Ttowa

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$30 and under
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Korean

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Ttowa’s new menu delivers “mandoo” – Korean dumplings – complimented by homemade dipping sauces. TTOWA serve traditional style mandoos with pork, beef, and assorted vegetables. For vegetarians, Ttowa prepares mandoos stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, tofu, and an assortment of other vegetables. The family style restaurant also offers traditional rice dishes, soup, and noodles.



Main entrées feature chicken, pork, and beef, such as marinated short ribs with traditional vegetable rice porridge. Ttowa’s Kimbop Bar integrates Korean flavors.

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CE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was fine - but service lacked. We were told they ran out of menus so the group of us had to share - the restaurant wasn't even full - shouldn't you have enough menus for the seats within your restaurant? Service was also very slow in the beginning and then we felt like we were being rushed while we were eating our appetizers to make decisions about the entree. Also all four of us that were at the table were served our entrees at different times even though we ordered together. The first came out while the appetizer was still on the table and the last was served probably 20 minutes later. Also they ran out of cooked rice so we had to wait for rice to be cooked - but they still served our meat portion. We also had to request several times for them to refill the side dishes and even when we asked for specific ones - they Brought out whatever appeared to be sitting there.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Waited an hour past our reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This place has amazing food and the staff are fantastic. It just always seems to be understaffed. They do the best they can.

TT
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always reliable and delicious. Great food, good beer selection.

ED
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great place to try for this type of food. Food was good. Food was hot. Service was just ok. Our appetizer came at the same time as our meal and there was no apology or Comp for it. Also there was a loud group behind us but I understand that’s not within their control. We will be back.

BP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and super service. Will definitely be going back.

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Understaffed, dirty tables everywhere, a little rude. Food ok, I was hoping for great Korean food closer to home. In short disappointed.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I really wanted to like it, because service was so friendly. But the food for me was lacking. Nothing stood out. Or was amazing. Portions is on smaller side. Pricing is high. Much prefer to spend money on Korean BBQ

GA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Korean BBQ-different and delicious! Generous portions. They also serve small side dishes - I particularly liked the potato salad

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The food was amazing. However service was terrible. Waited a long time for someone to come over and ask us about drinks. So when someone finally came over we ordered drinks and food. Food came out relatively quick, but then never saw our waiter again unless we flagged him down. No asking if we wanted more drinks, more food, it was shame because the food is so good.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Phenomenal food!

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GA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to have a Korean dining experience in the NW suburbs. A wonderful change of pace. Food was excellent and service was great. The side of potato salad was unusual and delicious.

S
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food and our server I think ms. Choi?
Very warm though probably due to hot stone bowls.
Will definitely come back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!

MB
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really delicious, dak buns are a good starter. Lots of craft beer selections too, service staff was extremely nice and welcoming

M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love bringing people here and surprising them with how delicious it is. The food is always outstanding and the service is exceptional. Terry and Zach know how to do it all right!

JJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to eat - love the food and the service is always great!

LW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Everything I have there is wonderful. Terry is a delight and so is the other OG server who's been there for years. My boyfriend and I call their Dak Bokki "destination chicken". It's that good.

TP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Disappointed they were completely out of the buns...that is what they are known for.

U
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have lived in Arlington Heights a long time and had never tried this gem! The food was excellent - we had the smoked duck and smoke bowl, and it was almost too much food for the 2 of us. The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night and we were glad to have reservations. The only thing that might have made our experience even better would have been if the server had explained the menu a little better to us as this was our first experience with Korean food. We will definitely be back!

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. The food is amazing and the service is very personable. Great craft beer selection. The servers are very helpful if you are new to Korean food. Highly recommend for lunch and dinner.

p
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Ttowa. Our go-to menu items are Bulgogi, Dak kalbi and Jja Jang Myun...all delicious and of course the dak buns. Probably more choices that are good, but we hate to not order our three!

NA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the recommendation of duck for dinner and it was amazing. Never been disappointed by anything on the menu.

FT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so amazing. Food was delicious and waiters were so helpful. Portions were huge and so yummy. I can’t wait to go back. One of our new favorite places on the suburbs!

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, good food and sides. The menu offers a variety of selections so that everyone in our party could share and enjoy a few different tastes. The dumplings were great starter as well.

CA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Ttowa numerous times and are never disappointed! The service is outstanding, the food is amazing! The size of the restaurant is small, which is an asset but I recommend reservations. I have not tried anything that I did not love. Great options for vegetarian/vegans. The flavors are unique. The belly buns are to die for. A friendly, neighborhood venue that is always welcoming.

HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite special occasion restaurant! The food is always delicious and the drink selection fabulous!

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Korean food! Plenty of ordering help from the owner.

DD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service as always

AO
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. I was a little shocked they didn't have hot tea but the smoke bowl was soo very great. Highly recommend.

NC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smoke pork belly is a must try. Same thing with smoke duck.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Ttowa, and it was just as good as the first time! This food is craveable, and I love a place where the meal tastes exactly as you expect it to based on a prior visit. The Bulgogi is awesome! We don't live too close...but we'll make the trip for this place.

h
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Can't say enough about it! Great staff, great food, great ambiance!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the area. The food is great, the service is great and they have a great beer selection.

DA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty, tasty, tasty! Excellent Korean food, just the right spice level. Very helpful and friendly staff.

KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We all enjoyed a unique dining experience. Th staff helped to make it a fun, memorable and delicious meal!

AB
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken and Pork Belly Buns are delicious!

L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good "first time" experience, we plan to return.

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the area. Terry the owner is amazing and the food is so so good! Try the belly buns or bibimbap