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Kirala

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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705-1016
+1 510-549-3486
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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149 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

There was a long line but it is worth the wait. We had fried soft shell crab, hamachi sashimi, tofu & veggies stir fry noodle, seafood sashimi salad and BBQ chicken pepper. The busy crowded small place filled with decent service and great food. You can ask to eat at the bar after certain time if it's too long of... More 

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Thank Chia Li C
Pahoa, Hawaii
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Got a bunch of dishes to go. Much of the menu cannot be made to go - but the sushi and miso can. Looking forward to a return. Nice to sit at the bar and have a signature cocktail while waiting for food.

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Thank GaryHauler
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Kirala is my go to Japanese Sushi restaurant in Berkeley. I added the Sushi part because there are some Japanese places that don't focus on sushi (izakaya restaurants) The dishes that are standard to my order: Toro nigiri & robata grilled shiso chicken Pros: 1) Never had anything but fresh fish (I've been to some sushi restaurants that had sushi... More 

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Thank Wendy M
Oakland, California
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I took a star off for every 30 minutes we waited for a table; so we waited an hour for two. The food is very good but it really isn't worth the wait. The hostess seating people sat customers that signed in after got seated before us and it just didn't seem right. This place is quite pricey too for... More 

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Thank Anita B
Concord, California
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

What a very busy cute little spot to have small Japanese tapas. Nice place to have dinner with friends and family, environment is very lively. The server is on point and attentive. Food comes out at just the right time. Definitely enjoyed it.

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Thank Farrah F
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This place is so good so authentic. We love eating here. Toro is top quality. Meckerel grilled is really good without being fishy. Also they dont lie about the source of fish. One customer at the bar next to me asked about the source of yellowtail or some fish. The chef said "yeaa that one is from china". So there... More 

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Thank Do-Eun L
Berkeley, California
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

kirala is a depennable place for fresh sushi and other lovely japanese food; the only problem is no reservations but at 8 pm there are tables available. the service is great and we always feel comfortable there.

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Thank janetperlman
Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

One of the very first Japanese restaurants. Still a great choice, ultra fresh fish and family service. Usually very busy and they don't take reservations, so go early or. E patient but it is worth the wait. Prices reasonable for the quality of the food.

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Thank Papalotillo
Berkeley, California
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I like basic sushi (not the fancy and inventive rolls), and this place has great fish. They also have good Sake mixed drinks (for people like me who don't actually like sake that much). I recommend coming here early in the evening, even on a weekday!

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Thank K H
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Kirala is the best in Berkeley and East Bay when it comes to Robata. Our favorite is the grilled hamachi. This restaurant is always crowded because of its goodness. You can't make a reservation and no take out. You join the crowd and see it for yourself.

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Thank Diwata S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705-1016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-549-3486

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?