Karkalla

4.7
60 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Karkalla reflects the essence we believe to be truly Australian- coastal, sun kissed, relaxed, and most importantly generous.

We are known and loved for our relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, use of native indigenous ingredients and love of locally sourced seasonal produce.

Our signature dishes include Crispy Salt Bush, Karkalla Curry with handmade Roti, Macadamia Hummus with Native Apple.

Jingiwallah - hello and welcome locals, travellers, families, and friends alike. At Karkalla we keep half of our tables for walk-ins so please stop by if you can not get a booking.

We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of the land of the Indigenous people, the traditional custodians of this land, and respect their culture and identity which has been interwoven with the land and sea for generations.

Experiences

  • Seafood Platter for Two

    A$160.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    As mention by Terry Durrak in The Sydney Morning Herald - 'Byrons Best Seafood Platter' for two featuring locally sourced seasonal seafood. Typical platter includes; Freshly shucked Brunswick River rock oysters | fresh prawns | Balmain bugs | salt & pepper berry calamari | fresh crab | hibiscus cured ocean trout | hot chips | damper roll with wattle seed butter | house made sauces *Selection may vary dependent on season. Please contact venue if you would like to verify selection.
  • Byron Brunch Club

    A$88.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Welcome to the Byron Bay Brunch Club Every Saturday & Sunday from 12 -2:00 o'clock at Karkalla. Some may say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we will need to agree to disagree! Join us for Byrons finest bottomless brunch every weekend. Includes a seasonally inspired 6-course brunch and beverage package including a gin cocktail on arrival, house beer, house wine, juice & soft drink. *RSA applies. If you are a part of a group and are purchasing your tickets individually please enter a table name in the order notes. Gather your friends for a fabulous day at Karkalla Byron Bay. Secure your booking NOW!

Offers

  • Sunset Sessions

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Celebrating our glorious Byron Bay sunsets every Friday- Sunday all through spring and summer with Native cocktails, beer & wine 'happy hours' & share style tapas. Live music friday's.

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
  • Contactless payment available
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 60 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff were awesome, very caring!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Wait staff from the minute we arrived clearly didn’t want to be there and wanted to go home.

We went for the seafood platters and once we had sat down and prepared to order, were told we needed to order this 2 days in advance even though this was not mentioned on the website or the menu when we sat down. And if we wanted to order it for Thursday we could (this was on a Monday). As it is advertised as “Byrons best seafood platter” I’d think it would be mentioned that you have to order it 2 days in advance when booking.

We made a reservation for 1:45 and after being told there was no seafood platter we also advised the kitchen closed at 2pm - again not mentioned when booking or when we sat down.

Once we ordered, the entree didn’t come out until the end of the meal after we followed it up - the mains were also fairly average.

Overall a very underwhelming and quite expensive dinning experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, perfect portions, well priced for quality, lovely, knowledgeable and accommodating staff. Can’t wait to go back!

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AnnaSophia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the experience of being able to see and taste the different bush foods and spices found in the menu before we ate. It was highly informative and delighted the senses. The food was delicious and knowing what we were tasting heightened our tastebuds!

MB
MirjanB
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food can be amazing to very average depending on the dish and the day. The music can be a little too loud to enjoy the company of your fellow diners

JP
JacquiP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, amazing cocktails. Love the education piece about the ingredients that the wait staff take you through when you arrive.

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LiliC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again for making our night so special yesterday. Best night i ve had in a long time. Mention special for Lisa who was the best waitress in Byron Bay.
Thank you so much for spreading the magic and for doing what you do
💚

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are returning diners. A fabulous experience once again.

LD
LocalDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Well integrated use of indigenous ingredients without gimmick. $75 tasting menu is good value.

PG
PatrickG
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived to the second we left, it was the most welcoming enjoyable evening. The attention of the staff and their genuine desire to ensure we had a great time was just amazing. The food is thoughtful, different, so tasty and the time taken to explain it all, shows people who are passionate about food and service. So may great flavours, good wine options and great cocktails. It will become a must for us whenever we go to Byron Bay. Well done Mindy (I hope I spelt that correct) and all of the staff.

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vipSloan
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I have been to in a very long time. Food was incredible and so unique, staff was extremely kind and informative. Ambience was perfection

JL
JimL
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great select of food on the menu food with flavour; great select of beer & wine. Service was good

JM
JillM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing - you must try the curry!! Staff are happy and attentive.

