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Budae Jjigae, a dish made with American cheese and ramen noodles, at Han Oak
Budae jjigae at Han Oak
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Portland’s Knockout Korean Restaurants

Where to find barbecue, banchan, bibimbap, and more in Portland and beyond

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Budae jjigae at Han Oak
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Korean restaurants are more abundant in the Portland area than one might think, especially considering the city lacks the sizable Korean population of larger cities. In addition to local favorites like Han Oak and Kim Jong Grillin, many Korean restaurants and carts are concentrated in Beaverton and scattered in neighborhoods outside of the city’s core, guaranteeing a mix of traditional and modern.

The pandemic has changed the scene a bit; eating Korean barbecue at home isn’t quite the same without the hands-on grilling experience, but most of these restaurants offer to-go options—and will even pack up the accompanying banchan. Whether seeking KFC (Korean fried chicken) and a K-pop soundtrack or cheffy takes using seasonal ingredients, these 15 restaurants all have aspects that make them unique.

On November 18, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown initiated a two-week pause on Oregon indoor and outdoor dining; that pause will last at least four weeks in Multnomah County. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point, however, the status of these restaurants may change soon; it’s best to call or check social media accounts for recent information. For updates on coronavirus cases in this area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. JCD | Korean Restaurant

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3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-7378

JCD, an abbreviated acronym for Jang Choong Dong Wang Jok Bal, provides a clue to the restaurant’s must-order: Jok bal is sliced soy-braised pig’s feet served ssam-style with lettuce wraps. JCD is also one of the few restaurants serving soondae, sausage made from pig’s blood and cellophane noodles, bound with glutinous rice. Here, the springy dark brown slices are served simply as an appetizer and in a spicy stir-fry mixed with vegetables. JCD is open for takeout only.

Table filled with Korean food
A sampling of JCD
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2. Nak Won

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4600 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 646-9382

Nak Won is one of the more popular Korean restaurants in Beaverton, possibly thanks to its playful English-friendly menu item names like “Saving Private Canned Goods” a.k.a. military stew a.k.a. budae jjigae, or “Ice Ice Babe,” the summer-only dish of cold buckwheat noodle soup with beef, sliced radish, and cucumber. Silly names aside, the food is serious, especially the many-named stew filled with instant ramen noodles, sliced up hot dog wieners, spam batons, bacon, and tofu. Nak Won is open for takeout.

A selection of Korean food
A selection of Korean food
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3. Spring Restaurant

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3975 SW 114th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 641-3670

This hidden restaurant overlooking the aisles of G Mart (no, not H Mart) might seem like a well-kept secret, but the weekend wait makes it clear everyone else is already in on it. Blazing hot soups — both in temperature and spice level — are the thing to order. Variations on sundubu-jjigae, the fiery stew in cast-iron cauldrons teeming with soft chunks of tofu, is likely the move any day of the week. Spring is open for takeout and delivery.

a dining room with picture menu on the wall
Spring’s dining room
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4. Kkokki Korean BBQ

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10325 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 352-3737
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Grillers will find solace at Kkoki Korean BBQ. Nearly all of the spacious wooden booths have tables housing a gas grill, ideal for slabs of galbi. Diners can order standard cuts of meat a la carte or go for the value combo, served with hearty soybean stew, chadol baegi (beef brisket), samgyupsal (pork belly), and individual dipping sauces — red meat goes with the classic garlicky soy-based version, and the pork with seasoned sesame oil. Kkokki is open for takeout and delivery.

grilled meat and banchan
Grilled meat at Kkokki
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5. Ko Sisters Seoul Food

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1825 N Williams Ave #6
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 267-3918
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The opening of the Cartside pod food cart Ko Sisters is exciting news for those seeking some of South Korea’s famous street foods, like its crispy half-fried-mozzarella-stick, half-corn dogs, or the skewers of glossy gochujang-glazed rice cakes, seaweed rolls, and sausage. For dessert, it’s hard to go wrong with the cinnamon hotteok, chewy sweet pancakes. Ko Sisters is open for takeout and delivery.

6. K-Pub Grill and Beer Tap Room

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7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 954-1722
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This NE MLK Korean restaurant serves as the hub for the buzzy Park the Carts food cart pod, which can occasionally distract from the straight-up Korean comfort foods inside. From the restaurant’s sticky-sweet yangnyum fried chicken to the cheesy buldak, K-Pub has become a go-to for Northeast Portlanders craving some of the greatest hits. K-Pub is open for takeout and delivery.

