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Soowon Galbi

$$$
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: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 19
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good but didn't wow us

Small place. Tables for 6 have a gas grill in the center of each table. To our pleasant surprise we did NOT have to cook! The staff is amazing! They are all running around serving, food and cooking at nonspecific tables - if they walk by your table and your food needs turning or cutting, they stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Leising-gang
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Small place. Tables for 6 have a gas grill in the center of each table. To our pleasant surprise we did NOT have to cook! The staff is amazing! They are all running around serving, food and cooking at nonspecific tables - if they walk by your table and your food needs turning or cutting, they stop and do it!... More 

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Seattle
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Went for korean BBA. Thought it was too pricey until they brought out the 12 side dishes and meat. We could have fed easily a family of six with the two orders we had. One of chicken the other brisket. Great meal.

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Toronto
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Best galbi in town! Beef quality was top notch. Their pork neck meat was marbled and a bit crunchy in a good way, you roll it up in a paper thin slice of radish, so good! The side dishes were ample, we could eat that and be full without the meat! Will definitely go back.

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Portland, Oregon
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116 reviews 116 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The setting is inauspicious, in a strip mall next to a coin operated laundromat. Parking is tight with a valet who manages to find a spot for everyone. This is not an all you can eat place, but we sure didn't leave hungry. Meat is all prime. We went with Option B, which includes five different meats, all of which... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
29 helpful votes 29 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
66 helpful votes 66 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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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