In the past, a lot of diners would need to drive well outside Seattle’s center to score great Korean food, either north, stretching up to Lynwood, or south, to Federal Way or Lakewood’s Korean dining district. These areas remain packed with great Korean restaurants, but there are also good options closer to the center of Seattle. These include refreshing, modern takes on Korean food at James Beard Award-nominated restaurant Joule, Paju (which was one of The New York Time’s favorite restaurants in the country in 2021), and the upscale newcomer Wero.
Note: This list focuses on restaurants slightly closer to central Seattle, and does not include the many fantastic Korean restaurants in Federal Way or the Tacoma area. Many of those are included in Eater Seattle’s maps for Federal Way and Tacoma.
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