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  • Restaurants
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 3 of 4
  • Recommended
  1. Abalone congee pot pie
    Photograph: Courtesy John TroxellAbalone congee pot pie
  2. Yangban Society Dining Room
    Photograph: Courtesy Wonho Frank Lee
  3. Yangban fried sea bream
    Photograph: Courtesy John Troxell
  4. Yangban latkes with caviar and creme fraiche
    Photograph: Courtesy John Troxell
  5. Yangban assorted banchan
    Photograph: Courtesy Dylan + JeniYangban
  6. Yangban Society Sides
    Photograph: Courtesy Dylan + Jeni

Time Out says

Initially just open for lunch, Katianna and John Hong’s critically acclaimed Korean-ish deli eatery has found its groove at dinnertime by blending high-low culinary traditions in the Arts District. Unlike other places on this list, Yangban Society takes the dyed-in-the-wool definition of Korean cuisine and shoves it, and that’s exactly why we love the place. Early favorites like the congee pot pie and twice-fried chicken wings are fast becoming classics for devoted fans, and after initially shying away from tasting menus (the couple previously worked in Napa), the restaurant’s Yangban-style spread has offered a gentle, and worthwhile, introduction to new-school Korean American cuisine. Within the bright blue walls of the stylish, industrially inflected dining room, there’s always something new and interesting to try.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo


712 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours:
Mon–Thu 5:30–10pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11pm; Sun 5:30–10pm
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