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Korean dishes from Olympic Restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Korean dishes from Olympic Restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Matthew Kang

20 Amazing Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles

Where to find Korean barbecue, soups, stews, and banchan

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Korean dishes from Olympic Restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
| Matthew Kang

Koreatown is without question the mecca of Korean cookery in America. The food served in this vibrant neighborhood, full of neon lights and late nights, is so stellar that even food obsessives visiting from Seoul marvel at its sheer quality and quantity. While most diners are quick to limit Korean food to all-you-can-eat barbecue feasts, there are a tremendous number of regional specialties worth seeking out in and beyond Koreatown. From knife-cut noodles swimming in seafood broths to bubbling cauldrons of spicy stews, here now are 20 essential Korean restaurants in Los Angeles.

Removed: Gol Tong Chicken, Ddong Go, Zzamong, Hyesung Noodle House

Added: Rich Crab, Daedo Sikdang, Yangji Gamjatang, Hanchic

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1. Sun Ha Jang Restaurant

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4032 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 634-9292

Popular Korean duck barbecue spot Sun Ha Jang has opened up a front outdoor patio for one of LA’s most unique tabletop grill styles. After a parade of fatty, delicious duck seared on a skillet, diners get a flavor-packed fried rice to end the meal.

Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang’s duck fried rice

2. Soban Restaurant

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4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-9106
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Seafood staple Soban can do no wrong, starting with an amazing array of banchan to begin each meal. The menu features terrific raw crab in one of two forms, either a garlicky soy sauce or thick spicy red pepper sauce, as well as pan-fried fish and spicy braised black cod (or opt for the spicy beef short ribs instead). Ask for the special squid tossed with julienne vegetables if they’re available. Consider specials on the wall written in Korean, ask the servers what they are, but examples include raw squid salad. Everything is available for takeout and delivery.

Soban Restaurant
Soban Restaurant
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3. Daedo Sikdang

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4001 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 322-2559
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One of LA’s newest Korean barbecue players, this place already has a massive wait thanks to its lack of reservations and popularity on social media. The simple beef menu features certified angus beef ribeye sliced into three cuts and seared on a cast iron skillet. The sides are pretty elemental too, from the yeolmu guksu to the pan-fried kkakdugi rice.

Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang in LA’s Koreatown.
Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang.
Wonho Frank Lee

4. Chosun Galbee

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3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 734-3330
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One of LA’s longest-running Korean barbecue restaurants continues to excel at two things: quality and classic flavors. With a large outdoor dining space and a solid takeout situation, Chosun has endured because of its dedicated following and impressive execution. Try the naengmyeon with a combination meat platter to impress anyone looking for great Korean barbecue.

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

5. Han Bat Shul Lung Tang

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4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 383-9499
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The cloudy bone marrow broth here is legendary, as is the tender slabs of brisket and various organ meats floating in it. The menu here is very simple — seolleongtang only. Build the meal with seasonings, kimchi, and rice, along with a dash of salt and sprinkling of green onions.

Han Bat Sullungtang

6. Rich Crab

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4253 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 277-1626
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Soy-marinated crab isn’t the only part of the meal at Rich Crab, one of LA’s new players for ganjang gejang. The entire coursed menu comes with appetizers and ends with a fantastic spicy stew filled with crunchy bean sprouts and other aromatics.

For a new Korean restaurant for crab obsessives: Rich Crab.
Rich Crab
Matthew Kang

7. Ten-Raku

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4177 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 380-8382
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Ten-Raku is one of LA’s top high-end Korean barbecue spots, and they have fully adopted an outdoor dining situation in its front parking lot. The quality of meat is as good as ever, with solid banchan and a convivial experience with covered al fresco tables. Order the combinations to get the best bang for your buck.

Outdoor dining setup at Tenraku in Koreatown with covered tables.
Outdoor dining setup at Tenraku
Matthew Kang

8. MDK Noodles (Myung Dong Kyoja)

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3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 385-7789
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Formerly known as Myung Dong Kyoja, the easier to pronounce MDK has the same carb-laden menu of knife-cut noodles, pork dumplings, and chewy spicy cold noodles called jjolmyeon. They’ve got outdoor seating but everything can be taken to go as well.

Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles in a white tray.
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles
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9. BCD Tofu House

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3575 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 382-6677
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BCD Tofu House is one of Koreatown’s most innovative restaurants, introducing a popular silken tofu stew (sundubu-jjigae) to a wider market starting in the mid 1990s. The chain has outdoor seating, plus takeout and delivery, at all of its locations.

