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The 11 Best Korean Restaurants Near National City

Updated: May 2, 2022

Ever wondered where to find the best kimchi or soju in National City? The answer is at these Korean spots. We analyzed top review sites and incorporated user and critic reviews for this list of top Korean eats in National City. So if you’re still hankering for Korean pork belly or stir-fried noodles pay one of these National City spots a visit.

Find the perfect Korean restaurant

Ohana Hawaiian Island Bbq

Hawaiian, $$, National CityHawaiian, $$National City, Central
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

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Buga Korean BBQ

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, North Clairemont
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0
  • Trip 101, 2019

    The 10 Best Korean Restaurants In San Diego, California

    Trip 101, 2019
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Woomiok

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Rice Goban

Korean, San DiegoKoreanSan Diego, University City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Chon Ju Jip

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego

    Eater, 2021
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat Hot Pot in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

DJK Korean BBQ

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Grandma Tofu and Korean BBQ

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

356 Korean BBQ Bar

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, Mission Valley East
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Zzan Hillcrest

Korean, San DiegoKoreanSan Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5

Bann Cuisine

Korean, $, San DiegoKorean, $San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Cross Street Chicken and Beer

Korean, $$, San DiegoKorean, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

How does it work?

Finding the right Korean restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We analyzed 10162 National City restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 National City restaurant reviews, and 624 lists and articles – looking closely at what Trip 101 and Eater had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Trip 101 - The 10 Best Korean Restaurants In San Diego, California, Eater - Where to Eat Hot Pot in San Diego and Eater - Where to Get Korean Barbecue for Takeout in San Diego. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Frequently asked questions

Vons Chicken, Sushi & Galbi, and Bonchon National City are the highest-rated Korean restaurants that serve breakfast in National City.

Vons Chicken, Sushi & Galbi, and Bonchon National City are the highest-rated Korean restaurants for take-out in National City.

There are 4 Korean restaurants in National City.

Sushi & Galbi is a vegetarian-friendly Korean restaurant in National City.

Vons Chicken, Sushi & Galbi, and Bonchon National City are some of the highest-rated late-night Korean spots in National City.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair fried chicken with Champagne

    To elevate your fried chicken experience, we recommend some Champagne to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this sparkling wine acts as a palate cleanser for the fatty dish.

  • Pale Ale and fried chicken


    When considering what goes best with fried chicken, we recommend a glass of Pale Ale, it truly complements the dish as it cleanses the palate.


  • The perfect match for fried chicken

    When ordering fried chicken, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Riesling, a popular white wine.

Factoids

  • A classic meal

    Certain dishes are so iconic that they can become a part of a country’s identity. In Korea, bulgogi is recognized as one of the most popular national dishes.

  • All in a day’s work

    Naddar "FreakEating" Reda set a new world record by eating the most McDonald's Chicken McNugget at a time. The record, which hasn’t been beaten since, is 170 nuggets.

  • The ideal pairing

    Do you like a drink with clear, slightly-sweet distilled spirit flavours? You should try some soju from Korea.

Parking tips

Parking in National City can be notoriously tough. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Korean spot.

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