Samwon Garden

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Korean
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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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Korean BBQ in NYC, hands down. Don’t sleep on the egg soufflé or pork shoulder galbi. Unique dishes but also all the hits and classic KBBQ fare. Incredible attention to detail from cooks grilling meat and friendly staff overall. Fabulous drinks too!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The service was amazing!!! Can not complain about anything. Love the fact that they didn’t have a huge wait although I did make a reservation but I came late with a few friends and didn’t have to wait.

KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Service is very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the best Korean BBQ I’ve had. Can't wait to visit shortly.

ML
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, and nice decor. The place was packed and the waitstaff let us know with plenty of time that the table was reserved for another party 2 hrs later. Excellent service!

FD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service quality has been declining noticeably over the last year or so

h
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was quick and efficient. Food was tasty, but a bit pricey.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meat they served was very high quality and the services was very fast.

TV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fun experience, but very VERY loud. Only go if you don't mind a noisy experience and if you are the type of person that can talk loud enough to be heard.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They cancelled our reservation for 12 people with less than 2 hours notice due to alleged kitchen issues. However, restaurant was open and serving people at the time of our reservation. Terrible business practice and ethics. Also undermines the integrity of Open Table if reservations are not honored.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

So rushed, the drinks came after all the food is served.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, eaten on many occasions and plan to go back.

LM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My first time trying Korean BBQ. I am sure it is considered a very good restaurant but not my taste at all.

NY
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Way too expensive to come with such bad service and their portion sizes are inconsistent- sometimes you get 1 piece with Samwon Galbi, sometimes 2, and each time you get a different explanation why - and for that price I expect consistency and generosity. Also the service this time was abysmal. I love the food here but taking everything into consideration, especially how poor the service was this time, I’m no longer a fan and will not return - what a shame.

DX
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The door from the kitchen is dangerous. A member of our party was hit hard in the head by someone blindly opening the door into walking space in the restaurant.

Unsafe!!

Food and service was very good as usual.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Phenomenal service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my husbands birthday. The restaurant is great- beautiful setting, modern and clean. The service is quick and concise. Keep in mind they cook the food for you at your table, you sit back and watch, all while enjoying your food. It does happen very quickly, so be prepared to eat fast!!
The food is AMAZING and completely worth the price. The BBQ service is a great experience, and you receive a LOT of food. My husband and I struggled to finish the spread between the two of us.
Highly recommended for any occasion, and all ages!

B
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best Korean barbecue I have ever had. It is traditional but modernly efficient. The service was exceptional. The quality of meats and side dishes are excellent. I would go back there again on my next trip to NYC.

GW
New England
104 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food and good value overall. We’ve been coming here for about a year and BBQ is always consistent. Service is also very efficient. The amount of meat is relatively small per portion but it comes with many “extras” that will make you full,yet craving for more meat (yes, it’s that good). In short, a great place to visit for a table side cooking with family or clients

LB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I am always looking for the ideal bulgogi (short rib BBQ) and banchan (side dishes). This was good, and I would go back, but I'm still searching for perfection.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was equally amazing!! This place is a gem in Koreatown!!!

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

No dessert offered

RG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and experience. Definitely going back on my next trip to the city.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

made a reservation on opentable last sunday, went to the restaurant and the person in the front struggled to find our reservation and snapped at me for making the reservation about 40 mins ago. (If they didn't want to accept reservations at a short, why did they let it happen?) Anyways, they got us seated and the place is not very well air-conditioned so that was a little unpleasant...Wish it was more cooler so we could enjoy the various hot foods they served. Food was good, came out pretty fast, service was good except for the unpleasant front desk person's attitude.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

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.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

n
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

VS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

A
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The waitress serving us was very rude.

T
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best Korean bbq in NYC

c
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

SO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

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.

r
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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