26, Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Maple Tree House is a meat restaurant where diners can enjoy grilled meat in an elegant, wine bar-like ambience. The restaurant's main dish is Cheongyeop, which is pork grilled over a charcoal fire and wrapped in fermented sesame leaves. There are many repeat customers (including international guests) who come back for the succulent grilled meat, unique sauce, and great service.
50, Toegye-ro 76-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
I Love Sindangdong Tteokbokki is a tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) restaurant opened in 2001 when seven tteokbokki restaurants with over 25 years of history joined together. A DJ plays music and tells stories to the guests. The restaurant also features a stage with an acoustic guitar for live performances. Order and delivery service is available via the website.
217-1, Dasan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opened in 1979, Urijip Tteokbokki has operated for 30 years at the same location and has a spacious basement area which can accommodate up to 100 people. The restaurant is popular among Japanese tourists.
174-6, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Pyeongando Jokbal has a history of over 50 years, and is very popular among all the jokbal restaurants in the Jangchung-dong Jokbal Street area. The taste is outstanding, making this hard-to-find restauant a favorite about jokbal maniacs.
325, Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Ttungbo Halmae Gimbap is one of the most sought-out restaurants selling Chungmu gimbap, a simple take on gimbap with just rice filling the laver. Although small and simple, this local speciality tastes great, especially with radish kimchi and spicy squid, and is one of the main reasons that visitors come to Tongyeong.
287, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The King’s is a premium buffet offering live music and top-quality, fresh dishes. Serving up “à la minute” cuisine in which food is cooked fresh to order, the restaurant is particularly known for its live seafood. In addition to the live seafood corner, The King’s buffet boasts 150 international foods in 10 different sections, including a Chinese food corner with dim sum, grilled Peking Duck, stir-fry, and other authentic Chinese dishes prepared by Chinese chefs.
31, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
Cheonghae in Suncheon, Jeollanam-do is well known for its set menus comprised of specialties from Jeonju (salted, pickled and fermented foods), Yeosu (seafood), and Japan. Moreover, it offers easy access to the famous Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park.
819, Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Hamo serves traditional meals from the Jinju region, using the full flavors of the local seasonings. All ingredients are delivered upon order, making each dish as fresh as possible. The restaurant interior is divided into private rooms of various sizes to allow guests to focus on their meal and companions without distraction.
23, Yeonhui-ro 26-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Yuu is a fusion dining restaurant that offers gonowada (salted sea cucumber innards), one the
three major gourmet dishes. The restaurant offers a wide variety of a la carte
items, and in partnership with Jo Seon-Ok culinary research center in Japan, strives
to produce savory and top-notch meals for its customers.
Among the diverse gourmet menu the restaurant offers, the most popular dishes include tuna tataki & gonowada and santen sasimi (assorted sliced raw fish). Also prepared and offered are simple a la carte dishes including charcoal barbeque, grilled dishes on a sizzling iron plate, nabe, ponzu, a la carte, special delicacies. The restaurant is 231.4 ㎡ (70 pyeong) in floor size and has tatami rooms for the full enjoyment of savory liquor and gourmet meals. Yuu also has a large room for group meetings and business dinners.
125, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operated by “Living Treasure Of Korean Royal Cuisine” since 1991, Jihwaja is a high-class traditional Korean restaurant located in the center of downtown Seoul. It has enjoyed a high reputation as the finest restaurant that preserves “The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine,” the essence of the Korean food culture. Jihwaja resembles the sophisticated ambiance of the neighborhood that captures the beauty of the Joseon Dynasty. The restaurant offers very healthy and nutritious dishes as they are prepared with only natural ingredients and royal culinary techniques, without using any MSG, artificial flavors or additives. Jihwaja offers a dining experience like no other through a meal fit for kings and queens and food storytelling.
Jihwaja is committed to promote Korea's authentic traditional food culture - Korean Royal Cuisine - across the world for generations.
190, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Kervan is a restaurant specializing in Turkish cuisine, which is widely enjoyed around the world. The kitchen is run by a skilled native chef, and has ovens manufactured with Turkish technology. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with traditional Turkish tiles, giving restaurant patrons the opportunity to sample authentic cuisine and decorative elements of Turkish culture together. The restaurant has also obtained the official Halal Certificate recognition.
35, Sogong-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hemlagat, which literally means "home cooked" in Swedish, serves
homestyle foods. The dishes made with traditional
Swedish recipes passed down from the owner's grandmother.
Located close to Hoehyeon Station, Hemlagat is a good place to experience a little bit of Scandinavian culture as well. As it is a Swedish tavern ('Krog' in Swedish), they serve traditional Swedish liquors and snack pairings. The staff speaks English, Japanese, Chinese and the menu is also available in the aforementioned languages.