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

Karkalla

4.8
4.8
176 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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.

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 176 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

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  • New South Wales

    Best Overall

  • New South Wales

    Best Food

  • New South Wales

    Best Service

  • New South Wales

    Best Value

  • New South Wales

    Fit for Foodies

  • New South Wales

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • New South Wales

    Healthy

  • New South Wales

    Romantic

  • New South Wales

    Special Occasion

  • New South Wales

    Modern Australian

  • Byron Bay and surrounds

    Most Booked

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  1. KM

    KMat

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. DC

    DavidCraw

    Gold Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    CarlaFrancescaandPavel

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!
  4. HR

    HRichards

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!
  5. MS

    MoyraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  6. BS

    BobS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  7. LF

    LeanneF

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 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 !
  8. SA

    SandraA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

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

    DanielB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The oysters were the best I’d had and the flavours for the mains were exciting, unique, delicious… yum!! Thank you :)
  10. KS

    KaneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at Karkalla, and we cannot rave enough. Our visitors from Sydney said it was more like an experience than just dining, and they said it was the best meal of their lives. Mindy was in the kitchen which made it even more special. Cocktails were exceptional also.
  11. F

    Fred

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food exceptionally original in local flavours. Space too cold and too noisy, hard furnishings everywhere, nothing to mute echo, especially bad with two large groups on either side of us. Beautiful serving plates, but too big for the very small table
  12. TB

    TrishB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An intimate dining experience with fantastic food paired with delicious wines (we had the set menu). Wonderful, personable staff with just the right amount of service.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food - and service with a smile😊
  14. MW

    MoniqueW

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing, the service staff and attention to us was incredible. And the flavours of the food from start to finish were amazing. Will be telling anyone and everyone who is going to Byron to go.
  15. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. The flavours, ambience and staff were exceptional. I can't wait to be back in Byron again to enjoy this unique take on native cuisine.
  16. JA

    JoAnnT

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful food, drink and staff. The flavour and selection of the foods are amazing.
  17. B

    Bluehen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food is fabulous, service is super friendly, nice touches from the chef, including explanations of what's on the plate. Only downside, I found the music a tad too loud, each time I've been there. This makes conversation especially difficult when dining in a group greater than 4 - as it's hard to hear and lots of leaning toward other end of table was needed. Enjoyed music choices though. 💜
  18. L

    Leese

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Karkalla restaurant in Byron Bay a week ago and were super impressed by the great service, we will recommend you to our friends and family. We didn't know about the local plants we could eat and have gained new knowledge, which is always good. The atmosphere was lovely and everyone looked relaxed and chilled who arrived and ate here, therefore the ambience was perfect. It was a busy place and we noticed that if you hadn't booked you couldn't get in, so booking is vital. The 2 waitresses were super efficient and recommended a good wine to go with our tasting menu. See you guys again from Nick and Lisa from the Sunshine Coast.
  19. KK

    KaiKaiGirl

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My first dining experience at Karkalla. My friend and I had an early sitting, which was really pleasant for a quiet conversation. All of the staff were welcoming and friendly. It was great to have them take time to explain aspects of the menu, which use many ingredients native to Australia and Bundjalung country. My friend and I shared an entree, main and side salad, and were really satiated. The Davidson Plum Martini is a must try!! Highly recommend Karkalla.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful place to dine! The staff really seem to enjoy working here and made us feel welcome and comfortable. Just very warm and friendly. And the food is superb! The taste blend so well together and the combinations had us all trading bites!
  21. SB

    SaffronB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wow. The food was an artistic blend of authenticity, creativity and pure magic. Local ingredients, many of which have been feeding traditional owners of the Bundjalung nation for centuries, fused with modern Australian cuisine, creating the most exciting and inspiring food experience I’ve had in years. And the staff were so warm and enthused to share the journey with us. And that negroni with native thyme? Heavenly! I’ll be back, many, many times.
  22. AM

    AndyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the most amazing food I've ever had! Highly recommended!
  23. JM

    JackyM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening spent with great food and family. Loved the authentic menu and the sharing experience. Looked after very well
  24. S

    Shannon

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fish in the curry and the barramundi both. Wonderfully tender kangaroo. Nice interior. Lovely staff. Very good restaurant
  25. YT

    YogiTravel7

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg!! We did not expect that! So shocked! The authentic high end modern Australian native cuisine! So delicious! If you come here for the first time - start with the set menu. We will be definitely back next time in Byron ! You guys should better promote yourself how awesome you are. Interior from previous owners does not reflect the concept. It is always something to work on, isn’t? 🙂
  26. CB

    CodyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, delicious food & cocktails, overall a great dining experience :) Will definitely be back! Have already recommended to friends and family.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food , fantastic service , such a great little restaurant, a highlight of our trip to Byron !
  28. DC

    DavidCraw

    Gold Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional. Incredible value for money considering how good it was. Will be coming back every time we are in Byron bay.
  29. MT

    MargieT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very impressed with the food- great flavours and such a nice touch when the head chef brought the dishes to the table. We will highly recommend to our Sydney friends and can’t wait to come back again.
  30. AL

    AlexL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible and overall experience was great!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so delicious, great service and lovely little cosy spot on a rainy evening.
  32. DV

    DV2017

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience. The staff were so knowledgeable and were so open to explaining the dishes and about the indigenous varieties of plants in our food. Atmosphere was 10/10.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality ingredients cooked with imaginative flair and serving them to showcase great flavours
  34. JC

    JeremyC

    Jersey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, superb service and beautiful flavours, especially the mussels and snapper curry
  35. YC

    YingC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambience, great service. Loved the extensive use of native ingredients
  36. N

    Nana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Steamed Barrimundi was one of the best meals I have ever had. Outdanding
  37. EC

    EmmaC

    Adelaide

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AAAAAMAZING food , beautifully presented and with unique native twist on cocktails .... plus a cool Spotify soul playlist
  38. JO

    JennyO

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting use of local/native ingredients. Great to watch the chefs at work. Excellent food, wine and service
  39. SP

    SheenaP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive and professional staff, lovely vibe, could talk and hear easily at the table (some other places are so loud a conversation is almost impossible for a group of 5) and the food was innovative, approachable and very delicious.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service with out of this world food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff 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 176 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 4 times today
Google Map for Karkalla

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bay Lane , Byron Bay

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, 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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