Seorabol Korean Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Seorabol is the best Korean Restaurant in Philadelphia. We specialize in Authentic Korean Food, Korean BBQ and Fresh Sushi.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Wrong place

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Everything was perfect.

FE
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food quality nice. Pleasant experience open on Christmas was the bonus!!
Cook at table was done for us.

H
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The best Korean BBQ I've had in Philly. Everything I've tried has tasted great.

SV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very Old School K-BBQ place, and a bit away from bustling downtown Phila. Loved the jae-yuk bokkum and of course the BBQ course.

GG
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have no idea what the haters writing negative reviews are talking about, I've been there twice and both times there was nothing to complain about, except maybe the neighborhood which is not the most elegant neighborhood in the city. But once you're inside none of that matters, there are no windows. And while your inside they have a guard watching the parking lot so your car is safe.
Service was stellar, everything was fast and accurate. It almost seemed like we had 3 or 4 waiters they kept doding on us. The food itself was so delicious, we got the Bibimbop and the BBQ at the table and a few other items. The seafood soup had a whole half crab body floating in it.
Everybody was happy and wants to go back asap.
Don't listen to the haters, I'm sure every restaurant can have a bad night but these guys are on top of their game.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Korean bbq is great

KP
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time going here with family and we absolutely loved it! it’s a little more on the pricy side so this was a nice treat. would definitely recommend. the workers there are great and very helpful. the experience was enjoyable and worth giving it a taste! 10/10

O
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was awful. Waitress who barbecued our meat never made eye contact or had any conversation with us. The marinated short ribs were disappointing, very fatty and tough. So overpriced for what you actually get. Very disappointed. Would not recommend.

E
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with authentic Korean cuisine. Conveniently hosted 18 people for our dinner party and were very attentive, courteous, and accommodating. The location is a little far out from Philadelphia, but definitely worth a try!

GG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food are great. Table is enough for 10 people, Great place for party

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't even remember how many times I've been to this restaurant. I have never had a bad experience with them so far. They are quite busy most of the time, especially over the weekends. So it is highly recommended to make your reservations ahead of time if possible. Their service are good, but sometimes a tad bit language barrier because most of the employees there speaks Korean. You know this is an authentic Korean bbq place for sure. Their food are always fresh and in high quality. Honestly, you can't really go wrong with marinating some meat, chicken, or pork now, right? I particularly love their galbi! My husband loves their cold noodle, and it is serve all year round, unlike other places that serves them seasonal. We always order the combo to get both of our favorites!! Not to mention their unlimited order of their variety of small sides dishes. Some of their side dishes do get changed up from day to day, but certain ones are always available, such as kimchi. Overall the restaurant is fairly clean.

SL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend from AZ was visiting Philadelphia & wanted to eat at a KBBQ establishment. I’ve heard great things about Seorabol and our overall experience was outstanding ! We’ve also had an amazing server (Anthony S.) who helped us with the cooking & kept making sure we were good !

l
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I have never met a more rude waitress. I think the staff needs to be retrained.

KT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very nice staff. Food unremarkable. Abysmal wine selection. Bring your own for $15 corkage fee we’ll worth it. Not good enough to recommend or go back.

NC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seorabol has some of the best Korean food anywhere-- and I include a bunch of places in Seoul in that assessment. It's family-run, and absolutely authentic. I've never had better galbi anywhere. No, really.

LJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came with a party of 10 for a teenager's birthday. Everything was great, the teens loved the participatory element of the BBQ, the food was delicious, and our waiter, Brian, was the absolute best.

MH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was really bad and did not get customers’ orders correctly. We weren’t able to get the meat combo we wanted, and were charged more for the “incorrect” meal the waiter ordered for us.

AJ
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is straight forward really good Korean BBQ. I was impressed with the Sashimi as well... perfect temp and nice size slices. Note, it's in a residential neighborhood you might not think has a restaurant... let your GPS take you there!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It’s always a good time at Seorabol!

v
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank You Clyde!!! Bryan was simply entertaining and a badass!!!!!! You guys certainly took care of my team and the food portion was generous and mouthwatering as always!!!

-V

C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is very good and tasty but after what was spent, it better be. Prices were raised from the last time I came and were surprising. The waiter didn't check to see if we needed anything. The staff were nice when we need to get their attention. However, our whole table wasn't served at the same time so we sat waiting for the one person and our food chilled during the wait. Overall it was an expensive, okay experience.

NC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Seorabol for about five years, now, and it’s never failed to make me happy. When I started going, I knew nothing about Korean food— I just knew this place had great food. I just came back from my fourth trip to Seoul, and I have to say I’ve never had better BBQ anywhere than I have here with the Cho family.

The service may seem standoffish to those used to American waitstaff, but it’s not. The practise here, as I’ve found in Korea, is to leave you to your food and friends until you need something, at which point there’s a button on your table to summon help. While some of the older staff is less fluent in English than Korean, there’s plenty of younger staff to help translate if you need it.

My favourite thing to get is by far the galbi. It’s always rich, with a high-quality cut of meat. I usually find bulgogi a bit too sweet, but I actually like it here— not too sweet or too loaded with sauce. The banchan is always copious and varied, and refills can be had whenever you like.

I’ve eaten in a lot of restaurants in a lot of places, and I have to say: this is my favourite place. I hope you like it, too.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience1

I’ve been coming here for over 10 years and the food has drastically gone downhill. Nothing like what it was back in the earlier 2000 era. It’s not authentic anymore.

SB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is obviously a favorite. Such a favorite that we waited one hour ten minutes to get our reservation. This may have been because it was mother's day. The food was good and the service good once seated and considering the full seating. We were given a second round of appetizers which was nice. Based on only one visit my advice is to be there as the doors open and you will enjoy the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal with prompt, helpful service and a very nice atmosphere. An excellent experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was great! The service was a little slow due to restaurant was busy.

KH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was awesome... helped us in selection of food and on how to prepare... this was our first time at a Korean bbq ... and will will be back

G
Sydney / NSW
20 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

As always, food was great. Unfortunately service was extremely slow. We have been here many many times and had hoped for a better experience for my daughter’s BD dinner

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I've been coming here for years, but this experience was the worst. Our server was never around, we never received one of our orders, and we kept having to find someone else to ask for anything (water, rice, more bon chon). Extremely disappointed as this WAS my favorite Korean bbq go to.

PP
11 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I would not return to this place ever! It was in a super sketchy part of town. It wasn't very clean and the food was not good. We were looking forward to Korean BBQ and it was just very poor quality meat. Just yuck!

DQ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was fine, but they were too busy, not enough server.

j
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The marinated short ribs were really good. Try the spicy fried shrimp too (they go by a different name so ask your server). Our server was helpful and attentive.

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This is a good Korean barbecue

A
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great and the service is spectacular. Everyone is super friendly and kind.

A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my favorite Korean restaurant for over a decade (since their old location). You can never go wrong with the BBQ here. It's amazing. The service is incredible and everyone is so friendly. I bring my friends here as often as I can!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was great, and comfortable noise level. However waitress was extremely inattentive.

DQ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Service. You must have the seafood pancake and Cinnamon Tea!!

L
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food but service can be slow. Today’s visit was nice because the waiters were very friendly.