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Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Grilling meats with banchan and kimchi at the Corner Place.
Farley Elliott

The 15 Finest Korean Barbecue Restaurants in Los Angeles

A celebration of meat, smoke, and soju in the country’s best KBBQ scene

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Grilling meats with banchan and kimchi at the Corner Place.
| Farley Elliott

Korean barbecue has become an integral part of Southern California’s culinary and cultural fabric. There's something appealingly primal about the experience — grilling rosy-red slabs of impossibly well-marbled beef atop hissing coals. Add to that the beer- and soju-fueled conviviality that’s characteristic of the cuisine, and it's easy to see why Korean barbecue has become an enduring part of dining in LA. Here now are 15 of the finest KBBQ spots around town, from high-end premium restaurants to everyday all-you-can-eat extravaganzas.

Added: Ong Ga Nae, Mapo Galbi, Corner Place

Removed: Ssam, TK92, Jeong Yuk Jeom

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

ABSteak by Chef Akira Back

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When Akira Back, who has multiple restaurants in Asia and Las Vegas, opened a steakhouse in LA, the original idea was to do a sort of Korean fusion with a focus on grilled beef. Now it’s an unabashed high-end Korean barbecue, with banchan and requisite side dishes that give it a complete Koreatown-style experience, only more west. At the moment, there might not be a more impressive place for Korean barbecue, from the sleek ambience to the helpful service.

Cuts of beef at ABSteak ready to be grilled.
Steaks ready for the grill at AB Steak.
ABSteak Los Angeles

Sun Ha Jang Restaurant

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An originator of grilled duck barbecue in Los Angeles, this now-classic restaurant on the western edge of Koreatown still has some of the most delicious and remarkable Korean barbecue that doesn’t feature beef, pork, or chicken. Everything about the meal, from the banchan to the finishing fried rice on the tabletop grill, is engineered for maximum flavor.

Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang
Matthew Kang

Mapo Dak Galbi

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With a spartan interior and bustling dining room, Mapo Galbi is a spicy chicken specialist, grilling tender chicken thighs cut into smaller pieces along with cabbage, rice cakes, carrots, and plenty of gochujang sauce. The whole pan simmers and reduces over time, with servers finishing meals with a fried rice loaded up with perilla leaves and seaweed laver.

Dak galbi from Mapo in Koreatown in a steel pan.
Dak galbi from Mapo in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Daedo Sikdang

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This very intentional Korean barbecue spot from Seoul serves just American-certified Angus prime beef, and only ribeye steaks at that. Seared on specialized cast iron skillets, diners will try ribeyes sliced into three distinct cuts and served with kkakgudi and other banchan that are fermented in Korea and shipped to the U.S. Try the cold yeolmu guksu to wash it all down.

Beef grilling at Daedo Sikdang in Koreatown.
Beef grilling at Daedo Sikdang in Koreatown.
Wonho Frank Lee

Chosun Galbee

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A higher-end Korean barbecue restaurant when so many places seem to change hands or vary in quality, Chosun Galbee is a family favorite for the Korean community when they want solid service, a nicer ambience, and excellent beef. The cold naengmyeon is a must-order.

Chosun Galbee kkotssal arrayed on a plate
Chosun Galbee kkotssal
Chosun Galbee

Magal BBQ

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A big chain in Asia, Magal BBQ continues to prepare some of the best mid-range Korean barbecue in town, featuring flavorful off-cuts and non-primal selections that still offer plenty in the way of flavor. The combination plates work best for groups of four or more. The egg and fried rice volcano is a fun way to cap off meals here, too.

Magal Meats
Magal BBQ

Ten-Raku

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One of the older, more established premium Korean barbecue spots, this focused restaurant has fantastic lunch specials and versatile dinner combinations that won’t break the bank. The mostly Korean crowd considers this one of the most reliable restaurants in town. Ten-raku also has a new AYCE spot in Lynwood.

Yerim Korean BBQ

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All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue is a staple of the genre, but few execute the concept as well as Yerim, which offers very good sub-$40 menus with a wide array of high-quality meats like marinated short rib, beef tongue, and intestines. After a few drinks, tax, and tip, expect to pay $60 a person, which is a solid deal these days.

Mun Korean Steakhouse

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If places like Cote in New York City provided a format on how to do big-city KBBQ, then Mun certainly picked up the ball and carried it to Los Angeles. With a very good starter set of premium meat sliced into cubes and served on ventilated tabletop grills, Mun is a mid-to-higher ranged KBBQ with a dark, date-worthy dining room. Definitely more for adults and couples than for families with its loud music and club-like vibes.

