Kobrew

5108 Grand Loop, Tacoma
(253) 267-5010

Recent Reviews

An C.

Ugh! Never will I ever go here again. Service was okay. Food was terrible and very small portions for the price. Meat was over cooked and too salty. You're basically paying for the location. They use one pickle sauce for all the sides. Everyone that gave them a good reviews don't know good Korean food. This restaurant need to change chef.

Joyce L.

I was excited that a korean fusion was coming to Ruston, however, wasn't that impressed maybe cause I'm biased cause I am korean and expected more out of it. Some of the dishes were saltier than it should've been. And I didn't get an authentic vibe out of it. Been there a couple times now before I wanted to write a review but each time I just got less and less impressed.

Katie E.

I am not sure about the other reviews here because we had an overall great experience. I have lived in S. Korea so I was excited and nostalgic to have some great food. I ordered the bibimbap and my husband ordered a few small plates. They were all delish and full of flavor. My daughters ordered the bacon burger and jap chae which they loved. My only neg feedback was that the food took a long time to come out especially since we were the only table there. However, it came out hot and delish. The atmosphere is nice. I would have hoped to see more people on a Wednesday, but Ruston in the fall does tend to die down. I really hope this place makes it through the winter lull.

Bryan R.

I ordered the Galbi beef rib ssam to-go so I could enjoy my food near the ocean. Service was pretty good and the staff was very nice during the ordering process. I picked up my food and went to a nearby picnic table. Boy, was I in for a surprise. The serving size was so tiny (see picture) I was in disbelief considering I paid $22 for the meal. I basically got one strip of galbi, which isn't even enough food to fill my 2 year old up. Go to any halfway decent Korean restaurants around here and they'll give you 4 or 5 strips for the same price. I couldn't believe I paid $22 for one strip of galbi, which didn't even come with rice. That being said, the worst part about my food wasn't the portion size. It was actually the taste of the galbi. The meat tasted bland as if it was marinated for only an hour. I couldn't believe it. The only reason I'm not giving this place a one star review was because of the friendly staff and the restaurant looked very clean. I won't ever be returning to this restaurant and until they update their food, I would avoid it at all cost.

Thomas Devereux

Great Korean take on pub restaurant food. Kobrew is a gastropub that uses some of the best ingredients and Korean flavors to enhance traditional pub food while also offering classic Korean dishes with a western twist. The bar tender was on it very friendly. Great staff was seated right away.

Nancy G.

We were excited for this new restaurant at Pt. Ruston, but unfortunately this place falls far short. We sat in the bar because there was a birthday party going on in the main restaurant area and they were letting little kids ride their scooters in the building. The benches were too high and too narrow resulting in very uncomfortable seating which ends up cutting off the circulation in your legs. The meal started off promising enough with a very tasty appetizer of Korean style popcorn cauliflower which was delicious. That was the last good bite. I ordered the Kobrew Chopped Salad with Shrimp. The ingredients were not properly prepared for a chop salad and the shrimp tasted like it had been warmed up in the microwave. My husband and son's were no better, the Jap-Che and Korean Street Tacos respectively. If you want to stop in stick with a beer and appetizer.

Sunny N

Had fried chicken. It was good, beer battered, but never had bear battered chicken in Korea before. Doesn't seem like Korean fried chicken. Sauce isn't for Korean fried chicken either. Radish was bad and old so didn't eat that at all. Corn was random but it was just normal. Just expected more since they charge 3 times more than average. Wouldn't come here again. Plenty of good fried chicken out there that is not overpriced.

Janai C.

Let me first start by saying the owner should really take some time to determine what kind of tribute he wants to give to honor his Korean wife because at this rate it is bland at best. We came for dinner after being enticed by their signature Korean Fried Chicken and Bibimbap. For the Bibimbap For extra protein you have to pay more and even more of an up charge for kimchi. The bulgogi was so salty it was difficult to even eat, even the manager agreed. However, minus the salty bulgogi this dish is rated 1 star. The Korean Friend Chicken- their supposedly signature dish was absolutely bland, greasy and touted as their best dish they may need to go back to the kitchen for better recipes. The only thing that was decent was the French fries and their fry sauces. So very underwhelmed and I assume this business will not last Their menus and tables are absolutely filthy. The only positive is they have some great soul music playing which allowed me to be at ease with this negative dining experience.

