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The Ultimate Seoul Thanksgiving Guide

Last updated on January 20, 2020

Nothing makes you realize that you’re living thousands of miles away from home more than missing the holiday family dinner. But there are ways to recreate the American or Canadian Thanksgiving dinner holiday in Seoul. From budget to decadent, and from dine-in to takeout and delivery, you’re sure to find a restaurant option that suits your needs in this list. Take a look!

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Image: 1842 Seoul / @1842seoul

Restaurant: 1842 Seoul

Thanksgiving deal: ₩35,000 will get you pear-thyme brine turkey, mom’s stuffing, rosemary bourbon gravy, garlic herb mash potatoes, brussels sprouts with maple bacon, caraway glazed roasted carrots, red wine cranberry sauce, apple pie & ice cream and glass of red or white wine. Reservations available for Saturday or Sunday from 6 p.m. Call or email at 1842seoul@gmail.com to make a reservation.

1842 Seoul, 244 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan gu, Seoul; 02-792-1842

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Image: Cali Kitchen / @calikitch

Restaurant: Cali Kitchen

Thanksgiving deal: Two-day dinner on Thursday and Friday offers sous vide turkey, wagyu pastrami, roast pork, bacon wrapped dates, mashed potatoes with Crispety Cruncheties, triple cheese mac & cheese, ultimate vegetarian stuffing, green beans & mushrooms, sweet potato casserole & pecan streusel, cranberry relish and turkey gravy. ₩65,000 includes drink pairings. Also available for takeout.

What we think: A pricier option than others on this list, but worth a try. The chefs offer fun dishes like sous vide turkey and wagyu pastrami that most people don’t get to try often.  

Cali Kitchen, 2F, 3, 201 Hoenamu-ro 26-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 02-790-6074

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Photo: Dominic Seoul / @dominicseoul

Restaurant: Dominic Seoul

Thanksgiving deal: Upscale contemporary American restaurant and wine bar located in Hannam. Visit for good ambiance and selection of the Thanksgiving meal. Reservations available for dinner on Thanksgiving day (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seatings) and possibly Saturday. 6th guest in the group dines complimentary. Call to reserve.

Dominic, 242 Itaewon-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-790-7588

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Image: Route 66 / @route66

Restaurant: Route 66

Thanksgiving deal: Route 66’s 6th Annual Thanksgiving buffet will include smoked turkey, smoked galbi marinated chicken, mama burda’s sweet potato casserole, cheesy broccoli casserole, creamy garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed mixed veggies, stuffing, smoked turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and ice cream.

Route 66 also hosts trivia every Thursday at 8 p.m. It’s free to enter and no badges are required. Prizes: ₩50,000, ₩25,000 and pitcher of beer plus shooters given out during trivia. Dollar slices of pizza until 8 p.m.

Route 66 (Facebook), 2F 72-32 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-793-7232
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Image: Johwa Events & Ember / @johwaevent

Restaurant: Ember

Thanksgiving deal: Ember restaurant and Johwa events is hosting a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving dinner. Their vegan menu includes stuffed tofu turkey with gravy, shepard’s pie, mac & cheese, cashew cream spinach artichoke dip with bread, maple syrup roasted vegetables with balsamic glaze and cranberry sauce. The regular menu includes turkey, bone-in ham, garlic mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, creamed spinach, stuffing, creamed corn, vegetable medley and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. ₩40,000 for adults and ₩25,000 for children under 12. Price includes one drink. Open for Thanksgiving dinner only with three time slots: 5 – 7 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m. and 9 – 11 p.m.

Ember, 3F 127-1 Itaewon-dong. Dinner hosted by Johwa (Facebook)

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Restaurant: Dragon Hill Lodge

Thanksgiving deal: Dragon Hill Lodge is inviting people to their Thanksgiving buffet for what looks like the most extensive menu items out of the restaurants on this list. You can make a reservation by calling the numbers above with the seating times of your choice. Food is also available for takeout. For questions, direct message the Dragon Hill Lodge Facebook page.

Dragon Hill Lodge, 7 Yongsandong 4(sa)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-790-0016
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Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel / @sheratondcube

Restaurant: Feast in Sheraton Seoul D Cube (Pickup only)

Thanksgiving deal: Sheraton’s “Turkey to Go” serves 5 people and includes a 5kg turkey, 9 side dishes and an apple pie. Pickup available from November 1. ₩180,000 per package.

Feast in Sheraton Seoul D Cube, 41F 662 Gyeongin-ro, Sindorim-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul (Shindorim subway station), 02-2211-1710/1711 or Naver reservation

More Pickup/Delivery

Ryan, a culinary professor and organic farmer in Seoul, is offering Thanksgiving orders for pickup (Seoul only) or delivery (nationwide) via Shuttle. The whole feast includes smoked turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls and pumpkin pie, and feeds 10 to 12 people. His turkeys, which are about 4kg each, are brined in apples, onions and cloves for five days, dry aged and slow smoked over hickory and applewood.

Hotel Options

If you’ve got the bucks to spare, why not splurge? Park Hyatt‘s turkey to go is ₩220,000, and JW Marriott‘s six-kilo and eight-kilo birds are ₩295,000 and ₩350,000, respectively.

Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt SeoulWestin Chosun, Millennium Seoul Hilton and Renaissance Seoul also offers Thanksgiving dining options.

Out-of-Seoul

Join Lagniappe in Bundang for their annual Thanksgiving feast or call to place a catering order. You can message them on Instagram or Facebook @lagniappekorea or email at lagniappekorea@gmail.com.

Lagniappe (Facebook), 16 ho B-15 121 Jungja-il-ro Bundang, Seongnam, 070-4214-5791

Lastly, if you’re curious where to order a pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, here are the best pie shops in Seoul.

Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

Published in Seoul Travel Guide

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