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Mon 5:30pm-9:30pm\nTue-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm\nSat 5:30pm-9:30pm\nSun 5pm-9pm

This popular Berkeley restaurant features eclectic Japanese cuisine with a focus on sushi and grilled skewer dishes.
  • Variety of sushi
  • Kabobs
  • Authentic Japanese food
What a treat to find an excellent neighborhood restaurant like Kirala.\n\nKirala is not just another good Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Kirala has one-of-a-kind sushi creations and delicious specialties from Robata grill that you will not find anywhere else. For 15 years, it's been consistently voted one of the Best Japanese restaurants, where loyal patrons spend a relaxed evening ordering tasty appetizers and main dishes, while enjoying Japanese beer and premium sakes from Japan.
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Located in Berkeley, Calif., Kirala is a Japanese-style restaurant and sushi bar. Its appetizers menu includes seafood gyoza, vegetable tempura, hiyayakko and ohitash. The restaurant serves a selection of beverages, such as beer, wines, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Kirala provides beef teriyaki, unagi tenju and saba shioyaki. Its sushi menu includes shrimp tempura, rainbow, caterpillar, dragon and spider rolls. The restaurant s seafood items include baby lobster tail, hamachi-kama and shishamo. Kirala also serves sea bass flavored with rosemary, thyme and olive oil. In addition, the restaurant offers wasabi, ume and shiso chicken. It operates a diners club and offers gift certificate of various denominations.
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South Berkeley, LeConte
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Greasy & bland

I absolutely LOVE Japanese food, but this place doesn't do the cuisine justice. The sushi was totally bland. The eel pieces just tasted like cooking oil--yuck!--and the green beans with tempura were soggy. The food was just totally lacking that bright, fresh flavor and texture that makes Japanese food delicious. I am giving them two stars because the food wasn't HORRIBLE--it just wasn't very good either. I did find t... view more

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Best sushi in the Bay Area

I have lived in the Bay Area for 14 years and been to many sushi restaurants. Kirala definitely ranks with the best such as Kabuto, Ebisu and others.

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This place is not worth your time. With such great reviews online my partner and I were excited about having dinner here. Let down is an understatement. The wait was estimated at 30 minutes but we waited almost 2 hours for our table. With no lobby or place to stand, this put our evening off to a bad start. Once we sat down the service was so so and the sushi was NOT good. After leaving I became sick and threw u... view more

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decent food. expensive, and long wait.

took an hour and a half to be seated, others who had come later then us were seated first and we had to keep reminding them that we were there. when we were finally seated they had messed up my order and my friends. When we tried to tell our waiter he did not understand. He had brought me the nigiri combination when i had ordered the sashimi combination. Then the hostess came over and fixed our order but when the sas... view more

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Japanese food?I don't think so.

I can't understand why they are famos.....taste was very bad.\r\nIf you like this restaurante,You don't know Japanese food.

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Unique menu to the area, but difficult dining experience. -really difficult.

*The menu at Kirala is unique to it's area, (East Bay) so I'd say they have a bit of a captive audience syndrome. Customers flock from miles around to enjoy well reviewed sushi and noodles at this large and convenient location. I've been there a few times for lunch, but not yet for dinner, And I have to say, it's really not worth the headache. \r\n\r\nIf you want to know the truth about the crowds outside their doors... view more

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It's good, but...

I just don't think it's as good as people say. I've eaten my fair share of good Japanese food, and this is in slightly above average range. The sushi is by far better than anything else I've had in Berkeley, but again I don't think that's saying all that much. Been here several times, and it's usually pretty crowded. Never sat there, but there's a group table in the back, next to the bathrooms if you like that... \r\... view more

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Pathetic experience, overpriced for what you get

My girlfriend and I have been here twice, we just ate here for lunch recently and tried to order a shrimp tempura roll but the waitress told us it wasnt on the menu. Thats weird... we had it last time for dinner. Oh well, we ordered our meal and began eating. During the meal, a middle aged man to our left making small talk with the sushi chef asked about a shrimp tempura roll. The two sushi chefs glance at one anothe... view more

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Pretty darned good.

Let's start by saying the sushi was really good - I've had tastier tuna poke but it was still tasty. The high-points were the sushi & a special, braised short ribs - absolutely delish. I also liked the minced chicken appetizer but it wasn't a favorite at our table. The definite downers were the asparagus wrapped w/beef & the garlic beef - the vegis w/this dish were excellent but the beef was very dry (it was dry w... view more

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The food at Kirala is so good that it overcomes the wait. The fish is nice and fresh, the robata dishes are nicely prepared, not drenched in teriyaki sauce like a lot of places around here; just basted on. Speaking from a Japanese guys point of view, this place is very good, and i know whats good and whats not. Trust me, haha.\r\n\r\nNot to mention the nice selection of sake too. Try the ""Koshi-no-Kanbai."" Ver... view more

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2100 Ward StBerkeleyCA 94705

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