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Where and What to Eat in Seoul

Seoul restaurants are well-regarded for the varied budget levels and preferences, which ranges from all-day food stalls nestled within quiet alleyways to award-winning restaurants available in Seoul’s upscale districts. Catering to a global clientele, Seoul is a great place to enjoy an extensive array of delicacies such as fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes, meaty steaks, noodles and rice dishes, as well as fine-dining European and western fare.

If you’re in the mood for savoury, spicy, hearty and nutritious Korean dishes, definite must-tries include bibimbap (mixed rice with vegetables and meat), samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup), kimchi (fermented vegetables) and Korean BBQ grilled meat. Whether you're looking for high-end dining or affordable restaurants serving authentic Korean food, restaurants in Seoul are guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds.

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10 Best Restaurants in Seoul

10 Best Restaurants in Seoul

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Jungsik Dang

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La Yeon Seoul

La Yeon Seoul

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Ryunique

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Arirang Minsokgwan

If you are a non Korean and want to experience the true flavour of exquisite Korean food as well as enjoy the local culture, Arirang Monsokgwan is just the place to visit. Korean traditional music and a dance concert in the evening coupled with the traditional Korean food served here make this place a must-visit. The rooms have been designed in such a way that guests can view the performances taking place in the front yard. Although the prices are a bit steep, dining at this restaurant is definitely worth every penny.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 2-2, Kwanhun-dong, Chongro-gu
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Bizbaz

A popular choice for gourmet food lovers, not only does Bizbaz offer the best Japanese cuisines but also a huge variety of juicy international food that you can choose from. Dishes from China, India, Italy and France are available here. The pleasant surroundings, warm, comfortable, and welcoming interiors also makes Bizbaz a great place to relax in. If you are a jazz lover, be sure try Bizbaz; every night here is Jazz night where guests are serenaded with the best of live Jazz music. Must-try delicacies include sushi, veal steak, Korean-style soup, and kimchi. 

  • Address: Samsung 1-dong
  • Cuisine: Continental
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Congdu Restaurant

Set behind Deoksugung Palace, Congdu Restaurant serves traditional Korean cuisine that’s adapted to a more modern palate. Finding this eatery can be challenging as there’s no signage; just look out for a traditional Korean building between the US and UK embassies. Available in both set and a la carte menu, Congdu’s food offerings are subtle in flavour with impeccable presentation. Standout dishes include the Jeju Island black pork that’s slow-roasted for 48 hours, barley bibimbap with brown bean paste, corvina (salted whole fish) and raw marinated crab, and pork belly with marinated oysters and kale wrap. For dessert, Congdu Restaurant’s tofu cream tiramisu with espresso and pine nut puree is a must-try.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 – 22:00
  • Address: 116-1, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 722 7002
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Gaon

Gaon is definitely one of the most refined restaurants in Seoul, and this three-floor restaurant has been meticulously designed with each floor having different motifs and designs. One wall is made up with a variety of glowing colour bars, another wall is built using old newspapers, and another with clear plastic cases filled with beans. The menu consists of some of the best Korean classics. The radish Kimchi with oysters and Haemool Pajun; and a thick pancake full of scallops, squid and octopus are a must-try at the Gaon. The interiors of the restaurant are chic and they also have a great collection of wine as well as traditional Korean drinks that you can enjoy. 

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 631-21 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam Gu, Apgujeong
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Gwangjang Market

Near exit 8 at Jogno-ga Station is where you can enjoy the best of the traditional seasonal food. Korean bean Pancake and the Korean blood sausage are a must try here.

  • Opening Hours: Till late at night
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Price Range: depends on the market visited and the type of food ordered
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Han Chu Korean Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a conventional after-work snack in Seoul, and Gangnam’s Han Chu Korean Fried Chicken is one of the best place to get your hands on this crispy morsel. Open daily from evening onwards, the humble-looking restaurant is located at Garosugil Street, a high-end fashion street which is a ten-minute walk from the Apgujeong Station. Best accompanied with a cold beer, Han Chu’s signature fried chicken (17,000 won) is juicy on the inside while the lightly battered skin is crispy with each bite. Other popular dishes here include the fried whole green pepper with pork fillings (15,000 won) and seasoned clams with noodles (18,000 won).

