Permanently Closed - San Soo Korean BBQ

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54 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean

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This restaurant is permanently closed. ATTENTION: San Soo Korean BBQ has now been changed to a new concept call PERILLA | korean american fare. Please search that listing to make reservations online. We look forward to seeing you! Thanks!

Korean-American Fare with both traditional Korean dishes and flavors paired alongside modern takes on classics. Prime Beef cuts and quality meats and vegetables offered for table-side grilling enjoyed in a communal style of dining. Casual and fun atmosphere great for a simple night out or large group gatherings.

Located in River West / Fulton Market area
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Korean, Barbecue, Contemporary Korean
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 243-3344
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Lim
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Private party facilities
All group reservations of 10 or more must be reserved through contacting the restaurant. We do offer prix fixed menus which include beverage packages for special events.
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Private party contact
Chris: (312) 243-3344
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Catering
Large catering orders available upon request with notice. Please contact the restaurant for any upcoming events.
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Cross street
Des Plaines
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Parking details
Nearby street parking on Hubbard St
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Public transit
Accessible by train at the CTA Blue Line Grand Station and on the #56 Milwaukee Bus - Hubbard/Union stop
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was prompt and suggestive with menu items for my group of two adults and two kids. Never had the style food before but it was incredible, building is somewhat non descriptive, but next to a chocolate factory, easy walk from the mile.

a
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Profesional, kind and down to earth service with delicious food - what more can you ask for!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great place to spend an evening with friends.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

San Soo is the best Korean restaurant I have experienced. Each dish is perfectly designed to bring the most pleasing flavors to the palette and the staff is attentive and efficient.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and all around great place! We celebrated our engagement here and all our friends loved it!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

They didn’t grant the request, no special attention towards the birthday that we were celebrating.
Food semi ok, didn’t ask if we wanted dessert either.

FM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything is good, so it can be tough to make decisions. Whatever direction you go, you will end up with a good meal and probably a lot of food. The service is excellent - very friendly and helpful staff who like helping people navigate an exciting menu.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This is not Korean BBQ and pretty much American style grill. Do not recommend if you look for Korean BBQ.

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been feeling homesick and needed some Korean BBQ in my life! The food was amazing, and the staff was extremely helpful and warm.

SB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Night out at San Soo BBQ. Great food, Great Service. Will definitely come back!

JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I've eaten here a few times in the past, and until this trip it was always a great experience. Unfortunately, at this time the service was substandard. We waited long periods of time for our waiter when we needed something, and he seemed more interested in chatting with the other staff members instead of taking care of us.

Most of the food was still delicious. Only problem was with the rice bowl (bimimbap). Usually the stone bowl is ridiculously hot, which cooks the rice and makes it crispy. This time the bowl was only lukewarm and the rice never really cooked.

Based on past experiences, I would still go here. However, if this becomes the new normal, it would not be worthwhile, especially for the price.

t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and variety. Excellent service and a nice decor/fun atmosphere

SM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Did the meal for 4 and it was way too much. All was excellent but would skip the Korean fried chicken next time. That dish was just ok. Everything else was great. Way too much food. Very good value. Service so so.

MH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and great food

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing , the staff is amazing and the prices are amazing! I love the place.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing spot to share everything on the menu and love every bite. Go with friends and plan to share! Loved it all.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

They gave my table to someone else who arrived earlier than me.

CH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was full so it was a little loud which made it difficult for my elder companions to communicate but the food and service was delicious!

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Korean BBQ. It was excellent and you did not smell afterward!

k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Tap water tastes awlful. Service is slow. You have to share table with others. Over price.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing but quite pricey, definitely the most expensive KBBQ place I’ve ever been to.

OW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, and a staff willing to help you with anything you need! It was our first time at a Korean BBQ, and I was a little embarrassed that I didn't know how it worked, but the waiter explained everything perfectly and even helped cook the food. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a new, unique experience!

SS
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a cool space and a fun, delicious experience! Our table could barely hold all of the food for our Feast. We had a blast!

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not that busy of a place bu

JS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting San Soo. Had an amazing time. Server was attentive and engaging. She also helped Cook our food for us. Highly recommend the L.A. Galby, Sardines, and Scallion Pancakes. Looking forward to going back.

C
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service! Will definitely go again.

s
Chicago
193 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First timers at Korean barbque. Ordered feast to get. A sampling. The Brussels sprouts were excellent

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

A fantastic experience, wonderful food, and incredible people.

H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The two friendly Korean patrons seated next to us confirmed this is the real thing. Authentic Korean BBQ. Personable staff remained fully engaged with customers and even thanked us by our names as we left. Watch for opening of outdoor patio in late spring. Wonderful addition to our neighborhood.

D
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

food was not fresh, service was somewhat okay. They burned the meat and pretended nothing happened.

EA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've always love the original San Soo Kab San restaurant north of here. This one has more modern styling. The little dishes on the side didn't have as much variety, and the kimchee was not spicy enough. That said, bbq was excellent and service was strong.

c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Our waitress had to be reminded about requests more than once, but other than that the service was OK. Bit cold by the windows and got a draught every time the door opened, but that won't be an issue once it warms up. Nice selection of foods we've not really tried before, will be back to try more.

FE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Amazing atmosphere! Amazing food! As a former English teacher who lived in South Korea I can attest that this place is truly authentic - such a great experience! We got the feast for 2 for $70. Highly recommend!

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but great food & service! Will definitely be back!

y
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food & service. They offer a great deal for 2 and 4 ppl. I hope they become a neighborhood mainstay.

AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Best part of our dinner was our server Joe. He was personable, knowledgeable and took great care of us. Cocktails were tasty, the interactive food element was fun, and prepared dishes were delicious. Definitely recommend the scallion pancake and doing the bulgogi meat. Their “feast” menu option was a great way to taste through some dishes we typically wouldn’t have ordered. It’s an odd corner building that has been so many different things over the years and I hope this sticks.

TA
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really outstanding hostess & wait staff. We did the BBQ with 1 meat (steak) plus an appetizer, which was excellent enough for two light eaters. Many people may want to order a 2nd meat for 2 people.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not super authentic nor as much value as other places we’ve been to in the city.

NL
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Sansoo is bit overpriced for very fatty meats but the charring of galbi was nice. Personal opinion, but communal seating is not ideal for KBBQ. Food (meat and jjigaes) is just ok/average, but overall service was good; server was very kind and attentive. I am just happy to see the Korean food industry growing in Chicago.

AL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was extremely nice and friend and gave a lot of good recommendations. Hopefully we will be back soon :)