The Best Korean Restaurant in Every State [2019]

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25 hours of research later, we've discovered the 2017 best Korean restaurant in every state across the US using Yelp's ratings. Mom and pop shops impressively held their own like Peck Peck Korean Style Chicken in NJ. A Michelin rated restaurant, Jungsik, made it on the list out in NY. There were also a few restaurants taking risks and doing it well, such as Seoul Garden in MO. Finally, you can't speak of Korean food without mentioning Korean BBQ. Gangnam Asian BBQ Dining in NV received the highest rating with the most reviews in the entire US. Check to see who came out on top in your state!

Criteria for Best Korean Restaurant

Not going to lie, we haven't been to 90% of these Korean restaurants, let alone the states. You know what though? It doesn't matter. The restaurants listed here are based off pure numbers, not our personal opinions. We just did the research. If you've ever asked yourself, "Where's a good place for Korean food around here?", then proceeded to open Yelp in your handy dandy smartphone we guarantee that you'll find this list of top Korean restaurants in every state valuable: at the very least entertaining. Why? There's no other list like this out on the interwebs.

The parameters for the best Korean restaurant in each state is as follows:

  • Yelp is our sole data source. If it's not on Yelp, we won't have any data for it.
  • Each Korean restaurant needs to have a volume of reviews that sits (at the very least) within the center of the bell curve:
  • Really all this means is that you can't say your restaurant is the best Korean restaurant in [state] when the only people that have written a review are your mom and your significant other. So rough cuts based on number of reviews were made even if the ratings were higher.
  • The average rating that we present is a true average, so it will differ slightly from what's visualized by Yelp's stars.
  • It must primarily be a Korean restaurant. (Putting one Korean dish on the menu or throwing kimchi into something won't get you in)

Lastly, the research for this post took us a good amount of time. Results may have changed slightly by the time you read this.

That's it! Now, let's get started!

List of 50 States + DC

Best Korean Restaurants


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Shinsegae Oriental Restaurant

2701 Patton Rd Huntsville, AL 35805

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 49 reviews When the waiter and the cook are husband and wife respectively, you can't really get any more mom and pop than that. If that plus warm comforting food is your thing, this is the place to go for your Korean fix in Alabama. #rolltide!

What to order: Dolsot Bibimbap, Beef Bulgogi

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Top Bop

220 Muldoon Rd Anchorage, AK 99504

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 95 reviews

Initially, I was surprised to see a Korean inspired fusion restaurant in Alaska, but here it makes sense. Alaska is famous for their fish so naturally it makes sense Top Bop combined the best of both worlds. On top of that, it's a fast food style Korean fusion restaurant, which you don't see very often in the US. It's also a good change that despite the varied customer experiences with the food, their customer service has been complimented frequently as "friendly and helpful".

What to order: Macaroni Salad, Poke Bop, Bibim Bop

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1832 W Broadway Rd Ste 100 Mesa, AZ 85202

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 168 reviews

Koreatown starts with an unassuming exterior, but boy do they open up once you get inside. As Hemingway once said, "don’t judge a restaurant by its sign" (he probably never said that). This restaurant is perfect for when you want to enjoy Korean food with a big group of your friends, families, or coworkers. Service is  minimalistic, but efficient and pretty good for the most part, despite some occasional lapses.  But when the food is described as authentic, addicting, and best of all similar to home cooking, we can overlook a couple things here and there.

What to order: Spicy Chicken Bulgogi (Dak Bulgogi), Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

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KJ Sushi & Korean BBQ

3223 N College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 80 reviews

The Razorbacks aren't the only reason to visit Fayetteville, AR. KJ Sushi & Korean BBQ has people raving about the authenticity and quality of the food. You know they're good when people visiting from areas like SoCal and Manhattan, with much more established Korean populations, refer to this place as a hidden gem. One reviewer wrote, “KJ Sushi & Korean BBQ, you are a diamond in the rough within Arkansas. Who would have known that this place would magically get into my rotation of the very few authentic Asian restaurants in purgatory.”

What to order: Bulgogi

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Buil Samgye Tang

4204 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90020 Koreatown, Wilshire Center

RDI: 89/100 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5) 274 reviews

California is a mecca for Korean cuisine. It seems that there are as many Korean restaurants as there are In-N-Outs, so being best Korean restaurant here is a big deal. With that, kudos to Buil Samgye Tang!

I love specialty restaurants that cut down on all the choices in lieu of providing a few amazing, unbeatable, dishes. Buil Samgye Tang literally only has five items on the menu, all variations of samgye-tang. Samgye-tang is a warm ginseng chicken soup said to improve your health (practically everything healthy in Korea has ginseng in it). Koreans love this soup so much that restaurants like Buil are commonplace in South Korea, whereas us Americans have to pretend we’re sick in order to get our moms to make it for us.

