5 Best Restaurants in Hongdae That Command Locals’ Attention

Fancy having Italian for dinner? Visit The Grid, one of the best restaurants in Hongdae. Book it at a discount here.

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Highlights

  • If you like to have some grilled cheese, bagels, or panini, check out this place in Hongdae.
  • Looking for a wine bar in Seoul? Consider dining at Wine Connection, which also serves the finest rib-eye steak and sea bass.
  • What’s it like to eat like a wizard? Experience it for yourself when you visit the Harry Potter-themed 943 King’s Cross Cafe! Check out the price of their bestselling Dragon’s Leg set here.
  • If you have not signed up for WAUG yet, you can do so here now! You’ll get an instant discount coupon that you can use when you book our partner restaurants in Hongdae.

Explore more: Visiting the Harry Potter Cafe in Seoul? Here’s What to Expect!

Handpicked Restaurants in Hongdae for A Superb Meal

Hongdae is known for its vibrant and youthful scene, but there’s a lot more to this neighborhood than shops, pubs, and folks who are unable to walk straight after midnight. The area has several restaurants that command the locals’ attention, so the next time you plan to visit the area, don’t just pick a random place after getting off at Exit 9. Plan ahead by considering the following best restaurants in Hongdae that locals vouch for:

1. The Grid (더 그리드)

If there are two things that The Grid does right, that’s their thin-crust pizza and creamy pasta. I know, tons of places make the same kind of food, but this restaurant in Hongdae mastered their technique and created true signatures! But don’t just take my word for it; here are some photos and reviews from customers who booked on WAUG:

• Menu & Reviews

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Homemade pizza. Credit: The Grid

It may be the most delicious pizza place in Seoul. The pizza dough is thin and crunchy.

Translated Customer Review for The Grid on WAUG | 2019-06-01 21:06
Delightfully creamy. Credit: @zin._.x2

The cream pasta was really delicious! We could also drink wine at a discounted price and enjoyed a great meal!

Customer Review for The Grid on WAUG | 2018-09-11 11:09
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This thin crust tastes as good as it looks. Credit: @saemmingg

It was delicious! Recommended for those looking for good-value pasta & pizza in Hongdae.

Customer Review for The Grid on WAUG | 2019-09-07 11:09
Seafood rose pasta and beef! Credit: sonvely89

I ate yesterday. The price was good, and the serving was even better. We showed our WAUG voucher to order. We got the Basic Set. If you want to upgrade your spaghetti to penne, you can do so and pay cash at the restaurant.

Customer Review for The Grid on WAUG | 2019-11-25 15:11

The next time you crave some fresh pizza or a creamy pasta bowl, drop by The Grid in Hongdae. You definitely won’t regret it!

• Pricing & WAUG’s Offer

If you want to visit this Italian restaurant in Seoul, you can choose to get the following sets:

1. WAUG Basic Set
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With portions that can easily satisfy two people, the WAUG Basic Set is perfect if you want to have a filling lunch with a friend or a date. Of course, if you want to eat by yourself, you’re most welcome to do so! Here’s what’s included:

  • The Grid Bread
  • White Cream Pasta
  • Pizza
  • 1 Ade

The set menu regularly costs ₩20,000 or $16.3, but you can slash ₩1,000 if you book this restaurant in Hongdae here.

2. Dinner Set

If you’d like to visit The Grid in the evening, be sure to get their Dinner Set (vs. a la carte!), which packs delectable protein and their signature Seafood Rose Pasta. The set typically costs around ₩38,000 or $31, but if you book on WAUG, you can get a discount of up to ₩4,000. Here’s what’s included:

  • Grid Bread
  • Seafood Rose Pasta
  • Beef Platter
  • 1 Ade

Should you want to pair your meal with wine, you can order a glass at a discount — exclusive for WAUG members.

• Address & Operating Hours

The Grid is located at 2/F, 404-8, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. They are open everyday except Monday at these hours: 11am-3pm for lunch and 3pm-10pm for dinner. You can check Instagram posts for this restaurant in Hongdae here.

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2. The Dam (더담)

Recognized by South Korea’s first and best restaurant guidebook, The Dam Restaurant in Hongdae is the real deal. If you ever thought about having Korean cuisine but with a modern twist, this is the place that does it. Check out what locals have to say:

• Menu & Reviews

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Roasted Abalone with Pine Mushrooms. Credit: The Dam

It was delicious ^^ I ate well. It’s good to have it at a discount too!

