If you haven’t been down to San Francisco since 2019, you may not have caught wind of Daeho Kalbijjim and Beef Soup, but the restaurant has become wildly celebrated in a few short years — and it’s coming to Bellevue.
To be precise, the new Daeho is coming to 3703 150th Avenue Southeast, just off of I-90 (the space formerly housed the Korean restaurant Southgate Garden). Jesse Kim, the general manager of the new location, tells Eater Seattle that the goal is to open in mid-December, possibly December 14, pending final inspections.
So why should you be excited about this? For one thing, our colleagues at Eater San Francisco put Daeho on their list of the 38 Essential Restaurants in San Francisco, writing, “The star of the show — and perhaps of the city’s entire Korean restaurant scene — is the kalbijjim, the slow-braised, spicy-sweet, fall-off-the-bone beef short rib stew that is Daeho’s claim to fame.”
In Korean culture, kalbijjim is often eaten on special occasions and holidays and it’s the kind of decadent dish, loaded with cheese and meat, you only have once in a while. It’s also tends to be hard to get: At the original location the wait can stretch to two hours at peak times — there’s a daily Yelp waitlist, but Daeho doesn’t take reservations.
If you brave that line, you’ll certainly want to get Daeho’s signature dish, but the restaurant also has an array of other items, most of them centered around beef (Daeho doesn’t serve pork, Kim says). There’s beef tartare, cold noodles with beef broth (naeng myun), and slices of boiled beef in a ox bone soup (suyuk). This isn’t a place to take a vegetarian, clearly.
Daeho has four locations in the Bay Area, including one inside an H-Mart, but has lately decided to expand beyond the California borders. Earlier this year, it opened a Las Vegas location.