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Shilla Restaurant

25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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Shilla Restaurant is a Korean restaurant located just outside of Seattle, Washington. The kitchen staff are dedicated to bringing authentic Korean food to its guests, with a wide variety of options from the region. The inside is clean and welcoming, with an elegant and refined style that matches the beautiful plates.

Shilla's menu hits all of the best parts of Korean cuisine. For lunch, the best way to go is with a bento box that can be either eaten inside or taken conveniently to go. The most popular one is the makunouchi bento with chicken teriyaki, shrimp and veggie tempura, sashimi, sushi, pork katsu, a house salad, rice and miso soup. Shilla's is also known for its Bbimap Bows, which are stone bowls with rice on the bottom and various proteins and vegetables on top.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Korean, Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm

Happy Hour: Sunday - Friday: 3 to 6pm Cash ONLY!!
Sat no Happy Hour!
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Phone number
(206) 623-9996
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Tony
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Cross street
Denny Way
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Parking details
Parking for restaurant customers is located underneath the restaurant, entrance on Bell St.1
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Karaoke reservation only located in Bar and a private room.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.4based on all time ratings
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on October 16, 2014

The waitress attended us was great in helping us choose food and drinks of our liking. Food was ok.

4.0Dined on October 14, 2014

I brought some guests visiting from Korea and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was great, the service was great, and my visitors really enjoyed the opportunity to speak Korean to the staff and made them feel at home. It felt like a very special dinner, especially cooking our own food at the table, and yet at the end of the evening, our entire bill for the four of us was about the same as what I would pay for one person at a "named" restaurant. We will keep coming back.

5.0Dined on July 31, 2014

We had a combination of three meats to grill at the table (beef bulgogi, pork kalbi, and spicy pork bulgogi), after an appetizer of calamari. Grilling at the table isn't for everyone. I would normally have them grill mine and serve it, although grilling at the table is very common in Korean dining and quite fun. At a restaurant, I like to have someone else prepare the food! But, in this case, we were with two Korean guests, and they were happy and adept at grilling. So everything was perfect. The side dishes were very good, and I would recommend that you try everything (if you don't know Korean food) and ask for more of anything you use up.

5.0Dined on July 8, 2014

Again, we have enjoyed Korean food of the highest quality with premium service to let us think about, when do we go again. The strength of Korean food, best meat with highest quality condiments and spices showed us again, why we like to eat at the SHILLA. Also the selection of wines and Shoshu was again superb.
Thank you all at the SHILLa very much.

1.0Dined on July 5, 2014

I'm sure the food is delicious, but we never got a chance to check it out, even with a reservation. There was no host at the front, no ongoing list, no order. The staff looked frazzled. A group with the same number of people as our party but that arrived 15 minutes after us got seated before us, which was frustrating - especially since they had no reservation.

2.0Dined on June 21, 2014

Shilla was packed with Korean families the night I dined, but the place seemed worn, unclean and too expensive for me.

3.0Dined on June 21, 2014

It's an older Korean restaurant in the now upscale SLU area. Unfortunately despite it's ethnic(interesting) cuisine, it hasn't been able to take advantage of the burgeoning neighbourhood. It has everything; the cuisine, the location, the space.. it really needs to spruce up it's food, whittle down the menu and focus on a few things, up its ambience which leaves plenty to be desired and perhaps sell better. Right now it just looks like a place waiting for its lease to run out knowing that they will not be able to afford the new rent. Which may be the case, but I'm sure they can put in some cash and try till then.
Having said that, we had Korean BBQ which was good. The ambience is a little dull and depressing - seriously need to fix that.

3.0Dined on May 23, 2014

Korean BBQ is a dining experience. The service and ambiance were just average but it was a fun evening out and the food was tasty. I would go here again. I especially liked that the restaurant offered a groupon.

2.0Dined on May 2, 2014

Definitely in need of a makeover... menu and the dining room.

5.0Dined on April 12, 2014

I have always wanted to try Korean BBQ and as this was my first time, I had no idea what to do. The staff was super friendly and helpful and showed us how to cook and wrap the food at our table. On top of that it was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend the food and the service!

