Kali

4.6
537 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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.
What 537 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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A
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food in a lively neighborhood setting. A great addition to the restaurants on Melrose.

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n
Orange County
144 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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YW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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AJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful special occasion place. Excellent service.

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Macau
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Great food! Great service! Just go you will enjoy it.

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A
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine food and a calming beautiful space.

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed meeting the owner/chef. He spent time talking about the ingredients in my husbands pasta, which he served. Delightful evening.

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CK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Amazing food, loveliest servers!

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V
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was fantastic! We loved the cocktails as well.

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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CF
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!! ❤️❤️❤️

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Previous time we had the same experience.

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FM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Kali several times for lunch and brunch but last Friday was my first for dinner. The food was very good and reasonably priced. I felt that the same dishes were better during the lunch hours. The charred avocado dish was quite bland this time around and not charred enough. We ordered a bottle of wine and were disapppojted with the pinot noir selection. The price jumps from about $50 to $160. They need something in between for each category in my opinion. We felt a bit rushed by our waiter in the beginning and the food was served a bit too fast. I know it was restaurant week (not why we went) but I don’t think a fairly upscale restaurant like Kali should rush its patrons. Our guests enjoyed the risotto, sea urchin and red meat dish. I like Kali for the veggie options and their willingness to accommodate. Will go back again at dinner to compare.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were expecting better so were a little disappointed. The food was good but not outstanding. The ambience was nothing special, the service friendly but not inspired. With all of the great eating opportunities in LA we wouldn’t put Kali in the top 10 on our list.

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AM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kali is always exceptional, and this time was no different. Kevin Meehan is at the top of his game, and everything was prepared to perfection as usual. He takes the utmost care and so much time in creating each and every one of his dishes, from delicious salads and appealing appetizers all the way through to exquisite desserts. It's that special-occasion place that deserves a place at the top of your list.

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p
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came for dinner and decided to do dinela.

They have an excellent day I list.

Entrees were yummy

Great time. Definitely would come back

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FF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent warm service from the wait staff and the food was very good.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Black barley risotto and uni pasta were salty and nothing memorable. Meringue gelato was absolutely delicious though.

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t
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is unique and great. Very service oriented

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S
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for the DineLA lunch menu. The choices were very good. The service was immaculate. We were impressed that the chef came round to each table to check on our experience. The location is at the dodgier end of Melrose but quite acceptable. Would return in a heartbeat.

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a friend's birthday and had a fabulous lunch! The food was delicious and the staff knowledgeable and incredibly nice. The chef even came out at the end to say hello and make sure we had enjoyed ourselves. We are all going back without question and I've already recommended it to several friends. Definintely a neighborhood gem!

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M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Six of us dined at Kali - 2 were from out of town. The drinks were average. All of us wanted green salads, but the menu selection was only "charred avocado" (been there; done that). Long after our appetizers were eaten the bread arrived. That was the best part of the meal, but why it arrived after the appetizers, I don't know. We waited so long for our main courses, over an hour and forty-five minutes since we arrived - and then half of us were served and waited 10 minutes more (ours getting cold) until the rest were served. All the waiter could do was apologize. My lamb, while expensive, did not live up to expectations; neither did the black barley risotto or the pork loin. Our guest said the cod was very good. We found two of their "best desserts" - the doughnuts and the meringue gelato - rather bland, nothing special. Overall I was embarrassed that we brought out of town guests to this fairly expensive restaurant. Slow service (I blame the kitchen not the waiter), and not very good food. There is little to recommend except it's neighborhood convenience and the bread.

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JO
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always spectacular. First visit was uni spaghetti, t-bone for two, duck breast, rosemary donuts and meringue ice cream for dessert. Second was also uni spaghetti, plus two salads (grilled avocado and burrata with winter vegetables) and two of us had the rock cod. All the dishes were fantastic, standouts were the uni pasta with generous servings of uni, grilled avocado salad, and the donut with rosemary cream. Wine selection great and the bartender/waiter quite helpful on that. Service is a bit off at times, waiters would forget simple requests or to bring the bill when requested and come up with a silly excuse. Also I found the whole tipping thing odd with some for the kitchen, some for the front. Unclear how much you should ultimately leave.

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DK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing and knowledgeable, the food was shockingly delicious, and the drinks were AMAZING. Would recommend to anyone.

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CD
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, with the brunch one of the best I've had in LA! The bacon was insane, the fried chicken and waffles perfect with the merengue Gelato topped with candied preserved egg yolk, the most ridiculous and decadent finish

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JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The presentation was excellent but I thought that most of the plates lacked flavor. The rib eye and risotto were excellent however.

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g
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was truly outstanding. Don't miss the cocktails either.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing chef’s tasting menu. The best in LA.

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l
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When the food arrives at the table, it looks stunning. When you tastes it, it tastes stunning.

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KF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was a bit precious and presentation was just ok.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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j
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot in LA. Food, atmosphere, servers- everything is outstanding. Chef Kevin is a culinary genius!

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o
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a truly wonderful meal, with special kudos for the beef, sheepshead fish, the crudo and the salad.

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