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Buga Korean BBQ Restaurant

5580 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117

Aside from the BBQ meats and generous free side dishes, treats include simmered black cod in spicy sauce, miso soup with pork, stone pot bibimbap (rice casserole), mandoo dumplings. Moderate.

Additional Info

Hours

Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Restaurants details

Cuisine
Price range of entrées $10 - $30
Delivery No
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted Yes
Kids menu No
Occasional live music No
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Vegan friendly Yes
Payment options Accepts credit cards

Restaurant Menu

Comments
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I would not recommend, in fact I would recommend going anywhere but here. Food: Below Average Service: Horrific Price: Way Over priced Atmosphere: Bad Vibe I heard great things about Buga and was excited to experience it first hand. I went with my brother and my girlfriend who is from a Korean Family. I can’t understand the positive reviews on this place; my experience was anything but positive. We showed up for our 9:00 Friday Night reservation. My first reaction was that it looked like a mix between a high school cafeteria decorated for some kind of international food fair and Denny’s. But, I’m there for the food so I got over that real quick. We were greeted by the host who explained to us that they stop serving at 9:30 and they close at 10:00; I was a little surprised that this was the first thing they said. Despite this comment, it was only 9:00 so we would have plenty of time to relax and enjoy our meal. Not the case. We ordered appetizers, soups and salads and we got it all at once with the main meal and even the desert ginger tea - yup all at once – very strange. The server cooked as much of our food as possible all at once, (they did all the cooking) She then loaded our plates faster than we could eat it. I was still on my salad and she just dropped a handful of beef right on top of the salad -ridiculous. The management came over to our table a number of times before 9:30 to let us know they stop serving at 9:30 and then stood over us from 9:30 -10:00 telling us they are getting ready to close and we need to finish up. I asked if the pork was ready to eat, they told me no if will take a few more minutes and we could take it with us- Shocking. The entire experience was a very odd rush, the food was sub par, and it was way too expensive for what you get. I will not go any further into the food because its’ just not worth the time, I will just say if you go to this place you are getting charged top dollar for frozen Steakums and a bad attitude. I will look for another spot and you should do the same.

Feb. 6, 2008

If you like to go to places right when they're closing, then gripe about your experience on the internet, this might not be the place for you. If you can't tell the difference between Korean-cut beef short ribs and Steakumms, this also might not be the place for you. If you do like Korean food, and know how to check for hours of business, then you might want to check Buga out - one of San Diego's better Korean places. It's not cheap, but the meat is high quality and the panchan is varied and plentiful.

March 27, 2009
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