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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705-1016
(510) 549-3486
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the very first Japanese restaurants. Still a great choice, ultra fresh fish and family service. Usually very busy and they don't take reservations, so go early or. E patient but it is worth the wait. Prices reasonable for the quality of the food.

Thank Papalotillo
Berkeley, California
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like basic sushi (not the fancy and inventive rolls), and this place has great fish. They also have good Sake mixed drinks (for people like me who don't actually like sake that much). I recommend coming here early in the evening, even on a weekday!

Thank K H
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Kirala is the best in Berkeley and East Bay when it comes to Robata. Our favorite is the grilled hamachi. This restaurant is always crowded because of its goodness. You can't make a reservation and no take out. You join the crowd and see it for yourself.

Thank Diwata S
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

My wife and myself stopped I'm for lunch. Very nice. Good sushi, good appetizer, and we tried some buckwheat noodles which we didn't like but they weren't bad just not our taste. The desert was amazing. Green tea ice cream and Japanese sweet potatoe pie. Out of this world.

Thank Kyle H
Edgartown, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Get here shortly after they open at 5 pm or be prepared to wait for a table. It crowds up quickly for good reason...superb sushi and other Japanese dishes.

Thank DJ_Shirley
Berkeley, California
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This place is a true Japanese eatery. The food is a close as I've come to expect from having been there myself. The service and seating is American and the seating is by wait only (no reservations, you've been warned)! When we want to go, we get there at least 15 minutes before opening to guarantee we get a seat.... More 

Thank Ryan S
San Francisco, California
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

First time being here even though I went to Cal many years ago. Be prepared for a long line, very fast and friendly service, good sushi and love the Unaju, will come back again

Thank SFMD
Berkeley, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The parking was challenging and a short walk was no sweat. Remember that artound closing time they are more generous with generous portions! <(")

Thank chasriley
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I began to frequently eat at Kirala in Berkeley more than fifteen years ago , almost since they opened and I have never had any disappointment , every food item appears well presented and its of a delicious flavor . Seating at the counter and interacting with the sushi chefs is always a source of great amusement . Without hesitation... More 

Thank Oscar A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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146 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

This has long been one of my favorite sushi restaurants and a return visit reminded me why. I came in the busy part of Friday night, but was seated at a table for two (I was alone) in less than 5 minutes. I had the grilled squid and the sushi dinner. The grilled squid was beautifully charred, with two sauces,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705-1016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 549-3486

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