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17 Best Korean Restaurants in Toronto

17 Best Korean Restaurants in Toronto

On the hunt for the best Korean restaurants in Toronto to eat at?

There are plenty of fantastic Korean restaurants to visit in Toronto, but you’ll definitely find the largest concentration of them at Yonge & Finch (North York) and in Koreatown (along Bloor Street, just west of the Annex).

One of the best things about eating at Korean restaurants is the banchan, which are small side dishes that are served complimentary with your food!

Whether you’re craving some authentic pork bone soup or Korean fusion cuisine, here are some of the best Korean restaurants to eat at in Toronto.

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Korean food from Owl of Minerva Restaurant in Toronto

The Owl of Minerva

Owl is definitely one of the best and most iconic restaurants in Toronto for authentic and home-style Korean food.

I absolutely love their Kamjatang (pork bone soup) and LA Kalbi (BBQ ribs), but everything on the menu is delicious.

They opened up in Toronto over two decades ago, and they’ve now got over a dozen locations across the GTA and Ontario.

Their Yonge & Finch location is actually open 24/7, so you can enjoy Korean comfort foods anytime you want!

You can even find their kimchi and (frozen) pork bone soup at some Asian grocery stores in the GTA!

LOCATION: Various locations


Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

This popular Korean joint has also been serving Toronto for over 20 years, and they’ve got several locations across the GTA.

Soon Tofu (AKA spicy tofu stew) is the specialty here, and they’ve also got other Korean favourites like Bibimbap in a hot stone pot.

They’ve got locations in Koreatown, at Yonge & Finch, Victoria Park & Sheppard, and in Richmond Hill!

LOCATION: 691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON


Korean Village Restaurant

This beloved family-run Korean restaurant has been a staple on Bloor for over 40 years, and it’s been passed down to the sons of the original owners.

They’ve got a variety of different Korean dishes like Hot Stone Bowl Bibimbap and Jajangmyun, and they also have BBQ meats (marinated for 35 hours) that you can grill yourself!

You can find them in Koreatown, not far from Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu.

LOCATION: 628 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON


Jin Dal Lae

This small spot on Bloor also serves up amazing Korean cuisine, and the hearty pork bone soup is what you’ll want to try.

You’ll also find other Korean faves like Jajangmyeon (black bean noodles) and Ddeokbokki (spicy rice cakes)!

They also have Korean BBQ and hot pot, with a minimum order of two!

They’re also located in Koreatown near Korean Village Restaurant.

LOCATION: 647 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON


Mama Lee’s Korean Kitchen

Mama Lee’s is a super cute and modern Korean restaurant located right at Yonge & Lakeshore in the Harbourfront neighbourhood.

They’ve got a variety of rice bowls you can choose from, as well as classic Korean dishes like Jjajangmyun and fusion starters like Kimchi Fries!

This family-owned takeout shop is run by a mother-daughter duo, and they actually opened up during the pandemic.

LOCATION: 16 Yonge St Unit B, Toronto, ON


Kimchi Korea House

This popular spot near City Hall is known for its wide selection of bibimbap bowls.

From Spicy Chicken Bibimbap to Lobster Bibimbap, they’ve got a bunch of different options to choose from!

They’ve also got a variety of different Korean and Japanese appetizers like Bulgogi (marinated and grilled beef slices) and Tempura.

They also sell their famous kimchi in jars if you’re looking to take some home with you!

LOCATION: 149 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON


Daldongnae

Daldongnae is one of Toronto’s best spots for authentic Korean BBQ, where you get to grill meats yourself.

Everything on the menu is a la carte, and they’ve got various pork and beef cuts, including pork belly and beef boneless short ribs!

They have 8 locations across the GTA, as well as one location in Montreal.

All of their restaurants have super cute and cozy vibes, and they’ve also got a stunning rooftop patio at their Yonge & Sheppard location!

LOCATION: Various locations


Woojoo Bunsik

This small shop serves up some of the best tteokbokki in Toronto, and their Rosé Tteokbokki is heavenly.

You can choose your spiciness, and be warned that spicy actually means spicy!

They’ve also got delicious side options, including rice balls and stuffed tofu pockets!

Seating is very limited, so it’s definitely easier to just grab takeout to bring home.

You can find this spot north of Yonge & Finch!

LOCATION: 6026 Yonge St, North York, ON


Hanyang Jokbal

Hanyang Jokbal is Toronto’s first and only restaurant specializing in jokbal, which is a traditional Korean dish of braised pig’s feet.

They serve up braised pork hocks and meat in a variety of ways, including spicy/grilled/braised, barbecued, and with garlic sauce!

