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.
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