The 15 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants In Melbourne

Australia has a large population of people with Korean ancestry, which helps add to the country’s rich and diverse culture.

There are many excellent Korean restaurants across Australia, and a number of the best are to be found in the vibrant, melting pot of a city that is marvellous Melbourne. 

Korean BBQ restaurants focus on a particular aspect of Korean cuisine. This is good quality, succulent meat cooked over a BBQ – traditionally a charcoal BBQ, though some restaurants use gas – and served with a range of ‘banchan’ or side dishes.

Many Korean BBQ restaurants give their diners the option to cook their own meat over individual BBQs at the tables. Not surprisingly, this is a fun, sociable activity that enhances the dining experience. 

The 15 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants In Melbourne

There are a number of quality Korean BBQ restaurants to choose from in Melbourne. So deciding on the right one is not easy. To help you narrow down your choice, we’ve selected from those we’ve eaten at ourselves and can safely say are well worth a visit.

Following, is our list of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne, along with recommendations of what to order from their extensive menus. Keep reading to find out more. 

G2 Korean BBQ

Location: 301 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9642 3424

Whenever we are asked for recommendations of where to eat in the CBD, this restaurant always comes high on our list of suggestions.

There is a distinct cool and restrained Melbourne chic to the decor, an industrial feel with stylish furniture within a large warehouse space with lots of exposed piping and creative lighting. The atmosphere is lively, and the staff are always close on hand to make sure you have the best sizzling experience.

If you want to be in charge of cooking your own food then make this clear from the outset, as the servers are keen to get stuck in and help with grilling. It’s clear the friendly staff are eager to make sure that everything is done perfectly. This is great for ensuring that beginners and novice grillers get the tastiest meal possible.

We love the Angus Beef ribs that are perfectly marbled and juicy. The meat is minimally seasoned to allow the natural flavours to shine. However, you can jazz up your mouthful after it has been cooked with a range of delightful dipping sauces.

The kimchi is plentiful, zingy and zesty. The fresh vegetables served with the meat are lovely accompaniment to the rich flavours, and the drinks are very reasonably priced.

You should also try the kimchi pancakes, seaweed salad and the jap-chae (pan fried potato noodles). The sauces are delicious, particularly the authentic sam-jang and G2’s signature homemade sweet soy sauce.

And the atmosphere? Humming with bustle, conversation and laughter.

If we have a quibble, it is that some things are available only on certain days. But don’t let that put you off. There is so much choice that you’ll get a good feed regardless.

Try to book at (03) 9642 3424 or by clicking here because G2 is rarely quiet and never empty. Ideally, visit in a group because Korean BBQs are meant to be social and are made for sharing.

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Ghung The Palace

Location: 19 McKilliop St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: 0413 616 550

This restaurant has quite an up-market feel, with a heritage-listed 19th century facade. Inside, the original stone is paired with modern light fittings and exposed brass piping to create a very chic atmosphere.

This venue really embraces the communal style of Korean BBQ dining, with large tables which cater perfectly for big groups and set menus designed for sharing. You can even book large rooms upstairs for private functions.

You can cook your own meat or let the servers cook it for you, but either way it will certainly be delicious. We recommend the Angus cube roll which is cooked until the fat melts and sizzles over the coals.

The sundubu jjigae hot pot soup is also a firm favourite, made with silken tofu, mussels and egg. It can be served alongside the meat or enjoyed as a main course with red rice. 

ChangGo Korean BBQ

Location: 70 Little La Trobe St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

ChangGo Korean BBQ is bustling on a Saturday night, which can only be a good sign as the dining spot has no website or active phone number that we know of. Instead, it operates via an intermittent FaceBook and Instagram presence and a strong word of mouth. And that’s good enough for us.

This ambient restaurant is in a fancy part of town. The prices are much more reasonable than other nearby businesses but the service is second to none.

We recommend the Palsaik BBQ set which is a set menu of pork belly marinated in 8 different ways. It is served with banchan like kimchi, pickled vegetables and salad and will definitely not disappoint. 

What’s more, there is also a dedicated Vegan BBQ Combo for the plant-based dieters out there.

Zen Charcoal BBQ

This restaurant has quite a relaxed and casual atmosphere and gives off the intoxicating aroma of Korean street food packed with spices. The charcoal BBQs at each seating area cook your meat perfectly and every meal looks as good as it tastes. 

Towoo Charcoal

Location: 603 Whitehorse Rd, Surrey Hills, VIC 3127 Ph: (03) 9836 0445

Next on our look at the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne we have Towoo Charcoal.

You will need to book in advance to get a seat at this popular restaurant, but it will be worth the effort as the food is second to none. We love the red chilli pork bulgogi, but other popular menu items include the deep fried crab claw and the lotus root chips.

Finish off your meal with some refreshing soju and you will have yourself a perfect evening! 

Bornga

Location: 1/258 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9995 0643

Bornga is considered to be one of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne and you will definitely need to make a reservation to get a table. The menu is authentic and impressive, and it might be difficult for you to narrow down your choice.

But don’t worry, you can order the sample set menu to get a taste of every dish! We recommend the signature woo samgyeop beef brisket with green onions, vegetables and a special dipping sauce. 