Translated Customer Review for The Dam Hongdae on WAUG | 2020-02-29 07:02
Sirlion Garlic Stem Wrap. Credit: The Dam

I liked it because there were fewer people because of the coronavirus. Normally there’d be a line outside, but fortunately, I was able to dine in comfortably.

Translated Customer Review for The Dam Hongdae on WAUG | 2020-02-19 13:02
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Charcoal Grilled Ginseng Pork

The best restaurant in Hongdae! The food came in excellent presentation and was really delicious ~ ^^

Translated Customer Review for The Dam Hongdae on WAUG | 2019-07-18 15:07
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Grilled Prawns

It’s already my third visit! It’s so delicious ♡

Translated Customer Review for The Dam Hongdae on WAUG | 2019-06-21 06:06

• Pricing & WAUG’s Offer

When ordered a la carte, the dishes at The Dam is relatively more expensive than other restaurants (and for excellent reasons!). Mains usually go higher than ₩20,000, so I suggest availing their set menu so you can try everything that the award-winning restaurant has to offer:

Lunch Course 1

This is one of the popular lunch menu sets. It sells for ₩25,000 ($20.4), but if you book online on WAUG here, you can get it at a lower price of ₩23,000 ($18.8). Here are the inclusions:

  • Chilled Octopus
  • Sirlion Garlic Stem Wrap
  • Charcoal Grilled Ginseng Pork
  • Charcoal Grilled Garlic Wrap
  • Rice, Soup, and 7 Side Dishes
  • Dessert
Lunch Course 2

The second lunch set typically costs ₩35,000 ($28.6), but WAUG offers it for less at ₩32,500 ($26.5).

  • Chilled Octopus
  • Sirloin Garlic Stem Wrap
  • Charcoal Grilled Ginseng Pork
  • Charcoal Grilled Garlic Wrap
  • Grilled Prawn and Scallop
  • Rice, Soup, and 7 Side Dishes
  • Dessert
Dinner Course 1

If you drop by this Korean restaurant in Hongdae for dinner, you’ll fall in love with the cozy atmosphere. Here’s the first dinner set that you can consider for your visit:

  • Chilled Octopus
  • Sirlion Garlic Stem Wrap
  • Beef Mung Bean Jelly Salad
  • Grilled Pine Mushroom and Abalone
  • Charcoal Grilled Ginseng Pork
  • Charcoal Grilled Garlic Wrap
  • Rice, Soup, and 7 Side Dishes
  • Dessert

Dinner Course 1 is originally priced at ₩38,000 ($31), but you can get a discount of up to ₩2,200 when you book on WAUG here.

Dinner Course 2

Got an event to celebrate? Have a feast when you order The Dam’s more premium dinner set! Compared to other restaurants in Hongdae, this one may be more expensive, but it’ll definitely be worth it!

  • Chilled Octopus
  • Sirloi
  • n Garlic Stem Wrap
  • Rib Eye Salad
  • Grilled Pine Mushroom and Abalone
  • Pork and Kimchi Mung Bean Pancake
  • Grilled Scallops and Mushrooms
  • Charcoal Grilled Ginseng Pork
  • Charcoal Grilled Garlic Wrap
  • Royal Hot Pot
  • Dried Yellow Corvina
  • Rice, Soup, and 7 Side Dishes
  • Dessert

• Address & Operating Hours

The Dam restaurant in Hongdae is located at 201, 44, Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open on Mondays through Saturdays at 11:30am-10pm and on Sundays at 11:30am-9pm. On weekdays, they are closed for a break from 3pm-5pm. Find Instagram posts for The Dam here.

3. Mono Cheese (모노치즈)

Ditch your usual pick-me-up for Mono Cheese — a humble shop that serves the best bagels, paninis, and club sandwiches. You can visit this spot in Hongdae for breakfast and have a fill of their tasty offerings:

• Menu & Reviews

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A good place to get bagels in South Korea.

As a New Yorker, I was really craving bagels during my visit to Korea. This place filled my appetite. Very good bagel and cream cheese, perfect for breakfast.

Customer Review for Mono Cheese on WAUG | 2019-10-27 06:10
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Good breakfast spot in Hongdae.

