The best restaurants in Seoul have earned high praises from tourists and food critics alike for inventive culinary delights and authentic flavours. The Korean capital boasts an extensive array of delicacies, from fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes, steaks, noodles and rice dishes to fine-dining European and western fare.
No trip to Seoul is complete without sampling authentic Korean dishes such as samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup), kimchi (fermented vegetables) and Korean BBQ grilled meat. Check out our selection of Seoul’s most popular restaurants for a satisfying feast, regardless of your budget level and dining preference.
Jungsik is a Gangnam restaurant that offers a unique take on Korean dishes. The service here is impeccable and unobtrusive, making it a popular venue for romantic dinners. The tasting menu is priced at 150,000 won onwards.
You can enjoy sea urchin bibimbap (traditional dish of rice, meat, and vegetables), samgyeopsal (crispy pork belly with assorted pickled vegetables and trumpet mushrooms), and Jeju crispy snapper. For dessert, Jungsik’s signature chocolate mousse is a must try - served in tiny traditional kimchi pots, this beautiful treat is decorated with cake crumbs and edible flowers.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 5.30pm to 10pm
- Location: 11 Seolleungro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-517-4654
Ryunique presents Korean delicacies with heavy influence from France, Japan, Spain, and Italy. This award-winning restaurant features blond wood tables, fresh flowers and plenty of natural light, exuding an unpretentious fine-dining ambience.
Its five-course lunch and dinner menus cost around 38,000 won and 120,000 won – dishes are made with contemporary cooking methods and avant-garde presentation. Standouts include soy marinated shrimp (with a side of dried green mustard leaf with fried crosne) and roasted pork belly with sous-vide king shrimp. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 12pm to 11pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: 520-1 Sinsadong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-546-9279
La Yeon at The Shilla SeoulJung-gu
La Yeon at The Shilla Seoul serves traditional Korean delicacies in a fine-dining setting. Award-winning chef, Kim Sung Il uses the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients to create an extensive range of haute Korean cuisine.
Located on the 23rd floor, the restaurant overlooks the bustling downtown Seoul. Its sophisticated interior features white furnishing and wooden fixtures. La Yeon has 4 set menus that change according to the season, each consisting of mains, desserts and Korean tea, as well as optional wine pairings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 10pm
- Location: The Shilla Seoul, 249 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-2230-3367
Pierre Gagnaire a SeoulJung-gu
Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul is a top-notch French eatery on the 35th floor of Lotte Hotel Seoul. Offering spectacular views of Bukhan Mountain and downtown Seoul, the restaurant has 4 stylish dining rooms for privacy, while the section is fashioned after the Palace of Versailles’ secret garden.
Food-wise, Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul serves artistic French cuisine – standouts include sea bass gravlax with celeriac and bean sprouts, pork loin with creamed pear, and honey-balsamic vinegar sorbet. The restaurant also offers an impressive collection of over 250 French wines from the Bourgogne, Loire, and Alsace regions.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm
- Location: 35F, Lotte Hotel Seoul, 1 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-317-7181
Congdu Restaurant serves traditional Korean cuisine that’s adapted to a more modern palate. The restaurant is located inside the Seoul History Museum (behind Deoksugung Palace), but finding it can be rather challenging as there’s no signage. Look out for a traditional Korean building between the US and UK embassies.
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, 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 from 11.30am to 3pm and from 5.30pm to 10pm
- Location: 116-1 Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-722-7002
Han Chu Korean Fried ChickenGangnam
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. This modest restaurant is located at Garosugil Street, a high-end fashion street near Apgujeong Station.
Best accompanied with a cold beer, Han Chu’s signature fried chicken (prices start from 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, and seasoned clams with noodles.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 3am
- Location: 549-9 Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-3446-5778
Tosokchon is one of the best places in Seoul for samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup), a popular Korean dish usually eaten during summer. A 10-minute walk from Gyeongbokgung Station, it was a favourite spot of South Korea’s late president, Noh Muh-hyun, making it as an iconic landmark in Seoul.
Tosokchon’s samgyetang is slow-cooked for hours for a sweet and nutty flavour, consisting of a spring chicken (that’s no more than 49 days old) stuffed with chestnuts, garlic, dried jujubes, ginseng, glutinous rice, and gingko nuts. Tosokchon also offers tongdak (roasted chicken), hae-mool pajeon (green onion pancake with seafood), and agu-jjim (braised spicy monkfish).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-737-7444
N Grill at N Seoul TowerMyeongdong
Enjoy a full course dinner with a spectacular view of Seoul at N Grill, a rotating restaurant within the iconic N Seoul Tower. Located on the highest level, the ambience here is very exclusive and intimate – you’ll often see couples enjoying a romantic dinner, especially on special occasions.
N Grill has an extensive wine list and quality French dishes, such as marinated lamb cutlets with wilted rocket, cumin infused jus, seabass with courgette and fennel salad and grilled whole lobster with fresh pasta and a green salad.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 11pm
- Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-3455-9297
Maple Tree HouseItaewon
Maple Tree House is a Korean BBQ eatery with several branches in Seoul. The outlet in Itaewon is well-frequented for its succulent grilled meat. The wine bar-like restaurant has warm lighting, wooden furnishings, rustic décor, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The menu consists of authentic Korean cuisine, such as naengmyeon (cold noodle) and kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) as well as grilled beef, pork, and seafood. Maple Tree House’s signature dish is cheongyeop (pork grilled over a charcoal fire and wrapped in fermented sesame leaves).
- Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30am to 10.30pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30am to midnight (closed on Mondays)
- Location: Hamilton Hotel 2F, 116-1 Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-790-7977
Na Ri Sik DangItaewon
Na Ri Sik Dang, located in Itaewon, attracts locals with its inexpensive yet authentic Korean BBQ dishes. A 2-minute walk of the Hangangjin train station, this neighborhood eatery is rather hidden, so its clientele is mostly residents of the Itaewon neighborhood.
Na Ri Sik Dang is also quite affordable compared to most BBQ restaurants in Seoul – its signature BBQ pork belly is priced at around 11,000 won and 7,000 won for bean paste stew.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 10pm
- Location: 8 Itaewon-ro 49-gil, Seoul, South Korea
- Tel: +82-2-793 4860