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ARA Korean Restaurant

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7232 Malugay Street | Bel-Air, Makati, Luzon, Philippines
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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70 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

You won't get your money's worth. There are other Korean restaurants which can provide good food, better ambiance, more friendly service, and better parking. If I had another choice, I wouldn't have gone to this place. Bad judgement. Don't make the same mistake as I did :(

Thank CuriousTraveller5678
Manila, Philippines
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171 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

There's not a lot of Korean restaurants I know that offer samgyetang at a reasonable price. I recently re-visited this restaurant where I first dined on ginseng chicken, pajeon and chapchae in 2013. Samgyetang is considered food that is good for the body and has really no strong spicy flavors because it is mainly the chicken, rice and ginseng in... More 

Thank Babut_Bacena
Makati, Philippines
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91 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2014

If you enter the room, it is very Korean. You have to squat or put your feet down as if you are squatting. Side dishes are free-flowing. Service is average. You have to let the crew realize that you are there to feel the Korea ambiance and they will really do their best to accommodate you. Price is reasonable.

Thank JoevyB
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2014 via mobile

Out of all the Korean restaurants in Makati, Ara is my always reliable destination for Korean cuisine for the past 10 years. Others try to woo me with a bouquet of salad greens or a made up story of the owner, but Ara has always been consistent with service and value for money. It is the only Korean restaurant that... More 

Thank Popit D
San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Nice ambience, airy and nicely appointed but could be better ventilated to minimize sesame smell on customers' clothing. Well lit and clean environment. Reliable guards escort with umbrellas on a rainy night. Service was surprisingly so so. It was neither Filipino or Korean. Head female waiter was greeting in approximate Korean but was exuding no aura of hospitality but rather... More 

Thank BaleTula
Ridgewood, New York
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Food is okay but not that fantastic if you compare to other similar Korean Places. At least you can get unlimited side dishes and they give you pineapple and cinnamon tea at the end. Service is good. They are attentive to your needs and bill arrives quickly. Reasonably priced.

Thank Emmanuel M
Nicosia, Cyprus
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109 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

In Makati you can find good Korean restaurants. ARA is not the best and not the worst. If you are vegetarian you can always find something to eat there. One of the best dishes is the Bibimbap - Rice mixed with assorted vegetables. You can take this dish with meat or without. If you coming with a group ask them... More 

Thank AsafG_13
New Mexico
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360 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2012

Lots of choices on the menu, so there's something for every taste. The modeum jun (mixed seafood/vegetable tempura -- sorta) was ample in volume (and rightfully so given the price) but very oily and late arriving, so not exactly a starter; think the oil wasn't hot (we arrived at the start of the lunch period) so the batter and contents... More 

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Redwood City, California
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2012

My family booked a private room to celebrate my brother's birthday. The room itself was not impressive, it seemed like it was worn down, needs painting and renovation. But the meal, which consisted of 3 sets of ShortRibs, 2 sets of Bulgogi, 2 sets of Beef Stew (with meat falling off the bone, so tender), Chapchae, Shabu-Shabu with Beef, 3... More 

Thank Acsah
Muntinlupa, Philippines
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61 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2012

We wanted to have our team meeting outside the office, Im not a fan of Korean food but since this was recommended and everyone else agreed to it, I was willing to give it a try. The ambiance was great, we reserved a private dining area with a designated staff attending to our needs. When we arrive, the side dishes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Asian, Korean, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7232 Malugay Street | Bel-Air, Makati, Luzon, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Luzon  >  Metro Manila  >  Makati

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?