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Kali

4.6
4.6
1357 reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Our patio is closed for the winter, and to reopen in the spring.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 871-4160

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Meehan

  • Catering

    Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    LET US CUSTOMIZE YOUR PARTY! Thank you for your interest in dining with us at Kali restaurant! Due to the size of our restaurant, larger parties may be subject to “buy out” the restaurant. We offer many styles of service and we are happy to customize for any occasion. The pricing is dependent on the day of the event. For parties of 7 or more guests, we suggest that you please participate in a set menu. This is so we may better serve you and your guests. Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.

  • Area

    Hollywood

  • Cross Street

    Lucerne

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking available on Lucerne Blvd and Larchmont Blvd

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

What 1,357 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Hollywood

    Good for business meals

  • Hollywood

    Innovative

  • Hollywood

    Great for fine wines

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  1. foody

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The servers were great and professional. The food was good, but not mind blowing. Expected more for a michelin star restaurant. Got the 9 course meal. Took 2.5hours to finish. I think it needs to be cut down to 1:45 min. Took too long in between meals.
  2. Mimi

    Los Angeles

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a fine dining experience in a casual setting. The food is inventive yet homey at the same time. Every dish is handled with care be it vegetables, meat or fish. The service across the board was terrific, the wait staff, bartender and bus staff. I really appreciated that we were not rushed to order everything at once nor were we rushed to finish. The wine suggestions were wonderful and very tasty. This is a restaurant that is good for a special occasion as well as a drop in to the bar for a drink and a nosh. Kudos all around.
  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kali is my all time favorite restaurant. Kevin is the best server we’ve ever had. Didn’t get to see Drew last night but he is incredible. You can tell how well he’s trained every person there. Their service is unmatched and extremely rare to find something like it anywhere else. This experience was one of the best dates I’ve been on and can’t wait to go back!
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were the last table to be seated for service that day, chefs counter, watching all the action. Late night dining has its drawbacks… everyone a little tired from a full day’s service. But they did well to keep up a peppy attitude and serve with a smile (which quickly turned to a tired sigh). We enjoyed the nine course tasting menu with wine pairing. At $210 + $95 it’s a hefty price tag, but the portions and wine pours were VERY generous, with each dish complemented by multiple morsels of contrasting flavors, visuals, aromas, textures. Explanations of dishes were sometimes muddled, but when we inquired details, the cook staff kindly obliged to come out and give full explanations of processes. Kali always delivers spectacular, innovative, chef-driven cuisine. Dry aged beef rib eye, steak tartare piped into a crispy pastry shell, grilled celery root wrapped in steamed napa cabbage with whipped bearnaise and tarragon powder… and of course their iconic dessert of merengue gelato topped with shaved sugar-cured egg yolk… memorably delicious.
  5. Anonymous

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chefs tasting menu was amazing. Great wine list will defiantly be back.
  6. SusanMcG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the most flavorful and delectable samples of so many different combinations. First time having a few things I swore I’d never eat and they were delicious!! I will definitely go back even if it’s to sit at the counter try different options and people watch. I loved watching the kitchen staff create their meals. This is one fine tuned machine!
  7. Merb

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place for a date, I could hear my date speaking easily. The food was cool. The steak was my favorite steak I've eaten. It's juicy and has a great taste. I love the black garlic ketchup. It feels like a celebration of California. I really enjoyed coming.
  8. apkurk

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was on point and outstanding. Drew the Somm was like a machine, on point, a precision wine assassin! Food was amazing as always, along with the pacing. Best value Michelin restaurant in LA.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience celebrating 2 sales associates 27 years with the company. Chef Kevin and Drew made it a memorable evening. Can’t wait for our next visit.
  10. Steven

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. The food and service are impeccable. The pork chop was probably the best pork chop I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten them on four continents. Amazing experience!
  11. ChrisLee

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was well prepared and well described to us as each dish was served. My favorites were the winter truffle risotto, the scallop chowder, and the New York steak. The chowder was delicate, unlike any chowder I’ve ever had. The risotto was cooked perfectly, with wonderful mushrooms in each bite. The steak was seasoned so well. The service was great. The only issues were: the noise—we were seated next to an obnoxiously loud party of 8, to the point where my partner and I could not hear each other. And perhaps related to the first issue, the spacing of the tables were so close that our server’s butt was in our faces when he was serving the surrounding tables. I guess that’s what is meant when the reviews all call this a casual fine dining establishment.
  12. Winemanboston

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a Michelin experience with a spectacular execution on the food, a genuine delivery of hospitality by the owner, and a wine list that is comprehensive but priced for value and to move instead of collecting dust and awards- look no further. What a wonderful find. We need more restaurants like this in today's hospitality world.
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent dishes by Chef Kevin and team, great service and fair prices in a very casual setting. Thanks to Drew and crew for a great experience!
  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at Kali several years ago when they first opened. It was a wonderful meal with excellent, unpretentious service. We’ve followed them on social media and had to go back when we were in Hollywood with friends last week. It was great to see a booming business & our food was as delicious as we remembered.
  15. mtc2666

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at bar/kitchen which is always fun. I had steak tartare “cigar” wrapped in thin charcoal wonton like wrapper- divine. Pork chop fabulous. Cocktail east side. Best one ever. French pinot noir reasonably priced snd so smooth. And dessert i dream about….the meringue gelato with sugar cured egg yolk. Friends had uni pasta, duck and cod. They loved them all. Chef took time with us and told us his story. Close to home snd always great service and high quality food. Book now! Ps. Cece intern was lovely as well. Jessica very accommodating on reservations as well.
  16. CassieD

