Top Korean restaurants in Dubai

Where to find the best Korean food and Korean barbecue in Dubai

Top Korean restaurants in Dubai

Looking for Korean barbecue in Dubai? We've got you covered. Whether you’re after authentic Korean dishes, a restaurant sizzling up brilliant Korean barbecue dishes or just fancy trying some Korean food, there's plenty to check out here in Dubai.

Check out some of the best Korean restaurants in Dubai below.

HYU Korean Restaurant

This is a restaurant that absolutely blew-up the Korean foodie scene when is opened, and for good reason. In fact, it even made a transition. Originally located in Oud Metha, when HYU relocated to JLT, many of the loyal patrons followed in what is a testament to the authentic food an excellent service. From its tofu soup and kimchee pancakes, to its bulgogi and crispy chicken, this is one not to be missed. And, you’ll find each table fitted with its own grill – perfect to sizzle that beef on. Portions are generous and the value for money is excellent. We are big fans of the restaurant – especially for the pan-friend dumplings.
Open daily 11am-3.30pm, 6pm,-10.30pm. O2 Residence, Cluster O, JLT (050 227 3004).

K-Pop Chicken

We mean, could there be a better combination in Korean culture in just a name? This Korean eatery uses fun and young inspiration, with flashes of acid green in the interiors and dishes named after K-Pop music sensations. The fast-food spot offers a menu that spans many Korean favourites, although Korean style fried chicken is the signature here, and very good it is too.
Open Sat-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11am-midnight. Indigo Icon, Cluster F, JLT (04 434 0096).

Kimpo

Korean-style fried chicken paired with hops, anyone? If that sounds like your perfect match, this Korean street food restaurant is calling your name. Kimpo, which can be found at Conrad Dubai, is being headed up by chef Sung Choul Lee (a South-Korean native with more than 15 years experience), and offers an authentic chimaek experience – a pairing of fried chicken and hops, which is extremely popular in Korea. Fried chicken aside, the menu features an array of East Asian specialties, each with a twist, including a bulgogi sloppy joe served with kimchi and a homemade barbecue sauce, an “east-meets-west” take on tacos served with slow-cooked minced meat, pickled onions, kimchi mayonnaise and lettuce, and a pizza topped with salmon, kimchi mayonnaise, yuzu jelly and sesame seeds. Uhm, yum?
Open Tue-Sun 5pm-2am. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).

Koryo Korean BBQ

Fast food with that healthy Korean twist so we don’t feel as guilty? Sign us up. It’s all about combos here, pairing up Korean veggies with barbecue delights to make good food on-the-go. We’ll always order up the bibimbap when we can – topped off with a fitting fried egg under a bed of vegetables – and its barbecue seafood options such as the salmon bowl is a satisfying delight. Don’t expect to barbecue your own food here, but d expect to eat it up fast.
Open daily 9.45pm-midnight. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 1154).

Kung Korean Karaoke

Delicious Korean food and the opportunity to sing your heart out – what more can you ask for from a night on the tiles? The menu is extensive and offers a range of Korean favourites in the restaurant area, before you move into one of the private karaoke rooms to belt out some K-Pop classics (plus your usual (Gloria Gaynor/Elvis/ACDC karaoke classics). We’ll never tire of ordering up some tasty seafood dishes, heading back to sing some Celine Dione and ordering some more kimchi.
Open daily 10am-1am (karaoke starts at 7.30pm). Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 432 7966).

Manna Land

Just a stone’s throw from 2nd December Street, this casual Korean restaurant in Dubai always impresses. Great options include the tender yachae bulgogi marinated beef, which you can barbecue yourself at the table’s cooking station; the hearty kimchi ljigae stew with that unmistakable Korean tanginess and the delicious japchae glass noodles and beef. Everything, including seafood courses such as the spicy grilled jjim mussels, are impressively fresh. This place has well over a decade of offering up brilliant and authentic Korean dishes, so it’s about time you taste them yourself.
Open daily 11am-11pm. Shop 5, Al Ketbi Building, Satwa, www.mannalandkorean.com (04 345 3200).

Sobahn

This restaurant offers a good mix of Korean and Japanese favourites with a Korean grill, a Japanese station, a Thai station and a dessert spot at the buffet lunch. The all-you-can-eat menu runs on Fridays  and includes unlimited grub from the buffet boasting 99 different dishes. Yes, we will have plenty more marinated beef, thank you. Not only that, as Sobahn also super Korean barbecue nights, with ribeye, wagyu, marinated beef and of course kimchi all ready to be sizzled and tucked into. Some of the best Korean barbecue in Dubai.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Sobahn, Matloob Building, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 380 7888).

Sonamu

A fine-dining Korean experience in a spectacular venue. Clichés aside, it really will cut your breath short as you wander in to this glittering golden space, with towering ceilings and impressive giant-bonsai style ornamental trees. The restaurant also houses several private dining rooms on the upper tier of the restaurant.
Open daily 6.30am-10am, noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. Asiana Hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 238 7777).

Sarang Bakery

You won’t find some of the best Korean barbecue dishes here, but you will find brilliant Korean bakery items to gobble up. Go here for bread, cakes, coffee and tea – Korean-style. The menu features authentic baked offerings including green bean bread, red bean doughnuts and flower bread. We can’t think of any better way to carb-load.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm. Goldcrest Executive Tower, Cluster C, JLT (04 453 5477).

Shogun

The menu of Korean food here may have you scratching your head as to what to order, but all you need to remember is get the bibimbap, bulgogi and hotpot ingredients and you’ll be sorted. Of course, those who venture out may be pleasantly surprised by its various Korean dishes too. Placed in Dubai Media City, it’s a great spot for those working in the areas that have a hankering for Korean barbecue plates, from short ribs to beef brisket. Who knows, you may even start to mix and match Japanese and Thai dishes, too.
Open daily 11.30am-10pm. Office Park Building, Dubai Media City (04 447 4899).

Sumibiya

The epitome of a gathering is right here. Sumibiya does Korean-style barbecue just the way you want – yourself. With an amazing selection of different meats, vegetables, seafood and everything in between that you can put in a grill and see it all sizzle while you ogle at it, this is the spot to bring all your friends and family and simple enjoy tasty food as soon as it’s cooked. Also, those Dubai Creek views only a few steps away make it that much better.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7033).

The Sky Korean Restaurant & Bar

The Sky serves up homely Korean food that suits the surroundings. Staff are on hand in their number, and quick to attend to the tellingly large groups of Korean guests. From the lengthy menu, try a hearty bowl of bibimbap (meat served atop squidgy rice, then mixed up with sweet and spicy sauces), or the satisfying seafood pancake. There you go, your authentic Korean dishes served just the way you want it.
Open daily noon-2.10pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

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