Looking for Korean restaurants in Rotterdam? Korean cuisine is healthy, varied, a little spicy and contains a lot of vegetables. If you say typical Korean, it mainly refers to the many side dishes that accompany a base such as rice, soup or kimchi. Kimchi in particular makes me very excited (that’s also one of my nicknames, haha), because I really like it!
In addition to these items, you will come across a lot of fish, seaweed, tofu, garlic and ginger. But at the restaurants in Rotterdam there is more on the menu. It seems as if the focus is shifting a bit to soul food, in other words: taste that attract customers. Dishes can therefore be quite heavy (lots of meat) and deep-frying is also something that occurs. Just think of Korean fried chicken.
I mainly eat plant-based, my diet never includes meat. That excludes a number of Korean-Rotterdam restaurants, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy for a delicious dinner. If you eat everything then you can go anywhere and otherwise there are options in this list that are still very suitable.
Check out this list full of amazing restaurants in Rotterdam.
1. SOJU Bar Rotterdam
If this isn’t the hippest restaurant on this list, I don’t know what is. I regularly hear that people get all dressed up to go on a date at the SOJU Bar.
This restaurant is known for not only the soju, but for the Korean fried chicken they serve. In addition to fried chicken, you can also eat dishes such as bibimbap, kimbab and mandu.
Witte de Withstraat 51a, 3012 BM Rotterdam
2. Seoul Sista Korean BBQ
This gem of a Korean restaurant is located within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station and is characterized from the outside by the beautiful mural of a woman in Asian clothing as high as the building itself. Once inside, you will notice that all tables have a BBQ plate on which you and your group can prepare certain food products such as meat, fish and vegetables during dinner.
You can also order tasty cocktails at Seoul Sista and there are karaoke rooms for a joint singing session after dinner.
Weena 296, 3012 NJ Rotterdam
From Tuesday to Saturday you can enjoy traditional and fresh Korean dishes served in the cosy restaurant BapBoss in the centre of Rotterdam between 17:00 and 22:00.
The menu offers everything from vegetarian, meat and fish to taste experiences such as sour, crispy, spicy and smoky.
Goudsesingel 26, 3011 KB Rotterdam
Gamasot is a small toko where you can get the best tasty Korean take away dishes. You can also sit there, but this is not a fancy place, this is an eatery.
The glass corner building in the city centre shines because of the bright lights, but the real stars are the dishes. Here you can get bulgogi, dosirak, bibimbap, bokkum kuksu and tuk bok gi, among other things.
Pannekoekstraat 103-A, 3011 LD Rotterdam
5. HOY Kitchen
This is a special location, because HOY Kitchen is an Asian Food Court. The cosy ambiance of the venue adds to the experience of eating the various Asian street food dishes on offer.
For example, you eat Korean Fried Chicken here, but you’re also in the right place if you’re hungry for Japanese tori katsu, among other things.
Mariniersweg 34, 3011 NP Rotterdam
6. Gangnam Korean BBQ
Gangnam is open every day of the week for delicious Korean BBQ. This location calls itself a fusion restaurant with a slightly different menu than other Korean BBQ restaurants in Rotterdam.
They offer, among other things, marinated meat and fish dishes that are halal, but also have unlimited fresh sashimi, sushi, kimbap and mini poké bowls for sushi lovers.
Groenendaal 45F, 3011 SM Rotterdam
7. Korean Food by Allegaartje
This has to be the cutest restaurant in the Zwaanshals area, a hip neighbourhood in Rotterdam Noord. The interior has a living room-like feel and you immediately feel at ease upon entering.
At Allegatje you can barbecue Korean, but they have a specific concept that emerges: the lettuce wrap. This is a dish consisting of grilled marinated rib eye steak (which you prepare yourself at the table), in a large leaf of lettuce with rice and all kinds of small Korean dishes. You roll this up into a wrap, it’s that simple!
Zwaanshals 277A, 3035 KG Rotterdam
8. Man Nam
Restaurant Man Nam is ‘little Korea in Rotterdam’. This sleek and hip design restaurant in the centre of Rotterdam is a great stop for a nice meal after shopping. The dishes are authentic, fresh and as they say: unforgettable.
Whether you are just the two of you or with a large group of friends, Man Nam is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious dinner together. The atmosphere in the restaurant is cosy and inviting, making you feel right at home.
Goudsesingel 39A, 3031 ED Rotterdam
On Rotterdam Zuid, near the water, you will find Noonchi. A Korean restaurant with soul and street food. Think compact, fresh and affordable authentic Korean dishes such as Korean fried chicken, fried vegetable rolls, kimchi mandu, bibimbap and honey butter cupdak.
Wilhelminakade 52-58, 3072 AR Rotterdam
GoChu is a hidden restaurant in Rotterdam Noord, just behind the Eudokiaplein shopping centre.
Vegetarians are certainly welcome here and can enjoy dishes such as a green salad, roasted eggplant, waffle fries, vegan cheese fries tteobokki (also vegan available), a vegan snack platter and vegan mandu.
At GoChu you eat Korean street food, so expect a lot of fried items.
Insulindestraat 208, 3037 BK Rotterdam
11. Crispy Korean
Every day of the week between 4:00 PM and 9:30 PM you can order or pick up your Korean fried chicken at Crispy Korean.
This take away restaurant in Rotterdam Centre focuses on fried chicken, the Korean way. This means that the chicken is fried in an Asian way, which removes the fat from the skin and makes it extremely light and crispy. The chicken is not marinated and is prepared in oil at a relatively low temperature (350 degrees). After the chicken has been cooked in two sessions, it’s time to enjoy!
Mariniersweg 30, 3011 NN Rotterdam
12. Sarang Chicken
Rotterdam Kralingen is also the right place if you are looking for Korean chicken. At Sarang Chicken you order or pick up the best comfort food.
Think of buckets with popcorn chicken, kimbaps with meat or fish and side dishes such as kimchi or shrimp tempura.
Oostzeedijk Beneden 207B, 3061 VT Rotterdam
Are you hungry yet? Then choose one of these nice Korean restaurants and quickly book your table for a night out in Rotterdam. Enjoy your meal!