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Village House Kalina

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8302 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-2893
(619)461-1100
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United States
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221 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited Russia on a cruise, so we thought we'd try Russian food in San Diego to keep that vacation feeling going. After searching on-line and looking at reviews, we decided to try Village House Kalina. Unfortunately, this was one of the most disappointing dining experiences we've EVER had. Both of our meals were very monotonous (Eating the same... More 

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Thank lwew
Chula Vista, California
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161 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really excellent selection of Russian food that is prepared well with reasonable prices. The portions were really huge and very tasty.

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Thank ABF49ER
San Diego, California
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285 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

YUM !! It's hard to find a good Russian restaurant or a Russian restaurant at all. This place was amazing. Some of the best menu items from that part of the world and could not have enjoyed it more. Every item was prepared to perfection, the meat was cooked so that it fell apart with a spoon and no fat... More 

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Thank Perry H
San Diego, California
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198 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

Pro-tip: don't show up an hour after they open expecting to get whatever you want off of their menu. We got there a little over an hour after opening. There was nobody else in the dining room, so the sweet girl who was working that day let us pick where to sit. She really was the sweetest thing. She took... More 

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Thank Jessica S
San Diego, California
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142 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This was the first time my wife and I had Russian food. It was a good experience and good food. We had the dumplings, beef stroganoff and walnut cake. The ambience felt you were at relatives' house-kitchen. Attentive service and calm music for dinning.

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Thank Bernardo A
La Mesa, CA.
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152 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 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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Thank Ted C
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Pjcook77
San Diego, California
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132 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 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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Thank KatrinkaSD
El Cajon, California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Thank TexasJoesTravel2010
Las Vegas, United States
2 reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Eastern European, Russian, Ukrainian
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8302 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-2893
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: (619)461-1100

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