Kali

4.7
577 reviews
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We are an elevated, modern, service oriented neighborhood restaurant. We offer tasting menus as well as a la carte dining with an extensive beverage/wine program from two Los Angeles industry veterans.

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The Infatuation
8.2

Plenty of new restaurants are good, but few are actually memorable. Kali leave its mark.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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KL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It wasn't Kosher, but, it was the best Passover dinner...EVER! LOVE this restaurant! LOVE the food, the staff and the ambience. Always the right call.

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d
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The meal was great, and the host was great but our waitress was not very friendly or attentive.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us dined at Kali for the first time and we all loved it. Very comfortable, casually elegant, and the service was exceptional - every server as well as the manager checked on us constantly. And the food - wow! Presentation was lovely, and the quality was topnotch. Favorite dishes were the Black Barley Risotto, Yellowtail Crudo, and the Striped Bass, and omigod the rolls were amazing. Sadly, we live in Orange County so we can't get back there often, but we definitely will be back as soon as we can.

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f
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

It was a special Passover meal night so presumably explains the truly deafening noise. We hurried out I couldn’t stand it. Food was delicious, so need to return on a normal night and see how it is.

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having nothing to do with the wonderful food and ambiance, my husband became ill during dinner. We had to leave and the wonderful waitperson and staff packed up our dinner to go and assisted us in getting to our car.
When my husband is well, we will be back!
Thank you!

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AS
Los Angeles
420 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kali serves some of the best farm to table cuisine in Los Angeles. The spring menu really shined with seasonal vegetables that were delicious and beautifully plated. I loved the Striped Bass served with a smoked fish broth, as well as the rich, tender short rib. The signature meringue gelato was a perfect way to end the meal. Kali has a great wine program which really complements their menu. As always, service was friendly and knowledgable. This is one of my favorite restaurants, and I look forward to returning soon.

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p
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another extraordinary meal at KASS. Lovely room, top notch service, a wine list that pairs beautifully with the food. Each dish is artfully presented. And Chef Eme is cooking the best food in town. This is a wonderful culinary experience.

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L
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, really fresh. Service was helpful and present. Same millennial minimalism as many places, not distinctive. We have been may times.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal at Kali was one of the best I’ve had in a long time in Los Angeles or New York. There were four of us, and we ordered many dishes to try. The food was innovative and truly delicious. A few standouts were the tomato soup (who would think tomato soup could be so interesting and unusual), the sea urchin pasta (which I literally woke up in the middle of the night wanting more of), the cavatelli, the grilled avocado salad, the chocolate Cremeux, the crispy and creamy rice pudding, the home baked rolls. Seriously, this restaurant is phenomenal.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place-great menu-excellent service. But the food-for the third time now-was just really not very good. Watery tasteless cavatelli, the meat was tough and gristly , the black rice grain dish was under-done, insipid. Even the fussy little bread tasted like a Stouffers dinner roll. Kind of shocking-it seems like a great place-until you actually eat there. Sorry to say this but get it together people. It was stone cold empty for a reason.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Kali. The food and servie was OUTSTANDING!

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T
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A home run dinner! The food was exceptional. We sat at the chef's counter and witnessed Chef Kevin make some magic. We enjoyed a fresh pea tendril salad, the asparagus which was exceptional, the fresh made rosemary bread with butter, the uni pasta, and the angelotti which were all perfectly balanced, beautiful and delicious. The wines that the co-owner/som Drew offered were so wonderful. For our mains had the lamb and the pork - both of which were seasoned and prepared flawlessly. The desserts we had were not too rich but full of flavor. That meringue gelato with cured egg yolk is just - wow. We will keep coming back to this true LA gem!

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r
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This what is the third time we had the privilege of eating at Kali.

I can’t say enough good things about the love that is out into these dishes

Thank You - can’t wait to come back again

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative and beautifully garnished dishes, albeit on the pricey side and with small portions. Service excellent. Noise levels can be a problem, so go mid-week when the crowds are thinner if this is an issue.

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GC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices and nice ambience.
Can’t go wrong for a nice meal that isn’t too stuffy or pretentious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was extraordinary, server was knowledgeable and friendly, ambience was fantastic. Cannot day enough about this restaurant

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner came out and spent some time getting to know us. It was so special getting to learn more about his life and restaurant. On top of that the service and food were incredible. The biggest standouts were the spring salad, any of the pastas, and meringue ice cream and candid egg yokes. It is all crazy good and the dishes are so beautiful! Thanks again for everything Kali!

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JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem! Their food was amazing and their staff made it even more special!

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RS
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Farm to table menu. The duck was outstanding. Brandon, our waiter was very knowledgeable with the entire menu. He made the experience outstanding.

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BR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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L
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kali is the best for fine dining in its part of LA without having to dress up for the experience. For my dinner that night, my friend and I had counter seats in front of the kitchen and enjoyed the chef's menu with wine pairing. This was a thank you dinner I owed him, and we couldn't be more satisfied. In addition to the amazing food were the thoughtful wine pairing, interaction with chef Kevin Meehan and crew, and the show that is the kitchen. I would haunt the place if I lived closer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent !!!! Thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!!
Can’t wait to go back!

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e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cooking .. friendly staff .. great chef.. great wine !

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DT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive, interesting menu. Exceptional service. Delicious food.

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BT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience! Can’t wait to return!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very impressive and inspiring place. Everyone on LA needs to try this place out.

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SJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from our server to the chef. The food was fantastic. Highly recommend the bone in ribeye.

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b
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food & outstanding service.

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OM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect spot for business lunch. Thank you for a lovely and quiet meal.

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l
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A ladies group was super loud... i blame wine! GREAT spot loved the food and the service will def go again.

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San Francisco
193 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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T
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks. Will definitely be back!

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W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing restaurant! Great food, and service! An outstanding experience!

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable Black cod and salmon entrees, truly original gelato with shaved yolk dessert!

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GE
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a very pleasant adventure in dining, facilitated by excellent staff.

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