Genwa Korean BBQ

Restaurants, Korean Central LA
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Genwa Korean BBQ
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"Diners cook all-you-can-eat meats on smokeless grills at their tables in wood-accented environs."


Venue name: Genwa Korean BBQ
Address: 5115 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
Price: $30 and under
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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A kbbq place that wasn't ayce? I would never venture here if it weren't for my friend's birthday.  Overall, I absolutely loved Genwa and would highly recommend it to those who love kbbq and are willing to pay a pretty penny for quality meat.

I am usually always about ayce since I love a good deal and maximizing my meal.  Genwa is purely a la carte, and you're looking into the $30-$60 an item range.  I would say the best option is to go for the dinner sets on the first page of the menu as it gives you a wide range of meats and other items.  The one thing that is ayce is the famous korean side dishes (I don't remember the formal name, but they will give you as many side dishes as you want to supplement your meal).  

The meat is very fresh and high quality.  I could totally tell the quality of the meat was next level and enjoyed every bite of it.  I was basically as full as I would be at ayce kbbq because I ate so many side dishes.  

Genwa is as deceptive on the outside as it is delicious and worth it on the inside and I’ll tell you why. While conducting extensive Korean BBQ research on where to take my out-of-town visitor friends, Genwa continued to surface time and time again. If you live on the west side, it will be slightly closer than the flock of other Korean BBQ haunts in Koreatown; always a plus parking-wise.

The building exterior is deceptive because the signage appears to be slightly chain restaurant-y. It almost feels too “new” and as if there would be ten more in LA county. However, I’d strongly recommend you disregard this.

Contrary to what I’d read about the wait, we made a reservation a few days ahead of time for 7:30pm on a Thursday, and our group of thirteen was seated immediately upon arrival in the private “party” room.

If you’ve never been to a legitimate Korean BBQ restaurant before, prepare yourself for the banchan, which are small side dishes that accompany the meat you’ll be ordering (read: the meat is what you’re there for, make no mistake). The banchan may feel “free”, but trust me, wait for the bill. I normally am not a fan of the banchan but Genwa rolls out some flavorful dishes – mini omelettes, pork, bean sprouts, kimchi, and even potato salad.

Order as much meat as humanly possible and go to town. You will thank me later. The bulgogi (marinated, thinly-sliced prime beef) was my favorite. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind feast!


This place is packed. Expect to wait 1 – 1.5 hours for a table (especially on the weekends) and have a stranger nearly sit in your lap.

I would say the wait is somewhat worth it once you finally get to eating. They have a huge selection of banchan (those dishes they serve to you for free – kim chi, etc) which they are happy to refill for you. I've actually never seen a place that had more banchan than this one. The service is attentive and good & the place is clean & hip.

Don’t come ravenous given the wait time, but do bring your appetite. The meat selection is good and the sauces are good too. It’s a fun place to come because you’re cooking your own meats at your own pace. Definitely the more the merrier here, but a date works too.