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2F, 116-14, Itaewon dong, Yongsan gu, Seoul, South Korea
02-749-0600
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 30
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Korean Surprise

Wow.....at the recommendation of a friend....Zelen was a delightful surprise in providing wonder and flavorful dishes. Servings are plentiful, especially the appetizers, they are a meal all by themselves. Great service and a friendly attentive staff. Zelen is my "go to place" when I'm in Seoul.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Wow.....at the recommendation of a friend....Zelen was a delightful surprise in providing wonder and flavorful dishes. Servings are plentiful, especially the appetizers, they are a meal all by themselves. Great service and a friendly attentive staff. Zelen is my "go to place" when I'm in Seoul.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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110 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

I did not really know what to expect. A Bulgarian eatery in downtown Seoul? Went on a friend's recommendation and was amazed. We walked right by the place....on 2nd floor and if you are not looking up you miss the sign. Lots of international cuisine in the area..really alleys off the main drag. We had a reservation which was promptly... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Zelen is small and often crowded; but for a good reason. Their authentic menu and robust wine list is hard to beat. Don't miss the pork rib appetizer or salmon skewers. Love it. Can't wait to go back!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Had heard about this restaurant from acquaintances so a friend of mine and I decided to check it out. We shared a multi-course dinner for two (we figured we could try more things from the menu that way) and we were not disappointed! The food was just delicious! The service was good, the atmosphere was cozy, and we will definitely... More 

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Ulsan, South Korea
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Our group had a great dinner at Zelen, a charming Bulgarian restaurant just up some stairs from the street behind the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon. Good menu posted outside at the bottom of the steps. Other friends had some Bulgarian wine which they loved. I had the salmon and it was lovely. I would recommend it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Zelen has a decent menu, only three beef dishes and one lamb option. Lots of vegetarian choices though. The food is good, but the prices are more expensive than I would have expected for what I received. Portion size was average and not very flavorful/savory. I'd recommend going to Braai Republic or to a Korean BBQ if you're visiting from... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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114 reviews 114 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We went there because of recommendation. So our expectations were high. Food was OK (not very exciting, or "best in Seoul" as some reviewers are writing), but the "service" is worth the mentioning. In Korea you are treated as a customer in very good way. Well, not in this restaurant. Completely unprofessional staff: - taking plates away even before we... More 

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Daejeon, South Korea
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

There are 2 of these not far away from each other. One in Hanam-dong and one in Itaewon. They have a wide selection of food, even vegetarians can eat there. I have been there with groups and only with one other person. Their service is excellent. They have good wines to choose from. Their meat products are really good and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I dined with my daughter for my birthday. She chose tge restaraunt on recommendations of others. The service was good, a great atmosphere and nice setting. The stuffed tomato entree was very nice but the egg plant with cheese even better. My daughter had the steak for a main which she says was very good and I had the stuffed... More 

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Had the set A dinner, it came with a lot of food and everything was amazing. The stuffed tomato was delicious! The atmosphere was very nice and cozy.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2F, 116-14, Itaewon dong, Yongsan gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul
  • Phone Number: 02-749-0600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Eastern European
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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