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14 Excellent Korean Restaurants in Houston

Where to find the crispiest chicken wings, simmering kimchi jigae, and cheese-stuffed Korean hot dogs

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Houston’s Spring Branch neighborhood has been a locus for years for Korean cuisine, thanks to the neighborhood’s large expat community and a handful of restaurants serving classic Korean dishes, especially barbecue favorites like bulgogi and kalbi.

But in recent years, Korean cuisine in Houston has been on a steady rise, thanks to the addition of some killer local spots and a few well-known international chains. Now, diners can find everything from extra-crispy fried chicken to slow-cooked stews to flavorful, comforting noodle dishes, plus plenty of creative dishes that fuse Korean flavors with Houston’s diverse array of cultural influences.

Searching for a taste of Korean cuisine in Houston? Look no further than these 14 essential restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Dak & Bop 18th Street

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Dak & Bop’s Museum District location was one of the first restaurants to bring extra-crispy Korean-style fried chicken into the Loop of Houston. That restaurant closed in 2020, but the Heights location carries on the tradition, with juicy double-fried wings and tenders, bulgogi fries, kimchi bisque, and creative cocktails.

Seoul Garden

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This longstanding Korean barbecue joint serves up meaty classics like bulgogi, galbi, and samgyeopsal (three-layered pork belly), made to be shared table-wide. Eating alone? Try the kimchi jigae stew or kimchi pajeon.

Korea Garden Restaurant

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Open in Houston for more than three decades, Korea Garden serves a wide-ranging menu that includes sizzling barbecue, short rib jjigae, and snacks like tteokbokki and oyster tempura.

This Korean steakhouse kicks the classic KBBQ formula up a notch, with appetizers like octopus carpaccio and spicy naeng-myun served alongside meats like dry-aged wagyu beef belly, spicy marinated pork, and filet mignon.

Korean Noodle House

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Hit this noodle shop up for mul naengmyeon, a chilly, savory soup made with buckwheat noodles and thinly-sliced beef, and topped with daikon, boiled egg, cucumber, and matchsticked watermelon or Asian pear. It’s the perfect lunch for a sweltering Houston summer.

Manna Noodle House

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In addition to noodle dishes like spicy seafood jjamppong and jajjangmyun (black bean noodles) — which can be ordered in a split dish so you can have the best of both worlds — diners rave about this mom-and-pop shop’s housemade kimchi, pickled daikon and other banchan.

Bonchon Midtown Houston

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This wildly popular South Korean fast food chain officially specializes in friend chicken. but the secondary menu features a massive collection of Korean comfort food, from bibimbap, Korean-style tacos, tteokbokki, udon, and mochi. The newest location opened in Midtown in early 2021, but there are also outposts in Pearland, Katy and Sugar Land.

As the name indicates, this Montrose newcomer is focused on dumplings, filled with everything gyoza, cheesy katsu, and potato croquettes. The menu is simple but satisfying, perfect for a snack or to share with a friend.

Gen Korean BBQ House

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This Midtown restaurant is a carnivore’s paradise, with all-you-can-eat barbecue and dishes like cajun shrimp, tofu stew, marinated short rib, and spicy pork belly. The club-like interior, complete with loud music, neon lights and long lines outside, perfectly fit the Midtown vibe.

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Oh My Gogi

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This longtime Houston food truck melds Korean and Tex-Mex food, with dishes like the Gogi melt, served on Texas toast and topped with colby jack cheese and grilled onions, kimchi quesadillas, and the ramen burger, topped with an impressive house-made ramen bun.

Honey Pig Korean BBQ

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Honey Pig, founded by Korean immigrant Micky Kim in Annandale, Virginia, in 2007, is best-known for its array of affordable grilled meats. The restaurant, in Diho Square, is has a colorful and kitschy interior, including K-Pop on the speakers, posters on the walls and a playful staff.

Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs

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The Korean corn dog trend has officially landed in Houston, and at Two Hands, diners can find everything from mozzarella or squid ink-stuffed hot dogs to those coasted in crispy fried potato, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust or rice puffs.

Soho Chicken

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Soho focuses on chicken dishes, with entrees like buldak, spicy chicken thigs pan-friend then smothered in gooey, melty mozzerella; and fried chicken wings in four flavors — spicy, sweet and sour, garlic, and plain. They also serve up drinking snacks like Army stew and gimpap.

