ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop

4.6
128 reviews
$30 and under
Korean
Welcome to Ari Korean BBQ, rated one of Zagat's Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta in 2017, as well as one of AJC's top Metro Atlanta Restaurants of 2018. Ari serves Korean Barbecue as well as traditional Korean dishes in a beautiful, modern atmosphere. We proudly serve high quality meats and locally-sourced ingredients. Our beef is strictly premium American Kobe/ Wagyu Beef raised on American Soil, using traditional Japanese feeding methods that are 100% free of added antibiotics and hormones. All of our pork is also Berkshire pork, which is pork equivalent of American Kobe Beef. Berkshire pork is prized for its flavor, tenderness, and beautiful marbling. Come visit us today for an amazing Korean barbecue experience!
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. Table service was excellent.

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KevinT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good and overall ambiance , food was amazing and the staff where so attentive. I will go back when I can.

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VylundaK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Over all it was a great date night. Price was reasonable for a date night. I love the dessert and cafe inside the spot. We got to buy bottle of soju togo and that was definitely a plus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a wonderful experience!!! We loved it!!! We will go again. Do not forget to stop at the macaroon bakery on your way out!!!

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vipLazy
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and memorable

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ElizabethD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ambience was great for a date night or even a girls night out. It is a little pricey though. Overall, we enjoyed it.

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PhyllisW
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I’ve been before and enjoyed it. However this time taking family I was disappointed that when we did the all you can eat prime dinner, they made us pay for a vegetarian (even though she ordered a full meal she could eat). Also they only brought one each of the small sides out for the entire table. We asked for another set so we weren’t having to reach over the hot cook top but didn’t get them. Sadly, the meat was the same portion for 5 adults as it was when two of us went. With tip over $550 for 6 and left not feeling great about the experience.
Sadly that was the last time

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CourtneyG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Service was excellent, food was delicious! Friendly and welcoming staff. Clean and covid-conscious. A great evening :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time having Korean BBQ and we were not disappointed. Plenty of food to go around.

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vipSusanM
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Quite authentic... could be In Seoul eating this meal. Fantastic service and great quality.

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vipClub33Guy
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Korean BBQ in North Fulton (Johns Creek) located at the corner of Medlock Bridge Road & State Bridge Road in the shopping plaza where AMC theatre is located.

Our friends who lived in Tokyo, Japan for 6 years, and are connoisseurs of Korean BBQ (which is very popular in Tokyo) invited us to join them. While they did the ordering, this was our first experience with Korean BBQ.

Our food was prepared at the table as most tables have the cooking area in the middle of the table. This assured that all the different meats and vegetables were literally prepared in front of you.

Although I was not tempted to try the kimchi (which everyone said was fantastic) I held out for the meats, prauns and vegetables, which were all sumptuous.

There is also a Korean bakery which is inside the restaurant, making selecting a desert a nice ending to a wonderful meal.

We will return and I highly recommend you to with friends or family.

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, and the service is always very good and attentive. Will dine with Ari's again, soon.

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vipStephenM
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was good but they didn’t have any Wagyu, which was the reason that we came.

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Foodie10
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Graduation

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience! Great staff and amazing food 🤙🏻

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LeighS
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to Covid, it was not busy at all. We had a wonderful dinner and service and cleanliness was great! Will go back.

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vipAmandaR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Korean BBQ ever . Delicious food, friendly staff and great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servicer Was Excellent
Food Was Fresh & Delicious
Highly Recommended

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vipMarkL
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and Romantic Setting, Food was outstanding

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vipSusanM
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! Our server was very conscientious about the way he served and his friendliness and helpfulness easily extended out from behind his mask. Having lived in Asia, we were so happy to find a place that is authentic and has delicious food.

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Space
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We went to celebrate a birthday. The place was essentially empty, which meant that our server, who told us he was new, could focus on us completely. Our party had 7 people, and we got an appetizer and AYCE A. The meat and sides were good and plentiful, but I ordered a drink that never came as our server didn't put the order in until after the bartender went home. When we got to dessert, it was absolutely abhorrent. Both the cakes and pies had to have been sitting there for at least a week; the frosting was so hard we could pick up and entire piece of chocolate cake by the top bit of frosting. The slices of pie were like rock and had the consistency of sand taffy. They removed them from our bill after we requested it, but we had specifically stated in our reservation that there was a birthday; they even offered the birthday boy a complimentary cake when we walked in! They didn't offer any kind of discount or to comp the appetizer for the inconvenience; we didn'tever see the manager either, which would have gone far for our impression of the restaurant.
What dropped their rating (besides the disgusting dessert, which made us question the quality and care taken in our food), was that they automatically charge a 22% gratuity fee. 22%! We've heard of 18%, but 22? They obviously think highly of themselves. Yet they still expected an extra tip on top of that!
Overall, for what they are, it's a bit pricy and the dessert that they are supposedly known for were subpar at best. You're better off going somewhere else for Korean and then hitting a real dessert place afterwards.

