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Vatos Urban Tacos Itaewon

#61 of 13,801 Restaurants in Seoul
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Itaewon
Mexican, Asian fusion
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181-8, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-866, South Korea
+82 2-797-8226
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic Atmosphere, Food OK

This place is always rammed. We went to eat at 17:00 on Tuesday and it was almost at capacity, we walked past it on the following Saturday at 18:00 and there were droves of people at the door waiting to go in Having only managed to eat snacks at the bar last year, it was busy, we went earlier... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
Phil C
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

i love Mexican food so much and since i grew up in the states i always ate Mexican food at restaurant, birthdays, friends houses even my aunts husband is Mexican so he always cooked. Since i live in Korea, and i haven't ate Mexican food in a while, i decided to look up online for some good restaurants that i... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is the best place in South Korea for Mexican food and fish tacos. The staff is friendly and speak English. This place is always crowded.

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place is always rammed. We went to eat at 17:00 on Tuesday and it was almost at capacity, we walked past it on the following Saturday at 18:00 and there were droves of people at the door waiting to go in Having only managed to eat snacks at the bar last year, it was busy, we went earlier this... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is an amazing fusion! I had the best fish tacos I have ever had here and the Kimchi Galbi Fries were to die for. I wanted to go back for round two but never made it before I left. I will definitely be making a return trip next time I visit Seoul.

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Seoul, South Korea
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

All expats in Seoul know Vatos. It is the in place for Mexican food and almost everyone seems to be a fan. I do like it, but after going a couple times and realizing they are just okay and way over priced, I won't be coming back. There are other options right in Itaewon for better, cheaper, and more authentic... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Votos, Draws a busy local crowd of clientele. Food is good but the portions are small and over - priced. The wait staff does a good job and is friendly. Votos is ok but for my experience it's over rated, over priced and crowded with lots of noise.

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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Delicious fresh food! Staff is pleasant and enthusiastic. Great for groups and families as well as a date.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Truly the best! Try the spicy crispy chicken wings & Kimchi fries! Addictive! And yes! How can I forget.. Their signature Corona Margarita! Presentation alone blows my mind! Great atmosphere! Everything is good but be prepared to wait. Better chances of getting a seat after 8:30pm. I love how people truly takes pride in what they do and do it... More 

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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

While visiting Seoul, recently, I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant, and I was VERY PLEASANTLY surprised with the experience! The menu offers a little something for everyone, and the chefs serve up their tasty delights with a deft hand. I had the pulled pork tacos which were ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! In fact, they were so good that I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Food portions too small. Kimchi fries are good, but can get better ones for less across the street at the new sandwich store, near dilingers.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 181-8, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-866, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Itaewon
  • Neighborhood: Itaewon
  • Phone Number: +82 2-797-8226

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Asian fusion
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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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.