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Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

4.3
4.3
230 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 24 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 230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

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  1. BG

    BGman

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was delicious but the experience was somewhat chaotic. Staff seemed very busy and more staff were needed. For Korean BBQ you would think the bbq would be brought out before the meat. The meat was sitting on the table for 5 minutes before they realised and brought out bbq for us to cook it. We had to ask several times for the rice to be brought out. We had a cake and they had to be asked to 3 times to bring it out. When they did finally bring it out the birthday person was in the toilet and they had to take it away and bring it back. You could see the staff were trying their best, but the whole process was chaotic. They need to work on their systems for a smoother dinning experience. The food was some of the best Korean bbq we have had, but the overall experience was a bit of a let down.
  2. AF

    AndrewF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it, will be back, great food and atmosphere (if you love loud happy places)
  3. KM

    KuMama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very busy restaurant with a energetic vibe. Fast service and the food is fresh and delicouse. The only thing i wished they had was cocktails.l
  4. M

    Mbbb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    We had to remind waitresses so many times to bring just drinks.
  5. JC

    JCSerrano

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great time that we had. Its one of my friends birthday and they have accommodated our request to bring out the cake after we ate. It was a good surprise, all thanks for their cooperation and effort! Thanks Hwaro team - really goood service on top of the super yummy food
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time at a Korean BBQ and they made it easy and fun
  7. RD

    RachelleD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fun experience- high end of pricing but very enjoyable night.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The Army Stew that costs almost $50 was dismal. Barely any flavour and we had to request kimchi be added when the menu clearly stated that it is included. False advertising at best. The waitress had the audacity to tell us there was kimchi down the bottom when eyes can see there was nothing. They charge $1 for kimchi refills which is a disgrace for KBBQ. No wonder there were hardly any Koreans eating here, the original owner of the place would be ashamed. The proportion paled with the price we paid. Even the quality of meat could not make up for this lacklustre dining experience. Would absolutely not recommend or come back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Can’t fault the food everything was fresh and the meat was extremely tasty and cooked to perfection! Try to avoid booking a late time after 9pm as they really rush you to order, then rush to cook your food which unfortunately ruins part of your dining experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Good quality of meat, very stingy portions on pickles and sides, service was fast but very rushed and they wouldn’t serve dessert… Definitely better Korean bbq options in melbourne, despite their great reputation.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Having travel and eat at different restaurant worldwide, in this restaurant is clearly missing a front of house management capable to keep up with the quality of food . Service is rushed, unfriendly, and cold, quite sad that a location like this is clearly poorly managed
  12. FL

    FoodLover

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit was very enjoyable! Great energy with music and quality food served by super attentive staff. Loved it and will be back!
  13. S

    Shelley

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    I felt rushed, it took ages for the food and coals to come out and we had to be out within 90 minutes. It wasn’t an enjoyable experience and the barrage of contacts to make sure we would actually be there before hand was annoying. I got an email, which I confirmed, then a phone call which I also confirmed, then an sms…seriously frustrating. Wouldn’t go back.
  14. J

    Jesskaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! Food was amazing ! Great vibe we loved it and highly recommend to anyone for a lovely night out. Thank you we will be back! ❤️
  15. CB

    CollinB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Poor service, attendant very rough when taking and putting the plates in your table.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

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

    SnezanaC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    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?
  19. NB

    NicoB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    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
  20. K

    Kkymmix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    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.
  21. JT

    JamesT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food awesome and staff was good but the toilets needs some work
  22. 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.
  23. 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 :)
  24. 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 .
  25. N

    Nilla

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointment always good food and great service
  26. 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
  27. 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!
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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!
  34. 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 ❤️
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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????🤔
  38. 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….
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

FAQs

Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 230 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 24 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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