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Village House Kalina

Eastern European, Ukrainian
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8302 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA
(619)461-1100
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Peasant fare not high cusine

My wife and I ate here last week, we shared an eggplant salad which was tasty and easily 4 times the size the waitress had indicated. Each of us had a bowl of borsht. Thank goodness we did not order an entre as we were not able to finish what we were served. I found the food tasty, the service... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Ted C
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La Mesa, CA.
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La Mesa, CA.
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My wife and I ate here last week, we shared an eggplant salad which was tasty and easily 4 times the size the waitress had indicated. Each of us had a bowl of borsht. Thank goodness we did not order an entre as we were not able to finish what we were served. I found the food tasty, the service... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Visited on a rainy night, so the warm food hit the spot. However we waited a few minutes to be seated before finally sitting ourselves down, with the waitress in full view in the back on her cell

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We have to keep this place in business! Tucked away in La Mesa strip mall is a little gem that I never would have tried, were it not for an adventurous friend. It truly felt like dining in someone's home. The food and the service were excellent, but so personal. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, to the point that the four... More 

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El Cajon, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Well.... This was not the same restaurant I remember visiting 3 years ago. The decor was exactly the same, it looked very dusty and dirty and the service was even worse than our first visit. Let me just start by saying that my wife is Ukrainian, and we just returned from a 17 day trip to Ukraine a few weeks... More 

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Las Vegas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We found this restaurant here on tripadvisor and decided to try it out. It is outstanding. It is a tiny place, with good service - there was only one waitress working, but she does her best to keep up with everything when it gets busy. There are many choices on the menu, but it is not overwhelming. We had beet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

While in the area we decided to be bold and try Ukrainian-Russian food and the Village House Kalina did NOT disappoint! The service was very good. If you have any questions on the menu or items be sure to ask. They will help and not judge you for not understanding. The food is amazing!! Vegetarians you can enjoy a vegetable... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It is hard to find any Ukrainian food in San Diego, let alone good, authentic dishes. This restaurant is a lot more Russian than Ukrainian, but the similarities are close enough and the food is amazing! I've taken friends there for Ukrainian Christmas the last few years, so that they can "taste the food of my ancestors". I've also recommended... More 

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Five family members met for a late lunch at the Village House on Cinco de Mayo of all days! My husband had scouted out its location since it is somewhat off the beaten track. But what a find! As my daughter-in-law kept saying, "It's like being in someone's home!" We started with the salad sampler which included six different salads;... More 

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La Mesa, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We just found this tiny restaurant tucked inside a small shopping center. They do not have a liquor license, but you can bring your own in with no corkage fee. That being said, they do carry an interesting variety of nonalcoholic drinks. We tried the pear soda which is light and refreshing, and not too sweet like American sodas. We... More 

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West Babylon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I like to eat at differnt places to eat when i go away. Not chain places! So we found this places on this web site. So we tryed it! Like i said we cant stop talking about how great the food was. I had hot russian tea to drink and the b/f had russian soda. Both was very good. An... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8302 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: (619)461-1100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Eastern European, Ukrainian

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