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Ttowa, Arlington Heights, IL

Ttowa

4.5
4.5
168 Reviews
$30 and under
Korean
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Korean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 749-4493

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington Heights

  • Cross street

    Vail and West Wing - across from Jewel Osco

  • Parking details

    Same building as Tuscan Wine Market

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 168 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Kid-friendly

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Healthy

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  1. VV

    VictoriaV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Delicious food from bonchon to entrees. Bit pricey but the food makes up for it. Some favorites were the seafood pancake, kalbi, japchae, and tofu soup. Even though it wasn’t busy the service could be more attentive. I’d definitely come back and try other dishes out!
  2. KR

    KathyR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best Bibimbap ever! Awesome stone bowl crispy rice. 😀
  3. SE

    SusanE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious. They couldn’t of been nicer. Definitely coming back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We are definitely coming back☺️😋
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    The service was awful. They brought out food for half the table which caused our meals to be cold when the food for our friends came out. They were out of every drink on the menu and a lot of the food items. The ambiance just sucks. It’s depressing like eating in an undecorated apartment. This place should have a take out window and no dining room.
  6. HG

    HelgaG

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The pork buns and chicken buns are out of this world. Every time we take friends to Ttowa they are so impressed.
  7. PH

    PamH

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Korean food in Chicago! I highly recommend Ttowa!
  8. LC

    LeticiaC

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I’ve had Korean food at multiple locations, and this was not a top experience. The food was okay, but lacked flavor. The kimchi was not spicy, and the tofu was bland. If you’re looking for good bibimbap, I would probably skip this place.
  9. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was truly outstanding. We sat outside and enjoyed the everything we tried, from the appetizers to the main course. Highly recommend this fantastic spot.
  10. JM

    JulieM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mrs. Park and staff are very pleasant. Food was delicious!!!
  11. BM

    BeeMurph

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    They told us when we arrived that credit card machine was broken, so they would only take cash. We had to hunt down a server to take our order. Food came out very quickly, but then afterwards, no one came to check on us.
  12. K

    Kathy

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food snd service. A favorite go to fir us!
  13. SB

    SaraB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love their appetizers. I got the buns and that was the best.
  14. K

    Katlo

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant is a nice mom & pop type restaurant with good food. The Dak Buns, Seafood pancake, Dak Kalbe and sweet potato noodles tasted great. The Bulgogi initially was a little dry but when we requested some additional sauce, the chef prepared an entirely new order, which was more flavorful. It is a great place to to go with a group of people and share dishes.
  15. SN

    10SNE1

    Chicago

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  16. S

    Stuart

    Austin

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Ttowa was a very pleasant family-run Korean restaurant, and I enjoyed trying some new items that I hadn't had at a Korean restaurant before.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got to meet my boss from NYC here and she was impressed. Bibimbab here is the best go to for anyone, love the hot shrimp flavoring, and all buns you can tell are home made and absolutely delicious. Always fantastic flavors and the staff is so friendly will come back every month.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Beat Korean food in Chicagoland. Awesome and attentive service.
  19. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for lunch- very quiet. the food was amazing.
  20. JJ

    JeanJ

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is outstanding, and the service is always friendly.
  21. BH

    BarbaraH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration! Excellent as always!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience! Excellent food and a great addition to downtown Arlington.
  23. SN

    10SNE1

    Chicago

    132 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was very slow. We sat at the table closest to the bar, but we had to get our own bottle of wine which was sitting on the counter for a long period of time. The waiter asked us if we wanted more sides, and we said we would like more potato salad, but it never came. The older lady was working fast, but the rest of the staff was working in slow motion. The hot stone for my entree never came, either.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Reasonable lunch and great taste.
  25. KC

    KenC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic - had not been since before the pandemic. A nice, brighter redesign was great - the food was still fantastic.
  26. JR

    JRyan

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was very good. Loved having a few small bowls of cucumbers, kimchee and other dishes as starters. The woman who worked there (and maybe made the food?) was very nice and very sweet. We didn't see our server much but he was nice when we did see him. I think the only thing I would improve on is the drink menu. When we first went there, they had a wide variety of beers. I discovered one of my favorites there actually. Now they only have three types of beers, none of which I have heard of before. They give the style on the menu which helps but it would be good to have more variety. Otherwise, it was a great experience!
  27. NG