The paradox of choice is real, which could contribute to how highly they scored in our restaurant delight index. You’ll already know what you’re going to get as you walk in, and you know it’s going to be amazingly delicious. Not only is the food delightful, I have yet to see a review fail to comment on how Buil has the kindest and warmest owner in town. No wonder Buil scored so highly on our RDI. Major props for putting out the most delightful traditional Korean food experience in California. Plan on not finding a parking spot, thankfully it’s in a residential area so alternative options should be available.

What to order: Anything on the order but order with abalone

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Bop & Gogi Korean Kitchen and Grill

10639 E Briarwood Ave Ste B 2 Centennial, CO 80112

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 140 reviews

Large portions at an affordable cost, music to our ears. This is one of those gold mines. Bop & Gogi isn't open for very long, so take a look at the hours before you drive on over. They are also a mom & pop place so don't expect lightning quick food. Despite all that, a lot of Yelpers still claim this spot as their go-to, so you know it's worth it.

What to order: Bibimbap Stone Bowl With Beef, Seafood Udon

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Angry Tofu Korean Cuisine

1030 Silas Deane Hwy Wethersfield, CT 06109

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 108 reviews

We definitely saw that the trend in reviews for Angry Tofu Korean Cuisine is the consistency in the quality of the food. Consistency builds trust, easily persuading loyal customers to drive 40+ minutes just to eat here. There aren't many Korean restaurants in Connecticut so this is definitely a rarity. They also offer a small complimentary Korean "yogurt" drink, a sweet and slightly tangy finish that bookends a good meal in a great way.

What to order: LA Kalbi

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Kahl-Bee Korean Restaurant

2011 Kirkwood Hwy Wilmington, DE 19805

3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5) 54 reviews

If you live in Delaware and aren't willing to drive out to Baltimore or Philly, Kahl-Bee Korean restaurant is your best bet. You won't be wildly impressed, but it will satisfy your Korean food fix. Based on the reviews, Kahl-Bee fits the stereotype of Korean restaurants where the servers all seem to be paying attention to something other than your table. You'll probably need to flag a server down after being seated.

What to order: Super Kalbi

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District of Columbia

Triple B Fresh

1506 19th St NW Washington, DC 20036

4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5) 272 reviews

Triple B Fresh is a lunch hot spot for Washingtonians on the go due to their reasonable prices and fast dining experience, while also capturing delicious snapshots of Korea’s beloved snack scene staples such as kimbap and ddukboki.  Many of their options are customizable, meaning you can have your bibimbap experience as healthy or cheat day worthy as you like.  Dining establishments like Triple B Fresh demonstrates the culture immigrants can bring to the nation’s capital – serving as a tasty reminder of what makes America great.

What to order: Bibimbap, Kimbap

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Gabose Pocha

4933 N University Dr Lauderhill, FL 33351

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 121 reviews

Right next door to Gabose, another really popular and well reviewed Korean restaurant (4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 536 reviews), Gabose Pocha has the same owner. So if you're waiting for a table at Gabose, you can wait at Pocha with some great mixed drinks and apps. Gabose Pocha is more a bar than a restaurant and serves Korean street food with a South Florida twist. They had us at Ramen Nachos and Watermelon Soju.

What to order: Spicy Pork Belly, Ramen Nachos, Watermelon Soju

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Blossom Tree

64 Peachtree St NW Atlanta, GA 30303

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 183 reviews

Blossom Tree is pretty close to at least three different colleges in downtown Atlanta, so be prepared to wait while surrounded by hungry students.  Add to that, the restaurant is pretty small, but they make up for it with complimentary sweet tea! That's how you know you're in the South. Blossom Tree is in rare company as a fast food type Korean restaurant while not lacking on authentic flavors. There needs to be more of these in the US! If you're driving, there are limited street parking spots available, so be warned.

What to order: Kimchi Rice, Taco Platter, Sweet Potatoes

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Heirloom Market BBQ (Honorable Mention)

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE Ste 110 Atlanta, GA 30339

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 1069 reviews

Heirloom Market BBQ wasn't selected as the winner because they do not fall within our parameters, but the force was with this one. We couldn't help but give this restaurant a proper shout out. It's Southern BBQ meets Korean cuisine. THIS IS LIFE, (at least if you've ever met Jinwoo and Michael you know it's theirs). If we ever get around to opening a restaurant, this would be the type of food we'd love to anchor our menu around. One Yelper claimed, "Heirloom Market BBQ is a perfect marriage on a Korean and Southern Texas influence. East meets West kind of BBQ. You get sweet, sassy, and smokey Texas style barbecue with a lovely Korean twist." This is not a sit down restaurant, but we don't care. When you can get people from the South to respect your BBQ even after adding some Korean twists, you know you're kickin' ass. Bucket list item added.

