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A tabletop grill in action at Gogi Yogi in Shaw
A tabletop grill in action at Gogi Yogi in Shaw
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Where to Eat Korean Barbecue Around D.C.

Grill bulgogi right at the table at these KBBQ restaurants

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A tabletop grill in action at Gogi Yogi in Shaw
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Korean barbecue joints offer a multisensory feast. At restaurants outfitted with tabletop grills, staff members will crank up the fire and swap out grates in front of diners to cook various cuts of meat, often marinated in sweet and spicy sauces. The most popular orders are typically thinly sliced, marinated beef bulgogi, thicker galbi (short ribs), brisket shavings, and pork belly. Chicken, shrimp, and seafood are common, too. Sesame oil and gochujang-based condiments are served on the side for dipping, and customers can usually count on a complimentary stream of banchan (or panchan), side dishes of pickles, salads, and other vegetables. Kimchi is a must. These communal meals often include cold beer and soju, too.

While Annandale, Virginia, is the epicenter of the D.C. area’s Korean food culture, the District now has two tabletop grilling places inside the city: Gogi Yogi in Shaw, and a location of the Iron Age chain in Columbia Heights. Here are a dozen restaurants serving Korean barbecue around D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honey Pig (Multiple locations)

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19743 Frederick Rd
Germantown, MD 20876
(301) 972-2436
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Virginia-based chain Honey Pig is one of the most popular Korean barbecue establishments in the region and has even expanded to Taiwan and Texas. Featured offerings include brisket, bulgogi, galbi, beef tongue, tripe, duck breast, marinated squid, and more. Honey Pig can be found in both the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, with locations in Annandale, Centreville, Rockville, Germantown, and Ellicott City.

2. Hwa Gae Jang Tuh (HGJT) 화개장터

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2104 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851
(301) 340-6880
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Rockville’s Hwa Gae Jang Tuh offers tabletop grilling for meats like bulgogi, marinated short ribs or galbi, and pork belly. The menu includes dishes like japchae (sweet potato noodles) and mandu (dumplings), too. Book one of two party rooms for private events. — Adele Chapin

3. K-Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot

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5550 Randolph Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 880-2155
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Get two tabletop cooking experiences in one from this East Coast chain, which includes an outlet in Rockville. Another location is in the works in Seven Corners in Virginia. — Adele Chapin

4. Kangnam BBQ

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8503 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 220-1635
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In College Park, Kangnam BBQ serves meat and seafood like galbi, shrimp, chicken teriyaki, and spicy squid cooked on a tabletop grill. An all-you-can-eat option is available, and there’s a ramen bar inside the restaurant as well. — Adele Chapin

5. Iron Age Columbia Heights

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3365 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 558-5579
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Iron Age Korean Steak House brought all-you-can-eat barbecue to Columbia Heights in 2020, with an array of meat and seafood to grill at the table. There are also Iron Age locations in Rockville, Annandale, and Centreville. — Adele Chapin

6. Gogi Yogi

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1921 8th St NW #115
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-4167
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Shaw’s Gogi Yogi opened in 2019 as the first KBBQ venue in D.C. proper equipped with tabletop grills. All-you-can-eat barbecue is available, alongside high-end options like dry-aged New York strip or New Zealand lamb with rosemary. Try fun drinks like soju slushies or So-Maek towers (lager mixed with soju). Happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) includes a $6 price tag for Hite Extra Cold beers or rail cocktails. — Adele Chapin

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7. Firepan Korean BBQ

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6793 - C Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(571) 378-0238
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For kimchi pancakes and all-you-can-eat barbecue in Falls Church, try Firepan Korean BBQ. A Silver Spring location is on the way this fall. — Adele Chapin

8. Meokja Meokja - Korean BBQ

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9619 Fairfax Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031
(571) 459-2875
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Popular Fairfax spot Meokja Meokja grills everything from prime ribeye to pork belly and beef intestines, along with decadent sides like corn cheese. Show up early or expect a lengthy wait. — Adele Chapin

9. Breakers Korean BBQ -Fairfax

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9650 Main St #10
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 343-6688
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In Fairfax City, national chain Breakers aims to fuse “fine-dining and traditional Korean BBQ” with grill-your-own options. Another outpost is headed to Fair Oaks mall too. — Adele Chapin

10. Sō Korean Bbq

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5728 Pickwick Rd
Centreville, VA 20121
(571) 446-4950
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The owners of Kogiya opened a larger Korean barbecue spot with a minimalist look in Centreville in 2017. At Sō, choose between all-you-can-eat options, a la carte, or combination sets. For example, there’s an $80-for-two beef menu includes skirt steak, short ribs, brisket, and more. — Adele Chapin

11. Yechon

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4121 Hummer Rd
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 914-4646
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This Northern Virginia standby was well-known for serving Korean barbecue 24 hours a day, but due to the pandemic, it’s now open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m (with outdoor dining available too). Featured offerings include beef (including intestines and tongue), pork, chicken, shrimp, and squid. Craving something different? Noodle dishes and sushi round out the lengthy menu.

