Black Barley Risotto
fermented black garlic / tea wheat grass / fiscalini cheese crisp
liberty farms / kabocha squash / mole / chinese broccoli
pistachio / kombucha vinaigrette / shaved vegetables / black garlic ash / garden greens
Always one of our absolute favorites - we love Chef Meehan, Drew, and their team! Can’t wait until we can go back
Kali is my favorite restaurant. I'm so glad that I can walk there. Not only does the food taste amazing, it looks like a piece of art. And they treat me like family. They always make me feel special.
Excellent urchin pasta I will remember ! Strongly recommend
We dined on a Tuesday night and were the first to enter the restaurant.
My guest joined for the first time and I hadn't been in months. It was such a surprise when the manager immediately welcomed me by name and escorted us to the table. It was less than 20 steps from the host stand to our table, but on the way, even the Chef himself looked up and said "welcome back!" That level of hospitality set the tone.
Food was fantastic. We came for the Uni pasta, which was a hit. The dry-aged squab was beyond exceptional and stole the show thru its accompaniment of mashed potatoes topped with a beef fat sabayon (heavenly). Food was truly exceptional. Wine was abundant, truly generous and well-thought out .
To summarize the meal, everything was truly thoughtful. You can feel the love that goes into this restaurant. It remains one of my favorites in LA.
I know our waiter, Erin, made the food taste better by his warm and excellent service. But honestly, there's a lot to be said for the chef. We all ordered duck- 1 rare, 1 medium plus and 1 well-done. While I'm not so sure the kitchen got the message, the food was DELICIOUS! The homemade rolls are heavenly. Can't wait to goo back!
Both the quality and quantity of food went down from prior visit a few years ago, before it's received the star, while price went up a little. It's still a decent dinning experience but just not the same level as it used to be.
Best dining experience yet. Must go
Kali was amazing and exactly what I hoped for when bringing my family to their first Michelin Star. There were a couple of hiccups with service until our second course but it really smoothed out after and was great. Food was phenomenal but the real star of the show were the perfectly coordinating wine pairings. I’ve never had such a well matched drink pairing. It’s outstanding food and service so expect to pay for it and be warned for sticker shock. That said I would absolutely come back and I enjoyed every minute of dinner!
The food was excellent and all the staff were exceptional and extremely accommodating. They never stopped to go beyond our expectations and make the effort to have our night feel incredible.
Pea and burrata salad exceptional!
Another incredible meal at this local gem. The squash soup was fantastic with a remarkable presentation. I also has the uni spaghetti. Fantastic!!! I can't wait to go back again.
Iiiiiiiiittttttt iiiiiissssss sssoooooooo aaaawwwweeessoommmmeee!!!
Unpretentious fine dining. The food is delicious and seasonal. Wonderful service. If you are with just one other person, sitting at the bar is the way to go.
I had initially dined at Kali after reading about their charred avocado salad and black risotto in Los Angeles magazine years ago. I took my friend for her birthday, got both those dishes, thought it was just ok but not memorable (friend got the agnolotti which she loved) so didn't go back until yesterday. Thought I'd give it another shot. We got the burrata salad because of the great reviews. Maybe it was an off day or they were running low on the burrata bc there was barely any under all the almonds and greens. I think it was all of a tablespoonful of cheese. Again, seen some great photos of better portions, so maybe just an off day. My friend asked for some bread bc she likes her cheese with bread but it never came. She ordered the cheeseburger which came rare minus. She's not one to complain so she took a bite but barely swallowed so had to send it back. When they brought it back 10 minutes later it was cooked perfectly medium but the cheese and lettuce was scraped off so at that point it was just the meat and bread. Again, not a complainer so she just ate it. I had the black cod which was again just good, not great. I've had way better pretty much at most other restaurants, esp sushi restaurants. Presentation of dishes are great, ingredients are fresh, but flavor hasn't been special for anything I've tried, and service wasn't great this last time. Might give it one more chance and try a pasta dish or their fried chicken sandwich and maybe a dessert (wan't impressed the last two times, esp with the service the last time, that wasn't interested in trying their dessert.) I have a bunch of other places to try before circling back to this one. It is conveniently located though and parking was super easy.
the service is awesome, the ambience is nice, the food is top notch, well deserved michelin one star
It took them a while to get us seated and just as long to bring out our food. It took 20 minutes for the bread to come. Our table was cramped in next to another table. The food tasted average and definitely overpriced.
best restaurant in LA, hands down
if you are not in the mood for sushi.