Wagyu short rib at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Koreatown.
Wagyu short rib at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong

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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong has proliferated around Los Angeles, and still remains a fun place to gather with friends, sip shots of soju, and partake in mostly very good meat on the tabletop grill. Some people prefer its neighbor Quarters, which is operated by the same restaurant group, but Kang Ho-Dong is the O.G.

Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
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Park's BBQ

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When people ask what the best Korean barbecue is in Los Angeles, most people will mention Park’s BBQ first. It’s hard to argue against over 20 years of excellence, with an energetic vibe inside and fantastic meat quality from start to finish. Chef and owner Jenee Kim does an amazing job with the non-meat dishes as well, like the delicious spicy braised black cod or the gochujang jjigae. Park’s is truly one of the most consistent Korean barbecue meals in LA.

Raw pieces of thinly sliced beef at Park’s Barbeque on a steel tabletop grill.
Park’s BBQ.
Matthew Kang

Ong Ga Nae Korean BBQ Restaurant

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With new management from Yangmani owner Jennifer Choi, Ong Ga Nae has been spruced up from top to bottom, with Choi’s husband now designing upscaled Korean barbecue dishes like an immense bulgogi jeongol laced with spinach, or hulking cuts of short ribs on the bone. Ong Ga Nae might not have the history of its prestigious neighbors Soowon and Park’s, but it’s a solid contender for a city always craving new Korean barbecue spots.

Bulgogi jeongol at Ong Ga Nae in Koreatown.
Bulgogi jeongol at Ong Ga Nae in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Soowon Galbi

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Classic Korean barbecue Soowon might get a little overshadowed by its neighbor Park’s BBQ down the street, but the longtime restaurant still excels with high-quality beef and attentive service. A reliable star in the galaxy of Koreatown barbecue.

Corner Place Restaurant

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This classic Koreatown spot is a tad run down, and perhaps too bright, but that doesn’t deter families and locals from digging into the ample portions of marinated galbi and unmarinated beef tongue (the house specialty), finished with heaping bowls of cold dongchimi noodles. At this point, there’s no better old school KBBQ spot in LA.

Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Farley Elliott

Yangmani

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One of Koreatown’s most reliable barbecue spots, Yangmani has an expansive outdoor tented area for quality beef, pork, and offal cuts that younger diners tend to prefer in the neighborhood. Yangmani might be the best place if you want to take down bottles of beer and soju, and just have a good time with friends or coworkers.

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ABSteak by Chef Akira Back

Cuts of beef at ABSteak ready to be grilled.
Steaks ready for the grill at AB Steak.
ABSteak Los Angeles

When Akira Back, who has multiple restaurants in Asia and Las Vegas, opened a steakhouse in LA, the original idea was to do a sort of Korean fusion with a focus on grilled beef. Now it’s an unabashed high-end Korean barbecue, with banchan and requisite side dishes that give it a complete Koreatown-style experience, only more west. At the moment, there might not be a more impressive place for Korean barbecue, from the sleek ambience to the helpful service.

Cuts of beef at ABSteak ready to be grilled.
Steaks ready for the grill at AB Steak.
ABSteak Los Angeles

Sun Ha Jang Restaurant

Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang
Matthew Kang

An originator of grilled duck barbecue in Los Angeles, this now-classic restaurant on the western edge of Koreatown still has some of the most delicious and remarkable Korean barbecue that doesn’t feature beef, pork, or chicken. Everything about the meal, from the banchan to the finishing fried rice on the tabletop grill, is engineered for maximum flavor.

Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang
Matthew Kang

Mapo Dak Galbi

Dak galbi from Mapo in Koreatown in a steel pan.
Dak galbi from Mapo in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

With a spartan interior and bustling dining room, Mapo Galbi is a spicy chicken specialist, grilling tender chicken thighs cut into smaller pieces along with cabbage, rice cakes, carrots, and plenty of gochujang sauce. The whole pan simmers and reduces over time, with servers finishing meals with a fried rice loaded up with perilla leaves and seaweed laver.

Dak galbi from Mapo in Koreatown in a steel pan.
Dak galbi from Mapo in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Daedo Sikdang

Beef grilling at Daedo Sikdang in Koreatown.
Beef grilling at Daedo Sikdang in Koreatown.
Wonho Frank Lee

This very intentional Korean barbecue spot from Seoul serves just American-certified Angus prime beef, and only ribeye steaks at that. Seared on specialized cast iron skillets, diners will try ribeyes sliced into three distinct cuts and served with kkakgudi and other banchan that are fermented in Korea and shipped to the U.S. Try the cold yeolmu guksu to wash it all down.

