Unique food and attentive
Unique food and attentive service. Fresh and original ingredients. Definitely a keeper!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I really loved Kalina. The
I really loved Kalina. The ambiance was peaceful, the waitstaff attentive, but not intrusive and the food was wonderful. The piroshki were delicious, but filling, so perhaps next time I'll just order the main course. The borscht was excellent. I had to take half the Stroganoff home, but it was just as good the next day reheated. The eggplant salad was a little bland. The pot of plum oolong was perfect for two people. This is a very tiny restaurant, so I would recommend reservations, just in case. Overall this was a great dining experience and I'll be back.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fine Russian Fare in Tucson
We had looked Kalina's up on the net as my fiancé had a craving for Russian food. We took our family for my father's 77th birthday. It's in a shopping center (but don't let that fool you), and is pretty small. They have a good number of tables, well spaced, and the atmosphere is inviting and pretty quiet. On this evening, there were 2 other largish parties (6 and 5) which made it louder than I would expect it normally is; this made it really hard for my dad, as he is elderly and hard of hearing. The décor is nice, simple, the tea services on display; it is clean. The food is marvelous. We had the stroganoff, chicken kiev, and chicken special. Everything was fresh, seasoned perfectly, and very tasty. You can tell all food is homemade.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely Sunday Brunch. Lots of delicious items - especially the smoked salmon, fresh omelets and blintzes, good crisp bacon, stuffed eggs, cookies, etc. Nothing was poor, so enjoy and get seconds of your favorites. Most items were light on sugar, salt, fat and carbs - which we really enjoyed. Made it so easys to try almost everything they served. Nice that we could bring our own good white wine to drink with the meal. ENJOY!!!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful surprise to find
A wonderful surprise to find such excellent food and atmosphere in our neighborhood. Everything was outstanding.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A BYOB gem!
Step into this cozy restaurant and be prepared to be waited on by the most sincere, eager-to-please servers in town. The prices are great, and this is a unique opportunity to try something you've never had - from borsht to peloshkis. For less adventurous diners, there are standbys like beef stroganoff and stuffed peppers. Tea service is available any time, and it includes a variety of items and an incredible pot of tea for $15. All of the meals are filling and well-prepared. A bonus: Bring your own alcohol and you won't be charged a corking fee.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful, charming Russian restaurant. Food was delicious and well presented. Everyone enjoyed their different entrees: Chicken Kiev, Pork Moscovite and Beef Stroganoff with three side dishes. Service was good and attentive. Definitely a good dining experience!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kalina, a winner
We have been here twice and my daughters both loved it, as did I. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. We will be back again.This is one of the few restaurants in Tucson where you can actually have a conversation, because the background music is actually really 'background'. I appreciate that. We had tea both times and it was so nice to be able to choose the components. I really never knew what Russian food was and I was quite pleasantly surprised to enjoy it so much. The menu offers lots of choices, too.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Eastern European food prepared from scratch!! Delisious !!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very good small restaurant
I took my son and daughter there on a weekday night. We got there about 7,were seated immediately (might not have had so much luck if we'd come later). Waiter was nice, service was fast. I had chicken kiev, which was very good although not enough for my appetite (fortunately, we'd had a large dose of appetizers). My son had beef stroganoff, which he liked.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back
The tea, appetizers, and salads were very good. We are intrigued to try brunch sometime soon. Recommend the cabbage piroshky and herring dish. Great price and excellent service!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Little Saint Petersburg
Charming small restaurant with superb authentic Russian cuisine. Deserves a wide following.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Russian Food
Small family-run restaurant with unusual and authentic Russian dishes excellently prepared. The wait staff was very attentive without being intrusive.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food, very attentive
Wonderful food, very attentive staff, very enjoyable.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM