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Kirala

2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-3486
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Ranked #4 of 591 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Good for: Large groups
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Good for: Large groups
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Silver Spring, Maryland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 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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Oakland CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I could eat here every day (some weeks, I DO!!) This Japanese restaurant is never boring. Not only do they offer the freshest sushi and sashimi raw fish dishes, they have robata grilled dishes. They have rib-eye steak, grilled salmon and mackerel, even lamb chops and wakyu beef. This is in addition to the traditional teriyaki chicken, udon noodles, etc.... More

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La Jolla, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We waited one hour on Saturday night at 7:30. A great fresh sushi place, but the ginger beef was good.

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Wilder, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Get the scallop apetizer - you will not be disappointed! The drawback is you either have to get there really early and wait outside until they open to get the 1st seating, or be very patient and get a table when people finish their meal. They do not take reservations and are so popular that there will be a line... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We got there at 5:10 and there were already people waiting in front of us. We were 2nd in line. They opened promptly at 5:30. The ambience is wonderful and the staff were very friendly, even through my sisters complicated and custom orders. They got the food right, and were super friendly through out the whole meal. This is traditional... More

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Emeryville, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is an amazing place to get fresh sushi or enjoy grilled food from the Robatayaki. It feels like being in Tokyo!

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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband and I save up both appetite and funds to splurge at Kirala. We love to go there for significant occasions. It's true that you have to wait to be seated for 1/2 hour or more when you go from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, but if you can get there when the doors open (5:00 Sundays, 5:30 other days),... More

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Emeryville, California, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Plain and simple, Kirala has the best sushi in the east bay. Great service, really fresh ingridients.

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San Ramon, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been going to Kirala for years. This is one one of our go-to date night spots for my wife and me. The sushi is always fresh and the quality is high. Love the robata grilled lobster tails. Can't wait to return.

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Oakland, California
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What can I say? I am a strong believer that if a place is packed all the time, there must be something going right here. This is definitely true for Kirala. Expect to wait but know it is worth it. Put your name in at the front door and thten head to the back to meet the grumpy old man... More

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