San Soo Ka San

★★★☆☆

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My daughter and I tried this restaurant for the first time and we really enjoyed the taste of smokey flavor of beef and calamari and all the side dishes. We thought the service was good. Someone filled the water glass and changed the grill without asking. I have tried many many Korean restaurants in several big cities in the past and this restaurant was definately of one my favorite place. I will definately go back !

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★★★★★

My daughter and I tried this restaurant for the first time and we really enjoyed the taste of smokey flavor of beef and calamari and all the side dishes. We thought the service was good. Someone filled the water glass and changed the grill without asking. I have tried many many Korean restaurants in several big cities in the past and this restaurant was definately of one my favorite place. I will definately go back !

Pros: Good food, many side dishes and reasonable price

Cons: Ventilation could be better

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Im Korean and lived in Chicago for 15 years. Ive been to this restaurant since I was a kid so I know alot about their service quality. If your looking for restaurant with decent food quality then you can go to this restaurant but if you want decent food and service this is not the right restaurant for you. When I go out to eat I pay 20% or more on tips but not here. My max tip is 10% or NONE. Thats how bad this place is.
My last visit to this restaurant ended 1 month ago. I can go to different restaurant with better food and better service. Kang Nam on Kedie and Lawrence is 5-10 min drive from San Soo Gap San and you can get better food and service there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Im Korean and lived in Chicago for 15 years. Ive been to this restaurant since I was a kid so I know alot about their service quality. If your looking for restaurant with decent food quality then you can go to this restaurant but if you want decent food and service this is not the right restaurant for you. When I go out to eat I pay 20% or more on tips but not here. My max tip is 10% or NONE. Thats how bad this place is.
My last visit to this restaurant ended 1 month ago. I can go to different restaurant with better food and better service. Kang Nam on Kedie and Lawrence is 5-10 min drive from San Soo Gap San and you can get better food and service there.

Pros: Nothing at all

Cons: SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE

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We've been to this place approximately six times as it's close to our house and the food was, in the past, yummy. Every time I've gone the servers have been extraordinarily rude but I always go back because of the food and proximity to my house. They avoid eye contact, take 15 minutes to come to your table and have occasionally run over my foot with a dish cart - seemingly on purpose. If you are on the way to the restroom they will push you out of their way. I have gone in at 2am but have never been drunk, rowdy or loud. Last night was one of those nights when at 2am Korean BBQ seemed like the perfect thing. I went with my boyfriend and they seated us and again, took long enough to come to the table (approximately 15 minutes) that my guy went up to the counter and asked for a server. There were only two other tables with people in the place. After ordering they brought us food about 20 minutes later with 8 of the dirtiest most bland Korean side dishes I've ever seen. The beef they brought us was school cafeteria quality. It was a joke to say the least and we both felt like we were eating hate beef so we paid, and tipped and vowed NEVER to come back to this hateful place. I half expected to be throwing up all night.

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★☆☆☆☆

We've been to this place approximately six times as it's close to our house and the food was, in the past, yummy. Every time I've gone the servers have been extraordinarily rude but I always go back because of the food and proximity to my house. They avoid eye contact, take 15 minutes to come to your table and have occasionally run over my foot with a dish cart - seemingly on purpose. If you are on the way to the restroom they will push you out of their way. I have gone in at 2am but have never been drunk, rowdy or loud. Last night was one of those nights when at 2am Korean BBQ seemed like the perfect thing. I went with my boyfriend and they seated us and again, took long enough to come to the table (approximately 15 minutes) that my guy went up to the counter and asked for a server. There were only two other tables with people in the place. After ordering they brought us food about 20 minutes later with 8 of the dirtiest most bland Korean side dishes I've ever seen. The beef they brought us was school cafeteria quality. It was a joke to say the least and we both felt like we were eating hate beef so we paid, and tipped and vowed NEVER to come back to this hateful place. I half expected to be throwing up all night.

Pros: Nothing I can think of.

Cons: Terribly Rude Servers, Dirty food

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I have been there couple of times for BBQ. Food is good, meat is average. Atmosphere is good for groups.
Service is unbelieverablely bad.... avoid peek time on Sat nights.

Once I was with couple of friends having BBQ. 4 guys and 1 girls, obviously will eat alot of food and finish fast. They rushed us to put the meat on the grill and we needed to asked them to refill the charcoals and a new grill so many times and they were trying to avoid us. Then, we saw the meat bones still have chuck of meat on it. So my friend just put the meat bones on the grill. Couple mins later, one waitress/ manager came to us and give us a look and said "haha, why are you eating that, are you a dog?! only dogs would eat that..." Then she laughed as she walked away........