Natasha Leps

Loved the crispy tofu sliders!! A great vegetarian substitute for the traditional meat-filled slider, but not to worry, there's meat options too 😉 Tasty alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with refreshing flavors, and very nice service just slightly slow, but the food is worth the wait! Give it a try! Very fun decor and vibe inside and out!

Clara Dubow

We got there at like, 8:45, and their kitchen closed at 9. They were super accommodating and friendly- wish we had gotten the bartenders name, but he was great! Super sociable and nice even though it was closing time. We got one of each taco and we're b.l.o.w.n away by the pork taco. Close second was beef. Oh boy. Can't wait to come back and try the wings, and frankly all of the menu! Jalapeno cream cheese dumplings?! Yes please. Didn't get to try any of the drinks but I've got my eye on the Lychee Lover. So happy this place is here and I'm still buzzin' from those tasty tacos!

Jin K.

I hate to do this but I gotta be straight up. This place is not that good at all. I've been here 3 times already and each time I'm here the food is not up the par at all. First time coming in my friend and I got the kimchi fries and jalapeno dumplings. Well the kimchi fries was a complete fail, it smelled and tasted like a tostito salsa jar and kimchi, where? I tasted very minimal. The jalapeno dumplings were mainly breading and not alot of flavor. Second time coming around I had ordered the popcorn cauliflower bites. Those were decent. The third time coming in here wasn't my choice, my friend had wanted to come here because she was curious about it even with all the red flags I had pointed out. We ordered the mini sliders and popcorn chicken. The popcorn chicken was ridiculous. I felt like I might as well just eat sweet chili sauce out the jar and the sliders were not good at all. Bland and the meat had absolutely not flavor at all. The customer service was really good though they attended to all of our needs. It's pretty sad because this place open up not too long ago and I hate to see it fail especially when we don't have alot of go to Korean bars let alone a Korean gastropub around. My advice is to change it up, the food definitely the food. Hire a new chef, anything because the business will fail I promise you that.

Alison Hegarty

We enjoyed it. Decently priced good quality great location. Can't ask for much more than that. It does really taste as good as it looks

Shannon Wared

Very attentive server, Craig was great. The food was tasty and fresh. Nice spot for a date.

Yvette S.

There is so much potential here with this great location but, they really need to work harder. Came here around 4PM during a weekday for an early dinner with my family. It was not busy at all and we were immediately seated outdoors on that sunny day. This is a trendy, new Asian restaurant at Point Ruston. I was impressed by the inside architecture and Asian decor. With such a clean establishment, I was surprised to receive dirty, sauce-stained menus. That was just the beginning. The service was slow and our waitress Holly was not the best. She lacked professionalism, when asked what types of drinks they have for children, she asked, "Well, what do you want?". This place should invest in better wait staff if they want to be viewed as a quality restaurant. For drinks, we ordered a beer and the Lychee Lover. They were both delicious and the cocktail was strong. For food we ordered the chicken strips kids meal, the fried cauliflower, chicken wings, Korean French fries, crab tostadas, and a side of the kimchi trio. The gochujang chicken wings, cauliflower, and kimchi trio were tasty. They only had a small amount of fries compared to the kimchi toppings in the kimchi fries...I would estimate 25% fries to 75% toppings. Also, the fries were super soggy, even though they scattered them along the outside of the plate instead of centrally underneath the mound of toppings where I could understand why they were so soggy. Bordering the perimeter of the plate with the fries were probably done to give the illusion of bountiful fries but, who cares about soggy fries?!?! Our first order of crab tostada was delicious, so we ordered another one...and since we were still hungry, we ordered a side of tots. The second order took forever, we had to remind the waitress of our tostadas. It came out and had someone's hair mixed into our dish. We immediately notified the waitress of the 'hair' tostada and asked for the check. Our tots never arrived because the waitress forgot. We tried to order other items off the menu but, were disappointed that they were out of Pa Jeon (seafood pancake) and the other pancake. Also, my daughter asked for the chocolate Ganache with vanilla ice cream which is included in the kids meal. The waitress brought out a mochi with vanilla ice cream and explained they didn't have chocolate ganache because the chef didn't feel like making it that day. What the heck?!? Because of the hair in our tostada, they took it off our order and gave us the kids meal for free. I may give this place another chance once I get over that gross hair in my food the first time. So maybe, they should start wearing hairnets and provide better customer service. The cocktails were good and a few items on the menu were decent, like the gochujung wings and cauliflower. Tapas style is the way to go here (sharing of an assortment of appetizers/small plates). I'm kind of skeptical on how well they execute 'real' Korean food on their menu, like the Kalbi, Bi Bim Bop, or Japchae, not sure I'm willing to try the full dishes here. During our dinner, we witnessed two parties abruptly get up and leave their half eaten food on their tables, we are left to guess whether it was the service or the food that got to them.