Also, Bornga has a direct to kitchen ordering system which works really well. Having said that, the attentive staff are happy to help if you need advice.

Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ

Location: 562 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9642 5696

Hwaro claims to have been Melbourne’s first traditional Korean charcoal pot BBQ dining spot and it’s certainly been around for a while. Today, chef/owner Eunsook Kim still oversees her dominion and ensures the quality of everything entering and exiting her kitchen.

This is the perfect restaurant for beginners to Korean BBQ food or more experienced eaters who are confident with cooking their own meat.

The servers will bring a cast iron pot to your table filled with hot coals, and will either cook the meat for you or you can have a go at doing it yourself. You can order various types of meat including an impressive selection of ribs.

The side dishes are also fantastic – golden fried dumplings, cabbage kim-chi, softened bean sprouts and diced green onion. Each side dish is designed to either compliment or cut through the rich flavours of the meat.

Throughout the evening the restaurant fills with a delicious smoky aroma that will make your mouth water. 

Yes, the wear and tear is starting to show in the decor and you can find cheaper places to eat, but the food is still authentic and delicious.

Hungry for dumplings? See our guide to the Best Dumplings in Melbourne.

Mrs Kim’s Grill 

Location: 136 Koornang Rd, Carnegie, VIC 3163 Ph: (03) 9563 4424

The 15 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants In Melbourne

This restaurant has a minimalist Scandi-style and a very welcoming atmosphere. You can sit in a cosy booth for a more private dining experience, or grab a stool on the long communal table.

Each seating area has a gas BBQ where the meat is cooked in front of you. You can order from a set menu or choose your own items, including a range of tasty side dishes and salads.

The chicken thigh marinated in soy sauce is particularly good, as is the vegetable broth that is packed with mushrooms, zucchini, potato and tofu. Mrs Kim’s is so popular that another two branches have opened up in Melbourne. 

Yeonga Korean BBQ 

Location: 1 Cobden St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051 Ph: (03) 9326 8834

Yeonga gives you just what you want from a Korean BBQ restaurant – fresh, tender meat cooked over hot charcoal for a smoky flavour. The pork belly with chilli paste is fantastic, but wagyu beef is the real star of the show.

They also do an outstanding bibimbap. The menu is very user friendly and great for people who aren’t yet experienced with Korean BBQ food. There is even an excellent dumpling and mushroom hotpot for vegan diners

Noda Grill

Location: 144 Bridge Rod, Richmond, VIC 3121 Ph: (03) 8395 7736

This is a very chic and intimate restaurant with dimmed lighting and dark decor. It offers an authentic Korean menu with some innovative touches to bring the traditional cuisine forward to suit a modern restaurant.

Noda pride themselves on providing excellent service and you are guaranteed to have an outstanding dining experience at Noda Grill. 

Woodo Korean BBQ

Location: 179 King St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9995 9612

Woodo is the ideal place if you are looking for an affordable but authentic Korean BBQ experience. The lively atmosphere and friendly staff create a fun yet relaxing evening. And the reasonable prices allow you to keep coming back without breaking the bank.

You will find all of the traditional favourites on the menu as well as a few unexpected things that you will be keen to try. We recommend getting a side of gyozas with your beef or pork, and finishing off the meal with a scoop of sesame ice cream. 

Mansae

Location: Shop 9/120 A’Beckett St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9939 9189

Moving on with our rundown of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne we have Mansae.

This minimalist but modern restaurant is all about having fun and eating good food. Here you can cook your own food on the gas BBQs at every table. Moreover, you can and enjoy a great selection of beers and cocktails.

We recommend trying the soy marinated galbi beef ribs with the dipping sauces made in house. 

Soko Korean Charcoal BBQ 

Location: 970-972 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128 Ph: 0452 166 970

Soko offers the usual suspects – a variety of different cuts of beef and pork. However, you can also try the impressive seafood on offer, like king prawns and whole squid. The hot pot is also splendid.

One of the unique features of this restaurant is the outer ring over the BBQ: this allows you to keep your side dishes warm whilst cooking your meat. 

BBQ-K Doncaster

Location: 916A Doncaster Rd, Doncaster East, VIC 3109 Ph: (03) 9840 7279

This restaurant may look unassuming but the food is outstanding, and you might need to book a table weeks in advance to get a taste! Despite its popularity, this restaurant has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

We recommend trying the lamp chops as they have the most amazing flavour and will melt in your mouth. The Jap-chae is also delicious. 

Paik’s BBQ

Location: 525 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9972 2043

Lastly on our reviews of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne, we have Paik’s BBQ.

If you want to try Korean BBQ pork that is tender, juicy and packed with flavour then this is the place to go! It is served with a wide variety of side dishes and you can order the classic favourites like kimchi stew.

You will not be disappointed by a visit to Paik’s BBQ. 

Summary 

Whether you want casual communal dining, an up-market experience, or an authentic Korean BBQ experience, there is something on this list for everyone and to suit every budget.

If you aren’t sure what to order then ask the staff for recommendations – they will know which menu items are the most popular and will be able to point you in the right direction.

Remember to check whether you need to book in advance to make sure you avoid disappointment. 

Dylan Cole