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Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

4.3
4.3
215 Reviews
$41 to $100
Korean
Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ is a place where one can fully enjoy that authentic Korean taste. Located in the CBD the restaurant is always full, even on the weekdays, as the smell of the BBQ floats down from the terrance stopping people in their tracks.


Just like mother used to make
Taste is something Hwaro is particular about. Taste is what owner and chef Eunsook Kim is mostly concerned with. Her dignified and somber character, reminds many people of their own mothers.


Kim herself is essential to Hwaro. The preparations for all the meat and sauce available at Hwaro are handled by Kim alone. This includes supervision of the slicing of the Karubi (boneless short ribs), and preparation of the 23 different ingredients* needed for the hot pepper Sangyu Pusaru seasoning. Nearly all of the seasonings lined up on the tables are Kim's own creations.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Korean, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9642 5696

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for information on private events and functions.

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What 215 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  • City Centre

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Staff were very fast on their feet and attentive to the BBQ.
  2. SC

    SnezanaC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was nice, didn’t feel that it was value for money. The staff were very nice. Very very loud, not a place if you want conversation.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Restaurants full of rowdy and loud customers on a Friday night. Very rowdy place, well I guess they can’t chose their customers. But at least manage?
  4. NB

    NicoB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pretty good vibe, service a touch slow. They were quite busy. Meat was substantial but the accompaniments were scarce. Overall satisfactory but nothing to blow your hair back
  5. K

    Kkymmix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The table was late by 30 minutes and the food came out quickly because we needed to return the table in one hour. But we were missing sauces and sides for the table that arrived 15 minutes after the meat went onto the bbq therefore it delayed our eating. We spoke to staff five times before receiving our sauce and sides. Even though the waitress apolygised but the restaurant should accomodate to the delay of 15 minutes instead we were kicked off our table right on time with unfinished drinks. You should work towards pre setting tables upon arrival or at least setting the table when at least one guest of the party has arrived to avoid delay when there the seating is timed. The food portion was smaller than other KBBQ in Melbourne therefore being the most expensive. Please look into incorporating entree/soup/side into the set menu. Also, we had to pay $1 for our kimchi refill which is uncommon but the portion refilled was very small and unsatisfying. Please reconsider the size or portion of sides. I would consider returning for the food quality but everything else is below average. I look forward to the changes because Hwaro has the potential to be the best KBBQ in Melb.
  6. JT

    JamesT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food awesome and staff was good but the toilets needs some work
  7. DG

    DonnaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very noisy restaurant couldn’t even hear what my friend was saying from across the table. The meat was alright but was given very little pickled food in the dishes and not that much meat for 76$ got a steamed rice each too and was not full afterwards.
  8. NM

    NikitaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    The food was incredible, but the service was terrible, we rang the buzzer about 5 times and they helped tables around us and ignored ours. So we had to keep ringing till we finally got their attention. Which was not professional at all. We ended up having to stay longer because we got their attention late. They closed the entire restaurant around us and added pressure on us to leave. Despite all that, the food made the evening memorable :)
  9. DC

    DelphineC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious service a little slow so missed out on sales as we had a limited seated time booking . Was a bit shocked to be charge 10% surcharge on a Sunday of the overall bill .
  10. N

    Nilla

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointment always good food and great service
  11. AD

    AndreaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for a family dinner before Friday night footy.Service was prompt and friendly, food delicious
  12. C

    Celine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a big group but the service was fantastic! Would definitely recommend this to my friends!
  13. HH

    HelenaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food and venue but a bit pricy for what it is. Side dishes like kimchi and pickles should be bigger. Had a tiny bit for 3 ppl. Overall good but small things to improve
  14. CH

    CypherH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience3
    I came expecting at least some good service. Unfortunately this was not the case, not only were the staff rude but the state of the bathroom was indescribable. Absolutely disgusting. As for the food it was really good, general vibe was nice.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    It was cold under the table with our shoes off, the menu was light on for options and the staff did not /could not make suggestions. And overpriced. Won’t be going back.
  16. SD

    SonuD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We had worst Korean BBQ experience ever, zero customer service everytime we were calling a guy to ask something he would just a just a second and would never returned to our table. We were 10 people on table and just got 2 serves of sides and when we asked for more lettuce they would not answer. Seats were ripped off and glued which ruined my paints, when we told the guy about the seats all he would say we will fix it thats all. I dont think i would ever go back there.
  17. VN

    VeeNg16

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here but was very pleased with the experience :) Staff were very helpful and meat selections are awesome! My new favourite Kbbq in town for sure
  18. C

    Caitlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome place to eat, so much fun and the staff are so sweet! As a white person not knowing anything about how to do this kinda thing, I really appreciated all the help with cooking and figuring out what was what haha!
  19. MA

    MarliAmour

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place and can’t wait to come back wit my kids ❤️
  20. H

    Henry

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Meat portion only120gm but not enough quality and too much expensive.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and great experience had a really good time
  22. CD

