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Girin - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
357 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Korean

Girin is a modern expression of classical Korean cuisine, located in the blooming Pioneer Square restaurant corridor. Our chefs apply contemporary cooking techniques to traditional dishes presenting an elevated yet authentic Korean culinary experience. We feature quality meats served ssam-style, house-made noodles and dumplings, and home-brewed makgeolli in a beautifully designed interior space, all within a stone's throw of Century Link stadium.

We look forward treating you to an amazing dining experience,
Gumbei!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation


    Lunch:
    Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dining Room:
    Sunday - Saturday : 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy Hour:
    4:00pm - 6:00pm throughout the restaurant daily and 10:00-11:00pm daily in the cocktail bar

  • Phone number

    (206) 257-4259

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Kirksey

  • Neighborhood

    Pioneer Square

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave & King St.

  • Parking details

    Public lot in Stadium Place building, as well as street parking. Find more information at http://www.downtownseattleparking.com/

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 357 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. MA

    MAKdiner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    great food and excellent service overall, but it was a bit more pricey than we thought it should be. We went there before a Sounders game event, so the menu was more limited and no happy hour pricing was available. Plate sizes are modest at best, and thus one needs to order more for a group family style meal to occur. With on beverage each for 5 people, this meant our bill was almost $200 all in.

  2. KF

    KennyF

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Atmosphere and the food were great and the server Sung Jun was excellent. I forgot my credit card and he caught me outside the restaurant before I left. Thank you!

  3. AM

    AlessioM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved eating here. Good quality food and customer service.

  4. DS

    DnSF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Recommend w/caveats it's super noisy that despite wood and "soft" surfaces, the existing hard surfaces over come the enthusiasm of the diners; tables too close causing servers issues getting thru/past diners some of whom are trying to get from beyond or to it and as result bags, arms and bodies keep bumping and brushing past me; our server asked the 2 guys for drink order but not our female companion who ironically was picking up the tab; the variety and quantity of the ban chan was so limited as if to save it for later diners, maybe? The crispy chicken wings were very goid, the grilled pork belly and short ribs were perfect, tho in the end while it would be the cited reason to revisit (difficult as from NorCal), we'd have to learn prior from staff or insiders what's the trick to avoid the pitfalls. Oh and a good Belvedere martini extra dry.

  5. ST

    ScarletT

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great value. Nice ambiance as well and beautiful decor for the restaurant.

  6. ES

    ErikS

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We went for restaurant week and the pork belly and beef ssam were incredible. The starters were great too, beef carpaccio, and rice dumplings with mushrooms both outstanding. Try the traditional Korean drink, they call it a liquor but it’s smooth like an unfiltered rice wine.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service who was very knowledgeable. Be sure to try the Mocgoelli!

  8. s

    sashimimimi

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience2

    Location, location, location...That's about all this place has to offer-right up the street from the stadium. Made a reservation for a birthday celebration at 6:30pm on the same night as a Sounders game. We got to enjoy the speed menu which is pretty heavily truncated to expedite orders and get peeps to the game-except I wasn't going to the game. Narrow menu offered little, what was on there was not very good. This place is Faux Korean for peeps who don't like or don't know what Korean food actually tastes like. Our server was GREAT-event threw in a free plate of japchae when I commented on the speed menu. Unfortunately, the japchae was soggy and too sweet, but I appreciated the effort. Since it was a birthday dinner, we did get an unsolicited dessert, which then showed up on the bill. THAT was weird-don't restaurants usually provide this as a complimentary service? Best advise-try another spot.

  9. ES

    ESUS

    Washington DC

    140 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    This restaurant lived up to its high rating. The food was delicious and exciting. We had the small chef's tasting menu. All of it tasted freshly made. Inventive - or new to me - flavors. Standout was the pork belly served with thin radish discs to wrap it up. Very generous portions - it was a lot of food. We were there on a quiet night and the food came fast - a little too fast. It felt rushed. Service was good except it would have been nice to have had the server slow down the pace of the dishes. Nice, hip ambiance.

  10. GC

    GonzoCretin

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service, as always. Would definitely recommend.

  11. T

    Tommy

    Anchorage

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Good service. Was a little noisy. The music being played did not fit the atmosphere.

  12. j

    jamesr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food/drinks/ and service. One of the best happy hours in Seattle.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything was great! Being close to the door was a bit cold, but the staff & food was great!

  14. M

    Martellenz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love their home brewed drink. I can't remember what it is called but it is great. This is always our favorite pre-game place to eat.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The game day menu was pretty restrictive for our vegetarian folks, and the veg option was really overpriced: $22 for a plate of sauteed veggies. Otherwise, everyone else really liked their food and the service was great.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wonderful flavors. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful explaining the dinner options. The stainless steel chopsticks were a nice touch as well. I highly recommend this place.

  17. KD

    KristenD

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate at Girin prior to a Sounders match, to celebrate my sister-in-law's 30th birthday. Although we have some "picky" eaters in our family, everyone found something they enjoyed, even with the limited game day menu. Service was quick, polite, and friendly. The dining room is beautiful, the seats are very comfortable. Girin was very good about communicating with us regarding our reservation (reminders, plus a heads-up about the game day menu and parking). I will definitely return to Girin!

  18. MB

    MatteoB

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Subpar service. The food was ok but always cold when it reached the table. Definitely not up to par with the prices.

