Kali

4.8
1026 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Kali is a small neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley, the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1026 people are saying
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MrsGG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not sure if that was our 4th or 3rd time, but we LOVE Kali!!!!! We've NEVER been disappointed trying out the chef's tasting menu. I don't have all the words to describe the exquisite creations you'll be delighted with, but do yourself a favor and give Kali a try. I can guarantee that just like us, you'll be back.

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vipAndyS
Los Angeles
486 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali is consistently one of the best dining experiences in Los Angeles. Cuisine, Hospitality and Service are always on point. I loved the tasting menu, starting with the "Crowded Beach" seafood assortment. All the ingredients were high quality and beautifully presented. The wine pairings were a perfect compliment to the food, and featured selections from around the world. I can't wait to return for my next meal at Kali!

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MarinaM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 from the flavors, to the service, to the originality, nothing disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner. Great service and beautiful food. We celebrated a birthday and the team made the birthday girl feel very special! Also the chef is super good looking…

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vipBillC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was not just excellent but interesting. A talent for invention and the alchemy of flavors employed in creating unique dishes is a culinary treat. You can see why this chef/owner was awarded a Michelin star. Good wine list and cocktails too.

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JCD5
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali served the best meal I've ever eaten in LA. The attention to detail and quality they demonstrate is second to none, and their "kill your darlings" approach to menu development leads them to innovate constantly. If you can get here, you should.

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unsquare
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a birthday dinner and both got the seasonal menu since it seemed like the most interesting experience. It was pricy but completely worth it for the excellent variety of flavors as well as the presentation.

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SabrinaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to Kali was wonderful. Our server was super-attentive and excited about the food, and he seemed to genuinely care about us having a good experience. The atmosphere was perfect. Lots of beautiful shades of blue and little trees. And there was blues music playing in the background to boot -- at the perfect volume. The food was absolutely amazing! I particularly loved the Charred Avocado salad and the Duck. I also felt like our exceptional meal came at a reasonable price. Good stuff! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our goodbye dinner to LA. We are moving to Oakland but definitely coming back every chance we come down! The food, ambiance, service… quality every time we come here! Thank you!

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vipnewby
Orange County
166 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have eaten at Kali's on several occasions and have had a great experience each and every time. We really enjoyed the most recent visit. The 5 course tasting menu is outstanding in every way. I would definitely recommend ordering this off the menu. This is a great restaurant for spending the evening and not paying a great deal of money. Well worth the cost.

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JoeD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The heirloom tomato appetizer was creative and delicious and my pork chop was supernaturally tender and juicy. My wife did not enjoy her crudo appetizer due to the Kambucha which she thought was overpowering and harshly acidic.

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vipAmandaE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service and love the outdoor patio they created.

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vipBATNL
London
48 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative food!

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vipSusan
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous tasting menu & exceptional service! I highly recommend Kali!

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KarenR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Every dish except for one had flavor problems. We’re vegetarian so we ordered all the vegetarian items on the menu, I believe they’re only five. Except for the acid tomato salad, every single dish was either lacking flavor or way too salty. There is also a hair in one of the items we ordered which sort of made us lose our appetite.

MJ
MadelineJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kali is hands down my favorite restaurant in LA. Chef Kevin always surprises me, and his creations are truly a symphony of flavors. His “Acid Trip” tomato fish made me laugh out loud with joy- crispy black garlic dirt paired perfectly with pickled deliciousness and topped with lemon foam so subtle and fresh I just laughed and laughed. Always try his duck, it will always be the best you’ve ever had. The vibe is relaxed and upscale, and just lets you sit back and enjoy the ride. Truly wonderful service, and some very sweet extra gestures from staff made our anniversary feel so special. Thanks Kali! We’ll be back forever.