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Love the non-pretentious vibe at Kali: presentation of the food is on point. Good drinks menu including large wine selection. Favorite dishes were the mix seafood -crowded beach, aged squab, yellowtail crudo, and duck breast.
  17. davidm

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and pretty reasonably priced for the quality. The crowded beach is a selection of shellfish and is an incredible concept and mix of flavors.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kali never disappoints from food, ambiance, and service. Amazing
  19. brandonm

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Been here once and it was fabulous but we came back for the Valentines dinner and it was mostly awful. Oysters were good but the rest of the seafood was rubbery. Smoked beet was great but the duck and beef were very rare. If they would have asked us our preference it probably would have been better. I don’t want to hurt this business but for a $550 dinner I have had much better for the same price around LA.
  20. Nandofoodnwine

    Portland

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife’s Birthday dinner celebration at Kali was outstanding. Food was out of bounds. Inventive, balanced, tasty and with great visual presentation. The burgundy truffle soft creamy scrambled eggs were too good. The spaghetti with uni yummy and the roast duck with crispy skin and juicy delivered so much pleasure. Paired with two iconic Cali wines Phelps Insignia and Kosta Brown Pinot Noir. The service was spot on and ambiance was relaxed but every detail is taken care of. From the Riedel wine glasses to the chilled water glasses. Highly highly recommended and worthy of their Michelin star.
  21. MatthewP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was inventive and delicious and the service was superb. Really superb. We went on Valentine's Day weekend and the tables were a little close and the noise levels a bit high. With tip and 1 glass of wine each the dinner for 2 was about $260. Highly recommended for a special experience.
  22. CraigH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I have never been there and I will for be down to go again to try something different in their menu
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The duck was delicious. Wasn’t a fan of the steak. servers were very attentive and the overall experience was great. The meringue gelato was to die for!
  24. DavidS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and phenomenal service!
  25. Soph

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best and most memorable meals I have had to date. Outstanding food, amazing drinks, and stellar service. Can't wait to be back.
  26. Foodee

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our third time back. Great menu, well executed. Paired beautifully with a special bottle we brought from home. We will be back
  27. MichaelW

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    When we first walked in, I thought we were in the wrong restaurant. It looked like a Cafe and the tables were empty. Wow were we wrong. People arrived. The food was amazing. Yes, well deserving of a Michelin star (or two in my novice opinion).
  28. JohnnyLately

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Duck was amazing, sea bass amazing, farmer’s market salad amazing, charred avocado merely good. Excellent service and superb wine.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Had the chef menu .the taste was surprisingly off on every single dishes.totally disappointed
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kali always delights. Light and well crafted. We each had the seasonal tasting menu. Home run!
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kali was great as usual. Fantastic food and really first class and friendly service.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Overrated for a Michelin star restaurant. The nine course dinner was too much. The ceviche was bad. The rest was good but boring and predictable, and definitely overpriced for the quality of the food. We were rushed out because they took so long to deliver the first few dishes. Finally, the waiter couldn’t understand anything we were saying. Also, it was cold because they kept opening the door and not closing it. Bad service for this price.
  33. BenP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must try the egg scramble with truffle. Also, the aquarium was amazing. Everything was elevated.
  34. DanaL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience. Chef Kevin and the whole team were so nice and welcoming. The food was AMAZING, so tasty, special and fresh. we had a great time, absolutely will come again!
  35. Jerry158

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Kali. Service was great and attentive. Incredible presentation of creative food and drinks. Wine list offered great reasonably priced choices. You pay a little more than an average LA restaurant but get a whole lot more.
  36. KimberlinaW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic date night dinner! We enjoyed the chef's tasting menu & wine pairing. Delicious and inventive dishes. I can't wait to go back.
  37. marciaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm almost scared to give a good review as I'm afraid it will be impossible to get a table! Great range of delicious, consciously-sourced and beautifully prepared food. Vegetarian friendly, vegan friendly with great cocktails. We went for a la carte (too many mollusc allergies for the tasting menu) but it looked divine. Also- fantastic cocktails prepared by a mixologist who really cares; abd great wine suggestion by a very capable Som.
  38. JeffD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Prefer white table cloths for a restaurant in this price range.
  39. ChristineC

    Philadelphia

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very well executed cuisine of Californian ingredients and European know how. Perfectly balanced cocktails. Very unique selection of wines. Overall a great experience in Hollywood.
  40. Abhishek

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience, both in terms of the flavors and cuisine as well as the exceptional service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 871-4160.

Kali is rated 4.6 stars by 1357 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Lucerne

  • Area

    Hollywood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking available on Lucerne Blvd and Larchmont Blvd

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Meehan

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (323) 871-4160

  • Catering

    Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    LET US CUSTOMIZE YOUR PARTY! Thank you for your interest in dining with us at Kali restaurant! Due to the size of our restaurant, larger parties may be subject to “buy out” the restaurant. We offer many styles of service and we are happy to customize for any occasion. The pricing is dependent on the day of the event. For parties of 7 or more guests, we suggest that you please participate in a set menu. This is so we may better serve you and your guests. Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.

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