Thrill Korean Steak & Bar in Buford Georgia Review

Beef Brisket cooking on a table grill.

There is a new Korean BBQ in town called Thrill Korean Steak & Bar!  And when I saw the sign on the new building in Buford, in The Exchange shopping center, I knew I needed to check them out.  Plus, since it's in my area, I like to try each new food establishment at least once to give my support.

I'm not going to lie; when I read the Thrill Korean Steak & Bar sign on the building, I thought it would be like a steakhouse.  

Honestly, I wish it was.  The reason is that there are so many Korean BBQs all over Duluth and Suwanee, and now trickling into Buford.

It's not that I don't like Korean BBQs; I actually eat at different locations with my family three times a month because it's so good and fulfilling.  I just wanted a new Korean dining experience and style of cuisine.

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Thrill Korean Steak & Bar: Bar Seating area with TVs.

I visited Thrill Korean Steak & Bar with my youngest daughter during their soft opening weekend.  Walking inside, I loved the sophisticated atmosphere and the dark, contemporary, modern decor.  The perfect setting for date nights and parties.

When we arrived at our table, I found out it was a Korean BBQ since there were grills at each table.

Then, looking at the menu, I saw that it was an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ.  I try to avoid all-you-can-eat Korean BBQs because they are notorious for serving poor-quality meats.

But we were already seated, so I kept an open mind and did not try to be biased. 

When I looked at the menu, I noticed a variety of unmarinated and marinated proteins, including beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, and calamari, as well as a wide selection of appetizers.

Thrill Korean Steak & Bar Side Dishes

And I can't forget the sides!  A great selection of side dishes that automatically serve at your table.

So, everything on the menu, including soft drinks, sides,  appetizers, and proteins, are all included for $45 per person (Dinner Price).  A good price!  And you can eat up to 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to try out all the foods.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Now, a la carte items like fried rice, wings, and desserts are on the menu for an extra fee.  (I've never seen dessert options at Korean BBQs).

Now, it's time to eat!

We could only choose two proteins at a time, and the protein size is the number of people at your table; for example, we picked marinated Galbi, and our server brought out two slices of beef ribs and then cut them up on the grill.

Beef Belly cooking on the grill

This goes for all meats, like the thinly sliced briskets, which are enough for how many guests you have at your table.

But no worries, you can keep ordering proteins over and over for two hours, and to be honest, I was full way before that time.

My favorite meats on the menu are the marinated Galbi bone-in, Beef Belly, Beef Bulgogi, Cajun shrimp, and Beef Brisket.

And I was very impressed with the quality!  These meats are premium, just more thinly sliced and in smaller portions.  The marinated meats are seasoned very well and full of flavor.

Waiter cooking on the grill

The service is excellent, and I noticed that the servers work as a team.  I sometimes had a few servers helping with food requests and cooking our food on the grill so there wouldn't be any wasted time.

Due to this, you'll notice the servers running around different tables a lot.  This restaurant is definitely fast-paced.

Remember my concern about the meat quality since it's an all-you-can-eat establishment?

I met the owner, and she assured me that the meat quality would stay the same, just like her popular Sandy Springs location, which has been around for several years.

That's great to know.  I now have a new Korean BBQ spot to add to my growing list of favorites.

I noticed that Thrill appears more Americanized and doesn't quite offer the actual Korean BBQ experience.  Even the majority of diners eating there seemed to be Americans.  

I mention this because, in my experience, seeing other Koreans dining at a Korean restaurant is a good sign that you're getting an authentic experience.  Therefore, I would recommend Thrill for those who are just starting to explore Korean cuisine.

And even if you are a Korean BBQ enthusiast like myself, it's still a great place to eat.  I even went for a second time during the grand opening weekend with both of my daughters in tow, and they loved it!

Plate full of food of beef belly, pasta, and salad.

Good food, excellent service, and fun experience!  I highly recommend it!

And if you like breakfast foods, make sure to check Snooze across the parking lot of Thrill.

Thrill Korean Steak & Bar

2925 Buford Dr. Ste# 1300

Buford, GA 30519

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