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Kirala
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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-3486
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 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: Reservations
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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Long wait to get a table

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2014
thewanderingcook
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Beirut, Lebanon
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Beirut, Lebanon
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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74 reviews 74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My birthday. First time to dine-in in this place after seeing lines of people outside the restaurant every time we drive by. Curious and hungry, we order appetizer of Soba salad , Unagi and Uni sushi. These 3 starters are gooood, however, I can't say the same thing about my dinner of Beef teriyaki (and to think it's rib eye... More 

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piedmont california
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87 reviews 87 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is perfect neighborhood Japanese restaurant with sushi, robata grill and wonderful fish and noodle dishes. The lunch special plates are a real bargain and they make unusual sushi rolls. No reservations do get there early

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London
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119 reviews 119 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Mid-week it opens at 5.30pm for dinner and is full by 6pm - we were so impressed on our first visit that we went back the very next evening. A few tables started to empty around 7pm so that would be a good time to try. There's a parking lot opposite that's conveniently empty in the evenings. One couple at... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Homecoming in Berkeley. Son-in-law, Sam, and I stopped by Kirala on Friday for lunch. It was extremely crowded but we were seated immediately at the sushi counter, which I prefer to tables for two people as it is easier to talk when a restaurant is noisy. I had sashimi and uni (sea urchin) nigiri. Sam had a roll and seaweed... 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: Sushi, Japanese

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

Questions & Answers

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