12. Kogiya

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4220-A Annandale Rd
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 942-6995
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In addition to serving Korean barbecue dishes a la carte, this family-run eatery offers all-you-can-eat options at both lunch and dinner. Featured items range from bulgogi and galbi to fatty brisket and large intestines. Tip: store jackets/outer layers of clothing in the corresponding stool to avoid leaving with the scent of grilled meat hanging over everything. Kogiya now offers takeout and meal kits with meat ready to grill at home.

1. Honey Pig (Multiple locations)

19743 Frederick Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

Virginia-based chain Honey Pig is one of the most popular Korean barbecue establishments in the region and has even expanded to Taiwan and Texas. Featured offerings include brisket, bulgogi, galbi, beef tongue, tripe, duck breast, marinated squid, and more. Honey Pig can be found in both the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, with locations in Annandale, Centreville, Rockville, Germantown, and Ellicott City.

19743 Frederick Rd
Germantown, MD 20876

2. Hwa Gae Jang Tuh (HGJT) 화개장터

2104 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20851

Rockville’s Hwa Gae Jang Tuh offers tabletop grilling for meats like bulgogi, marinated short ribs or galbi, and pork belly. The menu includes dishes like japchae (sweet potato noodles) and mandu (dumplings), too. Book one of two party rooms for private events. — Adele Chapin

2104 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851

3. K-Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot

5550 Randolph Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

Get two tabletop cooking experiences in one from this East Coast chain, which includes an outlet in Rockville. Another location is in the works in Seven Corners in Virginia. — Adele Chapin

5550 Randolph Rd
Rockville, MD 20852

4. Kangnam BBQ

8503 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

In College Park, Kangnam BBQ serves meat and seafood like galbi, shrimp, chicken teriyaki, and spicy squid cooked on a tabletop grill. An all-you-can-eat option is available, and there’s a ramen bar inside the restaurant as well. — Adele Chapin

8503 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740

5. Iron Age Columbia Heights

3365 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Iron Age Korean Steak House brought all-you-can-eat barbecue to Columbia Heights in 2020, with an array of meat and seafood to grill at the table. There are also Iron Age locations in Rockville, Annandale, and Centreville. — Adele Chapin

3365 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

6. Gogi Yogi

1921 8th St NW #115, Washington, DC 20001
Ralph Alswang

Shaw’s Gogi Yogi opened in 2019 as the first KBBQ venue in D.C. proper equipped with tabletop grills. All-you-can-eat barbecue is available, alongside high-end options like dry-aged New York strip or New Zealand lamb with rosemary. Try fun drinks like soju slushies or So-Maek towers (lager mixed with soju). Happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) includes a $6 price tag for Hite Extra Cold beers or rail cocktails. — Adele Chapin

1921 8th St NW #115
Washington, DC 20001

7. Firepan Korean BBQ

6793 - C Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

For kimchi pancakes and all-you-can-eat barbecue in Falls Church, try Firepan Korean BBQ. A Silver Spring location is on the way this fall. — Adele Chapin

6793 - C Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

8. Meokja Meokja - Korean BBQ

9619 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031

Popular Fairfax spot Meokja Meokja grills everything from prime ribeye to pork belly and beef intestines, along with decadent sides like corn cheese. Show up early or expect a lengthy wait. — Adele Chapin

9619 Fairfax Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031

9. Breakers Korean BBQ -Fairfax

9650 Main St #10, Fairfax, VA 22031

In Fairfax City, national chain Breakers aims to fuse “fine-dining and traditional Korean BBQ” with grill-your-own options. Another outpost is headed to Fair Oaks mall too. — Adele Chapin

9650 Main St #10
Fairfax, VA 22031

10. Sō Korean Bbq

5728 Pickwick Rd, Centreville, VA 20121

The owners of Kogiya opened a larger Korean barbecue spot with a minimalist look in Centreville in 2017. At Sō, choose between all-you-can-eat options, a la carte, or combination sets. For example, there’s an $80-for-two beef menu includes skirt steak, short ribs, brisket, and more. — Adele Chapin

5728 Pickwick Rd
Centreville, VA 20121

11. Yechon

4121 Hummer Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

This Northern Virginia standby was well-known for serving Korean barbecue 24 hours a day, but due to the pandemic, it’s now open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m (with outdoor dining available too). Featured offerings include beef (including intestines and tongue), pork, chicken, shrimp, and squid. Craving something different? Noodle dishes and sushi round out the lengthy menu.

4121 Hummer Rd
Annandale, VA 22003

12. Kogiya

4220-A Annandale Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

In addition to serving Korean barbecue dishes a la carte, this family-run eatery offers all-you-can-eat options at both lunch and dinner. Featured items range from bulgogi and galbi to fatty brisket and large intestines. Tip: store jackets/outer layers of clothing in the corresponding stool to avoid leaving with the scent of grilled meat hanging over everything. Kogiya now offers takeout and meal kits with meat ready to grill at home.

4220-A Annandale Rd
Annandale, VA 22003

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