The 7 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Grand Rapids

If you’re in Grand Rapids and you’re looking for an authentic Korean BBQ spot, get over here for a virtual high-five. You’re in the right spot.

First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. Let’s explore the difference between Korean BBQ and traditional Korean restaurants.

  • Korean BBQ: A specific type of Korean restaurant. You and your crew will sit at a table with a small grill in the center. You are responsible for cooking up your own thin cuts of meats and veggies.
  • Korean restaurant: A traditional restaurant serving Korean food. Lip-smacking Korean food is cooked for you and brought to your table by a server.

Cool beans? Are we tracking?

So, if you’re serious about this stuff, “Korean BBQ” means a one-of-a-kind dining experience, similar to a fondue joint, where you’re responsible for grilling your own bites. Don’t be intimidated! It’s fun.

Onward. Let’s take a look at the best Korean BBQ joints in West Michigan.

Map of the Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Grand Rapids MI

True Korean BBQ in Grand Rapids:

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There are only a few spots that meet the criteria for authentic Korean BBQ in GR. Let’s take a look:

The best Korean BBQ and karaoke spot: K-Rok

Head to K-Rok, and you might be in for one of the best nights of your life. Here’s the deal: K-Rok is broken into two sections.

There’s the restaurant portion, which is a classic Korean BBQ. You’ll be responsible for grilling up your own deliciously marinated Bulgogi, Kalbi, and more. If you’re famished, there’s an all-you-can-eat option. Just know that there’s no karaoke in the restaurant part of K-Rok.

K-Rok also has three private karaoke rooms that you can rent. The rooms hold between 8 and 12 people max, depending on which room you get. There are no grills in these rooms – the waitstaff at K-Rok will pop in with your food order cooked and ready to eat. (Trust me, get the kimchi fries.) Order some bottles of wine, and you’ll feel like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Karaoke here is an unrivaled, unique experience. No matter what song you choose, the video streaming behind the text will be from a K-pop music video. The song selections are a little limited, but let me kick the party off: put on Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus (it’s trendy with the TikTok crowd these days), and scream-sing the chorus with all your friends. Your night is off to the perfect start.

  • Address: 169 Campau Promenade, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: K-Rok

The best Korean BBQ (or hot pot) on 28th Street: King Pot Korean

A brand-spanking new Korean BBQ joint just dropped in GR. This baby’s so new to town it might need skin-to-skin. (Parents, that one’s for you.)

Ok, let’s talk about the food. The choice is yours at King Pot: you can cook your food in a hot pot filled with broth or on a BBQ. Looking for all-you-can-eat? (AYCE if you’re a serious foodie.) King Pot hears you, and their AYCE experience is an excellent choice for the ravenously hungry.

  • Address:  4176 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: King Pot

Looking for Emonae Korean BBQ?

Unfortunately, Emonae is no longer in business. Fear not! The folks behind Emonae went on to found K-Rok, above.

Korean restaurants with Korean BBQ flavors but no grills:

If you can’t get a seat at K-Rok or King Pot or don’t feel up to grilling your own bites, try one of these Korean spots. They boast all the fiery flavors of authentic Korean BBQ.

The best Korean restaurant in Grand Rapids: KCM

The food and the ambiance at KCM are clean, simple, and minimalist.

If you’re a new visitor to the site (welcome!) you might not know about my affection for KCM. Every incredible dish I’ve gotten here has been more delicious than the last.

For Korean BBQ-style offerings, the Spicy Butadon, served with gochujang sauce, is divine. The Spicy Kalbi Tacos are beautiful fusion.

It’s not Korean BBQ, but their Chicken Sando is a revelation. (And my pick for some of the best fried chicken in Grand Rapids.)

Head over to KCM, and I promise you’ll leave happy.

  • Address: 209 Diamond Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Website: KCM

The most authentic Korean restaurant: Seoul Market Korean Café

I know a lot of people who rank Seoul Market Café as their top Korean spot in town. I’m not gonna argue with them. And while the strip mall location and dining area won’t win any awards, the phenomenal food might.

Expect insanely tasty plates and bowls of Korean staples like Bulgogi, Bimbimbap, and Bokeum. Great soups, too.

For fried and grilled BBQ flavors: Firefox & CM Chicken

It’s on 28th Street, so Firefox might not be the hippest joint to grab a bite to eat.

But order some Tikku off the menu, and you’ll satisfy any cravings you were having for authentic Korean BBQ. Everything under the Tikku section is fried, then grilled over charcoal. The delightful marriage of fried food and live-fire cooking is *chef’s kiss.*

Try the Garlic soy Tikku or the Red hot pepper Tikku for Korean flavors that are more explosive than dynamite.

  • Address: 3323 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: Firefox

The best of both worlds: OPPA Sushi And Korean

Go to OPPA with a friend and go Dutch on your meal – split a Korean dish and a roll of sushi. Win-win.

The Korean entrees will scratch your Korean BBQ itch. Other menu highlights include Korean burritos (that’s a yes from me), hot pot options, and boba tea.

OPPA is on Alpine Avenue, the biggest shopping strip on the Northwest side of town. Head here and support a local restaurant after a day of shopping.

  • Address: 3772 Alpine Ave, Comstock Park, MI 49321
  • Website: OPPA

The best Korean food downtown: Char

While Char is more Asian-fusion than a strictly Korean place, they cook up some tasty bites.

Are the loaded wonton nachos authentic Korean? Nah. Will your belly be glad you ordered them? Oh, yeah.

  • Address: 6 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Char