Where to Get the Best Korean BBQ in Ottawa: 6 Top Spots for 2023

Published on December 2, 2022 | 0 Comments
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When you’re hungry after a busy day out and about in the city, what’s better than grabbing some of the best Korean BBQ in Ottawa? There’s nothing quite like sitting at the table surrounded by sizzling meat and vegetables, tasty banchan (Korean side dishes) and, of course, your friends. 

We’re here to talk about some of the best places to go for Korean BBQ in Ottawa when you get that craving. Read on to learn our top picks!

 

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6 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Ottawa

1. Mu Goong Hwa Garden

Mu Goong Hwa Garden is a classic when it comes to Korean BBQ in Ottawa. They offer fantastic food at reasonable prices, and you’re sure to leave full (and happy). They offer both all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and a standard a la carte menu, and there’s something for everyone there. 

The Vibe

The restaurant looks unassuming, but don’t be fooled. The casual atmosphere just makes the delicious food taste even better. 

This isn’t somewhere you’d want to go for a fancy dinner, but it’s the perfect spot to go with friends or a date on a casual night out. The low prices and chill vibes make this a great hangout spot for people who love Korean food in Ottawa. 

What to Order

You’ll be tempted to order the all-you-can-eat, but we recommend ordering a la carte. The combination plate is a great deal and, in true Korean BBQ fashion, you get plenty of side dishes. 

Mu Goong Hwa Garden | 376 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y6 | $$

Mu Goong Hwa Garden serves some of the best Korean BBQ in Ottawa.
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2. Korean House

If you’re looking for tasty and affordable Korean BBQ in Ottawa, try Korean House. This pint-sized place fills up fast, so call ahead or try to go outside of peak times if you want to make sure you get a seat. Don’t worry, though. They also offer takeout. 

The Vibe

Korean House is small and cozy. Despite that, they have separate areas for people eating from the normal menu and the all-you-can-eat menu, so if you’re going with friends, try to agree on what you’re eating first. You can go with a large group, but we recommend sticking with five people or fewer to give yourself a better chance at getting a table. After all, there’s limited space! 

What to Order

The all-you-can-eat is the obvious choice here. It’s a reasonable price for Korean BBQ in Ottawa, and you’ll get more than enough meat and side dishes. 

Korean House | 785 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON K1R 6R3 | $$

raw meat ready to be cooked at a Korean BBQ
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3. Alirang

Alirang has some of the best Korean food in Ottawa, and that includes Korean BBQ. The food is authentic and filling, and the menu is extensive.

The Vibe

This is another small restaurant, so it’s a good option for pairs or small groups. Tables can get tight, especially if you’re using the table grills! With how hectic it gets in Alirang, service can be a bit slow, but that’s all part of the experience, and servers are friendly and ready to help as soon as you get their attention. 

What to Order

There’s a unique item on the table BBQ menu here: the cheese chicken galbi. Because it’s not something you can find at every Korean restaurant, we recommend giving it a try. It has a unique flavour profile that you’re sure to love.

Alirang | Multiple Locations | $$

Alirang serves some of the best Korean BBQ in Ottawa.
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4. Koreana

If you’re looking for a restaurant with more breathing room for your Korean BBQ in Ottawa, try Koreana. This fun spot is more of a fusion restaurant. Not only do they offer Korean classics, but they also have alternative options like sushi. They’re best known for their all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, however.

The Vibe

This restaurant is more spacious than the others on the list, and each table has a special grill for your Korean BBQ. If you have a big group looking for the most craveable Korean BBQ in Ottawa, this is a good option. The staff is known for their attentiveness, so you’ll never have to wait long for service. 

What to Order

If you plan on getting all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ in Ottawa, note that everyone in your group has to do the same. We actually recommend the Korean bacon BBQ, which is thinly-sliced pork belly meat that crisps up really well on the table grill. 

Koreana | 711 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON K1R 6P5 | $

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5. Gogiya

If you’re looking for the best Korean BBQ in Ottawa that you can get late at night, Gogiya is perfect for you. They’re open until 2 a.m., so you can get some of the best Korean food in Ottawa whenever the craving hits. They’re known for their Korean fried chicken, but don’t let that sway you away from the Korean BBQ.

The Vibe

This small restaurant is cozy without feeling cramped. The dark interior gives it a slightly more elegant feel, but it’s still a casual and comfortable restaurant. It’s the perfect spot to go with friends after a night out.

What to Order

The spicy pork seems to be the fan favourite here when it comes to Korean BBQ. If you want to try non-BBQ Korean food in Ottawa, however, we can’t recommend the fried chicken enough. It’s spicy, crispy and delicious. 

Gogiya | 470 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON K1N 8C1 | $$

Korean BBQ beef
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6. Gyubee

Gyubee advertises itself as Japanese BBQ, but anyone who knows Korean BBQ could tell you that Gyubee still fits the bill. If you’re looking for Korean BBQ in Ottawa, don’t let the description fool you. 

You’ll want to reserve a table in advance. Gyubee is popular, and for good reason! Not only does it have some of the best Korean BBQ in Ottawa, but some claim that it’s the best overall restaurant in Ottawa.

The Vibe

The staff at Gyubee is incredibly attentive, so you know from the moment you walk in that you’ll be getting great service. The restaurant is often busy, but you should be seated quickly, and your food will be in front of you before you know it. 

What to Order

You can’t go wrong with the all-you-can-eat BBQ here. You’ll get some of the most delicious Korean BBQ in Ottawa, and you will leave full. The shrimp is particularly good here as well. 

Gyubee | 95 York St., Ottawa, ON K1N 5T2 | $$

People serving themselves Korean BBQ
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So where will you go next time you’re craving Korean BBQ in Ottawa? You can’t go wrong with any of these options, so pick the one closest to you and give it a try! You’re sure to leave happy.

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