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Ginseng Korean BBQ & Tofu House

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475 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041-2007
+1 650-967-3913
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2015

Went inside for lunch and the place was deserted. I don't really understand why, everything we tasted was good and came in huge portions, and service was efficient and kind. Wife had chicken Bi-Bam-Bap which looked at tasted great, and me and a friend shared BBQ Combo which was so large we couldn't finish. Fun experience cutting and cooking your... More 

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2015

Weekday lunch here had no buzz about the place; only a few customers so an empty space on a quieter stretch of an otherwise busy restaurant street. Lunch specials were reasonable around $10 mark (a bit more for ribs or seafood). Lunch box had a nice selection of sides and a ample portion of decent grilled beef. The Bi Bim... More 

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White Oak, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

We lived in Southeast Georgia and don't have any Korean restaurant nearby so when we were in this area to attend my daughter's college graduation we decided to try this one. We ordered one of their special combo's with the different type of meats and loved every single one, enjoyed also the different kind of Kimchi's. Service wasn't the best... More 

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Stanford, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

I went to this restaurant so many times just because my friends like Korean BBQ and there are no other nearby Korean BBQs. I feel that the restaurant is abusing the fact that they are a monopoly around the area. The price is way too high. $25 (including tips + tax) is way too expensive for a "buffet" without any... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2009

$18 dinner buffet but they don't serve any seafood and they only provide a handful of side dishes (in very tiny bowls) and they weren't very good. Although it's a buffet, we definitely didn't get our money's worth because the meats weren't very good and we didn't bother to ask for refills. One item was pork belly which is uncured... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2009

I ended up there randomly. I am a member of a South Korean practice and my interest for the culture is developing. The food was amazing! I am pretty used to Korean food and it is the real thing! The service was very gentle and yes the staff is very young so we do not experience the traditional Korean hospitality,... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2008

Appears that a bunch of kids run this place. Does not have Korean hospitality. Prices are rather high, food is not appetizing, and they have horrible customer service. Would not recommend this place. Spend your time and money at another restaurant on Castro st (downtown Mountainview). Personally, I would never go there again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean, Barbecue
Restaurant features
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 475 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041-2007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain View
  • Phone Number: +1 650-967-3913

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?