  • Opening Hours: Daily 17:00 – 03:00
  • Address: 549-9 Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu Seoul
  • Tel: +822 3446 5778
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Hongik Sootbul Kalbi

Hongik Sootbul Kalbi is a barbecue restaurant near Hongik University and is one of the busiest and best Kalbi restaurants in the city. The main attraction here is the high-quality meat and the amazing food that is served at low prices. Given its popularity, finding a seat at Honggik Sootbul Kabli is quite a herculean task. If you plan to visit Hongik Sootbul Kalbi, make sure you plan in advance. The service is fast and friendly and very affordable, but when you leave the restaurant you are bound to smell like roast meat – and we mean that in a good way!

  • Opening Hours: Till late at night
  • Location: Near Hongik University, close to exit 4 in Hongdae
  • Cuisine: Barbeque
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Jungsik Dang

A fine-dining eatery that’s hidden within a quiet alley in Gangnam, Jungsik Dang offers unique takes on Korean dishes in an intimate setting. Service here is impeccable and unobtrusive, making it a popular venue for romantic dinners. The tasting menu is priced at 150,000 won onwards, where guests can enjoy sea urchin bibimbap (traditional dish of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 15:00 & 17:30 – 22:00
  • Address: 83-24, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 517 4654
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Jushinjung

A favourite amongst locals, Jushinjung is another great restaurant that you should visit if you want to enjoy authentic Korean food. The kimchi, Korea’s trademark food served here, is fermented for a year. Do not miss out on the bean paste pot stew also known as Toenjang chigae. This stew is cooked in mineral water and served with rice and vegetable side dishes. Another famous Korean dish that you should try is the Bibimbap, which is a dish consisting of a variety of seasoned vegetables with boiled rice.

  • Address: 44-1 Yeouido-dong
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Kalguksu Street

In front of exit 5 from Hoehyeon Station is where you can enjoy traditional South Korean noodle dish called Kalguksu and the traditional pancake called Pajeon.

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La Yeon Seoul

Opened in 2013, La Yeon at The Shilla Seoul landed a spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list after just two years for delivering exquisite Korean delicacies in a fine-dining setting. The restaurant is set on the 23rd floor of five-star establishment The Shilla Seoul, featuring a chic interior of white furnishing, light wooden fixtures,

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  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 22:00
  • Address: The Shilla Seoul, 249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +82 2 2233 3131
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Maple Tree House

Well-frequented for its succulent grilled meat, Maple Tree House is a Korean BBQ eatery that’s situated behind the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon. Exuding a wine bar-like ambience, the stylish interior features warm lighting, wooden furnishings, rustic décor, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Serving Korean cuisine such as naengmyeon (cold noodle) and kimchi jjigae as well as an array of grilled beef, pork, and seafood, the restaurant's signature dish is Cheongyeop, which consists of pork grilled over a charcoal fire and wrapped in fermented sesame leaves. Due to its popularity, Maple Tree House has several branches in Seoul, namely in the Samcheong-dong and Dogok-dong districts.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 - 22:00
  • Address: 26, Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 790 7977
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Myeongdong Hamheung Myeonok

If you are not the type who enjoys meals at a fancy restaurant, Myeongdong Hamheung Myeonok restaurant is where you should head to. This is a great place for a casual meal and has been around for over 35 years now. The restaurant is popular for its Ham Heung cold noodles. You can also enjoy the noodles made with sweet potatoes and the broth made from boiled oxtails. 

