Italian Restaurants in Seoul
When you’re thinking about having pasta for lunch or dinner, you can easily satisfy your craving in Seoul. While the general local cuisine is a lot different, Italian food like pizza and pasta are served almost anywhere in the capital. Whether you’re craving for a simple, clean, and authentic pasta dish or a Korean-Italian mash-up plate (spicy!), you can visit any of the following Italian restaurants in Seoul. They can all be booked on WAUG, which means you get to dine at a discount! (New users get extra ₩3,000 or $3 off first booking 🥳)
1. Grand Ciel in Gangnam
Let’s start with a well-loved restaurant in Gangnam: Grand Ciel. This is a low-key neighborhood Italian dining spot that’s run by celebrity Chef Lee Song-Hee. Regulars love three items on the menu: the Mushroom Cream Risotto, Anchovy Oil Pasta, and Chateaubriand Steak. Between the two best-selling pastas, I will have to go with — and I’m making a very tough choice here! — the risotto. I’ve tried a lot of risotto dishes in Seoul, but this is by far the best in terms of consistency, presentation, and taste. Grand Ciel is definitely the perfect place to treat yourself or take someone on a date!
- Price range on WAUG: ₩20,900-21,900 or $19-20 for the pasta (vs. regular price of ₩22,000-22,500 or $20-21)
- Address: 16-6, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (near Gangnam-gu Office Subway Station)
- Hours: Monday-Saturday at 11am-11pm and Sundays at 11am-10pm
2. The Grid in Hongdae
Looking to hang in Hongdae? One of the best Italian restaurants that you can visit here is The Grid, which delights with their food selection. For pastas, you can choose between their White Cream Pasta (Carbonara) or Seafood Rose Pasta. Whichever you pick, you’ll get it as a 2-person set, which consists of bread, drinks, pizza or beef platter.
- Price range on WAUG: ₩19,000-34,000 (good for 2 people)
- Address: 2F, 404-8, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- Hours: Tuesday-Sunday at 11am-10pm
3. Isola by the Han River
If you want to enjoy lunch or dinner in an Italian restaurant in Seoul with a view, then you’d have to consider Isola. This is a nice dining spot for families, friends, and couples who are looking to enjoy quality time, great atmosphere, and delicious food. Isola has a lot of pasta dishes that you can select from, including Spaghetti alle Vongole, Fettuccine alla Bolognese, Lasagna, and Risotto. You may find the menu items here to be more expensive, but that’s because you get to have a satisfying meal on the Han River!
- Price range on WAUG: ₩27,000-31,500 or $23-27.5 (vs. regular price of ₩30,000-35,000 or $26.5-30)
- Address: 2085-14 Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Hours: Lunch at 11:30am-2:30pm and Dinner at 5:30pm-8:30pm
Also read: MUST-TRY: Buffet Restaurant by the Han River
4. JP Chef Diary
Another notable Italian restaurant in Gangnam is JP Chef Diary. I love this place for its pasta, but it’s the ambience of the space that really blew me away! Check out this 1-minute video to see what I’m talking about:
As you can see, JP Chef Diary is a very ideal date place in Seoul, so if you’re looking for one, definitely consider this option. For their pasta, you can choose to have a tomato, cream, or oil-based dish, which you’ll get to enjoy with salad, bread, and coffee or tea.
- Price on WAUG: ₩32,400 or $28 (vs. regular price of ₩36,000 or $31.5)
- Address: 30, Hakdong-ro 3-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (near Sinsa station)
- Hours: 11:30am-1am
5. Vincero in Hongdae (홍대 빈체로 파스타 레스토랑)
Cheap and no-fuss. This is what Vincero Italian restaurant in Hongdae is all about. While the dining space and pasta dishes here are not as sophisticated as the other restaurants in this list, I still enjoy their food. I like the Seafood Cream Risotto (씨푸드 크림 리조또), but their Shrimp Rose Cream Pasta (통새우 로제크림 파스타) and Vincero Seafood Pasta (빈체로 씨푸드 파스타) are quite tasty too. Before you go drinking, you can visit this restaurant, which is just a few meters away from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 8.
- Price on WAUG: ₩10,800-12,800
- Address: Hongik-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (near Hongik Univ. Station)
- Hours: 11:30am-10pm
Vincero’s booking page on WAUG is not yet available in English, but you can still book it on the Korean page. The best way is to open this link via your web or mobile browser and have Google automatically translate the page for you.
Alternatively, you can also use the app and refer to these translations: 상품 옵션 (Product Options) > choose between 통새우 로제크림 파스타 (Shrimp Rose Cream Pasta), 씨푸드 크림 리조또 (Seafood Cream Risotto), and 빈체로 씨푸드 파스타 (Vincero Seafood Pasta).
As with the other Italian restaurants listed here, you’ll just have to show your mobile voucher before ordering. The manager/owner of Vincero actually speaks English, so if you don’t know how to speak Korean yet, there’ll be no problem!
How to Book Italian Restaurants in Seoul Online
If you’re unfamiliar with booking restaurants online, just follow these 5 simple steps:
- Log in or sign up for WAUG here. (New members get a $3 or ₩3,000 discount coupon! 🎉)
- Select your preferred restaurant from the list above or see more options here.
- Select the date and provide other participant information.
- Check out using your Visa, Mastercard, or AMEX.
- Wait for your voucher/s that we’ll send through the WAUG app, which you can download by clicking below:
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