2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705
Parking: Street, On-street: free, On-street: metered
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
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08/05/2002Provided by Citysearch -
-Long wait to get a table.\n-Long wait for the food. \n-did not see the waitor for 30 minutes straight.\n-my tea was not refilled unless i jumped up to get someone's attention.\n-the small appetizers made us eat like scavangers and always wanting for more, took years for the other food to come. \nThe sushi was fabulous, rolls are hefty-filling, but sushi fell apart.
10/14/2002Provided by Citysearch -
The sushi here is great, as is the atmosphere. However, the restaurant does not take reservations and can have 2 hour waits. Because people decide to hang around, the waiting areas are crowded with nowhere to sit. The neighborhood isn't savory either.
09/15/2003Provided by Citysearch -
Kirala has some of the freshest sushi I have ever had during my 20+ years of sushi eating. I have been visiting this establishment for well over 12 years and it is still the best sushi in the Bay Area as far as I am concerned. Yes the wait can be brutal at times but its worth it. Make sure you try the grilled items as well. The baby lobster tail is fantastic !
12/23/2002Provided by Citysearch -
i took my sister here for her birthday and she was not too impressed. the service could use improvement--the waiter scowled at us after we asked to have the butter removed from our potato on a skewer appetizer. the wait is VERY long--be prepared to wait up to an hour before you're seated.\n\nvegetarian options are few but i thought the food was ok, nothing exquisite. atmosphere is nice though.
12/01/2002Provided by Citysearch -
On my first exploration, Kirala showed good potential. However, the potential was marred by some real problems. I went specifically for the robata. What I had was fairly good, though 1) the ume chicken was described as basted where in fact ume paste was squirted a la ketchup a grilled chicken piece. 2) the bacon used in bacon wrapped asparagus was too salty, marring an otherwise nice bit of texture and flavor. My nigori (unfiltered) sake was so thick im guessing i got a whole bottle's worth of sediment in one glass. Which suggested they didnt know to shake the bottle with each pouring. Service was extraordinarily slow; 45 min between a 4 pc order and service. With all that, they showed enough promise that I'd give them a second chance.
10/07/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Proof that people in Berkeley need to get out more. With its trendy loft-style decor, Berkeley folks are apparently fooled into thinking Kirala is actually good. Unfortunately, its way overhyped, and they don't take their sushi very seriously. The rice isn't done properly (falls apart when you bite into it). The fish isn't fresh, meaning it's more pungent in a bad fishy way, and leaves a funky after-taste. Also, the seaweed is sub-par: it's tough and too chewy. We also caught them *re-grilling* unagi which had already been grilled; a big No-No! The overall quality of their rolls leaves much to be desired. They lack subtlety and sophistication. It's not horrible, but you can find much better sushi in SF. Actually, no, I take that back. Berkeley yuppies - keep flocking in droves to Kirala. I don't want to wait hours for a table at *my* favorite sushi bars.