Smokey Saloon

Smokey Saloon in Itaewon
Smokey Saloon in Itaewon

When you are in the mood for something different to eat in Seoul, then head over to Smokey Saloon in Itaewon for one of their many unique, large burgers. This compact restaurant offers a wide variety of American style burgers, salads, and sides such as french fries, and onion rings.

This compact restaurant offers a wide variety of American style burgers, salads, and sides such as french fries and onion rings.

Try the Smokey Burger which combines sharp cheddar cheese and two pieces of bacon with tangy and smokey BBQ sauce. Or try the Ambulance Burger, with hash browns, two pieces of bacon, American cheese, ketchup, and mayonnaise. All of this is then topped with a fried egg. Now you understand why it is named the way it is.

Smokey Burger at Smokey Saloon in Seoul
Smokey Burger with BBQ sauce

Other sandwiches include the spicy Volcano Burger with chili and jalapenos, the Vampire Burger with garlic, sesame oil and the unique Big Islander Burger with cabbage and pineapple. Many of the burgers served here are unique and hard to find elsewhere in Seoul.

Ambulance Burger with fried egg
Ambulance Burger with fried egg

If you want to eat like a local, pick up your fork and knife when you eat your burger. It might seem strange at first, but it is a great way to keep your hands clean with such a large and messy meal in front of you.

For a drink, go ahead and order a coca cola in a glass bottle. You probably can’t remember the last time you had it in a glass bottle since only a handful of restaurants in Seoul, and elsewhere, serve it the old fashioned way.

Side of French Fries at Smokey Saloon
Side of French Fries

Smokey Saloon is a great spot for burgers in Seoul when you just want something different than typical Korean food. Though similar in quality and ingredients to American burgers, they just have a different and unique taste. Whether it is the type of beef used or the method of cooking, be prepared for a different taste then what you are use to. This is not bad but a unique part of food in Seoul.

Service at Smokey Saloon was excellent and friendly. The staff spoke English and catered to both tourists and locals, as it is in many restaurants in Itaewon.

Interior of Smokey Saloon
Interior of the restaurant

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Take Subway Line 6 to Itaewon Station (Exit 2).
After exiting, immediately turn left.
Walk 50 meters and make a right.
Continue 30 meters to reach the restaurant on the right.

Smokey Saloon
9, Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


Last Updated on Dec 28, 2021