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The 7 Best Korean Restaurants Near San Mateo

Updated: October 6, 2021

Ever wondered where to find the best kimchi or soju in San Mateo? The answer is at these Korean spots. We analyzed top review sites and incorporated user and critic reviews for this list of top Korean eats in San Mateo. So if you’re still hankering for Korean pork belly or stir-fried noodles pay one of these San Mateo spots a visit.

Find the perfect Korean restaurant

Koja Kitchen

Asian, $, San MateoAsian, $San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 4.0

Bonchon San Mateo

Korean, $$, San MateoKorean, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Spicy Factory

Korean, $$, BurlingameKorean, $$Burlingame
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

I Love Sushi & Tofu

Asian, $$, BurlingameAsian, $$Burlingame
Google: 3.9
Yelp: 4.0

Mom's Tofu House

Asian, $$, MillbraeAsian, $$Millbrae
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

Soon's Tofu and Korean BBQ

Korean, $$, Foster CityKorean, $$Foster City, Boats
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5

Kaya BBQ & Tofu

Korean, $$, San CarlosKorean, $$San Carlos
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5

How does it work?

Finding the best Korean restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We analyzed 28808 San Mateo restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 San Mateo restaurant reviews, and 1901 lists and articles – looking closely at what had to say – and applied our boam magic. These top contenders have appeared in . If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level pairing for Vouvray

    When ordering japchae, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Vouvray, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts

  • A classic meal

    Often regarded as one of the most traditional dishes in Korea, kimchi has long been prepared with fermented vegetables.

Parking information

Finding parking in San Mateo can be tricky, especially if you are going out for food. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Korean spot.

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