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Giwa

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1608 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5404
+1 215-557-9830
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11:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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Hollywood, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The Korean food is very good. I would highly recommend getting the hot stone bibimbap. It is quite dark in the restaurant but it is civilized. You order at the counter and then pick your food up when it's ready, then sit down.

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Thank irisadk
New York
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Quick and easy way to get my Korean food fix in Philly. The staff is very friendly and fast and the piping hot bibimbap or soups are very fresh and yummy. Love the fresh bean sprouts in the bibimbap which is uncommon!

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Thank MadeinNewY0rk
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Great lunch options. Had the dol sot bibimbop. First time there and will definitely go back. Limited seating but if you time it right you will get one.

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Thank Raffe
North Carolina
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

I hadn't had Korean food for awhile and was craving it badly. My husband had the dol sot bi bim bap, and I had the soon dubu. I'm half Korean and can vouche that the stew was legit. Delicious! I'd also recommend the dol sot. We also got kimchiijun, which I was disappointed about because there was barely any kimchi.... More 

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Thank wanderlust2806
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Wow, I wasn't sure what to order, so I am glad that the wait staff recommended I order their signature bibimop with crunchy rice that is served hot pot style, with rice, veggies and your choice of meat and 2 sides all for 11.95. This is a lot of good quality food for a terrific price, as close to authentic... More 

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Barrington, New Jersey
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Hot lunch bowl (bibimbop) and bulgogi lunch platter are great. Have been here a few times and have always had good meals. Service is always quick and friendly. Prices are a little higher but the quality is good so it's worth it. For lunch, be warned the place is tiny so finding a seat is not easy during the lunch... More 

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Thank jeffe82
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

Buy the sauce. The best part of this place was the hot iron bowls full of cabbage and rice and meaty happiness and topped with their own hot sauce. Its flavorful and spicy but my anti-spice girlfriend still loved it. We go every time we're in Philly.

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Thank Brendan W
Edinburgh
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

Always a great sign as I walked to find the place as the queues of people outside! Special sizzling rice bowl was nicely presented in a thick cast iron type bowl surrounded in aged wood. I elected for then brown rice and the spicy pork. Just fantastic. Perfectly cooked veg, great flavours with optional spice with side sauces. Served on... More 

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Thank EKB-7
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

I am not a Korean food expert but I think I have a handle on good food. Stopped here with my brother for the first time for lunch during a conference in Center City. Not much of a place to look at. You pay first and sit while your food is prepared fresh. I will definitely try it again when... More 

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Towson, Maryland
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

This small, stripped-down Korean restaurant is little more than a hole in the wall, but it provides excellent food and excellent value. The ingredients are fresh and attractively prepared. The menu is limited, but the chef was happy to add an egg to my wife's bibimbap, and I heard other diners making adjustments to their orders as well. The vegetable... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Korean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1608 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5404
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-557-9830

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?