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A tenderloin production at Koreatown’s new Juliana.
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A Celebrity Chef Gives Koreatown a New Upscale Destination

Part lounge, part restaurant, part brunch hangout right in the thick of the action, chef Chris Oh’s new Juliana wants to do it all

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Longtime Los Angeles restaurateur and omnipresent Food Network personality Chris Oh has brought a new dining destination to destination-dense Koreatown, launching his restaurant and lounge Juliana on busy 6th Street last month. The former EMC Seafood space has turned from a sunny corner spot for oysters and wine to a moodier restaurant and lounge that aims to seamlessly take diners and drinkers from daytime to late night.

With low marble tables, lots of couches and plush seating, and plenty of glowing accent lights, Juliana is meant to serve as a middle space for Koreatown diners. “Koreatown has become such a destination for food over the past decade,” says Oh. “Everybody from everywhere comes here to eat Korean barbecue or whatever. But they eat [that], and often that’s it. Unless you’ve got a friend who can take you to the secret spots.”

A golden-hued cocktail with cut ice and lemon peel at a new Koreatown restaurant Juliana.
Enjoy a cocktail at the bar.

Instead of going the secret route, the celebrity chef (along with partner Shawn Oh of Ten Ramen) decided to go big, opening up right on the corner near some of Koreatown’s biggest restaurant names. He sees Juliana as a place for dinner and also a cocktail spot for after-work crowds or customers who don’t feel like waiting for a table in a parking lot near bustling Chapman Plaza. “This is a lounge for before or after dinner,” says Oh. “We want you to come in, have great drinks, and maybe stay until 2 a.m.”

There will definitely be drinks beyond beer, wine, and soju, Oh says, with Juliana offering a full menu of cocktails and even bottles for groups. The chef has experience going both high and low, previously helping to operate the Seoul Sausage Co. food trucks (for which he won a Great Food Truck Race season) and opening his hip San Francisco hangout Umma, among other projects. The restaurant side of things will encompass dishes as varied as brunch benedicts, daytime salads, pastas, and a seafood risotto that’s heavy on lobster. “The vibes are chill,” Oh says. “It’s a lounge, a bar, a restaurant, all with a kind of Miami Art Deco look.”

More than anything, Oh says, he’s just happy to be bringing something new to Koreatown, a part of Los Angeles that he loves and that has supported him tremendously throughout the years. “The name is a nod to this old school club [Juliana’s] that used to be in K-Town and is still very big in Korea,” Oh says. “I’ve just always wanted to open something here that felt like that.”

The new Juliana opened last month at 3500 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Hours run daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

A dark blue and off-white lounge space at daytime with glowing lights in Koreatown called Juliana.
Lounge seating and roll-up windows.
Wicker seats and glowing lights and blue tones at a dim restaurant bar at Juliana in Koreatown.
Golden tones at the dark bar area.
A shiny glow and tufted seats at an evening bar space tinted yellow at Juliana in Koreatown.
Club vibes at night.
A leg of curled octopus with tomatoes on a white plate at new LA restaurant Juliana.
Seared octopus.
Piles of cured meat and sauce on top of slices of bread on a wooden tray at new LA restaurant Juliana.
Toasts and snacks.
A fork holds up tendrils of noodles with greens in a tall white bowl at new LA restaurant Juliana.
Spaghetti at dinnertime.
A filled white bowl with creamy yellow rice and lots of lobster at new LA restaurant Juliana.
Lobster risotto.

Juliana

3500 W 6th St #236, Los Angeles, CA 90020 Visit Website
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