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“Wonderful Sushi - Must have scallops”
Review of Kirala

Kirala
Ranked #17 of 712 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Get the scallop apetizer - you will not be disappointed!

The drawback is you either have to get there really early and wait outside until they open to get the 1st seating, or be very patient and get a table when people finish their meal. They do not take reservations and are so popular that there will be a line long enough to fill the restaurant right when they open.

Also, being so popular means they don't have to fight for business which - in my opinion - means that customer service declines a bit.

But overall a wonderful meal - I would go back many times.

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Thank CinciPro
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We got there at 5:10 and there were already people waiting in front of us. We were 2nd in line. They opened promptly at 5:30. The ambience is wonderful and the staff were very friendly, even through my sisters complicated and custom orders. They got the food right, and were super friendly through out the whole meal. This is traditional japanese, and the serving sizes for the dish were big enough to enjoy, but small enough that you could order a lot of different dishes, all of which were wonderful. The quality of the fish was amazing as well, and sits near the top of my list for sushi restaurants.

When we finally left the restaurant at approx 7 pm, there was a line out the door and the restaurant was packed.

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Thank Jeff B
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is an amazing place to get fresh sushi or enjoy grilled food from the Robatayaki. It feels like being in Tokyo!

Thank Nicolas B
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband and I save up both appetite and funds to splurge at Kirala. We love to go there for significant occasions. It's true that you have to wait to be seated for 1/2 hour or more when you go from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, but if you can get there when the doors open (5:00 Sundays, 5:30 other days), you have the choicest seats in the house -- at the sushi bar! We love chatting with the chefs and watching them work while we munch our sushi. And we always order, and reorder, a lot. Best selections (they're all fresh no matter what you choose) are ikura (salmon roe), hamachi (yellow tall tuna), tako (octapus) and salmon, The seaweed salads are also very good. The atmosphere is on the loud side, but it feels like a very authentic Tokyo destination, where I've been.

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Thank Elisabeth W
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Plain and simple, Kirala has the best sushi in the east bay. Great service, really fresh ingridients.

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