Whether you’re obsessed with Korean culture because of “Crash Landing on You” or whether you can’t get enough of that BTS hit, you might be itching to try Korean cuisine.
From the tteokbokki they always mention in K-dramas to the ubiquitous kimchi, there is a dish for every Hallyu aficionado – and a restaurant in Dubai to serve that dish! Come along as we explore the 12 best Korean restaurants Dubai has to offer.
Sumibiya is situated in the Radisson Blu Hotel by the Dubai Deira Creek and offers an immersive experience. You can cook your own meat at a yakiniku-style grill, an authentic Korean method.
It was the foremost restaurant of its kind in Dubai and is one of the best for people new to Korean cuisine, as the exposure to lots of different types of Korean foods can be extensive if you go “overboard.”
The restaurant features an unlimited Korean BBQ buffet which is truly a feast for the eye, with a fantastic assortment of the side dishes Koreans are famous for. With so much to choose from, the only problem would be deciding on just a few.
The buffet includes authentic Korean dishes like nutritious kimchi, including daikon, cabbage, cucumber kimchi, crunchy fresh garden salads, kaiso and wakame, and Asian fried rice. So, it’s a place you will not leave hungry!
The restaurant also has free WiFi, wheelchair accessibility, and a bar, so you can spend endless hours chatting with friends!
- Address: Radisson Blu Hotel, Baniyas Road, Deira, Al Rigga
- Website: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone number: +971 4 205 7033
- Opening hours: 18:00 – 23:00 Monday – Sunday
Reservations are required at this street food restaurant, where every Friday night is ladies’ night. Located inside the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, this funky bar is adorned with neon lighting, and K-pop artwork and features live DJ music.
With classics such as japchae (a type of glass noodle stir fry) and kimchi fried rice, this hip restaurant honors the traditions of Korea while mixing them up. Classic Kimpo pizza consists of salmon, sesame seeds, kimchi mayonnaise, and yuzu jelly and is a favorite among its patrons.
Another attraction is the Korean fried chicken, which is the pride of their menu. You should definitely try some with beer for an authentic Korean chimaek experience!
Chimaek is an amalgamation of the words “chikin,” which means fried chicken, and “maekju,” which means beer. It refers to the pairing of beer and fried chicken and has risen to meteoric popularity. It has clearly translated well in Dubai.
There is free parking, and valet parking is offered. There are vegan options available, as well as a full bar and drinking age screening. The bar is wheelchair accessible, and live sports are periodically screened in the restaurant.
- Address: Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Center, Trade Center 1
- Website: https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/kimpo
- Phone number: +97144447444
- Opening hours: 17:00 – 02:00 Monday – Sunday
With Executive Chef James Kang at the helm, Sonamu is a thriving restaurant located in the Asiana Hotel. Its simple but stunning décor makes it a premier location for business meetings, conferences, and smaller parties. Private dining rooms are available.
This restaurant also offers fried chicken, like most of its competitors, but also more traditional meals like bibimbap. Bibimbap is a colorful rice dish that blends assorted vegetables, meat, and egg into a bowl, with sesame oil and a bit of chili paste for taste.
You can also order a grill, which can be cooked at the table and comes with several Korean side dishes.
There is WiFi available at Sonamu, with valet parking also being offered. Alcohol is on sale, and it is child friendly. Again, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible.
- Address: Asiana Hotel, Salahuddin Road
- Website: asianahoteldubai.com/dining
- Phone number: +971 4 238 7777
- Opening hours: 07:00 – 10:00, 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 11:00
Although one of the only restaurants on this list that’s not exclusively Korean-styled, Shogun simply couldn’t be overlooked. With its friendly and polite servers and great value for money, the restaurant is sure to be on your list if you want to try all the best Korean restaurants in Dubai.
Shogun serves Korean favorites like bibimbap, variations of bulgogi (a kind of BBQ meat marinated in a sweet and savory sauce), and several stews, including kimchi jjigae. There are also again many noodle dishes, including the traditional japchae.
With a large variety of Thai and Japanese cuisine options, Shogun is the perfect place to go when your group cannot yet decide whether Thai curry is in order or whether jjamppong (spicy seafood noodles) is really what you all desire!
There is WiFi, and the restaurant is child-friendly. However, please note that no alcohol is available.
- Address: 3rd floor, Al Ghurair Centre Tower #2, Al Rigga Road
- Phone number: +971 4 447 4899
- Opening hours: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:30, Monday-Sunday
5. Hanok The Korean Restaurant
This critically acclaimed award-winning restaurant, located in International City, is certainly not to be missed. Serving not only Korean cuisine but also Korean-Chinese food and Japanese meals, The Korean Restaurant has gained a reputation for excellence.
The Korean Restaurant offers many chicken dishes and serves traditional Korean dishes like jjajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce) and bibimbap. In addition to this is the indulgent tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), but they also serve the standard japchae and kimchi fried rice.
Something unique that The Korean Restaurant offers is variations of bingsu, which is a Korean dessert that is made up of crunchy shaved ice, accompanied by sweet red beans and coconut.
It comes in chocolate, caramel, coconut, jackfruit, and matcha. Bingsu is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!
The restaurant also harbors a few more surprises. For example, there are frames containing traditional Korean clothing and bags on the restaurant walls. There is also seating available on cushions on the floor, making it very Instagram-able!
Private dining areas are available if you want to get away from the maddening crowds.
