Most of the great restaurants in Goseong offer wonderful oceanside locations and views as well as incredible seafood selections. This corner of Gangwon Province is a foodie destination that satisfies not only lovers of seafood and sashimi but it’s also dotted with eateries serving local must-tries ranging from noodles to Korean BBQ and even cheese-filled pork cutlets.

    Buckwheat noodle restaurants abound, as do spots specialising in a certain dish such as crab soup. To help you out, we’ve hand-picked the top must-visit restaurants in Goseong where you can discover new flavours and even a new liking for Korean cuisine.


    Baekchon Makguksu

    Among the tastiest bowls of buckwheat noodles in Goseong

    Baekchon Makguksu is one of the highly-rated makguksu (buckwheat noodle) restaurants in Goseong. Don’t let their homey vibe fool you, as they know how to whip up a great bowl of noodles. Their claim to fame is memil guksu or cold buckwheat noodles topped with seaweed strips, sliced boiled egg, and dongchimi (water-based radish kimchi).

    Meat-lovers are in for a treat, as Baekchon Makguksu’s pyeonyuk (boiled pork slices) are incredibly tender and almost melt in your mouth. Whether you order it to complete your bowl of memil guksu or as a snack to nibble with your makgeolli (viscous Korean rice wine), it’s a must-try during your visit to Goseong.

    Location: 10 Baekchon 1-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Monday from 11 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-632-5422


    Jangmi Gyeongyangsik

    A place to try golden, fluffy and crispy tonkatsu

    Jangmi Gyeongyangsik is a restaurant in Goseong that specialises in tonkatsu or fried pork cutlets. With such attention to the particular dish, they’ve perfected their craft – think big marinated slices of pork in ‘Jang-gyeong’ style, featuring milk, onion, soju, and other ingredients, then fried to golden perfection.

    For something extra, go for the cheese tonkatsu with its creamy filling that oozes out of the crispy batter as you slice into it. Regulars also praise their cream soup, so ask for this dish as a hearty, warm way to whet your appetite.

    Location: 277-7, Geojin-ri, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)033-682-2084



    Fresh seafood with ocean vistas

    Yeongsunnehoesjip in Goseong is loved by locals and visitors thanks to its great seafood selection and scenic location. If you’re a fan of sashimi, this cosy restaurant will be right up your alley. Both the alfresco and indoor seats offer great sea views as you sit down to enjoy some of the freshest seafood available in Goseong.

    Locals call Yeongsunnehoesjip’s ultra-fresh crabs and mulhoe (spicy raw fish soup) in particular as “bapdoduk”, which means “rice thief”. This phrase describes dishes that go so well with rice as if the rice is gone in a blink as if somebody steals it. Therefore, do as the regulars do by ordering extra rice before your first bowl goes empty.

    Location: 17-3 Bongpo-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10.30 am to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-633-8887



    Dive into a bounty of fresh crab

    Geseosgeora is one of the great seafood restaurants in Goseong specialising in crab. Diners are treated to sweet and juicy snow crab dishes as well as other tasty bounties from the East Sea. Even so, their crabs and crab legs are always the highlight.

    Must-try dishes include rich snow crab miso soup and fried rice with flying fish roe served in a crab shell. Seafood lovers will walk away from the restaurant satisfied. Regulars also give Geseosgeora’s spicy tteokboki (simmered rice cake) rave reviews, so be sure to add that to your order.

    Location: 33-1 Bongpo-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 1 pm to 9 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-631-6313


    Seonyeongine Mulhoe

    Fresh seafood with a spicy kick

    Seonyeongine Mulhoe bears their signature dish in their name and it’s among the best spots to try the popular Korean soup. Mulhoe is a Korean soup with raw fish and other seafood classics simmered in a refreshingly spicy broth.

    Even so, Seonyeongine Mulhoe’s teukseonyeong mulhoe cranks the tasty factors up a few notches. We’re talking about crunchy, fresh vegetables and fresh sashimi slices in their special soup that ties everything together. Don’t miss out on their jeonbok ttukbaegi, an abalone hot pot served in a small stone pot that’s great for sharing.

    Location: 250 Bongpo-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-632-1590


    Jebiho Sikdang

    Fresh seafood and spicy pollack soup

    Jebiho Sikdang is a restaurant in Goseong with a rotating menu based on the availability of fresh fish of the day. Their dongtae tang or spicy pollack soup is the crowd-favourite here, and it’s easy to see why. The soup is well-spiced, full of sweet fish meat, and is generous enough for 2.

    Their banchan or Korean traditional side dishes are also the highlights here, and you’ll be served around 12 kinds of banchan with your order. To round up your meal, wash everything down with some cold beer or soju.

    Location: 29 Geojinhang-gil, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-682-1970



    The go-to place for meat lovers in Goseong

    Seongmunjip is the place to go in Goseong when you’re hankering for some good bulgogi and more. The meats are cooked on the dining table, making it a very communal dining experience.

    You can snack on other smaller dishes, such as galbitang or short rib soup while drinking some ice-cold beer and chatting with your friends. Thinking of enjoying beer and grilled meat? Soak in the Korean BBQ vibe and go for soju or makgeolli rice wine to go with the succulent pork and beef.

    Location: 75 Gyoam-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-632-3320


    Jinmi Bunsik

    Mouthwatering noodle dishes for the whole family

    Jinmi Bunsik is a restaurant in Geongseo focused on the local-favourite kalguksu. This summer dish is made of handmade noodles with seasonal ingredients cooked in a flavourful broth. Unlike many other Korean dishes, kalguksu isn’t spicy (but it certainly doesn’t lack in the taste department), making it popular with all ages.

    If you’re in the mood for something lighter, go for their manduguk, a traditional Korean soup dumpling in beef or anchovy-based broth that is rather moreish and is great for sharing.

    Location: 265-1 Sinan-ri, Ganseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-681-2568


    40 Nyeonjeontongomi Naengmyeon

    Korean cold noodles with a family history

    40 Nyeonjeontongomi Naengmyeon is a Goseong noodle institution. The restaurant has been serving up naengmyeon or Korean cold noodle for more than 40 years and across 3 generations.

    Served with ice cubes, the beef broth, fresh vegetable strips, and chewy noodles work really well together. Their menu is simple, listing only omi naengmyeon noodles with beef slices, but it’s also a testament to their confidence and quality. But really, they’re doing their signature dish so well they don’t really need any gimmicks.

    Location: 45 Ayajin-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm (closed every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-633-4598



    Among Goseong’s Instagrammable brunch spots

    A-Frame is a gorgeous multi-storey café serving up tasty coffees and other brunch fares in Goseong. The lovely and spacious café is situated right on Gajin-ri beach and features a surf vibe all around, especially with its wall of colourful surfboards.

    You can leisurely sip on your cup of java or their recommended smooth and sweet coconut coffee smoothie on a window-side table or one of the rooftop chairs. Regulars also praise their waffle and eggs benedict with pulled pork.

    Location: 279-1 Gajin-ri, Jugwang-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-681-1229

    Amy Vivian-Neal | Compulsive Traveller

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