Sung Korean Bistro
Sung Korean Bistro

Sung Korean Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sungkoreanbistro.com/
  • Phone: (513) 721-7864
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm - 11:00pm; Closed Sunday

    Beginning June 1, 2014, we will close at 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Korean, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Sung J. Oh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Patio & Traditional Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Sung J. Oh 513-721-7864x
  • Special Events: Have your private party here! We host Wedding Receptions, Holiday Parties, Wine Tasting, Dinner and much more! We have a projector for multiple uses i.e. karaoke, presentations, picture slide show and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and Elm
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public & Street
A word from Sung Korean Bistro
Welcome To Sung Korean Bistro, Cincinnati's finest Korean dining experience. Located at the corner of 7th and Elm Street, Sung Korean Bistro is the home of downtown's premier Korean fare. Our complex flavors and diverse wine & cocktail list set Sung Korean Bistro apart from your ordinary dining experience. Our clean, modern decor and subtle twists on traditional Korean recipes come together to deliver a wonderful meal for you and your family.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Sung Korean Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (17)special occasion (17)romantic (14)great for lunch (10)great for outdoor dining (8)hot spot (6)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Love this place
    OABandit
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have been back perhaps ten times. The food is always great and the staff is efficient, but friendly. We went to dinner early (6:00) and were happy to see how well the restaurant is doing, as it filled up with diners. This is a restaurant that we want to see do well, because we want to see it last forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Experience
    goldsungoddess
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We dined at the Sung Korean Bistro for the first time last Thursday. We were greeted immediately by the bartender, and someone checked with us soon after and asked if we had reservations. I gave him my name and we were seated. The restaurant was moderately busy, but the noise level was very low. I loved the decor in the restaurant and that may have also help with create a calm ambiance. Our server was great! He checked back with us often, and was personable and efficient. The food was very good-this was my first experience with Korean food. Everything I had was really good-especially the appetizer.The main course that I had was very good and had a great spicy kick. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Mbogo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was my first time here. The service is friendly and prompt. The food was exceptionally tasty. The galbi (beef ribs) was cooked to perfection. The Oujingau Yangnyum Gui (Grilled marinaded whole squid) was rather intimidating at first, but when I had just finished wondering how I was going to eat a whole squid with nothing more than a pair of chop sticks, the server came over and cut it up in to bite sized pieces. The chef himself came out and showed me the proper way to eat my dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From Columbus for Sung Kor Bistro!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I lived on the corner near Sung Keorean bistro for 3 years and became a regular there. When I visit Cincinnati on a regular basis, I also make it a habit to fine here whenever possible! Our recent visit was particularly enjoyable because our server was so friendly and professional too - they always are, excellent staff but he was over and above!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience with every visit
    ShawnVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is one of my favorite places to go for happy hour. The food is wonderful and the employees are great. I would recommend the Dolsot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Downtown Favorite!
    KarenCVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We really enjoy Sung Korean Bistro, and look forward to eating there before downtown concerts and theater.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    biggie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I walk pass daily, dropped in with best friend, we decided then it will be a regular. Nice decor, roomier than expected, good service, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Keith
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was excellent and very friendly. Appetizers was unique and tasty(seaweed salad). Main course left much to be desired. Pork dinner and a beef dinner over rice. Meat was not cut or cooked in a tasty way. Meat was sliced very thin and more chewy than tender. I had the pork and I think it could gave been better chopped than thin sliced... My wife's beef was bland and a little tough. Overall food -meh. Service very good. Ambiance - very nice.
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  • Yum!
    KarenCVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I'd sometimes crave Korean food, and this really hit the spot. Started with an original Korean roll - Love it! Then Dolsot Bibimbab - so much food we had plenty for take home for another meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    KyDiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great Selection, Great Food, Great Service, and easy to make reservations online. Ample parking near by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    ILuv2Eat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This restaurant was a second choice when a local Hibachi restaurant went out of business. The restaurant is a bit out of the way from Fountain Square, but was well worth the walk. Went with a group and received outstanding service. Everyone enjoyed the food and had a good time. Our waiter was very knowledgeable with the food. If you enjoy ethnic food, you should give this restaurant a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • souixVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our FAVORITE restaurant in downtown Cincinnati!!! Always great food & service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 268 reviews are from the Sung Korean Bistro reviews archive.