What to order: BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Spicy Korean Pork

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Willow Tree Restaurant

25 Kaneohe Bay Dr Ste 104 Kailua, HI 96734

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 243 reviews

"Thick, tender, juicy cuts of beef. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it." With that kind of response, it's not surprising that Willow Tree is the best reviewed Korean restaurant in Hawaii. One drawback however is they cannot accommodate groups of more than 4. They also won't seat you until your whole party is there. As annoying as that is, maybe it'll put a little fire behind your slow friends! Once you're seated though, the decor and vibe of Willow Tree will relax you and make you feel right at home.

What to order: Spicy Chicken Katsu, Turnip Soup, Meat Jun

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Mr. Wok

650 S Vista Ave Boise, ID  83705

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 95 reviews

Mr. Wok impressed the locals enough to earn the best Yelp reviewed place for Korean food. These two quotes from the reviewers I think is all that needs to be written about this place. "This place is the heavyweight champions of high quality Asian cuisine in Boise." "I drive by Mr. Wok every single day and when I do my stomach screams for their orange or sweet and sour chicken. 6:00 in the morning all the way to late hours I want their food. No, I'm not pregnant, it's just that good." It sounds like this place is worth a shot if you're in the area.

What to order: Beef Bulgogi, Spicy Pork Bulgogi

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Chungkiwa Restaurant

1658 W Algonquin Rd Mount Prospect, IL 60056

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 138 reviews

We weren't expecting the suburbs to hold their own and beat out the plethora of Korean restaurants in Chicago. Chungkiwa Restaurant is a Korean BBQ place where you can grill on your own, which is an unforgettable experience if you haven't tried it already. This place does not let something like language barriers stop them from doing whatever they can to make their customers happy. Many reviewers were left pleasantly surprised not just because of the savory Korean food, but because they brought out small stuffed animals for any children lucky enough to dine here. We can't guarantee that this happens all the time, but you can tell these people love what they do. At the end of the meal, you'll also get a Klondike bar! Not a bad deal when all you have to do for a Klondike bar is drive 30-40 minutes from Chicago and get some bomb ass Korean food.

What to order: Bibimbap, Kalbi, Pork Belly, Bulgogi

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Cafe Korea

7262 Fishers Crossing Dr Fishers, IN 46038

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 137 reviews

Hidden gem alert! Cafe Korea is your best bet for authentic Korean food in Indiana. You have restaurants that are owned by people who want to make a buck and there are those who truly want to provide a quality experience. This is a three generation establishment, and all of the recipes have been preserved from the very beginning. Yelpers commonly characterized the staff as enthusiastic about their product and how quickly you feel the family owned vibes here. One Yelper wrote, "Our waitress was GENUINELY interested in our opinions of the food and, though it appeared she was the only server that evening, her service was quite attentive."

What to order: Dolsot Bibimbap

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Seoul Grill

201 S Clinton St Iowa City, IA 52240

3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5) 42 reviews

We can't be confident this is indeed the best bet for Korean food in Iowa, but Seoul Grill did have the best reviews of the bunch. The food is good, but not the hours. Seoul Grill appears to have opened mainly for college students considering it's only open during lunch hours in the heart of University of Iowa's campus. One Yelper from LA did leave a gloating review about how their authenticity matches restaurants in K-Town.

What to order: Bibimbap

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O Cafe Korean Restaurant

1530 W 6th St Ste E Lawrence, KS 66044

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 99 reviews

What O Cafe Korean Restaurant does right without a doubt is customer service. Many of the reviews complimented the owner's warm attitude and enthusiasm, which makes such a considerable difference in the experience especially when you're trying Korean food for the first time. When you eat here, get the japchae. You can order it with different meats such as spicy pork, beef, etc. That sounds delicious right about now!

What to order: Japchae

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4123 Oechsii Ave Louisville, KY 40207

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 127 reviews

If it's your first time trying Korean food, Charim will leave you wanting more. There were plenty of first timers who absolutely loved Charim. TIt does however appear that they serve less side dishes (banchan) compared to the other Korean restaurants in the area. This could also pass as a casual date night according to some people so get your significant other out there! If you're single, it doesn't matter. Korean food doesn't discriminate.

