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Brothers Restaurant - 28 Reviews - 4128 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA - Korean & Vietnamese Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 387-7991

Brothers Restaurant

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4128 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
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(415) 387-7991
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Best

This is my family's favorite Korean BBQ to eat we always go here whenever we visit SF. My mom is korean and we're pretty picky about korean restaurants but this place is awesome....

Worst

i've been comin' & stayin' away for years... service is very spotty these days... if/when you order ""korean"" short ribs, should they are served with no bones attached, send it...

Frankly, I prefer Brother's II over the original 3/25/2009

Frankly, I prefer Brother's II over the original, just because of the service. Last time we were there, I felt rushed. Totally uncool. more

Great, authentic korean bbq in San Francisco 1/28/2009

One of my favorite Korean bbq places. It's pretty barebones decor but authentic. And the service is friendly and no-nonsense. Not once have I eaten there where the owner hasn't stopped by to see how things are going and to often times give something a little ""on the house"" extra. Great for small and large groups, the food is great and the most important thing is, you see a lot of Koreans eating there which attests to its authenticity. The employees at Qlubb love to go there for meetings although it's true, we all smell like bbq afterwards. more

Average Korean Food - Nothing Special 9/8/2008

i am from new york, where i'm used to korean food on 32nd street. the food here was ok. the restaurant is a little dirty and crowded. everything we ordered tasted ok - nothing special about this place. a little disappointing considering the reviews. overall, korean food in san francisco is nothing to write home about. the bbq was ok and they gave us some free dishes which was nice. Pros: good bbq, free dishes Cons: a little dirty, not a great ambience, grillers are old more

Good authentic korean BBQ and food 1/1/2008

This is my family's favorite Korean BBQ to eat we always go here whenever we visit SF. My mom is korean and we're pretty picky about korean restaurants but this place is awesome. We usually just order meat a la carte style but one night we did the family bbq meals that are offered and the four of us had enough food to feed like 7 people. it isn't fancy by any means and it's always really crowded and smoky from all the grilling at each table but that just makes it more fun for me. it is super authentic and even if you don't bbq the other food on the menu is really good too. this is my favorite korean restaurant in SF, and pretty much my favorite restaurant outside of Korea. Pros: You get to cook your own food if BBQ, great food, reasonable prices Cons: long wait on weekends, parking on street more

Possibly the best restaurant in San Francisco 6/24/2007

I developed an addiction to Korean food when I lived in South Korea for a short period of time. If it's got a ""Go Ki"" at the end of it (eg, Bul Go Ki), or if it's been pickled in a stoneware jar and burried (Summer Kimchi), I'll eat it. I eat at a lot of different restaurants and at some high end places, but with few exceptions Brother's may be the best overall restaurant in San Francisco. It's definitely the best Korean this side of Seoul. Every dinner comes with a wide assortment of side dishes (oh, the Moo Chi!), and we always go through two of each. It gets very busy after 5:30 or 6:00 PM, especially on weekends, which is indicative of how good it is. However, the service is excellent and pleasant, even when it's busy. Pros: Great food, great service Cons: It's so good that it gets very busy more

Authentic Korean cuisine - just like grandma's 5/4/2007

Whenever I bring Korean relatives to this restaurant, they always make comments like ""This is the best Korean restaurant food! It tastes home-made!"" This is definitely the place to go if you want to introduce someone to what traditional Korean cuisine really tastes like. The prices are reasonable and I've never had a bad plate of food here. They are generous with the little side-dishes, too. Pros: great food!!! Cons: parking is usually a challenge, and there can be a long wait in the evenings more

Just Another Korean Joint 4/25/2007

I've been here many times, but my last couple of visits have been disappointing. Once what I thought was exceptional korean bbq has now become very mediocre. The portions of each order is reduced and the quality is not as fresh anymore. I think they fell into the trap of relying on their past reputation of having superb food. Sorry to say the quality of food now is substandard and pricey. Probably would not come back considering there are other options for better korean bbq. Pros: Charcoal grills Cons: food, service, price more

Don't understand what the big deal is! 3/29/2007

I read the other reviews and had high hopes for this place. But I just don't know what the big deal is! The BBQ was ok but the side dishes (ban chan) were terrible. Bland and terrible. And trust me, I know Korean food because I grew up on it. I was really disappointed. Surely there must be a better Korean restaurant in SF. more

same o same o 1/7/2007

i think all korean restaurants are the same. la............... sf......... they all taste the same!! more

Long wait, great food 11/24/2006

Ok, I did have problems with a two hour wait for a table and the perfunctory service we received after the wait, but all was forgotten and forgiven once we started eating - the food was incredible. Be prepared for a long wait, simple surroundings, and basic service, but the food is definitely worth it more

