2024 Santa Clara Korean Food Trail: Your Guide to Local Korean Restaurants

by Ben Landis, Marketing Manager at Discover Santa Clara

Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara boasts an incredibly diverse community, and with that comes a wide variety of cuisine. Santa Clara is particularly famous for its Korean food. The city even has its own area dubbed “Koreatown,” located along various strip malls on El Camino Real. Koreatown features a robust collection of amazing Korean restaurants. From long-standing favorites to exciting new spots, there's something for everyone. To make your exploration easier, consider embarking on this Korean food trail that guides you through the countless culinary gems Santa Clara has to offer. While we couldn’t cover them all, this list is a great starting point. We encourage you to explore and discover these delicious destinations and recommend that you check out the many other fantastic options beyond this list.

Please note: This list may be updated. Please check back for more spots. Thank you! - Discover Santa Clara team.

1. Jang Su Jang

We have to start with a Santa Clara staple: Jang Su Jang.

This beloved restaurant offers a warm and inviting atmosphere where guests can savor traditional dishes like sizzling stone pot bibimbap, various delicious BBQ meats, noodle dishes, and hearty stews. Renowned for winning multiple Michelin Guide Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, Jang Su Jang's dedication to using the best ingredients and time-honored recipes has earned it a loyal following among both locals and visitors seeking an exceptional Korean dining experience.

Address: 3561 El Camino Real # 10, Santa Clara, CA 95051

2. Damso

Damso is the new kid on the block, quickly making a name for itself as one of the newest spots in Koreatown. As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by the lively atmosphere of diners.

One of their signature items is the Barley Rice Set, which offers a diverse selection of traditional Korean dishes and side dishes (banchan). Additionally, you can order other classic Korean dishes à la carte. The bossam, grilled bulgogi, and seasoned marinated raw crab are some of the standout options. Damso is full of delicious authentic and traditional Korean Dishes this place needs to be on your radar.

Address: 2910 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

The Discover Santa Clara team visited Damso check out this Instagram Reel to check out the experience for yourself.
korean food

3. Seorai

Are you searching for the perfect place to gather with friends? Look no further than Seorai Korean BBQ. Korean BBQ is best enjoyed surrounded by friends and family, making Seorai an ideal destination for a memorable group dining experience.

At Seorai, you can indulge in beloved dishes like the seafood pancake, corn cheese, and a variety of soups and noodle dishes. Yet, the true star of the show is their selection of classic KBBQ meats—brisket, galbi, pork belly, and more, each expertly seasoned and grilled to perfection. You can choose to order a la carte or opt for one of their specially curated BBQ Combos. Whether you're a Korean BBQ aficionado or a curious newcomer, Seorai promises an authentic and delightful culinary adventure.

Address: 3044 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95051

The Discover Santa Clara team visited Seorai Korean BBQ check out this Instagram Reel to check out the experience for yourself.
meat on a grill with flames

4. Paik’s Noodle

Paik’s Noodle might just be one of the busiest Korean restaurants in town, and it’s for a good reason. Here, you can experience mouthwatering Korean noodle dishes like Bokkeummyeon and Jjamppong that will transport your taste buds to noodle heaven! This place has the feel of a delicious home-cooked meal, served with love. Paik’s Noodle offers a menu that delights noodle enthusiasts with rich flavors and generous portions. The casual and vibrant atmosphere, combined with friendly service, makes it a go-to destination for anyone craving a comforting and satisfying Korean meal.

Check out our Instagram Reel documenting the experience.

Address: 1520 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

5. Sulbing Café

Do you have a sweet tooth? You've got to try Sulbing Café. Dive into the delightful world of Bingsu, a milk-based shaved ice Korean dessert. Depending on your chosen flavor, it can include a variety of different toppings.

Sulbing Café offers a wide array of amazing flavors, including Mango, Strawberry, and Green Tea. During our visit, we indulged in the Tiramisu Sulbing, which features a slice of tiramisu on top of the shaved ice, accompanied by a cup of espresso to pour over the Bingsu, enhancing its flavors beautifully.

Located in the same shopping plaza as Seorai Korean BBQ, Sulbing Café is the ideal place to finish off a delicious meal. After enjoying a hearty Korean BBQ, consider saving some room for dessert and trying out Sulbing Café. You won’t be disappointed!

Address: 3050 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95051

Check out this Instagram Reel we created about Sulbing Cafe to get a sneak peek of what you can expect.

a collage of different desserts

Embark on this delicious food trail and explore the amazing collection of Korean food that Santa Clara proudly showcases. Even beyond this list, there are many incredible spots that we encourage you to check out. Each restaurant not only offers delectable dishes but also a unique dining experience that reflects the warmth and culture of Korea. So, gather your friends and family, and make your way to Koreatown in Santa Clara for an unforgettable experience. Happy eating!