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Samwon Garden Main Store

Apgujeong / Cheongdam
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623-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Name/address in local language
+82 2-548-3030
12:00 - 22:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Samwon Garden to regular korean barbecue is like a fancy hotel brunch to a bacon and eggs in a diner. The food is top shelf but not necessarily the best of the best (certainly, considering the prices). The dining room setting is formal and somewhat imposing. The grounds are beautiful in any time of year. Lot's of reviews here focused... More 

Thank Maxim B
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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106 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

i went with my family. we are all big eaters so, we each ordered an entree of soup ("tang") as well as the bbq ribs ("galbi"). we agreed that the food was good but, not outstanding. in a city full of excellent bbq meat places, we didn't think that this place particularly stood out with the meats or the other... More 

Thank jenchan000
Singapore, Singapore
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We had a business dinner here thus evening for a party of 10. As I have been here before , the relatively higher prices did not put me off. The quality of Kalbi short ribs from locally reared Korean cattle is excellent as usual. Many people are unaware that imported beef is half price as compared to Korean beef. The... More 

Thank mikeylim
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

They have the best quality of grilled beef, which is mouth-watering. Galbi Tang (beef soup) and Bibim Bap (hot stone rice) are also memorable. However remember to prepare enough money in you pocket! 😋 這邊有首爾市內品質最好的烤牛肉,吃過後絕對讓你流連忘返!牛骨湯及石鍋拌飯也都令人回味!~ 但餐點的價位也絕對讓你下一跳 🤓

Thank 元豪左
Seoul, South Korea
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193 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

My student gets paid well and is a regular at this restaurant and took me another teacher out for lunch. The food is above average (can't go wrong with marinated meat) but the service wasn't great. I had to keep asking for water and refills on the side dishes. As expensive as this place is, I expect top notch service... More 

Thank LASeoulGuy
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

The decor is very traditional Korean and can be good for tourists. This is where my positive review ends. Been here a few times and the service is very inconsistent and at times just despicable. And the food is hit or miss. But clearly the quality is low and equivalent to a lower priced restaurant. Would not recommend this place... More 

1 Thank onemorefoiegras
Jakarta, Indonesia
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85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I went here with my friend and I must say that the atmosphere in this place is amazing. I think there are few dining hall in this place and each one of them is very crowded. The service is so so (maybe because they are busy), but the quality of the meat is really good. Unfortunately, I dont think you... More 

1 Thank CalvinHamit
Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Beautiful garden setting with excellent service. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented. Delicious repast cut and prepared at our table. The beef was excellent and the many flavors of the side dishes were what made this a great experience. Our guide recommended it as did our hotel

Thank athenasp2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

I'm not saying this is the best bbq restaurant in Seoul, but it's delicious nonetheless. I visited ten years ago and had the chance to return recently and it was as good as I remembered. Perfectly marinated beef and all the sides you expect. For the uninitiated, try a few of the different beefs (ribeye, marinated ribeye, skirt) and mix... More 

Thank RossfromCLT
Tokyo, Japan
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103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

we needed to try this place due to the well endorsed name and recommended by our hotel.The restaurant is quite immense lots of room very traditional and stone table were different then other resto including the cascade at the entrance service looks like is used not to serve you again so they are not really friendly Food was nothing to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$36 - US$1,435
Barbecue, Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 623-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Apgujeong / Cheongdam
  • Neighbourhood: Apgujeong / Cheongdam
  • Phone Number: +82 2-548-3030

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Apgujeong / Cheongdam
Aside from Sinsa / Garosugil, no other area in Seoul connotes the words “luxury” and “fancy” like Apgujeong and Cheongdam. Global luxury brands have set up their flagship stores here, catering to the neighbourhood's mostly affluent residents. It’s also one of the top areas in Korea (some say the world) for cosmetic surgery, attracting hundreds of thousands each year for a little nip or tuck. The other parts of Apgujeong and Cheongdam are mostly lavish residential buildings for some of Seoul’s most affluent alongside extravagant restaurants, bars, spas, and other spots for indulgence. And Cheongdam has long been a bastion for flashy clubs and parties, though in recent years, Itaewon has emerged as a strong challenger to those claims.
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