Kali

4.6
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738 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Kali is a small neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley, the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LY
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly service and yummy food! Favorites for the table were the black barley risotto and the meringue ice cream.

y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall experience was good. The risotto was slightly salty and our waiter was nice, but slightly overenthusiastic .

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Top notch service. The food was truly wonderful and the wine recommendations were perfect with each course. I’ll be coming back and soon.

TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food, service and ambience were good. But we were seated at the table next to the bathroom and I don’t understand why when the restaurant was empty. Kind of ruined my meal and I probably won’t be back because of this.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The tasting menu was hit or miss. Most things were served room temperature and we felt it should have been hot/ or even warm. A few standout dishes, but overall a little too expensive for what we got.

CC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was unbearably slow. I noted in my reservation that the dinner was for a birthday celebration, but there was no acknowledgement of this throughout our meal.

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic! First time dining here couldn’t have been more impressed. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! We ordered the Chef’s Menu and it catered to vegetarian as well. We will definitely be back.

N
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to Kali for a dining experience after following them for 2 years on Instagram. I left full, happy and satisfied. I would recommend this place to any and everyone who wants to feel special.

GU
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I had wanted to visit Kali for a long time so I was glad to finally be in the neighborhood. Lunch was terrific and I hope to go again soon for dinner.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable experience. Best restaurant in Los Angeles. A MUST try. Unparalleled hospitality and unforgettable food.

B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Incredible all around! The food was out of this world. Our favorites were the black barley risotto, the hangar steak, and the egg white gelato with candied egg yolk shavings. Highly recommended!

LW
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was impeccable, food delicious and it was the best way to celebrate our one year anniversary. Perfect for a romantic dinner.

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience1

FOOD AND SERVICE EXCELLENT .. UNFORTUNATELY, KALI LOOKS LIKE A TIRE OLD COFFEE SHOP

JD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The yellow tail had gristle and tendon on it for one of the dishes, which ruined the dish. Hard to believe its a one start Michelin do the inconsistencies with dishes. Majority of the dishes were excellent.

JL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Modern California cuisine with really good quality ingredients. The 8 course tasting menu was a great value and we loved every dish along with its presentation.

r
Los Angeles
111 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really good food. Decent prices. Not too loud. Not too precious. Good service. And did I say really really good food?

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love this place!!

RK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious with amazing service. We sat at the chef’s table and ordered practically everything on the menu. Everything we ate was phenomenal. Flavors were spot on and presentation was perfect. Thank you to all the chefs including Alexis for all the recommendations and laughs!

RV
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, hidden, romantic and delicious food to boot! I can't wait to go AGAIN.

KS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great wine, quality/ owners are smart, great taste in wine..outstanding food...

m
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous hosts, chef, service and unusual food - something different and fabulous!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely excellent as usual.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food with great service.

CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service, will definitely go back again!

DS
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Some of the dishes we had were brilliant, as in shockingly good. I highly suggest you save room for the shaved egg yolk gelato. That dish could win awards.

We started with charred avocado and it was incredible; a fantastic combination of blackened fats with light dressing and nutty pistachios. Superb creation. I then ordered the pork loin which was a very bad choice that night. While the recipe itself was well designed (with a sweetness and roasted flavor), they served me a loin that was barely edible due to the fat marbling. I tried to eat around it but was getting an upset stomach. (My date's cod was impeccable so perhaps try that if they are serving it). The servers were very thoughtful about the pork. They brought me a digestif, and of course didn't charge for the entree. It was a bit shocking that made it out of the kitchen though. But everyone was very nice.

Three things are very odd about this place. We ordered a room temperature water and were told we'd have to get out of our seats and move our belongings because the water was stored under where I was sitting. That's strange. Second, the tables are too small. They have these wonderful plates and what with water glasses and wine glasses and these oversized ceramic plates, you cannot have two people on tables that small . I'm 200 pounds, and five of the table options in that place meant I'd be touching elbows with the people next to me or in the walking path. Not to mention that all of us felt like we were having dinner literally with the people next to us. I refuse to let this become just an LA gripe. I know it's hard to make a profit in the restaurant industry. But a redesign is in order to get rid of that half wall between the bar and dining room.

And most important: NO, DO NOT CHILL RED WINES. I worked for wineries, tasting rooms, and wine/cigar bars: Wine temperatures matter. Our Pinot was so closed up, we had to breathe into the glasses for ten minutes. So strange.

Still a great place.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

We arrived for an early dinner, which I would recommend because it gets loud fast once the rush comes in. Things moved slowly, but that seems to be part of the vibe. Who wants to rush dinner anyway? We ordered a la carte and don't regret it. Each bite was so delicious we stopped talking just to savor it. I can't wait to save my pennies to go back for another unforgettable meal.

J
Los Angeles
140 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice menu ... limited lunch hours ... knowledgeable servers ...

j
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fave restaurant in LA. Everything about our dining experience there is always perfect and consistently amazing- the food, staff, chef, ambiance. It’s a must go to in LA

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kali is my favorite restaurant in the world. It is an exquisite experience, and every bite is bliss.

OT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

4th time to Kali. Always has been so good. Cocktails and bread was on point but everything else this time was very salty and all the meat was very fatty and chewy. The charred avocado which used to be magical felt just blah. Very disappointed as I used to love this place but for the price point it has to be better.

J
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden star...lucky not many know about this michalin star gem or else I wouldn’t have been able to make a last minute reservation. I am sure word will get out soon

w
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We always have such a nice dinner at this restaurant, it is one of my favorites.

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is incredible. Light, fresh, flavorful, local, sustainable. Everything you want in a meal, you will walk away amazed at how beautiful and tasty your meal was. Great wines and drinks as well in a bright open space. Not a loud restaurant at all, perfect for great conversation amongst friends!

FS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Experience and fantastic service. We both enjoyed our meals also

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I were in LA for the weekend and decided to go to Kali to celebrate our anniversary Sunday night and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the wine pairing was great and our server, Jess, was fantastic!

z
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Kali has amazing, creative food; a wonderful wine selection and the very best service. This is one of the very best restaurants in LA.

MP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From start to finish a 10. The thought and care that went into creating and presenting each unique tasting dish, was etheric and food from the gods! Downright Masterful.

RY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the whole dining experience at Kali. Jessica and all other wait staff were friendly and fully knowledgeable about food and wine. Chef Kevin’s food was exceptional. We were a group of 5 and each one of us enjoyed our first and second courses. Of course we had to have the gelato with shaved preserved egg yolks. Perfect end to a lovely meal.

TU
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Interesting and exciting cuisine. Very good wines for reasonable prices. They made an extra pasta for our three year old daughter free of charge. Thank you for a wonderful evening.