Girin

4.5
357 reviews
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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!
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MA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KF
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved eating here. Good quality food and customer service.

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DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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ST
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

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.

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ES
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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GC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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T
Anchorage
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KD
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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TD
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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E
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. I recommend the chicken wings.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

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Y
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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D
Seattle
83 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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.

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K
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good dinner for our anniversary!

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SA
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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

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BW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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FF
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great value for lunch for Seattle Restaurant Week. Refreshing mule

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C
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I am not sure what has happened but Girin has fallen.

The service was especially poor with almost out-of-control serving of food and insane pressure to finish quickly (even though the restaurant was not that busy. The server literally picked up the half-eaten plate in front of me while I was eating.

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