Jang Guem Tofu and BBQ

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This popular barbecue joint dishes out impressive combination meals, including several meat and soup pairings, plus a full menu of bibimbap. Try the rice with spicy beef tofu or fried japchae dumplings.

Dak & Bop 18th Street

Dak & Bop’s Museum District location was one of the first restaurants to bring extra-crispy Korean-style fried chicken into the Loop of Houston. That restaurant closed in 2020, but the Heights location carries on the tradition, with juicy double-fried wings and tenders, bulgogi fries, kimchi bisque, and creative cocktails.

Seoul Garden

This longstanding Korean barbecue joint serves up meaty classics like bulgogi, galbi, and samgyeopsal (three-layered pork belly), made to be shared table-wide. Eating alone? Try the kimchi jigae stew or kimchi pajeon.

Korea Garden Restaurant

Open in Houston for more than three decades, Korea Garden serves a wide-ranging menu that includes sizzling barbecue, short rib jjigae, and snacks like tteokbokki and oyster tempura.

BORI

This Korean steakhouse kicks the classic KBBQ formula up a notch, with appetizers like octopus carpaccio and spicy naeng-myun served alongside meats like dry-aged wagyu beef belly, spicy marinated pork, and filet mignon.

Korean Noodle House

Hit this noodle shop up for mul naengmyeon, a chilly, savory soup made with buckwheat noodles and thinly-sliced beef, and topped with daikon, boiled egg, cucumber, and matchsticked watermelon or Asian pear. It’s the perfect lunch for a sweltering Houston summer.

Manna Noodle House

In addition to noodle dishes like spicy seafood jjamppong and jajjangmyun (black bean noodles) — which can be ordered in a split dish so you can have the best of both worlds — diners rave about this mom-and-pop shop’s housemade kimchi, pickled daikon and other banchan.

Bonchon Midtown Houston

This wildly popular South Korean fast food chain officially specializes in friend chicken. but the secondary menu features a massive collection of Korean comfort food, from bibimbap, Korean-style tacos, tteokbokki, udon, and mochi. The newest location opened in Midtown in early 2021, but there are also outposts in Pearland, Katy and Sugar Land.

Pling

As the name indicates, this Montrose newcomer is focused on dumplings, filled with everything gyoza, cheesy katsu, and potato croquettes. The menu is simple but satisfying, perfect for a snack or to share with a friend.

Gen Korean BBQ House

a hand with chopsticks holding two pieces of cooked meat and a big glob of glass noodles
Honey Pig Korean Barbecue
Honey Pig Korean Barbecue/Facebook

This Midtown restaurant is a carnivore’s paradise, with all-you-can-eat barbecue and dishes like cajun shrimp, tofu stew, marinated short rib, and spicy pork belly. The club-like interior, complete with loud music, neon lights and long lines outside, perfectly fit the Midtown vibe.

a hand with chopsticks holding two pieces of cooked meat and a big glob of glass noodles
Honey Pig Korean Barbecue
Honey Pig Korean Barbecue/Facebook

Oh My Gogi

This longtime Houston food truck melds Korean and Tex-Mex food, with dishes like the Gogi melt, served on Texas toast and topped with colby jack cheese and grilled onions, kimchi quesadillas, and the ramen burger, topped with an impressive house-made ramen bun.

Honey Pig Korean BBQ

Honey Pig, founded by Korean immigrant Micky Kim in Annandale, Virginia, in 2007, is best-known for its array of affordable grilled meats. The restaurant, in Diho Square, is has a colorful and kitschy interior, including K-Pop on the speakers, posters on the walls and a playful staff.

Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs

The Korean corn dog trend has officially landed in Houston, and at Two Hands, diners can find everything from mozzarella or squid ink-stuffed hot dogs to those coasted in crispy fried potato, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust or rice puffs.

Soho Chicken

Soho focuses on chicken dishes, with entrees like buldak, spicy chicken thigs pan-friend then smothered in gooey, melty mozzerella; and fried chicken wings in four flavors — spicy, sweet and sour, garlic, and plain. They also serve up drinking snacks like Army stew and gimpap.

Jang Guem Tofu and BBQ

This popular barbecue joint dishes out impressive combination meals, including several meat and soup pairings, plus a full menu of bibimbap. Try the rice with spicy beef tofu or fried japchae dumplings.

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