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Buga Korean Barbecue Restaurant

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5580 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117-2347
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

My wife and I took a trip to Southern California to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. A Korean friend we met on a river cruise lives in La Jolla and recommended Buga for Korean BBQ - and he should know. We did have a minor problem communicating with our server, however. We had a bit of a problem understanding her.... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Our friend introduced us to this restaurant about 3-4 years ago. Since then it's become our annual place to eat. The food is inexpensive, perfect for families, but most importantly...it's really good Korean food.

Thank Combatfisher
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I found this place a couple years ago and try to eat here as much as I can. Its the go to place for my husband and I on date night. I love all the little side dishes and the Japchae. It can get expensive but it is worth every penny!

Thank Esca51
Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The combination part of the menu were tempting but it had selections in the combo that we didn't like. We chose individual items that we wanted to eat and there was more than enough food. The beef quality was excellent.

Thank D0rindaW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

. . .that this place along the side of a freeway exit serves such good Korean food. The beef is from Niman Ranch and the flavor of all the dishes are very authentic (per our Korean friends plus our own experiences eating in Seoul on many occasions). If you want to cook your own beef while savoring Korean dishes, this... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We have been coming here for many years, but went back last night and were amazed at the improvements. So many restaurants slack off after a time, but the management here has really taken it to the next level. Broad range of prices, but all worth it. However, I have to say that the bibimbap -- which is reasonable priced... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I ate here for our first wedding anniversary. It was conveniently located next to the Motel 6 we were staying at for the weekend. After a long day spent at the San Diego Zoo, this was a very relaxed and enjoyable experience. We got the grill for 2, which included 2 types of marinated beef, and marinated... More 

Thank ariesgal65
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I discovered this place recently and have been back four times already, so obviously I like it! I especially enjoy lunch where you can get a lunch box deal for around $10 which is just ridiculous. There was so much food I couldn't finish it and everything was delicious. It's also fun to have the food cooked at the table... More 

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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.

Thank Daniel S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Korean, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?