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#2 of 110,010 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence2018 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view

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Sponsored by: Jihwaja

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Relaxed Atmosphere
1. Relaxed Atmosphere
"The decoration is nice with quiet and relaxed atmosphere."
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2. Unforgettable Experience
2. Unforgettable Experience
"the food was luxurious, tastes fresh and pure and not too rich"
Sara C
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3. Best hospitallity
3. Best hospitallity
"Wonderful service"
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Operated by “Living Treasure Of Korean Royal Cuisine” since 1991, Jihwaja is a high-class traditional Korean restaurant located in the center of downtown Seoul. It has enjoyed a high reputation as the finest restaurant that preserves “The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine,” the essence of the Korean food culture. Jihwaja resembles the sophisticated ambiance of the neighborhood that captures the beauty of the Joseon Dynasty. The restaurant offers very healthy and nutritious dishes as they are prepared with only natural ingredients and royal culinary techniques, without using any MSG, artificial flavors or additives. Jihwaja is committed to promote Korea's authentic traditional food culture -
$66 - $163
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Korean, Healthy
Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked for dinner after reading the reviews. It was certainly a dining experience. The service was excellence and the food was fine dining if you don’t mind to splash out for a memorable evening in Seoul.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Kitty180
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kitty180 Thank you for your kind applause to us. We are proud of serving you excellent hospitality and great dishes. Hope you realize that Korean Royal Cuisine in Korean food is the best one because of diversity, devotion, health and others. Looking forward to...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2019 via mobile

If I were asked to choose just one restaurant to give a clear idea of what Korean traditional high cuisine tastes and looks like, Jihwaja is the chosen one. Everything, from service and hospitality to tastes, textures, temperatures and presentation. Do not expect low prices,...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2019

Dear Mr. and Ms. Lahiguera Appreciate your applause for Jihwaja Seoul. We are always trying to treat our guests as Kings and Queens with most delicious dishes and warm hospitality as the meaning of Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine. Hope everything is going well with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn’t get seats at Laoyon at Sheila where I used to go and food has been exquisite there even for the price. Here at Jihwaja, they only offered very sweet traditional dishes not sensitive to health issues nowadays. Presentation of dishes were just like for...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank tas2022
jihwaja, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear tas2022 We are sorry for your experience at your visit. Our meeting was held on this matter. And concluded that our staffs did not have much attention to explain for each dish for you. Please excuse the lack of attention. On sweet traditional dishes...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice restaurant for dinner the food so amazing too the service is good!! Very clean and good locationMore

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank calvinfame
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Calvinfame Very appreciate your commitment for us. As you talked, we are located in downtown near many traditional palaces giving you better understanding for Korean heritages. But also we are trying to give our foreign travelers new and unexpected experience about Korean food culture....More

Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

We were a group of nine with three separate menu choices, and the staff handled the complexity with aplomb. The Royal Degustation Menu had many phases, and we received detailed descriptions of what we were eating, along with its historical and cultural significance. An excellent...More

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank abeb1900
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2019

Dear abeb1900 Thank you for your excellent praise to Jihwaja Seoul. The Royal Degustation Course is based on historical moment that King Jungjo in Joseon Dynasty served for his mom's 60 years aniversary. We all are happy to hear that you are starting to know...More

Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

During my first trip to Seoul, I couldn’t help but experience a Feast fit for a king. Each course was so precisely made with care and pride. Mr. Han was a gracious host, sharing the significance of each course of our food journey. The service...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank JenLam929
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2019

Dear Jen Lam, Thank you for your kind response for jihwaja We are very happy that you enjoyed our food and service and we will keep trying our best to serve the best experience for every one of our customers. Kind regards, Jihwaja

Reviewed May 3, 2019

We had a party of 8 and our experience with all guests were phenomenal. The meal was delicious and the history of the restaurant and the cuisine itself was compelling. We had a vegetarian that was accommodated amazingly as well. Five stars

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Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank Excursion61306473590
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2019

Dear Excursion Appreciate your kind compliment for us. We will try our best to provide the best Korean Royal Cuisine experience including our vegetarian menu which you had. Hope everything is going well with you and your family ! Kind warmness, Jihwaja Seoul

Reviewed April 28, 2019

We came wth a group of friends for dinner. The service by Mr Han was fantastic. The meals are great and very tasty. Mr Han cheered our baby boy Elvis up. This was an enjoyable evening! Thank u so much to Mr Han!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Eric8874
jihwaja, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2019

Dear Eric8874 Appreciate your kind review for Jihwaja Seoul. Every host in Jihwaja Seoul is always on duty to serve guests with warmness and sincerity. Also cooks in kitchen are devoting themselves to serve best courses. We, all are pride of working here. Please send...More

Reviewed April 14, 2019

One of the worst experiences that I had in Seoul was going to this restaurant and being treated badly and their menu was bit tricky to understand. Our waitress was not Korean who we had trouble to communicate with both in Korean and English !...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Deena A
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2019

Dear Ms Deena A We extremely sorry for your experience at Jihwaja visited May last year. It is a real shame since we opened 1991 and we are in shock now by your review ! We are now trying to find a waitress who served...More

Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant during our first trip to Seoul to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday. The staff members were all very friendly. The food was excellent and the staff members kindly took their time and explained the royal Korean cuisine to...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank SarahsMoslehi
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2019

Dear Mr. and Ms. Ehrhardt Thank you for your kind comment for us. Next time to visit Jihwaja Seoul again, please let us know your birthday in advance. We used to prepare a red rose for you on the table. Appreciate your experience for the...More

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May 24, 2019|
Response from Jihwaja_Seoul | Property representative |
Dear ChrisH107 Thank you for your kind inquire for the No. of orders. We are slightly afraid of the quantity, table setting, and the kinds on each dish on your course if you are all adults. Most of each dish in our... More
Victoria L
October 11, 2018|
Response from jihwaja | Property representative |
Thank you for your kind query. Yes, we used to serve gluten free options. If you let us know your menu first and your option, we discuss your dishes with you to fit your option. Appreciate your interest in The Legitimacy... More
October 4, 2018|
Response from endiana | Reviewed this property |
Hi smart casual will do.
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