us! I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Decent food and drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and equally wonderful service by Rachelle. Generally speaking, we find service to be hit and miss in restaurants and her service was noteworthy. Thank you for a great evening.

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Vaughn
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, cool drinks, and a very cute patio. Some traffic/noise from 14th but not bad. We tried all of the bao buns plus most of the small plates and a couple veggie dishes. Nothing disappointed. Get there before it gets too popular and busy.

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LilaS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great! Accommodating with respect to replacing our choices with better ones which was appreciated.

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vipreinak
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Drinks were great and service was wonderful, but food was a miss and flavours were nothing exciting.

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vipBear
Calgary
59 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent we loved how they described the food/drinks as they brought them out. The wagyu carpaccio was such a hit, the perfect taste of salty, spicy, etc. The pork Bao was a table favorite. The drinks / cocktails were really fun ! Lovely experience

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NetcandiAndy
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Finally got the opportunity to check out this new downtown gem. Was happy to sit outside and surprised at the busy-ness of the place on a Monday night for a quiet dinner and drinks.

I had the miso cod entree which was hearty and worthwhile in portion and taste. The chicken "pops" (lollipops) were novel, but at 4pcs for $10, wasn't quite as worthwhile for me. The presentation was great, so for all of you foodpornographers out there, this is the spot.

Had several cocktails. Some had a great presentation like the Red Lantern that arrives in a glass cloche filled with smoke, but didn't taste as substantial as say, their coffee cocktail, which also presented super well.

Overall value was great for cocktails, snacks, and ambience.

Service was top notch with Jean the Australian Korean who was warm, inviting, and made us feel at home. We loved the personal story swaps and laughs.

Would go back, no brainer.

Next time, I'll check out indoors, as we were on the patio this time around.

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AaronL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No dish was the same, and every one of them was full of exceptional flavours. We dabbled in the cocktail menu and attempted as many dishes as possible between four of us - there were zero negatives about this place. Food was fast, drinks were next level, service was excellent, plating was beautiful, and the space was perfectly decorated. Book early on, or be prepared to wait to get in, this is not a show up and dine type place - exceptional places are not for impromptu dining. Loved it. Easily a new favourite for my wife and I. Will be back again and again and again.

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AGaroundtown
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Service and all our drinks and food choices were well prepared and delicious! will be recommending and returning. We tried to encourage that the feature side item- Kimichi Fried Rice- be placed on the regular menu. Best I have had in awhile.

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CulinaryAdvCo
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent our wedding anniversary wiht Sensei - and was an incredible night. The food was only topped by the incredible service from Alexandra and the care from the entire kitchen. Unique, delicious and a true culinary adventure.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brussels sprouts & BAO buns were amazing

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AngelaD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! the whole table loved everything we ordered.

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LynseyH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! The cocktails were superb and we LOVED the Ebi Prawn Bao.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal restaurant. From the unique cocktails to the food and the service everything was executed at a level not often found in Calgary. Will be back often!

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KeeB
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were hoping to sit on the patio, but it was full. We debated going elsewhere but decided to try it out… and I’m so glad we did. Inside is cozy and quaint but not crowded. Even though we were seated right beside the bar and kitchen, it wasn’t too noisy or distracting; this restaurant seems to be exceptionally efficient and well run. Our server was lovely, informative, and attentive.

I had the feature cocktail and my friend tried another cocktail and we were both very happy with our drinks. We had some bao, truffle dumplings, and doughnuts for dessert. All of these were excellent, I can’t even say a thing that I would improve. Will definitely go back!

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Court
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. All staff were extremely friendly, food was outstanding, server was well knowledgable, music was not too loud so you could actually talk at a normal volume. Erin is one hell of a chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and service!

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Quinn
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Food and cocktails were great and service was excellent. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

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Taytaytay
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Drinks were nothing I would rush back for. The chicken lollies were so insanely good along with the bbq pork bun. The other appetizers just seemed unnecessarily small. Our waitress was so amazing and helpful. The restaurant in general was very cool and fun.

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TrinaW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and sharing plates!
Highly recommend!

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KaranS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing… shoyu chicken and wagyu tataki were the favs! Vintage elderflower cocktail was phenomenal and perfect for summer. Finished off with a bizzare brandy as a night cap. Great place to hangout for dinner and late night. Would go again!

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Paula
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff all very friendly. Loved out waitress!!

Food and drinks were amazing! Great flavors combined.

Everyone go here! Now!

JM
JulieMarFr
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was 5/5 and the vintage elderflower cocktail was amazing!

Only downside was sitting on the bench up against the restaurant windows, which puts you on an upward slant from your partner in the chair across the table, and it was also not comfortable.

Service was quick throughout the meal service and very professional, though it took a long time for our bill to come after we requested it.

Would dine again!

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NadiaR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service for a friends birthday and really went out of their way to make her feel special

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food great experience even with gluten allergies.

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Sensei Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

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