Bam Bam Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Korean
Bam Bam Kitchen is an authentic Korean Restaurant located in the heart of Ardmore, Pennsylvania serving traditional Stone Bowl Bibimbop, Japchae, Korean Fried Chicken Wings, Soft Tofu Soup, and many more eclectic and exquisite Korean dishes.

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Mon - Fri 3:15PM - 5:00PM

What 114 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and attentive service!

p
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was great. The new stir fry menu is fantastic. All kinds of options to choose!

CW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always enjoy a good meal each visit. The stir menu sweet and spicy chicken and shrimp was very good.

TS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience all around. Excellent service, food, and atmosphere!

RA
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We went during Ardmore's Restaurant Week and maybe that colored our experience? We thought the food just OK, the service was very good and accomodating, and the price during Restaurant Week was fair. We don't think we'll be back.

d
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and the service attentive. However, it was very overpriced for the meager portions.

CT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had wonderful experience! The service was outstanding and the food was amazing!

C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I simply love coming to eat here. The food is INCREDIBLE, the servings are generous, the side dishes are always fresh, and the service makes you feel highly regarded. Julia has a knack for remembering faces and always greets us warmly. Take someone special when you go; they’re bound to love it!

JR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service staff was good, menu items where interesting but nothing over the top, table spacing was kind of tight but ok, I would try it again.

DE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, we had a mixed experience at Bam Bam Kitchen. Our service was very good, and the servers were attentive. The primary disappointments were the food and the cost. My wife ordered a tofu/kimchi dish that was underwhelming. Her biggest frustration was that the tofu appeared to be served straight out of the package. My food, while very good, seemed a bit overpriced. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be returning for a while.

p
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Almost hate to write this review because then I'll have to share this gem with the world. But I want this place to stay around for a LONG time. From the door, we were met with stellar service. And the buzzers at the table for your server, water, questions, check? Brilliant fun feature (just keep the kids away). With a bit of K-pop in the background, my palate earned a treat of delectable, pleasing flavors. Having a punky tummy, I opted for nothing above a one chili rating, and it was perfect. Asked for low sodium foods ahead of time and they made such a provision. Nothing was greasy. Piping hot plates every time -- unless it was a cold dish, and then it came at the perfect chill temperature. Great portions for the price and with the freshness you want -- all served with smiles, recommendations and care. A new fave has been discovered in Ardmore!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very clean and organized service! And perfect execution of every single order! Just go and try.

RP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Service was excellent. We live in Delaware. It was definitely worth the drive

OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I kept the reservation

P
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Bam Bam is very consistent, they serve good food at reasonable prices and also give you quite a few free things to snack on while you await your order. Julia is a superb waitress, very sweet and attentive.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

It was freezing cold in the second room where we sat. The service was not very good. It seems like we were not welcome. I was a single adult with 4 kids that were looking to try something new. Not the best place for that. Food was good and it was hot both temperatures and spice.

h
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place, good food, friendly service. And right next to the Ardmore Music Hall, so good for concert nights!

V
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to find authentic Korean restaurants in Philly and Bam Bam does not disappoint!

PE
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Finally an authentic delicious Korean restaurant in the area!

F
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good but the place needs serious attention. It’s described as authentic food but it not overly impressive.

P
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Julia is an excellent server, she remembered me from my earlier visits and is very sweet. The food was wonderful and the free extras they give are a nice touch.

m
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is consistently good. The service can be a little slow but the staff is usually friendly.

l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Disappointed we made reservations for a party of 6 and we were sat beside the door where take out food is picked up and buzzers kept going off.

e
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just ridiculously good Korean food in the most unlikely of places. Really standout

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Korean food in Philly!

MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simple decor. Fast friendly service. Food excellent. Will be going back

A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Very fast and friendly service. Lovely ambience. Just did not find the taste of the any of our food very good, including the side dishes. Could possibly be just us. Everyone else in the restaurant seemed pleased with their meals. But we visit a lot of Korean restaurants in Philly, and we were highly disappointed here. Had actually placed another item to-go initially but thankfully they forgot. Likely will not return.

IB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Friday evening . We had reservations. We were late and needed to eat quickly, because we had reservations for a show afterwards.. The staff could not have been more accommodating. Very nice people. The complimentary appetizer was amazing and so was the appetizer we ordered. We had the seafood soup. It was good but next time we will order something else. There will be definitely a next time. We looked at other tables, and the food looked absolutely wonderful.

A
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant meal, gracious servers, good ambiance. It seemed that the menu had been pared down to cater to the local clientele. We have had more interesting Korean food in the city

f
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal but for some reason I'm getting more sensitive to noise or people are getting noisier. I was across from my companion and we could barely talk to or hear each other because of an obnoxiously loud group of people (looked to be 2 sets of parents, sharing birth stories). They were so loud that others in the restaurant were turning to look at them, rolling their eyes. I will go back obviously because the food was excellent albeit slightly ruined by the noisy double date.

NM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Seating is tight. Otherwise a great restaurant!

DC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone at our table ( ages 14-80) thoroughly enjoyed their dishes! The food arrived promptly, the temperature was perfect, and everything was so flavorful. We will be back.

n
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bam Bam Kitchen isn't the best Korean food I've ever had, although is still solid. We had the Korean Fried Chickem, which tasted good, although wasn't as crunchy as it is at the best places. The bulgogi stir fry was a large portion and fresh, although a bit more seasoning was needed. The service was fine and the prices were reasonable.

J
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like the food a lot. We live in Bryn Mawr and come as often as possible.

OT
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my second time to Bam Bam and it did not disappoint. The food was once again excellent. We also tried the Tempura Ice Cream.....YUM!

Julia, the manager of the location, is excellent. She very customer focused and pleasant.

Bam Bam is a winner!

c
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, and the service was fast and friendly. Can't wait to explore the menu in the future. Not sure how I missed this place before now, but it will be my new go-to place for dinner before a show at Ardmore Music Hall.

OT
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a great dinner at Bam Bam....between me and my dining partner we tried 6 things and everything was DELICIOUS!

MY
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My adult kids and I enjoyed our dining experience at Bam Bam. My son from Philly wanted to visit since it opened. I am first generation Korean American and speaking as experienced in Korean cuisine I would give 4 stars out of 5. Mostly because my kids enjoyed the food but I felt the mandu was not what I am used to compared to homemade mandu with cabbage ,rice noodle and little more tastier. Bulgogi was delicious but I like the hand carved beef vs machine sliced because its a bit thicker. A little more serving size for for the money would be appreciated. Nevertheless overall food was fine for those wanting a taste of savory, spicy and deliciousness! Thanks Bam Bam

PA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to Bam Bam kitchen was terrific. The menu is broad in its offerings, the kitchen is amenable to modifications, the food and service were wonderful. We'll be back!

DJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food are good. Recommend Korean style fried chicken wings, LA Galbi ( Korean BBQ Short Ribs ), Tofu stew with seafood. Floor is not clean, feel not good for that.

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