Samwon Garden

4.6
112 reviews
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Samwon Garden is one of the oldest Korean BBQ restaurants in South Korea. We have been established as a barbecue house since 1976 and have kept our traditions for over 42 years.

Our barbecue & Korean Food recipes have been passed down from one generation to another to bring a traditional & quality Korean dining experience. We only use the highest quality of ingredients & authentic Samwon Garden recipes.

Experience one of South Korea’s best traditional Korean BBQ’s at Samwon Garden BBQ.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Hostesses are very un-accomodating.
Loud music and unable to hear any conversation.
service is not bad, but not good either.
food is very pricey and lots of things considered 'included' in other Korean restaurants need to be ordered.

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CR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and service were good. I like the restaurant decor - chic and rustic. The servers were prompt to cook the barbecue for us. Water service was spot on. For me the food was average. It was not a wow compared to the other Korean restaurants I have eaten in - just regular Korean flavor. I have tasted a more variety of appetizers in other Korean restaurants. Overall, I will still recommend Samwon Garden to a friend. It is reasonably priced.

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n
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

seated promptly at our reservation time, steak tatare x 2 was superb, my rib eye and my wifes short ribs were outstanding. the young wait staff cooks at your table and answers any questions, the bologi kimchi fries were an unexpected treat

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made a reservations for 3pm but my appointment firsted early so i headed over there. Luckily they were about to accommodate me at an earlier time. I definitely believe that during dinner time it would be packed but we went at a perfect time! Service was great and helpful with our questions regarding the food.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and great cocktails. Decor is pretty and overall staff was nice!

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VS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. And the service was on point and very attentive. This is my second time going. And will definitely come again.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Portions are not huge but they are good. Server was not very polite.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Super expensive! The dish was so small. I will NEVER visit again.

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c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, excellent food- perhaps some of the best kimchi I’ve had anywhere! Would definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The waitress serving us was very rude.

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T
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best Korean bbq in NYC

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was truly outstandingly sumptuous and plentiful. The pan-chan was great and refilled to our desire. Clean place and very attentive staff.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Don't bring your kids here! They charged us $15 for a Shirley Temple and insisted that was correct despite our pleas! Food is good. They will rush you through your meal though.

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SO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Even though I made a reservation three weeks in advance and specifically noted that it is a special occasion, they sat us at a table all the way at the end of the dining room in a corner. When I approached the host and explained that we were tourists and would like to sit at a better situated table to enjoy the atmosphere more, I was flat out told that it's not possible and that I can't change my table. The server was extremely unpleasant with an attitude could be almost considered rude. She was not into what she was doing at all, like she was doing us a favor serving to our table! She also did not care, for example, that when she was cutting the meet for the BBQ that the raw marinate was dripping into our salad bowl. No one deserve such service.

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r
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Korean barbecue and non-barbecue food. First rate service. Only downside was overly loud K-Pop coming from the speakers which sometimes made it difficult to converse. The high quality imaginative food made it likely that we will return

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fever deal is definitely worth it! I recommend ordering another beef dish to grill along with the pork you get

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night, great options on food, great service

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was incredible. Go with more than two people so that you can try different things and get more for your money. A bit rushed but you can set your pace.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Korean BBQ option in Koreatown. Attentive service and good quality food. One of the few that takes reservations.

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was pretty good but not exceptional. The steamed egg was a bit of a let down... it looked great in the menu pictures but the actual dish tasted old, hard and slightly burnt...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

A toilet was broken and I had to wait too long to use another.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Wir waren zweimal während unseres NYC trips dort. Beide male reserviert aber unsere Tische waren nicht frei. Mussten beide male über 20 Minuten auf unseren Tisch warten! Aber warum nimmt ihr dann Reservierungen an? Das Essen Ok, das Ambiente auch der Service nicht sehr freundlich und eher langsam. Die Preise sind überteuert auch für NYC Verhältnisse. Lieber in ein gutes Steakhaus! Da hat man mehr von seinem Geld!

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This is a place that worth for the meat, which is good. The quality of the banchan is not impressive at all, wine list is not long but you can find good bottles at a reasonable price.

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FG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

It was nice but the service was not top notch. Server did not really care much. However, they had excellent manners!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! The deal through Fever was clutch. So much food!
The cocktails there are amazing. Definitely make time to just sit at the bar before your reservation and try every cocktail on the menu!

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JV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best KBBQ I've had! Service was good and the food was incredible. It was a VERY cramped space though and loud. And much pricier than other places in Ktown. But the food was worth it.

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CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place knows its meat. Delicious cuts which you can grill on a BBQ in front of you (or rather get it grilled by your waiter, they also cut it with scissors). We totally over-ordered - 2 starters + a platter for two is more than enough as you get all possible kinds of sides anyway. The staff is very friendly - the only “downside” is that they rush a little bit, we would have been finished with our whole dinner in 30 minutes if we would have wanted. Overall - great place & awesome steak!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for an interesting tasty business dinner

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

せっかく予約して行ったのに料理一斉に出されて急かされた感じでゆっくり食べれなかったです。
料理は凄く美味しくてお肉(カルビ)も良かったのですがプルコギがちょっと思っていたのと違った感じで出てきました。薄切り肉で縁に水張ってる中に最終的に入れていて水分多くて食べにくかったです。

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! Try the marinated beef or spicy pork shoulder. Be aware that you must order 2 bbq dishes minimum for table bbq.

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good. Very noisy place. The table next to us is extremely loud. Also our server has to rush all the time since she is taking care quite a few tables.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite some reviewers saying this, we didn't feel rushed at all. Food was tasty and well timed. Service was impeccable. 50 per person incl drinks and plenty of food.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a popular place for Korean barbecue! Nice environment and food there!

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Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming to this restaurant every time. The food is superb and the service is great. Try the marinated beef. It’s the go to here.

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Korean fix ,go for weekday lunch ,it’s worth the trip.

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P
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Planned a dinner with friends and everyone was craving Korean BBQ. Experience was excellent in terms of the service and food quality. The value for everything was great and the two favorites were the Samwon short rib and the kimchi fried rice. Everyone had a great time and will definitely come back.

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SG
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was looking forward to this having visited their Seoul restaurants many times. Bottom line - no comparison. Not to say it was awful, it wasn't but it's much more tightly packed, and the taste of some of the dishes was not - in my opinion - authentic Korean. In particular the marinade used for the Kalbi and Bulgogi was very sweet. There was no choice of assorted kimchi - only a couple of types which really surprised me. Condiments served with the BBQ were quite limited - no chili peppers, no raw garlic, no hot bean paste. The service was rushed - we had to tell them to slow down 2-3 times as the objective seemed to be to get us out within an hour. No focus on ambience or relaxing and enjoying the meal. If this was fast food I could understand, but we were ordering premium beef and it was not cheap. All in all, not what I expected. the Kimchi Chigae was good, the Korean style wings also, the pancake was so-so - rather heavy and doughy, the stone bowl bibimbap was also just ok. We won't return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

I changed my reservation from 4 people to 7 people two days before the meeting. However they did not update it and we had to wait there more than 30 minutes. Worst experience ever.

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n
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t realize how big the place is! Was happy to find a lunch reservation for 6 of us after running a half-marathon. It was the perfect setting to catch up with good friends & family and eat some super yummy food. Fortunately, we knew exactly what to order and everyone kept commenting on how delicious everything was. The service was great, as usual, and they let us linger for as long as we wanted, even after the lunch crowd cleared. So happy Samwon Garden is in NYC. A little piece of Seoul in K-town makes me really happy 😊! Thank you 🙏!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The seasoned kalbi and kimchee fried rice are the winners.

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