Kala

4.8
966 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
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 966 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
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TinaB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious but the main was a little cold other than that excellent

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Kirst
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the starter - lamb breast potato terrine.

The roast beef was a generous portion, would have preferred the gravy on the side as it was slightly saltier than expected.

Great service, friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place with really nice food. Friendly service too. I would certainly recommend a visit.

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RobD
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Consistently excellent.

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RMH1979
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really delicious food, including the kids menu, which was very similar just slightly smaller and simpler (we all had the braised beef)

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vipdocd
Dorset
79 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely superb. Could not fault the service or the food. Really high quality cooking, but this was a meal rather than a performance. Great choice and stunning flavours. A little noisy for our taste, but we are well outside the typical demographic of diners there. Totally recoimmend and will return when we are next in Manchester. BONUS points for EVERY wine on the list being available by the glass! Fantastic

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LouiseH
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely food but not enough choice for my liking. The main member of staff serving us was pleasant and professional.

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lily
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The only issue I would have is the fact that like a lot of modern restaurants, the noise levels are high - wooden floors, noisy furniture, crockery clattering. Doesn’t always make for a relaxing ambience.

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CarolM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening with delicious food and warm and welcoming service. A good choice for vegetarians and generally highly recommended.

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GaryM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kala is a lovely space in central Manchester; food was beautifully and freshly-prepared. We had the boquerones to start, and the sirloin sharing dish as a main. Both were delicious. The parkin and creme brulee desserts were excellent. We paired the Portuguese vinho grande with the main, it worked very well with the steak. The sauternes complemented dessert nicely.

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GarethP
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty amazing food and great value!! can't wait to go back!!

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere ! We will definitely be back

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Sheila
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent friendly staff and quick and efficient service. Food very good.

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GillianA
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant and welcoming staff quick service lovely food

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Claire
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all areas. Food top quality, service spot on and fairly priced. Highly recommend.
Also nice touch with bread nibble and happy birthday plate at the end. The little touches make it extra special.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to Kala provided a lovely evening during which to celebrate a birthday. Food choices are slimmer than some but am sure there's a combination to satisfy my tastes. The onion soup and truffle & parmesan chips that accompanied our medium steak were well presented & flavoursome. The warm ginger parkin is a must. Overall, Kala offers a lovely ambiance with a memorable waiting service which might just elicit a repeat visit.

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Kev362y
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Service was good and the table provided was in an excellent location within the restaurant. My only complaint is the chefs were on their phones constantly and no washing of hands was visible.

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JeanneL
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and helpful informative staff
Food was faultless -didn’t have a cocktail but they looked amazing.
All the staff seem very professional and also friendly.

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LesleyB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal here, food was outstanding, the staff very pleasant and friendly

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RhianW
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us could not fault any of the courses. The white chocolate cheesecake was the best cheesecake I've ever had and our waiter was absolutely lovely. We'd all go again, faultless evening

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Iain
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Kala and what a lovely experience it was. Beautifully cooked food, it was great quality and not in the slightest bit pretentious. Loved the onion soup which was one of the specials, and the braised featherblade of beef and salmon fillet mains were equally good. Staff were lovely too, so all in all a great time was had by us.

Special shout out for stocking Ca’ di Alte Prosecco! Lovely stuff which you done see on wine lists that often - highly recommended.

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McYungs
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal yet again at Kala. In umpteen visits I felt it was time to tear myself away from the feather blade and try something else. I was in the mood for chicken and it did not disappoint. Super tender buttery melt in the mouth deliciousness. Great recommendation from our lovely server on the cheesecake special. Just a lovely place with lovely food and belting staff! Proud to have contributed to every single kickstarter, well worth it. Long May Elite Bistros run.

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PeteB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team helped this celebration lunch to be truly special. As well as a strong vegan offering (for on of our party) they made a huge lavish vegan birthday cake (to order 48hrs in advance) which, well, put the the icing on the cake!

Memorable for all the rights reasons.

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Oliver
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled upon on this place and it did not disappoint, great vibe, unbelievable food. Would definitely recommend.

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AndyM
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service and nothing pretentious.

Particularly recommend the salmon and crème brûlée.

Love the fact that they recommend wines that pair well and you can buy the glass. Too often decent wine is by the bottle only

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ChrisW
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always - the special mussels were superb
Staff delightful - friendly and knowledgeable
One of our favourite restaurants

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ELMor
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious Sunday lunch menu - such good value for money! Excellent service in a nice relaxed atmosphere. Can't recommend highly enough and can't wait to be back!

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JackM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely spot on. Service fantastic. Could have done with a bit of music and a few more people to improve the atmosphere.

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JONATHONB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Not pretentious. Great service. The lunch menu is excellent value.

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SaraL
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply divine. As always. Staff are so warm and inviting and the food is top notch for a really reasonable price!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Proper friendly staff would definitely dine here again. Only thing i would say is the portions are a bit small and the wooden chairs aren’t too comfy but other than that it was really good.

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PaulL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place and we go to a lot. Food was great and service was amazing, nothing as too much trouble. We will be going again.

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MrsMoores
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super lunch before our theatre trip, great menu & lovely specials.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday roast I’ve ever had! Me and my boyfriend came for our 3rd year anniversary. Food was unbelievable, and everyone was so lovely. Great atmosphere and not too busy so perfect for a date. Will definitely be returning :)

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AnnL
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time dining at Kala. Lovely Sunday lunch in Manchester City centre. Highly recommend

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AgneD
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Just felt ignored the whole night. No manager presence on the floor during out meal so did not even got a chance to say what was wrong. Even though the server was lovely, the actual service was extremely slow, waited for deserts menus for ages had to eventually find a manager to get it. Servers were doing close down jobs instead of looking after the guests. I am a restaurant manager myself so i do understand that 1st of January is a difficult day to work, but me and my partner just wanted to be looked after after a long Christmas in Hospitality. Unfortunately that did not happen

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BenS
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for a birthday night out and it exceeded expectations. Food was outstanding and we were looked after very well by the staff who went above and beyond to make it a special evening. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning.

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linaT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the staffs were also friendly

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CalistaS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good but price was slightly too pricey considering the normal dinner menu is 23 for 3 course meal.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing service was excellent, had the New Year’s Eve taster menu but will be going back again for the regular menu

FAQs

Kala is rated 4.8 stars by 966 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.