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Soowon Galbi
Korean Restaurant$
Today 11AM–10:30PM
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856 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90005
856 South Vermont AvenueUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90005
(213) 365-9292soowongalbi.net
$Korean RestaurantToday 11AM–10:30PM
Sunday 11AM–10:30PMMonday 11AM–10:30PMTuesday 11AM–10:30PMWednesday 11AM–10:30PMThursday 11AM–10:30PMFriday 11AM–10:30PMSaturday 11AM–10:30PM
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Korean BBQ fans fire up combo plates of beef short ribs & pork belly with sides in a comfy setting.- Google
"They said it was just sesame oil with salt and pepper but I don't believe it."
"Great Korean BBQ. Fast service and very friendly."
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James Bostock
3 weeks ago
Meat. Meat. Meat. It's easy to see why this place got so many great reviews. Food was excellent. The Galbi is a must. Really flavorful. We also got the pork belly, was not a fan. Tasted like cheap bacon. Way too much fat. Still, that might be how it is and since the rest of the meal was so good I can only assume it's my culinary ignorance. Valet parking in the lot only, which seems pretty standard in LA (Norcal here). Highly recommend.
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Patrick Haynes
a month ago
Ordered Combo A cause we wanted variety. Pretty good deal, it included: salad, chadol (beef brisket), samgyubsal (pork), marinated chicken/pork, jumulok (beef seasoned in sesame oil), soup, AND beer or soju. The meat quality was on point with the exception of the brisket. It was really dry that day. We will try the sseng galbi next time.. The table next to us ordered that and it looked AMAZING. Quality is key here and Soowon is more like three $ signs if you opt for KBBQ. Expect to dish out around $100 for a party of 2. They also have other authentic Korean entrees available if you're not in the BBQ mood (soup & rice dishes). Also want to note that they also have regular and small nengmyun sizes available. I usually get one mool (mild with broth) and one bibing (spicy without broth). Both delicious! Noodles are way thinner than other places but still cooked to perfection! The service was great.. But very slow.. I think there were only 2 servers during the Sunday lunch rush. Valet available for $2. Street parking seems impossible here.
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Randy F.
a month ago
Tip: Soowon Galbi is one of the benchmark Korean BBQ restaurants in LA and considered by many to be one of the best. The signature Soowon Wang Galbi (large prime short rib marinated in a signature marinade) and Joomuluk (sliced prime ribeye seasoned with sesame oil, salt and pepper) are must orders. Reservations are a must (even at 3-4pm) and parking is difficult so opt for their valet. Expect top notch meats, attentive service, and delicious flavors.
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Peter Kim
2 weeks ago
Combo B for 3 people ftw! At $90, it might seem expensive (and it is), but exceptionally quality and plenty of amount! Highly recommended!
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Richard Nunez
3 weeks ago
Seriously the longest I've waited for Korean BBQ. Seriously the best Korean BBQ restaurant I've been to. Get here early, leave your name, take a short stroll, and come back for one of the best Korean BBQ Los Angeles has to offer. Their traditional appetizers, especially the spicy cilantro and kimchi, are a delicious start to your meal. We ordered the seafood pancake, the galbi (their most popular dish) and the bulgogi. The waitstaff are polite, fast, and efficient and made our entire dining experience one to remember.
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John Warren
a month ago
it's been awhile since our last visit and they're still one of the best Korean bbq in LA, and the wait for a table hasn't changed, but why was the sliced rib eye sweeter than I remember. it could've just have been our order and one could argue it's bbq, but for me it was always the simplicity, the quality of their beef and a dip in the oil is what made it so amazing. i initially thought it was the sesame oil/salt/pepper dip that was sweet but it wasnt, it was the marinade of the joomuluk. the chadol gui was just as amazing as before along with banchans. i don't know if they changed their marinade or someone just added too much sugar during prep but hopefully it's not the way they make it now.
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Guy Hayes
2 months ago
it's been awhile since our last visit and they're still one of the best Korean bbq in LA, and the wait for a table hasn't changed, but why was the sliced rib eye sweeter than I remember. it could've just have been our order and one could argue it's bbq, but for me it was always the simplicity, the quality of their beef and a dip in the oil is what made it so amazing. i initially thought it was the sesame oil/salt/pepper dip that was sweet but it wasnt, it was the marinade of the joomuluk. the chadol gui was just as amazing as before along with banchans. i don't know if they changed their marinade or someone just added too much sugar during prep but hopefully it's not the way they make it now.
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Sherrie Sutherland
4 months ago
Love this place!!! Any burger is bomb good portions and great flavor! Before this is thought Omega Burgers was the best burger in Vermont Ave I digress!! The staff is super curtious and friendly!! I recommend anyone in Vermont Ave to stop by this place and indulge in this small masterpiece of a burger spot!