Buk Chon Korean Cuisine

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Located in Old City Philadelphia. Buk Chon Korean Cuisine presents a modern approach to traditional korean cuisine fare featuring a contemporary chef driven menu.
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T
Philadelphia
129 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time around was much better. Greeted warmly and seated just on time. Environment was pleasant and very clean.

Appetizer of green onion pancake was awesome and very filling and more than enough for two+ people.
Bimbimbop bowl with rib eye was also more than adequate size wise and very filling. Good flavor and choice of sauce on side was great option. The accompanying pickled vegetables were awesome and tasty.

Being a BYOB is another plus and will definitely be back. Great for before or after a movie. Korean food is becoming popular in center city and this place is added to one of our favorite Korean spots.

r
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and loved it. Definitely on list of places to go to before Arden Theater. Staff was great. Food was outstanding. We even reordered the Korean Fried Chicken because we liked it so much. I was looking at the dishes at the other tables and want to come back to try the more.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch special was delicious and fairly large portions. Service was wonderful. Great value, as well! Definitely a spot we will return to for dinner.

BA
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast and friendly. Food was delicious and fairly priced. I will definitely recommend this place to friends looking for a good spot for Asian/Korean cuisine.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Buk Chon has a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy Korean favorites with friends. The traditional Korean dishes were wonderful, from balanced kimchi to crispy green onion pancake, toothsome japchae noodles, and savory ribeye bulgogi. Staff were attentive and knowledgeable, and the menu clarified spice levels.

Stick with the traditional Korean dishes rather than fusion menu items like kimchi paella. While I enjoyed Buk Chon’s purple rice and kimchi separately, the chef mixed them together for me before the paella came out, as opposed to a Bibimbap approach where I would have been able to appreciate each ingredient. Also, the small shrimp made me wish I had ordered a different protein.

In sum, if you order traditional Korean food and don’t expect big shrimp, you’ll have a great experience at Buk Chon.

TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved how it was on the smaller side- quaint and intimate. Food was extremely good and everything was reasonably priced. Also loved that it was BYOB. Great place to go with friends, family, and a significant other in a cute neighborhood!

PL
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent fresh food. Delicious subtle seasoning. Relaxed vibe.

p
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service. Well able to accommodate gluten free diner.

M
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant choice in Old City. We've been here a few times with various friends and family and everyone's always noted it's delicious food and good value at the prices + BYOB. The tofu bi bim bap is a personal favorite. Very friendly staff, good service and a charming, fun ambiance.

R
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend, quiet place not really crowded and the servers were so nice. Waiter name Justin served us that day. He made us a really great drink as we we requested.All foods are great. Love it.

KG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service could use some polish. Brought 3 of our 4 entrees out 5 mins before the 4th was ready. Waiter forgot the beverages we ordered. Food was beautifully presented but very heavy on sauces and salt. Nice ambiance. Casual and a good value. Nice neighborhood option.

AQ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is so good and so affordable. And it's a byob!! It must be a secret little gem because it is never crowded so I can always get a table. Definitely recommend!

s
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Korean food. The pork buns were great. Bimimbap and spicy pork very good. People are very nice and accommodating.

d
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made me a special vegan bimbimbop bowl that was delicious. Very kind and accommodating wait staff. I would definitely return.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was quick. Would go back. They have a really good lunch special- under $10 for a entree and a side.

FM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Buk Chon to celebrate birthday with our sons and dates . We had a variety of menu choices and the consensus was that all choices were excellent. We will be going back again in the future.

s
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and it’s a BYO which makes it reasonable for a night out. Love the fried chicken!

T
Philadelphia
156 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was very attentive to us.

PF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Father’s Day lunch! Excellent Korean fried chicken for appetizer! The entrees were equally as good- Ramyun, kimchi and chorizo fries rice, spicy chili chicken and banchan platter!

Food was tasty, visually appealing and good quality.

Will return!

JC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great birthday dinner for my girlfriend. I really like the fire chicken skillet and the ambience as well as great service.

OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

120% recommended! This place does not get nearly the credit it deserves. The staff were kind, helpful, and full of life. The food came out quickly, yet it was fairly obvious the intricacies that went into making it. The bibimbap was absolutely delicious, and so was the fried chicken. This place is definitely detour-worthy!

LJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We just went for dinner in our neighborhood and really enjoyed it.

BR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small but packs a punch. Well cooked Korean specialties Loved the fried chicken app and the Kim chee with tofu. Great and helpful servers. Good value and a BYOB

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant, never disappoints. The bibimbap stone bowls are easily one of my favorite dishes anywhere. Staff is always friendly and keep you coming back.

s
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there as a suggestion from our daughter. The food was fabulous! There were 4 of us and we shared everything. Fried chicken with chili sauce, green onion pancake with seafood, short rib bibimbapp and a salad. All were tasty and spiced just right. We were sitting next to a Korean gentleman who said the food was not true Korean (like his mother made) but had the same overtones and he really liked it all. He said the fried chicken was better than what you get in Seoul!
It’s also a BYO, which always appeals to us.
We will definitely be back.

K
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My husband and I enjoy Buk Chon for the tasty food and hipster ambiance. I won’t attempt to spell the entrees but I will say they are well prepared and tasty. My only complaint is the waitstaff didn’t clear away dishes at all.

R
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Byob. Can be loud. Needs better AC. Service could be better, it wasn't bad, just standard.

HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food and ambiance. Food was very good and had high-quality ingredients. However, the food wasn't necessarily authentically Korean, so it was confusing at times to have a dish like the jun or "pancake" because it didn't taste like a typical Korean pancake (해물파전). However, it may be because the style of the restaurant is meant to be more modern and fusion-y.

SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and nice atmosphere at a reasonable price.

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good small quaint place for Korean food. The food was fresh and tasty. I would definitely come back. FYI this is a BYOB

CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent - FIVE STAR ! I can not say It's a traditional Korean food , Americanized but ingredients were fresh and really tasty. Don't go for traditional Korean but for a very tasty meal it's a great option. Good for date night or late lunch for sunday.

m
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up for a quiet Sunday lunch with friends. Typical Korean dishes with a bit of fusion twist.

TW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly, attentive service, awesome food, great setting and value with BYOB! We will be back.

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoy the whole experience in this small neighborhood restaurant. Food is healthy and unique!
Very friendly staff!

M
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great new BYOB addition to the Old City dining scene, with tasty Korean food, nice setting, good prices and friendly, efficient service. We enjoyed the mixed appetizers and I had the Tofu Bi Bim Bop, which was delicious. Comfortable, relaxed and warm atmosphere.

R
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is SO GOOD and inexpensive, especially the double fried chicken!

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. Delicious food, attentive service, can’t wait to come back to try everything on the menu.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal - have recommended to 10 people already!

AU
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First visit and I’ll definitely be back! The food was delicious and the overall ambience was awesome down to every little detail like the coat hooks installed next to our table. Don’t forget to BYO

N
New Orleans
55 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We'vd enjoyed Buk Chon since our first visit and have returned several times, taking friends. Excellent food (especially the ribeye skillet (marinated in house-made soy sauce). Also, very reasonable prices, BYO with no corkage fee, and quiet enough to enjoy conversation. We wish Buk Chon all the success it deserves and hope it will be around for a long while!!!