ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop

4.5
187 Reviews
$30 and under
Korean
Welcome to Ari Korean BBQ, rated one of Zagat's Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta in 2017, as well as one of AJC's top Metro Atlanta Restaurants of 2018. Ari serves Korean Barbecue as well as traditional Korean dishes in a beautiful, modern atmosphere. We proudly serve high quality meats and locally-sourced ingredients. Our beef is strictly premium American Kobe/ Wagyu Beef raised on American Soil, using traditional Japanese feeding methods that are 100% free of added antibiotics and hormones. All of our pork is also Berkshire pork, which is pork equivalent of American Kobe Beef. Berkshire pork is prized for its flavor, tenderness, and beautiful marbling. Come visit us today for an amazing Korean barbecue experience!

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Sun 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 3:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Mon 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 3:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM

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vipAliciaR
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is place is amazing!!! The service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and the drinks were awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my sister’s birthday here. Very nice ambiance and we absolutely loved the decor. The food was GREAT! We ordered one of the feast meals and it was delicious, especially the steak. Loved all the sauces as well. Will definitely come back.

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Shannendoah
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie was wonderful. She helped us make this a very special birthday dinner. Her hospitality and warmth was great and she helped us understand the choices and steered us to the tastiest options. The ricotta pistachio cake was heavenly.
We’re definitely coming back!

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JAWS3
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best authentic Korean food that I have tasted in ages. We also really were pleased by the service.

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Alondrap24
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ari is such a vibe! It’s quiet and so nicely decorated! It is Spacious and the waiters are great! Definitely recommend!

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Perfection
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and unique experience! We will be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was higher quality in previous visits. Waiter barely spoke English making ordering difficult. Cocktails were not good. Had to send back and order beer instead.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We made a reservation via Opentable and arrived to the restaurant within the reservation window. We were seated very timely and everything seemed fine. Our server was the real issue. She was very rude and would leave in the middle of taking our order. After asking for water 4 times, which should’ve been provided after initially being seated. Two Caucasian males were seated 15 minutes after we had already been there and received immediate service and attention, while we still waited for water and silver ware after asking 4 times. Needless to say the service was terrible and weirdly bias and we left before ordering which we were still waiting to do after being their 30min. It all made for a terrible evening. I am sure the food is good maybe, I dunno but the service was definitely low quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good Energy And Very Attentive Staff

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viptryingnewthings
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was amazing as well as the rest of the service staff. Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience, very good meats and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Fun! Food is cooked in the middle of your private booth. Tried the dinner feast - Kimchi pancake and short ribs are delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipMy2Cents
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service!

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Chloe
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came for an early Father’s Day lunch and had a great time! Great customer service!

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DeniseO
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Korean food and wonderful service.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! It means a lot to us. We hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the aesthetic and ambiance! Jennie was a pleasure to have as our waitress! The Food was delicious as well! The cake shop was also a pleasure to go to! I ended up getting some Oreo pudding and citron soju!

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you for taking your time to write us a review. We are pleased to hear that you had an amazing time. We hope to see you again!

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JohnH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

They didn’t have the wagyu nigiri which was the whole reason we went.

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Lbass
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Overpriced, quality of food has gone down, not allowed to take leftovers home.. I felt nickeled and dimed. Also, we were packed into a booth and told we couldn’t take a larger booth bc it was reserved for a party that never showed. We weren’t properly greeted, just asked to order. No accommodations for any celebrations except a birthday.This is my third time there. It could be so much more if they elevated the service and were less concerned with penny pinching.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Hello! We are sorry to hear about your experience at ARI. Thank you for taking your time to write a review. We allow to-go boxes for everything besides the All You Can Eat which is a part of our menu policy. We try our best to provide the best possible seating to our guest as their experience here is important to us. There has been incidents where big party members that reserve a table do not show up, otherwise we do try and provide bigger tables if available. We will take your review and definitely work harder to provide a better service. Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you had a great time. We hope to see you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I think Ari is on its way out. This is a tough plaza to be successful in. First time I ate at ARI I thought everything was amazing but everything seems to be shrinking. I think they are cutting costs but it shows.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for taking your time to leave us a review! We are sorry to hear that the food wasn't as great as before. We will take your review into consideration and try to improve our service. Thank you so much and we hope to see you again!

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Mila
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was wonderful. All of the food was tasty. An overall great experience for our family lunch.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great experience with your family. We hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was trash. No other words needed, just trash

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your honest review. We apologize for your experience at ARI. Please let us know how we can improve our service. We will take your review into consideration and work harder to prevent unpleasant experiences.

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DKSyd
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Great Mother’s Day dinner.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for taking your time to leave us a review! We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing experience on Mother's Day. We hope to see you again!

