By Lucas Hebert
Craving for some kimchi or some Korean barbecue? Well, don’t sweat because here, we’ve got the list of the best Korean restaurants in Calgary!
You’ll also find answers to some frequently asked questions about Korean cuisine. First, let’s see just how much your Korean meal may cost you.
How Much Does Korean Food Cost in Calgary?
Here are the common Korean dishes and how much they may cost you. And should you choose a delivery service, expect an additional $7–$25 delivery charge.
|Type of Korean food||Average price|
|Korean fried chicken||$27|
The Best Calgary-based Korean Restaurants
Here are the best restaurants to go to when you’re craving anything Korean!
1. Kimchi House
|MENU||Menu for delivery|
|ADDRESS||303 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 265-8098|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
Offering a mix of Korean and Japanese cuisine, Kim Chi House serves traditional Asian meals to anyone visiting its food court.
It has all types of meals, including spicy pork, beef broths, squid, and even tasty but mild bulgogi and bibimbap. We also like that Kim Chi House’s menu has labels on the level of spiciness of each dish.
This dining place isn’t much of a restaurant than a food court, so you can expect that its meals are rather reasonably priced. Nonetheless, Kim Chi House serves delicious meals and has customer service that can rival that of full-blown restaurants.
That said, it only occupies a quaint space. Still, Kim Chi House makes dining as comfortable as possible by offering dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options.
While Kim Chi House may not have a working website now, its dishes are available for checkout on various delivery platforms like UberEats, Skip the Dishes, and Door Dash.
Amazing service, varied menu
“Delicious food and amazing service. Good menu with lots of choice. Stone bowls and kimchi soup were fantastic. Plus you get tea and it was great too. Prices are fair and it’s a good amount of food.”—Samantha Lemna
Very reasonably priced, tastes like home-cooked food
“This is located in a food court but make no mistake, their food doesn’t taste anything like it! One of the best Korean food I’ve had (although I’ve only tried the Beef Bulgolgi) and it’s very reasonably priced for what you get. It tastes like home cooked food. The guy brings you your food to your table and will clean up the dishes and he doesn’t even force you to pay tip! You are free to go up to the counter to pour some tea or water whenever you’d like. 10/10 I try to come here whenever I’m around Chinatown.”—Athyris
2. Taste of Korea
|ADDRESS||1204 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0B8, Canada|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 245-8979|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Sunday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM|
Taste of Korea is conveniently located in Beltline for those going out for a meal. Despite its modern and contemporary location, interiors, and outlook on Korean cuisine, Taste of Korea still serves authentic Korean meals to its patrons.
It has stir-fried noodles, bibimbap, rice bowls, Korean BBQ, and soups posted alongside their respective spice ratings. The restaurant even offers vegan options.
What makes Taste of Korea really special among the best Korean restaurants in Calgary is that it also serves signature Korean street food, like Buchimgae or Korean pancake, as part of its all-day specials.
Aside from the food, customers have praised Taste of Korea for its warm welcome and customer service.
But given that it’s located in one of Calgary’s busiest neighbourhoods and is only open for dinner, Taste of Korea is less accessible than others. Some customers also find it small for a restaurant.
Luckily, this Korean restaurant has online reservation forms where you can book a date and time for at most 8 people. And you should know, customers find it among the affordable dining places in Beltline.
Authentic palate for Korean food
“I’ve ordered out several times here never dining inside, consistency is amazing, never disappointed, and always floored with how authentic the pallet is with respect to Korean cuisine, a balance between everything needed to compose a story in your mouth”—Sam Atia
Delicious food, convenient parking
“Wonderful small but tasty food place. This family run place is very good and fast service. Thier Seafood Pancake is awesome in appetizers. Main course we did Spicy Chicken Bibimbap ( next will have to order extra spicy but tastes yum) and Chicken Bulgogi. Parking not an issue as we went Sunday evening but definitely a must try simple tasty family run Korean Restaurant in YYC.”—Saravana Moorthy
3. Green Bottle Kitchen & Soju
|ADDRESS||683 10 St SW #105 Calgary, AB T2P 5G3|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 455-7942|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 5:00 PM – 1:30 AM|
Friday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Now, if you’re looking for the best Korean restaurants in Calgary that are bold enough to reinvent Korean classics, then Green Bottle Kitchen & Soju may be the perfect one for you.
We say this because Green Bottle Kitchen is the home of the Korean bulgogi-hotdog, bulgogi-poutine, and Korean wings in Calgary. Of course, this Korean restaurant still serves classics like Tteok bboki, dumpling salads, and pork and vegetable stir fry noodles.
As its name suggests, Green Bottle Kitchen also serves soju along with its mixes like Soju-Yakult cocktails. However, these meals and cocktails do come at a price.
Despite being open only at 4 PM, Green Bottle Kitchen & Soju has long operating hours as it caters to last calls until 11 PM.
To dine in this restaurant, you can simply reserve a table online via its website where you can book up to 15 people per reservation. As for its delivery, its online ordering form also allows customers to specify the time of pick-up and request fast orders.
When dining in, just know that we’ve received complaints about slow service. Luckily, Green Bottle Kitchen’s wait staff are also praised for being friendly.