What a insult? Well, all of us just looked at each other but didn't response to her "funny insult"
.... What kinda restaurant is that?!... so rude! I have gotten some bad service from other restaurants, but not like this time... and we paid for it.

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★★★☆☆

I have been there couple of times for BBQ. Food is good, meat is average. Atmosphere is good for groups.
Service is unbelieverablely bad.... avoid peek time on Sat nights.

Once I was with couple of friends having BBQ. 4 guys and 1 girls, obviously will eat alot of food and finish fast. They rushed us to put the meat on the grill and we needed to asked them to refill the charcoals and a new grill so many times and they were trying to avoid us. Then, we saw the meat bones still have chuck of meat on it. So my friend just put the meat bones on the grill. Couple mins later, one waitress/ manager came to us and give us a look and said "haha, why are you eating that, are you a dog?! only dogs would eat that..." Then she laughed as she walked away........

What a insult? Well, all of us just looked at each other but didn't response to her "funny insult"
.... What kinda restaurant is that?!... so rude! I have gotten some bad service from other restaurants, but not like this time... and we paid for it.

Pros: good meat, OK location, parking lot

Cons: Service, Kinda expenesive for cook it yourself BBQ

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The waitress' attitudes are horrible!!! They are rude and snap when you ask for simple things like another glass or extra side dishes. If you're looking for a nice Korean place to eat at without being treated like dirt and humiliated by the waitress look somewhere else!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

The waitress' attitudes are horrible!!! They are rude and snap when you ask for simple things like another glass or extra side dishes. If you're looking for a nice Korean place to eat at without being treated like dirt and humiliated by the waitress look somewhere else!!!

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Compared to other Korean Restaurants, just average at best. On the plus side, they use real wood charcoal for BBQing the meats, and lots of panchans. On the negative, the panchans were not particularly spicy or interesting. Most dissappointing was the Service, which as is often the case at Korean restaurants, we were treated as something less than desired guests, not being Korean. They paid no attention to us whatsoever, no refill of water until we flagged someone down, no offer to replentish the panchans, no offer of assistance with the BBQ (not that we needed it, but novices would have) -- and, all this even after we displayed our affinity for Korean by ordering Soju (and, even by name -- Jinro SoJu). Much prefer KangNam, as our favorite Korean.

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★★★☆☆

Compared to other Korean Restaurants, just average at best. On the plus side, they use real wood charcoal for BBQing the meats, and lots of panchans. On the negative, the panchans were not particularly spicy or interesting. Most dissappointing was the Service, which as is often the case at Korean restaurants, we were treated as something less than desired guests, not being Korean. They paid no attention to us whatsoever, no refill of water until we flagged someone down, no offer to replentish the panchans, no offer of assistance with the BBQ (not that we needed it, but novices would have) -- and, all this even after we displayed our affinity for Korean by ordering Soju (and, even by name -- Jinro SoJu). Much prefer KangNam, as our favorite Korean.

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We had sushi on the "quiet" side the other night, and it was wonderful. I highly suggest going there any night that Chuck works (He said he's off Wed.) and he'll treat you well. He made us some beautiful dishes, showed up some great tricks, and even sang us a few songs!! I can't speak for the Korean food yet because I havent tried it, but I'm sure I won't be dissappointed.

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★★★★★

We had sushi on the "quiet" side the other night, and it was wonderful. I highly suggest going there any night that Chuck works (He said he's off Wed.) and he'll treat you well. He made us some beautiful dishes, showed up some great tricks, and even sang us a few songs!! I can't speak for the Korean food yet because I havent tried it, but I'm sure I won't be dissappointed.

Pros: Chuck is the man! Great sushi, very fair prices.

Cons: Most crowed parking lot I've ever seen in my life. Good thing I have a Scion xB. At least it HAS parking though.

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If you haven't done Korean BBQ before, go to San Soo Gap San with someone who knows what they are doing. Korean BBQ is something that you cook yourself, and our waitress wasn't able to speak a lot on English. Lucky for us, we didn't need explanation. Although I don't speak Korean, I spent two months teaching conversational English in Taejon in 1995. I had been to Korean BBQ restaurants before. This restaurant was exactly like being in South Korea. It was loud, crowded, and had great food. We had bulgogi which is slightly garlicky and slightly sweet beef grilled and then wrapped in lettuce with little vegetables. Despite the fact that I kept the heat up too high for too long (Hey! I said I had done it before...not that I was an expert.), it was fabulous. I've been to several other Korean restaurants in Chicago, and I love most of them. However, this one is at the top!

