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Zelen

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Itaewon
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2F, 116-14, Itaewon dong, Yongsan gu, Seoul, South Korea
Name/address in local language
+82 2-749-0600
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Today
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 15:00
Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Hong Kong, China
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116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to a Bulgarian restaurant in the heart of Seoul and served by Aigera from Kazakhstan. Cannot get more interesting than that. Menu is interesting ordered Kiufte which is pork and beef meatball with vegetables and mushroom sauce with Bulgarian rose water. I wanted to try some Bulgarian wine but they serve only by bottle and I could not... More 

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Thank duag27
Lodz, Poland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I learned about Zelen from Korean friends. They told me about a famous Balkan place in Seoul with good food. Tried it recently with a couple of friends. All of the food was great, but the best we tried was kofte, minced meat. Great taste and atmosphere like in Bulgaria. If you feel like trying some great dishes from the... More 

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California
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

First of all, I made this a "destination" stop during my quick trip to Korea for a family wedding. I'm really glad that I did. I watch the Korean cooking competition show, Please Take Care of My Refrigerator and became a fan of chef Mikhal Ashminov. I've actually been to Bulgaria, so I was curious what Bulgarian food in Korea... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

The famous star chef Michael runs this house. To start, white cheese salad is recomended. The tomato, cucumber and onions are covered with abundant white cheese flakes. Spinach Chicken is good with breast of chicken stuffed with creamed spinach along with lemon butter sauce. The price is relatively not higher than the other restaurants in Itaewon. Grinded beef with pork... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I used to go to zelen quite often when I lived in Seoul. Last month I visited Seoul and zelen was at the top of my list of restaurants to go to. It didn't disappoint. Just as good as always. The appetizers are to die for and the spinach chicken is so yummy. Of course it's expensive but most things... More 

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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is the famous bulgarian restourant in Seoul. The kitchen and the service is perfect. You will have the most famous Cheff in South Korea Mihal Spasov - he is a movie and TV star, but the food they are serving in this resourant is fusion

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Seoul, South Korea
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303 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

The Zelen is located in Itaewon, right in the heart of this lively neighborhood. After we arrived to Seoul, we quickly became usual customers, because of the tasty food and friendliness of the owners and staff. The menu is composed of Easter European food (mainly Bulgarian), with no such things as fusion or modern influences. They serve rich food, prepared... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

VERY bad/ rude korean receptionist. The only good thing is kind (I asume Bulgarian) waitress. Korean receptionist came to my table in the middle of meal and change the receipt without explaining anything with VERY ANGRY FACE. And behind her, bulgarian waitresses looked at us with 'I'm very sorry' face. She made us very unpleasant and uncomfortable. She didn't even... More 

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suwon
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Tonight was my fourth visit to Zelen and after this latest experience I felt compelled to write a review. I've always been impressed with this restaurant after my first experience five years ago. I've lived in Korea for over ten years and foreign food has always been pretty mediocre in Seoul. Zelen was the first foreign restaurant I was truly... More 

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Daegu, South Korea
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

The restaurant is located in a vibrant part of Seoul, and is easy to locate. The decor and music create a comfortable atmosphere. The food is of great quality. The service was good, and the servers were all very helpful. The server and chef were able to help us order dishes appropriate for the dietary restrictions of the group. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Eastern European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2F, 116-14, Itaewon dong, Yongsan gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Itaewon
  • Neighbourhood: Itaewon
  • Phone Number: +82 2-749-0600

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Itaewon

Neighbourhood 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.
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