What to order: Hot Stone Bibimbap, Chicken or Beef Bulgogi

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Little Korea BBQ

2240 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130

3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5) 198 reviews

Your best bet for getting your Korean food fix in Louisiana is Little Korea BBQ. The reviews aren't where we'd like them to be for us to personally recommend them, but based on the numbers there's nowhere better. A part of us expected to see some good Louisiana craziness bringing fiery Korean and Cajun flavors together. (Can someone tell us how boudin compares to soondae?) Despite that, Little Korea BBQ does offer grill your own Korean BBQ, which we've mentioned countless times above that you need to try it. The meat's flavorful and it appears they have increased their portions in response to customer feedback. For the other main entrees, there's been enough people reviewing them to be on the bland side, so we can't be confident in its quality. The decor here is on the higher end, which is a step above the rest of the competition in the area, but is accompanied by higher prices. All in all, this place appears to be the best place for a large group looking to chow down on some Korean BBQ.

What to order: Korean BBQ Grill, Cheese Corn

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Y.U. Take Out

674 US Highway 1 Hancock, ME 04640

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 13 reviews

Maine probably has the smallest sample size that we've come across. The reviews for Y.U. Take Out were scant, but most had glowing things to say, especially about their crab and lobster rolls. One thing we love to hear about restaurants is when they don't skimp on the meat. Some Yelpers mentioned "good chunks" of lobster, along with the cheapest price you're going to find in the area. We can't be confident that they're a sure bet, but I'd be willing to try!

What to order: Bulgogi, Lobster Roll

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Seoul Food

2514 University Blvd W Silver Spring, MD 20902

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 292 reviews

Seoul Food started out as a food truck with Chef Anna at the helm, now they are a "gas station quicky mart". You can tell that this won't be your standard traditional Korean restaurant by the fact that they started out as a food truck. They naturally and intuitively blends Korean and Japanese flavors while cooking with sustainability in mind, inspired by Chef Anna's husband J.P. They also offer homemade kimchi for sale, which apparently brings a steady stream of customers. Parking may be an issue as they're located next inside the same building as the Exxon gas station.

What to order: Bibimbap

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Woo Jung Restaurant

174 W Main St Ayer, MA 01432

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 146 reviews

Woo Jung Restaurant beat out their peers in big time Boston! They are located in the middle of nowhere if you're a city dweller, but you will be surprised with their quality. When a Korean American compares them to his or her mom's kitchen, you know it's gotta be good. Make reservations because Woo Jung is a hot spot with limited seating. The menu has been molded to fit a broader audience without sacrificing the intensity of flavor. Although they are out in the suburbs, the prices are big city so be prepared for that as well.

What to order: Bibimbap, Scallion Pancakes (Pajeon)

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Tomukun Korean Barbeque

505 E Liberty St Ste 200 Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) 183 reviews

Cheers to another Korean BBQ place taking the crown for best Korean restaurant! In the heart of the University of Michigan, the student body has claimed Tomukun to be the best option for your Korean food craving or if you're wanting a special dinner. Grilling your own food never gets old and this place does it the best in Michigan. They may not be the best Korean BBQ in the country but at least you won't need to worry about a language barrier, most of the wait staff speaks English fluently and are apparantly very attentive.

What to order: Korean BBQ, Marinated Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi), Bulgogi

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Hoban Korean Restaurant

1989 Silver Bell Rd Eagan, MN 55122

3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5) 243 reviews

I was waiting impatiently to get to Minnesota and see which Korean restaurant would receive the best reviews because... I live here. Well, I wasn't surprised when it turned out that Hoban had earned the best ratings. I've frequented here a number of times despite them being the furthest (20-25 min) from Minneapolis. For what you ask? Their spicy chicken wings! Literally the only reason why I come here. Not to be confused with their Korean BBQ location in Uptown, Hoban is located in a strip mall in the 'burbs. This happens to be the go-to spot for Samsung executives visiting from Korea. I can't comment on whether Hoban is their favorite place or they have a relationship with the owner, but that kind of social proof doesn't hurt. On top of that, they've been packed every time I've gone, so you know they're doing something right.

What to order: Spicy Chicken Wings, Soondubu Chigae (Seafood Stew)

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RC Korean Restaurant

1670 Pass Rd Biloxi, MS 39531

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) 69 reviews

In an area without very many Korean restaurants it's nice to see a place such as RC Korean Restaurant be embraced by the community. They are located near an Air Force Base and they've prepared for it. Portions are big, lunch specials are affordable, and the owner does too many things to count. That comes at a cost sometimes, such as the occasional wait for your food, but most of the customers had only nice things to say about the owner. Not only will you likely leave with leftovers, you can swing by the Korean grocery store next door.