You’ll definitely also want to try their DIY Seasoned Rice Balls, which is a bowl full of ingredients that you can roll into rice balls yourself (using gloves)!

They’ve got two locations you can visit, both in North York or Scarborough.

LOCATION: Various locations


Brown Donkatsu

Brown Donkatsu is actually a chain based out of South Korea, and they make Korean-style katsu.

If you don’t know what katsu is, it’s a Japanese dish of deep-fried meat coated in panko bread crumbs, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Especially when it’s stuffed with cheese, which you can find at Brown Donkatsu!

They actually make their own bread crumbs in-house, and their signature brown sauce comes in different levels of spicy.

You can find them near Yonge & Finch, and they’ve also got locations in Markham (at First Markham Place) and Richmond Hill!

LOCATION: 6024 Yonge St, North York, ON


bb.q Chicken

Korean fried chicken has taken over Toronto by storm, and this famous KFC chain from South Korea has 10 locations across Ontario.

They only use fresh chicken, and you can choose between a bunch of different flavours, including the classic Golden Fried or the popular Soy Garlic.

Korean fried chicken may very well be my fave style of fried chicken – it’s crispy, flavourful, and oh-so-delicious!

LOCATION: Various locations


Mymy Chicken in North York, Toronto

MyMy Chicken

MyMy Chicken is another fantastic spot in Toronto for Korean fried chicken.

They have a bunch of different flavours you can choose from, and they’re all delicious!

I actually tried tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) for the first time here years ago and fell in love.

You can find them at Yonge & Sheppard, and they also have a location in Thornhill!

LOCATION: 9 Spring Garden Ave, North York, ON


Nangman Pocha

This moody late night spot in North York occupies two storeys and serves up late night Korean snacks alongside drinks.

They’ve got plenty of delicious and spicy bar eats, perfect for pairing with their selection of soji and spirits!

The decor of the restaurant is also super cute, with neon signs and florals!

LOCATION: 6283 Yonge St, North York, ON


OddSeoul

OddSeoul is the perfect spot for late night Korean fusion bites and creative cocktails.

They’ve got a tiny but mighty menu: go for their Bulgogi Cheesesteak or their Pork Belly Tacos!

This hip Ossington spot has super cool rustic vibes, and they’ve even got old school boom boxes as decor.

They don’t allow reservations, so you’ll have to take your chances walking in!

LOCATION: 90 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON


POCHA 1989

POCHA is another awesome late night spot in Toronto for Korean eats.

Enjoy all of your fave Korean comfort foods like Army Base Stew and Korean fried chicken alongside a few different soju options.

They’ve also got delicious snacks like Deep Fried Dumplings and Bulgogi and Cheese Fries!

They even have a large patio out front during the summer months.

You can find them in the Village, and they’re open every single night from 6 PM to 2:30 AM!

LOCATION: 542 Church St, Toronto, ON


156 Cumberland

If you’re in the mood for something a lil’ ~fancier~, you’ll want to make a reservation at 156 Cumberland.

This intimate spot in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood serves up elegantly-plated dishes combining Korean flavours with western cuisine.

You’ll definitely want to order the Beef Short Rib Platter for Two, which comes with braised short ribs alongside Korean side dishes.

While the menu isn’t particularly large, the drink menu is, and you’ll find international wines and Asian-inspired signature cocktails.

They’re only open for dinner, but you can visit them any day of the week!

LOCATION: 156 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON


Orote Restaurant

Orote serves up contemporary Korean-inspired prix fixe menus at their sleek restaurant near Bloor & Dufferin.

They reimagine traditional Korean ingredients into modern dishes, and they switch up their 6-course prix fixe menu every few months.

They’ve also got a wide selection of local and international wines, beers, and ciders to enjoy with your meal!

LOCATION: 276 Havelock St, Toronto, ON


Best Korean restaurants in Toronto:

  1. The Owl of Minerva
  2. Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu
  3. Korean Village Restaurant
  4. Jin Dal Lae
  5. Mama Lee’s Korean Kitchen
  6. Kimchi Korea House
  7. Daldongnae
  8. Woojoo Bunsik
  9. Hanyang Jokbal
  10. Brown Donkatsu
  11. bb.q Chicken
  12. MyMy Chicken
  13. Nangman Pocha
  14. OddSeoul
  15. POCHA 1989
  16. 156 Cumberland
  17. Orote Restaurant

These were some of the best Korean restaurants in Toronto to visit!

Toronto has so many incredible Korean restaurants, whether you’re looking for classic Korean comfort foods or fusion bites.

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