Seoul Traditional Korean

Traditional Korean food is full of flavor and some of the most unique Korean dishes are still unknown to many outside Korea. Asia's best kept secret is said to be Korean food. In other words...a world of delicious food awaits you in Seoul!

It is hard to go wrong when eating at a traditional Korean restaurant but Korean restaurants typically specialize in one dish or a couple of dishes only. Many Koreans prefer little whole-in-the-wall establishments where the owner has cooked the same dish for 30 years, so if you can't find what you are looking for, find some of Seoul's best kept secrets among our profiles here. We have chosen a variety of restaurants serving great traditional Korean food that are tried and tested and will surely surprise you and maybe even convert you? Many of these traditional restaurants are located in cool Seoul neighborhoods and shopping districts so don't worry about moving accompany your shopping or sighseeing with lunch and dinners while you're out!

Bongwoori Korean Fine Dining

Bongwoori Korean Fine Dining Yeoksam-dong, Seoul Metropolitan City

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Bongwoori Korean Fine Dining is ranked within Seoul's best 30 restaurants in the Asia Best Dining Awards...


YONGSUSAN City-Hall, Seoul Metropolitan City

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Luxury and Modern - Yet Affordable. Yongsusan is recognized as one of the top fine dining restaurants in the country. This restaurant is a must visit for anyone unfamiliar with Korean cuisine.


Gogung Insadong, Seoul Metropolitan City

In the basement of Ssamzie-Gil Complex in the middle of Insadong lies one of the best Bibimbap restaurants in Seoul. this outpost of a famous Jeolla-do bibimbap stop is pretty darn pleasing.


Parkdaegamne Cheongdam, Seoul Metropolitan City

This traditional Korean restaurant and 'celebrity favorite hangout' sells more than 300 bowls of galbi-tang (Korean Beef-Rib Soup) a day, says 54-year-old veteran server Sa Chun Hwa. It is open 24/7.

Lilac Daphne House

Lilac Daphne House Seocho-gu, Seoul Metropolitan City

Shhh, we'll let you in on a sweet secret. Lilac Daphne House is inside Sinsegae Dept. Store in Gangnam. It serves perhaps the best adzuki-bean ice dessert in Seoul. It's very very good.

Bukchon Kalguksu

Bukchon Kalguksu Samcheongdong, Seoul Metropolitan City

Bukchon Kalkguksu specializes in Korean-style dumplings and knife-cut noodles.The dumplings themselves are as big as a hand and are packed with bean sprouts, tofu, Chinese noodles and pork.

Myeongdong Gyoja

Myeongdong Gyoja Myeongdong, Seoul Metropolitan City

This restaurant has been a landmark in Myeongdong for 30 years. The chicken broth, which they make from chicken bones simmeres for 8 hours and the noodles are home-made and knife-cut. A must-try.

Pyeongyang Myeonok

Pyeongyang Myeonok Dongdaemun, Seoul Metropolitan City

Pyeongyang Myeonok, located in Dongdaemun is a very famous naengmyeon (buckwheat noodle) restaurant. Its main dishes are Mulnaengmyeon and Bibimnaengmyeon, and their dumplings are also a must-try.

Korea House

Korea House Jung-gu-, Seoul Metropolitan City

An old Korean style house that serves as a restaurant where you can try Korean royal court cuisine. This restaurant makes its own kimchi and condiments, which are preserved in large earthen pots calle


Heukdon-Ga Gangnam-Station, Seoul Metropolitan City

Heukdon-Ga means Black Pork House in Korean. Black Pork refers to the Jeju Island Black Pork Species - the Rolls-Royce of Pork meat. A must try while in Korea and the prices here are very reasonable.


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