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Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant

Northwest Side
Barbecue, Asian, Korean
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3752 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 604-8185
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best "Japanese" dining experience

I'm from Japan. People ask me all the time where the best Japanese restaurant is in Chicago. My answer--Chicago Kalbi. Yes, it is a Korean BBQ restaurant, but the experience is Japanese! My American husband and I go there to 1) enjoy good food and 2) remember Japan. SInce it is a Korean BBQ... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
nobitaro
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North Chicago, Illinois
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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I'm from Japan. People ask me all the time where the best Japanese restaurant is in Chicago. My answer--Chicago Kalbi. Yes, it is a Korean BBQ restaurant, but the experience is Japanese! My American husband and I go there to 1) enjoy good food and 2) remember Japan. SInce it is a Korean BBQ restaurant, the menu is around meat.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This small neighborhood family run restaurant has excellent Korean BBQ. The meats are top quality and and side dishes very good. There is a good variety of main dishes and the appetizers like the scallion pancakes are terrific. It is self serve cooking for the BBQ and the vent system is not great. However, the flavorful food is worth the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

If you live here go! If you don't live here go! Reasonably priced Korean BBQ. Weekends can be crowded. Those in the know told me Sun-Thurs are best times to visit without a wait. No pretense, and it's priced like that . You want to keep it real? Eat here .

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We went for dinner with a lot of anticipation for a good Korean dinner. Considering all of the good reviews, and I know that is not the only test but it looked good. Ambiance of the place is full of baseball memorabilia, kind of neat. The older Korean lady was friendly and personable. I wanted one of the kalbi plates... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Wide range of reviews here on TripAdvisor. I liked this restaurant - parking is a bit of an issue but overall I really enjoyed my meal here. The Korean restaurant I typically venture to has discontinued serving raw beef (I wonder why?) but this place still dishes it out. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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River Forest, Illoinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Chicago Kalbi offers an unusual mix of Korean and Japanese dishes, but the emphasis is on Korean. From the steamed dumpling appetizer to the combo BBQ that we had (we chose beef, tongue, and squid - but there are many options, all of which come with the usual kimchee and other side dishes) and the green tea ice cream that... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I am Korean and usually finds something wrong with most Korean BBQ places. Not this one. It's in the heart of Korea town and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Owner loves to help customers enjoy their Korean BBQ experience. Food was fabulous and the staff was very attentive.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Went to Chicago for a short weekend trip (from Iowa). Just to get out of Dodge, try some new things. There were 5 of us overall, and most of the group had not tried Korean barbeque before, but thought it might be a fun experience. Based on Trip Advisor review, thought we'd try Chicago Kalbi out. As usual, I will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

As is our custom, we always check the opinions of other reviewers to make sure that our experience was not an aberration and were surprised that this special place had not been reviewed in over four years. We suggest that you ignore the very negative review that was written many years ago. Behind a very dreary narrow storefront is fine... More 

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chicago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2008

I've eaten korean food in a dozen cities around the world - including in Seoul and Pusan, South Korea - and I can't say that anything stands out about this place except that it's bad, over-priced food and the service is lousy, bordering on abuse. The only people who recommend this place to me were not Korean and certainly not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3752 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: (773) 604-8185

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Asian, Korean
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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