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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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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent, straightforward Japanese food.

Traditional Japanese food, expertly prepared. Includes, but not limited sushi and sashimi. Robata grill in the evenings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Traditional Japanese food, expertly prepared. Includes, but not limited sushi and sashimi. Robata grill in the evenings.

Thank Wabisabi101
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be prepared to wait for a table at this very very popular Japanese restaurant. We got lucky for a table of 5 and found seats at the bar, but we went early. I was visiting CAL and took my kid and roommates out for a meal, it was NOT cheap but the quality was outstanding. We had a fabulous time,... More 

Thank ddd1017
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

The food and service were great. Ask for cold house sake of you prefer it that way. The lunch specials were great :-) The men's room was a little smelly :-(

Thank Plcorless
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213 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

One of my favorite sushi restaurants. Always fresh and flavorful Try the Fried Unagi Appetizer, Deluxe Sashimi Platter, and the Grilled Hamachi and you will not be disappointed. Service is very relaxed and congenial. I love this place.

Thank albebuc
Copenhagen, Denmark
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This is the best sushi we have had in CA so far! Value for the money, great service, fantastic atmosphere. It's worth sitting up front on the bar in front of the sushi chefs. The grilled squid is a must as is the sake from Ishikawa-ken!

Thank SaGr_10
San Fran
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123 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I have been to Kirala many times, and there was always a long line to get a table. This time we showed up early on a Wednesday, and it wasn't yet that busy. We were asked if we would sit at the sushi bar instead of waiting for a table. We were willing to grab a drink at the bar... More 

Thank trvlin_man
Thessaloniki, Greece
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137 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This place is great. Amazing sushi and bento choices. All fish very fresh. Friendly staff, little waiting time but bearable. I woyld definitely recommend it to sushi-experts.

Thank vageliskos
Fremont, Ca`
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

There were six of us for dinner; three generations of adults in our party, celebrating a 70th birthday, so we were in the mood to eat well. Knowing that they don't take reservations, we were in-line early, eagerly waiting to secure a table at their first seating. We got in with the first wave and were so impressed at how... More 

Thank Sharon A
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Really small, always crowded, but the best food! Worth the time you have to wait to be seated. While waiting, you can have a beer at the bar and a finger food. Japanese food lovers Must go, for sure!

Thank Bela_bf
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I decided to go to this place based on its great Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed - the sushi was by far the best we've ever tasted and the service was both friendly and efficient. Highly recommended!

Thank Chuck_83

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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, Asian, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?