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San Soo Gab San
Korean Restaurant$$
Today 10:00 am – 3:00 am
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5247 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60625
5247 N Western AveUSILChicago60625
$$Korean RestaurantToday 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Monday 10:00 am – 3:00 amTuesday 10:00 am – 3:00 amWednesday 10:00 am – 3:00 amThursday 10:00 am – 3:00 amFriday 10:00 am – 3:00 amSaturday 10:00 am – 3:00 amSunday 10:00 am – 3:00 am
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Late-night Korean BBQ where diners cook their own meats on charcoal grills built into each table.- Google
People talk about kalbi, barbecue, side dishes, bbq place and kim chee
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daven feng
reviewed a month ago
The food was decent but the service was TERRIBLE. Not coming here again. When we sat down, the waitress who poured the cups of water almost spilled it on my phone, which was in my hand. The same waitress threw the menus (which was not enough menus for all of us at the table) at the edge of the table and walked off. Then when our food came, she leaves it at the same far edge of the table without saying anything, and walks off. When she came back around, she dumps our entire dish onto the grill. We planned to grill the food slowly, so that it would be freshly cooked and hot when we eat it, but this waitress comes around and dumps the whole plate onto the grill. It feels like it defeats the purpose of having a grill in front of you, since you aren't the one grilling your own food. This happened again, with the third dish. The second dish was placed onto the grill by a waiter who came by and asked us if we wanted him to put the marinated beef onto the grill. After we went to the washroom, we paid and left a tip. We felt that the amount was suitable for the quality of service that we received there, knowing it was below 15%. If it was just me, I would not have left a tip at the table at all. I would have called the waiter over, tip him personally, and walk off. But this did not happen as the others felt bad for not leaving a tip. As we were leaving, the waitress stopped us and did not let us leave because we did not pay 15% tip. Tips aren't required by law, and we felt that the amount we left on the table was suitable, yet she demands that we paid the "full" tip. I was about to take the tip from her, tip the waiter double that amount, and then leave, but I could not find him at a moment's notice. The others didn't want to make a scene, so we just paid the rest and left. She did not even say thank you and treated us as if we were caught scamming her out of her "hard earned" money.
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Thongsy Singvongsa
reviewed 2 months ago
YUMMY Korean food! They are open 24 hrs except on Sundays. This place is known for their late nights and bbq'ing. If you order 2 or more of the meats (e.g. kalbi or bulgogi), you get your own grill to cook your food. If you're intimidated about cooking your own food or the sight of red meat, you can simply ask them to cook it in the kitchen for you. I love going for Korean food because it's customary that they serve little side dishes (called ponchon) with your meal.. I can get full off just the side dishes. There's so much variety from anchovies, radishes, kimchee (pickled cabbage), potato salad and the list goes on. I recommend going with a group of people so that you can share different dishes. If you're not into meat, they also have a good variety of vegetarian dishes.
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Dave Y
reviewed 5 months ago
There are many korean bbq places in Chicago, but they are very few that use actual charcoal for their bbq. San Soo Gab San is the only place I know, and I gotta tell you that makes a difference. The service is not great, but their food is phenomenal. Always order their marinated Kalbi x 2. That is the only way to go for me. Also their seafood pancake is my favorite appetizer.
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Wesley Kim
reviewed a month ago
There are some things in life I will always be unreasonable about I suppose, the food of my heritage is among one of them. The place has the look and feel of a legitimate Korean BBQ, floor mats, vents, soju posters on the wall, slightly apathetic servers, and wisps of smoke lingering around the place. It's just the food really isn't that good and is way too overpriced for what it is. It seems like they are aiming to serve a non-Korean demographic almost but maybe that is just me. Comparing Korean food in Chicago is hard, especially when you hold allegiance to LA. I have had the gamja tang (pork neck bone soup with potatoes in a spicy broth), kkotgae-tang (spicy crab soup), the marinated meats, their chigaes, and after trying this place out for 3 times I just can't seem to like it. I always leave like I should have just stayed home and cooked. If you have Korean American friends who enjoy cooking, I would seek them out first and just bbq at their place as it would be much cheaper and you don't have to worry about DD. The good: it exists, they open late, they don't have teriyaki chicken and only serve Korean food. The not so good: the bland banchan, expensive and mediocre meat, the soups generally lack that refreshingly cutting yet spicy taste.
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Sharon de Vera
reviewed 3 months ago
Just went there. It has become my favorite korean restaurant. They gave us so much side dishes and the special sauce for their bbq is the bomb. Highly recommend. The prices match the quality of the food and I don't think their that expensive
Peter Purcell
reviewed 6 months ago
This is the best Korean BBQ place in the area, hands down. I can't believe this only has a 3.7 star rating, everyone I know raves about this place and I know why, the food is awesome and the atmosphere is pretty neat too. Order anything you can toss on that grill and it will be delicious.