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Where to Get Some Terrific Korean Food for Takeout and Delivery in the Seattle Area

A look at some of the best around, from barbecue to bulgogi to soondubu jjigae, and beyond

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Soondubu jjigae at Korean Tofu House
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In the past, a lot of diners would need to drive well outside Seattle’s center to score great Korean food. But while a lot of the favorites remain at the northern edge of the region stretching up to Lynnwood, there are several great options directly in the city, too, still open during the COVID-19 pandemic for takeout (and, in some cases, limited dine-in). Here are some of the best across the area to check out right now. Since services shift often now, if you notice any changes, or if there’s a place you’d like to see on the list, send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ka Won

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15004 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA 98087
(425) 787-6484
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This Lynnwood spot is one of the more popular places for bulgogi (marinated meat typically grilled with onions and peppers). One of its specialties is ttukbaegi bulgogi, which comes with sliced rice cake, vegetables, and glass noodles cooked in beef rib broth. It’s currently open for takeout and limited dine-in.

A meaty Korean dish at Ka Won in Lynwood.
Lynwood’s Ka Won is a popular spot for bulgogi.
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2. Sam Oh Jung

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17425 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA 98037
(425) 745-3535

Here’s another Lynnwood standout boasting a broad menu, with a few items of special interest. The chung gook jang chigae is a fermented soybean and soybean paste soup that has a strong, funky flavor. Gamjatang is a spicy pork-bone stew with vegetables, and the ganjang-gejang (raw crabs in soy sauce) is a fermented treat. Open for takeout orders.

Pork bone soup at Sam Oh Jung.
Pork bone soup.
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3. Kong Tofu House

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22511 WA-99
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 670-6757
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The casual Korean chain offers the area's best value for soon doo boo chigae (soft tofu stew). There are other items on the menu, but the soft tofu soup is the main draw, the fiery bowls filled with a choice of beef, pork, seafood, intestines, dumplings, vegetables, and more. Open for takeout through call-in orders and limited dine-in services.

Top-down view of soon doo boo chigae and banchan at Kong Tofu House.
Soon doo boo chigae and banchan.
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4. Traditional Korean Beef Soup

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22929 WA-99
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 977-2929

This restaurant's namesake dish (called seolleongtang in Korean) features a broth made from ox-bones, brisket, and other beefy body parts, cooked for more than 24 hours. The “mixed” version is a treat with brisket, tongue, and shank. The spot is open for limited dine-in, but the soup is a comfort food classic that still holds up when reheated at home.

Seolleongtang and banchan at Traditional Korean Beef Soup.
Seolleongtang and banchan.
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5. Stars In The Sky

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23830 Highway 99 Ste 121
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 582-8802
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This Korean pub in Edmonds had been known for karaoke in pre-pandemic times, but what really sings here is the Korean fried chicken (KFC), which one can get “naked” or seasoned in choices of Asian garlic, sweet & spicy, extra spicy, and honey butter garlic. Diners should also try the tteokbokki rice cakes and the corn cheese. It’s open for takeout, delivery, and limited dine-in.

KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version at Stars in the Sky.
KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version.
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6. Old Village Korean BBQ Bistro

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15200 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 365-6679
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This restaurant at the northern edge of Seattle is particularly popular for its grill-your-own Korean barbecue. Diners can choose from platters of kalbi (boneless, or even better, with the bone), skirt, brisket, tongue, and baby octopus with pork belly. The marinated versions on the barbecue menu are still available for takeout; there’s also limited dine-in.