Dishes from BCD Tofu House
Dishes from BCD Tofu House
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10. Yangji Gamjatang

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3470 W 6th St #6
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-1105
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Late night fare is one of Korean cuisine’s specialties. This place has a lot of competition from the nearby restaurants in the plaza, like Sun Nong Dan and Hangari, but the place holds its own with the fantastic namesake pork neck stew, with hulking bones and a rich, spicy broth that helps cure any and all ailments.

For a massive Korean pork neck stew available nearly all hours of the day: Yangji Gamjatang.
Pork neck stew at Yangji Gamjatang
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11. Hangari Kalguksu

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3470 W 6th St Suite 9 10
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-2326
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With some of the finest knife-cut noodles in town, Hangari regularly fields ridiculously long waits. The dumplings and boribap-style banchan starter are also terrific here. As for the noodles, both the clam and the chicken noodles are worth trying. Available for takeout and delivery, plus some outdoor dining.

12. Sun Nong Dan

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3470 W 6th St #7
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-0303
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Koreatown’s all-night galbi jjim destination comes with tender chunks of short rib, chewy rice cakes, and tons of spice. While the soups are more than respectable, crowds wait in line for the meat festival in a stone bowl. Top the galbi jjim with cheese to take it to the next level. All options of takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining are currently available.

13. Surawon Tofu House

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2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 383-7317

Koreatown loves soondubu, the silken tofu stew popularized at places like BCD and Beverly Soontofu. But Surawon Tofu House makes its own tofu on the premises, resulting in a rich, almost nutty tofu with a lot more complexity. The combo deals here are fantastic too, such as the one with fried mackerel big enough to split for two.

Soontdubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon in Koreatown.
Soontubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon
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14. Seong Buk Dong

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3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-8977

This restaurant might be on the small side, but it serves up well-crafted traditional Korean dishes with huge flavor. The braised short ribs is a table-pleaser, along with the strong pot bibimbap. The spicy-braised mackerel is the show stopper, with layers of rich flavor that go perfectly when spooned over the multi-grain rice.

Seong Buk Dong
Seong Buk Dong
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15. Park's Barbeque

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955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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This is the premier Korean barbecue restaurant in Koreatown, and Park’s delivers with prime grade meats served at the table, along with a slew of other traditional Korean dishes in a clean, smoke-less ambiance. The quality of the meat and banchan is simply unsurpassed, rivaling some of the best in Seoul itself. The front parking lot has been converted into an outdoor Korean barbecue setup, though takeout is still available.

Park’s BBQ

16. Kobawoo House

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3069 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Though lunch time crowds go for the bossam, a Korean specialty featuring pork belly slices and accoutrements, it’s worth trying the traditional dishes as well. The hulking seafood pajeon is a classic, as well as the kimchi stew in a stone pot. With indoor dining closed, Kobawoo has shifted to a takeout model, and so far fans seem to be very pleased with the quality of the food.

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Kobawoo House
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17. Yuk Dae Jang

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3033 W 6th St ste 104-105
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 352-1331
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This LA chain has locations across the Southland serving polished Korean soups like seolleongtang and the restaurant’s namesake yukgaejang. The spicy beef noodle soup is one of Korean cuisine’s most popular dishes, amplified here with hand-cut noodles or even thick ramen noodles. The bossam and other dishes are solid too.

Yuk Dae Jang’s yookgaejang kalguksu, a spicy beef noodle soup with knife cut noodles
Yuk Dae Jang yookgaejang kalguksu
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18. Olympic Restaurant

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2528 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 480-1107

Nestled into a strip mall in Koreatown, this old school gem has the kind of food a Korean grandma only cooks for her favorite people. Koreans call this Olympic Cheonggukjang, calling out the ultra-fermented soybean paste stew that has incredibly rich, deep umami flavor. The fried fish and spicy grilled pork are also excellent.

Spread at Olympic Cheonggukjang
Olympioc Cheonggukjang
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19. Eighth Street Soondae

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2703 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 487-0038

This soondae specialist does the Korean blood sausage right, with the classic sliced preparation that makes a great snack or good hangover cure. It can also be ordered in a large soup or stir-fry that’s good for sharing. Definitely one of the standout soondae spots in the city.

Eighth Street Soondae
Eighth Street Soondae
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20. Hanchic

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2500 W 8th St #103
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 375-7095
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Modern Korean fare is a bit of a hard sell, and an even tougher find in Koreatown. This Korean-inspired restaurant from Justin Min, Dustin Lee, Brian Shin, and Kevin Son has the kind of new school cooking from a chef’s perspective that one would find in Chicago, New York City, or Seoul, like yeolmu tomato salad, boullabaisse-inspired jjamppong, and bolognese mandu. If you want to see Korean food from a younger cook’s perspective, here’s where to try it.

