Kali

4.7
554 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.
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GT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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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
3 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
80 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
11 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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OT
San Francisco
192 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
9 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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AS
Los Angeles
418 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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A
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
146 reviews
Dined on February 12, 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 12, 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 7, 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 2, 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 January 31, 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 28, 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 27, 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 26, 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 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 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 23, 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 22, 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 21, 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
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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 17, 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 15, 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 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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