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.Read More
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
1. Ka Won
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.
2. Sam Oh Jung
Lynnwood, WA 98037
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.
3. Kong Tofu House
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.
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4. Traditional Korean Beef Soup
Edmonds, WA 98026
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.
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5. Stars In The Sky
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.
6. Old Village Korean BBQ Bistro
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.
7. Hae-Nam Kalbi and Calamari
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.
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8. Watson's Counter
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
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.
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10. Korean Tofu House
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.
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.
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.
13. Meet Korean BBQ
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
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.
15. Milkie Milkie Desserts Cafe
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.