Passing through Seoul on your way to or from the Olympics? You’re going to be craving Korean BBQ once you see how many great BBQ restaurants there are around. Trouble is, which is the best? With everyone asking the same question, we sought an insider opinion about the 10 best places to eat Korean BBQ in Seoul, called galbi in Korea.
#1 Seochomyeonok (서초면옥)
Address: Seocho-gu, Seocho-dong 1557-7
Tel: 02-522 1422
Famous for: Galbi jjim (갈비찜) Beef short rib steamed with carrots and potatoes and a whole lotta gravy.
#2 Maple Tree House Itaewon
Address: 116-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-790 7977
Famous for: Being foreigner friendly (no more trying to pronounce dishes in Korean), it’s also a decent and clean atmosphere. Great for group gatherings and the like.
#3 Saebyukjib (새벽집)
Address: Gangnam-gu, Cheongdam-dong 129-10
Tel: 02-546 5739
Famous for: The ultimate after-hour place. The place to see and be seen in the posh cheongdamdong area. Open 24 hrs, it’s pretty famous amongst the locals, too!
#4 Heungboogol (흥부골 돼지갈비)
Address: Sinsangdong, Sindang-dong 393-2
Tel: 02-2232 1978
Famous for: Daeji galbi (pork BBQ). Great quality, affordable pork. Samgyupsal fans unite!
#5 Myongwolgwan (명월관)
Address: 177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-450 4595
Famous for: Being upscale, serving the highest quality charbroiled beef money can buy.
#6 Two Plus Itaewon (투뿐등심)
Adress: 36, Itaewon-ro 27na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858, South Korea
Tel: 02-796 7277
Famous for: Its top-quality service, which matches the standards of the grilled beef served. Excellent spot for accommodating big groups, but we hope everyone’s a big spender.
Address: 218 Noksapyeong-Daero, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-200, South Korea
Tel: 02-749 9522
Famous for: Craft cocktails, galbi meats with a few options for Texas-style BBQ too and of course, the southern hospitality that comes with it.
#8 Manimal Smokehouse
Address: 47, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-790 6788
Famous for: Being a fusion of Korean and American-style BBQ on the other side of the world. Think Korean grilled meats with American dips. Meats are smoked over cured Korean oak wood, but in a customised offset smoker built in Texas.
#9 Palsaik Samgyupsal Sinchon Main (팔색)
Address: 107-111 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-719 4848
Famous for: The pork belly with 8 flavours; ginseng, wine, pine leaves, garlic, herb, cirry, miso paste and red pepper. Palsaik means ” 8 colours”, and Samgyupsal translates to “pork”.
#10 Seoseo Meokneun Galbi Jip
Address: 164-7 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-716 2520
Famous for: Quality BBQ with affordable prices, set in an old-school hole in the wall-style eatery. Seoseo means “standing”, so you’ll want to gobble up as much meat as you can, and be on your way right after.