Whether you would rather sit on the floor and enjoy a traditional Korean meal or dine in American-style tables and booths, Riverside Korean Restaurant offers both options for its guests.

Riverside Korean Restaurant is located in Covington, only blocks away from the Covington River Center Business District and a five-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. The restaurant was recently taken over by Bruce Kim, owner and head chef. 

“I’ve been a chef here since 2006, but I took over from the previous owners,” says Kim. “My wife and I bought the place from them and the lease started [June 2].”

With Kim as the new owner of Riverside, there are a few changes in progress such as opening the restaurant on Mondays and possibly opening up other locations in the future.

“Now that I own the place I decided to open on Mondays,” says Kim. “We were always thinking about opening on Mondays and I wanted to do that a while back but I didn’t have much of a say being only a chef.”

Having only one location so far in Covington, there are many regular customers who come in often for lunch and dinner. 

“There are a lot of new people stopping in, but Riverside has its regular customers,” Kim says. “Business has been the same for a long time, but the regulars we see all the time keep it going.”

The restaurant includes the two dining options, a cozy smaller side of the restaurant and a more open side with a karaoke room fitting eight to 20 people. Both sides include tables, booths and the traditional Korean way to sit on the floor and eat. 

Grilled dinners, stir-fry and soups make up a majority of the menu. Authentic Korean dishes includes dishes such as Bul Go Gi, which is grilled marinated slices of beef and rice. The restaurant also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. 

“The stone bowl is our most popular item on the menu and it is one of the most ordered items,” says Kim. 

The Dol Sot Bi Bim Bab, or stone bowl, is a traditional Korean dish consisting of rice mixed with seven kinds of vegetables topped with an egg. There is also another option including more protein with your choice of chicken, beef or tofu. 

Riverside Korean Restaurant also includes a happy hour every Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. Deals include half-off appetizers, half-off bottles of wine, $2 off Korean drinks and $1 off beers. 

The restaurant also has take-out options for customers on the go. Its menu includes most of the dishes from the restaurant.