• ...the most anticipated restaurant in recent memory
    — The Arizona Republic
  • ... strong bar program
    — The Wall Street Journal
  • ... well executed with a dash of humor
    — Java Magazine
  • a Chinese-American comfort food head trip
    — Phoenix New Times
 
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The Kitchen

Clever Koi is an Asian-inspired kitchen & craft cocktail bar with locations in Central Phoenix (and coming soon), historic downtown Gilbert. Once inside, patrons are warmly greeted by some of the Valley’s most knowledgeable and energetic front of house staff, that are focused and fully geared towards making your experience one of a kind, every time. The mantra of the service staff is consistent hospitality at every turn. 

At Clever Koi, guests’ senses are invoked with the sights, sounds and aromas of the open kitchen’s wood-fired grill and roaring woks. From the kitchen; guests can get a front row seat to staff diligently preparing an ever-evolving menu of steamed buns, house made dumplings, progressive noodle dishes & small plates that reflect flavors and techniques from regions such as Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Indo-China.

the bar

Don’t miss daily happy hour offered at our stylish craft cocktail bar as well as the dining room; featuring an eclectic beer, wine & sake list. The goal of the bar staff is to take you on a journey across a wide spectrum of spirits, sakes, beer & wine that marry perfectly with the cuisine without being overwhelming, insuring that your beverage is just another memorable facet of your experience at Clever Koi.

 

 

meet our team

Native to North Central Phoenix, James was compelled by an opportunity to be creative during his tenure with Karl Kopp at AZ/88. While mastering the art of the classic cocktail he understood that restaurants were more than just a place to grab a quick bite - they were an opportunity to engage. As bar manager of The Parlor Pizzeria, James had built one of the most innovative beverage programs in Phoenix - a place where food and drink co-exist in unison and harmony. His recipes have been featured in local magazines such as Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix New Times, AZCentral, and Desert Living.

Native to North Central Phoenix, James was compelled by an opportunity to be creative during his tenure with Karl Kopp at AZ/88. While mastering the art of the classic cocktail he understood that restaurants were more than just a place to grab a quick bite - they were an opportunity to engage. As bar manager of The Parlor Pizzeria, James had built one of the most innovative beverage programs in Phoenix - a place where food and drink co-exist in unison and harmony. His recipes have been featured in local magazines such as Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix New Times, AZCentral, and Desert Living.

A Tucson native originally, Nicholas Campisano explored his need for adventure by moving to Southern California. It was there he refined his high expectations of entertainment, quality and service by opening a string of new age lounges along the coast of California. In Arizona, his leadership roles were established at popular locales such as Modern Steak, Culinary Dropout, and the Mondrian in Scottsdale by planning progressive high-profile events that combined elegant food and luxury bar service. This experience shaped him for his role managing the Central Phoenix hotspot, The Parlor Pizzeria, where he met partners Jared Porter and Joshua James.

A Tucson native originally, Nicholas Campisano explored his need for adventure by moving to Southern California. It was there he refined his high expectations of entertainment, quality and service by opening a string of new age lounges along the coast of California. In Arizona, his leadership roles were established at popular locales such as Modern Steak, Culinary Dropout, and the Mondrian in Scottsdale by planning progressive high-profile events that combined elegant food and luxury bar service. This experience shaped him for his role managing the Central Phoenix hotspot, The Parlor Pizzeria, where he met partners Jared Porter and Joshua James.

An Arizona native, Chef Jared Porter graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix before refining his skills at top Valley kitchens such as Vincent’s on Camelback, Michael’s at the Citadel, La Grande Orange and Fiamma Trattoria. After launching popular neighborhood hangout, The Parlor Pizzeria, Porter branched out on his own, opening the Valley’s first modern noodle house, The Clever Koi inside a stylish, custom designed space in the heart of central Phoenix, along with his partners Nick Campisano and Joshua James. An instant hit, The Clever Koi is now expanding with a second location in the heart of Gilbert’s vibrant downtown dining scene.

An Arizona native, Chef Jared Porter graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix before refining his skills at top Valley kitchens such as Vincent’s on Camelback, Michael’s at the Citadel, La Grande Orange and Fiamma Trattoria. After launching popular neighborhood hangout, The Parlor Pizzeria, Porter branched out on his own, opening the Valley’s first modern noodle house, The Clever Koi inside a stylish, custom designed space in the heart of central Phoenix, along with his partners Nick Campisano and Joshua James. An instant hit, The Clever Koi is now expanding with a second location in the heart of Gilbert’s vibrant downtown dining scene.

 

 

friends & family

Here at Clever Koi, we’re dedicated to supporting our local food community. This includes sourcing AZ-grown ingredients and incorporating locally-made products whenever possible. Here are just a few of our favorite food friends and family.

 
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