Customer Review for Mono Cheese on WAUG | 2019-10-15 07:10
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It’s a good place to eat salads and bagels, especially panini with cheese and tomatoes. It’s better to avail the discount from WAUG! It’s near my company, so I’ll use it often~ ^^

Translated Customer Review for Mono Cheese on WAUG | 2019-10-22 10:10

• Pricing & WAUG’s Offer

If you can’t wait to get your hands on these bread delights, visit Mono Cheese’s page on WAUG here now! If you’ve got enough WAUG Points already, it’s worth exchanging them for the Bagel + Americano combo!

• Address & Operating Hours

Mono Cheese in Hongdae is located at 114, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 10am-8pm. Find tagged Instagram posts here.

4. Wine Connection (와인커넥션 와인바)

Your search for an excellent wine bar in Seoul ends here. Located just a few minutes away from Hongdae Station, this restaurant will fill you up with the choicest wine and outstanding dishes that are match made in heaven. Here’s what to expect from Wine Connection in Hongdae:

• Menu & Reviews

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Perfect match. Credit: Wine Connection

Perfect for a date night. Went with my BF and got the sea bass set. [The] food was really great, and the wine pairing was awesome.

Customer Review for Wine Connection on WAUG | 2019-10-24 04:10
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Superb meats. Credit: @ssssss.nii

Nice wine restaurant in Hongdae.

Customer Review for Wine Connection on WAUG | 2019-10-09 18:10
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I visited Seoul for the fifth time, so I wanted to eat Korean-style Western food. The price was good and the pasta was really delicious! ! I think it ’s an irresistible place for wine lovers ^^

Customer Review for Wine Connection on WAUG | 2019-11-01 13:11

• Pricing & WAUG’s Offer

Should you want to try this wine bar in Hongdae, you may choose to book a set that comes with the main of your choice, salad, and two glasses of wine (or lemonade). Options for the main include sea bass, salmon, ribeye steak, Aglio e Olio, BBQ shrimp bacon Pizza, and more.

• Address & Operating Hours

Wine Connection in Hongdae is located at 2/F 30, Hongik-ro 5-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 11:30am-12am and take breaks at 3:30-5:30pm on Monday through Thursday. Find Instagram posts for this restaurant in Hongdae here.

5. 943 King’s Cross Cafe (943 킹스크로스)

You might have seen this tourist-favorite show up in your feed once or twice, but 943 King’s Cross Cafe is more just than the Harry Potter-themed attraction in Korea. The food they serve is meant to give wizards — er, customers — a taste of what it’s like to feast on The Great Hall, makes them one of the best restaurants in Hongdae (even for non-Potterheads!). Take a look:

• Menu & Reviews

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The feels! Worth getting even if it’s not your birthday!

It’s a Harry Potter pub and it’s worth the visit! The drinks and cakes are pretty and yummy.

Translated Customer Review for 943 King’s Cross Cafe on WAUG | 2019-08-27 19:08
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Sweets approved by Ron’s mum!

I got it for a cheap price.

Translated Customer Review for 943 King’s Cross Cafe on WAUG | 2020-01-08 18:01
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Best Set.

If you like Harry Potter, this is a must-try brunch café.

Translated Customer Review for 943 King’s Cross Cafe on WAUG | 2019-09-04 10:09

• Pricing & WAUG’s Offer

943 Set

This set item from 943 King’s Cross Cafe includes 1 drink (choice of Wizard’s Chocolate or Wizard’s Green Tea), 1 dessert, and jellybeans. It normally sells for ₩19,500 or $16, but booking it on WAUG will set you back only ₩15,600 or $12.8! Check out the offer here.

Best Set

If you just came from quidditch training or Potions class, the Best Set from this cafe is precisely what you need. It’ll have the popular Dragon’s Leg, salad, chips, and some bread. You also get 2 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks for you and your best buddy.

The Best Set regularly costs ₩54,000 or $44, but you can book it on WAUG below for only ₩43,200!

Your next meal, on us

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Each time you book one of our partner restaurants in Hongdae or any activity on WAUG for that matter, you earn WAUG Points that you can use to pay for your next meal or trip, whether that’s in your city or overseas.

Looking for more restaurants in Hongdae?

You can find a couple more here! Of course, if you’ve any recommendations or have photos to share from your dining experience, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

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