What Insiders Are Saying
Plenty of new restaurants are good, but few are actually memorable. Kali leave its mark.
A hidden gem! Their food was amazing and their staff made it even more special!
Farm to table menu. The duck was outstanding. Brandon, our waiter was very knowledgeable with the entire menu. He made the experience outstanding.
Always one of favorites, my wife and I find ourselves back at Kali repeatedly to enjoy the chef’s tasting menu and wine pairings while watching the kitchen at work from the counter (although standard seating’s also available). But the food fits any palette and we love and appreciate the consistently great work, changing menu, and amazing staff lead under Chef Meehan. Also one of our favorite places to bring friends - never a complaint!
Exquisite flavors and presentation - very creative. Wonderful warm and attentive service. Interesting wine selection. Went for a special occasion and would highly recommend. Also relaxed and unpretentious, with a lovely bar to sit and dine at.
Wonderful dinner for get together with out of town friends. Each dish from house made cheese to the salads and the pasta and meats were exceptional. The aged duck and short ribs were a delight. We especially enjoyed the sea urchin pasta and the agnolotti with spring peas. The beet tartar and barley risotto were also wonderful. We hope to go back again.
Everything was “just right.” We couldn’t have picked a better restaurant and we look forward to returning. We had a late reservation and didn’t at all feel hurried during our meal. Quite the opposite actually. The waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. Everything we ate was absolutely divine. The burrata salad felt like a journey through a garden. The homemade mini loaf of bread with rosemary butter and salt was warm and delicious. Next time, I think I might try the tasting menu. You can’t go wrong at Kali.
Excellent !!!! Thank you
Can’t wait to go back!
Creative cooking .. friendly staff .. great chef.. great wine !
Inventive, interesting menu. Exceptional service. Delicious food.
Amazing experience! Can’t wait to return!
very impressive and inspiring place. Everyone on LA needs to try this place out.
Amazing service from our server to the chef. The food was fantastic. Highly recommend the bone in ribeye.
We had a wonderful lunch. Pastas were amazing and maybe the best fried chicken sandwich. We spoke to Chef on the way out. He explained some of the fantastic dinner options. Can't wait to come back
Phenomenal food & outstanding service.
Perfect spot for business lunch. Thank you for a lovely and quiet meal.
A ladies group was super loud... i blame wine! GREAT spot loved the food and the service will def go again.
The menu is limited but solid. Their signature dish is the charred avocado, a very large salad two could split. It was good. The agnolotti pasta was gummy and bland, but the sea urchin pasta was quite good. The steak was tough, but the fish was delicious. Good beer selection. It's a little hit and miss depending upon what one orders. The service wasn't too bad, but a little condescending. Then they lost our signed credit card receipt and had to run the card again, promising us we would only be billed twice. I hope so. Haven't seen the credit card statement yet. They have valet parking around the corner, although some of us were able to get street parking. It was very dark inside and we were discouraged from using our cell phones to illuminate anything, which was frustrating.
Fantastic food and drinks. Will definitely be back!
An amazing restaurant! Great food, and service! An outstanding experience!
Memorable Black cod and salmon entrees, truly original gelato with shaved yolk dessert!
This was a very pleasant adventure in dining, facilitated by excellent staff.
Another memorable meal at Kali! It was a busy Saturday night, and the restaurant was packed. Despite it being so busy, the staff provided their always warm welcome and excellent service. The tasting menus are the way to go here, and I highly recommend the accompanying wine pairings to showcase the outstanding cuisine. The menu changes frequently, but one of the constants is the rosemary roll with cultured butter. It's so good it could be a meal in itself! I loved the Uni Pasta - rich creamy and satisfying. For dessert, I tried the Panna Cotta, and it was the perfect ending to a delicious meal. I can't wait to return to Kali.
Exceptional food in a lively neighborhood setting. A great addition to the restaurants on Melrose.
My wife and I really enjoyed this restaurant for the second time. The service and food are outstanding. The yellowtail crudos and the agnolotti are really the best that we have ever eaten. My wife enjoyed her cod and I really enjoyed the pork loin. The dessert that is a meringue sorbet is absolutely magnificent. This restaurant is great for those who appreciate great food at reasonable prices. We will definitely return to this place in the near future.
Absolute neighbourhood gem. The service as well as food were a top notch. It's that perfect combination of authentic, clean but robust culinary experience without being stuffy or overpriced. This place should be really embraced by everyone from casual diners, foodies or special occasion visitors. Highly recommended.
Amazing. A restaurant where every dish is exceptional. We tasted a selection of courses, with mouthwatering flavors, ranging from light to satisfyingly rich. Fresh, flavorful, locally handselected ingredients, the presentation, service, and every detail reflect a unique love for the craft of a truly masterful chef.
The best restaurant in Los Angeles.
Try it. It will be memorable
What else can I say about Kali besides it's one of the best restaurants in town? Chef Kevin and his team kill it every night, with specials, their meat fridge (always new and interesting things to try) and their classics. The barley risotto, the pork chop with fennel pollen, yellowtail crudo? Why are you not already here? Best place in town.
Wonderful special occasion place. Excellent service.
Good value and quality lunch. Patient and attentive service. Only comment is the 5% surcharge add onto the bill called “kitchen appreciation”. Only in the US that customers have to pay for the staffs inadequate salary. Sad but it is what it is here.
Great meal! Great food! Great service! Just go you will enjoy it.
Divine food and a calming beautiful space.
We enjoyed meeting the owner/chef. He spent time talking about the ingredients in my husbands pasta, which he served. Delightful evening.
Great food, great service.
One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Amazing food, loveliest servers!
Excellent service and food was fantastic! We loved the cocktails as well.
Enjoyed the tasting menu. it was different. Fourth and fifth course were excellent. And Madeira with the desert course was a beautiful surprise in the end. Kali is defionayely redefining fusion gourmet food
My fiance and I tried Kali during DineLA and would definitely go back again. Great ambiance and food. Good place to take friends from out of town for a nice dinner.
The food was spectacular and the service was great. We had David as our sever - he was sweet, polite and recommended the best dishes!! I love the drinks they had as well very different and tasty. Overall it was a great experience and I will be recommending this spot, thanks for the delicious food and great experience!! ❤️❤️❤️
Great service! Previous time we had the same experience.