Kali

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811 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Kali is a small neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley, the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy.
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was NOT crowded. Servers were still in a rush to clear the plates and drinks. NOT the relaxing atmosphere we were looking for

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Suzie123
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first evening out since isolation I felt everything was safe and clean.

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vipFoodieFanatic
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali is the best fit for foodies restaurant. Reasonably priced for the quality and gastronomical pleasure they provide! They have a Michelin star!

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vipSamM
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JESSICA is a FIRST CLASS server.

I’ve been to multiple 3 Michelin restaurants and she was really up there on the list of best servers I’ve ever had!

The food was surprising. I was expecting light, airy, fresh, ie. your typical California cuisine.

But I was surprised at how deep, rich, and complex everything was. In a good way!
The Barley risotto was so good! Sometimes restaurant fare, especially in California, has this fear of a dish tasting “home cooked” but it tasted like a dish you would expect from a grandmother who has been making for 50 years!

Candies egg yolk meringue gelato tasted about as good as it looked! Spectacular! Couldn’t be more satisfied with my little dinner for 1.

Appreciate the great service and food! Thank you so much!

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KasiaS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! We will be back! Much needed these days.

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melanyb
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner experiences I’ve had. The manager was incredibly gracious and the staff were so friendly. The food was about and beyond good. Highly recommend!

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AdamA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! It’s expensive but you really get what you pay for.

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vipSandraS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally our favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Servers and the owner were courteous, explained the COVID precautions they were taking and sat us right away. The food was great, the bread was a treat, and the portions were very hearty. Would come back.

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Allan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In this new time of Covid you didn't know what to expect when entering the restaurant. The staff was friendly and everyone was armed with safety ware. Our server had a face mask and a plastic face covering, but that didn't impact his friendly demeanor and attentive service.

The food was amazing. It's easy to see why they earned a Michelin star. The only downside was that they were operating on a limited capacity so the menu was not the full menu. None-the-less the food that was on the menu was fantastic.

The hanger steak was perfectly cooked and the colors danced on the plate. The meat was tender and had the perfect bounce. It was slightly sweet, savory, and umami. The sauce that accompanied it was addictive and shared the same qualities.

The dessert I ordered was garnished with cured egg yolks on top of a creamy milky light fluff. It was sweet and savory working together in harmony.

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RoGo
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was excellent. The dessert was a great finale. Staff was very courteous and made the experience totally comfortable despite the Covid policies. We will definitely go back for more!

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MichalG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, excellent service, 5 stars! had the uni pasta, rissoto, and duck and wow! Perfect flavors! It's a must in LA.

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vipNabiHan
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

facinating taste!! going back to try others that i didnt get to try!!!

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vipVeteranFoodie
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s amazing that only two days after the restaurant had re-opened the service and the food were back up to pre-closure standards. While they are working with a limited menu and limited hours, they seamlessly kept all of the health protocols in place or offering a delicious three-course meal. So great to have Kali back!

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vipGeorgeEats
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out since LA restaurants start to open. Been here several times, always excellent, so we were very happy to have this be our first place out. Food of course was excellent. The dining area well set up for social distancing, staff all wore appropriate gear and customers did too. Let’s keep supporting our local favorites!

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vipKevinH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Best meal I have had in months. The team at Kali went over and above to make us feel safe while delivering high quality food and drinks.

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vipBRobs
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our absolute favorites - we love Chef Meehan, Drew, and their team! Can’t wait until we can go back

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vipFoodieFanatic
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali is my favorite restaurant. I'm so glad that I can walk there. Not only does the food taste amazing, it looks like a piece of art. And they treat me like family. They always make me feel special.

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GillesG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent urchin pasta I will remember ! Strongly recommend

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JordanN
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on a Tuesday night and were the first to enter the restaurant.

My guest joined for the first time and I hadn't been in months. It was such a surprise when the manager immediately welcomed me by name and escorted us to the table. It was less than 20 steps from the host stand to our table, but on the way, even the Chef himself looked up and said "welcome back!" That level of hospitality set the tone.

Food was fantastic. We came for the Uni pasta, which was a hit. The dry-aged squab was beyond exceptional and stole the show thru its accompaniment of mashed potatoes topped with a beef fat sabayon (heavenly). Food was truly exceptional. Wine was abundant, truly generous and well-thought out .

To summarize the meal, everything was truly thoughtful. You can feel the love that goes into this restaurant. It remains one of my favorites in LA.

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vipGourmetGal
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I know our waiter, Erin, made the food taste better by his warm and excellent service. But honestly, there's a lot to be said for the chef. We all ordered duck- 1 rare, 1 medium plus and 1 well-done. While I'm not so sure the kitchen got the message, the food was DELICIOUS! The homemade rolls are heavenly. Can't wait to goo back!

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vipJenny
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Both the quality and quantity of food went down from prior visit a few years ago, before it's received the star, while price went up a little. It's still a decent dinning experience but just not the same level as it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience yet. Must go

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JessicaW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali was amazing and exactly what I hoped for when bringing my family to their first Michelin Star. There were a couple of hiccups with service until our second course but it really smoothed out after and was great. Food was phenomenal but the real star of the show were the perfectly coordinating wine pairings. I’ve never had such a well matched drink pairing. It’s outstanding food and service so expect to pay for it and be warned for sticker shock. That said I would absolutely come back and I enjoyed every minute of dinner!