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★★★★★

If you haven't done Korean BBQ before, go to San Soo Gap San with someone who knows what they are doing. Korean BBQ is something that you cook yourself, and our waitress wasn't able to speak a lot on English. Lucky for us, we didn't need explanation. Although I don't speak Korean, I spent two months teaching conversational English in Taejon in 1995. I had been to Korean BBQ restaurants before. This restaurant was exactly like being in South Korea. It was loud, crowded, and had great food. We had bulgogi which is slightly garlicky and slightly sweet beef grilled and then wrapped in lettuce with little vegetables. Despite the fact that I kept the heat up too high for too long (Hey! I said I had done it before...not that I was an expert.), it was fabulous. I've been to several other Korean restaurants in Chicago, and I love most of them. However, this one is at the top!

Pros: Great food and authentic Korean experience

Cons: Loud and some waitstaff don't speak English fluently

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The food here was good, but not as great as some of my friends have commented about. The seafood pancake was good as well as the many little appetizers, though other places give those appetizers out also. Overall, was an okay Korean BBQ place.

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★★★☆☆

The food here was good, but not as great as some of my friends have commented about. The seafood pancake was good as well as the many little appetizers, though other places give those appetizers out also. Overall, was an okay Korean BBQ place.

Pros: Korean BBQ, Price

Cons: Parking

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Sure, the service was a bit slow and no nonsense, but the food was very yummy. My friend and I enjoyed some soon dooboo chigae (seafood tofu soup), boolgoki (marinated grilled beef off the bone) and the always delicious haemool pahjun (seafood pancake). For those of you who are seeking uber-friendly caricatures of other cultures, go to Disneyland. If you want excellent Korean food served by sufficiently polite staff, go to San Soo Gap San.

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★★★★☆

Sure, the service was a bit slow and no nonsense, but the food was very yummy. My friend and I enjoyed some soon dooboo chigae (seafood tofu soup), boolgoki (marinated grilled beef off the bone) and the always delicious haemool pahjun (seafood pancake). For those of you who are seeking uber-friendly caricatures of other cultures, go to Disneyland. If you want excellent Korean food served by sufficiently polite staff, go to San Soo Gap San.

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Great food, and very good service for the type of place. I go back about once every 2 weeks and have never been disappointed. The meat is flavorful and plentiful. The side are also well executed and they will happily refill your favorites upon request. The 24 hour bit is also fantastic.

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★★★★★

Great food, and very good service for the type of place. I go back about once every 2 weeks and have never been disappointed. The meat is flavorful and plentiful. The side are also well executed and they will happily refill your favorites upon request. The 24 hour bit is also fantastic.

Pros: Good meat

Cons: You leave smelling like BBQ

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Some folks have mentioned poor service. Maybe our timing was good. We went with a party of 4 on a Sunday around 12:30 PM. We were seating quickly and the staff was very attentive and helpful. The food was solid. The BulKoKi was very good. The marinated spicy chicken was good, and the pork varient of the same was excellent! Personally, I was a bit disappointed in the beef Kalbi, but it was still a good dish. There were more side dishes provided than I could count. All four of us left stuffed and very pleased with the experience. I am certain we will go again.

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★★★★★

Some folks have mentioned poor service. Maybe our timing was good. We went with a party of 4 on a Sunday around 12:30 PM. We were seating quickly and the staff was very attentive and helpful. The food was solid. The BulKoKi was very good. The marinated spicy chicken was good, and the pork varient of the same was excellent! Personally, I was a bit disappointed in the beef Kalbi, but it was still a good dish. There were more side dishes provided than I could count. All four of us left stuffed and very pleased with the experience. I am certain we will go again.

Pros: Good food. Solid service. Even a parking lot (although it is small)

Cons: Not the fanciest looking place.

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So for those of you who are quick to judge this place need to lose your demanding attitudes or become more patient. I am a frequent customer of San Soo Gap San, they always welcome me cordially and give me a heads up on what dishes i should get and the ones i should skip. Most of the wait staff have a great sense of humor and are fun to chat with when they make their rounds. I often get Bulgoki and Baby Octopus which are always delicious no matter what time of day i choose to visit.

