Best Dining Spots Near ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’: Chosen by Koreans! #1/3

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by HB

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Have you made plans to stay at the ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or the ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul’? Both are conveniently located in the same area. Or perhaps, you’ve already checked in? If so, let’s dive into a universally beloved topic – food!

Traveling can be hectic, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a breather and savor a leisurely meal at an amazing place just around the corner of your hotel?

Today’s post is all about that! After an in-depth review of ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ and ‘‘Lotte Hotel Seoul‘, I’m here to guide you through the best local dining spots and cafes within an easy stroll from your hotel.

Best Dining Spots Near 'Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower'

I’ve gathered this list from Naver – Korea’s largest portal. It includes places loved by locals and highly praised by customers. Keeping convenience in mind, I’ve handpicked eateries and cafes located within a cozy 500m radius from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ and ‘‘Lotte Hotel Seoul‘.

Best Dining Spots Near 'Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower'

“The heart of the circle marks the ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ (or ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul’) location. The surrounding purple hue illustrates a 500-meter radius from the hotel, your culinary adventure playground.”

For your reference, the post titled “Best Dining Spots Near ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower‘: Chosen by Koreans!” will be divided into three parts, and this is the first part. The topics for each part are as follows:

(The title only mentions ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’, but guests of ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul’, don’t worry! Since the two hotels are right next to each other, there’s absolutely no problem in utilizing this information!!)


Part 1: Korean Cuisine, Japanese Cuisine, Chinese Cuisine

Part 2: Asian Cuisine, Western Cuisine, Snacks or Street Food

Part 3: Cafe, Bar, Convenience Store


So, let’s not waste any more time and embark on our gastronomic journey to discover the best dining spots near ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul!! Beginning with the first part, let’s delve into the ‘Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Cuisine’!

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1. Korean Cuisine

1.1. Buam Chicken BBQ (부암닭구이): Korean BBQ Restaurant

CategoryInformation
Address21 Eulji-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 을지로3길 21 부암닭구이)
Operating HoursMonday-Friday: 11:00 – 22:00 (Break Time: 14:00 – 16:30) / Saturday: 15:00 – 22:00 / Sunday: Closed
Phone Number+82-0507-1438-6691
ConvenienceSuitable for groups, Take-out, Reservations, Separate men/women restrooms
DescriptionBuam Chicken BBQ is a char-grilled chicken specialty restaurant. We offer fresh grilled chicken and unique parts of the chicken. We use the finest coffee tree charcoal and grill as soon as you order. (350 characters)
ReviewsRating: 4.36, Visitor Reviews: 780, Blog Reviews: 521

“I had a great time at Buam Chicken BBQ! The charcoal-grilled chicken was delicious and the portions were generous. It was quite busy during lunchtime, but that just shows how popular it is. I especially enjoyed the soft and tasty pork. I highly recommend this place!”


“I visited Buam Chicken BBQ and was pleased by their menu. The taste was consistently good and the atmosphere was spacious and comfortable. I ordered the mixed platter, and I wish they could have explained the different parts before grilling. But overall, a great dining experience.”


“I’m not usually a fan of grilled chicken, but the chicken at Buam Chicken BBQ was exceptional. It was so tender and melted in my mouth. I guess they use fresh chicken. The grilled deodeok was also a treat. Highly recommend this place for a delicious meal.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 280 m, taking about 5 minutes on foot. The detour that prioritizes main roads (grey solid line) is 290 m and takes about 5 minutes.

Buam Chicken BBQ (부암닭구이): Korean BBQ Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

1.2. I.Nam.Jang Myeongdong Branch (이남장 명동점): Korean Traditional Food

CategoryInformation
Address39 Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 1F I.Nam.Jang Myeongdong Branch (서울 중구 명동9길 39 1층 이남장 명동점)
Operating HoursMon-Fri: 08:30 – 22:00 (Last Order 21:30), Sat-Sun: 08:30 – 21:00 (Last Order 20:30)
Phone Number+82-0507-1374-4247
WebsiteLink
FacilitiesGroup use available, Reservation, WiFi, Male/Female bathrooms
DescriptionI.Nam.Jang Myeongdong Branch, operating across two floors, is a spacious place where you can enjoy group dinners. It’s also famous as a lunch spot among nearby financial district workers. The broth, cooked for 48 hours, is not factory-made but prepared in-house. The restaurant is also open from the morning, so you can have a hearty meal before going to work. This branch was featured in the TV show ‘Welcome, First Time in Korea?’ Episode 313.

