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Reviewed January 10, 2020 via mobile

It was the best of best korean restaurant. The taste of food was not strong but mild, You can taste what is real best korean food. The food here was served to the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. Compared to food quality and service...levels, food prices are not expensive. 경험해본 한정식중 최고의 음식이다. 음식의 맛은 강하지 않고 부드럽지만 그래서 오히려 은은하게 한식의 제맛을 느끼게 해준다. 옛날 왕이 먹던 음식이었지만 시대가 변해 일반인도 맛볼 수 있게 되었으니 얼마나 다행인가. 최고의 음식, 최고 수준의 서빙에 비해 오히려 음식값은 비싸지 않다.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2020

Dear Nicksyang Thank you very much for the compliment. As you say, Royal Cuisine is the best dishes in Korean Food that is much softer and milder than what we use to enjoy these days. We will devout to serve the best quality dishes, the...More

Reviewed December 15, 2019 via mobile

One of my most favorite dining experiences ever. I’ve frequented quite a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, and although Jihwaja technically isn’t starred, I’d rank them up there with the best of the best. The attention to detail is superb. Let’s start with the food. The...freshness and quality of the ingredients, the presentation, even the order that the courses come out in are well-thought out. Each course is accompanied by a wonderful explanation and a small historical anecdote of the dish. The portions are of tasting menu size, and by the end of dinner we were absolutely stuffed. We took approximately 3 hours to finish dining at our leisurely pace. The food was extremely delicious, and had a lightness about it that didn’t make me feel bloated, even after I had eaten all the courses. Moving onto the staff. Mr. Han was the absolute best, so knowledgeable and personable. He really elevated our dining experience to the next level. He even brought out one of the junior chefs for us to meet after we complemented a dish. The pride that he takes in the Royal Cuisine really shows, and Jihwaja proves that it is most definitely a point to be proud of. Thanks to Mr. Han, we truly had an unforgettable night. I would highly recommend Jihwaja to anyone who enjoys fine dining.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2019

Dear Amanda L You must be Ms. Lam. How can I express my words to thank you for your rave reviews ! As you mentioned, The Real Korean Royal Banquet is highly restrained and courteous cuisine that servered to King's relatives,domestic and foreign high officials...More

Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

I was first impressed with the promptness and attention to detail during the reservation process. I got a reply on the very same day. It was very thoughtful of the restaurant to prepare a rose and personalised card for my mother's birthday. When we arrived,...there was an effort to strategise the seating arrangements for all the guests in the restaurant so thatwe had our own privacy and space without being too close to the other diners. During the dinner, the ingredients used were very fresh, especially in the first few dishes where raw vegetables and fruits were used. There was an explosion of flavours and different textures from the various ingredients which complemented each other well. They also managed to modify the dishes to cater to our needs without comprising on the flavours presented.  The entire dinner experience was enhanced by the detailed explanation given for each course. It was very informative and I have learnt interesting facts about the dining habits of the King.  The pace of the dinner service was also just nice without much lag time inbetween courses and neither was it rushed. We started about 6.30pm and finished around 9pm. Was wondering how they would pace the course as my menu had 11 course and my mum's had more dishes. But they did it well e.g. combined 2 of my mom's course into 1 without making it awkward. There were some minor misses e.g. the beef was slightly too well cooked for our liking/preference and the sauce for abalone dish was slightly too favourable we could not enjoy the freshness of the abalone. However, these are just some really minor issues. Was reading some of the negative reviews and I think it's important to understand that this is a fine dining restaurant and experience I.e. portions will be small (degustation menu) and service may seem slower between courses if you just gobble up the ("small") portions without taking time to appreciate the presentation. We spent 315 000 won for 2 menus (195 000 and 12 000) and it was definitely worth every cent for an overall exquisite dining experience. So, do give this restaurant a try if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply wanting to have some good food/service/dining experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2019

Dear Pandora m I guess you must be Ms. Mok. Appreciate your comments for your experience for Korean Royal Cuisine at our restaurant. You made us so proud of serving you with our dishes and hospitality. We should have get more attention for your cook...More

Reviewed October 26, 2019

After a long walk with our hanbok, my fiancee and I decided to eat at this restaurant upon the recommendation of my friend who once ate at this restaurant. Its just 10 mins away from the palace. When we got to the restaurant they gave...us hot towel, and theres also a brochure telling the history of the restaurant. The price was a bit expensive but I wasn't disappointed because I just eat what I paid for. I forgot the name of our order since its in korean name, but it comes with chicken soup with mushroom, and also my favorite dumplings! The food is so delicious and people of the restaurant is very accommodating. The old guy who might be the owner or manager of the restaurant roams around to talk personally to the guest and explain some of the dishes. It was so nice of him to do it. Also I felt at home at this restaurant because they all speak English. The restaurant was a bit full when we dine in but that didn't stop them from making everyone feel welcomed specially one of the server whose very good in english. She's so charming and energetic, i love her! Everytime she goes to our table her smile is so relaxing and I really enjoyed talking to her. I don't think shes korean by the looks but I can hear from the other table that she also speaks korean, so amazing. This restaurant is a full package! This is a must visit place when you go to Seoul.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2019

