Kali

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695 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The staff was very friendly and provided great service. Though the staff could be more knowledgeable about the food and wine served - they made mistakes when talking about ingredients and the wine.

EL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a fine evening! Went to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was personable, knowledgeable and attentive. Definitely will be back!

BC
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Inventive cuisine, creative wine list, friendly, attentive and informal service. A place that serves high quality food without unnecessary glitz or pretense. The Barley Risotto was particularly memorable. Will return!

C
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal, valuable wine list, could do better on the dessert menu.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

deserves the reputation. service, presentation, and taste were out of sight. we will be back soon.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Chef doeant observe traditional meat temperatures and would rather ruin a guest's evening than properly cook a steak. Big problem. Sent it back twice. Wait staff was very helpful but admitted it happened alot which is a problem for this restaurant. Can't recommend until they figure this out.

Positive thoughts:. Great service and the avocado salad was wonderful!

DW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Parts of my pork loin were actually raw (which I didn’t find out until I brought it home). They charged me $38 for it when the menu had stated it was $29. When I talked to the manager about it, he was profusely apologizing for the mistake. All around — didn’t feel like the food warranted those prices.

CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Kali for our anniversary. It was an amazing experience. The food was great, and service was friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend the Chef's tasting menu. Completely worth it.

LL
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really lovely place in Larchmont, super flavorful dishes and great low key vibe

WW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As with all my experiences at Kali, dinner was spectacular. My wife and I have been many times and eagerly brought good friends visiting from Maryland. We had the seasonal tasting menu with the wine pairing...every dish and every pairing were incredible. One of our friends remarked that it might have been the best meal she’d ever had. The Michelin star is well well deserved, and maybe next year it will be two stars.

c
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Finally! Los Angeles deserves more restaurants like Kali!!!! Will be going back soon.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

DK
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The tomato and berry salad starter is so good that it would make an interesting dessert. Pork was one of the best I have ever had. Our server Deana was great.

KL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Some of the food was great but 2 of the 4 dishes we had were disappointing.

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable special meal. Best food in la. Amazing experience

LA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

The food was extraordinary but the service was abysmal. It took forever for someone to take our order. And, we were basically ignored the entire time. One of us asked the waiter for a glass of wine to match her next course (and literally said: bring any wine). She had finished her meal and he never brought the wine. She ended up having to order from another waitress who seemed annoyed. The waiter never returned to take a dessert order. Finally we were able to flag someone else who again became annoyed they had to take our order. The restaurant is not large so it is remarkable how ignored we were - it's almost as though they had to try to avert their eyes to wait on us. It is a very expensive restaurant - the food is amazing - wish the service was better especially given the recent Michellin star rating. The staff did not seem to care.

DB
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and friendly service. We’ll be going back in the near future.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic Food! Flavour combinations spot on! Would highly recommend.

PL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We went because it's got a Michelin star. The food was good, but we were very surprised by the noise level. Although many LA restaurants are noisy, this place is just unreasonably loud, people were literally shouting across the table. The staff said they were going to change the flooring and install more sound absorbing wall covering soon, before that happens I certainly will not go back.

N
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an amazing waitress and the staff was very kind and helpful. We enjoyed the chefs menu. Will go back and would love to recommend it to friends!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great especially when paired with the quality to price ratio. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our 43rd Anniversary

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Fantastic sea urchin pasta dish! Service could be better,.

J
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Staff, ambience, almost all of the food was top notch. Would go back. Wish there were more veggie entre choices.

JP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was pretty good; but the music was much too loud and made it impossible to speak to each other without yelling and asking folks to repeat themselves. I’m not sure why these places have all hard surfaces and no sound absorption capability . Even my 30 something friends had trouble communicating in that environment.

SD
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and impeccable service. Highly recommend Kali.

CP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Seasonal tasting menu was fantastic and the service was on point.

