Top Restaurants in Seoul
Restaurants Seoul – What’s a vacation without excellent food, delicious cocktails or fine wine in a good restaurant? Such evenings create memories. WorldTop7 offers a selection of the best restaurants in Seoul. And because we know how different tastes are we cover all of the different restaurant styles!
Whether a sushi restaurant in Seoul, an American steakhouse, an Italian restaurant, a Thai eatery or exotic Cajun cuisine – the lovers of culinary delights come fully at their expense and find lots of insider tips. Our restaurant tips in Seoul are by locals (which should know where it tastes best!), celebrities, globetrotter and business people. And if you’ve eaten in one of these restaurants in Seoul where cuisine, service and atmosphere was unbeatable and you want to tell everybody – that’s what WorldTop7 stands for! Restaurants in Seoul with the x-factor!
The demands in terms of restaurant style are naturally very varied and WorldTop7 is happy to assist. Whether it is a small, cozy bistro in Seoul with delicious and authentic food for surprisingly little money or a completely styled Michelin-star restaurant in Seoul where movie stars and models have diner – here you find everything from inexpensive to expensive, from grunge to classy, from traditional to macro kitchen!
But not only for your vacation, also for your business lunch or business dinner in Seoul you can find exactly the right place to eat. Thus, business become pleasure in no time!
Cham Sut Gol
Style: Best Korean Beef In Seoul
In a city where “galbi” (beef short rib) barbecue restaurants span multiple levels, it’s difficult to decide which one is the best; but once you’ve tasted the “galbi” at this place, this may fast be one of your favorites (though it’s not much in the atmosphere department); just like most other Korean places, they bring you the raw meat to cook on your table top grill, but here they provide real sutbul (wood charcoal) – a real treat as it adds a smoky flavor; one of the signature dishes is the “galbitang” (stewed beef ribs), but you’d better arrive early because they only make 40 orders of it per day; their “naengmyeon” (cold buckwheat noodles) and “dolsot bibimbap” (stone pot mixed rice) are also excellent; alternatives in the Gangnam-gu area:
After the Rain for high end Thai or Bamboo House (+82 2 566 0870, www.bamboohouse.or.kr) for top notch Korean business dining
Address: 19 2nd floor, Mugyo-dong, Jung-gu 140-749, Seoul, South Korea
Area: Finance Centre
Phone: +82 2 2269 5834
Price: Mains KRW 20’000.- to KRW 40’000.-
Style: Chic Korean Restaurant
Former Russian embassy; fusion Korean cuisine; six private rooms; good for business and family dine-outs.
If you prefer it more simple try the famous Shin Jung”noodle place (+82 02 776 1464)
Address: 3, Jeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 765 2068
Price: Mains KRW 40’000.-
Style: Most Popular Indian Restaurant in Seoul
The Ganga Indian restaurant in the Seoul Finance Center (City Hall area) has some of the tastiest and best quality Indian food in town: There are two sister restaurants in Gangnam-gu as well: One is near the Hyundai dept store and another one in the Star Tower; in total there are 6 Ganga places in Seoul; the décor is eye-catching.
The charming branch of Ganga at the Seoul finance centre is medium sized and quite upscale; the main dining room has deep blue color washed walls and the space is furnished with wooden screens, tables and chairs which are typically Indian.
The menu varies: Appetizers include samosa, chicken samosa, onion bhaji, Masala pappad; tit-bits include vegetable raita and sweet raita. Alternative at the Finance Center: “Nananxiang Steamed Bun”; must for dumplings in Seoul – there are other things on the menu, but you definitely have to go for the dumplings! This famous 100-year-old dumpling restaurant has two branches in Seoul, the other is in Myeongdong.
Address: 889-13, Deachi-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Area: Finance Centre
Phone: +82 2 3468 4670
Price: Mains KRW 30’000.-
Style: Vegetarian Korean Temple Cuisine
Enjoy divine temple food like Buddhist monks – situated in a magical setting!
Using only the freshest of vegetables, Sanchon (meaning “mountain village”) prepares mouth-watering vegetarian dishes; take off your shoes, sit down on a cushion on the floor and be prepared to choose from up to 20 set menus; the wooden interior serves to enhance the experience. Tuck into such delicious dishes as “wild sesame and rice porridge”, “tofu made with pure sea water” and “seven mountain-vegetable kimchi”
Address: 14 Gwanhun-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 735 0312
Price: Mains KRW 30’000.-
Tani Next Door
Style: Rooftop with French and Japanese Fare
Tani is a very well known Japanese restaurant in Seoul; it is situated in the heart of the city; Tani Next Door has a “Japanese Zen meets African tribal feel”; there are stone accents, big round twisted wood lampshades and the spaces are separated by intricate wood-carved screens; the ceilings are very high and there are two enormous trees growing inside the main dining area!
The attractive outdoor terrace makes the place an even more special place to dine; the restaurant offers some of the most exotic and delicious multicultural and traditional food you can imagine; so try the specialties and delight your senses like no other dining experience you have had before; starting from salad, rice and noodles, Hors D’oeuvre, sushi rolls, Tani style Don, a la carte sushi, Kushiage, Kushiyaki, lunch course, dinner course, lunch special, Sashimi, soup, desserts, champagne and you have it all here; for a great French-Italian lunch try Do Ga Hun in Samcheong-Dong;
A growing trend in Seoul is to dine at Seoul’s best galleries like the Do Ha Gun (+82 2 3210 2100) which is set in the Hyundai Gallery in the Jong-no district; the name of the restaurant means “very beautiful house,” and indeed it is; set inside (and in the backyard of) the hanok behind the Hyundai Gallery; although the exterior may be traditional, the food is anything but; there are Western-style dishes, such as the wonderful king-crab salad with grapefruit and avocado, or the beef tenderloin with a demi-glaze.
Address: 9/F Avenue L , 130, Namdaemun-ro 2ga, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 2118 6100
Price: Mains: KRW 33’000.- to KRW 50’000.-
Style: Celebrity Watching In Top-Lounge
Do you like local-celebrity-watching ins Seoul? Then you have to go to the “Gangnam’s Cheungdam-dong area”; one of the hot spots is called Tribeca where celebrities mingle with magazine editors and famous fashion designers like Andre Kim; noodle bar and barfood available.
Other places are Cafe Mazia, Bloom Cafe, Bar Hugh and Zen Hideaway which are all loved by fashionistas and Korean actresses such as Lee Mi-Yeon.
Address: 89-6 Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 3448 4555
Price: Mains KRW 10’000.-
Style: Japanese Sushi Restaurant
Yamamoto Sadao’s small sushi place is a bit dated but for real sushi fans this is the place to go; super uber-fresh fish with a personal touch.