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Kirala

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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-3486
Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Open now
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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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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best japanese experience ever

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...

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Murad O
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Munich, Germany
Good for:
  • Large groups
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77 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Munich, Germany
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Beirut, Lebanon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I wish I could write something about the food but I wasn't lucky enough to try it. We tried to go there three times during our trip to San Francisco, always at dinner time, and never found a table. The fact that they close at nine makes your chances of getting a table even slimmer. I don't know how long... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Kirala has been around for a while, and the wait to get in for dinner is as competitive it's been since the late 90's. While the competition has gone contemporary, Kirala sticks to what they are good at- good quality sushi and grilled skewers. Love coming back here- I wish they took reservations for those days I just cannot hang... More 

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Timbuktu, Mali
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been going to Kirala once a week for about 7 years. Obviously I think it is wonderful. If you come on the right days the fish is amazingly fresh. The nigiri and sashimi is fantastic, but since I don't really care for rolls I can't say anything about that. Every person I've ever been to Kirala with has... More 

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We arrived at 2:01 and were told that they had closed at 2:00. What a shame! I would say this is very poor customer service regardless of how good the food may or may not be. We'll never know now. Of course, we will never go back!

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Bern, Switzerland
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We found this place over tripadvisor and have not been disappointed! The food is excellent and the stuff is very open and friendly. The place was crowded wo we had to wait for about 20 minutes before getting seated. I don't know if they accept reservations but if they do, I'd recommend to get a reservation before visiting. Make sure... More 

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Berkeley, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

So, we live nearby. We come here ALL the time and it's ALWAYS superb. And we're Bay Area foodies. When my dad comes to visit, he wants to eat here every night. You'd think a native Californian would miss Mexican food, but, no. Just Kirala. Every night. When friends who used to live here come back to visit, this is... More 

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