Larry John Sablan

Besides the restuarant not having any sort of identity or flow to it. The food was ok at best. Service was not that great( they weren't rude or nothing) they messed up our order. No Asian beers on tap and the place is call Kobrew, but if they figure out all those things maybe it could be cool...

Maggie C.

Went in on Sunday morning was first customers in we sat outside patio. I ordered the beef soup and my friend had wanted to order a lunch special they Had on the menu, then the hostess came and I guess gave us the right menu that didn't have the special so we needed to look it over again. My soup was had no flavor very bland had to ask for siracha to add flavor. My friend ordered spice wings and got sweet wings not worth the long wait I think.

Tawny V.

Being half Korean I was very excited to try this restaurant but unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. I'll start with the pros. Pros- kimchi fries BOMB, I never knew kimchi and cheese belonged on fries but it definitely does! Wings-also amazing! Served piping hot and crunchy, also not too saucy. Just the right amount of flavor with a touch of sweetness Kimchi jeon- served nice and crispy! I really enjoyed this! Pork and beef mandu-delicious but you only get 4 which was a bit of a letdown. But good for personal appetizer Cons- kimchi was really watery and barely spicy, sprouts had no flavor just tasted like sesame oil, mushrooms as well. Pricing-pretty expensive, $30 for some of the Korean bbq plates and you get very little meat for that price. The kalbi only came with maybe 2 strips and the spicy pork not much more. I had the seafood and kimchi ramyun, it was spicy and a lot of seafood but it had a bit too much sweetness to my liking. I would 100% come back for the appetizers and I would be willing to try some other items.

Sandra B.

Still great!! We'd read some reviews that detailed experiences so different from our original visit that we wanted to check back before bringing family tomorrow night. Cocktails were tasty - loved the Lychee Lover - and water was served very quickly upon request. We arrived late in the evening and starving, but still, splitting the crab/prawn lollipops and one order of delicious spicy pork ssam was enough to fill us both. I tried to order extra kimchi, but our server reassured me that we could refill the kimchi in our banchan - complimentary, as was the rice, with the ssam. Indeed, when I asked for that refill she quickly brought six more banchan dishes and extra perilla leaves. The room and floors were kept clean and the service overall was great. The hostess was accommodating and our server, Spring, friendly and professional. Our bill was very reasonable - $51. A traditional Korean greeting is, "Have you eaten, yet?" If your answer is no, I suggest stopping by Kobrew. Ps. Thank you, management, for suggesting tips based on pre-tax amounts!

Heidi S.

We're sitting here right now, waiting for our bill to be corrected. Jap Chae was flavorless, fried chicken was also unseasoned. We waited about 15 minutes to be seated, although there was only one full table inside and a handful outside. While the waitstaff were friendly, the hostess seemed annoyed. The side of slaw with the lunch special was warm, which we might have mentioned if someone had ever come over to check on things after our food arrived. A small salad was also missing in action. The icing on the cake was a $3 up charge for not adding meat to my entree. Yes, really.

Florence C.

Just no. It's like Americans tried to make a Korean restaurant and charge $7 for banchan...oh wait. That's exactly what it is!! Taste wise is very salty, and kimchee fries were greasy and had more cheese then fries. I guess it works for the area, up and coming Ruston Point, but for someone that grew up eating good Korean food, this place was offensive. Lots of beer selection, and we tried a few, but you could not taste any of the flavor or even a hint of whatever it was supposed to be. Green tea lager just tasted like beer. Icing on the cake was when we were done eating, our server had only our section and we were seated directly across the station so she could see us. My guest and I were literally staring at her, then each other, then her, we stacked our plates and stared some more. She proceeded to bus tables instead of checking on us.

Sara G.

