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Native & modern Australian shared style dinner  - Karkalla, Byron Bay, AU-ACT

Karkalla

4.8
4.8
208 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Karkalla reflects the essence we believe to be truly Australian- coastal, sun kissed, relaxed, and most importantly generous.

We are known and loved for our relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, use of native indigenous ingredients and love of locally sourced seasonal produce.

Our signature dishes include Crispy Salt Bush, Karkalla Curry with handmade Roti, Macadamia Hummus with Native Apple.

Jingiwallah - hello and welcome locals, travellers, families, and friends alike. At Karkalla we keep half of our tables for walk-ins so please stop by if you can not get a booking.

We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of the land of the Indigenous people, the traditional custodians of this land, and respect their culture and identity which has been interwoven with the land and sea for generations.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Australian, Café

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 5614 8656

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mindy Woods

  • Catering

    Karkalla offers an extensive catering menu available for both private and public events. Featuring local, seasonal produce and an array of native indigenous ingredients Karkalla's catering menu is suitable for small private affairs through to large corporate events. For more information and current catering menu contact us via our website.

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for a unique, memorable experience for your next function or event? Enjoy an intimate experience in a relaxed yet quality setting. Think elegant boho beach feel and exceptional professional service and product delivery. Onsite and offsite catering available. Karkalla Byron Bay is available for exclusive hire for up to 30 people.

  • Area

    Byron Bay

  • Cross Street

    Bay Lane , Byron Bay

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Masterchef Au Jenn Lee Take Over

    $80.00 per person

    Prepaid

    20 Sept - 21 Sept 2022
    Immerse yourself in a four course intimate dinner featuring the highly praised signature dishes of MasterChef Australia 2022 Contestant Jenn Lee. Your experience will be a feast for the senses and includes: - A welcome snack - Two shared entrees, - Individual main and - Desserts. This is your chance to experience Jenn's delectable Masterchef dishes for yourself! Places strictly limited , tow nights only. Book now to avoid disappointment.

What 208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New South Wales

    Best Overall

  • New South Wales

    Best Food

  • New South Wales

    Best Value

  • New South Wales

    Fit for Foodies

  • New South Wales

    Healthy

  • New South Wales

    Romance

  • New South Wales

    Special Occasions

  • New South Wales

    Modern Australian

  • Byron Bay and surrounds

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Billsfoodfinds

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding aboriginally influenced food beautifully prepared, Asian influences. For adventurous eaters...Do not be concerned to eat here. You will enjoy every bite. Excellent, knowledgeable staff.
  2. TW

    TanyaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I have some severe allergies and often end up on a drip in hospital with cross contamination. I always let restaurants know before I go, so they can choose not to serve me. Many take up my offer! In this case Mindy and the team made sure I had a couple of options and we planned in advance. My food was delicious, thoughtful and carefully prepared. The entree, oysters with a Native sorbet were tangy and a slight bitterness to offset the creamy fresh shucked oyster. The main, a smoky kangaroo fillet with a fiery hot sambal and macadamia rice was warming to the soul on a very cold night. My husband wasn’t as keen on his, we don’t eat a lot of salt so he found the main too salty. But the lychee cocktails made up for it! The space is lovely and has a great feeling to it. And for me, as a local to the area, it is so nice to see some smaller spaces developing interesting flavour profiles and focussing on service, rather than the large soulless restaurants that seem to be a part of Byron now, that don’t appreciate their guests (take it or leave it, and if you don’t like it we have plenty of others who will pay to be in this hip space anyway). The service was excellent and you can tell the kitchen is highly disciplined and well managed. I do have to mention the “bloggers” at the table next to us who clearly did not seek permission from the chef, the artist of her menu, to set up a small studio with bright lights and take images of her food for posting. The lights were distracting, and standing up and snapping photos to “get height” was not cool. We see this more and more, and I just find it rude. Please ask the chef first if this is ok. And think about those around you who are trying to enjoy a quiet meal. We might actually start heading back to the Bay to see what else is new. Thank you Karkalla!
  3. ME

    MelissaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing menu, beautiful fresh native ingredients. Highly recommend ⭐️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love this restaurant and will return whenever we’re in the area. It’s a great place to take visitors for a taste of something unique and uniquely Australian.
  5. MM

    MariaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything from the imaginative cocktails to the wonderful food. We shared plates so we could experience more of the choices on the menu.
  6. PB

    PatB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Karkalla is a great eatery and an innovative experience combining awesome indigenous ingredients with local produce
  7. L

    Linda

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have not eaten a lot of native ingredients but this was one of the best meals I have ever had. Amazing flavours and everything on the plate was well considered and well executed. The cocktails were also delicious!
  8. D

    Damien

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So impressed. Amazing service. Friendly and attentive. And the food was spectacular. Exceeded all my expectations. And the ambience and music sets the tone.
  9. GS

    GlenS

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have had. Will definitely be back. Can highly recommend. Well worth the money.
  10. AH

    AnthonyH

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience1
    The food and experience fell short of expectations and generally was overpriced for what we got.
  11. MH

    MegH

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The damper was amazing! Also tried the kangaroo and fish curry as was not disappointed. Yum!
  12. WR

    WenR

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience - the deep fried salt bush! The smoked butter with damper! The perfectly cooked kangaroo fillet! Great to see a restaurant run by a First Nation Bundjalung person serving glorious native food. Thank you.
  13. LB

    LauraB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food. Definitely worth trying a couple of dishes from each part of the menu. Sharing is the best way to try as many as possible. And the damper!! We went for a second lot and considered thirds. Lovely waitstaff. Kids options were great and desserts a delicious finale. Look forward to going again.
  14. K

