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“Amazing”
Review of Jihwaja

Jihwaja
Ranked #2 of 125,309 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $66 - $163
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Neighborhood: Jongno-gu
Description: 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 - Korean Royal Cuisine - across the world for generations.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank calvinfame
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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.
Thank you for the understanding about The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine, one of best food in the world.


all of our wishes,

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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 experience!

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank abeb1900
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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 Real Traditional Korean Food Culture in many kinds of Korean Culture.
Hope you everything is going well with you and your family.
Thank you so much !

All of our wishes,

Jihwaja Seoul

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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 and atmosphere were impeccable.
Even after our leisurely dinner, Mr. Han went out of his way to assist us when my dad left his phone behind at the restaurant. Not only did he track down our cab driver, he remained after hours to ensure that we had our belongings.
We were truly impressed by his hospitality and extraordinary service.
We are grateful for the experience and will continue to be ambassadors of Jihwaja.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank JenLam929
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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

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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

Date of visit: April 2019
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1  Thank Excursion61306473590
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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

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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, but quality justifies the price you pay for it.

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank JOSEandBARBARA
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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 your family.

All of our wishes,
Jihwaja Seoul

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