5.0Dined on March 8, 2014

I've driven by this place for years and finally went using an AmazonLocal coupon. I would definitely go back. I love the little side Korean dishes that you get with your meal. I was in Seoul a year ago and the side dishes were comparable in authenticity to what I had in a restaurant there. We had the vegetable tempura as an appetizer. The breading was perfect and the dish not at all greasy. I had the salmon & tofu special dish as an entree and it was fantastic. My husband had the seafood stew which he thought was kind of unremarkable especially compared to my entree.

The server seemed a little new or unskilled at checking on the progress of our meal, need for more wine, etc. But that wasn't really a detraction from the meal itself.

2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Made a reservation for the evening. Did not know one had to make a special reservation (via phone) for the tables with the grill on the table option. Perhaps OpenTable could specify that on their website.. The restaurant accommodated us, which was great, but overall the experience was pretty flat. The food tasted fine, the sides were interesting, but the service was barely there, and the main course came out well before the appetizer. Seemed kind of odd. Overall the service was tolerable, but otherwise as a dining experience, I wouldn't repeat it.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

If you are in the mood for a low-key dining experience with emphasis on Korean BBQ and some japanese rolls, this is a nice spot.

3.0Dined on January 29, 2014

The service was pretty good but the waitress had a difficult time understanding my request for a "CRUNCHY ROLL". I had to show it to her on the menu. We were a group of 4 and I think everyone had a similar experience. The portions were good. The choices were ample. My only real two complaints are that the CRUNCHY ROLL wasn't crunchy in the slightest. The product didn't match the menu description. My second complaint is the BULGOGI which should be the staple of any Korean cuisine restaurant was flavorless and dry. The worst bulgogi I have ever tasted in about 25 years of regularly sampling Korean cooking. Other than those two things, we had a nice dinner.

2.0Dined on January 24, 2014

I love Korean bbq but the service was awful. We sat and waited for the server for 10 mins before he came over and rudely asked what do you want?" The pork was good but the shrimp was not devised or fresh. Too expensive for what you get. Will not return.

4.0Dined on January 21, 2014

I was really craving some Bibambap and this totally hit the spot. It was a nice bonus to be able to order sushi too while we were there. Next time, I want to try the BBQ and really appreciate that they have the BBQ in table option (and well ventilated at that - not all Korean BBQ places have good ventilation). I will definitely go back.

3.0Dined on January 11, 2014

Small portions
Meat was ok, expected better
Service was sub par.
Did not have enough room for party of 8 to have BBQ.

Overall, it's falls short in every aspect compared to other Korean BBQ restaurants I have been to.

4.0Dined on December 7, 2013

Definitely worth a try. I've been going now for a year.

3.0Dined on November 9, 2013

The entrees were awesome. Rib eye was tender, beef tongue had a great flavor, and all the sides were fantastic. We had a great time. Anyone looking for a good food adventure would do well to come to Shilla.

4.0Dined on November 1, 2013

Always love Shilla, great food, great service, free parking!

3.0Dined on October 26, 2013

The sushi wasn't good. Not sure if it was low quality or just old. My cat wouldn't eat the salmon from the sushi roll so it wasn't just me. My husband also wasn't satisfied with the sushi. The Miso soup was very good.

4.0Dined on September 27, 2013

We love sushi and this place didn't dissapoint. Next time we will grill our own food right at the table. Very sweet staff and in a great location in beautiful downtown Seattle.

2.0Dined on July 17, 2013

I ordered the marinated short ribs and chicken. Disappointing: Not grilled. Tasted boiled with no taste.
Side dishes were mediocre.
All in all, will not be back. Sorry I really wanted to like this place.

4.0Dined on June 21, 2013

My husband was running the marathon on Saturday and didn't want a big, spicy dinner the night before. I was craving spicy Asian. Shilla was the perfect find for us: he had a sushi dinner and I got to enjoy spicy Korean food. All within walking distance of our hotel. We'd definitely dine at Shilla on our next stay in Seattle.

1.0Dined on May 18, 2013

We were seated and it took a long time for anyone to come by and take our orders. Food was pretty mediocre; I had the bibimbap and I've had better elsewhere. My boyfriend asked for a spoon for his miso soup, and the waitress laughed at him and insisted that miso is to be slurped. Regardless of how you think it should be eaten, if we ask for a spoon, you should get the damn spoon. She didn't come by again after we got our food, only to toss the bill on our table while running by. We came here because we purchased a living social deal, but we won't be coming back.