Provo >Food & Dining > Sam Hawk Korean Restaurant
660 N Freedom Blvd, Provo, UT | Directions 8460140.242579 -111.662104
Neighborhoods: North Park
Different is GOOD – I love finding out of the way places to eat with great food. This one gets an A+ every time. The Spicy pork with lettuce wraps is my favorite.
Favorite Korean Lunch Spot – I am addicted to this place. The dukpoki and beef bulgogi are my favorites. It is clean, the food is presented well, and the flavors are authentic. A large meal for two, with lots of variety, costs about $30.
To-Die-for Delicious!!! – Yes, the wait time on weekends is horrendous (often up to an hour once you're seated), but oh, is it worth it! The food here is always fresh and authentic and the price can't be beat! Even if you're not a remotely adventuresome eater, there are all kind of dishes on the menu that are perfect for those who are "foreign phobic" (don't let anybody tell you they don't like Korean food - there are offerings here that could be whipped up in any loyally American kitchen if only the cook had been struck with a flash of culinary genius). The service is astronomically friendly, and though the decor leaves something to be desired, the vibe is so warm and bright that you can't claim the ambiance is anything less than elevating. Go to Sam Hawk and have a taste of Korea! Your palette will worship you for it!
Good food – I enjoyed my visit. The food was very good and I plan on going again. The only negative about the whole visit was the time it took to get a table and for our food to arrive. I lived in Korea for a couple years and thought the lettuce wraps were relatively close to authentic. Some other dishes were seasoned differently than what I was used to but that's to be expected. The flavors were great.
The wait for a table at lunch time took around 20 minutes while it took about the same amount of time to receive our food. If the pace would increase this would be a great place to visit often. The people around my table seemed to be enjoying their food and having a good time. Two thumbs up.
Great Food!! – My boyfriend and his father have raved over Sam Hawks, so last wkend my boyfriend took me there. And we had to wait for 10-15 min for a table, however it was around dinner time on a Saturday night. I have to say that I am not a fan of Korean food usually, however I was surprised at the different types of food they have, and price isn't all that bad, We both ate for $20 and were stuffed afterwards. I enjoyed the restaurant very much and the food is awesome. In fact I am taking a whole group of my friends soon. You can call and reserve room ahead of time so you don't have to wait.
Great Korean food if you're willing to wait – The food is authentic and very well done, making this one of the best restaurants in the Provo-Orem area. The ambience leaves something to be desired, but the service is excellent (though often EXTREMELY slow because they have only one cook and one server) and the food is good enough that the ambience is not that important. Unlike some restaurants, it isn't so noisy that you can't carry on a conversation, and the server doesn't try to rush you from the table the minute you've eaten your last bit, even if there is a line of those waiting to be seated. The server is exceptionally friendly and helpful.
If you don't like spicy food, there are many non-spicy alternatives, such as the most-often ordered dish, pulgogi (Korean barbequed beef). Ask the server.
If you don't want to wait, call ahead to pre-order your meal.
Forget everything you've heard about kimchi, and try it. You are likely to be surprised. Also try the other side dishes (pan-chan--side dishes are what make a Korean meal truly Korean).
Almost every "big nose" who eats at Sam Hawk orders the pulgogi, partly because it is the safe order. But try other things as well. The "Korean seafood pizza" (a misnamed dish if there ever was one; it's more like a frittata) is excellent as are the soups, something few people order.
User review by raziso – I had a very enjoyable time to say the least at sam hawk korean restaraunt. the ambiance was a little sparce, but nice. The food was seemingly very authentic for utah and was surprisingly delicious. Although the squid was somewhat spicy for my tastes, the assortment of other things the waitress brought to the table balanced the meal very well. Speaking of the waitress, she went out of her way as to show my friends how to properly use chop sticks. Suffice to say i will be coming back to sam hawk korean resaraunt in the near future.
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