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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Reviewed 27 October 2021

We have had none better than Kiralas for any Japanese restaurant and have tried dozens of others. The service at the sushi bar is the also the best with the best food. Conrad at the bar is a sushi master inmo. None better.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 5 November 2019 via mobile

Kirala used to be Amazing but just like most places, the popularity has created so complacency and the wait and the food are not that good. Some of the hot food arrives cold now.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 13 October 2019

First visit to Berkeley and Trip Advisor had a review and decided to try Kirala. We have great Sushi before at No bu in NYC and this is the best one yet Fresh as it can get

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 21 July 2019 via mobile

We went early to Kirala for dinner on which was fortunate as place filled quickly for dinner. The salmon and tuna sushi was very good. We did need to order second round to fill the meal. Service was efficient.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 27 June 2019

A friend recommended this restaurant. We came here on a Friday night just before it is opened for the evening and got a table. The patrons are mostly couples and family with kids. The menu is pretty extensive with lots choice of appetizers, dinner combo...and sushi. Our orders took awhile to come and we shared our selection. The sushi and sashimi are fine but I have better in other places. Surprisingly we had to order few more dishes to satisfy our appetile. The service is adequate as there was not enough server to go around. We did not try their robata grill items, it seems to be worth a next visit. Good restaurant and a bit pricy especially we did not order any drinks/saki/tea or dessert.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 14 June 2019

We went for lunch and the service was mediocre. We left 12% tip ($8 for courtesy). When the credit card statement came, it seems they decided to add $4 more for the tip. The amount is not enough for me to spend time calling the...credit card company and asking investigation, so they stole $4. It does tell you how unethical this place is.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 10 April 2019 via mobile

I had read about Kirala and decided to have a lunch there with my kids. We had seafood udon soup, shrimp & vegetable tempura and grilled chicken in teriyaki sauce. And what a udon soup I had. The best ever. Really. The grilled chicken was...good but a bit dry. Vegetable & shrimp tempura on the other hand was very tasty. This place is highly recommended and I really recommend the udon soup. The broth is just best of the best.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 27 March 2019 via mobile

I went several times and it is a great place. Quality of the food is really good and it is very authentic. Very recommended

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 March 2019

Wow! Who would think that this very large, bustling, sushi restaurant would have a wait list on a week night, and that wait continued from 6 pm when we arrived, to 8 pm when we were leaving. The hostess told us apologetically, that we could...be seated right away at the Sushi Bar. So we did...no waiting...and it was fabulous. Everything we had was perfectly fresh, beautifully prepared, and very delicious. You will love this restaurant, It is highly recommended!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

We visited on a Thursday night with a friend who lives in Orinda and were pleased with the food here. We ordered mostly Sushi and the Sushi was fresh and tasty,. Seaweed Salad was good, Loved the squid skewers and cooked Scallops. Gindara, Hanachi, Albacore,...Unagi, and king salmon sushi were all tasty. Good place and busy.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

This a great place in Berkeley side for fish. Specially tuna is great. It s a bit small and always full. That is the negative thing. But makes sense to go.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Very fresh sushi, very tasty grill, and good udon. The service is also tentative and very fast given the restaurant was very full. Everyone in our party was very happy after a good meal.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

It's been a few years since I've been to Kirala, so I decided to meet a co-worker here for lunch. First, the place opens at 11:30, and you have to be there before it opens because there will be a line before it opens. Once...you're in, be ready for some excellent sushi. I had the chirashi, my co-worker the deluxe sashimi. Both of us enjoyed the freshness and the softness of the fish. We also ordered gyoza, which was done the way it should be. And, the miso soup, though nothing fancy in the soup, was very nice. Whenever I am in Berkeley, I have the desire to come here. It's the best sushi in the Berkeley area.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

People have been telling us about this restaurant for years and on this trip to the Bay Area we finally went tonight. Greeted at the door by the charming owner and manager, Kimiko, we were given a warm we,come and offered a choice of tables....It was only 5:45 pm but the restaurant was nearly full of enthusiastic diners. My wife ordered the sukiyaki dinner and I had the deluxe sashimi plate (both pictured) and I also had some scallops and toro sashimi. The miso soup was delicious with authentic rich flavour, the ginger and wasabi both very fresh and high quality (many Japanese restaurants cut corners on those two important ingredients). Service was attentive and polite, if occasional language barrier. Only disappointment was that we didn’t have time to stay and try some of the amazing dishes from the robata grill; next time. Highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

I went alone however it was a great experience. Great sashimi with very good quality and great service. Price is fair. I really liked it.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Kirala is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4