“I couldn’t resist the delicious aroma of the soup and the generous portions of meat at this place. The ‘Seolleongtang’ (Korean beef bone soup) was a delightful surprise – the soup was rich and flavorful, unlike any I’ve tasted before. Adding heaps of green onions made it even better. I’ll definitely be back for more!”


“I saw this restaurant on TV and it looked so appetizing that I had to try it. The ‘SuYuk’ (boiled beef or pork slices) did not disappoint. The portion was substantial and the taste was simply amazing. It’s a great place for group gatherings.”


“The ‘Seolleongtang’ here is simply the best! The soup, made from long hours of boiling, had a depth of flavor that was truly satisfying. The meat portions were generous, tender, and delicious. The ‘MulNaengmyeon’ (cold buckwheat noodles) was equally impressive – the noodles had a great texture and the soup was refreshing. I can’t wait to visit again.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 308 m, taking about 5 minutes on foot.

I.Nam.Jang Myeongdong Branch (이남장 명동점): Korean Traditional Food

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

1.3. Soongryedodam (숭례도담): Korean Cuisine

CategoryInformation
Address14, Sejong-daero 18-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 세종대로18길 14)
Business Hours11:00 – 22:00 (Break Time: 15:00 – 17:00, Last Order: 21:00) All week
Phone Number+82-0507-1333-9850
AmenitiesSuitable for groups, Take-out, Wi-Fi, Separate men/women restrooms, Booking
Websitehttps://blog.naver.com/taekdaeri
DescriptionSoongryedodam is a Korean restaurant located near the historical site, Namdaemun (also known as Sungnyemun) in Seoul. It’s conveniently located within a 100m radius of City Hall Station, Seoul City Hall, Myeong-dong Station, and Deoksugung Palace. The restaurant offers a clean and enjoyable dining experience for traditional Korean cuisine, including group dining options. Being situated in Bukchang-dong, an area famous for its great restaurants, Soongryedodam has gained a reputation as a go-to spot for discerning office workers in the area. It’s part of a renowned restaurant group that includes Jongro Dodam, Namsan Dodam, Hyehwa Dodam, and Insadong Garlic Bossam.

“I visited Soongryedodam during the weekday for lunch and was really satisfied with the value for money. The Kimchi Stew was full of meat and the Bo-ssam was plentiful. It’s a great spot for office workers around City Hall to grab a satisfying lunch!”


“I highly recommend Soongryedodam! I had the green onion pancake and stir-fried octopus, and both were amazingly delicious. It’s a must-visit for anyone working or visiting around City Hall. The place is always bustling with customers, which is a testament to its popularity and great food!”


“I enjoyed my visit to Soongryedodam. The freshness of the meat was undeniable and it was incredibly tender. The side dishes were also excellent. The restaurant was clean and well maintained. It’s a place that I’d love to visit again!”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 435 m, taking about 8 minutes on foot. The detour that prioritizes main roads (grey solid line) is 550 m and takes about 9 minutes.

Soongryedodam (숭례도담): Korean Cuisine

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

2. Japanese Cuisine

2.1. Inaniwa Yosuke (이나니와요스케): Japanese Restaurant

CategoryInformation
AddressSeoul, Jung-gu, Eulji-ro 6 (서울 중구 을지로 6)
Phone Number+82-02-772-9994
Business HoursMonday – Friday: 11:00 – 22:00, Break Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
ConvenienceReservation, Group availability, Separate Men/Women restrooms
TV BroadcastingWednesday Food Talk 45th episode, 15.12.09
DescriptionInaniwa Yosuke is a 350-year-old traditional Japanese Udon restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of luxurious Japanese cuisine with various types of Sake. It has a suitable atmosphere for group gatherings, family meals, client meetings, and company dinners. The clean hall and group rooms are fully equipped.

“The uniqueness of this Japanese restaurant lies in its Udon noodles. The soup and noodles complement each other perfectly. Although the portion might not be large, pairing it with a Salmon Salad makes a complete meal. The food here is delicate, and you’ll leave feeling like you’ve had a good meal. The interior is impressive and the food is delicious, but there might be a bit of a wait if you don’t make a reservation.”


“This place is known for its delicious Udon, but I found that all their other menus are equally tasty. It’s the place that was featured in a food show as one of the top three Udon restaurants in the country. I end up coming here at least once a year with a friend. The noodles are similar to those in Japan. The food is delicious, and the interior is spacious.”


“The noodles are clean and fresh, giving off a homemade vibe. The soup is equally clean and healthy. The Karaage was a bit bland, but the croquette was simply amazing! So soft and creamy.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 398 m, taking about 5 minutes on foot.

