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Buga Korean Barbecue Restaurant

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5580 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117-2347
858-560-1010
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Deeeeeelicious!

I have only been at lunchtime, but since discovering this place a few weeks ago I've been back six times The lunch boxes are a bargain at around $10. Each meal comes wins a large bento style box with salad, soup, rice, and a great assortment of kimchee and pickles. The dishes vary daily, some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have only been at lunchtime, but since discovering this place a few weeks ago I've been back six times The lunch boxes are a bargain at around $10. Each meal comes wins a large bento style box with salad, soup, rice, and a great assortment of kimchee and pickles. The dishes vary daily, some are superb. I found the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It is hard to notice and get into the place due to the layout of the street and traffic patterns. Once inside, the place is worth it. Good quality Korean BBQ lunch, and you will not go away hungry.

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Boracay, Philippines
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58 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Buga Korean Restaurant serves delicious Korean food. I like going there every time I craved for Bulgogi. Customer service is not so good because every time we went there, the server always messed up with our check. I don't know why.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Food was good....staff was ok..... prices were affordable... nice restaurant.... Definitely worth giving it a try.

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San Diego, California
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I've dined here twice so far and each time, it was a nice experience. The service was a bit peculiar but I think it's because of the language barrier. The bibimbap is tasty, especially with the spicy sauce. It's served in a large bowl, but ate it family style with the rest of the food. You cannot go wrong with... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We had lunch today here at this restaurant and I have to say it was very good. We've tried a few Korean places around town but I definitely think this is one of the better ones. The menu is quite extensive and the place is quite large and nicer on the inside than some of the other ones. There is... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

There were 15 of us even with the reservations, they still put us in two separate tables instead of in individual party rooms. Sitting arrangement was awkward and we were all cramped into two booths and one of us sat on a separate chair pretty much blocking the walkway. Our table we ordered BBQ and a couple of tofu seafood... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

I was nicely surprised to find a Korean Restaurant next to my accommodation and wanted to try some Korean Food. My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at this place. We have never eaten Korean before and were delighted. We had a little bit of trouble trying to understand the accent. But, this did not detract from the service... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

We ordered a large sample platter of meat, pork, shrimp and noodles to BBQ right in front of us. It cost $50 for 2 people. This, plus all of the side dishes, was delicious. The food came within minutes of our order, however, after that the server didn't come back to our table for an hour to ask us if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2008

not the same as eating in K-town in LA but comes pretty close, their banchan rocks and the meat is natural and tasty. skip the shabu shabu but be sure to try the dish made with monk fish...it's pretty memorable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5580 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117-2347
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 858-560-1010

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Korean
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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