What You'll Get
If two heads are better than one, then two cuisine-noggins fused into one restaurant-body are better than one. Support admixed eateries and your local thesaurus with today’s Groupon. For $30, you’ll get $60 worth of delicious Korean-fusion fare for lunch or dinner at Gyenari, an epicurean hybrid that helps you to expand your cultural palate. The brainchild of inventive gastrominds, Gyenari plates an inventive blend of Korean classics with a California kick.
Housed in a charmingly rustic venue, the Culver City eatery specializes in a more-refined version of Korean barbecue. Smokeless barbecue grills allow diners to experience tableside service without lingering wafts of eau de dinner. Fish fans will appreciate the glazed miso salmon ($21), sided with succotash, or poached black cod with Korean miso broth ($22). While the full menu is available anytime, Groupon holders can also take advantage of the prix fixe G menu, with options to feed parties of two, three, or four ($79–$195) any Thursday through Saturday. The date-friendly G1 option on the prix fixe includes Gyenari's galbee, bulgogi, aged pork belly, flower chicken, and japchae. For larger groups, try the G4, a full-on meat fest that includes filet mignon, Wagyu beef, fresh lobster tail, and diver sea scallops ($195 for four people). For dessert, upgrade from ordinary sprinkled dough rings with Gyenari's famed green-tea doughnuts ($8). The piping-hot pastries come made to order with a buttermilk-raspberry glaze and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce for dipping.
Brick walls, a golden-hued mural of the restaurant's namesake bloom, and a soothing fountain lend a naturally serene ambience to the restaurant, one of the few Korean barbecue spots on the West Side. Fruity beverages like the mango mojito ($10) side well with the spicy dishes. Steps from the historic Culver Hotel, the expansive space also boasts an outdoor patio and swanky front bar. Your Groupon is valid for dine-in and take-out; call ahead to make your reservation. You can purchase up to four Groupons to use as an excuse to go back for four mouthwatering feasts.
- Just inside the door is a bar and lounge with rustic wooden benches overlooking a water feature and a wall of backlighted wine bottles. Ceilings are so high you almost expect to see a trapeze artist swinging from the rafters. The look is elegant and minimalist enough that Gyenari would fit right in in New York's meatpacking district, which means it's something very new for Culver City. – S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
- The Korean flower for which the restaurant is named blooms only once a year, but you may find yourself frequenting this spot well beyond an annual visit... – Gayot
While some people find the food to be a tad Westernized, many enjoy the ultra-modern atmosphere and experience. Zagat users recommend Gyenari, and 77% of Urbanspooners like it. Over 200 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, Citysearchers give an average of 4.5, and OpenTable diners give an average of four:
- The common cooking experience at the table was a lot of fun, also providing a topic of conversation for much of the meal. Ambiance, service well above average. – OpenTable user who dined on 02/27/2010
- Gyenari is a fantastic restaurant. The food is outstanding. It is architecturally beautiful. I will go back again and again. – OpenTable user who dined on 01/09/2010
- the food is spectacular, its [sic] not totally korean, but its [sic] a great start for those who have yet to try this type of cuisine! the service and ambiance were great, the dessert was my favorite part... check out their green tea donuts! – casualcat, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Limit 1 per table of 4 people, 2 for tables of 5 or more. Not valid with other offers, the prix fixe menu Sunday–Wednesday, lunch platters, or $15 barbecue. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.