Bibimbap in a stone pot at Old Village Korean BBQ Bistro.
Bibimbap in a stone pot.
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7. Hae-Nam Kalbi and Calamari

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15001 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 367-7843
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This popular Shoreline restaurant has a widespread menu of Korean classics, with large portions at reasonable prices. It’s a good place to try bibim naengmyun, netting diners a spicy mass of buckwheat noodles with daikon kimchi, beef slices, Asian pear, and half of a hard-boiled egg. And, yes, the kalbi and calamari are excellent as well. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

Pork belly and squid stone pot at <span data-author="-1">Hae-Nam Kalbi </span><span data-author="2187728">and </span><span data-author="-1">Calamari.</span>
Pork belly and squid stone pot
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8. Watson's Counter

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6201 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard’s Korean-influenced coffee shop serves wonderful brews and Instagram-worthy French toast, which has the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness thanks to a cereal-coated crust (options include Fruity Pebbles or Frosted Flakes). Those with a strong appetite may want to tackle the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, samjang, and various kimchi, or the Korean poutine.

9. Chi Mac

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4525 The Ave
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547-5151
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Chi Mac feels like a good fit for the Ave in the U District, offering a college bar vibe, crushable chicken wings, and Korean beer and soju. The restaurants batters and sauces its chicken with a refreshingly light touch, whether diners choose dry, parmesan-sprinkled snow wings or delicately glazed, crispy soy garlic wings. It’s open for takeout and limited dine-in service, and there’s a newer Bellevue outpost as well.

10. Korean Tofu House

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4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-3119
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For over a decade, this U District mainstay has been a popular spot to indulge in soondubu jjigae, a spicy tofu stew. Even if the usual college crowd has thinned out due to the pandemic, it’s still worth the trip for both the soup and other excellent dishes, such as kimchi fried rice and beef short ribs. Available for takeout, delivery (through Postmates), and limited dine-in service.

Soondubu jjigae at Korean Tofu House in a pot with sides in the background
Soondubu jjigae at Korean Tofu House
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11. Joule

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5685
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At this James Beard Award-nominated Fremont restaurant known for its meats, diners will find short ribs with grilled peppers and kimchi (simply called “that” short rib steak). But there are non beefy options on the menu, including a delightful kombu-cured mackerel. The more casual sibling spot Revel also recently got a Fremont revival, and serves excellent dumplings, noodles, and rice bowls. Both are open for takeout and limited dine-in.

Joule’s short rib steak with grilled peppers and kimchi, splashed with a brown sauce.
Short rib steak.
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12. Paju

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11 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 829-8215
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This cozy Lower Queen Anne restaurant serves up contemporary takes on classic dishes like yukhoe (beef tartare) and haemul pajeon (seafood pancake). But the Paju fried rice is the real showstopper with a smoked quail egg yolk centered on the squid ink-blackened, kimchi and bacon-enhanced rice. Open for takeout, delivery (through DoorDash), and limited dine-in service.

Squid ink fried rice with a smoked quail egg at Paju.
Squid fried rice with a smoked quail egg.
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13. Meet Korean BBQ

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500 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 695-2621
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The new Capitol Hill Korean barbecue spot has launched a takeout and delivery service in conjunction with Pike Place sibling restaurant Chan. Items include chicken wings, and bulgogi sliders, as well as a chef’s choice of four cuts of assorted meats, either grilled or raw, with japchae, banchan, ssam, and pa muchim. It’s also open for limited dine-in service.

14. One Pot Stew

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506 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 876-9282
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Satisfying options at this International District destination include pork bone- and potato-filled gamjatang, soondubu, kalbi-tang, duk mandu-guk (with rice cakes and dumplings), bulgogi stew, and “army stew,” featuring a military-inspired mix of Spam, sausage, baked beans, and kimchi. Open for takeout and delivery orders through Postmates, GrubHub, and Uber Eats.

A steaming bowl of bulgogi stew at One Pot Stew.
Bulgogi stew.
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15. Milkie Milkie Desserts Cafe

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519 6th Ave S #110
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 785-6564
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The bingsoo (shave ice) here in the International District and at the Edmonds location is lusciously snowy and comes in a variety of flavors including taro, green tea, and black sesame. Diners can also get them topped with fresh mango or strawberries. Moreover, there’s a selection of toast made with injeolmi: homemade soft rice cake.