Attempt at creative dishes not always successful. Four recommended starters were mixed; two excellent (pasta, avocado salad), the other two disappointing (barley risotto, another salad). Entrees also mixed: Steak was very good, rack of lamb had more fat than meat which made it very unappetizing, fish was virtually tasteless, sea urchin pasta was very good. Ambiance was minimal with very high sound levels that inhibited conversation. Service, though, was excellent. The surcharge for kitchen staff was a put-off; adjust the prices if you must instead. The prices are so high that no one will notice.
I asked the waitress if they were able to make mocktails, but instead of explaining what they could make, the waitress questioned why I didn't like the limited non-alcoholic drink menu. When I asked if they could make more of a mocktail she spoke over me and told me that I needed to know what I wanted to drink. This was difficult because I don't know what they had behind the bar (for instance, one syrup they had was made with cantaloupe juice...I could never have guessed this...). I was taken by surprise by the waitress's unpleasant attitude about my simple question. It was an extremely uncomfortable and unexpected experience and it set date night off on the wrong note. Having been seated by the bar, we also heard her with other customers and staff and her comments were consistent with how she treated us. Of the tasting menu dishes, there was one standout (the mushroom risotto, which is very good). It's really more like a 5 course tasting menu (instead of 6) because the first "dish" is a small bite. I expect much better service from a Michelin rated restaurant.
It was the best restaurant in LA that I’ve ever been to. Everything is out of this world!
Great food and good prices.
Starting from the server to the food, the whole experience was surreal. David, our server, was really pleasant and took care of things in an amazing way.
Starting with the oysters and yellowtail crudo for appetizers, every ingredient justified why it was there; for example the carrots in oysters were perfectly crunchy adding a different texture to that dish.
The 16oz beef was melting in the mouth. It was one of the best experiences to have steak with molé and mushroom/leeks combination.
The egg gelato ice cream is another must. The egg yolk shavings on top added another rich flavor to the milk based ice cream.
The crew was really well informed and was able to answer our questions very well.
Kali is my go to restaurant close to home. the food is consistently delicious and fresh and the service is impeccable. Perfect wine pairings offered and unique and tasty cocktails to start or end the meal
Glad we got there when they opened as the place filled up quickly. Out server was helpful with descriptions and suggestions when asked. She was friendly without being obnoxious or pushy. My cod was good but the potatoes were under cooked.
~What a delight it was to celebrate a birthday at Kali. Drew (Owner) is the epitome of a gracious host, whose casual manner belies his eagle eye to even the smallest detail. Inviting space and helpful waitstaff, but above all, it's Chef Kevin's hyoer-local, delicious, beautiful food that made the biggest impression. Stylized yes, but never at the expense of the smashing flavor artistry both subtle and surprising at every bite. The oysters were startlingly fresh, the uni delicately creamy and golden smooth, the mushroomed risotto perfectly al dente, and that was just for starters. Lady T asked for a drink recommendation that would be flavorful yet not too boozy, and the Fiona Cranapple that was delivered fit the bill, including the crisp dried apple slice and enormous Mad Men iceberg of a cube. The meal ended with a meringue gelato with grated candied egg yolk, whimsical, delish, and memorable. The Lady shall return.~
I would return to sit at the bar and enjoy the beet tartare and the perfectly executed mezcal last word. The entrees were well executed but not exceptional.
