Great restaurants in Jeju Island serve authentic Korean dishes that are made with high-quality ingredients and age-old recipes. This vibrant island is characterised by foods that interpret local produce in unique ways. Many dishes feature seafood or the famous Jeju black pig without any sort of special seasoning. 

    Check out the wonderful world of gourmet Jeju cuisine made with fresh fish caught by local female sea divers (haenyeo) and round off your day with a nice cup of tea or coffee at one of Jeju’s many seaside cafés. Here are some suggestions on where to eat Jeju that will take your visit to the next level.


    Jamae Giksu

    Sisters Noodles

    Jeju is home to a noodle dish rarely seen elsewhere in Korea, the so-called meat noodles (gogi-guksu) served with a topping of pork. Among the many restaurants serving this unique Jeju dish, Sisters Noodles is certainly the most famous. 

    The most well-known variant has noodles served in a pork broth topped with pork, but there are others that are also topped with pork, like the spicy noodles (bibim-guksu) and anchovy broth noodles (myeolchi-guksu). The best part is that none of these delicious dishes will put a dent in your wallet.

    Location: 67 Samseong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-727-1112


    Myeongjin Jeonbok

    Exquisite abalone dishes

    Myeongjin Jeonbok is a restaurant specialising in abalone dishes, situated on a coastal road with a gorgeous view. The main dish here is the abalone stone-pot rice (jeonbok dol-sot bap) cooked with abalone meat, innards, and vegetables, but their butter-grilled abalone is also quite popular. 

    Whichever dish you choose, your order will be served with a mouthwatering side of grilled mackerel. Myeongjin Jeonbok is at a convenient location and perfect for stopping by while out cruising around the island.

    Location: 1282 Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)64-782-9944



    Black pork dishes

    Heugdonga is recommended if you want to experience the true taste of Jeju black pork. Thick slices of pork are sprinkled with coarse salt and grilled over charcoal, kicking your appetite into overdrive. Notably, the barbecued pork at Heugdonga is served with a side of salted anchovy dip (myeolchi-jeot), adding a layer of rich flavour to the meat. 

    While you’re here, be sure to check out the kimchi stew (kimchi-jjigae), which comes brimming with pork for all you meat-lovers.

    Location: 11 Halladaehang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to midnight

    Phone: +82 (0)64-747-0088


    Hyeopjae Haenyeoui Jip

    Seafood ramen noodles

    Hyeopjae Haenyeoui Jip’s famous dish is seafood ramen noodles cooked with seafood caught by the famous female sea divers (haenyeo) of Jeju. The ramen is neither fancy nor trendy, but it’s a dependable dish full of fresh seafood that never lets you down. It’s particularly popular among those seeking to chase away a hangover from a long night of travelling and drinking. 

    There’s also sliced raw seafood (hoi) on the menu, so try some together with a hot bowl of ramen.

    Location: 19 Hyeopjae 3-gil, Hallim-eub, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 8 pm


    Hanseong Omegi Tteok

    Delicious rice cake

    At Hanseong Omegi Tteok in Jeju Dongmun Market, you can find delicious rice cake made with Jeju-grown glutinous millet with red beans, legumes, and nuts. Jeju’s very own glutinous millet (omegi) rice cake is very popular as a healthy snack thanks to its sweet yet light flavour. 

    This place uses domestic red beans unlike many other traditional Korean confectioneries, and because it’s close to the airport, it’s great for a quick stop to pick up some individually-packaged rice cakes that are perfect as a gift or souvenir.

    Location: 9-2 Dongmun-ro 4-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea


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    Sanbang Restaurant

    Wheat noodles

    Sanbang Restaurant, a popular restaurant among Jeju locals, is famous for its wheat noodles (milmyeon). The 2 most famous dishes are the spicy wheat noodles (bibim milmyeon) and cold wheat noodles in broth (milnaengmyeon). 

    Jeju is famous for its black pork, so it’s no wonder these noodle dishes are served topped with delicious pork slices. Wrap a slice of pork in wheat noodles for a whole new Jeju-style food experience. It’s a surprisingly filling meal thanks to the pork topping!

    Location: 62 Hamoisam-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 11 am to 6 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)64-794-2165



    Fresh cutlassfish dishes

    Head over to Chunsimine if you’re in the mood for some fresh cutlassfish dishes. The grilled whole cutlassfish is the main attraction here, which is served in a jaw-dropping display highlighting the full length of the fish. It’s big enough for a family and visually striking to boot. 

    If you’re travelling with small children, the boneless braised cutlassfish is recommended. The side dishes are served in generous portions, which is usually a big hit for the whole family, especially the parents.

    Location: 16 Changcheonjungang-ro 24 beon-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 8 pm


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    Aewol The Sunset

    Dine with beautiful views of Aewol Beach

    Brunch café Aewol The Sunset features a gorgeous interior but is more famous because of the beautiful view of Aewol Beach that stretches out over the all-glass terrace. As the name of the café suggests, the bright glow of the sunset is particularly captivating here. 

    Because the café is meticulously decorated, you can snap a photo from pretty much anywhere for magnificent results. It’s highly recommended for couples looking to capture their travels in memorable photographs.

    Location: 6111 Iljuseo-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm (Last order by 8:30 pm)

    Phone: +82 (0)64-799-5943


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    Nammun Restaurant

    Black pork and scallion kimchi

    Nammun Restaurant, located in a folk village full of charming thatched roofs, specialises in black pig dishes and offers a unique atmosphere. The side dishes, mainly vegetables and wild edible greens, are simple and distinctive. The scallion kimchi (pa-kimchi) and bracken are remarkable when cooked together with the pork. 

    Thanks to the unique menu items that complement the surrounding atmosphere, Nammun Restaurant stands out as one of the best among the many black pig speciality restaurants in Jeju.

    Location: 14 Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro 22 beon-gil, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm


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