KC
KirC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the seafood platter which was huge, delicious and fresh. Didn’t manage to include everything in the picture.
Lovely intimate venue with great service.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the special seafood dinner. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Loved our margaritas too!

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RichyRich
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spied Karkalla on a recent night out in Byron, and on our subsequent visit we weren't disappointed. Mindy was a wonderful host, and the floor staff and manager were equally attentive and helpful. We sampled across the menu, from the Brunswick River oysters with finger lime, to a fish curry with local seaweed , and a bush tomato gnocchi with local seafood. All were delicious, interesting and noteworthy. We finished with a shared tiramisu with Bookies gin and macadamias. Note : bring an appetite, as you are going to want to eat everything here. A fantastic addition to the Byron dining scene, with local indigenous ingredients used intelligently and delightfully.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food served by very friendly and attentive staff.

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vipWelltravelledfoodie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night

CD
CharlieD
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Byron for my 40th and had my birthday dinner at Karkalla on a recommendation from some friends who live locally. We were not disappointed!! Very unique menu, and every dish we ordered was delicate and delicious. Can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu. Highly recommend.

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annettek
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our special birthday dinner evening at this interesting restauraunt.

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DylanF
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was really good, however we felt that they could have created some really unique dishes rather than playing a safe menu with a couple of "native" ingredients.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & service. Beautiful native ingredients, fresh produce & lovely flavour combinations. Highly recommend, we dined here twice this visit to Byron, just delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t rate Karkalla highly enough. Innovative food that ticked all the boxes for us as foodies with a desire for delicious but healthy options, that also tailors to our food sensitivities.
The staff were happy and attentive, nothing was too much trouble. The atmosphere ..vibrant and trendy, yet relaxed and unpretentious. Limited tables make it feel intimate and special.

We loved the cured ocean trout and Karkalla market fish curry. Pleeeassse keep the school prawns special on the menu! Devine!
Keep up the great work team, we’ll be back *

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Joey
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great service will be back absolutely loved it

MY
MichelleY
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant that has a real focus on native ingredients, putting together dishes with Indigenous flavours in the most delicious way. The staff are all wonderful and friendly, and it’s evident how much passion the owner has for showcasing local produce and ensuring her customers have an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend to pay this place a visit!

JC
JaneC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food- unique, fresh and full of taste. Great friendly staff !

DB
DianaB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is beautifully prepared and considered. The ambience thoughtful and comfortable. We had the seafood platter which was incredible - particularly the balmain bugs and accompaniment sauces that introduced native ingredients to us.

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SebastianK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious.
Will be back for sure.

HM
HamishM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food - amazing staff! Always a staple for us when anyone comes to visit

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AnneW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Definitely will go again

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Avis222
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and interesting food in a stylish atmosphere and friendly service. Good air flow and social distancing which we appreciated. We loved it so much we’re back in a couple of days with friends.

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Davos
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected and interesting menu. Amazing flavours. The passion for food, unique and supporting local producers is evident in every dish and backed up with presentation by the the host and staff. Can't wait to go again.

JF
JudyF
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great innovative food. Small restaurant and so the service is great. Reccomended.

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AngelaC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service - would go again in a flash

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SeranoN
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went for a birthday treat and found the food, the service and the ambience to be very enjoyable. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food menue had limited but good choices and was filling. I would prefer the music to be turned down a little.

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SamM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, relaxed atmosphere friendly staff and wonderful tasting and presented food. Well worth getting a booking if you can ;)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely staff!

AM
AlannahM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were super lovely, food was amazing and the restaurant was nice and quiet making the food and drinks more enjoyable. Highly recommended!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant and unique use of local indigenous ingredients to create a modern Australian menu. Thoughtful and delicate balance of flavours across all the courses we chose. There are many fantastic culinary experiences in Byron and we tried them all but Karkalla deserve to be supported for creating a menu that makes the local produce the star of the show. Looking forwards to our next visit !!

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StephW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Karkalla for breakfast and dinner now. So good! Delish food - love the macadamia hummus and the hot cakes! Will continue to come back here!
The owner is lovely and always makes the effort to say hi

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Karkalla using the Order Online button. Karkalla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 5614 8656.

Karkalla is rated 4.7 stars by 60 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.