San Soo Korean BBQ

4.6
52 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
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Korean-American Fare with both traditional Korean dishes and flavors paired alongside modern takes on classics. Prime Beef cuts and quality meats and vegetables offered for table-side grilling enjoyed in a communal style of dining. Casual and fun atmosphere great for a simple night out or large group gatherings.

Located in River West / Fulton Market area
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

They didn’t grant the request, no special attention towards the birthday that we were celebrating.
Food semi ok, didn’t ask if we wanted dessert either.

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FM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Everything is good, so it can be tough to make decisions. Whatever direction you go, you will end up with a good meal and probably a lot of food. The service is excellent - very friendly and helpful staff who like helping people navigate an exciting menu.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

This is not Korean BBQ and pretty much American style grill. Do not recommend if you look for Korean BBQ.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had been feeling homesick and needed some Korean BBQ in my life! The food was amazing, and the staff was extremely helpful and warm.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect Night out at San Soo BBQ. Great food, Great Service. Will definitely come back!

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JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I've eaten here a few times in the past, and until this trip it was always a great experience. Unfortunately, at this time the service was substandard. We waited long periods of time for our waiter when we needed something, and he seemed more interested in chatting with the other staff members instead of taking care of us.

Most of the food was still delicious. Only problem was with the rice bowl (bimimbap). Usually the stone bowl is ridiculously hot, which cooks the rice and makes it crispy. This time the bowl was only lukewarm and the rice never really cooked.

Based on past experiences, I would still go here. However, if this becomes the new normal, it would not be worthwhile, especially for the price.

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and variety. Excellent service and a nice decor/fun atmosphere

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SM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Very good food. Did the meal for 4 and it was way too much. All was excellent but would skip the Korean fried chicken next time. That dish was just ok. Everything else was great. Way too much food. Very good value. Service so so.

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MH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service and great food

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing , the staff is amazing and the prices are amazing! I love the place.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beyond amazing spot to share everything on the menu and love every bite. Go with friends and plan to share! Loved it all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

They gave my table to someone else who arrived earlier than me.

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CH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was full so it was a little loud which made it difficult for my elder companions to communicate but the food and service was delicious!

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best Korean BBQ. It was excellent and you did not smell afterward!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Tap water tastes awlful. Service is slow. You have to share table with others. Over price.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing but quite pricey, definitely the most expensive KBBQ place I’ve ever been to.

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OW
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, and a staff willing to help you with anything you need! It was our first time at a Korean BBQ, and I was a little embarrassed that I didn't know how it worked, but the waiter explained everything perfectly and even helped cook the food. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a new, unique experience!

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SS
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

What a cool space and a fun, delicious experience! Our table could barely hold all of the food for our Feast. We had a blast!

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F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Not that busy of a place bu

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JS
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time visiting San Soo. Had an amazing time. Server was attentive and engaging. She also helped Cook our food for us. Highly recommend the L.A. Galby, Sardines, and Scallion Pancakes. Looking forward to going back.

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C
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great service! Will definitely go again.

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s
Chicago
191 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First timers at Korean barbque. Ordered feast to get. A sampling. The Brussels sprouts were excellent

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic experience, wonderful food, and incredible people.

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H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The two friendly Korean patrons seated next to us confirmed this is the real thing. Authentic Korean BBQ. Personable staff remained fully engaged with customers and even thanked us by our names as we left. Watch for opening of outdoor patio in late spring. Wonderful addition to our neighborhood.

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D
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

food was not fresh, service was somewhat okay. They burned the meat and pretended nothing happened.

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EA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We've always love the original San Soo Kab San restaurant north of here. This one has more modern styling. The little dishes on the side didn't have as much variety, and the kimchee was not spicy enough. That said, bbq was excellent and service was strong.

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c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Our waitress had to be reminded about requests more than once, but other than that the service was OK. Bit cold by the windows and got a draught every time the door opened, but that won't be an issue once it warms up. Nice selection of foods we've not really tried before, will be back to try more.

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FE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service! Amazing atmosphere! Amazing food! As a former English teacher who lived in South Korea I can attest that this place is truly authentic - such a great experience! We got the feast for 2 for $70. Highly recommend!

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A little pricey but great food & service! Will definitely be back!

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y
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food & service. They offer a great deal for 2 and 4 ppl. I hope they become a neighborhood mainstay.

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AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Best part of our dinner was our server Joe. He was personable, knowledgeable and took great care of us. Cocktails were tasty, the interactive food element was fun, and prepared dishes were delicious. Definitely recommend the scallion pancake and doing the bulgogi meat. Their “feast” menu option was a great way to taste through some dishes we typically wouldn’t have ordered. It’s an odd corner building that has been so many different things over the years and I hope this sticks.

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TA
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really outstanding hostess & wait staff. We did the BBQ with 1 meat (steak) plus an appetizer, which was excellent enough for two light eaters. Many people may want to order a 2nd meat for 2 people.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Not super authentic nor as much value as other places we’ve been to in the city.

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NL
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Sansoo is bit overpriced for very fatty meats but the charring of galbi was nice. Personal opinion, but communal seating is not ideal for KBBQ. Food (meat and jjigaes) is just ok/average, but overall service was good; server was very kind and attentive. I am just happy to see the Korean food industry growing in Chicago.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was extremely nice and friend and gave a lot of good recommendations. Hopefully we will be back soon :)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Waiters first day, didn’t cook anything , meat was over and under cooked

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RM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

San Soo Korean BBQ is a neighborhood gem. We ordered the hot stone bibimbap and ordered a couple of meats for the grill. Great spot for a date or a group dinner. I highly recommend!

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OT
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Clearly different taste than San Soo Gab San.

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EG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was wonderful, however we wish that some more of the traditional aspects of Korean BBQ were retained from the parent restaurant. Not having doen jang with my BBQ definitely diminished the experience.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a fun experience, have never done Korean bbq and the waitor and staff were so nice and cooked our meat for us! The food was so good, so many sides. Really recommend with friends or a fun date

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