Inaniwa Yosuke (이나니와요스케): Japanese Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

2.2. Myeongdong Tonkatsu (명동돈가스): Tonkatsu Restaurant

CategoryInformation
AddressSeoul, Jung-gu, Myeongdong 3-gil 8 (서울 중구 명동3길 8)
Phone Number+82-02-775-5300
Business HoursEveryday: 11:00 – 21:00
ConvenienceReservation available
TV BroadcastingWednesday Food Talk 108th episode, 17.03.08
Websitehttp://mddongas.co.kr/
DescriptionMyeongdong Tonkatsu is a restaurant established in 1983 after learning the art of Tonkatsu from Dongki, one of the many famous Tonkatsu restaurants in Japan.

“Soul food, Myeongdong Tonkatsu. This is a restaurant I’ve been frequenting since my childhood. The place has been here since 1983, a time when Japanese Tonkatsu was not common. They are pioneers in the world of Tonkatsu.”


“Quick guidance and ordering! The food tasted good and it was a great place for dining alone. This place is kind to customers.”


“I tried Katsu and Chicken Katsu, both were super tasty. I often visit Myeongdong, but this is my first time here, haha.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 304 m, taking about 6 minutes on foot.

Myeongdong Tonkatsu (명동돈가스): Tonkatsu Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

2.3. Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Myeongdong Branch (쯔루하시 후게츠 명동점): Japanese Restaurant

CategoryInformation
AddressSeoul, Jung-gu, Myeongdong 8-gil 21-5, Haeam Building 2nd floor (서울 중구 명동8길 21-5 해암빌딩 2층)
Phone Number+82-0507-1340-5920
Business HoursEveryday: 11:30 – 21:30 (Break Time: 14:30 – 17:00, Last Order: 20:30)
ConvenienceTake-out, Wi-Fi, Separated restrooms for men and women
Websitehttp://www.fugetsu.co.kr
DescriptionTsuruhashi Fugetsu is a specialty restaurant for Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba that has been serving customers for over 70 years in the Koreatown area of Osaka, Japan, known as Tsuruhashi. The restaurant, which operates about 130 stores in Japan, is one of the most famous Okonomiyaki specialty stores, especially popular in Osaka. Almost all the menus are slow food based on cabbage, considering health, and it is a traditional Japanese food that fits the taste of the world.

“If you want to enjoy Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba in Myeongdong, this is the place to go! They now have a catch table waiting system, so you can register and go around nearby until it’s your turn. Always a satisfying visit!”


“I’ve always loved Okonomiyaki, and this place is seriously the best. I highly recommend the main set! You’ll keep ordering more. Happy to have discovered this gem in Myeongdong, an area not usually known for great food.”

“Finally visited the long-awaited Fugetsu! It felt just like the taste I had locally in Japan! The staff were so kind, even though they must be busy all day due to the popularity of the place. Looking forward to the next visit!”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoulis as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 502 m, taking about 9 minutes on foot.

Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Myeongdong Branch (쯔루하시 후게츠 명동점): Japanese Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restauratnt / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

3. Chinese Cuisine

3.1. Haidilao Myeongdong Branch (하이디라오 명동점): Chinese Restaurant

CategoryInformation
Address36 Myeongdong 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 1st floor (서울 중구 명동3길 36 1층)
Opening HoursEvery day from 10:00 – 07:00 with last order at 06:00
Phone Number+82-0507-1426-3890
AmenitiesReservations, Group Dining, Take-out, Separate Men/Women Restrooms, Wi-Fi, Parking, Delivery
WebsiteLink
DescriptionHaidilao Hot Pot, the number one hot pot brand in China, has seen over 1 billion cumulative visitors since its establishment in Sichuan in 1994. It is the largest hot pot brand in China and a globally famous Chinese chain brand. Currently, it operates over 1,700 stores in 16 countries including China, Singapore, USA, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

“I visited Haidilao Myeongdong Branch and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of flavors offered. I tried the Samseon, Cheongyu, and Ttomyang broths and all of them were incredibly delicious. The Cheongyu broth paired well with all the ingredients. The freshness of the meat and vegetables was commendable and the shrimp balls were exceptional. Highly recommend!”


“Booked a table via Catch Table. The waiting area was comfortable and the staff was very friendly. We were a group of six and the total bill came out to be around 180,000 KRW, but it was worth every penny. The food was plentiful and satisfying. I’ll definitely be visiting again.”


“This was my first visit to Haidilao and I must say, I was quite impressed with the freshness of the ingredients and the cleanliness of the restaurant. The staff was very professional and kind. Their systematic service made my dining experience a lot more enjoyable. Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth it considering the quality and the service.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 286 m, taking about 5 minutes on foot.

