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Kobawoo Restaurant

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Central L.A
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698 S Vermont Ave Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90005-4721
+1 213-389-7300
11:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

love the bossam. Very delicious. Korean side dishes are decent. Soups are ok. Just get large bossam and everyone is happy. Lunch specials are good. Beware that it is very popular and you may have to wait 20 to 30 min. Also, valet parking is a nightmare. Use uber.

Thank Pureum K
Beverly Hills, California
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95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We had dinner here tonight. Very popular and we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. Their specialty is steamed pork belly (think Korean style lettuce wrap as you get cabbage or picked radish you can use as a wrapper, and fill it with the pork belly, spicy raddish kimchi and salted shrimp paste). It's a lot better... More 

Thank hoonieskang
Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Only downside was the line and waiting list but the success is well deserved, we had a soup with homemade dumplings, a Bibinbap and a pork specialty dish, all excellent The side dishes were very good especially the one made of seafood Staff is very friendly and crowd is overwhelmingly Korean

Thank ecolard
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is small but it seems to be a favorite because it was packed. We didn't have reservations but they found a table for us in a few minutes anyway. It was our first time in a Korean restaurant but we were greatly surprised by the good quality and great taste of our food. The barbecue was amazing and... More 

Thank ProlunaNueva C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

It certainly is worth the wait. Try to time it and arrive early so you won't have to wait in line. I normally don't eat pork, but when I do I go to Kobawoo for their pork plate (Bossam). It is tender juicy and tasty.

Thank WandererSun
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180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015 via mobile

Very traditional Korean food. Bibimbap very good. We also ordered soup very tasty- lots of meat, tasty broth. Place was packed.

Thank Janjust16
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

With no reservation, the queue was long, and some parties simply left. We endured, and it was worth! Tried several pork dishes and they were simply great! Want to try unusual Korean food? Try here. But they don't take a reservation, I should warn you. The place is this popular!

Thank wonsukma
South Pasadena, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2014 via mobile

Thos pleace is 365 days open and always long lines to get table. That's what i don't like. But the food is one of the best, way best in town. Bean curd soup, Pork Ssam, Noodles tray with vegetable, seafood Pa-Jun(flat cake) All these are my favorite dishes. They don't take reservations no other option but wait. It is definitely... More 

Thank DeniseEunja
Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

This place has the best bossam and seafood pajun. You gotta try these dishes. Skip the bean paste soup... It was too blend.

Thank Paul K
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We got the bossam (pork), pork feet & pajon (seafood pancake). Everything was good and can see why it's a popular spot, but didn't think it was the most amazing thing so I gave it a healthy 4 stars. I did really enjoy the Eundagoo (black cod). It was nicely spiced. Overall, good spot.

Thank liquidmj

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 698 S Vermont Ave Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90005-4721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 213-389-7300

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