Sometimes we all need a little inspiration on where to celebrate a special occasion, take a romantic date, or bring some important business clients. Here are our top venue picks for the best fine dining in Seoul that will have you also soaking in picture-perfect views of this sprawling metropolis we live in. Day or night, the following spots will be sure to tantalize your eyes along with your taste buds and make that next special occasion a memorable one.

 

Walking on the Cloud

View from Walking on the Cloud - 63 Building

We start you off in Seoul’s main business and investment district, Yeouido. Nestled on the 59th floor of the 63 Building, a Seoul landmark, Walking On The Cloud has views of the city that are rivaled by few. The international menu is alluring while you can certainly get lost in their comprehensive and carefully selected wine and spirits list (over 300). Aptly featured on multiple media outlets (including a Korean drama), this venue with its classy vibe, top-class cuisine, and unparalled views might indeed have you feeling like you are walking on the clouds.

If you’re looking to explore or kill time before or after dining you’re in luck. You can also check out the 60th floor, the 63 Golden Tower, which boasts the world’s tallest art gallery and an observation deck allowing visitors to see locations as far as Incheon on clear days. There are around 90 stores on the lower floors, more eateries ranging from an upscale buffet to family restaurants, a wax museum, an IMAX theater, and an aquarium, providing plenty of distractions to pass the time.

Walking on the Cloud | 63 Building
Telephone: 02.789.5904
Address: 63 Building 59th FL, 60 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 영등포구 63로 50 (여의도동) 63빌딩 59층
Directions: Saetgang station exit 3. Go straight and take the last right when you see the Han River. Go a short distance and the golden Hanhwa skyscraper, or 63 building, will be on your right (it’s hard to miss).

 

On to other heavy hitters…

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Pierre Gagnaire

pierregagnaire

North of the river? Pierre Gagnaire located in the City Hall area is backed by its namesake who is a Michelin three-star chef and modeled the interior after the Secret Garden of Versailles. Widely considered the pinnacle of fine dining in Seoul, this place oozes luxury (chandeliers in the $50k) without feeling too stuffy and gives off an air of refinement. French cuisine takes on Korean influences here and there while the menu is derived from ingredients in season.

 

Top Cloud

Top Cloud Bar and Grill in Jongro-gu

A short distance away is Top Cloud in the Jongno area, an important cultural and financial hub, and near Gwanghwamun Square and City Hall. Perched on the 33rd floor of Jongno Tower, they offer a grill, buffet, and cafe services. Their specialty lies in French inspired dishes and the establishment belongs to The Shilla Seoul. Notably, Top Cloud provides live musical performances from 7:30 to 11:20 pm on all days except for Mondays.

 

N Seoul Tower Grill

View from N Grill at Namsan Tower

Near Itaewon and want the highest vantage point in the area? Take an effortless 360 degree view on a rotating dial while you wine and dine. This gem on top of Namsan Tower offers impressive skyscraper views of the affluent Gangnam and Yeouido districts from a distance. The mood is commercial and touristy during the day, but it becomes quite romantic at night as the place transforms under a soft glow of candlelights.

 

Table 34

Table34 Grand Intercontinental

For something in the Gangnam area with Michelin star backing, Table 34 on top of the Grand Intercontinental Parnas might be better suited to your needs. They specialize in French cuisine, and an experienced sommelier can help you choose from an expansive 1000+ wine selection. The service here tends to be as impeccable as their choice in elegant modern decor.

 

Marco Polo

marcopolo

Operated by the Grand Intercontinental as well, this sister restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Korea World Trade Center boasts views of the Gangnam skyscrapers below and the Han River. Their culinary staff effortlessly dishes out Asian and Mediterranean flavors, everything from Korean BBQ to moussaka.  The open kitchen layout definitely increases the liveliness of the floor and adds some pleasant transparency into the prep process.

 

The Terrace

the terrace veranda view

For a more casual dining experience check out The Terrace that offers a veranda where you can take in stunning views of the Han River that is especially pleasant from spring to fall. This venue inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel also serve up various international breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special holiday buffets that are definitely worth checking out.

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Have any other suggestions on fine dining in Seoul? Where are your top spots to soak in views of Seoul when dining?