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Kalina

8969 E Tanque Verde #209, Tucson, AZ 85749
520-360-4040
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Ranked #112 of 1,684 restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Russian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tanque Verde Catalina Hwy
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
arizona
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I have always wanted to go to Russia and going to this place was like a mini trip. The food was different and interesting. I wanted to try everything but will have to go back for that! !! The staff was friendly and helpful and the russian grandma playing the piano was such a treat!! Apple fondant for dessert was... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I had been here before for lunch and liked it...still do...purchased a groupon for dinner. My friends and I checked the website for the menu...reasonable for dinner. STICKER SHOCK!! When we arrived, the dinner menu prices were almost double what the website stated. Service was slow...only 1 waiter and the placed was busy. There was another man there (host?) who... More

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Tucson, AZ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

First time for me and my friend. We went on a Friday, high tea Russian style. you can definitely bank on me coming back and bringing the gals over for lunch! We were greeted by a very friendly server, Vladamir. As a starter, he suggested that we try his sampler, named after him. You can go online and check out... More

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Tucson
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

My wife and I went to Kalina for dinner tonight with friends -- our first time in their new space (a couple of doors down from where they were). The restaurant is much larger than the original, and so much more comfortable as there is now adequate room between the tables. Vlad was our waiter -- a very personable individual,... More

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Tucson
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

When the server greets you by saying, "My name is Carlos, but my Russian name is Vladimir," you know you're in for a great time! Kalina's serves Russian food in a charming atmosphere. Hidden behind the Bear Canyon Library in a strip mall, I really hope people do not overlook it. We began the meal with piroshkis, which were like... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Having had Russian cuisine before from a family that I knew, I was very skeptical as to whether they could replicate what I had. I have tried several things on the menu, some were not winners with me for what ever reason..... But, the lamb dumplings are a favorite of mine especially with the sour cream dip that comes with... More

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Union Pier, Michigan, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We brought our own vodka and wine, they don't have a license so they recommend that on the web site. The waiter made suggestions about the food and we particularly enjoyed the combination of appetizers shared for the table. Especially the Herring in a fur coat. Never heard of that. We skipped desert although they sounded good on the menu.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I am conflicted to say how homespun it is but with a lack of ambience. First, remove the coupon signs plastered on the door. If you have a good product don't rely on Groupon or Living Social- it cheapens your product. Hire a vibrant host/ess for a few hours at dinner. "Sit anywhere you want" is not the first greeting... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Have been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time and were finally able to experience it. Worst Russian food we have ever had. We were not told that the foods that are supposed to be fried were baked instead. Tasteless and dry. The service was okay, but portions were very small for the prices charged. My spouse is... More

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Tucson
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Treat yourself to a high-end, delicious, authentic Russian meal. We decided to try this new restaurant before a parent event at nearby Sabino High School. Natasha graciously opened a half hour early to accommodate our schedule. Having visited Russia, my dining companion assured me that this was the real thing. The food was filling, delicious, and beautifully prepared. Carlos, a... More

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