Seoul, the capital of Korea, is known to have a wide range of foods from traditional Korean meals to novel dishes from foreign cultures. Whether you live in Seoul or are simply visiting, the variety of choices may make it difficult for you to choose the right restaurant. The type of occasion, the nationality of your guests, and even different times of the day can all make it more difficult to choose a restaurant. These are my personal top five restaurants in Seoul, listed in order from the lowest to the highest price per person.
Andong Jjimdak (about ₩10,000 – ₩20,000 per person):
Andong Jjimdak is a savory dish consisting of chicken, vegetables, and thick glass noodles marinated in a soy sauce base. These ingredients are then steamed and served with rice. Toppings like cheese can also be added based on your palate. This dish originated in the city of Andong around 1980 and is still adored by Koreans today. All three of the restaurant chain’s branches are located in Myeong-dong, a popular shopping street in downtown Seoul. Andong Jjimdak is the perfect dish to accompany a shopping night with friends and family in Myeong-dong.
Hadongkwan (about ₩13,000 – ₩20,000 per person):
Ever since they opened in 1939, this restaurant has been a Korean staple. The only dish on their menu is gomtang, a traditional beef bone soup. The broth has a milky color with a trademark rich taste and is accompanied with a bowl of rice and radish kimchi. Although this restaurant only serves one dish, this exquisite soup is loved by both Koreans and foreigners. All age groups can be seen enjoying the hearty soup at Hadongkwan.
A View and Terrace (about ₩30,000 – ₩40,000 per person):
Located at the Double A Hotel in Jung-gu, customers are able to enjoy a wonderful of Seoul while dining. Their signature menus include the tower burger, steak, and Spaghetti Bolognese. Diners are not limited to simply eating inside — many choose to eat outside on the terrace to truly appreciate the wonderful view from the 14th floor of the hotel.
Wooraeoak (about ₩50,000 per person):
Wooraeok is best known for their Pyongyang naengmyeon, a Korean buckwheat noodle dish that originated in North Korea. Many Koreans look for this dish during the summer because of its cold broth. Along with their naengmyun, Wooraeok is also known for their bulgogi (Korean barbeque beef). The warm, thin slices of beef perfectly compliment the cold naengmyun noodles. This restaurant’s taste, passed down through generations, is one of a kind.
Budnamu Jip (about ₩60,000 per person):
The high-quality meat and side dishes served at this restaurant are musts for travellers visiting Seoul. Their signature dishes include yangnyeom galbi (Korean barbecue short ribs) and galbi-tang (short rib soup). Although it may be costly, the dishes and service here are worth the price. Budnamu Jip would be highly recommended if you would like to treat family members or important guests.