Fine Dining Inquiry in Seoul

Hello Seouleats,
Here’s a recent letter that I recieved

My name is D.K. and I will be visiting Korea for three weeks in July 2009. I’m currently working at X.X.X. as a part of the beverage team as well as the service team in Las Vegas. I also have a culinary background having graduated from the CIA in 2006. I wanted to find out if you have a page with a list of fine dining restaurants in and around Seoul. Those equivalent to being Michelin rated. If not, I would love a list of restaurants or other recommendations to fine dining restaurants. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you


So…I need your help. Most of the restaurants that I think that D.K. are looking for are in Hotels in Seoul. That includes the Shilla, the Intercontinental, Lotte Hotel’s Pierre Gagnaire, and the W. Most of the other places I know are small and they aren’t at the level of a Michelin rated restaurant. So, can you help me add to this list for D.K?



Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007,, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (, which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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  • Anonymous

    Seasons, the French restaurant at the Hilton.

  • hyunjung

    정식당.. it’s korean fusion.

  • Daniel Gray

    hyunjung, thanks you are the second person to recommend 정식당^^

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