Kala

4.8
869 reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro
Welcome to Kala, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish and Pinion. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 869 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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henrys
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Young Hexham guy served us- Excellent.
Food beautiful.
Please put the Chuox bin desert back on Menu
£6 for the Anchovies snack was steep but everything else was excellent

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MarkI
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time and overall a really lovely experience. Food was great as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Good amazing and all staff really friendly. Chef was amazing what a talent for such a young person.

JM
JaneM
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, Kala was wonderful. Beautifully prepared food that was plate lickingly good. The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable giving great wine recommendations. You just can't top the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd visit and won’t be last. Took grandkids 8 & 10, they said ‘best meal ever’ & they are little gourmets

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ChrisJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Well worth the 2 hour drive to get there.

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DavidT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really interesting food and wine menu, great sharing Guinea Fowl

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garye
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food excellent service with great staff

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PaulS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long awaited Kala lunch. The first in almost 2 years. Worth the snowy/icey drive from Harrogate. The welcome, cocktails, wine, dessert wine, food everything were stunning.
And "lamb fat potato terrine" - well that is just showing off
See you in January

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FrazerB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and stood out from other similar level competitors for it’s quality

JT
JayneT
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, wonderful staff. Our favourite spot at the bar. Can’t fault it.

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grace
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely well cooked meal, lovely staff overall fab.

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SimonC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal , plenty of choice and good quality produce.

Great service from all of the team and everyone was helpful and friendly.

Would recommend!

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Rossco
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, great atmosphere and reasonably priced, what more can you ask for.

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Plum
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times now and consistently excellent. Service is impeccable whilst remaining relaxed. Highly recommended

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DavidK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and greeted by a great guy at the door that took our jackets. Waiting staff quite attentive although knowledge regarding the wine could have been better. Food outstanding especially the sharing dishes of sirloin and guinea fowl. Overall very good just spoilt at the end by the general manager. Asking us to leave our table, which I was already aware of prior to booking. Plus we had already settled the bill, hence we were all ready to leave. Just requires a little bit of emotional intelligence to assess the situation before wading in. The bill was over £260 for 3 people but at the end of the experience we felt like an inconvenience after such a great meal. The food and experience during the meal was superb though and would recommend to my friends.

JB
JulieB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great evening at Kala, and food was mostly amazing. Puddings for one of the adults and the kids were just a bit too sickly but would still happily eat there again especially as the main courses were so special. Sound level was a bit high, sometimes making it a bit overwhelming, but that might be partly because we are not used to being out because of Covid. Overall we had a wonderful evening, lively atmosphere, and great staff - very welcoming to us and the kids and I would totally recommend.

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StephenW
Manchester
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful. We both said that the service at Kala was probably the most attentive and friendly service we’ve had in Manchester definitely for years (maybe ever?). Everyone couldn’t have done more to help answer questions, advise on the menu and drinks. The food was good; the fish menu gave loads of great options. A little light on veggie choices but the menus online so… look before you go? Surprising highlight was anchovies on the nibbles list with a light smoked cheese. Incredibly moreish.

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Mikedc2k
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal at Kala, fantastic service, incredible standard of cooking and all at great value prices for the quality of ingredients and cooking. A must visit if you’re dining in Manchester

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3080
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - we were a group of 6 and all really enjoyed the food. Good wine too and a lovely atmosphere as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed being at an independent restaurant in the city- a rare thing in this bit of the city. Menu was seasonal, lots of wine by the glass, the service was excellent- friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.
Good standard of bistro style food cooked with care and skill.
We arrived early and the joint was buzzing soon after we arrived-an interesting mix of people who looked similarly happy to be dining in a real restaurant not a soulless chain.
Thanks to Emily and fellow servers for their unflagging service.

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JackieJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening, great food in a lovely environment served by an excellent team

JC
JessicaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A welcome warm cosy feel after stepping in from the cold. The staff were friendly and just the right level of attentive.
The food is delicious and well presented but decent portions. We had main and desert and were full.
The bar staff were also very helpful with a good range of non-alcoholic drinks.
Definitely going back again. My parents will be going to sister restaurant Hispi next week after my ravings about Kala.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience.
Topped off by a free meal from Open Table!!! Thanks guys

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KatieW
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An over all dining experience! Having had the pleasure of eating in some of the UK’s top dining establishments this has to rank highly. The staff are attentive but not overly, the food is sublime without being fussy or pretentious. The wine choice is excellent without being extortionate. The ambiance has a buzz about it. I have enjoyed an intimate dinner for two as well as a fun loving party of 10! A little gem in a big city! Love it!

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GemmaF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, brilliant menu, fantastic drinks, and outstanding service from Disney John!

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MartinM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, Kala was a great choice for yesterday's Sunday lunch. The food here is always very good and they have worked hard to hire people who are attentive and 'on it' without being overbearing. And to top it, that now familiar "is that all" feeling when the bill arrives. Highly recommend a visit if you're thinking about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and wonderful service, can’t wait to go back.

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Philip
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit to Kala for Sunday lunch in November was a great experience. The friendliness of staff and warmth of welcome were outstandingly good. Drinks, wines and food very good indeed. Will recommend wholeheartedly and look forward to returning.

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Rebecca
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience - really enjoyed everything. The male manager/host looked after us very well and the other staff were great. Thanks a lot!

RM
RebeccaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always with Kala food was delicious and staff friendly

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NicolaR
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Well presented very tasty. Between us we had halibut and beef Both were excellent. Impeccable service can’t ask for more.

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AndrewD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Very accommodating and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an absolute superb experience food was amazing staff amazing
10 out of 10 .

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vipNiginaM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service. Not noisy, chic and in a good location. Would come back

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KathyS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate early before going to a concert so the restaurant was pretty much empty and nicely quiet. However, when full, I reckon it might be pretty noisy. Food was very nice, although the portion sizes were very odd with one each of the starters and main being very large and the others small to medium. Desserts where a little disappointing - the pear with Sauternes jelly was bland and the chocolate dessert almost too strong. The wine pairings were very well judged. Service was good. We’d definitely come back.

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CatherineF
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kala is a great place to have lunch and is conveniently situated in the city centre.

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal and our interaction with the excellent team at Kala. All dishes were flavoursome and enjoyable, well presented and clearly cooked with love.

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3080
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food, great atmosphere and the value for money is amazing.

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Heaty
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Starters -one was ok, one was poor
Mains- cold plate therefore cold food, the worst roast potatoes I’ve ever tried.
Manager dismissed us when we complained, very poor customer service, very disappointing.

FAQs

Kala is rated 4.8 stars by 869 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.