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Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant

Northwest Side
Barbecue, 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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not bad, not really good

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2014
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14 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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USA
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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177 reviews 177 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2007

Very low key, quiet atmosphere, and classy looking with private walled in booths. You get a grill built into your table and can choose from many different raw meats to cook yourself. Definately go with the Pajun appetizer. The plum wine is also very good. Great place to bring friends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

Authentic and nice atmosphere; family owned as well. Can be pricey but certainly is the real deal when it comes to Korean food. I lived in Korea for a year and this place comes the closest to feeling like I was in Seoul once more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2004

This restaurant always has a nice atmosphere, the servers are always nice and the prices are pretty good for Korean food. My wife and I have also found the different varieties of Kim Chi they offer to be some of the best in the area.

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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, 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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