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Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant

Northwest Side
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3752 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-5726
(773) 604-8185
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Wed - Mon 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Naples, Florida
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We were lost, searching for ANY KOREAN restaurant. By chance we came upon Chicago Kalbi in Little India. What fortune. This restaurant has been at this site for decades and the autographed pictures from celebrities attest to the quality of its service. It is an izakaya serving Korean BBQ. It is as authentic as you can get without flying to... More 

Thank garylT9246KL
Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

After reading the many positive reviews, my family decided that Chicago Kalbi would be a fun night out. It truly exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly and solicitous throughout the meal. Our kids (who can be pretty picky eaters) had an absolute blast cooking their own food over the hot coals in the middle of the table. The table... More 

Thank Guita G
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly service but food is average. Often still frozen, small portions pretty expensive. There are better.

Thank Mina M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Yes it is Korean but the owner and staff are Japanese. I have lived in both Japan and Korea so I know good Korean BBQ and Japanese food. My kids are half Japanese. I loved being able to speak with them in Japanese. My teens eat a lot and we ordered a lot. The miso soup is awesome! We also... More 

Thank Kellie J
Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited with two adults and our 14 year old daughter who is incredibly picky, but also loved Chicago Kalbi. In fact she asked if we could replicate the sauces at home! We ordered Combo Set B, which was a perfect mix of meats, soup, rice and sides for two. We added two appetizers of gyoza and bacon, and an... More 

Thank Adventureloving
North Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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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 

Thank nobitaro
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Thank Katzi44
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

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 .

Thank sam60625
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246 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 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 

Thank bulldogtwo
Las Vegas, Nevada
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Asian, Korean, Japanese, Barbecue
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3752 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-5726
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: (773) 604-8185

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