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“Best Korean restaurant I've been to - Most amazing and friendly service...24 initial appetizer plates!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Genwa

Genwa
Ranked #108 of 9,667 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Korean, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Central L.A
San Diego, California
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744 reviews
432 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,379 helpful votes
“Best Korean restaurant I've been to - Most amazing and friendly service...24 initial appetizer plates!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

One of our friends that formally lived in Los Angeles found out we were going up to Beverly Hills for a few days and suggested Genwa as her favorite Korean restaurant. She raved about it. After we ate her for lunch we know why she loved it so much!

The staff is SUPER friendly. They saw that we had young kids and really went the extra mile with them. This place is super kid friendly including giving them children's plates as well as special kids chopsticks that have a rubber band on it so they can actually use them. This is a great touch.

The food was really great! The initial appetizer dishes never seemed to end. Most Korean places will give you 6 or 7 initial plates but Genwa had something like 24 initial appetizers! I had never been to a Korean restaurant where they gave you so many initial dishes. Our waiter told us to let him know if we needed ANY of them refilled. Sure enough, he came by several times and we had several of them refilled.

The menu is quite extensive. We started off with the japchae which was really great. We got the lunch special of the Prime Kalbi and also an order of the bulgogi and they were both really delicious! The radish soup that came with it was also really great.

We were so stuffed when we left! The restaurant itself is also nice. Something interesting is we were staying at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and we noticed a sign that said that "Genwa is coming soon" across the street from the hotel. So it looks like they are either opening up another location soon or they are moving over to La Cienaga across the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills so keep this in mind and maybe call and ask them when they plan the move.

There is a parking garage around the corner of the restaurant which is handy as the meters on the street are only 1 hour maximum.

When we left, our waiter gave our kids several lollipops which they loved. As mentioned above, this place is super kid friendly as well as the food being excellent. I'd HIGHLY recommend this place and we will come to it EVERY time we come to LA.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“as good as it gets”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

full on a Monday and double the size.

There are reasons; great food, great service and reasobaly priced for what you get

I have been here over 6 times and keep going back

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 999PeterA
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Marina del Rey, California
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92 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Best Korean BBQ I had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Highlights:

1. Fresh product with high price to quality ratio. Very flavorful with the marinate sauce, and meat was not tough as at some other places.
2. Twice as many side dishes.
3. Service ... never had the staff help with the grilling to that level before.
4. Ventilation. At more traditional venues, vent is above table so you end up soaked with the smoke from the grill. Here they have it built into the grill so it sucks it down and away. They also change the crate frequently.
5. Great ambiance. Modern design with a cozy atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank medicinewizard
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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“From all the Korean restaurants, I remember this one the most!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

I stayed in LA for 5 days & all 5 days, we have been eating just Korean. Looked the review from Yelp & started to trying out so called "BEST" in LA.
We went there on Monday during Lunch and it was worth your money & your trip. I normally give 4 the best but I can't help giving 5 stars on this place. Food was GREAT! and SERVICE was amazing. We all know we don't get that friendly services from Asian restaurants but this place, I can give two thumps up.
Quality & the price was pretty good compare to other places we tried. We didn't want to pay $35 for Korean BBQ per person. I wish I can open one of them in Austin, TX.... I will be rich!
***BTW, at the end, they bring this little tablet looks like Altoids. It is not! so don't eat it! It is a hand towel but as soon as the server pours hot water, it changes to a marshmallow. We laughed so hard watching this.
Great food, great service & good laugh... can't beat that!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tiggerock
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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Our entire family loved eating at this restaurant on a recent trip to LA. We ordered the combination dinners for 4 and for 3 for our party of 7. Plenty of food for us. The sides were fun to try and the beef was excellent.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kim M
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