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Zelen

#72 of 12,870 Restaurants in Seoul
#80 of 13,913 Places to Eat in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Itaewon
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2F, 116-14, Itaewon dong, Yongsan gu, Seoul, South Korea
02-749-0600
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A one-of-a-kind great dining experience.

Zelen restaurant in upper Itaewon (behind the Hamilton Hotel) is a wonderful restaurant with dishes that you will find no where else in Korea. We have eaten there several times and are always satisfied.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Zelen restaurant in upper Itaewon (behind the Hamilton Hotel) is a wonderful restaurant with dishes that you will find no where else in Korea. We have eaten there several times and are always satisfied.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

One of the best restaurants in Itaewon, great food, great service and the owners are great. We have been in many many times and the food was always delicious. Would recommend very highly. But book in advance very popular place.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We visited Zelen (meaning Green in Bulgarian) on the recommendation from a fellow skyscapercity forum member. There are apparently two locations, but we chose the one in Itaewon. The restaurant was easy to locate one street up from the main road, and the hostess was quick to find us a table and bring the menu. We had some Bulgarian appetizers... More 

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Cerritos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I usually don't like to eat non-Korean food while traveling to Korea. In my past trips, I tried an Italian restaurant in Itaewon with some of my Westerner colleagues and were very discouraged at the flavor of the dishes. However, when another colleague suggested we meet at Zelen to try the Bulgarian restaurant in Itaewon, I was very apprehensive. Much... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went there the other evening. First of all, its location is great! We had a place near the "window" on the terrace and it is great eating there. Service is a bit depending on who is attending, some speak fluently English, other hardly. The taste of the food is ok, nothing special or outstanding. The presentation is great. They did... More 

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Geoje, South Korea
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

After a week in Seoul we were looking for something different. Zelen was all we wanted. The food was plentiful and very tasty. The staff were attentive and they we're playing great dinner music. Very relaxing Restaurant in busy, noisy Itaewon

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I've called at lease 10times during afternoon to book at this very well reputated restaurant here in Seoul but no reply even if it was saturday afternoon. I've tried again in the very early evening, like 6 to 7 pm but still no one was answering. So when I got to the area, I just popped in with a friend... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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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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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Additional Information about Zelen

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

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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>  > Itaewon
  • Neighborhood: Itaewon
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Itaewon

Neighborhood Profile
Itaewon
Neighboring the immense Yongsan American Garrison, Itaewon was once shunned by locals as a seedy, red light district. But within the past few years, Itaewon and its surrounding neighborhoods such as Kyunglidan and Haebangchong have undergone a major revival to quickly become one of Seoul’s hottest areas. Here, trendy international restaurants dot the area alongside hip lounge bars and some of Seoul’s hottest club venues. After dark, Itaewon comes into its own as one of Seoul’s top party scenes. The crowd is a fascinating patchwork of all backgrounds and identities, including a small but thriving Muslim community (centered on Korea’s sole mosque), the LGBT community (with a string of popular bars and clubs), and a wide range of ethnicities and cultures scattered around. Those seeking a quiet respite should head towards the eastern end, in Hannam-dong, which not only has one of Korea’s best art museums, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, but plenty of mid-range to upscale restaurants and cafes.