914 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 208-2172
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In a simple Lloyd District space with big garage doors, Hak is all about basic Korean comfort foods: spicy brisket noodle soup, kimchi pancakes, bibimbap. In colder months, it’s best to order a handful of fried snacks, a noodle soup, and some makgeolli, an unfiltered grain alcohol that tastes something like a mix between cider and kefir. Hak is open for takeout and delivery.

red stew with tofu in a cast iron pot
Hak’s kimchi stew
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8. Han Oak Restaurant

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511 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 255-0032
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Chef and owner Peter Cho’s semi-hidden Korean restaurant is a choose-your-own adventure of modern Korean cuisine: the a la carte route includes options like fried chicken and pork belly ssam, plus a rotating roster of non-traditional and seasonal banchan and an array of dumplings and hand-pulled noodles. Han Oak is open for takeout, including weekend brunch boxes. Look out for soon-to-open Toki from the Han Oak team, providing some much-needed Korean food on the west side of Portland proper.

A communal table at Han Oak butts up against a set of built-in shelves next to a staircase, which leads into a small kitchen and chef’s counter.
Han Oak’s dining room
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9. Sari Ramyun

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2713 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 841-5149
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In a tiny stall within the Zipper food hall, Sari specializes in ramyun, a Korean style of ramen often packing some serious heat. The restaurant offers a number of ramyun, bulgogi variants, and rice bowls, but the move here is to order the restaurant’s Korean fried chicken with gochujang glaze. Sari is open for takeout and delivery.

10. H Mart

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3301 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 407-3167
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Belmont Street might not be the first place to look for Korean food in the city, but thanks to H Mart, inner Southeast now has a Korean grocery store to rival any in Beaverton or off 82nd Ave. If prepared kimbap and rice bowls don’t appeal, shoppers can also let someone else do the cooking for them at K-Town, the fast casual counter-service stand that’s located right near the entrance. For takeout, it serves classics like bibimbap, as well as fried chicken from BBQ Chicken, a popular Korean chain.

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K-Town counter
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11. The Bulgogi

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4232 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 327-8607
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This fast-casual restaurant in the Hollywood District is the little sibling of Beaverton’s currently closed noodle fave, Du Kuh Bee, so visitors might catch the master plying his dough-transforming craft on a table set up right next to the register. Beyond spicy noodles, the menu is short and sweet, with wings, dark and rich with gojuchang, or novelties like fries topped with kimchi and bacon. The Bulgogi is open for takeout and delivery.

man making hand-pulled noodles
Hand-pulled noodles in the making
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12. Toji Korean Grill House

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4615 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 232-8998
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Honestly, there might be flashier or more esoteric Korean barbecue restaurants in the city, but it would be remiss not to mention the most centrally located one. Toji’s entry level all-you-can-eat deal with six choices of meat starts at a reasonable $23.95, but those who want galbi and skirt steak will need to pitch in $5 to upgrade to the next level. Toji is open for takeout and delivery.

13. Chungdam Korean Fusion

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7901 SE Powell Blvd. Suite# A1
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 206-4515
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Despite the name, this strip mall restaurant next to a takeout Pizza Hut is fusion-free. It also features a solid roster of Korean hot pots and stews, plus cheese buldak, a spicy chicken dish smothered in melted cheese. Due to COVID-19, Chungdam is no longer a late-night hang with a special menu (goodbye, silkworm pupae and sea snail salad) but it is open for takeout and delivery.

Seafood pancake and more
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14. Cameo Cafe East

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8111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-0401
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This long-standing cafe-meets-diner near the airport may look like it only serves pancakes and monte cristos, but Korean dishes hide throughout the menu, from beef kimchi stew and “soldier soup” (better known as budae jjigae) among the soups to mung bean pancakes under the traditional flapjacks. Breakfast is where things get wild: Sue Gee’s fusion pancake is loaded with rice, vegetables and topped with cheese, and specials like kimchi hash and kimchi omelets stuffed with bulgogi, crab, or shrimp, almost always please. Cameo Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

a sign reading Cameo Pancake & Steak
Cameo Cafe
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15. K-Town Korean BBQ Restaurant

