Best Korean Restaurants in Calgary

From upscale Korean fare to casual dishes of fried chicken and pizza, there’s something for every mood amongst these Calgary restaurants.

Roy’s Korean Kitchen. Photograph by Dong Kim.

No. 1

Roy’s Korean Kitchen

Roy’s Korean Kitchen may have just opened in 2020, but chef Roy Oh (who was the owner of the popular, now-closed Anju restaurant) is no stranger to upscale Korean dining. While Roy’s Korean Kitchen started as a pop-up, take-out only concept for food and Korean condiments, it has now found a permanent home in Mission (and soon, a second location at The District at Beltline food hall). The menu is stacked with delicious Korean classics like japchae, bulgogi and bibimbap alongside innovative lunch options like Korean subs and kimchi burritos.

2024 4 St. S.W., royskoreankitchen.com, @royskitchenyyc

 

Runners-up

Jin Bar

This restaurant from acclaimed chef Jinhee Lee is all about Korean-influenced fried chicken, pizza (like the Korean beef bulgogi pizza), snacks and drinks inspired by her childhood in South Korea. With its minimalist decor and open concept kitchen inside of a heritage building, Jin Bar offers a cozy space to enjoy comfort food, while the bar’s high-top seating and colourful wall of spirits also makes it a great place to meet with friends for after-work drinks.

24 4 St. N.E., 587-349-9008, jinbar.ca, @jinbaryyc

 

Bow Bulgogi House

When it comes to Bow Bulgogi House, hundreds of five-star Google reviews don’t lie. This hidden gem’s exceptional service and namesake bulgogi (not to mention the bibimbap, LA galbi and other fan favourites) have earned this restaurant a loyal clientele of repeat customers who have been coming here for decades.

3515 17 Ave. S.W., 403-686-6826

 

Wow Chicken Kensington

This chain, which focuses on fried chicken, has become a favourite for those craving casual, affordable and flavourful dishes like gang-jeong chicken, bite-sized chicken thighs covered in sweet or spicy sauce, chicken strips or wings. The original Kensington location is a casual, comfortable spot to grab a quick bite on the go or sit down with family and friends.

324 10 St. N.W., 403-460-7557, (plus three other locations), wowchicken.ca, @wowchickenca

 

Korean Village Restaurant

This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving up hot pot, bibimbap, stews and more since opening its doors in 1991. But the most popular dishes on the menu are the family-sized, Korean barbecue combos that you can cook at your table on a built-in table grill or have served hot to you.

1324 10 Ave. S.W., 403-228-1120, koreanvillageyyc.wordpress.com, @koreanvillage.yyc

 

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This article appears in the March 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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