  • Long Time Korean Food Lover
    Scout4Food
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First visit/new to Cincy. The waiter was outstanding, providing excellent menu explanation and recommendations. Draft beer selection was limited but good, with the Rhinegeist Truth well matched to food. My 21 year old daughter enjoyed the Gimbab, & found it a light, right-sized portion & interesting alternative to Sushi. The Dolsot Bibimbab was very tasty & authentic (stone bowl stayed hot throughout the meal), although the amount of seafood in the "Seafood Special" was a little skimpy. Banchan side dishes were all excellent, particularly the simple Kimchi which was bright, crisp with just the right spiciness. Overall, a very good visit. Price point seems a little high compared to other Asian restaurants in downtown Cincy or OTR.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • empty restaurant
    paint
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    food was average. my salted mackerel was extremely dry and unsatisfying despite being well regarded by the server. stick with the rice bowls! sad that there were so few patrons. the wait staff outnumbered the diners on a 7:00 Saturday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service, good food
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our waitress was absolutely fantastic - friendly, not overbearing, thoughtful. The dolsot bimbimbap which is very highly rated is overrated in my mind as the heated stone pot makes the rice far too chewy and dries the dish out. Maybe it's just not to our taste. The stiry fry is 10/10 fantastic. The side dishes that come with the entrees are also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the neighborhood feel
    ShawnVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    As a downtown resident, I love visiting Sung and will continue to do so because of the great food and great people.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and fresh
    love2trynewthings
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We had a group of 6, 2 of which were fairly picky. The server was excellent and was able to help them choose something they really enjoyed (much to their surprise!). The rest of us absolutely loved the fresh tasting food with a great variety of flavors. The serve was very good...attentive without being obtrusive. We had a great time, sampling various rolls and passing around our entrees, which were all very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Charlie
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had wonderful meals and service at the Sung Korean Bistro. It was our first time there, but it will be at the top of our list in the future. Our server was very professional and always available but never intrusive. The prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Korean Restaurant in Town
    Katie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've been searching for a good Korean restaurant for two years now since I came back from a trip there. This restaurant is the best I've found in the Cincinnati area. The kimchi is delicious and they have a lot of dishes to offer. The kimbap also gets an a+. I'm a college student so the prices are a little rough for me, but with living social, it's easier to eat there. The service is amazing and the waiters are friendly. The overall feel is stylish but laid back which makes the restaurant a good one to go with friends if you're a younger person, however I've seen families and older groups there as well. It's a pretty cool place overall and has delicious food that I will definitely go back for over and over again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot
    Brad
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Exquisite cocktails and excellent food before a Cincinnati Shakespeare production. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Sung Bistro
    msmithcinti
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Sung Korean Bistro is one of our favorite places to dine. The food is always fantastic. The dolsot is the way to go - it is always amazing. Never had bad service here either. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service, excellent food
    Girlsnight
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Had dinner here with friends for a girls night out. The wait staff were helpful and attentive. Dolsot bibimbap was delicious. Cocktails were pricey, but potent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved This Place!
    Carley
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was unbelievable and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Short and Simple
    KindleVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Nice large atmosphere. Stirfrys are good. Some dishes had more rice than main ingredients. Drink list was interesting. Service was helpful and just the right amount of attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good Korean
    KateVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    It's not the best Korean food I've eaten (I have a Korean MIL) but I was pleasantly surprised. Kimchi and gojuchang were sweeter and less spicy than I am used to but probably just right for people not used to Korean food. I was happy that I walked in right before the kitchen closed at the end of lunch and was not rushed at all.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    AJLEV
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Great food and fun place to eat. The sushi roles are fantastic and the dol sop biminbop is the best I have ever had. One of my favorite places in downtown Cincinnati.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Sung!
    JennO
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Sung is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. I had never tried Korean food before Sung so I wasn't sure what to expect but the Dolsot Bibimbap is phenomenal and became a fast favorite. The traditional floor seating makes for both a cozy, romantic dinner and a special occasion with friends. The wait staff is attentive and personable and we learn a little something new each time we visit. For the many celebrations we've spent at Sung, we've always left happy and satisfied. If you haven't been, you must try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a win!
    REF2
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I love Sung! I've been for my birthday, on New Year's Eve, for just dinner many times; Sung Korean Bistro never fails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Korean food
    hvw54
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    we had happy hour, appetizers, and dinner at Sung on a Friday night. Our server, Kim, was delightful, and every bite of our food was great. Order the stone pot dolsot bibimbab -- fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    ChachaVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The food was great and the service was great! We had the deep fried dumplings. They were soooo good, but rather small. I wish they were bigger for the price. The flavored sake was great and interesting and dinner was really good. I also got "sushi" on the side and it was the best sushi I have ever had.. So flavorful. It was called the Magma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality korean
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have to admit were not very adventurous when we go to Sung. We almost always order Dolsot Bibimbab, the hot stone rice bowl with veggies and meat. It totally unique and very good. This place is attractive, servers are very friendly and a great place for a change of pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time with good food..
    JimLevVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went again because we had a good time before... We had 3 couples and all had good food, nice owner and good service... Will be back to try other items...
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They sat us at a strange table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They sat us at a strange table right by the front door and coat check, and we had to request to be moved. Once we were moved, the experience was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Bibmbab and Other Wonders
    Jason
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I highly recommend grabbing some tasty food here. Their Bibmbab is outstanding. I really enjoyed it as a date location, Our waitress was excellent and offered many good recommendations through out the night. They have a decent craft beer selection as well which was always nice, If you love Korean food or never had it, try Sung Korean Bistro! Do it for your tummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was able to travel to Korea
    Awesome
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I was able to travel to Korea many years ago in the military and had something called yachea mandu. I reviewed the menu here prior to dining and it had a yachea dish and a mandu dish. I was hoping that a Korean restaurant could combine them or advise something comparable. The only reason I went there was to get yachea mandu. The server was clueless as to my request and was not able to explain the menu cleraly. I was frustrated and disappointed in a short amount of time. The food was okay, nothing spectacular, and the prices were reasonable. The service was mediocre and I have no intention of returning.
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  • Love Sung
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Sung Korean is oura go-to for well-prepared food with warm service and a great atmosphere. It also is an exceptional value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good restaurant.
    seeb
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a group of 10 and the waitress did a good job taking care of everyone. The food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid downtown option
    chryssc
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was well done. Menu selections were varied and appealed to a wide palate. The dumpling appetizer (they have both pan fired or steamed options) was very tasty. We both went vegetarian and thoroughly enjoyed the combination of flavors each entree provided. The sweet potato noodles were a pleasant surpise. The presentation of all the plates was well done. Server was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bibimbap!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Food was delicious! For anyone who has never tried Korean food, go here as soon as you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite Downtown Restauant!
    KarenCVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We Love Sung Korean before theater outing and concerts. Wonderful food - the rolls are a MUST - and very accommodating service!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate