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Yangban - Arts District, Los Angeles - Yangban, Los Angeles, CA
Award-winning

Yangban

4.7
4.7
451 Reviews
$31 to $50
Korean
Yangban, the genre-defying Korean American culinary ‘conversation’, which opened in Los Angeles’ Arts District, re-opens after a transformative interior overhaul of the space, revealing an evolution of the highly acclaimed restaurant. Now featuring a full-service dining room and updated food and beverage programs, the concept remains at its core a Modern-Korean American restaurant as told through the lens of husband-and-wife chefs Katianna and John Hong.
Recent awards include: Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Restaurants, Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America + Chefs of the Year, David Chang's Restaurant of the Year, Condé Nast Traveler's Best New Restaurants in the World and recognition from the James Beard Foundation and Michelin.

If you do not see availability, we keep a significant portion of the restaurant for walk-ins.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 55 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Korean, American, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (213) 866-1987
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Executive chef
    Katianna and John Hong
  • Catering
    We offer a robust catering program. Please email us to start planning: info@yangbanla.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us for large party reservations and private events: info@yangbanla.com.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Arts District
  • Cross street
    South Santa Fe and 7th Avenue in the Arts District
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Weekday Large Party

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    In order for us to best accommodate large parties, all parties of 7 or more guests receive a pre-set menu. It is an exciting mix of individually served and family style dishes. The experience will start with bites, followed by banchan and main dishes, finishing with dessert. Substitutions are politely declined, but we can accommodate all serious allergies. Kindly list all serious allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation notes when booking your party. Should your party decrease in size, we will charge according to the number of guests the reservation made unless we are contacted with at least 24 hours' notice.
    Weekday Large Party Photo
  • Weekend Large Party Booking

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    In order for us to best accommodate large parties, all parties of 6 or more guests receive a pre-set menu. It is an exciting mix of individually served and family style dishes. The experience will start with bites, followed by banchan and main dishes, finishing with dessert. Substitutions are politely declined, but we can accommodate all serious allergies. Kindly list all serious allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation notes when booking your party. Should your party decrease in size, we will charge according to the number of guests the reservation made unless we are contacted with at least 24 hours' notice.
    Weekend Large Party Booking Photo
  • Yangban Pre-Fixe

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A five-course menu that starts with bites, moves into dishes served individual & family-style, and fishes with dessert. Let Chef Kat & John take care of you. Serious allergies can be accommodated but appreciate notification in advance. We also request the full table participates.
    Yangban Pre-Fixe Photo

What 451 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Korean

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Innovative

451 Reviews
  1. Cory

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Front of house needs work with managing reservations and people waiting, more direct answers and less passive aggressive or avoidance would be appreciated by adults waiting to enter. Once inside, everything jelled and was wonderful.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and I cannot wait to go back and try more. I will be recommending this place to everyone I know.

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  3. SimonL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each had the course meal. Everything was wonderfully prepared, plated and tasted great. Had a wonderful time.

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  4. Asherooooooo

    Los Angeles

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was the best! Ty was awesome. He was so helpful and friendly and fun. The food was amazing and the Prix fixe was a very good deal. You got so much food!

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  5. ErickT

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Definitely get some bites. Just try everything. We had like 5 bites and shared. And we got 3 main dishes and shared. The wings the beef and the lobster. Bomb! We try a bunch of food in LA and this was definitely a top spot. You know you wanna go back when you want to try the whole Menu to see how everything else tastes. Will be going back. Fa sho. Service was on point.

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  6. JeromeD

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this restaurant is a must go if you are in l.a the ambience i s great with our being pretentious the service was attentive and casually friendly at the same time the food was smart and playful and still approachable eventhough these chefs can go above and beyond this menu hits the preverbial sweet spot. and the kitchen tours is a plus not done by other restaurants and when you have a great looking kitchen you should be proud of it over all amazing place

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  7. Marta

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true delight! Perfect for a special evening out.

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  8. JordanT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food…? Amazing !!!! People…? The best… We will be back

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I opted for the Valentine’s Day set meal. The food quality and quantity was not worth the price at all.

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  10. VeronicaM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first experience at Yangban. All courses were delicious. My favorite, Coal Seared Shima Aji, Koshikari Rice, Collar Mayo, Pestled Chrysanthemum -and- Wang Galbri, Potato Puree, Grilled Mushroom, Galbri Au Jus. Plus the dessert offerings and the banana nut muffins given to go were a baker’s dream. All aspects of our Valentines dinner were exceptional…especially the service from the moment we spoke to the hostesses.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, ambiance, and service were all outstanding.

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  12. JaceeneM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service at Yangban is impressive. The kitchen consistently turns out excellent dishes. I always leave impressed. I was a bit disappointed with the wait time considering I had a reservation. We were seated about 20 minutes past our reservation time, which was frustrating.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary. Not to be missed. Attentive and friendly service. Outstanding meal. Looking forward to next time.

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  14. Slater

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner! I am so happy we tried Yangban. Everything except for the Caesar salad were fantastic. We particularly loved the scallop toast, tofu mole, banchan, and the dark chocolate tart.

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  15. Philip7

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The range of different flavors on all the dishes is amazing. I think its Asian fusion at its best. Even if you don’t like the way it sounds(or you’re not sure what it is) you’ll probably like it. The service is very friendly and attentive. And the valet is very reasonable at $10 considering parking in the Arts District often isn’t convenient.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    THIS WAS THE BEST MEAL WE’VE HAD IN L.A. (and we’ve been to many great ones). Not only was the food exceptional, the service was OUTSTANDING. Our party of 3 chose the $95 tasting menu accompanied by a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc and I am still thinking about how great it was 2 days later. Oh, and there was SO MUCH FOOD (portion-wise), which is rare for L.A. The restaurant is dark and sexy and reminded us so much of NYC. Yangban is just truly special!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ty, our server, is the GOAT. Patient to explain and always friendly

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  18. ShereeT

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around an amazing experience; highly recommend!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Last minute date decision on a Saturday night, and luckily I got a reservation spot at Yangban. Here are the highlights of the night: - Blue Crab Tostada: an absolute delight for seafood lovers. The tostada shell is perfectly crispy, providing a satisfying crunch with every bite. This dish is simply melts in your mouth, and the presentation is also stunning. - Wagyu Stuffed Perilla Leaf: a gem that showcases the exquisite flavors of premium beef. The tender Wagyu beef is perfectly seasoned and encased in the perilla leave. - Lobster Congee Pot Pie: this is my favorite! This dish is a true masterpiece that elevates comfort food to a whole new level. This takes the classic pot pie and infuses it with the luxurious elements. The combination of flavors is phenomenal, with the sweetness of the lobster complementing the savory congee. - Grilled King’s Cut Short Rib: the short rib is incredibly tender, with a heavenly smoke char on the outside. The meat is marinate to perfection, resulting in a depth of flavor that is simply divine. - Yangban Wings: cooked to perfection, with a deliciously crispy exterior. However, they were a bit too salty for my taste. The dimly lit room excludes an air of mystery, as a soft golden glow emanates from the table lamp. The rustic wooden decor create an inviting warmth in a cozy and intimate ambiance.

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  20. DaBlenda

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant dining experience, staff was informative and helpful. Food was flavorful and presented exquisitely.

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  21. James

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was decent but service was poor when issues were brought up nicely.

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  22. SammS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a great experience! Food was delicious, staff was incredibly knowledgeable, on top of it, and attentive. Will definitely be back.

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  23. BethR

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the third time we have eaten at Yangban in two years; each time was a different iteration of the restaurant. Visit #2 was not as good as Visit #1, and I'm happy to say that Visit #3 was very enjoyable. The food was creative and delicious. Especially recommend the shrimp toast, the cod, and of course "the works" dessert.

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  24. Bella54

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the overall dining experience at Yangban. The restaurant is beautifully designed and the staff were attentive and welcoming. The food was delicious and beautifully crafted. The acorn beignet and stone pot rice were outstanding. I will go back to try other dishes,, however, I am a little disappointed how dominant French cuisine influences the menu. Three dishes we had were very creamy and hit a similar note. Maybe it’s because we didn’t order the banchan but I felt disappointed by the lack of spicy and sour flavors.

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  25. AlexisT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my husband here for his birthday! Was truly a memorable and amazing experience!!!! Food was insanely good and service was above and beyond! We even got to see the chef's kitchen which was so cool. Truly a mean we'll never forget!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Being a service business, the clients can only follow their rules, and a lot of rules. No flexibility there. Food is good, but I will never go there again .

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  27. VictoriaA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Yangban was such an amazing experience as our first time there. We went in to celebrate my partners birthday. From the greeting from the hostess to the little touches catered to our celebration to explaining of the dishes, they made it a night to remember. Everything was very tasteful and portioned appropriately to feed comfortably. Would highly recommend to try and look forward to dining here again.

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  28. caitjoy

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    incredible all around. looking forward to trying more off the menu next time!

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  29. Tedw

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food an Yangban was very good creative and tasty. You must get the Tostitos and Crab appetizer!! A very happening place, tables are very close and noise level is high.

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  30. VAPR

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10 out of 10! Highly recommend. Exceptional service, food and ambiance. One of the best meals I've had in a long time from start to finish.

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  31. 4FOOD

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! Lovely Asian art work in a cool space. Our server was very knowledgeable regarding menu selections. Food presentation beautiful. Shared many dishes and all creative and delicious. Would highly recommend Yangban.

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  32. DreMcGee

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Ty was a great server, drinks phenomenal, make sure you get all the bites and then some!

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  33. Paula

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It seemed intimidating at first looking at the menu but our waitress was wonderful in explaining what things were and how large the portions are. The black cod was a DO NOT MISS item; the fish so light and delicate and the broth (slight tang and a hint of sweetness) was both rich and light at the same time. I especially liked the rice cakes they were a chewy surprise with greens on top. The banchan had something for everyone, the pear with avocado in mustard sauce with almonds was delicious.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tasting menu! Really enjoyed the food and concept

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  35. JuliaH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new tasting menu is fantastic. Seems like it's available on Thursdays only.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly one of the best dining experiences I’ve had. Every dish was a hit and left me wanting more. The pacing of each dish was great. The kitchen sent out an extra dish to our table by accident and ended up calling it the chef’s complements, and it was a pleasant surprise. King’s cut short rib was unbelievably tender. Wagyu perilla leaf was so crispy and tasty too. And I can’t leave without mentioning the unique banchan. Complete must have, pear and avocado was so unique.

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  37. Foodie

    Los Angeles

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new set up is very nice and inviting especially the re-done patio seating. The food was overall very good especially the green tea leaf salad, the lobster claw tempura, short ribs. The blue crab tostada would be better with less sauce which overwhelmed the delicate crabmeat. The mushroom dish was mostly rice cakes and not mushrooms… which dish should be better described on the menu. The service was very friendly and attentive. Nice of manager Theodore to call ahead to address our health concerns. We all enjoyed our evening there.

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  38. amir

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single item was so delicious, staff was incredibly attentive, we were with a child who also had a great time. . .warm, welcoming vibes but also chic. . .thanks!!!

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  39. markv

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not only was the food amazing and well portioned but the service was unmatched. Will highly recommend to all my friends and family.

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  40. Moonbeam

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely service - very caring staff. Food delicious. Can't say enough about what a wonderful experience it was

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Yangban using the Order Online button. Yangban also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 866-1987.

Yangban is rated 4.7 stars by 451 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 55 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Yangban

712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021-1756

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    South Santa Fe and 7th Avenue in the Arts District
  • Neighborhood
    Arts District
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Korean, American, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Executive chef
    Katianna and John Hong
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 866-1987
  • Catering
    We offer a robust catering program. Please email us to start planning: info@yangbanla.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us for large party reservations and private events: info@yangbanla.com.
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