Hanchic, Koreatown
Hanchic, Koreatown
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1. Sun Ha Jang Restaurant

4032 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Sun Ha Jang
Sun Ha Jang’s duck fried rice

Popular Korean duck barbecue spot Sun Ha Jang has opened up a front outdoor patio for one of LA’s most unique tabletop grill styles. After a parade of fatty, delicious duck seared on a skillet, diners get a flavor-packed fried rice to end the meal.

4032 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

2. Soban Restaurant

4001 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Soban Restaurant
Soban Restaurant
GastronomyBlog

Seafood staple Soban can do no wrong, starting with an amazing array of banchan to begin each meal. The menu features terrific raw crab in one of two forms, either a garlicky soy sauce or thick spicy red pepper sauce, as well as pan-fried fish and spicy braised black cod (or opt for the spicy beef short ribs instead). Ask for the special squid tossed with julienne vegetables if they’re available. Consider specials on the wall written in Korean, ask the servers what they are, but examples include raw squid salad. Everything is available for takeout and delivery.

4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

3. Daedo Sikdang

4001 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang in LA’s Koreatown.
Grilling ribeye at Daedo Sikdang.
Wonho Frank Lee

One of LA’s newest Korean barbecue players, this place already has a massive wait thanks to its lack of reservations and popularity on social media. The simple beef menu features certified angus beef ribeye sliced into three cuts and seared on a cast iron skillet. The sides are pretty elemental too, from the yeolmu guksu to the pan-fried kkakdugi rice.

4001 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

4. Chosun Galbee

3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Chosun Galbee kkotssal arrayed on a plate
Chosun Galbee kkotssal
Chosun Galbee

One of LA’s longest-running Korean barbecue restaurants continues to excel at two things: quality and classic flavors. With a large outdoor dining space and a solid takeout situation, Chosun has endured because of its dedicated following and impressive execution. Try the naengmyeon with a combination meat platter to impress anyone looking for great Korean barbecue.

3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

5. Han Bat Shul Lung Tang

4163 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Han Bat Sullungtang

The cloudy bone marrow broth here is legendary, as is the tender slabs of brisket and various organ meats floating in it. The menu here is very simple — seolleongtang only. Build the meal with seasonings, kimchi, and rice, along with a dash of salt and sprinkling of green onions.

4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

6. Rich Crab

4253 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
For a new Korean restaurant for crab obsessives: Rich Crab.
Rich Crab
Matthew Kang

Soy-marinated crab isn’t the only part of the meal at Rich Crab, one of LA’s new players for ganjang gejang. The entire coursed menu comes with appetizers and ends with a fantastic spicy stew filled with crunchy bean sprouts and other aromatics.

4253 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

7. Ten-Raku

4177 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Outdoor dining setup at Tenraku in Koreatown with covered tables.
Outdoor dining setup at Tenraku
Matthew Kang

Ten-Raku is one of LA’s top high-end Korean barbecue spots, and they have fully adopted an outdoor dining situation in its front parking lot. The quality of meat is as good as ever, with solid banchan and a convivial experience with covered al fresco tables. Order the combinations to get the best bang for your buck.

4177 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

8. MDK Noodles (Myung Dong Kyoja)

3630 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles in a white tray.
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles
Matthew Kang

Formerly known as Myung Dong Kyoja, the easier to pronounce MDK has the same carb-laden menu of knife-cut noodles, pork dumplings, and chewy spicy cold noodles called jjolmyeon. They’ve got outdoor seating but everything can be taken to go as well.

3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

9. BCD Tofu House

3575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Dishes from BCD Tofu House
Dishes from BCD Tofu House
Matthew Kang

BCD Tofu House is one of Koreatown’s most innovative restaurants, introducing a popular silken tofu stew (sundubu-jjigae) to a wider market starting in the mid 1990s. The chain has outdoor seating, plus takeout and delivery, at all of its locations.

3575 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

10. Yangji Gamjatang

3470 W 6th St #6, Los Angeles, CA 90020
For a massive Korean pork neck stew available nearly all hours of the day: Yangji Gamjatang.
Pork neck stew at Yangji Gamjatang
Matthew Kang

Late night fare is one of Korean cuisine’s specialties. This place has a lot of competition from the nearby restaurants in the plaza, like Sun Nong Dan and Hangari, but the place holds its own with the fantastic namesake pork neck stew, with hulking bones and a rich, spicy broth that helps cure any and all ailments.