What to order: Beef Bulgogi, Mandu (Steamed Dumplings)

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Seoul Taco

6665 Delmar Blvd St Louis, MO 63130

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 435 reviews

Seoul Taco originally started out as a food truck back in 2011, but have expanded across multiple cities since then. The brick and mortar location is in the heart of St. Louis (let us know if you still see the truck rolling around), and matches the energetic vibe of the city with their flavor packed menu and colorful decor. Seoul Taco definitely leans more fusion, but by the customers' reviews it's not gimmicky and they do a great job of blending Korean and Mexican flavors in intuitive ways. Something to keep in mind is the food can be greasy, so get a lot of napkins.

What to order: Gogi Bowl, Bulgogi Burrito

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Whistle Pig Korean

25 N Willson Ave Bozeman, MT 59715

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 65 reviews

Whistle Pig Korean was a very pleasant surprise that came out of our research. I've never been to Montana and didn't really expect to find a lot of Korean restaurants there; the name alone caught my eye and is as trendy as the space it occupies. Rather than going fusion as I would've expected by the name, they veer more to traditional Korean cuisine and do it well. Customers claimed this place to be perfect for a quick lunch. The banchan, especially the pickled cucumbers, are well liked, which is a must that they get right when serving traditional Korean food.

What to order: Bulgogi Bibimbap in Stone Bowl

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Korean Grill

1408 Harlan Dr Bellevue, NE 68005

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 102 reviews

Korean food served cafeteria style, not something you hear every day. Lo and behold, Korean Grill. You do have the option to order off the menu as well, but the quality of the food is surprisingly very good. There's a military base nearby so there's generally a constant stream of customers, but you won't have to wait long. One of the things I love hearing: "The menu is not large, but they excel in the authentic items that they do sell." I'm a huge fan of restaurants that do this -- keep it simple and do it right. What's also great is the owner has a lot of spunk and is completely invested in making your visit a memorable one. There were so many reviews complimenting how helpful and caring she is, apparently she's eager to educate you on Korean cuisine if you have any questions. Oh and you can't forget that all the orders come with crab rangoon and an egg roll!

What to order: Beef Bulgogi, but because this is cafeteria style it'll be easier for you to pick something you haven't tried before.

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Gangnam Asian BBQ Dining

4480 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV 89169

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5) 3463 reviews

Gangnam Asian BBQ Dining touts the most frequently well reviewed Korean restaurant in the United States. Given the sheer number of positive reviews, we can be extremely confident you won't be disappointed here. It's a la carte, not AYCE, which I prefer because meat quality is typically higher. According to Yelpers, the meat is flavorful, juicy, and some claim it to be the best they've ever had. One knock I have is you get charged for rice, which although negligible in terms of the final bill, can still be annoying. With that aside the quality of the food outweighs having to pay for everything. I've been told that I've eaten here before, but it was during a friend's bachelor party.... so I definitely need to stop by next time I'm in Vegas.

What to order: Harami Miso, Toro

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New Hampshire

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Shira Kiku

13 Broad St Nashua, NH 03064

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 126 reviews

Throughout my research I found myself saying, "there's good Korean food here?" more often than I thought. Well, here's another gem hidden in New Hampshire, Shira Kiku. The name may be Japanese but they've got the best Korean food in the state. Nia, the owner, is so engaging and welcoming that customers can't help but feel at home the moment they walk in the door. Talk about service! They can be understaffed but there were countless reviews raving about not letting the occasional wait stop you. If you do find yourself waiting order their Kimchi Bloody Mary, that's what I would do.

What to order: Stone Pot Bibimbap, Kimchi Jjigae, Kimchi Bloody Mary

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New Jersey

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Peck Peck Korean Style Chicken

250 Degraw Ave Teaneck, NJ 07666

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 303 reviews

Unlike their more nationally known brethren, Boom Boom and Bonchon, Peck Peck Korean Style Chicken is a hole in the wall mom and pop chicken joint. That paired with a modest storefront makes their climbing to the top of the ratings all the more impressive. Throughout all our research I haven't seen so many people describing a restaurant as "the best", "absolutely amazing", "salivating", and more so frequently. They literally have customers dreaming about their wings, and have former patrons driving from all over the place just to get their fix. We recommend calling in your order because of how popular their food is and their limited seating.

What to order: Salt and Pepper Wings, Soy Garlic Wings, Sweet Chili Wings

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New Mexico

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Asian Pear

508 Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 99 reviews

Don't be scared off by Asian Pear's "vegetarian" claim, they have plenty of meat to go around, it just means that they put some honest effort into providing for our leaf eating brethren. They have actual vegetarian options as opposed to the "just take off the meat and call it a salad" approach. Glad to see that in an area without much competition there's an establishment with owners that don't give a damn about whether they're safe or not, they just want you have a good experience at their place. (Take a chance and order something for takeout, they'll occasionally slide you a free appetizer to munch on while you wait). Take out ahead of time is your best bet if you want some good Korean food in the evening, they're not open for dinner.