- Address: Indigo Spectrum 1, International City
- Website: https://www.koreandxb.com/
- Phone number: +971 4 558 8962
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 01:00 Monday – Friday
6. Hyu Korean Restaurant
Located in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers district of Dubai, this restaurant is a duplication of the place that used to exist in Oud Metha. Thankfully for them, their head chef moved to the new location, as did many of their loyal clientele.
The restaurant serves plates of colorful bibimbap, several types of deobbab (rice bowls), and various soups. There are also various noodle dishes, like ramyun and japchae.
Dakgangjoeng, a small boneless crispy chicken thigh glazed with sweet and spicy sauce, is a particular favorite of many.
This restaurant is owned by husband-and-wife pair, and its loyal following is attributable to the quality of the food and service on offer.
While alcohol is not available at this establishment, it caters to patrons with celiac disease and is one of the few Korean restaurants where patrons can be accommodated with gluten-free options. Vegan options are also available.
- Address: Jumeirah Lake Tower, Cluster O, Sheikh Zayed Road
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/hyurestaurant
- Phone number: +971 50 871 7389
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 15:30, 18:00 – 22:00 Monday – Sunday
7. Manna Land Korean Restaurant
The sister restaurant of Hanok, The Korean Restaurant, Manna Land, serves primarily the same Korean food but has less variety as it only serves Japanese cuisine in addition to Korean meals.
They also don’t have desserts. Nevertheless, the restaurant is well worth the visit, for the warm smiles that greet you when you walk into the building and the delicious food that graces your table.
For those internet-addicted teenagers who simply could not do without WiFi, Manna Land is the place to be. They also have a great private dining area. Do note that there is no alcohol available.
- Address: Shop #5, Al Ketbi Building, Al Mina Road, Al hudaiba
- Website: https://www.mannalandkorean.com/
- Phone number: +971 4 345 3200
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00 Monday – Sunday
8. Sobahn, Korean Restaurant
A word in Korean meaning “little table,” Sobahn is a restaurant offering both Korean and Japanese cuisine. Sobahn is an ambient spot with views into the city that serves as an excellent meeting place for corporates and individuals alike.
Seafood jjambbong is one of the tasty morsels available on the menu, but there are also various kimchi meals (like kimchi stew), as well as a live grill, where your meat is grilled in front of you.
There are also everyday BBQ nights, which are unlimited and all you can eat and drink, running from 6 pm to close and including appetizers, Korean BBQ, noodle coups, and dessert. The drinks offered are only soft drinks and water, and there is no alcohol served with the buffet.
This establishment is child-friendly, and WiFi is available.
- Address: 1st floor, Matloob Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
- Website: sobahndubai.com
- Phone number: +971 4 380 7888
- Opening hours: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:30 Monday-Sunday
9. Seoul Garden
Authentic and affordable food is what Seoul Garden is known for. Seoul Garden is an institution with interior décor from a bygone era. The establishment is host to a myriad of private dining rooms, so privacy is most certainly possible there.
There are a variety of soups and stews served there and many options for grills. Noodle dishes like jjajangmyeon and bibim naengmyeon are also on offer.
Just be sure to come well before they close for the afternoon because you will otherwise be forced to take your food as a takeaway.
Seoul Garden is a dry restaurant, and, although there is a lot of space, table booking is recommended. It is wheelchair accessible, and WiFi is available.
- Address: Ground Level, Zomorrodah Building, 27th Street, Al Karama
- Website: https://www.dubaiseoulgarden.com/
- Phone number: +971 4 337 7876
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:30 Monday – Friday; 12:00 – 22:30 Saturday-Sunday
10. Kaffe Bloom
Kaffe Bloom offers an array of Korean street food at reasonable prices. From a kimchi tuna melt to a bulgogi sandwich, the food here is not your traditional Korean fare.
Kaffe Bloom also offers cheese tteokbokki and beef bulgogi bibimbap. If you are keen on a sweet treat, you can also get bingsu from the restaurant in the flavors of milk and strawberry, mango yuzu, and green tea.
There is no table booking available at this café, and no alcohol is on sale, but you can get bubble tea and a variety of other beverages.
- Address: 1004 Gourmet, The Onyx Tower, 21st Street
- Website: https://www.kaffebloom.com/
- Phone number: +971 4 394 3973
- Opening hours: 09:00 – 22:00 Monday – Saturday, 11:00 – 21:00 Sunday
11. Koryo Korean BBQ
If you are just looking for a quick bite from a mall and are craving Korean cuisine, look no further. This East Asian food outlet has two locations, one at the Mall of Emirates and one at the Burjuman Centre.
With identical menus, these stores serve high-quality takeaway food. Bulgogi, kimchi jjigae, tteokbokki, and more are available. You can also get a Koryo combo box and get several side dishes with your main meal.
- Address: 1st floor, Mall of Emirates, E11, Sheikh Zayed Road
- Website: http://www.koryoae.com/
- Phone number: +971 4 2215179
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 00:00 Monday – Sunday
12. Kung Korean Restaurant and Karaoke
If you’re a fan of karaoke, this is the place for you. The restaurant offers private karaoke rooms so your party can sing your hearts out (while restraining from embarrassing yourself!).
This restaurant was established over a decade ago and will hopefully live to see many more aspiring singers and dancers. This establishment serves many traditional foods, including our usual suspects, like bibimbap and ramyun.
Alcohol is served here, and the portions are sizeable. The serving staff typically wear traditional Korean clothing, also known as hanbok.
- Address: M Level, Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights, Tecom
- Website: https://bybloshoteldubai.com/restaurants-bars/kung-korean-restaurant/
- Phone number: +971 4432 7966
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 01:00 Monday – Sunday