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larrym
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal very much. There was way too much food. We were greeted at the door and had very attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love going to Ari. Best Korean BBQ in Atlanta.

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Julie
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met our son there for a nice lunch on a Saturday. Food, service, ambience were perfect. We also enjoyed pastries we purchased at the Bake Shop. Overall a lovely dining experience.

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vipMonkeygirl
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 4th time back and the food is the same high quality that we’ve come to expect when dining here. Rory, our server, is one of the kindest and friendliest person we’ve ever met. She is so attentive and professional. When it comes to korean bbq, we will only go here because no where else compares to the selection and tasty options offered with the all you can eat.

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Saumil
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and wonderful food

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JasmineS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I absolutely LOVE Ari Korean BBQ. We go to Ari every time we have a celebration. The food quality and service is impeccable. The best Korean BBQ & possibly the best steakhouse in Atlanta. Plus, the desserts from The Cakeshop are just as delicious!

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vipMonkeygirl
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food and service. Attentive server and so many options to choose from for the AYCE. Though it’s priced higher than other AYCE Korean BBQ, you get what you pay for because the wagyu does make a difference in tender, quality meats.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on 26 February 2020

We are glad to hear that you were satisfied with our service! Come again soon!

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BlackGreenGold
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Ari Steakhouse for a Saturday night Date Night. We were greeted immediately and seated without delay. Our server, Rory, was very busy due to some apparently unexpected circumstances. She was at our table to greet us and explain the issue very quickly, took our drink orders and got us underway for a very good meal. Our drinks were very tasty; Raspberry Wine, Peach Soju and a cocktail I cannot recall the name of. We had the Wagyu AYCE, and it was all phenomenal. We chose 6 meats in all, and were impressed with everything. The dipping sauces and sides provided were a great complement to the meal as well, and refills for each was provided when requested. We can’t wait to go back.

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Luiz
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good place. I would highly recommend it. I took my parents for dinner and had their ribeye and vegetables. Ribeye was very tender. It was a full size steak. It was excellent. We took the hazelnut and cheese cake home. They were excellent too. The atmosphere is very nice. I am definitely going back.

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HaliB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and a fantastic time at ARI!! We will defiantly be back again!

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, great food, would dine here again

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thank you for your input! We look forward to your next visit! :)

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vipbob123456789
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Calm surroundings, excellent food, will return

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was some of the best we have have ever received. Food was good. Wish the portions were bigger for the price. Overall we would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Too long for meat to come out. 30 min wait for each meat to come out. Ridiculous.

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vipJimF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Owner doesn't care! Food is very average!
Against my better judgement after reading several reviews about the average food, I decided to give this place a try for Valentine's Day. We ordered the meal for two people which included dessert. We looked forward to that as they also advertise Cake house. The server cooked the meat at the table which was the most enjoyable part of the experience. The meat was very average and the meat had very little flavor. I could have gone through a drive thru at Captain D's and had better fish. There is nothing special about their food. We hoped the dessert was going to be better, but were disappointed when the server told us we had to go wait in line at the cake counter for our dessert. I told her you have to be kidding me. I asked if we could get our cake to go or send the manager over for us to discuss it. The server came back a few minutes later with 1 very small slice of cake to go I asked if there was another small slice since it was two of us and she said no, that is all you get. Wow, that was a surprise. On the way out, I asked for the manager and a young girl spoke for the older lady and said she is the owner. I explained we purchased a meal for two and received a small slice of a cake that was only enough for one. I looked at the owner when I said that. The owner looked at me, then looked away ignoring my comment. The young girl said that we only give a small dessert (as in a serving for one) for the dinner for two. I told the owner I would not be back. She ignored me again. She clearly doesn't care even after we dropped $150 at her restaurant.

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Happycustomer
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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LMargaux2
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thank you so much!

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PhyllisW
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went with a friend, on our try a new restaurant girls night and was not disappointed. We did the wagyu all you can eat menu. Our waiter was very friendly and we had him recommend the items for us. We had the brisket, shrimp, pork belly, several different steaks. The side dishes were great as were the beef dumplings and potato cakes. So much food you need to come hungry. Stopped by the cake shop to take some treats home for our families.

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vipDiner10
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Korean BBQ in Georgia. The food and service were outstanding. The decor is very modern and the whole experience was very impressive.

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You can order delivery directly from ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop using the Order Online button. ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (770) 802-8800.

ARI Korean BBQ & The Cakeshop is rated 4.6 stars by 128 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.