Green tea toast and taro bingsoo at Milkie Milkie.
Green tea toast and taro bingsoo
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1. Ka Won

15004 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98087
A meaty Korean dish at Ka Won in Lynwood.
Lynwood’s Ka Won is a popular spot for bulgogi.
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This Lynnwood spot is one of the more popular places for bulgogi (marinated meat typically grilled with onions and peppers). One of its specialties is ttukbaegi bulgogi, which comes with sliced rice cake, vegetables, and glass noodles cooked in beef rib broth. It’s currently open for takeout and limited dine-in.

15004 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA 98087

2. Sam Oh Jung

17425 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98037
Pork bone soup at Sam Oh Jung.
Pork bone soup.
Jay Friedman for Eater

Here’s another Lynnwood standout boasting a broad menu, with a few items of special interest. The chung gook jang chigae is a fermented soybean and soybean paste soup that has a strong, funky flavor. Gamjatang is a spicy pork-bone stew with vegetables, and the ganjang-gejang (raw crabs in soy sauce) is a fermented treat. Open for takeout orders.

17425 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA 98037

3. Kong Tofu House

22511 WA-99, Edmonds, WA 98026
Top-down view of soon doo boo chigae and banchan at Kong Tofu House.
Soon doo boo chigae and banchan.
Kong Tofu House/Official

The casual Korean chain offers the area's best value for soon doo boo chigae (soft tofu stew). There are other items on the menu, but the soft tofu soup is the main draw, the fiery bowls filled with a choice of beef, pork, seafood, intestines, dumplings, vegetables, and more. Open for takeout through call-in orders and limited dine-in services.

22511 WA-99
Edmonds, WA 98026

4. Traditional Korean Beef Soup

22929 WA-99, Edmonds, WA 98026
Seolleongtang and banchan at Traditional Korean Beef&nbsp;Soup.
Seolleongtang and banchan.
Jay Friedman for Eater

This restaurant's namesake dish (called seolleongtang in Korean) features a broth made from ox-bones, brisket, and other beefy body parts, cooked for more than 24 hours. The “mixed” version is a treat with brisket, tongue, and shank. The spot is open for limited dine-in, but the soup is a comfort food classic that still holds up when reheated at home.

22929 WA-99
Edmonds, WA 98026

5. Stars In The Sky

23830 Highway 99 Ste 121, Edmonds, WA 98026
KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version at Stars in the Sky.
KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version.
Stars in the Sky/Facebook

This Korean pub in Edmonds had been known for karaoke in pre-pandemic times, but what really sings here is the Korean fried chicken (KFC), which one can get “naked” or seasoned in choices of Asian garlic, sweet & spicy, extra spicy, and honey butter garlic. Diners should also try the tteokbokki rice cakes and the corn cheese. It’s open for takeout, delivery, and limited dine-in.

23830 Highway 99 Ste 121
Edmonds, WA 98026

6. Old Village Korean BBQ Bistro

15200 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Bibimbap in a stone pot at Old Village Korean BBQ&nbsp;Bistro.
Bibimbap in a stone pot.
Old Village Korean BBQ Bistro/Official

This restaurant at the northern edge of Seattle is particularly popular for its grill-your-own Korean barbecue. Diners can choose from platters of kalbi (boneless, or even better, with the bone), skirt, brisket, tongue, and baby octopus with pork belly. The marinated versions on the barbecue menu are still available for takeout; there’s also limited dine-in.

15200 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

7. Hae-Nam Kalbi and Calamari

15001 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Pork belly and squid stone pot at <span data-author="-1">Hae-Nam Kalbi </span><span data-author="2187728">and </span><span data-author="-1">Calamari.</span>
Pork belly and squid stone pot
Jay Friedman for Eater

This popular Shoreline restaurant has a widespread menu of Korean classics, with large portions at reasonable prices. It’s a good place to try bibim naengmyun, netting diners a spicy mass of buckwheat noodles with daikon kimchi, beef slices, Asian pear, and half of a hard-boiled egg. And, yes, the kalbi and calamari are excellent as well. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

15001 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

8. Watson's Counter

6201 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard’s Korean-influenced coffee shop serves wonderful brews and Instagram-worthy French toast, which has the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness thanks to a cereal-coated crust (options include Fruity Pebbles or Frosted Flakes). Those with a strong appetite may want to tackle the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, samjang, and various kimchi, or the Korean poutine.

