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San Soo Gab San
Korean Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 1:00 am
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5247 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60625
5247 North Western AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60625
$$Korean Restaurant, BarToday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 amTuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 amWednesday 11:00 am – 1:00 amThursday 11:00 am – 1:00 amFriday 11:00 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
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Late-night Korean BBQ where diners cook their own meats on charcoal grills built into each table.- Google
"The side dishes aren't that great but the meat is flavorful."
"One of the best korean bbq places I have ever been to."
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Kim Campos
2 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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Nancy Sampson
5 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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Jen Espino
10 months ago
Best Korean BBQ experience in Chicago. The numerous banchan (side dishes) they bring out is impressive. Be prepared to have a long dinner, cook over an open fire, and leave smelling like a smoke pit. The food is delicious. The BBQ is good for groups of two or more.
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Robert Black
a month ago
Sushi wasn't that great. Haven't tried the Korean barbeque.
Judith Kim
3 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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Hollina U
a month 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.
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Angelica Bermudez
a year ago
This restaurant will never get more than 4 stars because the service (and the parking lot) SUCKS!!! If you're a veteran customer of 10+ years like myself, then you know this is the norm. Just park down one of the side streets and walk the 50 feet. I love Korean BBQ b/c it's a great time for social groups, cooking it to my own personal preference, and I love meat! It can get pricey, anywhere between $25-$50 per person (depending if you're boozing or not). FOOD: They give you about 20 small dishes filled with snacks. The potato salad is good, kimchi is my fave, and soybeans are always good for you! For appetizers, the seafood pancake is always a big hit amongst our group of friends. The mandoo (dumplings) are pretty good too. They come out crispy with a sweet dipping sauce (yummy!). I *ALWAYS* order the bulkoki (finely sliced marinated beef) and kalbi (thicker cuts of beef- they give you the bones to clean the grill). Those are my two staples here at San Soo. I have also had their spicy chicken, which is OK... I've also had their bacon that comes with an oil and seasoned dipping sauce. I only order this when I'm int he mood for it. Be careful when frying this, it can splash!! NOTE: You only get 1 rice bowl and 1 soup bowl PER ENTREE. Additional rice/soups must be charged for. DRINKS: I don't ever drink ANYTHING here. Why? Because soju is only $6 a bottle at H-Mart, yet they charge $14. No pop, no tea, just water please. I'd rather save room for FOOD! The bus boys are pretty attentive, they change the wood when necessary, they change the grill when it gets too cakey, they bring additional lettuce leaves and bean sauce when asked politely. I saw them more than I saw our own server (this was on Sunday evening). I work as a server at Solder Field during Bears games and I have to haul @$$! The management should know, if you're THAT busy- you're under staffed. OR they simply don't care... not sure, what it is?!?! Be warned that it can get smokey in the restaurant during the busy weekends and you may reek of the smokey scent when you leave, but the beef is phenomenal. That's the ONLY reason I keep coming back. I organized a 30 person birthday dinner and they were very accomodating. I try to keep this place for special occasions, such as completing my 2nd marathon. My legs might've been sore, but my arms had no problem lifting those chopsticks! =)
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daven feng
a year 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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