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Tosokchon

#9 of 122,873 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Asian, Korean, Soups
As featured in 3 Days in Seoul and 1 other guide
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85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea
02-737-7444
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Tasty original

There are many copy cats, but this place is the original. They serve one thing and they serve it well. It is pretty pricey though as other places offer this chicken stew for much lower prices, but this place is consistently good. TIP: Your order will come with a shot of ginseng. Just take it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I came in around 11am and the place is already packed with lots of people. This place is near to the palace. Very authentic resturant that is in the traditional house. Loved their menu that showed the way how their food and utensils are placed. Ordered the wild ginseng chicken soup, came with a small bottle of shredded ginseng and... More 

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Thank Nicoleng23
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I read on an article that it has the original Samgyetang/Ginseng Chicken and must-to-try food in Seoul. When I came, I've to queue about 15 minutes. It was crowded but the service was good. I had the Samgyetang, it was good, but I'm not a fan of healthy food ahaha, so I resumed the taste was bland. Price in mid-range... More 

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Thank Anindita O
Izumisano, Japan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Flew from Japan to Seoul for the sake of having lunch in Tosokchon, and eat my favorite Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup). My first time to eat here was last 2014 and one thing that amazed me most is the consistency. The flavors are still the same delicious, fragrant and gracious amounts that I have when I first ate it. Price... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place lives up to the hype. I enjoyed every bit of my Samgyetang that I had here. I had the black chicken with wild ginseng - the soup was tasty and the chicken very tender. Don't let the line outside scare you - i thought that was the most efficient long queue that I had ever been in. I... More 

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Thank FBL2
jakarta
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58 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously the restaurant is very popular, both amongst local and tourists. Located pretty close to Gyeongbok, we walked about 10 minutes there, a bit lost at first but then met a very nice ahjussi that showed us the way. Menu is only consist of Samgyetang, whole chicken filled with rice, ginseng, and other herb soaked in broth soup. Good for... More 

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Paris, France
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've tried this historical restaurant runs by a family. I'd like to say that tho it's not cheap but it's really worth the money you spend.

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Thank quinn a
Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

i'm not a fan but my father and sister seems to relish it. it comes with the standard ginseng alcohol for you to add into the soup, you can choose not to. the chicken is a big portion for us, the pancake is good. the local aunties next to us polishes their chicken very cleanly . its popular with locals... More 

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Thank bearykim
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located near Gyeongbokgung station, this restaurant was pure comfort after a walk in the palace on a winter morning. After watching the changing of guards ceremony at 1pm, we headed to the restaurant. There was no queue at that time and was quickly ushered to a table. Two of us ordered a black and a white chicken each since the... More 

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New York City, New York
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many copy cats, but this place is the original. They serve one thing and they serve it well. It is pretty pricey though as other places offer this chicken stew for much lower prices, but this place is consistently good. TIP: Your order will come with a shot of ginseng. Just take it like you would any shot... More 

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Thank weehawks
Seoul, South Korea
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Korean friend took me to this restaurant during my time in Korea and we enjoyed beautiful Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup). I'd never heard of the dish before it was soon my favourite dish in Korea! The restaurant gets very busy but is worth the wait.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul
  • Phone Number: 02-737-7444

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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