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5450 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 444-7700
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K-Town has been the place for all-you-can-eat barbecue on the east side (as well as in Vancouver—and Beaverton soon), and while it’s no longer possible to dine-in and fill up on grilled meat, dishes like bibimbap and bulgogi are available for takeout and delivery. In a creative pandemic pivot, the local mini-chain has also launched a Home BBQ Club for ordering marinated meat by the pound—from galbi to intestines—plus everything a home cook might need, including butane burners and grill pans.

plates of banchan and a bottle of shoju
Banchan at K-Town
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1. JCD | Korean Restaurant

3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
Table filled with Korean food
A sampling of JCD
Krista Garcia/EPDX

JCD, an abbreviated acronym for Jang Choong Dong Wang Jok Bal, provides a clue to the restaurant’s must-order: Jok bal is sliced soy-braised pig’s feet served ssam-style with lettuce wraps. JCD is also one of the few restaurants serving soondae, sausage made from pig’s blood and cellophane noodles, bound with glutinous rice. Here, the springy dark brown slices are served simply as an appetizer and in a spicy stir-fry mixed with vegetables. JCD is open for takeout only.

3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

2. Nak Won

4600 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
A selection of Korean food
A selection of Korean food
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Nak Won is one of the more popular Korean restaurants in Beaverton, possibly thanks to its playful English-friendly menu item names like “Saving Private Canned Goods” a.k.a. military stew a.k.a. budae jjigae, or “Ice Ice Babe,” the summer-only dish of cold buckwheat noodle soup with beef, sliced radish, and cucumber. Silly names aside, the food is serious, especially the many-named stew filled with instant ramen noodles, sliced up hot dog wieners, spam batons, bacon, and tofu. Nak Won is open for takeout.

4600 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

3. Spring Restaurant

3975 SW 114th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
a dining room with picture menu on the wall
Spring’s dining room
Krista Garcia/EPDX

This hidden restaurant overlooking the aisles of G Mart (no, not H Mart) might seem like a well-kept secret, but the weekend wait makes it clear everyone else is already in on it. Blazing hot soups — both in temperature and spice level — are the thing to order. Variations on sundubu-jjigae, the fiery stew in cast-iron cauldrons teeming with soft chunks of tofu, is likely the move any day of the week. Spring is open for takeout and delivery.

3975 SW 114th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

4. Kkokki Korean BBQ

10325 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005
grilled meat and banchan
Grilled meat at Kkokki
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Grillers will find solace at Kkoki Korean BBQ. Nearly all of the spacious wooden booths have tables housing a gas grill, ideal for slabs of galbi. Diners can order standard cuts of meat a la carte or go for the value combo, served with hearty soybean stew, chadol baegi (beef brisket), samgyupsal (pork belly), and individual dipping sauces — red meat goes with the classic garlicky soy-based version, and the pork with seasoned sesame oil. Kkokki is open for takeout and delivery.

10325 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005

5. Ko Sisters Seoul Food

1825 N Williams Ave #6, Portland, OR 97227

The opening of the Cartside pod food cart Ko Sisters is exciting news for those seeking some of South Korea’s famous street foods, like its crispy half-fried-mozzarella-stick, half-corn dogs, or the skewers of glossy gochujang-glazed rice cakes, seaweed rolls, and sausage. For dessert, it’s hard to go wrong with the cinnamon hotteok, chewy sweet pancakes. Ko Sisters is open for takeout and delivery.

1825 N Williams Ave #6
Portland, OR 97227

6. K-Pub Grill and Beer Tap Room

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

This NE MLK Korean restaurant serves as the hub for the buzzy Park the Carts food cart pod, which can occasionally distract from the straight-up Korean comfort foods inside. From the restaurant’s sticky-sweet yangnyum fried chicken to the cheesy buldak, K-Pub has become a go-to for Northeast Portlanders craving some of the greatest hits. K-Pub is open for takeout and delivery.

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

7. Hak

914 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232
red stew with tofu in a cast iron pot
Hak’s kimchi stew
Krista Garcia/EPDX

In a simple Lloyd District space with big garage doors, Hak is all about basic Korean comfort foods: spicy brisket noodle soup, kimchi pancakes, bibimbap. In colder months, it’s best to order a handful of fried snacks, a noodle soup, and some makgeolli, an unfiltered grain alcohol that tastes something like a mix between cider and kefir. Hak is open for takeout and delivery.

