Kala

4.8
957 Reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro
Welcome to Kala, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish and Pinion. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 957 people are saying
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CarolM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening with delicious food and warm and welcoming service. A good choice for vegetarians and generally highly recommended.

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GaryM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kala is a lovely space in central Manchester; food was beautifully and freshly-prepared. We had the boquerones to start, and the sirloin sharing dish as a main. Both were delicious. The parkin and creme brulee desserts were excellent. We paired the Portuguese vinho grande with the main, it worked very well with the steak. The sauternes complemented dessert nicely.

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GarethP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty amazing food and great value!! can't wait to go back!!

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AlexM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere ! We will definitely be back

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Sheila
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent friendly staff and quick and efficient service. Food very good.

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GillianA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant and welcoming staff quick service lovely food

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Claire
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all areas. Food top quality, service spot on and fairly priced. Highly recommend.
Also nice touch with bread nibble and happy birthday plate at the end. The little touches make it extra special.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to Kala provided a lovely evening during which to celebrate a birthday. Food choices are slimmer than some but am sure there's a combination to satisfy my tastes. The onion soup and truffle & parmesan chips that accompanied our medium steak were well presented & flavoursome. The warm ginger parkin is a must. Overall, Kala offers a lovely ambiance with a memorable waiting service which might just elicit a repeat visit.

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Kev362y
London
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Service was good and the table provided was in an excellent location within the restaurant. My only complaint is the chefs were on their phones constantly and no washing of hands was visible.

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JeanneL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and helpful informative staff
Food was faultless -didn’t have a cocktail but they looked amazing.
All the staff seem very professional and also friendly.

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LesleyB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal here, food was outstanding, the staff very pleasant and friendly

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RhianW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us could not fault any of the courses. The white chocolate cheesecake was the best cheesecake I've ever had and our waiter was absolutely lovely. We'd all go again, faultless evening

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Iain
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Kala and what a lovely experience it was. Beautifully cooked food, it was great quality and not in the slightest bit pretentious. Loved the onion soup which was one of the specials, and the braised featherblade of beef and salmon fillet mains were equally good. Staff were lovely too, so all in all a great time was had by us.

Special shout out for stocking Ca’ di Alte Prosecco! Lovely stuff which you done see on wine lists that often - highly recommended.

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McYungs
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal yet again at Kala. In umpteen visits I felt it was time to tear myself away from the feather blade and try something else. I was in the mood for chicken and it did not disappoint. Super tender buttery melt in the mouth deliciousness. Great recommendation from our lovely server on the cheesecake special. Just a lovely place with lovely food and belting staff! Proud to have contributed to every single kickstarter, well worth it. Long May Elite Bistros run.

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PeteB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team helped this celebration lunch to be truly special. As well as a strong vegan offering (for on of our party) they made a huge lavish vegan birthday cake (to order 48hrs in advance) which, well, put the the icing on the cake!

Memorable for all the rights reasons.

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Oliver
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled upon on this place and it did not disappoint, great vibe, unbelievable food. Would definitely recommend.

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AndyM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service and nothing pretentious.

Particularly recommend the salmon and crème brûlée.

Love the fact that they recommend wines that pair well and you can buy the glass. Too often decent wine is by the bottle only

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ChrisW
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always - the special mussels were superb
Staff delightful - friendly and knowledgeable
One of our favourite restaurants

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ELMor
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious Sunday lunch menu - such good value for money! Excellent service in a nice relaxed atmosphere. Can't recommend highly enough and can't wait to be back!

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JackM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely spot on. Service fantastic. Could have done with a bit of music and a few more people to improve the atmosphere.

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JONATHONB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Not pretentious. Great service. The lunch menu is excellent value.

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SaraL
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply divine. As always. Staff are so warm and inviting and the food is top notch for a really reasonable price!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Proper friendly staff would definitely dine here again. Only thing i would say is the portions are a bit small and the wooden chairs aren’t too comfy but other than that it was really good.

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PaulL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place and we go to a lot. Food was great and service was amazing, nothing as too much trouble. We will be going again.

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MrsMoores
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super lunch before our theatre trip, great menu & lovely specials.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday roast I’ve ever had! Me and my boyfriend came for our 3rd year anniversary. Food was unbelievable, and everyone was so lovely. Great atmosphere and not too busy so perfect for a date. Will definitely be returning :)

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AnnL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time dining at Kala. Lovely Sunday lunch in Manchester City centre. Highly recommend

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AgneD
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Just felt ignored the whole night. No manager presence on the floor during out meal so did not even got a chance to say what was wrong. Even though the server was lovely, the actual service was extremely slow, waited for deserts menus for ages had to eventually find a manager to get it. Servers were doing close down jobs instead of looking after the guests. I am a restaurant manager myself so i do understand that 1st of January is a difficult day to work, but me and my partner just wanted to be looked after after a long Christmas in Hospitality. Unfortunately that did not happen

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BenS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for a birthday night out and it exceeded expectations. Food was outstanding and we were looked after very well by the staff who went above and beyond to make it a special evening. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning.

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linaT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the staffs were also friendly

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CalistaS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good but price was slightly too pricey considering the normal dinner menu is 23 for 3 course meal.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing service was excellent, had the New Year’s Eve taster menu but will be going back again for the regular menu

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BenR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service and a good ambience.

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TessA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, outstanding service - hit just the right level of familiarity/formality and timing. Delicious wine.
In more detail, we chose from the excellent value bistro menu. Beetroot salad was gorgeous and could only be improved if the cheese was slightly denser. Pork starter again lovely and could be even better if a little crispier. Mains of pork and fish cake yummy and as described. Accompanying chips nothing to write home about but fine if pricey (everything else was really well priced). Gorgeous crème brûlée which, despite my protests was big enough for the two spoons offered! It’s the staff which were the icing on the cake - completely hitting the right tone and it’s that experience which makes you want to return. Even the toilets were good. If I had to make one suggestion for improvement, place seating perpendicular to wall so that all diners can have a view (although there is a mirror which negates thus a little) and soften the middle of the room a little with tall units/plants/sculptures to break it up so it feels less like a canteen. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Excellent food
One of the best restaurants in Manchester

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Disappointed to travel into Manchester only to find out (via a note on the door) the place had been closed. No notice given and - on top - I had been asked to confirm our attendance the day before. Not great

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Tanuki
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some dishes were quite dear for what they were, nice but not outstanding or particularly memorable

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HollyM
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu as ever - the starter special of mackerel was great and we tried the sharing sirloin for main which definitely lived up to expectations, beautifully cooked and delicious gravy and accompaniments with it. Firmly on our top 5 restaurants in Manchester!

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DebC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, quick and friendly service. The restaurant itself is lovely, not too large so it has a cosy feel to it. We will definitely be going back!

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TomSk
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A perfect comination of high end food and relaxed friendly atmosphere.
They were really attentive in altering dishes for my wife who is gluten free and dairy free too.

FAQs

Kala is rated 4.8 stars by 957 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.