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justinl
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and all the staff were exceptional and extremely accommodating. They never stopped to go beyond our expectations and make the effort to have our night feel incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pea and burrata salad exceptional!

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vipMarkK
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another incredible meal at this local gem. The squash soup was fantastic with a remarkable presentation. I also has the uni spaghetti. Fantastic!!! I can't wait to go back again.

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MitchellT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iiiiiiiiittttttt iiiiiissssss sssoooooooo aaaawwwweeessoommmmeee!!!

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Bardot
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unpretentious fine dining. The food is delicious and seasonal. Wonderful service. If you are with just one other person, sitting at the bar is the way to go.

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vipLAfoodie
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I had initially dined at Kali after reading about their charred avocado salad and black risotto in Los Angeles magazine years ago. I took my friend for her birthday, got both those dishes, thought it was just ok but not memorable (friend got the agnolotti which she loved) so didn't go back until yesterday. Thought I'd give it another shot. We got the burrata salad because of the great reviews. Maybe it was an off day or they were running low on the burrata bc there was barely any under all the almonds and greens. I think it was all of a tablespoonful of cheese. Again, seen some great photos of better portions, so maybe just an off day. My friend asked for some bread bc she likes her cheese with bread but it never came. She ordered the cheeseburger which came rare minus. She's not one to complain so she took a bite but barely swallowed so had to send it back. When they brought it back 10 minutes later it was cooked perfectly medium but the cheese and lettuce was scraped off so at that point it was just the meat and bread. Again, not a complainer so she just ate it. I had the black cod which was again just good, not great. I've had way better pretty much at most other restaurants, esp sushi restaurants. Presentation of dishes are great, ingredients are fresh, but flavor hasn't been special for anything I've tried, and service wasn't great this last time. Might give it one more chance and try a pasta dish or their fried chicken sandwich and maybe a dessert (wan't impressed the last two times, esp with the service the last time, that wasn't interested in trying their dessert.) I have a bunch of other places to try before circling back to this one. It is conveniently located though and parking was super easy.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the service is awesome, the ambience is nice, the food is top notch, well deserved michelin one star

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amyn
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It took them a while to get us seated and just as long to bring out our food. It took 20 minutes for the bread to come. Our table was cramped in next to another table. The food tasted average and definitely overpriced.

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davidshin
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best restaurant in LA, hands down
if you are not in the mood for sushi.

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vipDonaldS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Attempt at creative dishes not always successful. Four recommended starters were mixed; two excellent (pasta, avocado salad), the other two disappointing (barley risotto, another salad). Entrees also mixed: Steak was very good, rack of lamb had more fat than meat which made it very unappetizing, fish was virtually tasteless, sea urchin pasta was very good. Ambiance was minimal with very high sound levels that inhibited conversation. Service, though, was excellent. The surcharge for kitchen staff was a put-off; adjust the prices if you must instead. The prices are so high that no one will notice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I asked the waitress if they were able to make mocktails, but instead of explaining what they could make, the waitress questioned why I didn't like the limited non-alcoholic drink menu. When I asked if they could make more of a mocktail she spoke over me and told me that I needed to know what I wanted to drink. This was difficult because I don't know what they had behind the bar (for instance, one syrup they had was made with cantaloupe juice...I could never have guessed this...). I was taken by surprise by the waitress's unpleasant attitude about my simple question. It was an extremely uncomfortable and unexpected experience and it set date night off on the wrong note. Having been seated by the bar, we also heard her with other customers and staff and her comments were consistent with how she treated us. Of the tasting menu dishes, there was one standout (the mushroom risotto, which is very good). It's really more like a 5 course tasting menu (instead of 6) because the first "dish" is a small bite. I expect much better service from a Michelin rated restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best restaurant in LA that I’ve ever been to. Everything is out of this world!

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ThreeStarMichelin
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starting from the server to the food, the whole experience was surreal. David, our server, was really pleasant and took care of things in an amazing way.

Starting with the oysters and yellowtail crudo for appetizers, every ingredient justified why it was there; for example the carrots in oysters were perfectly crunchy adding a different texture to that dish.

The 16oz beef was melting in the mouth. It was one of the best experiences to have steak with molé and mushroom/leeks combination.

The egg gelato ice cream is another must. The egg yolk shavings on top added another rich flavor to the milk based ice cream.

The crew was really well informed and was able to answer our questions very well.

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lindaE
Boise
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali is my go to restaurant close to home. the food is consistently delicious and fresh and the service is impeccable. Perfect wine pairings offered and unique and tasty cocktails to start or end the meal

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Marciap
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad we got there when they opened as the place filled up quickly. Out server was helpful with descriptions and suggestions when asked. She was friendly without being obnoxious or pushy. My cod was good but the potatoes were under cooked.

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Kali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 871-4160.

Kali is rated 4.6 stars by 811 OpenTable diners.

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