Top 10 restaurants in Gwangju, South Korea

March 11, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Gwangju (Korean pronunciation: [kwaŋ.dʑu]) is the sixth largest city in South Korea. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005.
Things to do in Gwangju

1. Minsokchon Chungjangno Branch

73-2 Honam-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju, South Korea Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Barbecue, Asian, Korean Lunch, Dinner +82 62-222-4815
Excellent
43%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Minsokchon Chungjangno Branch

Reviewed By jscott479 - Gravette, Arkansas

The line out the door on the Sunday afternoon we ate here was a sure-fire sign that the restaurant was a local hit. We were quickly seated, ordered the pork and bimbibap. Both dishes were exception. The coleslaw/salad with mandarin oranges they serve is incredible. I will definitely come back to Gwangju for this place.
The prices reasonable for the service, quality of food and atmosphere.
Definitely Recommend!

2. T.G.I.Friday's Gwangju Terminal

904, Mujin-daero, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61937, South Korea Wheelchair Accessible American +82 62-369-9020
Excellent
16%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 42 reviews

T.G.I.Friday's Gwangju Terminal

Reviewed By Michael D - Shanghai, China

Everything about my experience at TGI Friday's is rather blah. Although, it was only two weeks ago, I don't remember the food hardly at all. Nothing about this place really stood out. We ordered the hamburgers steak and Cajun salad as part of the promotion they are running right now (four meals at $10/each). Both dishes were salty, which is unusual for a salad. The service wasn't terrible, but for the lack of other business in the store it certainly could have been improved as well. Overall, the whole meal was just average and with as many eating options as there are in the immediate vicinity, average just isn't good enough.
Right now, there is a promotion for four different entrees each at 9,900 Won. It's is a good deal and the reason we decided to do TGIF's, but the mediocrity of our last visit will keep me from returning even with those prices.

3. The First Alleyway

37-1, Chungjangno 3-ga, Dong-gu, Gwangju, South Korea Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Pub, Pizza Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch +82 70-4127-8066
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

The First Alleyway

Reviewed By CanadianAbroad22 - Gwangju, South Korea

They have decent pizza and beer on tap. If you are travelling in Gwangju and miss home, then this place is a good option. There are much better places to go if you want a Korean experience, but if you want to meet foreigners, then...MoreThank you for taking the time to review the first alleyway. We will try harder to improve the atmosphere so that everyone can feel comfortable, and will continue to work on improving the dining experience.

4. Le Ciel Blue

718, Sangmu-daero, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61999, South Korea Italian +82 62-374-1555
Excellent
44%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Le Ciel Blue

Reviewed By Sunny D - Incheon, South Korea

Wonderful option of Western/Italian food in Gwangju. Close to Kim DaeJung Station, this gem offers a great menu in a very nicely decorated small restaurant. Friendly staff, although they don't speak English. Definitely worth to try. Had a wonderful pasta with a great pizza.

5. Sangchu Tuigim

12, Sangmujungang-ro 34beon-gil, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61963, South Korea Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +82 70-4205-3721
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Sangchu Tuigim

Reviewed By X9708RX_

광주사는데도 사실 상추튀김은 별로 접할 기회가 많지 않습니다.
일반 분식점에도 잘 팔지 않습니다.
상추튀김은 그냥 동그란 오징어튀김을 상추에 싸먹는 것입니다......!

6. Mahanji

39-1, Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju, South Korea +82 62-234-9260
Excellent
34%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Mahanji

Reviewed By travelbug2859 - penang, Malaysia

Korean BBQ can be found anywhere but this particular restaurant stands out for its delicious taste and freshness.
The pork serving for the BBQ was well marinated that when it was left on the copper mesh fire and cook, one can taste the juiciness of the meat.
The side dishes were simple but some were different from the normal ones. Rather unique in particular were two that I wish to highlight- simple garden salad with sesame dressing and lotus root with a tinge of orange sauce.
The other recommended dish is the bibimguksu.
As with every Korean food, kimchi will always be served.

7. First Nepal

6-44, Seoseok-ro 7beon-gil, Dong-gu | Second floor, Gwangju, South Korea Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian Lunch, Dinner +82 62-225-8771
Excellent
32%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

First Nepal

Reviewed By Maria L - Gwangju, South Korea

Excellent menu with lots of different choices. Mutton is available on the menu. Atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. Food is always fresh and delicious. Indian style Currys are available and not changed for the Korean palette. Specials are available for lunch as well as set menus for multiple people.

8. Kimkangsim Kalguksu

841, Hoejae-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju 62070, South Korea Asian, Korean HK$39 - HK$55 +82 62-682-0801
Excellent
23%
Good
70%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Kimkangsim Kalguksu

Reviewed By wjw30 - Chilgok-gun, South Korea

흐린날이면 따끈한 칼국수 생각이 나고 그때마다 방문하는 곳이 김강심칼국수 집입니다. 가족들 끼리 와도 분위기가 좋은 식당입니다.

9. Sujata

3, Dongsan-gil 7beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61494, South Korea Asian, Korean +82 62-222-1145
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Sujata

Reviewed By SelinaKyle75 - United Kingdom

This is a Buddhist vegetarian temple restaurant, run by monks, at the foot of a mountain, and so is surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is ideal for a meal before or after a gentle walk or serious hike in the surrounding area.
It is out of the city centre, but a taxi cost less than 10,000 won, and was well worth it. Just hail a taxi in the street, say 'Dong-gu' and show the driver the postcode, '61494'.
The restaurant itself is a huge buffet, with an amazing salad bar. All you can eat for 7,000 won, opening at 11.30am. You really cannot go wrong.
If you have the time whilst you are visiting Gwangju, I would highly recommend lunch here, and a walk around the surrounding area.

10. Cafe Bari E

23, Uncheon-ro113beon-Gil, Gwangju, South Korea
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Cafe Bari E

Reviewed By keem777 - Seoul, South Korea

시금치피자 꼭 드셔보세요ㅋㅋㅋ완전 맛있어요!!
그리고 내부 인테리어나 분위기도 너무 예쁘고 좋아요

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