3470 W 6th St #6
Los Angeles, CA 90020

11. Hangari Kalguksu

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 10, Los Angeles, CA 90010

With some of the finest knife-cut noodles in town, Hangari regularly fields ridiculously long waits. The dumplings and boribap-style banchan starter are also terrific here. As for the noodles, both the clam and the chicken noodles are worth trying. Available for takeout and delivery, plus some outdoor dining.

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 10
Los Angeles, CA 90010

12. Sun Nong Dan

3470 W 6th St #7, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Koreatown’s all-night galbi jjim destination comes with tender chunks of short rib, chewy rice cakes, and tons of spice. While the soups are more than respectable, crowds wait in line for the meat festival in a stone bowl. Top the galbi jjim with cheese to take it to the next level. All options of takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining are currently available.

3470 W 6th St #7
Los Angeles, CA 90020

13. Surawon Tofu House

2833 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Soontdubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon in Koreatown.
Soontubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon
Matthew Kang

Koreatown loves soondubu, the silken tofu stew popularized at places like BCD and Beverly Soontofu. But Surawon Tofu House makes its own tofu on the premises, resulting in a rich, almost nutty tofu with a lot more complexity. The combo deals here are fantastic too, such as the one with fried mackerel big enough to split for two.

2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

14. Seong Buk Dong

3303 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Seong Buk Dong
Seong Buk Dong
Byron Y./Yelp

This restaurant might be on the small side, but it serves up well-crafted traditional Korean dishes with huge flavor. The braised short ribs is a table-pleaser, along with the strong pot bibimbap. The spicy-braised mackerel is the show stopper, with layers of rich flavor that go perfectly when spooned over the multi-grain rice.

3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

15. Park's Barbeque

955 S Vermont Ave G, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Park’s BBQ

This is the premier Korean barbecue restaurant in Koreatown, and Park’s delivers with prime grade meats served at the table, along with a slew of other traditional Korean dishes in a clean, smoke-less ambiance. The quality of the meat and banchan is simply unsurpassed, rivaling some of the best in Seoul itself. The front parking lot has been converted into an outdoor Korean barbecue setup, though takeout is still available.

955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006

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16. Kobawoo House

3069 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
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Kobawoo House
Irving B./Yelp

Though lunch time crowds go for the bossam, a Korean specialty featuring pork belly slices and accoutrements, it’s worth trying the traditional dishes as well. The hulking seafood pajeon is a classic, as well as the kimchi stew in a stone pot. With indoor dining closed, Kobawoo has shifted to a takeout model, and so far fans seem to be very pleased with the quality of the food.

3069 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

17. Yuk Dae Jang

3033 W 6th St ste 104-105, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Yuk Dae Jang’s yookgaejang kalguksu, a spicy beef noodle soup with knife cut noodles
Yuk Dae Jang yookgaejang kalguksu
Matthew Kang

This LA chain has locations across the Southland serving polished Korean soups like seolleongtang and the restaurant’s namesake yukgaejang. The spicy beef noodle soup is one of Korean cuisine’s most popular dishes, amplified here with hand-cut noodles or even thick ramen noodles. The bossam and other dishes are solid too.

3033 W 6th St ste 104-105
Los Angeles, CA 90020

18. Olympic Restaurant

2528 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Spread at Olympic Cheonggukjang
Olympioc Cheonggukjang
Matthew Kang

Nestled into a strip mall in Koreatown, this old school gem has the kind of food a Korean grandma only cooks for her favorite people. Koreans call this Olympic Cheonggukjang, calling out the ultra-fermented soybean paste stew that has incredibly rich, deep umami flavor. The fried fish and spicy grilled pork are also excellent.

2528 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

19. Eighth Street Soondae

2703 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Eighth Street Soondae
Eighth Street Soondae
Angiel T./Yelp

This soondae specialist does the Korean blood sausage right, with the classic sliced preparation that makes a great snack or good hangover cure. It can also be ordered in a large soup or stir-fry that’s good for sharing. Definitely one of the standout soondae spots in the city.

2703 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

20. Hanchic

2500 W 8th St #103, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Hanchic, Koreatown
Hanchic, Koreatown
Matthew Kang

Modern Korean fare is a bit of a hard sell, and an even tougher find in Koreatown. This Korean-inspired restaurant from Justin Min, Dustin Lee, Brian Shin, and Kevin Son has the kind of new school cooking from a chef’s perspective that one would find in Chicago, New York City, or Seoul, like yeolmu tomato salad, boullabaisse-inspired jjamppong, and bolognese mandu. If you want to see Korean food from a younger cook’s perspective, here’s where to try it.

2500 W 8th St #103
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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