What Insiders Are Saying
Plenty of new restaurants are good, but few are actually memorable. Kali leave its mark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Excellent warm service from the wait staff and the food was very good.