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 - 22:00
  • Address: 26-1 Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Na Ri Sik Dang

Na Ri Sik Dang is a lively neighbourhood eatery in Itaewon that’s famous amongst the locals due to its inexpensive yet tantalising Korean BBQ offerings. Accessible within a two-minute stroll of the Hangangjin train station, Na Ri Sik Dang is set within an alleyway between an Audi showroom and Trevia Italian Restaurant. Due to its rather hidden locale, its clientele consists mostly of residents of the Itaewon neighbourhood – great if you’ve grown weary of the often overhyped eateries in Seoul. Na Ri Sik Dang is also quite affordable compared to most BBQ restaurants in Seoul – its signature BBQ pork belly is priced at 11,000 won while the bean paste stew costs 7,000 won.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 - 22:00
  • Address: 8 Itaewon-ro 49-gil, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 793 4860
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N Grill at N Seoul Tower

Enjoy a full course dinner with a spectacular view of Seoul at N Grill, a fine-dining rotating restaurant that’s situated at the top of the iconic N Seoul Tower. The ambience here is very exclusive and intimate – perfect for those who looking to splurge on romantic dinners. Helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Duncan Robertson, N Grill offers an extensive wine list and quality French dishes such as marinated lamb cutlets with wilted rocket, cumin infused jus (98,000 won), seabass with courgette and fennel salad (95,000 won) and grilled whole lobster with fresh pasta and a green salad (125,000 won).

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 23:00, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 1-3 Yongsandong 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 3455 9297
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Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul at Lotte Hotel Seoul

Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul is a top-notch French eatery located on the 35th floor of the luxurious Lotte Hotel Seoul. Offering spectacular views of Bukhan Mountain and downtown Seoul, the restaurant has four stylish dining rooms for more privacy while the main area is fashioned after the Palace of Versailles’ secret garden. Food-wise, Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul serves artistic French cuisine such as sea bass gravlax with celeriac and bean sprouts, pork loin with creamed pear, honey and balsamic vinegar sorbet, as well as liver parfait with cherry jus. The restaurant also houses an impressive collection of 270 French wines from the Bourgogne, Loire, and Alsace regions.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 35F, Lotte Hotel Seoul, 1 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 317 7181
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Ryunique

Also located in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam district, Ryunique presents Korean delicacies with heavy influence from France as well as Japan, Spain and Italy. Furnished with blond wood tables, fresh flowers and plenty of natural light, the award-winning restaurant exudes an unpretentious fine-dining ambience. Its five-course lunch is priced at 38,000 won, while dinner costs 120,000 won, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 15:00 & 17:30 - 22:30
  • Address: 40 Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 546 9279
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Sanchon

For vegetarians, Sanchon is the place to visit. Sanchon prepares the most delicious vegetarian dishes using only the freshest of ingredients. These mouthwatering vegetarian dishes cooked in Buddhist-temple style are relished by both the vegetarians and the non vegetarians alike. Apart from vegetables, barks of trees, roots, fruits, cereals, and seaweeds are also used to cook these simple yet delectable dishes. The wooden interiors of this restaurant are warm and welcoming. The restaurant also has dance performances in the evening. 

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00
  • Address: Gwanhun-dong 14
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Seoulsuh Duljjaero Jalhaneun Jip

Seoulsuh Duljjaero Jalhaneun Jip means, ‘second best place in Seoul’ and since 1976 Seoulsuh Duljjaero Jalhaneun Jip has been serving authentic traditional teas and sweet red bean porridge known as danpatjook. Once you are done with your meal, wash it all down with a cup of refreshing ginger cinnamon tea, sujeong-gwa, which is a specialty here.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 28-21 Samcheong-dong
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Smokey Saloon

For those who’d rather have a burger than try out the various delicacies and traditional cuisines, Smokey Saloon is just the place. Smokey Saloon serves some of the best burgers in Seoul with plenty of options for diners. 

  • Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11.30 - 22.00 and Friday - Saturday 11.30 - 24.00
  • Location: Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu (behind the Hamilton Hotel)
  • Cuisine: American
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Tosokchon

Set within a ten-minute stroll from Gyeongbokgung Station, Tosokchon is known for its signature samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup), which is a popular dish during the summertime. This restaurant is also hailed as an iconic landmark in Seoul as it was favourite spot of South Korea’s late president, Noh Muh-hyun. Slow-cooked for hours for a sweet and nutty flavour, samgyetang consists of a spring chicken stuffed with chestnuts, garlic, dried jujubes, ginseng, glutinous rice, and gingko nuts. Tosokchon also offers a selection of dishes such as tongdak (roasted chicken), haemul pajeon (green onion pancake with seafood), and agu-jjim (braised spicy monkfish).

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 85-1 Chaebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 737 7444
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