June 17, 2024

What Are The Best Restaurants In Koreatown LA?

The Best Restaurants In Koreatown Los Angeles

If you're not familiar with Los Angeles then when it comes to food, you probably only think about avocado toast and $22.00 smoothies. However, one of the best things about Los Angeles is its diversity. There are hundreds of different neighborhoods offering amazing food and culture. Koreatown is one of the great spots for tasty treats. From fine dining, to food trucks, to the obvious, Korean Barbecue. The list is too long for all of the best places to eat, so down below I narrowed it down to the basics. Take a look at some of the best places to eat in Koreatown.

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KBBQ:

A big draw for people coming into K-Town to eat is the Korean BBQ. Depending on the occasion, there's a spot for you. 

Quarters is located in Chapman plaza on the corner of 6th and Alexandria. It's the number one place if you're going with a big group of people, or particularly if you want to impress out of towners. It's always a fun and lively ambiance, with a large space to accommodate plenty. A downside can be wait times, as they do not take reservations. However they have an outside bar with a large patio to grab a drink and wait for your name to be called. It really feels like no wait at all.

3465 W 6th St #C-130, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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Bulgogi Hut is located on the corner of Wilshire and Kingsley, just a few blocks past the legendary Wiltern Theatre. This is the place to go if you're not needing the hustle and bustle atmosphere. It's smaller and more casual, as it's also a bit more authentic. At Quarters the meat is cooked for you at your table, whereas with traditional Korean BBQ, Bulgogi Hut has you grill your own. Bulgogi Hut also offers All You Can Eat which honestly, is what makes it one of my favorites. Oh, and you can add your name on the waitlist before you get there so it cuts down on the waiting.

3600 Wilshire Blvd #100c, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Worth The Drive

Living in LA, the biggest complaint is the traffic. If you live on the east side you rarely want to head to the west side, and vice versa. However when it comes to food most people will agree that the drive can be worth it.

Dan Sung Sa is one of those places that is worth every mile. Again, no reservations so the wait time is never under 30 minutes. However, as soon as you take that first bite you forget all about it. 

It's a small, unassuming brick building that has been a staple in Koreatown since 1997 when founder Caroline Cho expressed wanting to create "a home away from home".  

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Inside is small and cozy, with intimate wooden booths, and seating all around the open kitchen. The menu is a small wooden plank filled with tons of skewer options, as well as dishes such as steamed pork belly, beef bulgogi, and Korean fried chicken wings. If you want amazing food with a casual Korean dining experience, go to Dan Sung Sa.

3317 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

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Daedo Sikdang

If you are looking for a more upscale place, perhaps for an anniversary or date night, you must make a reservation at Daedo Sikdang. Located at the corner of 6th and Western, Daedo offers premium cut meats cooked for your right at your own table. They offer Ribeye roll, cap and strips. As well as their own cut, the Daedo cut, and the Classic Korean cut. Their website states they are the one and only Korean steak since 1964, and the romantic setting mixed with mouth watering foods and creative cocktails make it a go to spot for any special occasion. Oh, and despite being a steakhouse, they have delicious vegetarian options as well!

4001 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

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Food Trucks

El Flamin Taco

What would Los Angeles be without our food trucks? They're all over the city, and some are even better than fancy sit down restaurants. One of my favorites is El Flamin Taco that sits on the corner of Vermont and 5th every night starting at 7pm. You haven't had an al pastor taco until you've had one from El Flamin Taco. In fact, they are so popular and busy that they've expanded to three stations. The main truck to order from, as well as a separate truck for quesadilla and a station for the al pastor tacos. If you like Mexican food then you really need to stop by this truck, but heads up it's cash only!

505 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

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Whatever food mood you’re in, you really can’t go wrong with any spot in Koreatown. From casual to upscale, to neighborhood favorites, K-Town really does have everything. Check it out for yourself!

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