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Ginseng BBQ and Tofu House

475 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 967-3913 · $$$ · Barbecue, Korean
Rating: 3.0 out of 5"296 Yelp reviews ·


  • Mon - Fri11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun5:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Ginseng BBQ & Tofu opened in May 2008 as Mountain View's premier Korean BBQ restaurant.Formerly a Domino's Pizza, the owner retrofitted the restaurant with a state-of-the-art grilling and ventilation system that features individual grills installed in each individual table, with gas lines built into the tables to provide hot, ready-to-grill Moreflames. The ventilation system above each table provides significant suction for smoke as well as multi-layered safety measures that meet and exceed fire safety standards. All in all, our grills are hot, efficient, and most of all, safe.Our biggest change came about in April 2009, when Ginseng introduced it's All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ Buffet. It provided a value and service oriented option for those looking to treat themselves to Korean BBQ at price that made sense in the thick of the economic downturn. Since then, it has been the flagship menu option for our dinner patrons, and on any weekend you will see a packed house of happy diners grilling away to their hearts content

Good for

Barbecue · Dinner

Popular menu items

Beef · Chicken · Seafood · Kimchi · Original Tofu Stew

General info

Casual · Family Friendly



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 1.0 out of 5"by Rachelle H. at Yelp User Review4/1/2014A kbbq restaurant on Castro Street. My friends and I chose to try out Ginseng instead of driving further down to other kbbq places because it was raining. We were disappointed. Banchan (side dishes) tasted bad, bbq meat quality was poor, and the rice was stale. There wasn't a single dish that tasted fresh. We … More
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"by E. R. at Yelp User Review3/17/2014Back in late 2010 Ginseng was offering an all-you-can-eat menu for $18. I visited recently and the price rose to $24. Back in 2010 it was also possible to eat a regular meal. Now the policy is different: if somebody at your table chooses the all-you-can-eat menu then you are forced into the same choice ... More
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"by Tawny Rose N. at Yelp User Review3/8/2014I really enjoyed this place. In a nice location and the waiter was very helpful. The restaurant is small but very tidy. It wasn't just some hole in the wall. The sides that were provided were so tasty! The all you can eat price is now $24 not $18 (one of the pics on here were old) They have a very simple menu with a lot of variety.Would definitely come here again if I was in the area! More
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"by Jayar D. at Yelp User Review2/21/2014Food was delicious but at night it just seems so dead. Even the server didn't seem like he into serving anybody. But I'll still come here whenever I need a KBBQ close by. It also can be pricey. More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Brian L. at Yelp User Review1/7/2014With its 3 star rating, I took the gamble and tried Ginseng on a weekday. An avid Korean BBQ aficionado (what? I'm Korean), I was generally impressed with the offerings Ginseng had. One of the best parts of a Korean restaurant in general is that all the sides are AYCE. The cherry on top is when the … More