Dear Blasteri Appreciate taking your time for us. We all are endeavoring to serve the accommodating hospitality with best dishes and speaking foreign languages. Please come again when you have a chance to visit Seoul. We will do our best to get 5 bubble from...More

Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

We booked a table to celebrate our honeymoon in Seoul and we were beyond WOW-ed by the incredible experience we received. The atmosphere,passion about the food, preparation and history about the Korean dishes that had been delivered were mind-blowing. This was such a unique ,special...and incredible dining experience. We loved every minute there! Definitely the best restaurant in Seoul.More

Date of visit: September 2019
JihwajaSeoulT, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2019

Dear 903dan802 Thank you for your kind applause for us and also for the review on Google. I remember a warm-hearted couple. The lasting purpose of Jihwaja Seoul is to show many foreigners The Real Korean Royal Cuisine with relaxed circumstance including best food, hospitality...More

Reviewed September 25, 2019

We had a lovely lunch for two at this historic restaurant that was thoroughly enjoyable. We had the simple lunch fixed price menu (relatively speaking) that included two soups, a vegetable dish, a noodle dish, braised short ribs, rice with various side dishes and dessert....It was an amazing dining experience given the mixture of delicate tastes and textures. It was relatively mild by Korean standards but unique in terms of the complexity of the flavors. The service was excellent and despite having a large number of dishes, the meal was completed in a reasonable amount of time. This is definitely worth a visit and somewhere where I would gladly dine again.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

Dear David H Appreciate you kind comment for us. As you mentioned, Korean Food is not spicy and salty originally. It had been changing from Korean War occured 1950 to spicy and salty so fast I think. Specially Royal Cuisine for King's family is neat,...More

Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinning experience with Jihwaja. Warmly greeted by their staff upon arriving. I love how they presented their food which was very special and unique! Each dish comes with a story and it’s very interesting to hear them explaining what’s serving. We had...the Deajanggeum Special Degustation Course and The Deluxe Royal Degustation Course (highly recommend due to the quality and presentation). It’s really a great experience and very filling. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻More

Date of visit: April 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2019

Dear Shirl.... Appreciate you kind review to us. As you mentioned, food on travelling is the most important experience to understand other countries' culture. Explaining dishes with behinding story is the our minimum duty. It is not easy to take much time for one group....More

Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

We were a group of 20 from Singapore and came on a Friday night. The ground floor was exclusive to my group. There was initial confusion and stress by a certain manager when he insisted we must sit in the allocated slots which was not...possible as we have some couples and preferences for the three different set menu selected. This was evening solved when Captain Han took over. He patiently explained each dishes and took pride with how the cuisines has been prepared and to be taken. Overall food is tasty and they are apparently organic. Will certainly return with my family during my next visit.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2019

Dear Amylee You must be Amy coordinator for your group visited August. Remember your cheerful group with humble courtious attitude to our staffs. Believe that you and your friends had a wonderful evening event with organic and tasty cuisine and our warm hospitality. Hope to...More

Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

Not much to say except, that they catered to our dietary restrictions perfectly and made us feel very welcome. I can feel the passion of staff and cooks alike. Food was very good, staff was very engaged in telling you about the background of each...dish down to the single ingredient. They offered to take goodbye picture and call you a cab. I recommend this to everyone for their wedding/birthday or any other special occasion dinner.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

Dear Aljoschak Thank you for taking the time to share. You must be Ms. Low came with your boy friend. It was also our pleasure to serve you treating as a prince and a princess. Was it special occasion for you ? Please mention it...More

Reviewed August 28, 2019

We were a group of seven, and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It was a Monday so a bit quiet but the waiter was a good guide through the food. The dishes were excellent.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Tourist826676, 제너럴 매니저 at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2019

Dear Gary Butler We remember your cheerful group for coming business in Seoul. Appreciate your kind compliment for us. As you mentioned, Jihwaja Seoul is not a busy usually. In our policy we have one more thing that we have a duty to serve best...More

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November 9, 2019|
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Response from Jihwaja_Seoul | Property representative |
Yes, 2017 Michellin Gourmet Restaurant. But we are alway proud of having Top restaurant on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor's rating is much more fair than Michellin Guide Seoul that has been selecting the restaurants with the... More
October 11, 2019|
Response from Jihwaja_Seoul | Property representative |
Dear Ms. Ong Thank you for your kind query. Yes, you can reserve on Christmas at this moment.. We do not have any special menu for Christmas. Because all of our courses are already special. The reservation requests are... More
July 25, 2019|
Response from Jihwaja_Seoul | Property representative |
Dear Annemompt Thank you for your kind query for allergies. We are used to remove some ingredients following by customer's dietary option. And also to change sauces or dishes. Please write down your option in "Special... More
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