Old-School Eats

Ever since arriving back in Seoul a few years ago, I was surprised to see so many changes within the city during the short time I was gone. This is especially true in the culinary scene with new foreign restaurants and coffee shops (i.e. Starbucks) popping up everywhere. Much to my chagrin, many of these new places have overtaken many traditional Korean restaurants that I really enjoyed going to in the past. For that reason, here’s a list of my favorite restaurants that have withstood the test of time. If you live in Seoul or you’re coming for a visit, make sure to check out these old-school restaurants — minimum 20+ years of business — that are considered to be some of the best in Korea.

None of these reviews are paid endorsements by any of the mentioned establishments. Furthermore, this blog is not monetized and functions solely as an open source for Korean food enthusiasts. (65)

Jeon @ Wonjo Nokdu 원조녹두 (40+ years)

Yukgaejang @ Ahnsung Jip 안성집 (60+ years)

Galchi Jorim @ Joongang Sikdang 중앙식당 (50+ years)

Saengtae Jjigae @ Saejin Sikdang 세진식당 (20+ years)

Kimchi Jjigae+Sampyeopsal @ Eunju Jeong 은주정 (30+ years)

Cheonggukjang @ Gwangju Sikdang 광주식당 (30+ years)

Pyongyang Naengmyeon @ Eulji Myeonok 을지면옥 (30+ years)

Korean-Chinese @ Shinsunggak 신성각 (30+ years)

Budae Jjigae @ Woorim Jung 우림정 (35+years)

Budae Jjigae @ Odeng Sikdang 오뎅식당 (60+ years)

Youngyang Dolsot Bap @ Jeonju Okdol Jung 전주옥돌정 (50+ years)

Ggori Gomtang @ Youngchun Ok 영춘옥 (70+ years)

Saengsun Gui @ Hanil Sikdang 한일식당 (40+ years)

Ggori Gomtang @ Jinju Jip 진주집 (50+ years)

Haejangguk @ Umeoni Daesung Jip 어머니대성집 (50+ years)

Bbyeo Haejang Guk @ Ildeung Sikdang 일등식당 (30+ years)

Japchae Hotteok @ Myungmool Hotteok 명물호떡 (20+ years)

Kimchi Jjigae Baekban @ Suryun Jip 수련집 (20+ years)

Haejangguk @ Woonam Sikdang 우남식당 (50+ years)

Juk (Porridge) @ Songjuk 송죽 (50+ years) 

Donkkaseu @ Hansung Donkkaseu 한성돈까스 (30+ years)

Kalguksu @ Hyesung Kalguksu 혜성칼국수 (50+ years)

Dakbokkeumtang @ Gyerim 계림 (50+ years)

Hanwoo BBQ @ Daedo Sikdang 대도식당 (50+ years)

Ggori Gomtang @ 35 Years Seolleongtang 35년전통설렁탕 (40+ years)

Bunsik @ Gogi Twigim 고기튀김 (25+ years)

Doganitang @ Daesung Jip 대성집 (60+ years)

Naengmyeon @ Halmoni Naengmyeon 할머니냉면 (40+ years)

Galmaegisal @ Mi Galmaegisal 미갈매기살 (30+ years)

Kalguksu @ Sarang Bang Kalguksu 사랑방칼국수 (40+ years)

Dweji Galbi @ Gyeongsangdo Jip 경상도집 (40+ years)

Soondubu Jjigae @ Ttukbaegi Jip 뚝배기집 (30+ years)

Dweji Bulbaek @ Yeongdong Snack Car 영동스낵카 (40+ years)

Bossam @ Jangsu Bossam 장수보쌈 (30+ years)

Pyeongyang-style Naengmyeon @ Wooraeok 우래옥 70+ years

Bulgogi @ Bogunok 보건옥 (40+ years)

Jeongsik @ Waryong Jip 왈룡집 (40+ years)

Soondubu Jjigae @ Sogongdong Ttukbaeggi Jip 소공동 뚝배기 집 (30+ years)

Naengmyeon @ Pyongyang Myeonok 평양면옥 + Eulmildae 을밀대 (70+years combined)

Kimchi Jjim @ Hanok Jip 한옥집 (Seodaemun, Seoul) 30+ years

Jeon @ Wonjo Nokdu 원조녹두 (Jung-gu, Seoul) 30+ years

Memil Guksu @ Mijin 미진 (Jongro, Seoul) 60+ years

Godeungeo Baekban @ Daewon Sikdang 대원식당 (Yongsan-gu, Seoul) 40+ years

Naengmyeon @ Dongah Naengmyeon 동아냉면 (Itaewon, Seoul) 30+ years

Beer and Anju @ Eulji OB Bear 을지 OB 베어 (Jongro, Seoul) 40+ years 

Noryangjin Fish Market 노량진수산물도매시장 (Dongjak-gu, Seoul) 80+ years

Baekban @ Honam Sikdang 호남식당 (Sogang University, Seoul) 20+ years

Janchi Guksu @ “Delicious Feast Noodles” 맛있는 잔치국수 (Yongsan-gu, Seoul) +15 years

Dweji Kalbi @ Yongmun Kalbi Jip 용문갈비집 (Yongsan-gu, Seoul) 40+ years

Kimchi Jjigae @ Guldari Sikdang 굴다리 식당 (Mapo-Gu, Seoul) 40+ years

Dakbokkeumtang @ Hosu Jip 호수집 (Seoul Station, Seoul) 30+ years

Naengmyeon @ Dongah Naengmyeon 동아냉면 (Itaewon, Seoul) 40+ years

Gamjaguk @ Daerim Gamjaguk 대림 감자국 (Eungahm-dong, Seoul) 35+ years

Galbi @ Seo Seo Galbi 서서갈비 (Shinchon, Seoul) 50+ years

Kimchi Jjigae @ Gwanghwamun Jip 광화문집 (Gwanghwamun, Seoul) 30+ years

Pocha @ Byukdam Pocha (Jongro, Seoul) 30+ years

Nakji Bokkeum @ Myeongdong Halmae Nakji (Myeongdong, Seoul) 65+ years

Naengmyeon @ Gangseo Myeonok 강서면옥 (City Hall, Seoul) 65+ years

Chueotang @ Yonggeumok 용금옥 (City Hall, Seoul)  80+ years

Fried Chicken @ Ungteori Tongdak 엉터리통닭 (Itaewon, Seoul) 25 years

Haejangguk @ Cheongjinok 청진옥 (Jongro, Seoul)  75+ years

Seolleungtang @ Imun Seolleungtang 이문설농탕 (Jongro, Seoul) 100+ years

Korean Pork BBQ @ Mapo Jincha Wonju Choi Daepyo (Mapo-gu, Seoul) 60+ years

Fried Chicken @ Hanchu 한추 (Apgujeong-dong, Seoul)  20+ years

Kimchi Jjigae @ Hyundae Jungyuk Sikdan 현대정육식당 (Cheongdam-dong, Seoul) 30+ years

Haemul Kalguksu @ Chanyang Jip 찬양집(Jongro, Seoul) 50+ years

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