A night out at the best Korean BBQ in Melbourne is a culinary experience. Here, you can enjoy the satisfaction of seeing your food sizzle in front of you, with the ease of skilled chefs season and flip it for you. There is no shortage of good Korean BBQ in Melbourne (often referred to as KBBQ), thanks to a burgeoning Asian foodie influence. With top-quality ingredients and even better ambience, Melbourne’s KBBQ scene offers a novel night out and delicious food guaranteed to tingle every tastebud.
We’ve narrowed down 12 spots for the best Korean BBQ in Melbourne so you can rest assured there is a good time on the menu.
Best of Korean BBQ Restaurants in Melbourne
- Best for Drinks: Towoo Charcoal
- Best for All-you-can-eat: Mrs Kim’s Grill
- Best for Groups: Guhng The Palace
- Best for Large Portions: Woodo Korean Barbecue
How We Chose This List of Korean BBQ Restaurants in Melbourne
This list was compiled through personal experience and online research and through commentary from food critics and expert restaurant reviewers.
1. Mrs Kim’s Grill
Best for: All-you-can-eat
Thirty years ago, Mrs Kim wanted to share her Korean heritage and cuisine with her friends and community. Now, her marinated meats and authentic recipes have moved from her backyard barbecue to three of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne. All Mrs Kim’s Grills are spaces to share all things good: food, drinks and company. Whether you choose the set menu for two, cluck cluck set or the butcher cut set, these walk-in restaurants will make sure you share the goodness (with your eyes, nose, mouth and friends).
What We Like: The all-you-can-eat option!
What We Don’t Like: Booking needed.
Address: 136 Koornang Road, Carnegie VIC 3163
Phone: +61 3 9563 4424
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 5:30pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm
Address: 258 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: +61 3 9563 4424
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 5:30pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm
Address: 179-181 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: +61 3 9563 4424
Hours: Sun-Fri 12pm-2pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm
2. Hwaro Korean BBQ
The seasonings (filled with 23+ ingredients) at Hwaro Korean BBQ have been matured over several days before landing on your plate for you to savour. But the recipes and traditions stem from much further back than that – around the time of the Korean imperial courts. Founder Eunsook Kim wants to spread the joy of Korean food to everyone in her community, and what better way than with some good old-fashioned barbeque.
What We Like: Amazing environment.
What We Don’t Like: Smaller side dish portions.
It’s not just the meat and ingredients at Hwaro that guarantee the utmost quality. It’s the Tasmanian-borne coals, Kirin Megumi beer, stringent hygiene methods and supervision of every slicing of Karubi (boneless short ribs) by Kim herself.
Address: Ground Floor 562 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9642 5696
Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-1am
3. Guhng The Palace
Best for: Groups
Thought tapas was restricted to Spanish cuisine? Let Guhng The Palace teach you otherwise. With so many delicious options, you’ll be thrilled at the idea of tasting more options on this decadent menu. Whether you’re with vegans, meat-eaters or fruitarians, everyone will find something to love at this Melbourne KBBQ eatery. Seared beef tataki with avocado puree, deep-fried tofu with homemade sweet soy sauce and pickled baby octopus on cream cheese and pear are just some of the options – on the starters menu. Hint: the bigger the group, the more of these scrumptious dishes you’ll be able to sample.
What We Like: Great for groups.
What We Don’t Like: Slower service.
Address: 19 Mckillop Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9041 2192
Hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm, Sat 6pm-10:30pm, Sun 6pm-10pm
4. Woodo Korean Barbecue
Best for: Large Portions
If there’s an opening in your dairy for a new regular go-to, we’d say Woodo Korean Barbecue is an ideal candidate. It plays host to some of the most affordable, authentic and tasty Korean BBQ Melbourne has to offer, with all your favourite snacks, and a heap you didn’t know you loved. Top this with a thriving atmosphere and friendly staff and you won’t be able to stop yourself from returning.
What We Like: Large side dish portions.
What We Don’t Like: Limited drink selection.