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vipJudithG
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

This my second time eating at Kali. I have the 5 course tasting menu. I started with a beautiful looking dish referred to as the beach. Out of maybe 6 dishes I liked, underscore liked, one. It was a scallop bite. The rest was really not memorable. To be fair, fish is not my favorite dish, but this experience was quite underwhelming. I can’t even remember some of that plates, but I was looking forward to eating the pasta in pork brodo. It was deeply disappointing. The pasta itself was harder than al dente, the ricotta inside was tasteless and the summer truffles were indistinguishable from sawdust. The lamb dish had the lamb chop of fat with grains of meat in between, such that I didn’t really eat it. The surrounding lamb cigar and lamb loin were good but not worthy of mention. The creamy dish at the end, tasted like a solid cream gelato like dollop with egg grated on top was like the rest of the meal, disappointing and rich but without developed flavor. I won’t go back for this 200$ meal without taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I can't believe I wasted $175 on this restaurant. The moment I saw the dirt underneath the unkept nails of our server, the staff's poor attire and how empty the restaurant was on a Sunday night, I should have gotten up and left. Unfortunately I kept believing it would get better and it didn't. The food here is average and definitely not worthy of the prices that they charge. The ambiance in the patio is surrounded by dumpsters and the chairs are uncomfortable. The scallops were not fresh unfortunately. Please don't think about getting the tomato appetizer. It is disgusting. The salad with avocado is average. The uni pasta was amazing. Ok, that will be the solution: let's come here and get the uni pasta, lavender lemonade and donuts and call it a day.

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vipFoodlover58
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really great experience. Would 100% go back. Knowledgeable and attentive service combined with amazing food!

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Bison
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cocktails, wine choices, cuisine, service EVER!!!!

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Amsv
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Had the chef’s tasting menu. Presentation and service were good. Food was decent at best. Definitely not worth the price.

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vipYvonneC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Kevin is super nice. My 3-year-old son wanted eggs only. Chef Kevin only made a pasta with eggs, but he came out to see how he likes it and later on he has waitress to check on him again to make sure he enjoys it. I’ve never seen my son finished such a big plate of foods.

We ordered the Chef 8 courses, and every dishes is like a beautiful ART piece, which deliciously surprise our palates.

What I miss the most is the Tomato Salad with the lemon foam, Avocado Sorbet and I think it’s a wild tomato that I never seen before. The combination is so unique but delicious!

Love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, service and ambiance. Love the freshness and the friendless of the entire staff. One of my favorite spots in LA

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vipBATNL
London
49 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best restaurants in Los Angeles. The food is inventive, very fresh and delicious. And the cocktails are great too!

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vipCarlos
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience, as usual. This is my number one restaurant in L.A. The food is the exquisite, the presentation is beautiful, excellent customer service, friendly people and the wine selection is the best.

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KatieL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in LA. The food was exquisite. We got the oysters, scallop ceviche, black garlic risotto, and the duck breast. As a big fan of raw seafood, both the oysters and scallop ceviche are some of the best I’ve ever had. The risotto is a bit too rich for my taste but my friend really likes it. Duck breast is also amazing. For dessert we got the meringue gelato and the blueberry & elderflower sorbet. Highly highly recommend the meringue gelato!

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ShantK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible menu with amazing service. Hands down my favorite restaurant in LA.

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vipWinegal
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork chop was off the charts!
Friendly and professional staff made you feel so welcome. Feels like a neighborhood restaurant that happens to have a Michelin star.

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TaraR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husbands birthday celebration as he had wanted to try. Our experience exceeded our expectations. Everything was as beautiful as it was tasty. The best meal we’ve experienced in a very long time. The service was impeccable as well. Our server, Jessica was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable in regard to the menu and any questions that we had. We would highly recommend and plan on going back.

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vipCarol
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant in LA!

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vipAdeleG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

low-key but excellent food, easy atmosphere and space, great for dinner for two or four. The charred avocado salad, the potatoes, and the meringue dessert were incredible.

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vipStubert
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly incredible experience that blew away VERY high expectations. An A+ meal with A+ service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drink

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DavidE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent and delicious

MN
vipMauricioN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu. Well executed.

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AmitS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accomodating, great food, made our 10th-anniversary memorable!

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TheoR
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, unique food and friendly, knowledgeable service

DP
DmitryP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique restaurant in terms of esthetics , “food design”, and presentation + delicious taste !

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vipDeniseT
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, interesting food, and most dishes are very shareable. The duck is superb. The gelato with egg yolk shavings dessert is worth the trip. They have a parking lot patio which is pleasant enough. Very happy this fine dining but casual restaurant is in our neighborhood.

FAQs

Kali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 871-4160.

Kali is rated 4.8 stars by 1026 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.