Haidilao Myeongdong Branch (하이디라오 명동점): Chinese Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

3.2. Cheonhyangwon (천향원): Chinese Restaurant

CategoryInformation
Address33, Namdaemun-ro 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Sogong Building 2F, Cheonhyangwon (서울 중구 남대문로7길 33 소공빌딩 2층 천향원)
Operating HoursDaily: 11:30 – 22:00
Telephone+82-0507-1364-7705
ConvenienceSuitable for groups, Reservation available
DescriptionCheonhyangwon is a restaurant that offers a variety of dishes along with unlimited refill hotpot. You can adjust the taste to your preference and enjoy a comfortable meal. We kindly ask for your understanding that during busy times, please make a call for a prompt response. The parking area may be congested so we appreciate your use of public transportation. There will be an environmental charge if you leave food. The self-bar use ends at 9:45 PM and the entire restaurant closes at 10:00 PM. The use time per table is 90 minutes.

“Cheonhyangwon is my go-to place for lunch and dinner. The reason I love it so much is because of the unlimited refill of meat, which makes it a great value for money. Plus, the place is really clean. No matter how many customers are there, it’s never too noisy. I can really focus on my meal which I absolutely love.”


“This was my second visit and I went with my colleagues during lunch break. The Maratang and Sagol-tang were so delicious. They make their own sauces, so it was fun to customize the flavors to our liking. The place is also clean and the ingredients are fresh. The vibe is a little different from the hotpot places around Konkuk University, but in a good way.”


“I’ve been visiting Cheonhyangwon for several years now and I recently revisited after a while. I’m glad to say that it’s gotten even better now. The restaurant is clean, the ingredients are fresh, and the food is delicious. I especially love the unlimited refill of meat.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 239 m, taking about 4 minutes on foot. The detour that prioritizes main roads (grey solid line) is 301 m and takes about 4 minutes.

Cheonhyangwon (천향원): Chinese Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour

3.3. Boksungak Deoksugung Branch (복성각 덕수궁점) : Chinese Restaurant

CategoryInformation
Address7 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 2nd Floor, Ocheonhoegwan Building (서울 중구 덕수궁길 7 오천회관빌딩 2층)
Business HoursMon-Fri: 11:00 – 22:00 (Break time: 14:30 – 17:00, Last order: 21:00) Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 20:50 (Break time: 14:30 – 15:30, Last order: 19:50)
Phone Number+82-0507-1487-2232
AmenitiesReservation, Groups, Takeout, Wi-Fi, Separated Restrooms, Disabled Facilities
TV BroadcastFind Delicious TV 710 episodes, 16.02.27.2016 Flat Pepper Jjajang
HomepageInstagram link
DescriptionBoksungak is a Chinese restaurant that has been operated by the Hwagyo for three generations. With 60 years of tradition, fresh ingredients, and reasonable prices, we promise to impress all our customers. We also have small and large rooms suitable for various gatherings. In addition, we are located near Seoul City Hall and Deoksugung Palace, so you can enjoy sightseeing and delicious food at the same time. We will always do our best for our customers.

“Visited Boksungak with a friend. We were lucky to get a spacious seat. They serve delicious Jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup) – my friend always orders it here and says the taste and spice level is always perfect. The restaurant is also very clean.”


“I’ve been here quite a few times, and it’s always good. The seafood is plentiful and grilled to perfection. One of their unique dishes is the Rose Jjamppong which you can’t find easily elsewhere. I highly recommend trying it!”


“First time here and was pleasantly surprised. Ordered the flat stir-fried Jjajang, and it was delicious and well worth the price. The restaurant is also quite spacious. Looking forward to trying other dishes on my next visit.”

Customer Reviews of the Restaurant (Source: Naver)

The travel route from ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’ or‘Lotte Hotel Seoul is as shown in the picture below. The optimal route (blue solid line) from the hotel (green circle) to the restaurant (red circle) is 754 m, taking about 13 minutes on foot. The detour that prioritizes main roads (grey solid line) is 793 m and takes about 14 minutes.

oksungak Deoksugung Branch (복성각 덕수궁점) : Chinese Restaurant

Green Circle: Hotel / Red Circle: Restaurant / Blue solid line: Optimal Route / Grey Solid Line: Detour


With this, I conclude the first part of “Best Dining Spots Near ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’: Chosen by Koreans!”. If you’re hesitant about trying Korean, Japanese, or Chinese Cuisine mentioned in this post, please refer to the next post!!

Part 2: Asian Cuisine, Western Cuisine, Snacks or Street Food

Part 3: Cafe, Bar, Convenience Store


About ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower’


About ‘Lotte Hotel Seoul’


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