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“Nice Korean food, mediocre Japanese attempt”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Shilla Restaurant

Shilla Restaurant
Ranked #2,327 of 4,079 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Korean, Sushi
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Belltown
Cross street: Denny Way
Hollister, California
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177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice Korean food, mediocre Japanese attempt”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

I like the homemade kimchi and other selections. The location is great (near hotels, has parking). I went twice over two days. I did not think their California roll was as good as the Korean food (too dry). The place is a little shabby (rock garden outside is messy, booths show wear) but service is attentive (waiters seem to rotate between tables). If you are a Korean food fan, I think you would appreciate it. Portion sizes were large.
Prices of entrees vary considerably depending on what you order. There are a lot of choices on the wine list, also beer, saki, Korean liquor etc. The bar was closed, but you can get a cocktail at your table. This place is popular with voucher and coupon users (Groupon).
Outdoor seating is possible, but in Seattle's rain, maybe not highly used!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Renee002
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English first
Santa Clara, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Love their Kimchi pancake and Kalbi soup~!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

This place has pretty decent Korean food.
My colleague didn't really like this place for some reason though.
However, I was very happy that they have Kalbi soup.

I would be much more happier if they also have the Budae Jigae~ (Army soup?)

It's nice that it's so close to La Quinta Inn (where I always stay for my business trip).

Visited March 2014
Thank Stacy C
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“They have decent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

We had BBQ and it was decent. Everything was good but we had to wait so long to get food. I had no problem to park there.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Joshua H L
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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Okay food but service sucked”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

We went here for dinner on a Monday night and the place was not busy but had a few patrons. We ordered bento with sushi and the Korean bbq in chicken. The rolls were good, but it kept falling apart because the seaweed did not even encase the while circumference of the roll. The Korean bbq was good, we have never had it before and the server did not explain any if the sauces or toppings that accompanied it so we had no idea what we were actually eating. Our server never asked us if we would like drinks, and when asked politely for a refill of water, the waiter only filled the glass half way. He never brought a spoon for my soup, we had to flag down someone else. The service here was a skimpy as it gets, he just set the food on the table and left quickly. Normally I an not hard to please, but the service we had could not go unnoticed.

Thank katie1790
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Seattle, Washington
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152 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“they're making a come back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

Fri 12/20/13 5pm: Shilla Korean Japanese Restaurant/Seattle, WA: We gave this thumbs down a few years back, but they’ve been around for a while, they must be something right. With a 50% voucher in hand, we decided to give another try, and MORE RETURNS IN THE FUTURE. We’ve tried these dishes, most has fresh ingredients, well seasoning and prepared, accept for those noted on the line item.
• Bindettuk $2.50: SKIP IT, looks like an off day, didn’t care for it
• agedashi tofu $6 -lightly battered tofu, bonito flake with tempura sauce: yum, ordered second
• negihama roll $6 -chopped yellowtail, scallion: yum, fresh, but a while to come out, whatsup?
• soft tofu stew combo $15 w/beef bulgogi+bowl of rice: yum, stays hot in the metal bowl, looks spicy, but not really, it’s their signature dish, went well with the rice and the compliment side dishes
• dolsot bibimbap $12 -bibimbap in hot stone bowl, served with miso soup w/beef bulgogi: yum, more please
• nabeyaki udon $12 -udon noodle, shrimp tempura, egg, vegetable: yum, but not as filling as the others
• 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream $2.75: hm.. thought waitress indicated $2.50, but our daughter loves it
• 2 scoops of black sesame seed ice cream $2.75: SKIP IT, exotic name but not the taste, needs more churn
• Warm house saki - $9 large: very nice compliment with the spicy dishes
Very nice and open seating's, AND parkings in downtown area, a plus.
Keep it up and the vouchers coming, and we'll keep coming back. 4 stars

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Travel2Food
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