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Soowon Galbi

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Central L.A
Asian, Korean
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856 S Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 365-9292
Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Korean BBQ in LA!!!

What more can I say about this Korean BBQ then I have put in the title? I found this place on Yelp, & I found it to be one of the best Korean barbecue places I have ever been to in my life. Absolutely spectacular food and the prices were very reasonable. Next time I'm in LA I'm definitely going... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
Paul_Phelan
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

What more can I say about this Korean BBQ then I have put in the title? I found this place on Yelp, & I found it to be one of the best Korean barbecue places I have ever been to in my life. Absolutely spectacular food and the prices were very reasonable. Next time I'm in LA I'm definitely going... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A short walk south of Wilshire, this place had some "curb appeal" that attracted the Korean in our group, apart from the other eating establishments closeby. Smallish place so expect a lineup, staff hustle and bring the good portions of meat for table BBQ. The small side dishes came with the rice wraps, a Vietnamese touch? To make little ad... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Always heard Korean BBQ in LA rocked. Soo won solidified it! Ban chan was awesome. Esp loved the cilantro kimchee. Service was great. They didn't have a bar so they made us a makeshift bar using a serving tray and stand. Only bummer was that they ran out of dduk wraps and Hite.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Ate here last night with my wife and son. They were very busy. We had reservations and were seated within 10 minutes. They actually do the cooking right at your table. We had beef prepared 3 different ways. The staff was very nice and attentive in spite of how busy they were. Parking is not great but they have valet.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Clean restaurant with comfy booths. Enjoyed a wonderful variety of banchan, good quality meat... and awesome service! Our waiter checked on us several times to make sure we had everything we needed (without being annoying) and brought each course of meat in a timely manner. I thought we would be pushing the button a bunch of times for drinks/banchan/meat... but... More 

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van nuys
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Ok, now I am a Korean cuisine lover. Goodbye Chinese. Good it's simple, cooked to order, delicious. All the side dishes are complimentary.

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midwest
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We ate here in October 2013 and loved it. This was my first time trying Korean BBQ. I took my daughter and her friend at 5:45 pm on a Friday night and we only had to wait about 15 minutes; we must have been very lucky that day. We did use the valet parking since the regular spots were filled.... More 

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montreal
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

In Montreal, we only have a few good Korean bbq restaurants; so when we came in LA, my family decided to try Soowon Galbi. Really authentic, the food was not salty, so you don't feel dehydrated after eating. The seasoning were all good. My family enjoyed the dining experience. The price was reasonable. The staff was attentive to the needs... More 

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Queens, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I don't like to down anyone's experience or nip pick on any business but I just couldn't let this one go. As my husband and I were in Los Angeles on vacation from Queens, New York and were on our last day in California last week. We were craving some Korean food and I found this establishment on Yelp. We... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Went with family for a late lunch and had a really great experience. The meat supplied for the BBQ was of excellent quality and that was the most important thing to me. The service was helpful, and regularly attended our table to help with the bbq and cut the meat, they were clearly aware we were newbies to Korean food.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 856 S Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (213) 365-9292

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?