Near Gangnam station, there is a wide variety of Korean restaurants and bars. We selected the seven best restaurants in Gangnam that visitors will fall in love with. They serve bulgogi, Korean style barbecue, noodles, seafood, chicken and a million other delicious things. If you are planning to hang around the Gangnam area, why don’t you try these traditional Korean dishes? 🙂
Before we go further, if you have to carry your luggage or bags while you are sightseeing, take a look at our post, “Luggage Storage Services in Seoul” to travel light. And you can check all the detailed information about Gangnam storage subway and other subway storages near you HERE.
7 Best Korean Restaurants in Gangnam
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- Jangseoneunnal: Korean traditional dishes
- Heukdonga: Korean barbeque
- Kimseonsaeng-Jogae-Jjim: Korean seafood soup
- Maple Tree Restaurant: Luxurious Korean Barbeque
- Baek Jong Won’s Wonjo Ssam-Jib- Korean traditional Ssam restaurant
- Gosoo Dak-Galbi- Korean traditional spicy chicken
- NolBu Budaejjigae-Korean sausage stew
Jangseoneun-nal (장서는 날)
Jangseoneunnal is the best place to visit if you want to taste traditional and regional Korean cuisines. In Korea, there are traditional markets that only open once every five days called “Five-day-market”. To take advantage of their unique schedule, Jangseoneunnal selected famous cuisines of these regional Five-day-markets. For example seafood stew, jeon (Korean style pizza), spicy chicken stew, raw beef, soju, and makgeolli (Korean rice wine). If you are overwhelmed by having so many delicious options available, you can choose the Hansang series. Hansang literally means “One table with a lot of dishes”, so it will make sure you try all the highlights!
Tip: Parking is available.
Address : 35 Gangnamdaero 78-gil, Seoul
Open: 11:30 – 24:00 (Break time 15:00~17:00)
Saturday 11:30 – 24:00 / Sunday 11:30 – 22:00
If you want to try Korean barbecue, Heukdonga is the best place in Gangnam. Koreans love Samgyeopsal (pork belly) and they serve tasty black pork belly and blade shoulder meat, marinated pork, pork rinds, and bulgogi. An interesting thing about Korean barbecue is that you cook the meat at your table by yourself. 🙂 There is space in the table to put the lighted charcoal, and when the raw meat is served with various side dishes, you grill it right there.
To eat meat like Koreans, take a leaf of lettuce, put a piece of meat with sauce, garlic, and other side dishes, roll it into a ball, and eat it all in one mouthful. 🙂 Many Koreans also eat Naeng-myeon (cold noodles) after they have Korean BBQ.
Address : 452 Gangnamdae-ro 78-gil, Seoul
Open : 11:00 – 23:30 (Saturday/Sunday 11:00 – 23:00)
Kim-seonsaeng-jogaejjim (김선생 조개찜)
Jogaezzim is a kind of stew with various clams, shrimp, octopus, and vegetables. When you order it, they will bring a big pot with all those ingredients and cook it fresh at your table. After tasting the seafood, you can order noodles and rice as well. If you think only seafood is a bit boring, order Jogaljjim, as it is served with seafood and marinated ribs together.
Address: 14 Gangnamdae-ro 114-gil Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Open: Everyday 11:00 – 24:00 (Closed on Sunday)
If you are looking for a little bit more luxurious Korean restaurant without going over the budget, we recommend Maple Tree Restaurant. The high service and quality of the Hanu, Korean beef, and pork has caught the attention of CNN, Tripadvisor, and Top Choice Awards. One staff will be in charge of cooking the meat for you so you don’t have to worry if you will burn it or not. Also, the modern interior and cool ambiance topped with the fresh side dishes will make you see why we recommend Maple Tree Restaurant. We recommend getting the Lunch special as well. The traditional beef stew, galbi-tang, is delicious!
Address: BF1 Mokwha Milart, 113 Teheran-ro, Gang nam gu, Seoul, Gangnam station exit 1 or 12 is the closest
Open: 11:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m., Lunch special 11:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Koreans love to eat Ssam. Ssam is meat wrapped around vegetables. This healthy way of eating meat while consuming lots of vegetables has become a staple food in Korea. To get the best experience, we recommend the famous entrepreneur and chef Baek Jong Won’s Wonjo Ssam-bab-jib. I love how the restaurant displays what type of vegetables we are eating. There are 20 kinds to choose from!
Address: Shin Banpo, Seocho-gu, Seoul 194 Gyeongbu Bus Terminal No. 8-6 (underground 1)
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Gosoo Dak-Galbi is spicy chicken and cheese. Yes, cheese! Gosoo means ‘master’ in Korean and this place specializes in this Korean chicken specialty. The chicken is complimented with the gooey cheese to mild out the spiciness. You can also add toppings like sausage and noodles to the spicy chicken. If you want to try something new, we recommend Gosoo Dak-Galbi. The sweet and spicy red sauce is hot but a good tasting hot because you can’t stop eating it. (My mouth is watering just writing this!) Make sure you finish it off with mixed rice!
Address: 635-11 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Open: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Budaejjigae is a Korean spicy sausage stew. It was created after the Korean war from leftover can sausages, ham, noodles, and beans. Koreans have come to indulge in Budae-jjigae for the taste and fullness of this stew. The kimchi and gochujang or red hot pepper paste are blended with beef stock and topped with sausages, ham, noodles, beans to give it the extra kick. We recommend trying Budae-jjigae, I have a feeling you will like it or maybe even love it! 🙂
Address: 40 Teheran-ro 1-gil, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Open: 24 hours
Finding great local restaurants and tasting traditional food is one of the main purposes of our trip. South Korea is famous for its unique culinary culture and recipes. I hope you can find amazing Korean food during your travel here. If you are looking for vegan restaurants in Seoul, check out this post for the best vegan restaurants in Gangnam. You can taste Korean food and experience Korea at the above 7 best traditional restaurants in Gangnam. Afterward, you can also experience the best of Gangnam by making the ultimate Gangnam itinerary!
You can also use the MangoPlate app to find good restaurants near you. For more information check our previous post, ‘Best Apps for traveling in Korea!.
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