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San Soo Gab San
Korean Restaurant$$
Today 11AM–12AM
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5247 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60625
5247 North Western AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60625
(773) 334-1589facebook.com
$$Korean Restaurant, BarToday 11AM–12AM
Saturday 11AM–12AMSunday 11AM–12AMMonday 11AM–1AMTuesday 11AM–1AMWednesday 11AM–1AMThursday 11AM–1AMFriday 11AM–12AM
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Late-night Korean BBQ where diners cook their own meats on charcoal grills built into each table.- Google
"This is the best Korean BBQ place in the area, hands down."
"Be careful when frying this, it can splash!"
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Chicago's Best Asian BBQ
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Vanessa Isles
2 months ago
(03/18/2011) My boyfriend and I go here a lot, and it's especially convenient since it's in our neighborhood. I've been to restaurants where the servers frequently stop by the table to see if everything is okay. This is great but not when we have our mouths stashed with food. At San Soo Gab San, we always grill our meats since it comes with 23+ side dishes... and you can ask for refills with a charge. It's just as pricey as other korean bbq restaurants but our excitement peaks because of the side dishes ;) Their rice is a PLUS!! Best place to go but it can be very packed at night.
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Kim Campos
6 months ago
Been here multiple times with different groups of people. Waitresses take a long time to come to your table, or may be absent after you order until it looks like you're ready to pay. Servers are quiet, but actually make sure you're taken care of. I'm talking about the usually young guys working in the back that bring the grills and vats of charcoal for the bbq. The elder women are usually the waitresses. Food is alright, honestly there's much better places around town with better service. Also places that you won't leave smelling like smoke. Waitresses demand a tip if you don't leave onr, even though on the bill it says 18% is already included. They're very upfront about this, and check that you leave a tip in front of you when you give them payment. This is so rude to me, and it's happened on multiple occasions. After the last time, I won't be going back here, and neither will my friends.
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Chris Panczyk
2 months ago
Bey authentic Korean BBQ. Real charcoal. Great Banchan. Super friendly staff.
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Javier Barrio
2 months ago
This place has real wood charcoal and large portions for sharing. The beer is good and cold.
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Kristopher Kubicki
2 weeks ago
The original Korean BBQ joint in Chicago. Cleaner now than it used to be, and has crazy late hours. Don't expect much from the staff -- if you don't know what you're getting, you're on your own!
Judith Kim
7 months ago
My family was here from out of town and wanted to try a good Korean restaurant, so I decided to take them to San Soo Gab San. It was absolutely the worst service and food that I've ever had - and that includes food court food in the mall. The waitress was extremely rude and unattentive...never checked on us once. The rice was cold, uncooked, and to our dismay we were charged for three extra bowls of rice when it should've come with our meal. The utensils were dirty and when we asked for new ones, the waitress walked away without responding. The 18% gratuity was automatically included in the bill which is clearly why the waitstaff did not care about the quality of their service. We may have forgiven the poor service had the food been good, but it was awful. I will never go back to this restaurant again.
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Nancy Sampson
9 months ago
This place used to be "good" years and years ago. The service is not great, which is very typical at this joint. You will be lucky to get your water or beverages refilled. We went here twice. Stick a fork in me -- I'm done with this joint. Read the reviews on Yelp, and make your own decision on whether or not this is your jam. The meat sticks to the grill, so you are lucky if you are able to remove the meat in one entire piece. TIP: Bring a bottle of olive oil and a small BBQ brush, so you can brush some oil onto the grill. BTW, the quality of the meat is sub-par and worthy of only 2-stars. The ventilation is horrible!!! Expect to leave with your hair and clothes smelling like Korean food and burnt oil. Tables are very close together so privacy is non-existent (you will be able to hear other people's conversation). Chicago has a lot of other Korean BBQ joints that are 100 times better than this joint. I've been here twice, and both times was very, very disappointed. For those people who rated this restaurant with more than 3-stars, you probably went to the restaurant when you were (1) super drunk and couldn't tell the difference between good quality food versus non-quality food or (2) You were high on something ; D Never again. I'm done! Disclaimer: This is not my real name.
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Hollina U
6 months ago
Solid option for Korean BBQ. Lots and lots of banchan, way more than most of the Korean restaurants that I've been to in Chicago. Big and clean, good service. I would definitely recommend this place.