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Sensei Bar, Calgary, AB

Sensei Bar

4.7
4.7
221 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Asian
A Chef-Driven Bar where boozy cocktails & sake 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, sake and bow down to the bao with your inner Sensei.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 10:30 am–12:00 am Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 230-4388

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Ryan Blackwell

  • Area

    Beltline

  • Cross Street

    16th ave and 14th street SW

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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Experiences

  • Sake 101 Class

    CA$57.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned sake lover, our International Sake Sommelier, Amane Kanai, can take you through a fun, interactive and informative Sake 101 class about the many different sakes available from all over Japan. Sake is one of the world's most complex beverages and it all begins with rice. Just how wine is made from grapes, Sake is made from a variety of rices, each with their own unique characteristics and subtleties. Flavours and nuances of each Sake are further enhanced and developed through the production process. You will learn everything from ingredients, brewing process, various grades, styles and regional characteristics of each sake - and become your own "sensei".

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What 221 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Calgary

    Handcrafted Cocktails

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and overall experience. The menu is very interesting and the same cocktails are a must try!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! Will be back again!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going to this restaurant and wanted to try for some time. We were not disappointed ! Service was great and the food awesome. I would certainly recommend for the experience and the food which is not the standard dishes you would find anywhere else. Flavours and combinations are really good and would highly recommend.
  4. JK

    JenniferK

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and the chef did a great job of making a few modifications to accommodate my celiac disease. Thanks for an amazing evening!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was super loud in the dining area and made it hard to talk. The cocktails were amazing! All the food tasted really good but definitely overpriced
  6. KR

    KarlR

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Sensai Bar had a good variety of dishes, some familiar, some quite unique and all of them delicious! Service was excellent, and their list of different beer, wine, whiskey and especially saki types was most impressive. Although a bit expensive, the meal was well worth it. In general the ambiance was fine with the exception that the background music ranged from enjoyable to loud/irritating at times.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went with friends for dinner, we did struggle a little bit to actually find the entrance. We were able to try a lot of the menu items. The baos and tataki are great, and I had the chicken as my main. I especially loved the mustard pickles that were served with the chicken, and my only real criticism was that the plate it was served on was gigantic. The cocktails were also very delicious and our server was extremely helpful, and kind.
  8. C

    Cruz32

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Tables are too close together. Feels like you are eating with the other people seated. Doesn’t matter because the food so amazing I would sit in a stranger’s lap to eat it.
  9. FK

    FaazilK

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Each dish has so much care
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food. Service was awesome. My new favourite place! A hidden gem!
  11. L

    Libs

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good. There was something a little off though and I can’t put my finger on it. Not the food. Little details that make the difference between a very good dining experience and an excellent one. Things like the ambiguous bathroom signs. The unsanded benches that snagged my dress. The scallops and the gnochhi being almost identical shapes.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food and cocktails and amazing service
  13. S

    Silltat

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was really cool about this place. I didn’t love where we sat as it was a line of 2 person tables all side by side but small room, what do you expect. Food was delicious. Very spicy if you can’t handle heat. Didn’t love the cocktail list, majority were gin and whiskey. Definitely going to have to come back to try the short ribs.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Alex was knowledgeable and nice, great food and drinks
  15. SA

    ShareAMealWithFriends

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of really great shareable dishes in a bright and comfortable setting
  16. LA

    LALA

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great - servers were friendly - margarita was delicious. I’ll be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, great food!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so good and the customer service was incredible I’ll definitely be back!
  19. J

    Joanna

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service and excellent patio seating. Love it! Worth to come
  20. PK

    PenelopeK

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks and service are consistently excellent. A favourite for sure!
  21. SS

    SweetcheekS

    Calgary

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing neighbourhood gem! Everything we ordered was DIVINE! truffle dumplings, Brussel sprouts, bao buns (tempura shrimp and pork belly), mussels, and the Gochujang lollipop chicken wings.....none of these disappointed! a couple cocktails and it was a prefect evening! thanks to Bree for the great service and suggestions. :)
  22. L

    Luv2finedine

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food and service were fantastic. Very nice flavours.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Asian restaurant I have been so far .
  24. A

    Ar0stein

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute location, delicious food!
  25. JB

    JacquieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and efficient service. Best cocktails and delicious and interesting food. Brussels sprouts were so tasty and so were the scallops and gnocchi
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met Amane and he was such an amazing host, and such an informative Educator on sake, it's history, and intricate details of uniqueness. Such passion was felt, and such a unique person al experienced shared with only myself and my husband. The sake experience with added features is worth everything AND MORE. Thank you for your welcoming ambiance, and hospitality.
  27. BN

    BobbyN

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall1food5service3ambience3
    Had a birthday with the wife. We asked for a different table because it was short table and chair and made us uncomfortable but they couldn't switch even though I can see that they could have. Food was good and service was ok.
  28. MZ

    MichaelZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a wonderful dinner. Beef tataki and tuna never fail to satisfy. Scallops and gnocchi are a wonderful addition to the menu. We'll be back
  29. PK

    PenelopeK

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and presentation with great staff. Thank you!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff took great pride in describing each dish as it as served. The flavours were carefully curated. Will definitely eat here again!
  31. JS

    JonathonS

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was awesome, we tried as much as we could but have to go back to finish their menu. The fruit sake is a must try
  32. RP

    RosP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yummy! Incredibly creative and delicious food, amazing service and a huge list of drinks. Will definitely be back.
  33. E

    Enjenn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It was great food and drink. However, as soon as we arrived they put a time limit on how long we could stay before they had a new reso in. That’s such a poor way to run a business. If we weren’t rushed out we would have spent a lot more money.
  34. H

    Hartley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensei Bar is a great spot in Calgary's downtown. The environment is clean and modern with an organic flair. The staff are exceptional and provide great service. They have a great selection of cocktails and food. Everything had so much flavour and each thing came out looking beautiful. My recommendation: make sure to bring a friend or two, the menu is definitely meant for sharing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service again. Drinks were also great! All the flavors were thought out and presented like art.
  36. DJ

    DanielJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks and service were absolutely outstanding.
  37. LS

    LeShaunJohn

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was tasty—not as overpriced as one would expect. Vibe was a bit confusing; I’m not sure what exactly they’re going for, but it feels like two competing viewpoints—which would be fine if that appeared to be the point. Not necessarily clamouring to go back, but I’d revisit in the future.
  38. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, fun throwback music, slightly on the pricey side for the portion sizes, but will definitely visit again!
  39. N

    Nikki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brussel sprouts and Bao are a must have! Cute little restaurant with lovely service and food.
  40. FF

    FoodForThought

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eliza was our server and was wonderful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sensei Bar using the Order Online button.

Sensei Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

Sensei Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Sensei Bar

1520 14 St SW Calgary, AB T3C 1C9

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    16th ave and 14th street SW

  • Area

    Beltline

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 10:30 am–12:00 am Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ryan Blackwell

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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