This place is new at Pt Ruston, so our expectations were somewhat high for our girl's night despite reviews I had read. Being Korean, I wasn't expecting authentic Korean food but I was still expecting great service, a nice ambience and tasty food. Just like the reviews, they were out of quite of bit items on the menu. Out waitress was nice and attentive, but right off the bat, she let us know all the items they did not have available. Same with drinks which was surprising. For being so new, they had items on the menu that she said had not been taken off the menu. The food was somewhat tasty. We ordered the cauliflower and wing apps. Both were breaded heavily and deep fried. The tacos were a let down. I did not care for the guacamole, corn salsa or pico, so I'm glad I got them on the side due to a review I read; the kimchi was surprisingly tasty . My friend got a salad that she enjoyed. Overall the ambiance was nice, mainly cuz we had a window seat so we could see the water. If you're wanting to try something new, than you should try this place; but just don't get your hopes up on the kitchen having what you're craving!

Hyemi K.

Went here with a group of 18 people. None of us will go back, even though the location is great. Food is very bland and a sad misrepresentation of korean food, even as a fusion version. They even charge for ban-chan (korean side dishes) and it lacks flavor. We are sticking to other korean restaurants that actually taste good & is just half the price (with free legit ban-chan). Wanted to love this place, but sadly, none of us did. The only average dishes were popcorn cauliflower & chicken wings.

levi square

Phenomenal service and food. Great atmosphere! Ability to relax and enjoy some great drinks and amazing food. Thank you so much to our server she was amazing and the staff made you feel like you were the only table in the restaurant. Cheers!

Christina Eschenfelder

Lots of vegetarian options! Everything was delicious. Server wasn't rude but he wasn't friendly either. He was training a nice young lady and didn't bother introducing her or mentioning that he was training. It was awkward. Will be back tho. Food is outstanding.

Anthony Zoe

Fantastic food and service. Carter F did a great job recommending food options to us and everything was so tasty. I wish they had a sampler platter so we could try everything.

Mike Aguilar

What a great new addition to the Tacoma food scene! I took my family for dinner and we loved it!

Jackie M.

Actually got a chance to try their beers this past weekend! I really enjoyed their Pusan pale because it smelled just like lychees and tasted super fruity. I also tried their green tea lager which was definitely unique. There weren't that many pros other than the beers tasting good. For example, there was a 45 min wait on food at 7pm on a Sunday evening and there were pesky little flies that wouldn't leave us alone in the bar. I think at one point there were so many, I swatted one into my beer. Not sure I'd come back - still on the fence about this place. The vibe was weird for sure.

Joe Cordray

Service was hands down the worst I’ve experienced in years. the manager needs to find a different occupation. Long of the short, we finally walked out. Stay clear of this poor excuse of a restaurant... so many other great places in Tacoma that would appreciate our patronage.

Kelly Rene Allen

I was disappointed in the portion size. Did not feel was a value for the portion on Adult Portions. If you have sliders include a small portion of fries!! The Tacos were promoted as a corn/flour tortilla. No they were a straight flour tortillas- know your product! Children portions were wonderful! Rice amazing! The service was slow and food prep took such a long time. Crayons were delivered to only one of the 4 children present. This was only after youngest child in the party was fussy and not happy with the long wait.

Dana T.

Service was friendly & fast. We came for drinks & apps. Order the green tea mochi. It was superb - not overly sweet, very green tasting (not in a bad way) & smooth. Drinks were spot on. Our group ordered the mango on fire (light on shrub, mango forward with heat) kopear smash (sounds better than it tastes, heavy on pear but kinda flat) & ready to stumble (sour with hibiscus floral)

Robert J.

went to kobrew on the 4th of july. I looked at the menu on line and wanted to try the street tacos. I sat at the outside bar and ordered a beer. I wasnt offered a menu. I could not get the bartenders attention to order food. I could see the bartender from where I was sitting and she was busy making drinks for the dining room. After 30 minutes I left. You would think that they would be better staffed for a major holiday. I decided to give them another chance on today. The weather was not to good so I thought they be slow. I checked the web sight and it said they open at 11. I went there at 11:30 and they were closed. Im not sure what they are doing there. Both times I left and went to Farrellys.

Kali K.