  19. TL

    TongL

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Food and ambiance were great. Service was a bit awkward during the dinner but good overall. What really negatively impacted my experience was how our leftovers were packed- a full plate of sticky runny sauce was dumped into this tiny paper container without a secured lid, placed in a paper bag, without our awareness. It of course spilled in the car as we drove through the ups and downs of Seattle roads. Took me hours to clean the car afterwards.

  20. JP

    JouniorP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A hidden gem. Great food, great ambiance, great happy hour, great service. Only thing I’d say is the cocktails could use some work. The taste of the bourbon mint drink was good but all the sugar just sat at the bottom and that part wasn’t appealing. The flam drink was ehh, mix didn’t taste great. But still 5 stars only left drink review for them to improve.

  21. L

    Llew

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server was fantastic. Knew the menu very well and was deftly and professionally able to help with some decisions based on some odd dietary restrictions. The picked and fermented vegetables were outstanding. I'll be coming back!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely excellent food, customer service and overall event. We had a team of 100 for a buyout dinner and everyone RAVED about the whole experience. I highly recommend June and her team for all business events!

  23. TT

    TerryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience4

    My marinated beef was low quality. Tough, had to cut very very small slices to chew. Beer at 8.00 a glass too high. $6.00 is reasonable. Appetizer ribs super good.

  24. TD

    TyDW

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we ordered was delicious, and our sever Cee was great.

  25. E

    Emma

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Girin was fine but nothing special. Our Ssam was good but the chicken wings and the kimchi stew were just decent. The cocktails were nice and we enjoyed the barley custard. The ambiance was nice for a special night out but the food wasn’t quite worth the price.

  26. TM

    TaraM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Underwhelmed when I first glanced through the menu. Lack of volume of sheer items to order from is easily trounced by the goodness and special individuality of each plate. Get the wings and most assuredly the dumplings.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great. I recommend the chicken wings.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was great. Servers were nice but trying hard to hurry the meal and turnover the table more than most places I dine at.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    The menu says something to the affect of ‘happy to accommodate allergies, accordingly’. I can attest that this was far far from reality. They were, in fact, in no way able to accommodate my wife’s sesame allergy.

  30. m

    marija

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Not good, I see it has since closed, which is really good

  31. Y

    Yordkns

    Seattle

    52 reviews

    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    My wife and I had been curious about Korean food for a bit and had not eaten at a Korean restaurant before going to Girin. Our waiter was outstanding and our service was impeccable. We were seated immediately and liked the environment of the restaurant. We started with an appetizer that had mushrooms and pea shoots but the sauce was a bit sweet for our taste. My wife had a steak and I had the kalbi ribs both in the style that came with a lettuce wrap. The proteins were cooked just fine but they were impossible to differentiate between them. They had a non offensive flavor but a sameness that could only be altered by changing up the spices and veggies that came with them. There was nothing wrong with the dinner but there was also nothing memorable other than Justin our waiter.

  32. D

    Defento

    Seattle

    100 reviews

    3.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    We arrived for our reservation on time at 7PM. We were seated and told with great exhaustion how busy they had been, but that they were caught up. It took ? 15 minutes to order our first drink -- a bottle of white wine -- and another 10 minutes to come back and ask us to select something else, which we did. It took them another 15 minutes to come back and advise they were out of that. In this time NO appetizers arrived, but another table was seated and served drinks and a meal. When we finally got our third choice of wine it wasn't the correct bottle. PARCHED at this point, we said we'd just keep it for fear we wouldn't get anything. First appetizer finally arrived, then all of our food arrived. No where to put the second appetizer... We've been to Girin 3 times. First time, about a year and a half ago, it was great. Second time was a game day and disappointing due to limited menu and what seemed to be a number of pre-cooked dishes and harried waitstaff. This time was the last time. We know other Korean restaurants with great food where our business is appreciated.

  33. K

    Karen

    Seattle

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, outstanding service. The Happy Hour offerings made dinner a good value.

  34. KM

    KateM

    Los Angeles

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    I take the train frequently and sometimes have time for a meal before I leave. This is around the corner from the station--it is wonderful. I was there early so had the kimchi pancake (on the happy hour menu) and the spicy squid and rice cake dish. The spice was not too hot and had a lot of flavor. I sat by myself at the counter and the service was great. I will always go here for a meal before the train but I am also going to take the train up from Olympia with a friend just to eat here. They have a chef's tasting menu that sounds irresistible.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a good dinner for our anniversary!

  36. SA

    ShelleyA

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were outstanding! We will definitely visit again.

  37. JN

    JimN

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Food great, servers very knowledgeable but service was spotty and slow.

  38. BW

    BillW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding, true-to-country Korean cuisine. I literally felt like I was eating in my favorite Barbecue in Kangnam.

  39. FF

    FledgelingFoodie

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    An excellent choice for Restaurant Week! Great options, fast service, and delicious food. I’ve been here for Happy Hour a few times too. One of my favorites.

  40. S

    Slim

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great value for lunch for Seattle Restaurant Week. Refreshing mule

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Girin - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 357 OpenTable diners

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave & King St.

  • Neighborhood

    Pioneer Square

  • Hours of operation


    Lunch:
    Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dining Room:
    Sunday - Saturday : 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy Hour:
    4:00pm - 6:00pm throughout the restaurant daily and 10:00-11:00pm daily in the cocktail bar

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public lot in Stadium Place building, as well as street parking. Find more information at http://www.downtownseattleparking.com/

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Kirksey

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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