    NatalieG

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the food here! And the new renovations look great, more open! The Dak buns are a must have! And the delicious sauce! This is one of our favorite restaurants for both dine in and carry out!
  28. T

    Thomas

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, food, and service
  29. EE

    ElaineE

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    This was our first visit to Ttowa, and we will not be returning. I can honestly say that I have never experienced worse service in 50 years of dining out. We waited one hour and 45 minutes before our food arrived. In all that time, our wait person never returned to our table to tell us that there was a problem in the kitchen or even to allow us to order a bottle of wine (which we wanted to do). We never did get an opportunity to order wine. After an hour and a half had elapsed, I finally was able to flag down a different restaurant employee to tell him how upset we were. He was the person who eventually brought our food to the table. We never saw our original wait person again until she brought the check. When I told her how unacceptable the situation had been, she laughed. Laughed. I still can’t believe it. I demanded to know why she was laughing. The food was outstanding, but not worth getting treated that like that.
  30. J

    Jinn

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I was excited to return and bring my family to Ttowa because I had visited 3 years ago and the food was awesome. We were slow to be seated but they may have been under trained. They were moving slow without a sense of urgency to seat people as they were piling up at the door. The ban chan was measly. The appetizer buns were good but the pajeon was burnt. The ramdon was so salty it was inedible. The dolsot bibimbap was sour - they add lemon to it - which is so bizarre if you’re used to a traditional flavor. Again, inedible. The seafood in my soup was over cooked and the broth was flavorless. They could see we had hardly eaten any of our food and weren’t packing it to go and asked, so I told them about the ramdon and sour bibimbap. She said their American clientele liked it that way. That’s fine. To each their own. We will definitely not be returning or recommending this place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - fun to order a bunch of different things and share! Mom brought us appetizers because we had to wait a bit! They take good care of you!!
  32. MW

    MaryW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The portion sizes were large and very shareable. We had the Korean black raspberry wine, the kfc buns, chargrilled chicken buns, and the pork tacos. The side dishes they brought out were yummy; especially the eggplant, pickled cucumber, and potato salad. Definitely great for date night, after work with co-workers, family outing, or group of friends.
  33. l

    ladybug

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious as always!
  34. BB

    BenB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    So tasty! They were not the most attentive, but the food was so good and the small cozy restaurant was a nice touch.
  35. SK

    SusanK

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was our first time and we will not go back because we did not like all our dishes. The soup and buns were good. But we ordered a beef dish that said thick sliced steak and the meal had very thin sliced meat which we felt was dry and not enough veggies and sauce to make it taste good.
  36. EJ

    ErinJ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All was delicious. Especially recommend the short ribs.
  37. MT

    MarkT

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It had been a long time between visits so I was totally looking forward to dining again here. Met a friend for an early dinner and started out with a combination of buns, including the KFC (Korean fried chicken). All delicious and offering diverse flavors and textures. Also enjoyed the Seafood pancake which we gobbled down with zest. It was accentuated with a simple sauce that paired perfectly. We split the pork and seafood soup with noodles. It had a nice Thai pepper kick. Noodles were yummy and overall flavor was great. Only complaint was the calamari was a tad chewy. Main courses included the Bulgogi, sliced beef with savory sauce. It was very good. Nice sauce and flavorful throughout. The other entree was the Dak Kalbi chicken. This dish was a highlight due to the tenderness of the chicken and the flavors imparted by the fermented chili paste. Simply delicious! Service was well paced and attentive and provided recommendations throughout that were spot on. We had an early reservation on a Friday night, but by the time we left the restaurant was full. They also were doing a brisk takeout service. They offer wine and Korean beer. Would have loved the option of paying a corkage fee to bring my own, but that was not available. I would suggest reservations. A unique taste experience and I will return in the future.
  38. M

    Miki

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We were not rushed to finish our lunch.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant bar none. The food is always fantastic and the service is top notch.
  40. r

    rfmartor

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great food and service. The ambiance wasn’t what I was expecting. Cold, open and poor lighting and sound.

FAQs

Ttowa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 749-4493.

Ttowa is rated 4.5 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Ttowa

161 W Wing St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vail and West Wing - across from Jewel Osco

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Korean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Same building as Tuscan Wine Market

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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