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Area 51 BBQ & Grill

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$9 - $24
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Barbecue, Asian, Korean
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Reviewed July 31, 2022 via mobile

Wow great Korean BBQ at the breach, who knew? Just look at the photos and see for your self. Reasonably priced and quick service. Our server Kate was awesome! Shake a box bibimbap, tonkatsu, kimchi fried rice, beef bulgogi, Korean bento box, and other great...dishes. Even had terra beer that I have not seen sense Covid. If you are into Korean BBQ give this place a try.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

Love this place! Great tasting dishes. We had dumplings, wings, and two other small dishes-just wonderful food and lovely service.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 19, 2022 via mobile

Great food but service is always slow. There was only one cook in kitchen during busy lunch hour. Waited 35 minutes for food.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 15, 2022

We don’t go out to eat much because my wife is such a great cook and we are too cheap. However, we do like to try new restaurants that become available and since this restaurant opened, we’ve wanted to find an opportunity to try it....There are just a few parking spaces compared to the number of tables inside. There were about 4 square regular height tables and one round high table in the front dining area. There were more tables in the back dining area. To get a sense of what they offer, we ordered Korean Fried Chicken, redneck egg rolls, spicy pork wraps, and T-Mex Tacos to share. Our server was friendly and efficient and the food came in a reasonable amount of time. Everything, and I do mean everything, was delicious. The next time we get the urge to eat out, I think this will be the place.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 28, 2021

Healthy choices, spicy 🌶 choices, a delicious find in the Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach area. Juicy Ribs for the Win. Service was attentive. Very Positive Experience.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 9, 2021 via mobile

Started off with the mandu dumplings which were so good, 3 won’t be enough. Next, spicy pork wraps - YUM. It was a chilly night so we opted for the Dumpling soup and galbi ramyoen. Let me just, we will be back. Robert was an...excellent server!!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 14, 2021

Loved everything we had!!! Great staff very helpful and friendly!! Best birthday dinner!! We will definitely be coming back to try more menu items!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2021

My family and I like the homemade Korean food and the friendly staff. This is a simple dining area with indoor and outdoor seating and limited parking. Go for the Korean BBQ wings! Another must try is the homemade pineapple dressing.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 22, 2021

We sat in the courtyard for lunch with the fan going and our server played Beatles on the Sonos for starters. It was not fancy, but pleasant and secluded. My partner ordered a Stella Artois and I ordered a glass of wine while we perused...the interesting menu. Our server took note of some likes and dislikes so she steered me to the Dolsot DupBap with beef. I love skillet dishes and this did not disappoint. It came sizzling with rice, thinly sliced beef, sliced onions, scallions, and a fried egg on top. The rice gets crispy and the egg cooks just slightly against the hot pan to become fried rice. Very tasty! My partner ordered sliced brisket with baked beans and Asian slaw. The beans and beef were very good, but the slaw was too spicy for his taste. Lots of red pepper. Three sauces are brought to the table and we enjoyed mixing them with our food. We will definitely be back for more!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 29, 2021

I ate at Area 51 last night, Saturday, August 28, with some friends of mine. It was my first time at the restaurant. It was great! The food and the service were both top-notch. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 8, 2021 via mobile

We waited for the weekend to get pork belly just to find out their website was not up to date and this was not available. Despite this, the waitstaff and cook were very friendly and worked with us to getting something that we very much...enjoyed. All of the food tasted homemade, right down to the hot sauce. Food I don't normally eat or like, I ate here and was happy with our meal. Definitely a go to place.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 12, 2021 via mobile

The pulled pork platter and sand which were awesome. I would just order the sandwich if I came again, plenty of meat. The Mac and cheese was Kraft, it wasn’t great and not worth the side. The Texas toast was also phenomenal

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

Our first visit today and we were pleasantly surprised; we had gone to the old place when it was Gilberts and we found the ambience at Gilbert’s to be a little disconcerting. Area 51 has fixed things up and made it a lot more comfortable...and charming. The wait staff was terrific and very friendly and helpful. I had the Bibimbap and my husband had the Bulgigi Burrito. Both were delicious. Will be back!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Area51BBQandGrill, Owner at Area 51 BBQ & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your bibimbap and burrito! We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed August 20, 2020

Once my shipmates and I entered the place, we were greeted with the nicest folks and sat within a reasonable time. The menu features great cuisine (every type of tender meat, strips, shreaded, etc) but what surprised me most were the side dishes. After we...were served, I immediately dug into the Mac and cheese side dish for a quick bite before tackling my ribs...and WOW! What an excellent recipe Jay and his team employed. Many, many places treat side dishes like and after thought - but not this crew. The baked beans were also magnificent! And the ribs themselves? The lightly blackened exterior greet the taste buds with a handshake, and Area51's sauces are out of this world! High recommend, and we can't wait to try it again!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Area51BBQandGrill, Owner at Area 51 BBQ & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2020

Hi Captain Jetty. We are humbled and honored by your very kind words, and we are thrilled that you and your shipmates enjoyed your meals. Thanks for your very generous mention of our side dishes. If you like greens, might we suggest that you give...More

Reviewed August 18, 2020 via mobile

This food is delicious. Although they serve both Korean Bar B Que and American, we have yet to get past the Bibimbap or the dolsot for two. Been three times and it is getting to be a weekly tradition for my Mrs. the first time...we tried the Bibimap. It looked good on Facebook, so we gave it a try. We were far from disappointed. OMG it was Great! And reasonable prices as well. The second time we tried the Dolsot for two, and it was even better. Came with sides of Japchae, pan fried chicken dumplings, kimchi, and bok Choi kimchi. We have had it twice now and again, yet to disappoint. If you want to try something new, this is the place! We love it and now are fans!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Area51BBQandGrill, Owner at Area 51 BBQ & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2020

We are so glad to hear that you've enjoyed all of your dining experiences with us. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for your very kind words. We hope we continue to live up to them! We greatly...More

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Area 51 BBQ & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5