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Won Ju Korean Restaurant

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570 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
+1 831-656-0672
12:00 - 21:00
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were in the mood for Korean food and, fortunately, the one Korean restaurant in Monterey was fabulous. We were the only ones there the whole time, which is a shame. it's a bit pricey, but justifiably. Three of us each had very different entrees and we all loved what we had. The waitress was very generous with the side... More 

Thank Julieroadtrip
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My wife and I spent a week in Monterey recently. After eating lots of calamari and fish we were looking for something different. I had eaten at Won Ju for lunch years ago, and had fond memories. Dinner was great. The appetizer was delicious, the large assortment of kim chee and pickled vegetables was fabulous. Dinner was equally satisfying. The... More 

Thank Josh K
Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This was the first time I tried Korean food and I am so glad that I got to try it here. The owner was super nice and explained all the dishes well. We were a group of vegetarians and all of us were happy with the food and service. Portions are generous and I would definitely go there again.

Thank lovetoraveltheworld
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

The food was great and the owner was so nice to take the time to tell us his story and a little about how they got there. Not a fancy place, but clean, inexpensive, and a delightful experience. The soups were incredibly good!! It's a two person show with the owners working very hard as the only employees- great family... More 

Thank fortjacksonmom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Of course, you do not have the view on the sea, but this restaurant was a great surprise. Fresh products, authentic menu, welcoming service. Worth it :)!

Thank ManuOnAir
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698 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

We came across this Korean restaurant amongst several others along Lighthouse Avenue, a 5-minute or so walk from our hotel After walking up and down the street and checking menus (if displayed), my wife opted for a Korean dinner. It wasn't crowded and a small party of Koreans youths were finishing up, leaving us as the only guests. We didn't... More 

Thank ianwyj
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Restaurant competition is fierce in this area. But sometimes you crave authentic Korean and this is the spot. Truly a mom and pop restaurant with each meal prepared next to the tables. Homemade kimchi, great soups and flavors. I love Korean food and this is one of the best around. A bit pricey for dinner, but they have a lunch... More 

Thank Jake H
Salinas, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

My cousin and I were craving Korean food today and picked this restaurant due to online reviews. Now that I've eaten there I agree with the other 5 star ratings. Great food, warm service, and considering the quality of their food the pricing was fair. One of those little places you can't wait to visit again. Can't imagine anyone would... More 

Thank Cindy S
Lexington, Kentucky
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015

This is a casual small restaurant that makes authentic Korean food. Owners are very friendly and the food is spiced as it should be. The Korean appetizers are refilled as much as you want. A nice escape from the fancy places on the penninsula.

Thank MARKL55_55
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

This little gem wasn't our first choice for dinner last night, but so glad we stopped here. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was abundant and tasty - excellent fresh flavours. The icing on the cake, was witnessing the owner's pride in her food. She spoilt us with lashings of her Korean dishes till our bellies could take... More 

Thank Kevin G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-656-0672

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?