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2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705-1016
(510) 549-3486
5:00 pm - 9:00 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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Berkeley, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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132 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank eab405
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best Japanese restaurant for me. The quality of the fish is superlative, the service is spot on. I have eaten in . Japanese restaurants across the world and this tops them all. The team at Kirala have got it so right. Thank you!!

Thank Chubby S
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kirala does not take reservations yet it is worth a wait to experience They have a lovely bar area and the staff is super gracious and lovely. We enjoyed an assortment of rolls, gyoza, and tempura. Everything was fantastic !!!

Thank pclouds
Fairhope, Alabama
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88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

My daughter and I were in Berkeley for a long weekend and ate here twice. The first time we passed the restaurant at 5:25 on a Saturday night, saw a line and thought this must be good. That night we just missed the first seating, so we enjoyed edamame and drinks for bout 45 minutes as we waited in the... More 

Thank suzu1209
Oakland, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Good place, busy but servers are all over the place taking orders out of order, hey I was here before these people... Yep, I'm hungry too... The servers don't seem to care. The food was good but expensive. So many other Japanese restaurants doing it better. I think perhaps the owners are sitting on their laurels to much... Stopped trying... More 

Thank joanne_judt
Tappahannock, Virginia
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499 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

Deluxe sashimi includes salmon, yellow tail, tuna, bonito, albacore - what a delight! We ordered so many dishes! Smelts, mackerel, sweet corn, miso soup, grilled chicken kashiwa, avocado and crab sushi roll, salmon roe sushi, grilled mushrooms, grilled shishito peppers, avocado roll, shiitake roll, grilled tofu atsu age, tempura shrimp and vegetables - what a splendid delight. The only disappointment... More 

Thank northernneckinn
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

I've been eating there since I moved to the Bay Area (6 years ago). Really excellent food- very consistent. And great price. Having visited Japan a few times and eating very well in many parts of Asia, I'm pretty picky when it comes to my sushi experience. This place does not disappoint.

Thank Shannon Y
New York City, New York
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120 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

Kirala is always a treat. Top quality sushi and interesting roll combinations, along with tasty cooked items. The miso cod is a perfect version of the dish. There is just about always a long line for dinner, so on Kirala nights we arrive at 5:25pm, are seated immediately when they open at 5:30, and enjoy a relaxed dinner. No waiting!!

Thank mthreecubed

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, 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
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?