Koba

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1493 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Korean

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An intriguing Eastern restaurant in amongst the boutiques and bars of trendy Fitzrovia, Koba is a very different dining prospect. The beautifully burnished tones of the trend-driven dining room give a luxuriant feel to a cuisine more usually associated with casual eating, the setting as suited to romantic dinners or business lunches as to eating with friends. Koba’s speciality of the Korean table BBQ gives eating out a spicy touch of drama with food cooked at your table – a real talking point. Additionally, a varied and comprehensive menu of Korean specialities offers a real change from the more usual Asian cuisines of China, Thailand and Japan.
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vipTSML
London
57 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Authentic Korean BBQ style food and place with individual BBQ grills at the table in front of you and a pull-down pull-up extractor above the grill so that the place doesn't end up smelling of the cooking food.
Two of us shared a platter of (mainly) mixed meats which was good value, fresh and tasty.
We also shared a starter of a stuffed aubergine, and this was delicious.
Main criticism is it seems strange there were few vege options to accompany the meats - our platter came with a couple of slim pieces of pumpkin and some onion and there were no side orders of veg that we could also BBQ - very odd and a great opportunity for Koba to do this.
One friend ordered a vegan dish (the range is very limited) but she really enjoyed it.

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AndreaDelczeg
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and the service outstanding. Second time coming here and definitely will return. The staff is so attentive and last time one of the waiters thought that the kimchi didn’t look fresh so he immediately brought me another portion which indeed tasted nicer and fresher. The overall experience definitely made my friends birthday a great evening out. Thank you 😊 Andrea

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beanybug
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from the starters to the desserts not the cheapest but definitely worth it. The staff were friendly and attentive.

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wandyc
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My second time here at Koba, Always good food and service! Can’t wait to come back here for dinner.

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Rhys
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible small restaurant, fantastic staff, great food

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MrswifeyT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really enjoyable night out having Korean BBQ. Service was great my only small gripe was the waitresses lack of knowledge of the Korean wine.

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Carry
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was good, however the service was incredibly slow. We had one beer with our meal and when we requested another beer we had to remind the waitress three times to bring it. Our drinks came after our meal, we then attempted to order desert and once we got the waitress attention she said we can’t have desert as they needed our table back. Considering we had not used the allocated 1.5 hrs for a couple,and the waitress delayed us, and there was 4 empty tables and nobody waiting in line, I thought this was incredibly rude and shocking service! I regret paying the service charge. Do not book this restaurant for a special occasion or if you want to enjoy a drink with your meal.

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F00dy
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed my time at Koba. I've been to a couple Korean BBQs in London and none have offered an authentic feel and in them I have often left smelling of food. KOBA had extractors so the food never wafted and the staff were always on hand to help and assist in cooking the meats which again I haven't had in other places, where I was left to my own devices. The staff were very attentive and nice, and the food was delicious, I would say value for money is in the platter style bbq. Drinks are super expensive though, the Soju bottle was the standard small bottle and it was near £20! Other than that, loved my experience and will definitely return.

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vipChloeH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the Korean bbq platter & the staff cooked it live for us on the central bbq. Great experience.

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Ross
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I enjoyed the food, it was very good, having been to Seoul I've found it hard to find a decent Korean bbq place in London.

My only gripe is that it is quite pricey if you want single items, you're better off getting the platter.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Koba never disappoints, the food quality is excellent, the personnel very kind and efficient, the atmosphere is cozy.
I use to come to the restaurant every time I wish to spend a relaxed evening with a friend, enjoying the best koren bbq in London, in my opinion.

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QuietesvousPollyMaggoo
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent but the service not so great. We were meant to have our table for an hour and half and were rushed through our meal from the moment we sat down. Even had our grill turned off before the last bit of meat was cooked.

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VR82
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was a busy night but kept having to remind servers to being things which isn't ideal. Food was good. Have been there before but service wasn't great this time.

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Simone
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was great, however it felt as though the staff was rushing for us to finish faster.

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EzraP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Just wasn’t impressed, food lacked flavour they seemed to forget about our main order. Staff were friendly but food overall the experience was disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food, resonable price,really nice place

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gavinh
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A great Korean BBQ in an enjoyable, lively restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Would highly recommend

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Martina
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. The bbq was amazing. The inly thing was that it was a bit smoky.. but understandable as its bbq.

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Seung
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Korean food in London. I was happy to have the best kimchi

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KristerS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Value for money. Can be a bit busy but worth it

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RajveerS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good
However ther service was too good.
I put a note for the restaurant however they did not carry out what i has asked.

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CaterinaWu
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The place was good, the food as well, but the quantity was questionable. Still would recommend it to others. Service was great as well. Everyone was very polite and available

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zoeg
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciois food and good service. Had a great experience with great company

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AliciaA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious! My favourites are the spicy pork belly & the bulgogi... you just can't get enough!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot. Service was a bit slow but they made up for it.

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SylviaC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were taken to the table 30mins later, and kept on being reminded that our table is for 1.5hr. Their approach was really rude as they wasted our time in the beginning so we argued that we get an extension of time as the delay was caused by them. At the end they just gave the bill without even asking if we wanted to order anything else. Everything was rushed. Food wise - beef really good, however seafood was really disappointing.

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LorK
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my first Korean BBQ experience and I was very hyped up about it and Koba didn't disappoint. The food was delicious, the service and ambiance were pleasant, the drinks were lovely. They offer 'selection' options for 2-3 people which was amazing as it enabled us to try more things. Would go again.

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CrazyBunny
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very elegant. Each table has its own BBQ, within the table. The waiters will cook the food for you in front of you or you can cook it yourself. There are also items on the menu which will be prepared by the chef and served normally. Service was good. Only strange thing is that each table has its own extractor fan, which comes down and blocks your view of the person opposite; not a major thing. Definitely a different experience from your usual restaurant. Food was good.

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Hagop
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Having been to Korea dozens of times, I would rate this above average. The calbi should be marinated which it wasn't. The cucumber kimchi (Oi sobegi) was very good. You don't find this often in Korean restaurants in London.

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vipEksST
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was relatively tasty but they didn’t seem to want to help us with the cooking at all. It wasn’t that busy. There aren’t many good Korean options in London though and this is the first I’ve been to that was decent and not a home in the wall.

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florencec
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the Koba bbq section and the food was very tasty. We also ordered the garlic rice which when it arrived was fairly small portion for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Korean food, good barbecue experience similar to how they have the extractor fan on your table in Korea!

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FabienneS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great food
Fabulous kimchi

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OpenTable Diner
China
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I feel food just like usuall korea bbq, nothing special and tasteless, just got 5-6 for food taste , other is ok

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AnaC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and good ambiance. Was my first time trying Korean BBQ and can say that will not be the last.

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vipCraig
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food, but sadly their service let them down. They forgot some of our order (but left it on the bill!) and weren’t all that helpful when the table next to us split red wine all over my partner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good and fresh food. Had an amazing experiencie.

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BikoB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food overall was good but the noodles were very bland and it felt rather expensive for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The barbecue is amazing:)

FAQs

Koba does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Koba also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7580 8825.

Koba is rated 4.4 stars by 1493 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.