Yikes. Was really looking forward to this place but I don't think we'll be back unless there's some miraculous transformation. While I expect new restaurants to have some issues to work through - there just wasn't a whole lot I enjoyed about Kobrew. I really should have read all the reviews first and gone elsewhere. On the positive, my Ginger Pale Ale was decent. Service was okay (minus the bartender who wasn't all that pleasant) and our server in particular admitted that she was embarrassed about our dining experience. I also appreciated that the manager came over to tell us they would be removing items from our bill without us having to complain first. That said - Kobrew falls flat about everywhere else. First, the steep prices and tiny portions. We paid $8 for 4 tiny dumplings (Mondu) and $8 for 5 pieces of popcorn cauliflower. The $21 shrimp entree was supposedly served with an herb salad. What you actually get is a few shrimp served with a lemon and a leaf. Literally a single soggy leaf counts as a salad here. The fried chicken was more reasonably priced if you enjoy fried batter with a hint of chicken. I did enjoy the spicy pork belly street tacos but again - at $9 for 2 street tacos I'd take my money elsewhere. The flavors/taste of what we ordered was okay. Not terrible but nothing memorable. Finally, we waited for 50 minutes for our food after ordering and everything came out at different times (this is the one thing I'll let slide as a new restaurant).

Dean M.

No idea how someone could give this place a 1 unless they had a truly awful experience? Great location at Point Ruston. Ordered several small plates and all were very good, notably the wings and pork belly tacos. Had the Ruston Way IPA and it was pretty good, as was the passion fruit sour (though, more like a gose). Still working out some kinks but everyone was friendly and I would definitely go back.

Benjamin O.

I can start by saying that Kobrew was less than mediocre, you'd find better Korean wings at the gas station next to the tumbling hot dogs. They had great potential because they were crisp and well cooked, but otherwise left unseasoned.The breading was pretty spectacular for being crisp and light without being greasy, but that's where the good things ended. You can't serve a wing and not even toss a pinch of salt on it and expect it to taste like anything other than flour. The beer was okay but nothing to spectacular. We experienced a rather uncanny flash back to our experience at fish pub, which previously inhabited this location. It was rather empty for a beautiful Saturday afternoon. My vegetarian fiancé had the tatortots and they unfortunately encountered the same fate as the wings, bland and boring. Hopefully Kobrew steps up their game before they go the ways of fish pub as well.

Jaime S.

Kobrew just opened a few weeks ago and as a vegetarian I wasn't sure there would be much for me to choose from, but I was pleasantly surprised! Creative and delicious plates that are perfect for sharing. The cauliflower popcorn is a must! The tofu sliders were yummy, and my carnivore eating partner loved the double-fried chicken. Joe, our server, made sure the food came out perfectly done. We'll definitely go back.

Amber S.

First the "good". We were seated quickly, the waitress was very nice. The drinks were ok. Now the rest. It took about 15 minutes until our water was delivered, much longer for food after our order. We orders kimchi fries, those were pretty good. Bulgogi sliders: these were tiny and dry and had no bulgogi flavor whatsoever. We also had the banchan which was just underwhelming. A few bits of soy beans, a few bits of cucumber with vinegar and plain bean sprouts ( not the sesame bean sprouts as advertised ). This place was very disappointing.

Natalie S.

Really enjoyed the Korean flare. The small plates are more like appetizers while the large plates are more entree like in size. We ate Jap Chae, Kimchi Jeon, and the Seafood & Kimchi Ramyun. Enjoyed all 3 dishes and would order them again!

Sunny G.

Amazing food, go in with some time to spare. This is a new place and they are clearly working out some kinks. But the food is outstanding. From the Korean fried chicken to the short ribs. The beer is thoughtfully infused with green tea, ginger, and mangos. If you are a foodie this place is for you.

Brian R.

Positives: Waitress was pleasant. Seated quickly. Food and beer arrived quickly. Beer: May I suggest guest taps from Narrows and other the numerous great breweries in Seattle? Food: Kimchi Plate: It's cabbage and daikon. I get it's under the "bite" part of the menu but more than a couple bites of cheap vegetables would be appreciated. Prawn and Crab Lillie's: 3 of them... Greasy thick batter to it with a fishy taste. If you close your eyes and eat it, McDonald's fishwich is how I would describe it. Pork and Beef Mandu: You get 4 tiny chewy unexciting dumplings. Again, kind of funny Ribeye: See my photo. 24 bucks. Wilted romaine with it and a salty sauce. We don't send food back but should have here. All together with tip for the nice waitress. $80 If they continue with this approach, they will be Closed in no time. Not going back. Had high hopes

Ross H.

Street tacos with pork belly ... so bad ... leather pork belly ugh ... come on it is pork belly ... and not even warm WOW get a grip