914 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

8. Han Oak Restaurant

511 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
A communal table at Han Oak butts up against a set of built-in shelves next to a staircase, which leads into a small kitchen and chef’s counter.
Han Oak’s dining room
Dina Avila / EPDX

Chef and owner Peter Cho’s semi-hidden Korean restaurant is a choose-your-own adventure of modern Korean cuisine: the a la carte route includes options like fried chicken and pork belly ssam, plus a rotating roster of non-traditional and seasonal banchan and an array of dumplings and hand-pulled noodles. Han Oak is open for takeout, including weekend brunch boxes. Look out for soon-to-open Toki from the Han Oak team, providing some much-needed Korean food on the west side of Portland proper.

511 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

9. Sari Ramyun

2713 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

In a tiny stall within the Zipper food hall, Sari specializes in ramyun, a Korean style of ramen often packing some serious heat. The restaurant offers a number of ramyun, bulgogi variants, and rice bowls, but the move here is to order the restaurant’s Korean fried chicken with gochujang glaze. Sari is open for takeout and delivery.

2713 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

10. H Mart

3301 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
food counter in grocery store
K-Town counter
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Belmont Street might not be the first place to look for Korean food in the city, but thanks to H Mart, inner Southeast now has a Korean grocery store to rival any in Beaverton or off 82nd Ave. If prepared kimbap and rice bowls don’t appeal, shoppers can also let someone else do the cooking for them at K-Town, the fast casual counter-service stand that’s located right near the entrance. For takeout, it serves classics like bibimbap, as well as fried chicken from BBQ Chicken, a popular Korean chain.

3301 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

11. The Bulgogi

4232 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
man making hand-pulled noodles
Hand-pulled noodles in the making
Krista Garcia/EPDX

This fast-casual restaurant in the Hollywood District is the little sibling of Beaverton’s currently closed noodle fave, Du Kuh Bee, so visitors might catch the master plying his dough-transforming craft on a table set up right next to the register. Beyond spicy noodles, the menu is short and sweet, with wings, dark and rich with gojuchang, or novelties like fries topped with kimchi and bacon. The Bulgogi is open for takeout and delivery.

4232 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

12. Toji Korean Grill House

4615 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Honestly, there might be flashier or more esoteric Korean barbecue restaurants in the city, but it would be remiss not to mention the most centrally located one. Toji’s entry level all-you-can-eat deal with six choices of meat starts at a reasonable $23.95, but those who want galbi and skirt steak will need to pitch in $5 to upgrade to the next level. Toji is open for takeout and delivery.

4615 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

13. Chungdam Korean Fusion

7901 SE Powell Blvd. Suite# A1, Portland, OR 97206
Seafood pancake and more
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Despite the name, this strip mall restaurant next to a takeout Pizza Hut is fusion-free. It also features a solid roster of Korean hot pots and stews, plus cheese buldak, a spicy chicken dish smothered in melted cheese. Due to COVID-19, Chungdam is no longer a late-night hang with a special menu (goodbye, silkworm pupae and sea snail salad) but it is open for takeout and delivery.

7901 SE Powell Blvd. Suite# A1
Portland, OR 97206

14. Cameo Cafe East

8111 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
a sign reading Cameo Pancake & Steak
Cameo Cafe
Krista Garcia

This long-standing cafe-meets-diner near the airport may look like it only serves pancakes and monte cristos, but Korean dishes hide throughout the menu, from beef kimchi stew and “soldier soup” (better known as budae jjigae) among the soups to mung bean pancakes under the traditional flapjacks. Breakfast is where things get wild: Sue Gee’s fusion pancake is loaded with rice, vegetables and topped with cheese, and specials like kimchi hash and kimchi omelets stuffed with bulgogi, crab, or shrimp, almost always please. Cameo Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

8111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

15. K-Town Korean BBQ Restaurant

5450 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
plates of banchan and a bottle of shoju
Banchan at K-Town
Krista Garcia/EPDX

K-Town has been the place for all-you-can-eat barbecue on the east side (as well as in Vancouver—and Beaverton soon), and while it’s no longer possible to dine-in and fill up on grilled meat, dishes like bibimbap and bulgogi are available for takeout and delivery. In a creative pandemic pivot, the local mini-chain has also launched a Home BBQ Club for ordering marinated meat by the pound—from galbi to intestines—plus everything a home cook might need, including butane burners and grill pans.

5450 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

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