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Don’t go around asking where you can find ‘Korean barbecue,’—no one in Seoul will know what you’re talking about. Instead, ask for a meat restaurant that cooks pork or beef at the table using gas or charcoal. Soju, Korea’s national spirit, is the traditional accompaniment for meat dinners. Most restaurants fall into the moderate range, with entrees averaging around $17.

Top Restaurants in Seoul

Amsa Haemultang

A wide open-interior with table or floor seating creates a communal dining experience as you feast on haemultang—a single soup bowl overflowing with seafood like prawn, crab, octopus and clams.

58-18 Songpa-dong; Subway line 2 to Jamsil Station, 011-82-2-413-5903
Tags: family | moderate | seafood | smart splurge

Gye Sunok Bosintang

Adventurous diners seeking an authentic Korean experience should make time for Gye Sunok Bosintang—the best place in the city for dog soup, a traditional dish believed to incur good luck.

Jeodong 1-Ga (Down the lane opposite Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral), 011-82-2-318-7117
Tags: moderate

Gye Sunok Bosintang

Adventurous diners seeking an authentic Korean experience should make time for Gye Sunok Bosintang—the best place in the city for dog soup, a traditional dish believed to incur good luck.

Jeodong 1-Ga (Down the lane opposite Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral), 011-82-2-318-7117
Tags: moderate

Jongno Gol

Skip the Korean-style noodles and soybean stew and head straight for the barbecued pork. Unlike most restaurants, Jongno Gol ripens the pig in a smoker before cooking it at the table. The result is delicately textured meat with a deep, earthy flavor.

Down the lane opposite Gwangjang Market, 011-82-2-741-4297
Tags: family | moderate | great value | bbq

Jongno Gol

Skip the Korean-style noodles and soybean stew and head straight for the barbecued pork. Unlike most restaurants, Jongno Gol ripens the pig in a smoker before cooking it at the table. The result is delicately textured meat with a deep, earthy flavor.

Down the lane opposite Gwangjang Market, 011-82-2-741-4297
Tags: family | moderate | great value | bbq

Kabinett

Swirl, sniff and savor your favorite vintage, while experimenting with wine pairings for smoked salmon, prime rib and grilled prawn at this restaurant/wine bar.

2th 737-24# hannam-dong, 011-82-2-790-7034, www.kabinett.co.kr
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | wine

Kabinett

Swirl, sniff and savor your favorite vintage, while experimenting with wine pairings for smoked salmon, prime rib and grilled prawn at this restaurant/wine bar.

2th 737-24# hannam-dong, 011-82-2-790-7034, www.kabinett.co.kr
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | wine

Le Petit Paris

Run by a French-trained chef, this second-floor bistro has a limited menu (mostly steak cooked to perfection) and a modest, primarily French, wine list.

52-18 Changcheon-dong; Subway line 2 Sinchon Station, exit 2, 011-82-2-3142-0282
Tags: moderate | trendy | french

Le Petit Paris

Run by a French-trained chef, this second-floor bistro has a limited menu (mostly steak cooked to perfection) and a modest, primarily French, wine list.

52-18 Changcheon-dong; Subway line 2 Sinchon Station, exit 2, 011-82-2-3142-0282
Tags: moderate | trendy | french

Samwon Garden

Jetsetters, diplomats and corporate heavyweights frequent Seoul’s largest pork and beef barbecue restaurant, to dine in a setting renowned for its waterfalls, flower beds, rock gardens and waterwheel.

623-5 Sinsa-dong, 011-82-2-548-3030, www.samwongarden.com
Tags: family | expensive | smart splurge

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