What to order: Spicy Pork Bowl, Pork Spare Ribs

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New York

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2 Harrison St New York, NY 10013

RDI: 84/100 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 366 reviews

Our very first fine dining Korean restaurant on the list! Jungsik beat out an insanely competitive field of Korean restaurants in arguably the most difficult area to do well in, The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, Empire City, New York. Jungsik is in rare enough company as they are a two star Michelin restaurant. Given that fact, it's pretty safe to say that Chef Jungsik Yim and his team are breaking down boundaries and pushing Korean cuisine to new and exciting places. Jungsik translates to "formal dinner" and Chef Yim has taken his experience cooking all over the world to bring Michelin level quality to what he has coined as "New Korean." Call it whatever you want Jungsik, keep doing you.

What to order: Octopus in Ssamjang Aioli

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North Carolina

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Soo Cafe

2815 Brentwood Rd Raleigh, NC 27604

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 167 reviews

I remember arguing with a friend about there not being such a things as "bad" wings. Even the worst wings in the world are preferable to no wings. Up the ante with Korean Fried Chicken wings (not the original KFC but definitely the best) and you can't go wrong. Still, if you're going to eat something unhealthy might as well make sure they're the best tasting too. If you're in North Carolina, these are by far the best bang for your cluck (sorry but I had to). Service seems to be spotty depending on who's there but it ranges from great to subpar.  Really though, I have no problem with subpar service if it comes with a side of amazing wings.

What to order: Chicken Wings with Soga sauce (soy garlic), Chicken Tenders with Original Sauce

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North Dakota

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101 Sushi Bar

4480 23rd Ave S Fargo, ND 58104

3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5) 32 reviews

I don't want it to seem like our standards are lower for smaller markets, or that I'm ragging on Fargo, ND (loved your movie by the way), but like the majority of the reviews for 101 Sushi Bar claim this place is great... for North Dakota. They might be better off dumping their sushi menu and focusing strictly on Korean BBQ (which is what their customers come back for). One highlight is definitely their buffet set up for the Korean BBQ (sometimes they even have lamb), which does not bode well for the overall quality of the meat but adds a nice change of pace in terms of customer engagement. Also is helpful when their service gets spotty.

What to order: Pork Belly, Lamb (from buffet)

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Seoul Garden

5270 Pearl Rd Parma, OH 44129

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 176 reviews

Practically all of the reviews said the same four things: great Korean food, great service, a little over priced, don't worry about the price. That's all I need. Everything in Seoul Garden seems pretty standard, nothing too over the top or surprising, but they execute exceptionally well. I feel like there's a Seoul Garden in every city in the US, nice to see one stand out. Apparently one of their servers looks like Baekhyun from Exo... who is a person... regardless of what that means customers seem to love him.

What to order: Ddukbokki (spicy stewed rice cakes), Haemul Pajeon (seafood pancake)

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1933 NW 23rd St Oklahoma City, OK 73106

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 160 reviews

Alright, I've never been to Oklahoma City, but I definitely want to go now. Off the wall pork buns, Duck Jook (porridge) which is described as spicy Korean rissotto, Kalbi tacos, Kimchi Arancini?! How have I never heard of you Daniel Chae, from your menu alone you seem like a badass dude I want to get a drink with. "I would come here with my girlfriends, my family, on a date, for a birthday, for drinks or just to enjoy the most delicious meal ever." Enough said.

What to order: Soju Spritzer, Duck Jook, Iron Bulgogi (big enough for four!)

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Dolsot Bibimbap Happy Bibimbap House Salem Oregon

Happy Bibim Bap House

635 Chemeketa St NE Salem, OR 97301

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 277 reviews

Definitely the first place I've seen where Yelpers love the service but not the other patrons... which they chalk up to just being Salem? Regardless, Happy Bibim Bap House does it right: quick, appropriately priced, with great flavors. They also do surprisingly well with their sushi, which is definitely impressive to someone like me who has a hard time cooking an egg and toasting bread at the same time. If you want to stop by for lunch get there before 11:45 to beat the work day lunch rush.

