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Manimal Smokehouse

47, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04351, South Korea
+82 2-790-6788
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“potato salad” (8 reviews)
“brisket” (19 reviews)
“southern bbq” (3 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
47, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04351, South Korea
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favourite spots in all of Seoul. As a poutine-loving canuck from the great white north, my first experience with this cuisine was actually here in Seoul. Now, I have no proper frame of reference on which I can compare it...More

Thank Jason F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great. They really did their homework here. Great smoked meats. I had the brisket, ribs, and pulled pork. All were great. I was disappointed they were out of corn bread.

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is small so be prepared to wait however it is well worth your time. The food was very tasty and the service excellent. There is no wonder why this is such a popular place for locals and expats alike. My only complaint is...More

Thank Marie P
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Bloomington, Indiana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Manimals with a friend. Had the ribs (coffee rub), chicken, and pulled pork. They were out of brisket, cornbread, and spare ribs. The mac and cheese had a nice kick. Service was good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 July 2018

I am from Texas, and we love smoked meat. It was super cool to find some legitimate smoked meat in Seoul. Not Korean BBQ, but legit smoked meat. They didn't have any brisket when I went in, so I will be back to try that....More

Thank Jfrinzi
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to a few of the smokehouses in the Itaewon area and thus far this is my favorite. There is almost always a wait but the variety of meats is worth it. It’s not South Carolina but definitely fills the void

Thank scrtravels
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Amazing meal tonight from visiting pitmaster Nathan Pier. The beef rib didn't need any sauce. It had so much flavor in the meat and the rub. The brisket was the best I have ever eaten. Got a special sausage mac n'cheese with it which was...More

Thank katy c
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

These guys not what they are doing bringing the bbq taste of the American South to Korea. A nice menu in a nice atmosphere. Sides are wonderful and sauces superb. Breaks up the simple style of a korean bbq which lacks sauces and seasonings. A...More

1  Thank devis0n
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Manimal Smokehouse is BBQ awesomeness sooo far away from home! This place came highly recommended and for good reason, it was great! Don’t let the platter prices scare you at first, they are definitely a bit higher than other great BBQ joints in this area,...More

1  Thank secretagentgs
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great selection of smoked meat. Good rub and smokey flavor. Sides were great. Dining area is a little small so plan on getting there early or waiting.

Thank Mark R
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
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 18 - USD 27
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04351, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Itaewon
  • Neighbourhood: Itaewon
  • Phone Number: +82 2-790-6788
  • E-mail
Manimal Smokehouse is a new American style BBQ restaurant located in Itaewon, Seoul. All meats are smoked in-house daily over cured Korean oak wood in a custom built offset smoker built in Houston, Texas. Our smoker is 100% wood powered with no electrical components.
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