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“Had a Craving for Korean BBQ and Went Here as Backup Plan”
Review of Dae Jang Keum

Dae Jang Keum
Ranked #1,376 of 4,771 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Korean
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Had a Craving for Korean BBQ and Went Here as Backup Plan”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We were headed for Manna BBQ and because of the wait time, we decided to explore other options in the vicinity. Somehow we ended up at this restaurant which is off the Convoy strip of choices. The atmosphere was interesting. Booth style seating and there's lots of privacy while you are eating. The thinly sliced radish that was available as one of the side dishes was probably the best food item of the evening. Nothing else was memorable to note except service was SLOOOWWWW. The restaurant does not have all you can eat buffet BBQ like some of the other places but they did have some group menu choices to choose from.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank anchi123
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing value for the $$.”
Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

I stopped in to Dae Jang Keum for lunch and was not disappointed. This was my first trip to a Korean restaurant so I can't judge it against other Korean food, but my visit was great. It is a small establishment in a relatively new shopping center, so the atmosphere isn't the greatest, but the food more than makes up for that small detail. The service was prompt and friendly. I ordered the BBQ Pork Lunch Box. It came with enough food for two, easily. There were several small dishes with different pickled veggies, seaweed, tofu and kimshee e. The pork was somewhat spicy, but not overpowering. It was very tender and went well with the rice it was served with. I sampled all the little side dishes and all were tasty. I would not hesitate coming back for lunch or dinner.

Thank ConnoisseuRob
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“mixed feeling”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

They provide very authentic Korean food, but it is somewhat over priced. Food was ok with plenty side dishes. However, service was super slow and parking lot was highly limited.
Don't forget grab some nuts in front of the door. It was nicer than foods.

  • Visited December 2011
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2 Thank joohyunish
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
761 reviews
442 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,411 helpful votes
“Excellent and authentic Korean food...”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

I went here today based on a recommendation from some friends when I asked for an authentic Korean meal. I have never been in this part of town but definitely I'm glad I went....

This place has GREAT Korean food. I went with my wife and we both agreed the meat dishes were fabulous. We went for the BBQ and they have special tables for those that want to have it cooked right there in front of you.

They use hot charcoal right there at the table. If you want to have it at these tables you have to order at least 2 BBQ dishes. Well, be forewarned the sizes of the dishes was very generous. In fact, we couldn't even finish it and brought a doggy bag home with BBQ. We got the bulgogi and kalbi dishes. Both were excellent!

Do yourself a favor and try these dishes here. Very flavorful. This place isn't cheap (main dishes were around $27 to $29 each) but the portions were generous. The main appetizer dishes they brought out were plentiful and when we ran out, our hostess offered to bring more if we wanted.

The place was full of only Asians when we went which is typically a good sign in an Asian restaurant.

Just keep in mind once they bring the bill, when you are ready to pay you have to go up to the counter to pay. I didn't realize that. We were sitting there forever once she brought the bill and she never came back. It was only after I got up to look for her did I realize you have to go and pay up at the counter.

Kind of funny at the entrance there was a table with coffee set up and a big barrel of shelled peanuts. I guess this is for when it gets busy and there must be a long line. I've never seen this before in a Korean restaurant.

A really great meal and we'll definitely come back.

  • Visited October 2011
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1 Thank saintba
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San Diego
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worst service I've ever experienced”
Reviewed May 8, 2010

Dae Jang Keum is a Korean BBQ restaurant in Kearny Mesa. Food is cooked over charcoal. Quality is a bit variable - bulgogi was excellent, chicken was decent, beef stomach was bad. Loved the side dishes, but our server refused to replenish any of the ones we'd already had. Instead, she brought a second round of completely different sides that just weren't as good as the first.

Overall, the food tasted alright, but the service was rude and slow. And they are way too casual handling the burning hot charcoal, almost dropping them on one of our guests. This place is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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Thank GDMandRB
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