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Vatos Urban Tacos Itaewon

#8 of 119,702 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Fusion
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181-8, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-866, South Korea
Name/address in local language
+82 2-797-8226
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really like the vibe at vatos. The food is good as well! But I do feel like it's a little bit over priced, also the line is super long during dinner time

Thank Hanna P
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did not expect much so far from Mexico--but soooo tasty! This was not a disappointment. Clean sleek interior, nice servers, English menus and amazing taste. Even splits the bill.

Thank C-Lo_Anna
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Vatos twice while visiting Seoul. I live in So Cal so we have awesome Mexican food at local joints. Mexican food would never be the first choice to pick in Asia but both times I had no choice and joined my friends for dinner. I would say the restaurant atmosphere is hip and fun for the younger... More 

Thank Christine C
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great tacos and drinks with reasonable prices. The wait staff here is always friendly and welcoming. Casual but cool atmosphere.

Thank Kelly Jubin L
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and the drink was pretty good and the place itself is really nice, but we had to wait quite a lot (I guess because it was weekend night) and a little bit pricey may I say, but still, it was great!

Thank tamiatang
Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I don't want to overrate Vatos but it is good at what it does. Their service (when not super busy) is good and their food is consistent. It's not authentic Mexican food, it's a fusion and their own take on it. I actually prefer their burgers and wings. Every ingredient in the longhorn burger is superb- it's not cheap but... More 

Thank Cait_and_Kev
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We had a good experience here, Vatos came highly recommended by our friends. It was a bit of a wait to get in, but the atmosphere was fun and lively. The food was a kind of Korean Mexican fusion, and was pretty tasty. It's a good place to stop if you're in the area!

Thank Chad H
Busan, South Korea
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Whenever we go up to Seoul from Busan we always come here. The service is quick and burritos are delicious and full of flavour. The drinks are also very nice and they do a variety of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. We recommend this place to everyone. We will definitely come back.

Thank Brits_In_Busan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I love Mexican food. And I understand that I'm in Korea but with all the great reviews I wanted to try Vatos with my husband. Guacamole was bland with not enough acidity but the chips was made with corn which was nice and crispy. My husband ordered the tortilla soup which looked more like a stew, it didn't have a... More 

Thank Andrea A
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

They serve nice tacos and bowls but it's a kind of mixture of taste and don't bring authenticity and not worth to wait for an hour to be seated. But still tasty and good portion of food and will visit again if there is no queue.

Thank clairelim1104

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181-8, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-866, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Itaewon
  • Neighbourhood: Itaewon
  • Phone Number: +82 2-797-8226

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Itaewon

Neighbourhood Profile
Neighboring the immense Yongsan American Garrison, Itaewon was once shunned by locals as a seedy, red light district. But within the past few years, Itaewon and its surrounding neighborhoods such as Kyunglidan and Haebangchong have undergone a major revival to quickly become one of Seoul’s hottest areas. Here, trendy international restaurants dot the area alongside hip lounge bars and some of Seoul’s hottest club venues. After dark, Itaewon comes into its own as one of Seoul’s top party scenes. The crowd is a fascinating patchwork of all backgrounds and identities, including a small but thriving Muslim community (centered on Korea’s sole mosque), the LGBT community (with a string of popular bars and clubs), and a wide range of ethnicities and cultures scattered around. Those seeking a quiet respite should head towards the eastern end, in Hannam-dong, which not only has one of Korea’s best art museums, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, but plenty of mid-range to upscale restaurants and cafes.
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