    Kris

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dining experience, food is creative, unique and fun. The staff are attentive, engaging and happy. I would eat at Karkalla weekly if I lived in Byron!
  15. IC

    IainC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience appreciating Indigenous culture and flavours
  16. KM

    KristenM

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for locally sourced seasonal produce and native indigenous ingredients. We shared the damper with wattle seed and bush honey butter; crispy eggplant with Davidson plum pepper-berry sauce; green papaya salad with macadamia nuts; Nimbin jasmine brown rice with mixed herbs and macadamia and the Native curry with charred fish, mussels and served with house made roti. It was absolutely delicious and we’re keen to come back. The service was wonderful plus they have an interesting cocktail menu. 5 star ⭐️
  17. J

    Julia

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The authenticity of the food was immaculate. Flavours we’ve never tasted before, a restaurant worth going to!
  18. r

    rogerm

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always! A very special place, a kind of it’s own!
  19. AW

    AnneW

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The service & food were excellent but all the food came together which really spoilt our experience sadly. We orders a small medium and 2 mains but before we finished 1 the next came...next time we wont order up front...
  20. g

    gabrieller

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely interesting food - will def be back! Thank you
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our first visit to Karkalla on Thursday evening A great evening, sensational dining experience with family visiting from overseas Each dish was delicious and scrumptious Definitely will head back again The staff were attentive Good to listen to Mandy’s goals to encourage gardens in schools with native theme’s and book ideas too
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining in town! Beautiful everything! We will be back!
  23. J

    John

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff were really attentive but not over the top, food was really tasty and had some unusual but appreciated twists, prices in line with other higher quality restaurants, wine list good but slightly limited.
  24. 1

    12345

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the service was amazing.
  25. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my elderly father. We both had a wonderful time. Staff were wonderful and authentically pleasant and helpful. My father is 80 and only felt the noise level of public voice mixed with music was a bit loud. (He politely tolerated) but felt we should share just for knowledge with elderly guests or people with hearing impairment The damper was a bit harder than his previous time at restaurant but still delicious. Thank you for sharing delicious made meals.
  26. BU

    BriannaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Karkalla is an amazing experience, with absolutely unreal food that just captures beautiful Australian native taste and dining. The ambience of the restaurant is also intimate yet comfortable. Would highly recommend.
  27. JJ

    JenniferJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted like old friends and treated like valued guests. The food was great value, arrived in good time and tasted fresh and was full of flavour. We will definitely be back again.
  28. TS

    TrishS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The wait staff were very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was tasty however the servings are very small and we left feeling that the value for money was not there for a few of the dishes.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is not pretentious but very relaxed and comfy. Food outstanding
  30. RF

    RyanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasant experience with good service and great food.
  31. AJ

    AmeliaJ

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great space! Attentive staff! A holiday highlight!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Deep fried food in old oil, felt sick after.
  33. KM

    KMat

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Delicious modern Australian cooking with a twist of native ingredients. Food was well presented and tasted fresh and exciting. The only thing was that portion was a bit small for my liking.
  34. DC

    DavidCraw

    Gold Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, as always. Crab pasta and green curry are must tries!
  35. CF

    CarlaFrancescaandPavel

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely our new fav in Byron. We live in the Byron Shire and of course we have our little list of tip top places for us but Karkalla was outstanding due the richness of the flavours in their dishes. Many places only use organic and local source ingredients which makes them a great place to visit, but Karkalla also had this amazing combination of ingredients that omg! We cant wait to come back and try more dishes! Well done guys!
  36. HR

    HRichards

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a super meal at Karakalla last night celebrating my birthday, my children 18 and 16 this morning were still talking about the beautiful different food they tried last night , we really enjoyed everything about the restaurant and loved that we were trying new ingredients, there is lots of native flavours on the menu...the food was outstanding, the drinks were delicious....you just have to go!
  37. MS

    MoyraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The calamari and damper were beautiful as a starter, I went out of my comfort zone with a steamed barramundi Asian broth, but well worth it as it was delicious. Cocktails were great too. The staff were very knowledgable and were working under pressure as the restaurant was full, but managed to take care of everyone with grace and a smile.
  38. BS

    BobS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Really enjoyed the green fish (snapper) curry and accompanying crispy roti when it finally arrived, but had to wait over an hour for it owing to our shared plate order accidentally been give to a later diner. We were offered extra complimentary glasses of wine in recognition of the extra long wait. First large shared plate of steamed barramundi was a bit disappointing as broth was on the bland side, but chocolate coated mousse dessert was outstanding.
  39. LF

    LeanneF

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A culinary delight, the owner and chef enthusiastic in explaining Australian native products and allowing diners to taste, so welcoming and friendly. Very relaxing and every mouthful a symphony for your palate, can’t wait to dine there again !
  40. SA

    SandraA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our experience was great. However we would have liked the meal to have been less rushed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Karkalla using the Order Online button. Karkalla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 5614 8656.

Karkalla is rated 4.8 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Karkalla

10/8 Fletcher St, Byron Bay, AU-ACT 2481

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Bay Lane , Byron Bay

  • Area

    Byron Bay

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Australian, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mindy Woods

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 5614 8656

  • Catering

    Karkalla offers an extensive catering menu available for both private and public events. Featuring local, seasonal produce and an array of native indigenous ingredients Karkalla's catering menu is suitable for small private affairs through to large corporate events. For more information and current catering menu contact us via our website.

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for a unique, memorable experience for your next function or event? Enjoy an intimate experience in a relaxed yet quality setting. Think elegant boho beach feel and exceptional professional service and product delivery. Onsite and offsite catering available. Karkalla Byron Bay is available for exclusive hire for up to 30 people.

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