Soowon Galbi Restaurant Review, Los Angeles


Soowon Galbi

856 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90005


Soowon Galbi Website

Soowon Galbi LA Exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Soowon Galbi is a popular Korean restaurant in LA and one of the highest rated on Yelp at 4.5 stars. It is located right in the heart of Korea town, in a nondescript strip mall. LA is renown for some of the best Korean food in the US, so we had to give this restaurant a visit. We had previously dined at Genwa Korean in Los Angeles and wanted to see how this place compared.

Insider Tip – Small parking lot, small location, make reservations.

Cuisine – Korean
Location – Los Angeles
Opened – 2009

Soowon Galbi LA interior decor

Service – Soowon had okay service, we had to flag the guy down to get many things done though. They actually forgot one dish.
Verdict – Soowon Galbi was very good but in our minds, not as good as our previous Korean meal at Genwa. This place is still superior to most Korean restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Soowon Galbi LA mouthwash in bathroom

They even have mouthwash in the bathroom. A first for us!

Soowon Signature Dishes – Galbi, Bulgogi, Bibim-bap

Soowon’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with all the usual Korean dishes.

Website Soowon Menu

Soowon Food Picks:

Soowon Galbi LA Banchan

Banchan items from the Jeolla region changes daily – 10 plus daikon wrap. Average soup and salad.

Soowon Galbi LA Soo Won Wang Galbi

Soo Won Wang Galbi ($27.99) house specialty. Large beef short ribs in signature marinade. We let them cook it our table. Thickly cut meat, a solid marinade, and lots of quantity. Very good but not awesome because it possessed less flavor than other places.

Soowon Galbi LA Chadol Gui beef brisket

Chadol Gui ($17.99) Thinly sliced beef brisket was very thin and cooked fast. Non marinated so we had to use the various dips. A decent dish, although we preferred a marinated meat.

Complimentary Rice wine ginseng dessert.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)

Soowon Galbi on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Map:

Soowon Galbi Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Daily 11 am - 1 am

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