Address: 179 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9995 9612
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
5. Yeonga Korean BBQ Restaurant
The exquisite flavours and generous portions at Yeonga Korean BBQ Restaurant make for not just a dinner, but a feast. Their bibimbap is of particular note, as is the tender meat and mouthwatering spices. Be sure to try the different wine options while indulging at this Victorian icon.
What We Like: The wagyu!
What We Don’t Like: Small venue.
Address: 1 Cobden Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Phone: +61 3 9326 8834
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 5:30pm-10pm
6. G2 Korean BBQ
Whether you drop in for a fresh bento box for lunch or stay for a full grill at dinnertime, G2 Korean BBQ will provide a memorable visit. The chic, urban space serves smoky traditional grills in the heart of Melbourne CBD. From oyster blade beef to pork scotch, their large offering of meat cuts are all of the highest quality. Top it off with some kimchi pancakes, deep-fried dumplings and Jap-Chae (pan-fried potato noodle) and ladies and gentlemen, you have yourselves a banquet!
What We Like: Amazing service.
What We Don’t Like: Price to portion ratio.
Address: 301 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9642 3424
Hours: Sun-Wed 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-2am, Thu-Sat 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-3am
If you can’t choose between all the delicious menu options at Bornga, (we don’t blame you) you can always try a sample set and get a taste of it all. One of the best KBBQ spots in Melbourne, Bornga is an authentic and convenient venue with a whole suite of novel sides that won’t disappoint.
What We Like: The bibimbap.
What We Don’t Like: Not great for to-go orders.
Addres: Level 1/178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9650 8878
Hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 5pm-10pm
Address: Level 1, 258 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9995 0643
Hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-3:30pm & 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
8. Towoo Charcoal
Best for: Drinks
Lotus root chips and deep-fried crab claw will just whet the palate for your sumptuous evening at Towoo BBQ. Bring it to a head with the most enchanting flavours on their red chilli pork bulgogi. And cap it off with some refreshing soju. Book yourself in for a feast at this hidden gem before word gets out.
What We Like: Amazing drinks!
What We Don’t Like: Small venue, so book ahead.
Address: 603 Whitehorse Road, Surrey Hill VIC 3127
Phone: +61 3 9836 0445
Hours: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm
9. BBQ-K Doncaster
Come for the well-renowned Jap-chae and stay for the mouth-watering lamb chops at BBQ-K Doncaster. This hotspot is booked out days or weeks in advance, so be sure to call ahead. The friendly atmosphere and unparalleled feast will not disappoint.
What We Like: The fried chicken!
What We Don’t Like: Slower service.
Address: 916 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East VIC 3109
Phone: +61 3 9840 7279
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm
Nestled amongst the trendy, overpriced restaurants of Melbourne’s laneways lies an unassuming but equally ambient spot for good Korean BBQ in Melbourne. ChangGo has incredible food, great service and a buzzing atmosphere. They specialise in a wide variety of pork belly flavours but don’t leave without trying the seafood pancake and a sip of soju.
What We Like: The pork belly.
What We Don’t Like: Long waits.
Address: 70 Little Latrobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 433 379 100
Hours: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am, Sun 5:30pm-9pm
Key Things to Consider for Melbourne’s Korean BBQ Restaurants
The key factors to keep in mind when deciding where to go:
- Price – how expensive is your food.
- Variation – menu variety and ability to make changes when needed.
- Location – whether that be in the center of all the action or somewhere quaint and quiet.
- Service – good service makes the experience at a restaurant that much more enjoyable.
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Where is the best Korean BBQ restaurant in Melbourne?
Woodo Korean Barbecue and Hwaro Korean BBQ are some of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Melbourne.
Where can I find authentic Korean BBQ in Melbourne?
Mrs Kim's Grill, Bornga and Noda Grill serve authentic Korean BBQ dishes in Melbourne.
What is Korean BBQ?
Korean BBQ is a popular eat-in experience, where raw meats and vegetables are cooked by customers, on a small grill built into their table.