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“Excellent Food, nicely Presented”
Review of Jihwaja

Jihwaja
Ranked #5 of 38,113 Restaurants in Seoul
Price range: US$68 - US$154
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Neighbourhood: 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 28 August 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.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank GRB-hsbsb
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Tourist826676, 제너럴 매니저 at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 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 Korean food, best hospitality and to explain each dishes in order to experience The real Korean Food Culture.
Looking forward to serving you in the near future.

All of our wishes,

Jihwaja Seoul

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Reviewed 27 July 2019

Intangible heritage restaurant
That alone speaks volumes for the experience
Nicely plated dishes
Feel healthier after the meal actually
That’s why the king and queen can live for so long.
Taste the natural tastes slowly and enjoy
Big difference from pop main stream beer and fried chicken :)

Thank you to the manager - sorry forgot to note the name, slim built tall gentleman with wispy greying hair and so grandfatherly

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank HarryLillian
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Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2019

Dear Harry

Thank you for your kind review for our restaurant.

As you say that Jihwaja Seoul has been operating by "Human Treasure's family" since 1991 to promote Korean Royal Cuisine in the several Korean Cultural Heritages. Only one in Korean Food.
By the humble hospitality with warmness to guests we are pursuing to help your experience about real Korean Food Culture and to serve best time with a nice meal on Seoul trip.

Appreciate your praise to me. I am a superintendent Mr. Han.who can speak English only.
Here are more hosts taking care of guests well with speaking other foreign languages. Much better than I used to.
I would like to deliver your compliments to my colleagues.
Many thanks and Hope to see you again !

All of our wishes,

Mr. Han




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Reviewed 29 June 2019

Went there with a group of friends. Absolutely wowed by the experience. Best Traditional Korean food. Service was par excellence. We had beef and seafood casserole. The Captain patiently explained each dish, the fresh ingredients and sauce used. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Thank Patrick T
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Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

Dear Patrick T

Thanks for checking us out and taking the time to share.
As you mentioned that our concept since 1991 has been keeping to real Traditional Korean Food" and a full menu based on The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine. The dishes on your course are kinds of the Korean Royal Cuisine.
Hope to see you again if you are ever back in Seoul.

Jihwaja Seoul

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Reviewed 28 June 2019

I visited Jihwaja last week with my friends during my visit in Seoul. I had the beef rib course and it was one of the best meal I had in Korea. The food was great and I could see that they only use good ingredients to make their dishes. The service was also great and informative. The waiter explained each dish throughly and in English.
I strongly recommend you to visit this place.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

Dear pie

Many thanks to your post and glad to hear you enjoyed the dinner.

Over the years Jihwaja Seoul is proud of serving The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine, one of best food in the world, with best hospitality for our respectable guests. In addition to best dishes with fresh ingredients we used to explain your dishes by English, Japanese, and Chinese to help a more understanding for Korean Food Culture.
Hope to serve you again when you visit Seoul.

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Reviewed 10 June 2019

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.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Thank Kitty180
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Jihwaja_Seoul, General Manager at Jihwaja, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2019

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 serving you again with giving you a more satisfaction.
Appreciate your kind review !

From all of our wishes,
Jihwaja Seoul


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