Loved it! 7/7/2006

When you go to Brother's, be prepared to leave smelling like food. My friends and I had the BBQ. Their prices are a little cheaper and I feel they give you more food than some of the other Korean Restaurants in the city. The restaurant itself isn't all that nice, but I like places like these. It seems more authentic. The service there isn't as good as other Korean Restaurants, but the food was really good! I'm still searching for my favorite Korean Restaurant. more

Eating late? This place is great! 6/13/2006

Tabletop Korean-style BBQ is recommended. Soups are tastey without the MSG aftertaste. The red vinyl chairs are reminscent of a Chinese restaurant than Korean, but this place delivers on service and food. Even at 11:00 PM on a Tuesday night they happily seat you with a smile. Now that's what I call service! Pros: late night dining, fresh food, good service Cons: limited parking, crowded on weekends more

Excellent BBQ and Friendly Service 4/17/2006

The bbq pork, chicken, and beef were so flavorful. The pan fried fish was also delicious. We ordered the stone rice pots, also very tasty. The staff there were very friendly. They gave us a free order of soup and a plate of noodles. Be prepared to smell like charcol smoke afterwards, but the food is worth it. Pros: BBQ, Rice Stone Pot Cons: Makes clothes smell more

Great food at a great price! 2/15/2006

This place is by far one of the best Korean resturants in town! The place itself is basic, plain and simple. But the food rocks! The kimchee and veggies are always fresh. The tofu soup there is good too but remember to specify level of spicyness! I have tried everything and it is all good. Only con is that its always packed with families and large and small crowds. Pros: great food!, fast service!, great price Cons: parking, too cramped more

Eau de BBQ 1/13/2006

Would recommend making reservations on the weekend. Even with 6pm reservations, we had to wait for our table. The place was packed. You leave with a full tummy, smelling like BBQ for the rest of the evening. We ordered 4 plates - 2 Kal Bi, 1 Gol Bi and Shrimp Tempura. The beef dishes were well-marinated and tasty. The tempura came with a thick batter (I prefer a lighter batter) with huge portions compared to Japanese restaurants. We ordered a dumpling soup which we could've passed on. The restaurant gave us a vermicelli dish on the house. The meal came with about 10 or more sm side dishes, pickled vegts, spicy tofu, bean sprouts, lettuce, seaweed, dried sm fish. You have the option of cooking it over charcoal at your table (if sitting at one of the BBQ tables) or having the kichen cook for you. Pros: Lge portions, fast service Cons: crowded, parking more

Packed w/ energy and smells! 12/28/2005

Wednesday night - 6:15 dinner, party of 10. Thank goodness for reservations! This place was bumping when we walked in at 6 pm and left at 7:30 pm. We had beef, pork, squid, pancakes, and chop chae family style! Great place for large groups, but be warned that your clothes will definitely have a lingering scent once you leave this establishment. Pros: great for large group, tasty food Cons: crowded, lingering scents more

my favorite Korean place in SF 4/28/2005

This place is stupendous. Ever wondered how much meat you can really eat all at once? Head over to Brother's. We went in a large group, and had a hard time keeping the owner from bringing us extra sodas and side dishes (on the house) to go with our beer and barbequed meats. This is a real family place. Don't miss out! Pros: kind owners, succulent meat, nice variety of sides more

some of the best korean bbq in the city 4/13/2005

i'm not sure if those people who wrote the bad reviews went to the same place i've been going to for almost 10 years. the service can be slow but what do you expect when your packed (hence the wait) but the food is great and the sides have always been bottomless. it's just as good as i ate growing up. even my mom liked it. more

Go for lunch. 2/13/2005

The best time to go is during lunch time, because after lunch, the prices are too high for what you get. But if the food was extremely to die for, I probably wouldn't care about the price. The BBQ is okay, but it is certainly nothing to rave about. Pros: lunch specials more

Excellent 2/20/2004

All the bad reviews are crap. I've been going to Brother's for years and they never disappoint. Sometimes there is a long wait, but that's to be expected because they are so good. So, plan ahead and go to Brothers if you want good Korean food. They are excellent and the 2 ""brothers"" that own and run the restaurant are great. Pros: , delicious food Cons: , often long wait more
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Editorial

  • Expect a pleasant but no-frills dining room. Whether you choose a hearty soup (served in a cast-iron bowl with rice) or barbecue, you get 13 different accompanying mini-dishes of everything from...

  • 9/15/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon. - Sun. 11am - 12pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Inner Richmond, Northwest