Serving everything from Soondubu Jjigae (Kimchi tofu soup) to Bulkogi (marinated beef), here are five delicious Korean restaurants in San Francisco you need to try right now.
Tucked at the edge of a parking garage, Cocobang serves authentic Korean bites to the late-night crowd: The restaurant is open everyday till 2am and until 4am on weekends. We recommend the haemul pajeon, a seafood pancake loaded with squid, seaweed, and deep-fried fish ($14). Be nice, and share it with your friends. // 550 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), cocobangsf.com
Decorated like a traditional hanok, or Korean home, Dong Baek makes us feel instantly welcome. Portions are large, so go with an empty stomach. Folks in the know order off the menu—don’t miss dol sot bi bim bop, a hot stone soup with mixed vegetables and rice ($12). // 631 O'Farrell St. (Tenderloin), 415.776.1898
This hole-in-the-wall Korean cafe on Fillmore serves young crowds and is great for a quiet lunch or dinner away from the long lines of Japantown. Give nakji bokkeum (stir-fried octopus with thin noodles, $12) a go. It may be the most satisfying plate octopus you’ll ever have. // 1506 Fillmore St. (Western Addition), 415.775.9095
Welcome to a noodle place with choices! Zazang Korean Noodle is perfect for for small gatherings and family outings. Don’t miss their za zang myun, topped with a thick and salty black soybean paste sauce ($9). // 2340 Geary St. (Lower Pac Heights), 415.447.0655
Prepare for food coma when you eat at Brothers Restaurant, where the staff pride themselves on richly cooked food and the freshest ingredients. You’ll be seated at a grill where you can prepare your own Korean barbeque. Must order? A plate of kal bi (barbequed beef short ribs, $15). // 4128 Geary St. (Inner Richmond), 415.387.7991
Written by Anthony Rogers, photos sourced from the respective businesses Yelp page — Still not full? Head over to the Bay Bites 2016 and get eating. And while you’re at it, subscribe to our newsletter because it’s free.