Tasty drinks, attentive and friendly service
“Super cool ambience! The drinks are really tasty and the service is so attentive and friendly. They gave us a free Polaroid picture and a free welcome gift (sweet fries)! Didn’t get a chance to try the food aside from the sweet fries but they are DELICIOUS!!! Definitely recommend :)”—Lana Bee
Delicious and picture-worthy food
“Amazing service, great food, would def order from here again. I called and spoke to a woman with an accent who was so kind and helpful – I didn’t get her name but I wish I did! She tried getting it back on but didn’t work. Uber eats was available but cost more. After being on the phone with me for 15 mins or so trying to figure it out, I ended up ordering on door dash. When my order came, I got this note on my bag! Super sweet. We ordered the bulgogi dog, bulgogi poutine, and the kimchi bacon jeon, which they threw an extra one in for inconvenience! Devoured the food so fast didn’t get to take a picture. Delicious taste, a bit salty but great when you’re craving it, good portion, would definitely order again!”—Rosie Le
4. Cafe Momoko
|ADDRESS||8 Weston Dr SW, Calgary, AB T3H 5P2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 246-4684 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday, Saturday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM|
Tuesday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Cafe Momoki is yet another Asian restaurant serving huge portions of dishes from Korean and Japanese cuisine.
Among its Asian fusion dishes are sashimi bibimbap and ddukbaegi bulgogi. This Japanese and Korean restaurant also has sushi and Korean barbecue for those simply looking for meat dishes.
That said, if you’re looking for purely Korean flavours, then you may need to find another restaurant.
Aside from the Asian flavours, Calgarians who visited Cafe Momoki also praised the restaurant for its customer services, specifically from the restaurant owner.
However, some customers have also raised their concerns over the poor consistency of food quality served.
What we like the most about this restaurant is that its open most of the day on most weekdays, with opening hours extending as late as 9 PM. However, it does open late on Mondays and weekends.
For your convenience, Cafe Momoko also does delivery with the help of SkiptheDishes.
Cozy interiors, tasty food
“One of the best Korean restaurants in yyc! They have a cozy and cute interior and taste was even better. The place also treats so well with a kind service. Chicken katsu is my favourite pick and recommendation if you don’t know what to get”—신승열
Freedom to choose protein, huge portions
“Just back from dinner at this little gem. I have had a lot of bibimbap in my days but this place serves the BEST. The rice is cooked in a special bowl that makes it crunchy on the bottom yet soft and sticky on top. You get a choice of beef, pork or chicken. I had the pork and it was yummy. The portion sizes are very generous and the service is outstanding. Cafe Momoko is located in a strip mall on the west side of the city but is so worth the trek.”—Jelly S
Accommodating owner, perfectly-made food
“The owner here is so lovely! Tried the Bibimbap; was so good! Was made perfectly, but the restaurant was truly worth it for the owner and atmosphere. We told him we were on a special date and he gave us a free dessert. 10/10 recommend!”—Riss Morow
5. Sun Korean BBQ & Karaoke
|ADDRESS||111 3 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0B7|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 454-3146|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM|
Now, if you’re looking for a place to fully relax, then Sun Korean BBQ and Karaoke should be among your top picks. This family-run Korean restaurant is well known for its eat-all-you-can Korean barbecue and karaoke bar.
This Korean restaurant is also famous for its Korean fried chicken and seafood pancakes. Of course, Sun Korean BBQ still serves other traditional Korean dishes like jjajangmyeon, japchae, bulgogi, bibimbap, and ddukbokki.
Additionally, this restaurant has been praised for its reasonable serving portions and pricing.
But while its service is usually fine most days, Sun Korean BBQ may offer slow service during peak days and hours. At least, that’s what some customers have complained about.
To add to this con, Sun Korean BBQ and Karaoke no longer has a working website. So, it also doesn’t offer any online forms for early table reservations.
Fortunately, this Calgary-based Korean restaurant still has delivery service partners. So, its customers can also order online for delivery through DoorDash, SkiptheDishes, and UberEats for convenience.
Amazing and affordable food
“Always great service and food. It is my second time going. They have amazing lunch bento boxes for cheap considering how much food are in them. Service is quick the environment is friendly, the menu is big and a lot of different choices for different tastes :)”Coleen Gachet
Delicious, quality food
“I LOVE this place! One of mine and my friends’ favourite restaurants to frequent in the city. We usually order the seafood pancake, tteokbokki, fried chicken, and the jajangmyeon, and they are all very delicious. Definitely a hidden gem in the city for great quality food.”—Benny A
The Best Dishes to Order from Korean Restaurants
Still don’t know the specifics of what to choose from a Korean restaurant menu? Then, here are the best Korean dishes you should try at least once when visiting an Asian restaurant:
- Kimchi: spicy fermented vegetables that can be a stand-alone dish or a side dish for rice, soups, or porridges.
- Bibimbap, mixed rice bowl: meat, vegetable, or seafood bowl with namul (sautéed vegetables), rice, beef, gochujang (red chilli paste), and fried egg
- Bulgogi: thin slices of smoked marinated beef, sliced onions, and green peppers
- Samgyetang, ginseng chicken soup: a creamy soup made by slow cooking chicken stuffed with chestnuts, garlic, ginseng, glutinous rice, Korean jujube
- Jiggae, Korean stew: can be a meat, vegetable, or seafood stew with broth made with fermented miso, gochujang, ganjang or saeujeot
- Samgyeopsal, Korean barbecue: marinated thin slices of pork belly wrapped in lettuce or sesame leaves
- Korean fried chicken: juicy and crunchy fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce coating
- Naengmyeon, cold buckwheat noodles: different types of thin starchy noodles served in cold beef broth usually
- Japchae: sweet and savoury stir-fried noodles and vegetables
- Jajangmyeo: a noodle dish topped with chunjang (black bean paste), diced pork, and vegetables
FAQs about Korean Restaurants
And that’s it for our list of the best Korean restaurants in Calgary. Go ahead and visit any of these restaurants to finally satisfy your sweet, savoury, and spicy cravings.
Do you know any other hidden finds for Korean meals? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to send us your feedback or recommendations!
If you’re looking for other Asian cuisines, maybe something that’s still spicy—but also sweet, sour, and bitter—then maybe you’re looking for some Thai cuisine. Check out our list of the best Thai restaurants in Calgary to know for sure!