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

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

I kept the reservation

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P
Philadelphia
82 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.

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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.

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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!

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V
Philadelphia
11 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!

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

Finally an authentic delicious Korean restaurant in the area!

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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.

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P
Philadelphia
82 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.

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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.

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Philadelphia
1 review
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.

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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

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

Best Korean food in Philly!

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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

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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.

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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.

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Philadelphia
87 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

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f
Philadelphia
14 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.

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

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

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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.

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n
Philadelphia
57 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.

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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.

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OT
Philadelphia
62 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!

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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.

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Philadelphia
62 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!

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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

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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!

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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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F
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant looked for as many tables had not been cleared. Our waitress was charming and helpful. The food did not look fresh or appealing and was just OK taste wise. I am not an aficionado of Korean cooking but my one other experience was superior. Probably will not return.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. Casual atmosphere but I like that they don’t make you feel rushed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, cannot wait to go back. They make their own kimchi, and you can get it to go. Love the decor and comfort level. good spot for a date or just lunch with a friend.

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AD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is AMAZING!!

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D
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

OMG. This restaurant is the closest I have come to authentic Korean cooking in the area. Reminds me of my many trips to Seoul and Daejon. Love their Fried Mandoos, Kimchi and Bobimbop. So many dishes to choose from for subsequent visits. If you love Korean food, this is the place. If you have never had Korean food, this is the place to visit for a first try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very nice. We did wait a little bit long to be served, to get the check, etc but the food was absolutely amazing and well worth it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bam Bam kitchen is my family's favorite place to eat. I love the quick service, friendly faces, and AMAZING food.

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TH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All six of us had bebimbap, each one was served sizzling hot and was delicious. The chicken wings, ordered as an appetizer, were exactly as promised.

I recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always so great!

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m
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place is always good. We love it and we keep bringing friends to share the experience.

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Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food in a surprising neighborhood. Authentic Korean food with some surprising new takes on classic Korean foods.

Lack of Korean alcohol was disappointing. The kimchi, pajeon, and KFC was spot on. Make sure to use the service buttons on the table, as the staff doesn't invade your space like most restaurants.

Excellent value for the amount of food served.

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GG
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Best Korean chicken wings I've ever had! Also the savory kimchi pancake was delicious!

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J
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good hot Korean food. Great if you’re going next door to see a concert

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