Standing Galbi Barbeque Restaurant with over 60 years of History

Yeonnam Seo Seo Galbi


Yeonnam Seo Seo Galbi is a place with a lot of history and a pretty funky set-up. It was established not long after the end of the Korean War in the Yeonnam-dong area of Mapo-gu all the way back in 1953. Back then there weren't many restaurants for workers to frequent, so Yeonnam Seo Seo Galbi opened its doors to feed the mouths of these hard-working laborers. However, because they had only one hour for lunch, a faster way for barbequing meat had to be created. And that's what's special about Yeonnam Seo Seo Galbi. Rather than sit down at a table and order from a menu, Yeonnam Seo Seo Galbi is standing-only and only has a single menu item: Sogalbi, or marinated beef short ribs. So when workers came through the doors they could quickly gather at a table, put meat on the grill right away, and be out in time to get back to their work site. 


While the laborers are long gone, and the area has largely modernized and gentrified, Yeonnam-dong Seo Seo Galbi has maintained the same style of dining and minimalist interior from decades ago. Customers stand around oil drums with grills on top, and the only condiments given are green chili peppers and sauce. The short ribs are specially prepared, with the meat cut right from the whole rib section of a cow into small "fillets", and then soaked in a sweet soy sauce and garnished with chives and onions. The food speaks for itself; No fancy interior or even seats needed. Customers constantly pour in, and lines form around the corner during lunch and dinner hours to experience this one-of-a-kind restaurant. 


Company NameYeonnam Seo Seo Galbi (연남서서갈비)
Category Food, Drink & Nightlife Family & Living Social
URLs Homepage
Opening Hours12:00 - 20:00
Closed DaysMonday

South Korea, 서울특별시 Mapo-gu, Daeheung-dong, 백범로2길 32 Yeonnam Seo Seo Galbi

Take Line 2 to Sinchon Station and go out Exit 7. -> Walk straight about 150 meters until you reach a crosswalk. -> Cross the street then turn left and then turn right into the first alley. -> Walk straight about 30 meters. Seo Seo Galbi will be on your right.

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