We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Kimchi Korean Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1100 North AthertonSt, State College, PA
+1 814-237-2096
11:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Wed - Mon 11:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

63 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 61: English reviews
Barrington, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This looks like a fast food place that was converted to a Korean restaurant. There is little atmosphere and the loud techno-pop music is not my style but the young college students obviously like it and since that's the customer base, I get it. This place is within walking distance to Penn State and the authentic food is a clear... More 

1 Thank Bicycletraveler2014
Level Contributor
82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is delicious and kind of authentic. I think I have said this already. The problem with this restaurant are the sassy waitresses they hire. Not long ago, the waitress followed to my car to ask me if I liked the service. I said ye, and she replied: "so why just a 10% tip"??? I told her that I... More 

Thank Salua K
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Not my favorite place, as I'm just not a really big fan of Korean food, but this is my daughter's top restaurant. I often get the Woo Tang for lunch or Vegetable Spicy Udong for dinner, and she usually gets the Tofu Gopdol. The food is always very hot and the portions nice sized, but the service is somewhat uneven,... More 

1 Thank orion7be
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Service is very slow. We had to wait one hour to be served. The restaurant is full of Korean students, about 20-25 years old, definitely not a place for families, very chaotic, not clean. I ordered a teriyaki salmon which was overcooked, but besides that the food was good, nothing exceptional though. This was my first and last time there.

Thank Novella B
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
490 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We have eaten a lot of Korean food in Hawaii and other big cities. This was pretty good food for the middle of Pennsylvania. We ordered the kimchi dumplings because we have never seen that on a menu before. My husband thought they looked like little ears. Take a look at the picture and see what you think.

Thank CKT808
Stafford, Virginia
Level Contributor
62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

You don't go to a restaurant for ambiance, but for food. The bulgogi was served with 4 types of kimchi, all had a kick to them. The serving of bulgogi was sufficient and the sauce mild. My Japchan was almost lost on the plate, The food is not anglicized, so it is the real thing.

1 Thank HickoryDDoc
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

I have always had a great eating experience at this restaurant because of the delectable food and accompanying kimchi. During my last meal however my experience was even more enhanced when I asked for the check and got a note saying that the meal was on them and have a great day! Not only was I thankful for this random... More 

3 Thank NLion
northeastern US
Level Contributor
47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This restaurant serves a wide variety of Korean dishes. Our server was very helpful with questions and suggestions. Service was fast and attentive, and the food was outstanding.

2 Thank traveledone
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

We had a nice time in the restaurant until the food arrived. We were really hungry, which is supposed to make the food taste better but it wasn't the case. Maybe we are not used to the Korean favours but there was a sauce in the rice and the noodles that was inedible and also the chicken looked quite old.... More 

2 Thank Sandalia37
State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

The food here is so delicious. Many meals are served in a very hot bowl. After twenty minutes of eating, the food can still be hot. Most items are not spicy, but you can get that if you want. The prices seem 20% higher than many other Asian restaurants in town. They do serve four tiny portions of traditional Korean... More 

1 Thank Raquel_Puerto_Rico

Travellers who viewed Kimchi Korean Restaurant also viewed

State College, PA

Been to Kimchi Korean Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1100 North AthertonSt, State College, PA
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-237-2096

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kimchi Korean Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?