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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 19 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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616 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 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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9 reviews
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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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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 10 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
Carmel, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

My husband and I decided to try this spot as we live in the area. We were surprised to see the prices! I guess we are used to the little Korean places in San Jose with $15 spare ribs. At any rate, we decided to stay and try it anyway. The food was good and the quality was definitely there.... More 

Thank Colleen_W1231
Miami, Florida
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121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

We read a few reviews of this restaurant and on Trip Advisor and decided to try it. It was really delicious and lots of fun to try all of the little side dishes that came with our entrees. It definitely was a family atmosphere, and the service was warm, efficient and welcoming. It's not a fancy place, but well worth... More 

Thank jelyapt
Miami Beach, Florida
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125 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

There is no pretense at Won Ju, just good Korean food, home made on the premises in an open kitchen. The small staff treats you like honored guests, no attitude please. The food, is as spicy as you like or as mild as you prefer. Just tell them beforehand. This is a short seven-minute walk from Cannery Row, and well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 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?