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Soowon Galbi
Korean Restaurant$
Today 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
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856 Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90005
856 Vermont AvenueUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90005
(213) 365-9292soowongalbi.net
$Korean RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:30 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:30 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:30 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:30 pmFriday 11:00 am – 10:30 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 10:30 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
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Korean BBQ fans fire up combo plates of beef short ribs & pork belly with sides in a comfy setting.- Google
"Impressive, and my korean friend says its the best korean bbq he's ever had."
"One of my favorite kbbq places in la."
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Desaray Galvez
2 months ago
The food is amazing and beautiful place! Great people too, so sweet.
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Wilson Kwong
a year ago
Came here on a Monday night and it was so not packed at first, but had more people come in after. I have to say the service was so not up to par compared to other places I been, especially when they are on the pricey side; they suck. However, I notice that the workers treat other customers better than they did to us in that they were more attentive and the workers brought what the others asked for way faster (10 minutes to refill salad!!). We waited and even had to asked twice for the lettuce to wrap (its upon request)!! Our thoughts were that we both look young (which was true) and they really didn't take care of our needs. Dude, they didn't even look towards our table, like we never existed. Other tables (Korean and non-Korean) we noticed the whole time we were there were treated with better customer services.... older couples or a big family. One word: OLDER!! Food on the other hand were on pricey side, but were not sooo good as other Yelpers stated; We ordered their signature dish (Soo Won Wang Galbi) and beef ribs; I had better marinated galbi for that price or even cheaper. The galbi was a little too sweet for me in that I did not really enjoy it. Beef ribs were of good quality, but for about $30 for a few pieces of meat, I did expect that. However, I do commend them on the numerous side dishes that were actually tasty and some that you don't find in other Korean restaurant. Also, remember to bring change for the valet ($2) and to tip the guy..although I did tip the waiters for their bad service also. Recommended for OLDER couples or family..but not for young looking people like us.
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Marcus Lo
6 months ago
The meat is really good here. LEGIT Food: QUALITY - my group ordered a set A and a set B Service: So I had to call this place a million times before my first visit because my party size kept fluctuating. I probably talked to everyone that worked there over the phone and they were all nice still. When i finally got there it was no different Parking: I ended up parking on the street. There is valet. Not bad.
Michelle Leung
a year ago
Came here on a Friday night around 8PM, and was told that the wait was going to be 30-45 minutes (we expected it to be longer anyways). To our surprise, we were seated within 20 minutes! We saw all the different options in the menu, and was recommended to get Combo B, which is suited for 3-4 people (we were a party of 3 - 1 girl and 2 guys). The Combo B is great because it comes with 4-5 different type of meats (including galbi, brisket, pork belly, rib eye?, etc), lots of delicious banchans (sweet potato, seaweed, kimchi, bean sprouts, rice paper, etc), soup, rice, and either soju/beer/soft drink (we opted for the peach soju). The price is really reasonable too, it was about $85 for Combo B, so if you split that with 3 people, you're only paying ~$40 with tips. The meal can definitely be shared among 4 people, since we left the restaurant stuffed! So $85 divided by 4, you can easily leave satisfied with just ~$30! That is a steal, compared to the KBBQ places in the Bay Area, where they charge you so much for so little! Overall, the meats were amazingly fresh and delicious, and loved the variety of banchans. From time to time, the servers would come help you cook the meats just so you don't accidentally burn them. The star of the night was definitely the galbi. It is advertised as marinated for 40 hours, and I can definitely taste the effort that went into that nice piece of meat. It was so tender, moist, and well flavored. Next time, I might just get that and skip the other meats because it was just THAT good.
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Ask Jighead
a year ago
I love their fresh meat selection and this beef stew that they have. It can be a pricy at about $80 for two people, but good stuff comes at a price. Remember the first time you had ruth's chris or maestro's steakhouse? This is like that for korean bbq. Once you've had a taste of the real good stuff, the AYCE kbbq stuff will just be "ok" forever. So think twice about eating here because it will ruin your taste buds in a good way.
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Paul Lee
a year ago
My girlfriend introduced me to this place. It has some of the most flavorful and tender marinated kalbi I've ever had. The pork belly and korean pancake (pajeon) here are also must orders. I know people think all-you-can-eat KBBQ is the way to go, but I prefer better quality meat and service over stuffing myself silly. Either way, hanging out in Ktown with friends and ending in drunkenness and food coma is always a good time.
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Annie Lin
a year ago
Meh, this place is super meh. There were so many good reviews of this place that I expected to be blown away. However, with all the other AYCE kbbq places in K-town, this place sorely disappoints. The food was overpriced. However, I would like to point out that interior is upgraded and def not "hole in the wall status", and there is ventilation. For once, I walked out of a KBBQ place not smelling like bbq...but ... nothing? Totally got aired out, or maybe I got lucky. It was nice that the place takes reservations so we had made reservations in advance and did not waste much time waiting. Service is slow though, on refilling water or even paying attention to our grill. Maybe I'll come back, but probably not.
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Ivan Yudhi
a year ago
Went to this restaurant unwillingly. One of our friends came from overseas and told us he wouldn't meet us unless we eat at this restaurant. The line was super long since we forgot to make an appointment. We told him that if we don't like the food, he has to pay the bills. Well, it's safe to say that he didn't have to pay anything more than his portion. We spent $40 per person and felt it was worth every cent of it. The main specialty is their galbi. We also ordered some raw beef for appetizer, and ended up ordering another portion for 'dessert' because it was so good. Not only that, the condiments and side dish are also good. The kimchi was so fresh, and the salad was just delicious. It was perfection. Basically everything we ate was good that night. We initially put some order and the waiter told us that it's too much, so we went with his suggestion. We ended up ordering a few more portions afterwards.
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