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★★★★★

So for those of you who are quick to judge this place need to lose your demanding attitudes or become more patient. I am a frequent customer of San Soo Gap San, they always welcome me cordially and give me a heads up on what dishes i should get and the ones i should skip. Most of the wait staff have a great sense of humor and are fun to chat with when they make their rounds. I often get Bulgoki and Baby Octopus which are always delicious no matter what time of day i choose to visit.

Pros: great food, fun staff, great prices

Cons: small parking lot

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The service SUCKED!! The way the waitress talked and the attitude she showed were arrogent. While taking our order, she seemed inpatient. I observed the lousy service was given to all customers.

Each side dish CHARGED ONE DOLLAR. I went to many other Korean restaurants. Side dishes are free. I WILL NOT GO BACK again to be humiliated.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service SUCKED!! The way the waitress talked and the attitude she showed were arrogent. While taking our order, she seemed inpatient. I observed the lousy service was given to all customers.

Each side dish CHARGED ONE DOLLAR. I went to many other Korean restaurants. Side dishes are free. I WILL NOT GO BACK again to be humiliated.

Cons: Lousy Service!!

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This place has some of the best sushi around this neighborhood. It is fresh, and they only use the best cuts (which I find refreshing). The Bulgogi is so excellent, and when I mentioned to the waitress that I've never eaten Korean BBQ before, she sat down at my table and showed me how to do everything! She was very helpful, and actually, quite funny too! My husband had the sirloin tip (BBQ), and he loved that as well. The prices are very affordable, and you could feed an army with 2 entrees. I recommend this restaurant with 2 thumbs up! Hey, I'm going there again tonight!!! Yay!

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★★★★★

This place has some of the best sushi around this neighborhood. It is fresh, and they only use the best cuts (which I find refreshing). The Bulgogi is so excellent, and when I mentioned to the waitress that I've never eaten Korean BBQ before, she sat down at my table and showed me how to do everything! She was very helpful, and actually, quite funny too! My husband had the sirloin tip (BBQ), and he loved that as well. The prices are very affordable, and you could feed an army with 2 entrees. I recommend this restaurant with 2 thumbs up! Hey, I'm going there again tonight!!! Yay!

Pros: great waitstaff, fun expeience, sushi & Korean food

Cons: not one!

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I loved my first experience at a korean bbq. It was not hard to choose a dish since the menus are very self explanatory. I tried the chicken, pork, ribs, and the marinated steak. YUMMY it was all great. I had heard the serviced was not good but I had an attentive waitress. She was not very friendly but she sat us immediately and served us promptly. No complaints here. Not really knowing what all the little dishes were was fun and added to the expierience.

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★★★★★

I loved my first experience at a korean bbq. It was not hard to choose a dish since the menus are very self explanatory. I tried the chicken, pork, ribs, and the marinated steak. YUMMY it was all great. I had heard the serviced was not good but I had an attentive waitress. She was not very friendly but she sat us immediately and served us promptly. No complaints here. Not really knowing what all the little dishes were was fun and added to the expierience.

Pros: great food, casual setting, lots of variety

Cons: a bit crowded

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Know what you are want...helps getting the service you need at this place (it's a no frill place for sure). If not, let the waitress know you are virgin, they will be more than happy to help.

Easiest way to order is just tell the waitress you want one order of "Kalbi" and one order of "Bulgogi" (enough for 3), and you'll be set.

On a side note, get a bottle of Soju(korean rice wine) and couple bottles of OB or Hite beer, you'll be in for one heck of an awesome meal.

Btw, they open 24/7, perfect for those 4am afterparty munchiees(sp?).

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★★★★☆

Know what you are want...helps getting the service you need at this place (it's a no frill place for sure). If not, let the waitress know you are virgin, they will be more than happy to help.

Easiest way to order is just tell the waitress you want one order of "Kalbi" and one order of "Bulgogi" (enough for 3), and you'll be set.

On a side note, get a bottle of Soju(korean rice wine) and couple bottles of OB or Hite beer, you'll be in for one heck of an awesome meal.

Btw, they open 24/7, perfect for those 4am afterparty munchiees(sp?).

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The service here is atrocious, even by the poor standards of your typical Korean restaurant. Stay away!

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★☆☆☆☆

The service here is atrocious, even by the poor standards of your typical Korean restaurant. Stay away!

Cons: poor service

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service sucks here. the waitresses are rude (worse than the average korean restaurant), are not attentive to your table's needs, and it takes forever to get their attention. however, the food is okay.

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★★★☆☆

service sucks here. the waitresses are rude (worse than the average korean restaurant), are not attentive to your table's needs, and it takes forever to get their attention. however, the food is okay.

 

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