What to order: Spicy Chicken Wings, Soondubu Chigae (Seafood Stew)

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Oyster Soondubu Jong Ka Jib Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Jong Ka Jib

6600 N 5th St Philadelphia, PA 19126

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 292 reviews

When it comes to Philly food I think fast, comforting, and stick to your ribs. I'm going out on a limb here and claiming soondubu (tofu stew) to be the Philly Cheesesteak of the Korean food world. Flavor and make up wise they couldn't be more different, but when I'm having a bad day and want something that'll remind me of home I think of soondubu. All that is to say that Jong Ka Jib does their soondubu right, they have plenty of other offerings and I'm sure their Korean BBQ is legit, but when you have kalbi and bulgogi on the menu but everyone talks about your soondubu, it's probably pretty damn good. Their service seems to be really good as well but apparently a couple of the servers have trouble speaking English so best keep your order as simple as possible.

What to order: Soondubu (they have a large variety of add ons)

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Rhode Island

Dolsot Bibimbap Den Den Cafe Asiana Providence, Rhode Island

Den Den Cafe Asiana

161 Benefit St Unit C2-C3 Providence, RI 02903

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 390 reviews

Den Den Café Asiana took a risk by going with a slightly fast casual set up with a menu that's generally not considered fast casual. When you order at a counter and receive a number on one of those little metal stands so servers can see where to drop off plates I immediately think of Jason's Deli or the like. That may be surprising to some as fast casual Korean places are generally fusion or chicken joints, but Den Den's food is on point with their execution of Korean staples and their willingness to get adventurous. I actually like the less frou frou and more comfortable set up as long as the restaurant doesn't approach their food with the same casual nature. Den Den does have a few problems with their limited parking and their tendency to get pretty busy pretty quick, but I'm sure they're not really too concerned with the latter.

What to order: Dolsot Bibimbap (hot stone bowl mixed rice), Monkey Balls (deep fried mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna)

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South Carolina

Spicy Nang Myun Ko Cha Asian Restaurant Charleston South Carolina

Ko Cha Asian Restaurant

3515 Mary Ader Ave Charleston, SC 29414

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 89 reviews

Everyone that's been to Ko Cha Asian Restaurant says to ignore the fact that they are connected to a gas station. I love it. I love thinking of this old Asian couple not realizing that they've opened a restaurant that could be featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. They might be at risk of having a menu that's too large with Korean, Japanese, and Chinese-Korean staples all being featured (jjajangmyun and jjampong originated from Chinese immigrants in Korea). The quality across their menu is not the most consistent but their highs definitely outweigh their lows.

What to order: Japchae (stir fried glass noodles), Spicy Naengmyun (sweet potato noodles)

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South Dakota

Hana Restaurant

3550 Sturgis Rd Rapid City, SD 57702

4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5) 22 reviews

Although Hana Restaurant offers a one-stop shop for all your Asian staples their selection is a bit limited, yet popular Korean dishes delighted many Yelpers.  Usually, when a restaurant doesn't specialize in a particular cuisine it compromises the quality for the sake of diversity.  However, this is the go to place for Korean food in Rapid City.  Its interior rock walls may resemble something more of a steakhouse, but looks can be deceiving as Hana Restaurant definitely offers some of my favorite Korean comfort foods.  Make sure to check your watch and calendar before heading out as they are closed for lunch on Saturdays and all day Sunday.

What to order: Bulgogi Bento Box, Bibimbap

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Soy Teriyaki Bistro

5008 Maryland Way Brentwood, TN 37027

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5) 258 reviews

An East meets West fusion, Soy Teriyaki blends different dishes infused with traditional Korean staples such as kimchi and gochujang (fermented chili paste).  Be prepared to endure some parking pains and a long, albeit quick-moving line if you come during the lunch rush hour. However, its popularity is sure to be a great sign.  So if you’re looking for a hip, casual meal, Soy Teriyaki appeals to palates that enjoy a blend of flavors. I'm also pretty confident that it's the only place in the world where you can get free books, do laundry, and enjoy Korean food all at the same time.

What to order: Korean Tacos, Bibimbap, Hot Chicken

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LA Burger

1017 E Trinity Mills Rd Ste 104 Carrollton, TX 75007

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 464 reviews

Everything just seems bigger in Texas, and portion size is thankfully no exception. LA Burger, a trendy union of Korean and Mexican flavors, mashes up iconic Korean essentials with quintessential American classics in a kimchi meets burger and fries symphony of awesomeness. They completely bought into the idea of a beautiful mess. Its fast service and reasonable prices make it a perfect feasting joint for a deliciously satisfying deal.  In case you thought it couldn’t get any better, the bar at LA Burger features a healthy selection of craft beers to help wash down all that kimchi goodness.

