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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-3486
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 47
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh and Tasty Japanese Foods

This is a rather busy restaurant on a relatively quiet street near UC Berkeley campus. They don't take reservation so the only way is to wait in line or come very late. Recent times I was lucky enough to get seats right away. The menu leans towards Japanese comfort foods with an extended robata... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Kaili49
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Menlo Park, California, United States
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  • Large groups
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Menlo Park, California, United States
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a rather busy restaurant on a relatively quiet street near UC Berkeley campus. They don't take reservation so the only way is to wait in line or come very late. Recent times I was lucky enough to get seats right away. The menu leans towards Japanese comfort foods with an extended robata (grilled skewer) and saka (Japanese rice... More 

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Kensington, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Eat here quite often and never disappointed. The daily specials are a great value. Most of all everything is FRESH!

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Try to get there before noon if going for lunch. This place fills up and has a lot of regulars (many Japanese), who come very often. We shared the deluxe sashimi dish, and the batter fried seafood combination dish : oyster, shrimp, and calamari. Comes with a bowl of miso soup, rice, and an excellent green tea.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We prefer Kirala's robata (grilled) dishes than the sushi although their sushi is better than average. Maybe because we can make sushi at home with fresh wild sushi grade fish, but grilling is an art that we can never master like Kirala. Their grilled squids and corns are always fresh and sweet. The grilled chicken sometimes turned out very good,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had to wait for our table as they do not accept reservations, but it was definitely worth it. Although the restaurant is relatively large and busy, the food and device do not suffer. They have a remarkable selection of sushi, but alas they were out of a few items on the night. We ordered a carte and everything was... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My husband and I tried to eat here without a reservation, but the wait was ridiculous so we went someplace else and then returned a few evenings later with a reservation in place. It was worth the wait. Great food, relaxed, but attentive service and a nice vibe. Don't miss this, but don't attempt it without a reservation or be... More 

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Munich, Germany
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

In this place I had the best sushi, sashimi and rice wine. Just order and enjoy the food, the sashimi just melts in your mouth. Would come again when I go back to Berkeley...

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Berkeley, California
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Yes, Kirala is one of the very best Sushi restaurants in the East Bay, always fresh and delicious. It has its downside too. Some people love to stand in lines, and wait, and wait, and wait. I hate lines and waiting. So I often just go to Kirala 2 on the other side of Berkeley and take out my sushi.... More 

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seattle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Kirala is definitely the best sushi in Berkeley. If you want to enjoy it without a long wait you need to get there just before it opens. The lunch on weekdays starts at 11:30am and goes till 2pm. usually that is not packed. Dinners on weeknights you can expect a wait unless you are there at 5:30. But it is... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been going to Kirala since I was a student in Berkeley. It can be a little pricey but it's worth it. The sushi is fresh; I've never ordered anything I did not like. And they have kitchen specials almost everyday that are always delicious. The service is hit or miss. It's better when they are not so busy. Often... More 

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Additional Information about Kirala

Address: 2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone Number: (510) 549-3486
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 549-3486

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?