    ConD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everytime I go there they say that Asahi beer on tap has runout! getting very suspicious it’s not even on tap????🤔
  23. M

    Maria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It seems short staffed there, and the large ( for 4 people) hot pot ( kimchi soup) seems to smaller than we expect, and it’s just enough for 2 ppl only ( just have 5 ribs there, not much kimchi , tofu….
  24. AK

    AmyK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food and vibe the meat quality and siddes are all really great (especially the pancakes!) a tad pricey but worth it.
  25. PR

    PeterR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Each time we come, can't get enough! Love the food, love the ambience ... love it!
  26. N

    Nathan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing. Abit slow on the service, I had to ask 2 or 3 times for certain things but outside of that, it was an amazing experience and id do it again for sure!
  27. B

    Bravo100

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place, good food and service - remember to wear shoes that easy to put on/take off!
  28. IY

    IvyYan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food. The staff are always hospitable. Tried a few other Korean BBQ in Melbourne, but always get disappointed. Hwaro has never let us down. If you haven’t tried the thin Wagyu chop stake $29, you MUST try it. The meet is melting in your mouth with juicy and little sweet taste. A great place to host family and friend.
  29. LD

    LinhD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good food. Great service. Nothing to complain about.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I took my partner here to celebrate his birthday, we are big fans of Korean BBQ and had heard really positive reviews about this place. We made a reservation about a week in advance, and really appreciated the staff giving us a call early in the afternoon to confirm our reservation. I was then pretty disappointed on arrival to have to wait nearly 20 minutes to be seated, as there had not been a table reserved for us. It was a Saturday night, so it was understandably busy so once we were eventually seated I was willing to let it slide. When we were seated, we were not provided any water for the table (again, something I was originally willing to let slide) and it took a while for a waiter to come and take our order. We were still willing to let these things slide, as we were excited to try the food because we had been told such great things, but as the night continued our patience began to wear thin. During the whole evening we felt rushed to eat and leave the restaurant, as we had servers continuously coming up and cooking our food for us when we were not ready for it yet, as we were trying to leisurely enjoy our evening and celebrate my partner‘s birthday. Due to feeling pressured to hurry up, we were only seated for just over an hour and only were eating for less than 40 minutes.At one stage our food also caught completely on fire and it took about five minutes for someone to notice and put out the flame using our side dishes (which were not replaced for us to eat).All of the raw meat was brought out at once, so by the time we cooked the chicken it was sittings at the table raw for 40 minutes.We were still expected to pay for the pieces of food that were no longer edible as they were now severely burnt. Overall, we were completely disappointed by our experience.To pay so much for such a terrible experience is never a good feeling, and I would definitely not recommend anyone to come here if you’re looking to celebrate or like to take your time and enjoy your food.
  31. F

    Foodica2018

    Exclusive

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had a great time at Hwaro. We had to wait 10mins before we were seated but that is almost a good sign if the place is so busy. The food was excellent. I would go back again.
  32. P

    Person

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff, just wished there was more time for the bookings if you spend a certain amount per head.
  33. J

    Jojo

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    It was a very disappointing return. The food quality kinda dropped in quality and portion, side dish especially. Side dish kimchi was only 4 tiny pieces in a sauce plate and refill need to be charged. Waitresses kept interrupting without proper courtesy and kinda chasing us away once we finished our food. Definitely won't be going back again.
  34. MT

    MaryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, foods awesome best Korean place I've ever been too,worth the drive.
  35. MC

    MelissaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our host was amazing, the food was delicious, high quality and great quantity. The chicken in particular was a stand out for the whole family. It was a highlight of our Melbourne holiday.
  36. j

    jacintaa

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and ambience. Even though booking way 1.5hrs, they didn’t rush us or make us feel uncomfortable for staying a little longer. Would definitely return and recommend.
  37. RT

    RosellaT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Portions of food was too small for the price charged. Very expensive restaurant as the cuts of meat were very thin and portions were very small. Imagine paying $33 for three thin slices of raw wagyu beef oyster slice and you have to cook it yourself. The raw seasoned pork chops cost $23.50 and there was only pathetic two thin slices. I spent $119 and had to order 5 dishes and shared them between my daughter and I before we felt full. Each dish cost at least $15 to $33. Given the small portions, don't expect to be full by ordering just one dish. The seats and furnishing of ths restaurant needs updating as they look worn and some parts were tattered and patched up with tape.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant experience and exceptional food as always
  39. L

    Lgyjhg

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Meat potion are small and side dish are not variety as other Korean restaurant. Not worthy and low competitiveness.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    It took around 20 mins to first be able to order and then once we had finished we ordered more meat as we normally do. It arrived and we had started cooking one of them. They then come and tell us they need the table and we had to go so we had to hurry up. We come to this restaurant a lot - it’s our favourite in our group. But last night we felt rushed and really did not enjoy our experience- especially being told we need to leave when we still had more drinks coming and food to cook. Really disappointed.

FAQs

Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

562 Little Bourke St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Korean, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9642 5696

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for information on private events and functions.

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