What to order: Kimchi Fries, Bulgogi Tacos, LA Burger, Seoul Dog

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Bumblebee's BBQ & Grill

7962 S State St Midvale, UT 84047

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5) 409 reviews

Growing up in the 90s and watching a lot of basketball, I considered Utah’s pantheon to consist of Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone, and John Stockton. It might be time to add Mr. Kim to that list.  Although Mr. Kim may be just one of Bumblebee’s signature menu items, it illustrates the evolution of Korean American fusion.  Don’t let its small size and unassuming exterior fool you – this family owned and operated restaurant packs a punch with their blend of flavors.  Just don’t head there on a Sunday unless you were planning to be the first in line the next day.

What to order: KPOP Fries, Mr. Kim Burger, Kimchi Rice Balls

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Radish Kimchi Shin-La Restaurant and Sushi Bar Brattleboro Vermont

Shin-La Restaurant & Sushi Bar

57 Main St Brattleboro, VT 05301

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) 30 reviews

Reviews seemed to be all over the place on this one, it's clear that Shin-La's customer service is extremely polarizing and stands as the most consistently mentioned aspect of the establishment. It's also interesting to see how pervasively customer service influenced the rest of the dining experience as patrons lucky enough to meet the owner loved the place and the food while those who did not caution against multiple visits. So it may be up to chance but if you need Korean food and you're in Vermont Shin-La is your best bet.

What to order: Ojinguh Bokkeum (octopus stir fry), Yukgaejang (Spicy beef and vegetable soup) (Off menu)

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20789 Great Falls Plz Unit 176 Sterling, VA 20165

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 521 reviews

While Korean fusion seems to be the theme among many of the listed contenders, Mokomandy offers an interesting twist on Korean with Cajun influences.  Mokomandy boasts a trendy and diverse menu of game meats such as wild boar and bison on their take on Korean classics.  Although it’s located 30 minutes away from the nation’s capital, Mokomandy has big city restaurant quality without the big city hassles. Yelpers have praised Mokomandy on their keen eye for presentation and attentive service. To no one’s surprise, reservations come highly recommended, or be prepared to have a long wait.

What to order: Wild Boar Bowl, Korean Karnivore Ssam, Bulgogi Beef

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Umma's Lunch Box

1301 5th Ave Concourse Seattle, WA 98101

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 275 reviews

Not going to lie, I expected Seattle's pick to be a swanky, hip place with all of the drinks served in mason jars. Pleasantly surprised that a lunch spot known for good customer service and generous portions wins out. Umma's Lunch Box is a popular lunch spot for the working people that operates on a pay per box system. That paired with their freely offered samples and loose definitions of "fitting" into a package this place looks like a definite go to for a work week lunch on a budget without sacrificing flavor, you might need a nap after though.

What to order: Spam Musubi, Korean Fried Chicken

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West Virginia

Fusion Teriyaki Grill

4002 Maccorkle Ave SE Charleston, WV 25304

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5) 33 reviews

A fast casual spot that makes everything from scratch, I've never been to West Virginia but that sounds like it fits perfectly in my mind. Based on the reviews Fusion Teriyaki Grill looks like a Panda Express without "a full day's worth of sodium in one bite" taste and feel. The bowls are substantial and affordable with higher than expected quality of ingredients.

"The atmosphere is fresh, clean, bright, and modern. The staff was very helpful, nice, and quick. I will definitely be returning!"

That's enough for me to want to try it out.

What to order: Kalbi Combo, Spicy Pork Combo

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Seoul Korean Restaurant

2178 N Prospect Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202

3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5) 99 reviews

This is what I think of when it comes to traditional Korean restaurants. Seoul Korean Restaurant feels authentic and their huge menu carries the classic staple soups and stews, including budaejjigae (army base stew) which is a personal favorite. They may not have as much banchan as other Korean restaurants but they make up for it with their execution. Everything comes out sizzling and bubbling and the flavors are spot on.

They get pretty busy on the weekends and space and parking are both limited so be warned.

What to order: Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake), Bulgogi

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Korean House

3219 Snyder Ave Cheyenne, WY 82001

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) 83 reviews

Reading about Korean House this sounds more like a typical lunch spot in the middle of the financial district. Cash only, open 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, closed on weekends, good Korean food. Seating is limited and service can be a little slow so if you do go here for lunch make sure you don't have a meeting you'll need to run back to. They more than make up for the wait with the quality of their food and generally welcoming vibe. They are located close to an Air Force base and are definitely military friendly, so if you serve in our friendly skies make sure to check them out!

What to order: Spicy Pork Bulgogi, Bibim Naengmyun (Mixed Cold Noodles)

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On Its Way:

From time to time, we'll be updating these reviews for accuracy since we know quality and experiences of these Korean restaurants can change. We also have plans of revisiting the statistical method used, depending on if we can find an efficient way to execute on it. There were some really good restaurants that didn't make the list and so we hope to cover each state in the future. Stay tuned!

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