I was expecting so much more from this restaurant. Steak I ordered was very fatty and I had asked for Medium Rare but it was most certainly medium to well done.
For the price, food wasn't nearly as good as I was hoping for. Like many LA restaurants, Kali seems to be more about the ambiance and look than the food.
Excellent food. Service and ambience pretty good. Definitely high on our list to go back to in the future.
Eating at Kali was a great dining experience reminiscent of the great restaurants in LA but with a casual, comfortable atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back.
We visited Kali during dineLA and I would say it was ok. The food was good but not great. The portions where tiny but the wine pairing was excellent. Our server was also great & caught a mistake in the order of the food so she was on point. The restaurant was busy and they kept leaving the back door open on a very cold night, had to ask multiple times to shut the door. So overall ok but not great for the price.
One of the best dining experiences I’ve had! My husband and I came here to celebrate his birthday, from start to finish the service was impeccable! Our waitress , Dina, was unbelievably awesome, she is what made this experience unforgettable. If you go, I highly recommend the chefs tasting menu, not a single dish disappointed, and for the price? You really can’t beat that much fine dining food for that price!! We will be back!
It's a delicious menu, full of unique dishes. The agnolotti was amazing, as was the sea urchin pasta. However, as a menu it was a bit confusing, esp trying to figure out what kind of place they were going for. Omakase Cali? It was DineLA so that may have had something to do with it. We went with the flow, and in the end felt it was a good experience, but I don't know how I'd describe it. Just, delicious?
Kali was a wonderful experience. Great service, food was interesting and well prepared with a couple of all-star dishes. The duck and the Uni pasta are can’t miss.
Our server David was amazing and attentive and just lovely. He recommended the perfect white wine (I did not want red) to complement my rib eye, no simple task. We ate from the DineLA menu, where portions are small but every course was to die for, from the first to the last bite. Food was flavorful and unique and beautifully presented. I have eaten brunch here and it was equally as delicious and the service equally good (I think David was our server then as well). I would definitely recommend this place both for brunch and now dinner
The food a little too "precious" and nothing special.
Finally had the opportunity to try Kali and the chef’s tasting menu was everything I hoped and more! The standout dish for me was the mushroom XO with abalone - tender almost sashimi like abalone coupled with deeply savory mushroom XO sauce. It was a pleasant surprise to find out those shavings over the risotto were not just shaved truffle - rather a mix of cured egg yolks and squid ink aged for 2 months to make a “homemade truffle”. It was jam-packed with umami and I certainly didn’t miss truffle after tasting the fine shavings. The duck seemed to be a nod to Chinese duck with the pickled squash in lieu of plum sauce and the molé filled with warm spices like cinnamon and anise. The Flannery beef with black garlic ketchup and sauerkraut sounds like it would be overpowering but the sauerkraut purée was so mild and creamy! So delicious I scraped the plate clean. Finally, the luxurious (yet also light!) meringue gelato with cured yolks was a refreshing end to the night and is the dish that captured my eye in 2013 when I first learned about Chef Meehan’s work! So happy to finally try it. Congrats to the team for the well earned star 🌟
Just....WOW. Amazing meal.
Truly spectacular & innovative dishes. Tasting menu & wine pairing is fantastic... Never disappoints.
Even The more economical Lunchtime burger - is best burger I've ever had...
Great - and extra great
We have been trying to get to Kali for a long time and never seem to get there. Finally, we went for the first time during Dine LA 2020 and had their tasting menu, which included an amuse bouche of trout roe in a tart-shaped blini, an oyster with sea urchin, and yellowtail crudo as the lead in dishes. All were very good. The winter mushroom risotto was delicious and the ribeye perfection. For dessert, the meringue gelato with sugar cured egg yolk was stunningly rich and simple. We did the menu with the wine pairing which included some fun, original options. The service was excellent and the restaurant was busy. We will definitely be back!
Kali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 871-4160.
Kali is rated 4.6 stars by 794 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.