4128 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411837.781236 -122.463781
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Inner Richmond
Frankly, I prefer Brother's II over the original, just because of the service. Last time we were there, I felt rushed. Totally uncool.
The food is still excellent though, especially the rare/raw meat thingy w/ the crunchy fruit (you can tell I didn't order, right?) but it was as fresh as any steak tartare at a decent French restaurant.
Oh yeah, loooong wait too. So, if this place doesn't take you sooner, definitely go to Brother's II next over.
Great, authentic korean bbq in San Francisco – One of my favorite Korean bbq places. It's pretty barebones decor but authentic. And the service is friendly and no-nonsense. Not once have I eaten there where the owner hasn't stopped by to see how things are going and to often times give something a little "on the house" extra. Great for small and large groups, the food is great and the most important thing is, you see a lot of Koreans eating there which attests to its authenticity. The employees at Qlubb love to go there for meetings although it's true, we all smell like bbq afterwards.
Wildly popular Korean barbecue joint lures in locals and tourists alike for do-it-yourself dining. – Expect a pleasant but no-frills dining room. Whether you choose a hearty soup (served in a cast-iron bowl with rice) or barbecue, you get 13 different accompanying mini-dishes of everything from kimchee to pickled diakon to sliced fish cake, each a tasty combination of tastes and textures. If you do go for the barbecue, you can cook food on the grill at your table or have the kitchen prepare it for you. Traditionally, diners place cooked meats into whole butter-lettuce leaves, add the accompaniments of their choice, then roll and enjoy. For non-beefeaters, there is also an extensive menu of Korean staples like bi bim bop and a selection of panfried fishes.
"Every dinner comes with a wide assortment of side dishes (oh, the Moo Chi!), and we always go through two of each." (adams_eating, Citysearch user)
"This is definitely the place to go if you want to introduce someone to what traditional Korean cuisine really tastes like. The prices are reasonable and I've never had a bad plate of food here." (kimakoi, Citysearch user)
"Lunch specials before 2pm are excellent...bulgogi and kal bi so tender and flavorful, along with all the little appetizers." (liltummy_bigeater, Citysearch user)
"Be prepared for a long wait, simple surroundings, and basic service..." (tf2001, Citysearch user)
"...con is that its always packed with families and large and small crowds." (girlsniteout, Citysearch user)
"Be prepared to smell like charcol smoke afterwards..." (icee429, Citysearch user)
Average Korean Food - Nothing Special – i am from new york, where i'm used to korean food on 32nd street. the food here was ok. the restaurant is a little dirty and crowded. everything we ordered tasted ok - nothing special about this place. a little disappointing considering the reviews. overall, korean food in san francisco is nothing to write home about. the bbq was ok and they gave us some free dishes which was nice.
Good authentic korean BBQ and food – This is my family's favorite Korean BBQ to eat we always go here whenever we visit SF. My mom is korean and we're pretty picky about korean restaurants but this place is awesome. We usually just order meat a la carte style but one night we did the family bbq meals that are offered and the four of us had enough food to feed like 7 people. it isn't fancy by any means and it's always really crowded and smoky from all the grilling at each table but that just makes it more fun for me. it is super authentic and even if you don't bbq the other food on the menu is really good too. this is my favorite korean restaurant in SF, and pretty much my favorite restaurant outside of Korea.
Tip: ordering beef shortribs to grill are delicious, but if you order a chicken or pork (spicy daegee bulgogi) then you get waaaay more meat than with the beef.
Possibly the best restaurant in San Francisco – I developed an addiction to Korean food when I lived in South Korea for a short period of time. If it's got a "Go Ki" at the end of it (eg, Bul Go Ki), or if it's been pickled in a stoneware jar and burried (Summer Kimchi), I'll eat it. I eat at a lot of different restaurants and at some high end places, but with few exceptions Brother's may be the best overall restaurant in San Francisco. It's definitely the best Korean this side of Seoul. Every dinner comes with a wide assortment of side dishes (oh, the Moo Chi!), and we always go through two of each. It gets very busy after 5:30 or 6:00 PM, especially on weekends, which is indicative of how good it is. However, the service is excellent and pleasant, even when it's busy.
Authentic Korean cuisine - just like grandma's – Whenever I bring Korean relatives to this restaurant, they always make comments like "This is the best Korean restaurant food! It tastes home-made!" This is definitely the place to go if you want to introduce someone to what traditional Korean cuisine really tastes like. The prices are reasonable and I've never had a bad plate of food here. They are generous with the little side-dishes, too.
Just Another Korean Joint – I've been here many times, but my last couple of visits have been disappointing. Once what I thought was exceptional korean bbq has now become very mediocre. The portions of each order is reduced and the quality is not as fresh anymore. I think they fell into the trap of relying on their past reputation of having superb food. Sorry to say the quality of food now is substandard and pricey. Probably would not come back considering there are other options for better korean bbq.
Don't understand what the big deal is! – I read the other reviews and had high hopes for this place. But I just don't know what the big deal is! The BBQ was ok but the side dishes (ban chan) were terrible. Bland and terrible. And trust me, I know Korean food because I grew up on it. I was really disappointed. Surely there must be a better Korean restaurant in SF.
same o same o – i think all korean restaurants are the same. la............... sf......... they all taste the same!!
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