Gayeon

4.3
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202 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
(Gä-Yuhn): Beautiful Encounter.

The name GAYEON embodies the essence of the experience we strive to deliver. We hope that you find beauty in the authenticity of the traditional Korean dining experience, in the understated grandeur of the Korean artwork and in the joyous company of fellow patrons. In a world where there is limited time and an abundance of choices, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and share our home with you.
What 202 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.5
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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it yesterday.
Appreciate nice table for us ( include my guests, Dr. and Dr. Zhang) and ‘Austin’s service was excellent.
Definitely visit again soon.
Merci mille fois.

JY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a relaxing dining experience. Perfect place to celebrate birthday. First time for dinner and we absolutely loved it. My kids loved the food, especially the Kalbi which was cooked perfectly and a very nice cut of meat. It was great not to be rushed like other Korean restaurants. Definitely will be going back more often.

DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and ambiance. Food was well above average. Out first time having Korean BBQ and our server Nicholas from Argentina guided us from beginning to end. We loved it and hope to go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Got stomachache from their foods.. their meats don’t seem fresh.

D
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered and enjoyed the lunch tasting menu. The food was excellent and the service was good even though there was a minor confusion of the selected appetizer serves. We would like to go there again soon.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The restaurant was empty, yet they seated us at the least desirable seating, next to the kitchen entrance with heavy staff traffic. I asked the waiter, politely to move us to another seating then the waiter returned and said that all seats were reserved. I then spoke with the women up front, in charge of seating, she repeated what the waiter had said, "all seats were reserved". I insisted being moved, I too had a reservation and it made no sense to seat us at the worst seat in the restaurant, especially when there was ample seats available. ( do they discriminate towards customers who book thru Apps, rather than booking directly thru them?!). Thereafter, rather than having the wait staff waiting on us, the women who was in charge of seating, did so with a very unpleasant attitude. I have been to this restaurant multiple times, as well as their restaurant in NYC, but after this experience, never again! There are too many excellent Korean restaurants to chose from! My goodness! Are they unaware, its all about the experience that keeps the patrons coming!

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Not the first time I visit the place. Definitely good food. Nice atmosphere. But service today was outrageously terrible. Restaurant was barely half full. Waited for drinks for 30 min. Was brought wrong ones. Was lucky to get appetizers right after that. Waited for another 30 min to CATCH waiter and let her know that we still want our BBQ. For dessert we were nicely served spoons without any plates. Just a lovely evening.

R
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The first time I ate here it was delicious . Huge shrimp , beautiful cuts of meat . Many sides . This time half the sides . Small shrimp , fatty strip steak with zero seasoning . My first drink the Prosecco was completely flat . Very expensive . I was sorry to see a drastic difference in food quality . Lovely staff .

LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service
Best place to eat in Fort Lee

LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was excellent. The service, however, was atrocious. Either our waiter was "in training" or he didn't speak enough English. He could not explain the dishes. He brought out an incorrect dish and didn't even apologize. We had to ask for water (again and again), clean plates, and we had to wait much, much too long for a check. It's too bad, because the food is really excellent. I will not return because they basically made us feel unwelcome.

JS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent Korean food. Hostesses were very attentive. Overall very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was pretty good, service was lacking. It’s seemed understaffed.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great original food and nice ambiance. Waitress was very attentive and made our food over a fire.

LS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive and came by to cook the bbq for us at the table. Very professional and friendly. The food was amazing.

DF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was good but the service was lacking. The value of the food was also lacking because the bonchon servings were very limited relative to Korean BBQ peers in the same area.

h
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Good food and service. Will visit again.

JF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptionally courteous staff
High quality food
Table side cooking a great treat!

J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for special occasions & entertaining. A little pricey. Not a quick meal

o
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Manhattan gaonnuri’s food quality is much better.

F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good as experienced on previous visit. Unfortunately the service was lacking with the exception of an attentive manager who provided information solicited and unsolicited about various dishes.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

every time I have come to Gayeon it's been stupendous. KBBQ in a luxe environment with high ceilings and contemporary decor is unheard of in NJ. The kitchen is remarkably quiet and the food and drinks are extraordinary. It's a treat every time

IT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant
One of my favorites

FN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Korean BBQ and was blown away by the desserts. Matcha warm tart and Matcha brownies were awesome. Great meal overall. If you want to have a Korean BBQ and you’d rather not smell like it for the rest of that day, this is the place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a family dinner. The service was great and everyone is super polite. Looks like they have their things together. The decor is beautiful.
Food was good as well. Definitely will go back!

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their black cod Jorim was outstanding, actually better than at the Manhattan branch. Atmosphere there is nice, quiet, not so hectic. One of the main reasons I go to this restaurant is they do not use MSG. I am allergic to it and from the food I do not go sleepy afterward or get puffy face the next day.

PD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for birthday dinner with my husband and kids (6&11). Food was great. Staff were friendly. Upscale dining experience. Next time we will leave the kids at home since they would have been happy with just the rice.

DQ
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding!! The ambience was very relaxed but upscale. I can't say enough good things about the staff. They were very friendly and always checking on us. When I made the reservation, I checked the "birthday" box and without having to mention it to the staff, they brought out the dessert with a candle! Very thoughtful. The food was good, well presented.

GC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was absolutely amazing! I would recommend it 100%!! The portions were generous, the flavors were perfect, the service was great, and the drinks were delicious! I can’t wait to go again!

f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Up sell drinks... poor service with an empty restaurant....impatient wait staff.. food very good but rest of experience was just fair

T
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers were great taste and display. Only Bulgogi was not as good as expected somewhat disappointed.

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

I love this place!
Cocktails very good and food is delicious.
Service is very excellent and attentive.
The Salmonchobab was especially delicious!

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious all the time.
Staffs are friendly as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very beautiful experience it was my wife’s birthday and she loved every minute of it from the food to the service everything was amazing.

SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is my first time writing a review in opentable after 8 years of my membership.
First of all, I've always visited Gayeon for lunch, at least once a week or once in two weeks.
Today, was the worst experience and I can't believe their service was terrible like this after I've raised my issues.
Food came out 30 min late, which I tried to understand because it's lunch time.
Food came out, appetizer mushroom tangsoo looked different from previous mushroom tangsoo I had.
Sauce did not contain starch, it seemed like a heated up Soo Jung Gwa.
Second, my cold noodle soup tasted like melted ice and noodle was all overcooked.
I've had this menu for so many times so I knew that something was wrong. However, I didn't raise the issue until manager lady came and asked how the food was. I then told her soup is too plain and it's not like before. She responded, "oh yeah, is it too watery?" and just left. Period. I thought she was going to follow-up with me with soup or any other action for my issue, however, nothing.
Overall, extremely disappointed at their service and I would never recommend this restaurant to my friend and families. I just can't believe this.

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time, I am fully satisfied with taste of meal.

d
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience guaranteed

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Nice presentations. Inventive compared to other Korean Barbecue places. Interesting buckwheat noodles in ice water. Up scale surroundings.

ED
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been there many times and never disappoints. This time we ordered only appetizers and it was great.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Baby baptism