MS
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kali never disappoints! We always receive a warm welcome, tasty cocktail, delicious menu and great service! Such a gem!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Honestly this was a huge disappointment for such a highly rated restaurant. The food was simply not that impressive for LA. Cool sounding dishes, but mediocre execution.

Plus, with a restaurant this expensive, adding a 5% "kitchen appreciation" fee is absurd.

O
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent lunch, food was fabulous, service attentive

AH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ordered the burrata/berry/tomato dish, charred avocado, barley risotto, pasta dish, boneless ribeye steak, and chocolate dessert. Everything was delicious, especially the burrata and pasta dishes. Great atmosphere

g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We love Kali. A neighborhood restaurant with a Michelin star!

RD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really fantastic experience for our first time at Kali. The food is well worth it's new Michelin star. The service was outstanding and and it was an overall great time.

KC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was my 3rd time at Kali, and my colleagues' first time at Kali. I recommended Kali to them, and it didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, being that it's summer, there were some flies around our table and food. So we did spend a bit of time trying to get rid of the flies, which was annoying. Still, it's hard to blame the staff for that. Food was great as usual. The staff did have to move us to a different table, which was slightly less convenient as well. After we were served our foods, the server checked on us much less, which is understandable but left us waiting to order more drinks. Overall, I'd definitely recommend!

J
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had high expectations for this Michelin star restaurant and they definitely hit the nail on the head! Our service was fantastic, and the waitress made sure my birthday meal was extra special! I loved the ambiance of the place and the food was delicious. We stayed deep into the night and loved every second!

S
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service, extremely well sourced ingredients prepared with perfect classical technics. Very creative combinations without the all too often trendy ones that are overdone. The wine list is well balance, with well selected vintages and a great Riesling offering, Veyder Malberg being one of my favorite
superb Experience!!!

h
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The meal was outstanding, beginning with a Negroni that they make with an aged barrel whiskey, black cod that could not have prepared better anywhere else, ,oust, velvety texture, and the dessert, could have gone there just for dessert, meringue gelato with shaved egg yolk. Definitely a go to restaurant whenever I am in LA!

n
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Bad experience. You don’t feel like you are welcomed. This server takes a long time to go around and come to your table.

Once we ordered the food and the wine, it took a while to get the wine on the table. I found a fly in the wine and I could not take it anymore and left. When I complain to the manager about the wine, the response was worse than the bad experience with the fly. Rather than a simple apology I was told that flies are common place in the restaurants at this time in Los Angeles. I guess the next time I’ll order flies as a side dish.

TD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kevin & Drew have been doing a great job from day 1, and they earned it! Strong recommend the uni pasta.

Y
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I very rarely write reviews but after dining at Kali twice now, I had to share my compliments. Celebrating my birthday here a few months ago was such a wonderful experience! It was the most incredible dinner I've had in a really long time so when it was my friend's birthday, I definitely wanted to come back.

We ordered the blini with caviar (little bites of heaven!), yellowtail, black barley risotto (one of my favorites with the little crisp on top), black cod and cavatelli pasta (my other favorite!) and ended the night on a sweet note with the meringue gelato.

Dining here both times, my friends and I never had to flag a server down for anything. We were constantly checked on, our water glasses filled, plates changed, napkins folded when we left to use the bathroom... we never had to ask for anything because all of our needs were anticipated. Chef Kevin visited us a few times during the night and having the chef come greet the guests speaks volumes because you don't see that at every restaurant and it's nice to talk to the creative person behind the dishes. Coming from a hospitality background, I can't help but pick up on these things, but even if you aren't in the service industry, you won't not notice this level of attention and service.

My friends and I had the most enjoyable evening ever and even though the restaurant was full of other patrons, we left feeling like we were the most important guests. Thank you so, so much Chef Kevin & the entire Kali team for your hospitality and amazing dining experience! Your Michelin Star is so well deserved. I can't wait to be back! :)

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