This story originally appeared on Wanderluxe by The Luxe Nomad.

Passing through Seoul on your way to or from the Winter Olympics?

Well, you’re going to be craving Korean barbecued food once you see how many great barbecue restaurants there are around.

The trouble is, which ones are the best?

With everyone asking the same question, we sought an insider’s opinion about the 10 best places to eat Korean barbecue in Seoul, called galbi in Korea.

1. Seochomyeonok

Address: Seocho-gu, Seocho-dong 1557-7 

Tel: 02-522 1422 

Famous for: Galbi jjim, or beef short ribs steamed with carrots and potatoes and lots of gravy. 

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Price: $$$

2. Maple Tree House Itaewon

Address: 116-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 

Tel: 02-790 7977 

Famous for: being friendly to foreigners (phew, no more struggling to pronounce dishes in Korean), it also has a decent and clean atmosphere. Great for hosting groups of people. 

Price: $$

3. Saebyukjib

Address: Gangnam-gu, Cheongdam-dong 129-10 

Tel: 02-546 5739 

Famous for: being the ultimate after-hours place. It’s the place to see and be seen in, located in the city’s posh cheongdamdong area, and open 24 hours a day.

Price: $$$

4. Heungboogol

Address: Sinsangdong, Sindang-dong 393-2 

Tel: 02-2232 1978 

Famous for: Daeji galbi (barbecue pork). Great quality, affordable pork. Samgyupsal (pork belly) fans unite! 

Price: $

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5. Myongwolgwan

Address: 177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 

Tel: 02-450 4595 

Famous for: being upmarket, and serving the highest-quality charbroiled beef that money can buy. 

Price: $$$ 


6. Two Plus Itaewon

Address: 36, Itaewon-ro 27na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858

Tel: 02-796 7277 

Famous for: its top-quality service, which matches the standards of the grilled beef it serves. It’s an excellent spot for accommodating big groups of visitors, too. 

Price: $$$ 


7. Southside Parlour

Address: 218 Noksapyeong-Daero, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-200

Tel: 02-749 9522 

Famous for: its craft cocktails, galbi meats, plus a few Texas-style barbecue options and, of course, the southern hospitality that comes with it. 

Price: $$ 

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8 Manimal Smokehouse

Address: 47, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 

Tel: 02-790 6788 

Famous for: offering a fusion of Korean and American-style barbecue on the other side of the world. Think Korean grilled meats with American dips. Its meats, including the raspberry glazed pork spare ribs, are smoked over cured Korean oak wood, but inside a customised offset smoker, which was built in Texas. 

Price: $$ 

9. Palsaik Samgyupsal Sinchon Main

Address: 107-111 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 

Tel: 02-719 4848 

Famous for: its pork belly served with eight different flavours: ginseng, wine, pine leaves, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste and red pepper. Its name is derived from the word palsaik, which means “eight colours”, and samgyupsal, meaning “pork belly”. 

Price: $$ 

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10. Seoseo Meokneun Galbi Jip

Address: 164-7 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Tel: 02-716 2520 

Famous for: quality barbecue at affordable prices, located in an old-school, hole-in-the-wall-style restaurant. Seoseo means “standing”, so you’ll want to eat up as much meat as quickly as you can, and then be on your way right away. 



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