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Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse - Korean Barbecue - Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse, Chattanooga, TN

Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
253 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse

The true culture of Korea is closer than you think. Experience Zaya Korean Steakhouse on the Northshore near Chattanooga’s scenic downtown. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or looking for a romantic night out, Zaya provides a unique and memorable dining experience.

Elevate Your Valentine's experience with our special set menu! Our mission is to create a romantic Valentine's Dinner that you will remember for a lifetime.

From February 11 to February 14, you have the luxury of choosing one of our 2 special menus: Sapphire or Diamond. Please check our website to view these specialty menus. (www.zayakorean.com)

We strongly recommend setting a reservation due to limited seat availability.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Korean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (423) 643-9292

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Shawn Lee

  • Catering

    Please contact the Restaurant or email catering@zayakorean.com and we can discuss options and availability.

  • Private party facilities

    For special events please call the restaurant or email events@zayakorean.com and our team will be happy to discuss your options. We will do our best to go above and beyond to curate the perfect event for you. Please note that due to our special service style and tables, private events will be limited.

  • Neighborhood

    Chattanooga

  • Cross street

    300 Cherokee Blvd Ste. 125

  • Parking details

    There is a large free public parking lot adjacent to Zaya 1943

  • Public transit

    N/A

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day dining and it was a wonderful experience!

  2. DJ

    DonaldJ

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The food was great. It was really hard to choose from just 3 choices. The basic choice is $79 per person for 4 different cuts of meat next was $250, per person, finally $350 per person. I am all in for quality over quantity, but this is Chattanooga Tennessee not Atlanta so I was skeptical on the cost vs quality. We got the $79 per person and it was great next time we will move up to the $250 per person. The server was Ana and she was great and very helpful.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Booth Reservation was for 7:00pm we arrived at 6:50pm. We had to wait twenty mins to be seated. When we got to the dining room they’re were empty booths so I was confused on why we had to wait but they may not have had a server available to serve us. Overall great experience.

  4. JH

    JessicaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience. Best food I have ever had, wonderful staff and awesomely crafted drinks.

  5. C

    Cjsammie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Iron Age in Atlanta is 10x better. The meat is better, service is better, and the value is much better. Zaya 1943 is okay, but there are much better Korean Steakhouses.

  6. IH

    IsaacH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The dining experience was fantastic, and the quality of food was absolutely amazing. The servers were cordial and cooked the food to absolute perfection. I will be coming here for any special events into my future!

  7. CD

    ChattDiner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cuts of meat are fantastic. Go hungry or bring friends. Their meat portions are large and the sides and endless.

  8. V

    Vflaw

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful space, the staff was so attentive and the dry aged meat just delicious, all the side were really delicious. Will come again soon.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Traveling and came across this place. Management was bit uppity and didn’t look our way but the staff was nice and good experience was great.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Always wonderful service and ambiance

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the best Steakhouse experience I’ve ever had. The food was absolutely delicious and our server, Angel, was perfectly attentive and knowledgeable! I can’t wait to come here again even if it will be a bit of a drive since we came from out of town. Highly recommending to all of my friends!!!

  12. C

    Chan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Bryan was excellent! Would recommend for a fine dining but fun/different experience.

  13. CP

    CarolineP

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent and the side dishes were delicious. Our staff was very friendly. The price is a little high and the restaurant is a little dark for our liking. But we would definitely come back and dine again.

  14. JS

    JareddS

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Weird to have someone standing over the table all night, at least when it’s a party of 2. Aged steaks were good.

  15. NP

    NicoleP

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    This was our first time at Zaya. The food was delicious especially the ribeye and the popper appetizer. Our server was a little rushed explaining things and the noise level was very loud in the restaurant. We were seated at a long table with another group seated at the other end of the table. This is not the place for a romantic dinner. We will go back again because the food was very good.

  16. NP

    NickP

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding and the atmosphere was great. Will be back

  17. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The perfect place for date night or a group of friends. It's easily the best steak in town & such a fun and different experience. Brian, has cooked and served us the past two times we've been there and does an incredible job!

  18. H

    Heavy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food and service was very good. Great selection of proteins. Price point from good quality to the best that is out there. Do yourself a favor and try this place.

  19. D

    Danny

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service. Well trained and very attentive. We really enjoyed this restaurant and even though it was a special event and we choose a large meal, the menu has other modestly priced items making it a good place to fine anytime.

  20. GB

    GregB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was not only the best Korean dinner, but also the best steak and best overall dining experience I’ve ever had in Chattanooga. The service by all the employees was impeccable, especially the explanations by, and conversation with our Chef Binh. He truly did an exemplary job. Great spot inside for photos; the staff are willing and capable photographers, as a bonus.

  21. TT

    TameikaT

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A must eat. Excellent experience from start to finish

  22. JH

    JustinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the environment was perfect!

  23. MR

    MichaelR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hands down best meal in Chattanooga. Incredible meats. The waygu filet is the best cut I’ve ever had.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Server didn’t do a great job explaining how things worked and kept pushing the group to get the most expensive items on the menu without listening well to the group’s questions. The experience was fun and the restaurant is very cool, but the food was far from worth the price tag.

  25. j

    jasons

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing! Will definitely go back again soon!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Have been coming to Zaya

  27. l

    laurap

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s our 3rd time at Zaya’s. This was my favorite so far. Had the rib-eye and short ribs and all the sides. Excellent service, thank you to Bryan, our server. Food was perfect. It was a wonderful evening.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Family reunion celebration. Excellent quality food and fantastic service.

  29. MF

    MelissaF

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Third time here. Wasn't impressed this time. Waiter veered me away from what I wanted to order and was disappointed with the sirloin. Plus the sides were not great this time.

  30. ZO

    ZacharyO

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful in all aspects. Will return for sure.

  31. S

    Shyp

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love love love will be going back. Great portion size for your money. Must try everything they sit on the table its a different experience by far

  32. CR

    ChadR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience, would recommend for any special occasion. The feast can be a lot of food for two people (unless you’re really hungry). Everything included in the feast tasted incredible, the servers cook your food in front of you, the ambience is very classy. Highly recommend if you enjoy meat and like trying new flavors.

  33. S

    Sheri

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Lovely environment and great food. I would recommend to others.

  34. GG

    GrumpyGourmand

    Richmond

    83 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    Service was great and attentive. Bulgogi was flavorful but far too salty. Banchan selection was interesting. Some were great but several were a miss. Final comment: what’s with banchan and rice being ala cart? Ridiculous. Can’t say I would recommend Zaya nor would I return.

  35. HM

    HollyM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience! The food was fantastic and the server was great as well. Bryan did an amazing job very professional and friendly.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Worth every penny.

  37. ML

    MelissaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, delicious food. An overall exceptional experience

  38. CC

    ChadC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic! Food was delicious, atmosphere was perfect, and service was phenomenal!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, service and total experience

  40. TM

    ToddM

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best place I've ever eaten. It was expensive but the service and food made this an amazing fine dining experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    300 Cherokee Blvd Ste. 125

  • Neighborhood

    Chattanooga

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Korean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is a large free public parking lot adjacent to Zaya 1943

  • Public transit

    N/A

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Shawn Lee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (423) 643-9292

  • Catering

    Please contact the Restaurant or email catering@zayakorean.com and we can discuss options and availability.

  • Private party facilities

    For special events please call the restaurant or email events@zayakorean.com and our team will be happy to discuss your options. We will do our best to go above and beyond to curate the perfect event for you. Please note that due to our special service style and tables, private events will be limited.

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