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DoriaS
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little more expensive then some other Korean restaurants we have gone too. Dark not much light. Picture if inside the restaurant different from what it looks like!

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your review. We hope that we can provide a better experience for you next time! We will try our best to better our service for future customers!

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AntoineJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I would appreciate that the restaurant told me on Mother's Day the menu was price fixed. I had children 12 and under that could not eat anything because the menu was for adults and they would not change the menu choice for children. It's ironic they were celebrating Mother's day but no children's options that day. Clearly they wanted to make money and turn over the tables tables as quick as possible. The first and last time we go there.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for taking time to write us a review. We apologize for the disappointment. We will take your review into consideration and think of other ways to provide a better experience for future Mother's Day. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We've been wanting to try their ayce menu for awhile so decided to take my mom there for mother's day. Unfortunately they only offer special menu for mother's day without an option for their regular menu for ayce. This was rather disappointing as it was quite expensive for the special menu especially we got 2 children. Meat was fresh.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for taking your time to leave us a review! We apologize for your inconvenience on Mother's Day. We usually have special menus available on holidays to provide a more meaningful experience to our customers at ARI. We will find ways to try and better our communication to our guest so that they are more informed so we can prevent these types of circumstances. We hope you can come back on a normal day and definitely try the AYCE! Have a wonderful day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

$48 person for Mother’s Day set menu for both adults and children was NOT fair. Too much meat and three adults and a child of 7 years old could not finish. Server was inexperienced and too busy in between all tables he had to tend to. Restaurant management did not seem to be have been well prepared.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Hello, Thank you for taking your time to leave us a review. We apologize for your experience at ARI. We hope that you can give us a chance to better your experience. On normal days, we have plenty of meal options available that we hope you can try and enjoy! We will be sure to have your review in mind and work harder to prevent these experiences for future customers

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LLWatty
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We had never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant and wanted to give it a try. We were so impressed with the server’s ability to multitask. The experience was fun. The food was amazing, portions were good. I would certainly return.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We are so glad to hear that you had an amazing experience at ARI. Please let us know how we can improve our service and provide a better experience to five stars. We are so happy to hear that you will return and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Justin
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and date night experience. Food was superb and the service was great. It's pricey but I thought the quality and quantity were fair for what you paid.

If I had to complain it would be availability issues on the menu. Particularly wagyu not being available despite being somewhat of a featured item.

Overall, I'd recommend to anyone.

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vipNKV1
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rachel did an excellent job as our server. She was very attentive and personable.

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MarkF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We’ve always enjoyed Ari so brought some friends with us who have never had Korean BBQ. Unfortunately, our server did not understand English very well and was not attentive to our table. We waited forever for drink refills, she never asked if we wanted additional kimchi, etc.

My wife asked if they had cognac and she said no so I went to the bar and ashes. They have four kinds. I guess she didn’t know what my wife asked.

Finally, she brought us a check, but that was before asking if we wanted dessert. We ended up going to the dessert bar and ordering it ourselves. Nonetheless, it was a very trying experience and turned what could have been a nice evening into one that wasn’t so great.

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Karen
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible service - we were told an hour before our reservation that we could not order from the entree menu or the all you can eat option (our entire reason for going) - and no reason was given for why we couldn’t. Our waiter told me that it was my job to let the rest of my party know that they could not order what they wanted - which I didn’t appreciate. I would have appreciated a warning when making the reservation that we would not be getting the full experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant. It was our first Korean BBQ experience and it was wonderful. The staff was so kind and helpful. Perfect for any group! We will definitely be coming back with friends and family!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was very good. The only thing is that we had all you can eat and the food that had to be done at the kitchen took a while. We were full by the time it came over and we were not allowed to take it to go so it went to waste. Other than that the food we had was very delicious and the electric lemonade drinks were very refreshing. Nice ambiance too.

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MelissaG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time and the food was so tasty and cooked to perfection. The service was stellar. A favorite whenever we visit ATL!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The owner of the restaurant refused to make a French 75. The macaroons were extremely old and hard as rock. Luckily our server was good and he took it off the tab. I would definitely not return. The meat quality was good but while they cooked the food it flew off the stove and landed on the table multiple times and they continued to throw it back to cook.

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JasonO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and incredible, authentic Korean BBQ.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mobile
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Highly recommended! The food was great and the service was outstanding! First time ever at this restaurant and we are definitely going to be back soon. Such a pleasant experience. Would highly recommend the all you can eat Korean barbecue!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, we did the Prime Ayce,
High quality
Our server was so efficient.

Will be back!

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vipVictorN
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice people good service

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You can order delivery directly from ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop using the Order Online button. ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (770) 802-8800.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop is rated 4.5 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.