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#2 of 110,004 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner

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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
"Thank you Mr Han for a most enjoyable night"
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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 -
$70 - $171
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Korean, Healthy
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, 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

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 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

“Jihwaja” is a Korean exclamation of joy regarding a moment of success- think booyah. With that in mind, this restaurant is aptly named. Their focus is on traditional Korean cuisine, the likes of which were the fare served to the royal family on a regular...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank johnn124
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2018

Dear Johnn Well received your kind review with many thanks. As you mentioned as "highlight of our trip", we alway devote to serve our best hospitalities for the lovers like your family who try to get other countries' food culture and Legimate Korean Court Cuisine....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Great food ! Wonderful service!!! The people in the restaurant were proud of their work & were helpful and professional. We enjoyed ourselves and they provided a greater insight into the Korean food and culture and even history! We forgot to take back our credit...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank KKYZ
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

You must be Ms. Tan and your family. It was a big pleasure to serve you. Happy you get back your credit card in a short time. Appreciate your commitment to us and understanding Korean Culture and Real Korean Food. Hope everything is going well...More

Reviewed February 14, 2019

We were greeted warmly by Mr Han and he took pains to explain to us the ingredients and preparation process for each dish. Sometimes the dishes consist of 5-6 items put together. The service was wonderful and the food is delicate and delicious. Unlike street...More

Date of visit: February 2019
3  Thank landyc2014
Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2019

Dear Landy It was our pleasure serving you and explain real traditional Korean dishes-Royal cuisine. Korean Royal Cuisine has two unique things that are slow and healthy. So as you felt that we all have to make all of fresh dishes with delicateness and sincerity....More

Reviewed January 30, 2019

Food was very good and explanation about the food was so much great to enjoy the dinner. Let me try with a Full Course (GungJung Manchan) next dinner at this restaurant. One of the best dinner I've enjoyed throughout my life. Whenever I need to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
3  Thank mashijoa
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

So sorry for the late review. Was there as a group of four. Twice. And referred our extended family members over the following month. Jihwaja (as Mr Han pronounced with gusto, much like "Eureka") debunked my original assessment that all Korean cuisine are "street food"...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Porccini
jihwaja, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

Thank you for your kind review ! We are proud that you would realized many various kinds of dishes. In many Korean food Korean Royal Cuisine is the best one because of diversity, devotion, health and others. So government appoint Korean Royal Cuisine as a...More

Reviewed January 5, 2019

This summer, my dad and I visited Korea as my graduation and 18th birthday celebration. When planning our trip, I came across Jihwaja and was intrigued based on all of its very glowing reviews. I am so glad that we made specific plans to eat...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank mciochina
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2019

Dear mciochina I am surprised that your kind review has been arrived after you would visit here long time ago. Can we think ourselves that you still do not forget about our dishes and hospitality ? As much as we are selling best food and...More

Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

We decided to give ourselves a bigger treat for our last dinner on this trip and decided to make a reservation at this #1 restaurant on TripAdvisor. We found their website to be very friendly to use (with multiple languages with all the relevant details...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tripchang
jihwaja, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2018

Dear Mr. Chang Thanks for checking us and taking the time to share review for the Jihwaja’s experience. Your family is really nice and gracious with 2 great sons. As you say so that we devout ourselves to give more delicious dishes and hospitality in-person....More

Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

My husband booked our small group of 5 for an intimate dinner to celebrate my birthday and it was amazing! Not only did Mr Han, the owner explained to us every course.... we get to taste the traditional Korean food that is super balanced, not...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Katrina S
Jihwaja_Seoul, Owner at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2018

Dear Katrina S Thank you very much for your review. As much as you give a big compliment to us, we will devout ourselves to serve unforgettable dishes and hospitality and never forget why our admired guests are giving us deep supports continuously. Appreciate your...More

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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.
September 13, 2018|
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Response from jihwaja | Property representative |
Any credit card is accepted. Please take a look our web site for other detail information Appreciate much. Jihwaja Seoul
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