Beef grilling at Daedo Sikdang in Koreatown.
Beef grilling at Daedo Sikdang in Koreatown.
Wonho Frank Lee

Chosun Galbee

Chosun Galbee kkotssal arrayed on a plate
Chosun Galbee kkotssal
Chosun Galbee

A higher-end Korean barbecue restaurant when so many places seem to change hands or vary in quality, Chosun Galbee is a family favorite for the Korean community when they want solid service, a nicer ambience, and excellent beef. The cold naengmyeon is a must-order.

Chosun Galbee kkotssal arrayed on a plate
Chosun Galbee kkotssal
Chosun Galbee

Magal BBQ

Magal Meats
Magal BBQ

A big chain in Asia, Magal BBQ continues to prepare some of the best mid-range Korean barbecue in town, featuring flavorful off-cuts and non-primal selections that still offer plenty in the way of flavor. The combination plates work best for groups of four or more. The egg and fried rice volcano is a fun way to cap off meals here, too.

Magal Meats
Magal BBQ

Ten-Raku

One of the older, more established premium Korean barbecue spots, this focused restaurant has fantastic lunch specials and versatile dinner combinations that won’t break the bank. The mostly Korean crowd considers this one of the most reliable restaurants in town. Ten-raku also has a new AYCE spot in Lynwood.

Yerim Korean BBQ

All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue is a staple of the genre, but few execute the concept as well as Yerim, which offers very good sub-$40 menus with a wide array of high-quality meats like marinated short rib, beef tongue, and intestines. After a few drinks, tax, and tip, expect to pay $60 a person, which is a solid deal these days.

Mun Korean Steakhouse

Wagyu short rib at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Koreatown.
Wagyu short rib at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

If places like Cote in New York City provided a format on how to do big-city KBBQ, then Mun certainly picked up the ball and carried it to Los Angeles. With a very good starter set of premium meat sliced into cubes and served on ventilated tabletop grills, Mun is a mid-to-higher ranged KBBQ with a dark, date-worthy dining room. Definitely more for adults and couples than for families with its loud music and club-like vibes.

Wagyu short rib at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Koreatown.
Wagyu short rib at Mun Korean Steakhouse in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong

Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
[Official Photo]

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong has proliferated around Los Angeles, and still remains a fun place to gather with friends, sip shots of soju, and partake in mostly very good meat on the tabletop grill. Some people prefer its neighbor Quarters, which is operated by the same restaurant group, but Kang Ho-Dong is the O.G.

Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
[Official Photo]

Park's BBQ

Raw pieces of thinly sliced beef at Park’s Barbeque on a steel tabletop grill.
Park’s BBQ.
Matthew Kang

When people ask what the best Korean barbecue is in Los Angeles, most people will mention Park’s BBQ first. It’s hard to argue against over 20 years of excellence, with an energetic vibe inside and fantastic meat quality from start to finish. Chef and owner Jenee Kim does an amazing job with the non-meat dishes as well, like the delicious spicy braised black cod or the gochujang jjigae. Park’s is truly one of the most consistent Korean barbecue meals in LA.

Raw pieces of thinly sliced beef at Park’s Barbeque on a steel tabletop grill.
Park’s BBQ.
Matthew Kang

Ong Ga Nae Korean BBQ Restaurant

Bulgogi jeongol at Ong Ga Nae in Koreatown.
Bulgogi jeongol at Ong Ga Nae in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

With new management from Yangmani owner Jennifer Choi, Ong Ga Nae has been spruced up from top to bottom, with Choi’s husband now designing upscaled Korean barbecue dishes like an immense bulgogi jeongol laced with spinach, or hulking cuts of short ribs on the bone. Ong Ga Nae might not have the history of its prestigious neighbors Soowon and Park’s, but it’s a solid contender for a city always craving new Korean barbecue spots.

Bulgogi jeongol at Ong Ga Nae in Koreatown.
Bulgogi jeongol at Ong Ga Nae in Koreatown.
Matthew Kang

Soowon Galbi

Classic Korean barbecue Soowon might get a little overshadowed by its neighbor Park’s BBQ down the street, but the longtime restaurant still excels with high-quality beef and attentive service. A reliable star in the galaxy of Koreatown barbecue.

Corner Place Restaurant

Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Farley Elliott

This classic Koreatown spot is a tad run down, and perhaps too bright, but that doesn’t deter families and locals from digging into the ample portions of marinated galbi and unmarinated beef tongue (the house specialty), finished with heaping bowls of cold dongchimi noodles. At this point, there’s no better old school KBBQ spot in LA.

Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Grilling meats at the Corner Place in Koreatown.
Farley Elliott

Yangmani

One of Koreatown’s most reliable barbecue spots, Yangmani has an expansive outdoor tented area for quality beef, pork, and offal cuts that younger diners tend to prefer in the neighborhood. Yangmani might be the best place if you want to take down bottles of beer and soju, and just have a good time with friends or coworkers.

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