6201 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

9. Chi Mac

4525 The Ave, Seattle, WA 98105

Chi Mac feels like a good fit for the Ave in the U District, offering a college bar vibe, crushable chicken wings, and Korean beer and soju. The restaurants batters and sauces its chicken with a refreshingly light touch, whether diners choose dry, parmesan-sprinkled snow wings or delicately glazed, crispy soy garlic wings. It’s open for takeout and limited dine-in service, and there’s a newer Bellevue outpost as well.

4525 The Ave
Seattle, WA 98105

10. Korean Tofu House

4142 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Soondubu jjigae at Korean Tofu House in a pot with sides in the background
Soondubu jjigae at Korean Tofu House
Korean Tofu House/Facebook

For over a decade, this U District mainstay has been a popular spot to indulge in soondubu jjigae, a spicy tofu stew. Even if the usual college crowd has thinned out due to the pandemic, it’s still worth the trip for both the soup and other excellent dishes, such as kimchi fried rice and beef short ribs. Available for takeout, delivery (through Postmates), and limited dine-in service.

4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

11. Joule

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Joule’s short rib steak with grilled peppers and kimchi, splashed with a brown sauce.
Short rib steak.
Joule/Official

At this James Beard Award-nominated Fremont restaurant known for its meats, diners will find short ribs with grilled peppers and kimchi (simply called “that” short rib steak). But there are non beefy options on the menu, including a delightful kombu-cured mackerel. The more casual sibling spot Revel also recently got a Fremont revival, and serves excellent dumplings, noodles, and rice bowls. Both are open for takeout and limited dine-in.

3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

12. Paju

11 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
Squid ink fried rice with a smoked quail egg at Paju.
Squid fried rice with a smoked quail egg.
Jay Friedman for Eater

This cozy Lower Queen Anne restaurant serves up contemporary takes on classic dishes like yukhoe (beef tartare) and haemul pajeon (seafood pancake). But the Paju fried rice is the real showstopper with a smoked quail egg yolk centered on the squid ink-blackened, kimchi and bacon-enhanced rice. Open for takeout, delivery (through DoorDash), and limited dine-in service.

11 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109

13. Meet Korean BBQ

500 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

The new Capitol Hill Korean barbecue spot has launched a takeout and delivery service in conjunction with Pike Place sibling restaurant Chan. Items include chicken wings, and bulgogi sliders, as well as a chef’s choice of four cuts of assorted meats, either grilled or raw, with japchae, banchan, ssam, and pa muchim. It’s also open for limited dine-in service.

500 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

14. One Pot Stew

506 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
A steaming bowl of bulgogi stew at One Pot Stew.
Bulgogi stew.
Jay Friedman for Eater

Satisfying options at this International District destination include pork bone- and potato-filled gamjatang, soondubu, kalbi-tang, duk mandu-guk (with rice cakes and dumplings), bulgogi stew, and “army stew,” featuring a military-inspired mix of Spam, sausage, baked beans, and kimchi. Open for takeout and delivery orders through Postmates, GrubHub, and Uber Eats.

506 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

15. Milkie Milkie Desserts Cafe

519 6th Ave S #110, Seattle, WA 98104
Green tea toast and taro bingsoo at Milkie Milkie.
Green tea toast and taro bingsoo
Jay Friedman for Eater

The bingsoo (shave ice) here in the International District and at the Edmonds location is lusciously snowy and comes in a variety of flavors including taro, green tea, and black sesame. Diners can also get them topped with fresh mango or strawberries. Moreover, there’s a selection of toast made with injeolmi: homemade soft rice cake.

519 6th Ave S #110
Seattle, WA 98104

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