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Business Description
* Visit Our New Takeout Locations at Kirala2 at 1511 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA (510)649-1384
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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.
Services/Products
* Fresh Sushi Everyday * Tasty Robata Grill Dishes * Sake Bar Offers Lots of Premium Sake
Payment method
diners club, master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
South Berkeley, LeConte
Categories
Take Out Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants, Asian Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, On-street: free, On-street: metered

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

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babeapea

08/05/2002

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Overall
nah uh.

-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.

californiasong

08/13/2002

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Overall
cali review

Although it was really crowded, the service was good, the sushi was excellent and very fresh tasting. Great place to eat with friends.

I_love_Japanese_Food

08/09/2002

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Overall
Decent Place

Kirala is decent if you don't mind the crowd and wait. They have good grill and usually parking is not a problem. Price is average for the food, I think.

mary70

08/13/2002

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Overall
Raw fish rarity

Kirala is the best sushi on the face of the planet...enough said.

lucylake

10/14/2002

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Overall
good food if you can get in

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.

destrucx

09/15/2003

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Overall
Fresh is the word !!

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 !

cutiehoney

09/27/2002

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Overall
Disagree

This place is good, but not great like it's hyped up to be. Try the grill, that's pretty good.

serenas

12/23/2002

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Overall
not vegetarian friendly

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.

jinazaki

12/01/2002

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Overall
Good but is it worth the wait?

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.

thoutah

10/07/2002

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Overall
Fans of Kirala should get out more

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.

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