3501 Seoul

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3501SEOUL is a modern Korean bistro, sushi and bar in the heart of Eastern Hyde Park. Brought to you by Shelly and Mike Choi who co-own and operate the restaurant.
Shelly and Mike Choi moved to the United States from South Korea in 1998. After moving to Cincinnati they both worked at various restaurants honing their skills before opening their first restaurant in Symmes Township, The Korea House. After more than ten successful years, they decided it was time to give the rest of Cincinnati a taste of their home.
With the freshest ingredients, signature cocktails and their dedicated staff, 3501SEOUL is eager to be a favorite with the neighbors as well as a destination for foodies everywhere. We look forward to serving you.
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LW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They were obviously understaffed last night. Our server did a great job under the circumstances but it was a Saturday night at 7:30 and we waited a long time for drinks and food.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is delicious and the staff are so nice. Highly recommend!

P
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and good service

c
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food at a reasonable price. Comfortable place to dine

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service. Definitely one of the best spots for Asian food in town

C
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional. The staff was attentive and did everything possible to make my Son’s birthday a festive experience. Food was great - excellent variety. Wine was reasonably priced with more interesting selections than most places.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good every time.

l
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but took FOREVER to be served!

DC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katie was our server and her suggestions were fantastic

j
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very friendly and enthusiastic. It was Mother's Day so they were taking photos of the guests in honor of this. The variety of food options was great. Sushi was fresh and delicious. Bibimbap and Bulgogi were great. Enjoyed our first visit to 3501 Seoul.

BH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Friendly staff. The sushi rolls were the best I have had in Cincinnati. Highly Recommend.

AB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t as I expected and I was hoping to sample ribs and not cut steak that I could’ve gotten cheaper at Penn Station. The rice at the bottom of the bowl was burnt really bad and the meal seriously lacked flavor. The restaurant looked very neat from the inside and I’ve walked past there quite a few times and was tempted to come in one day until last Wednesday when things went south from my food experience.

j
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the fourth time I have been here. Invited a friend this time as I knew it would be good. We both enjoyed the food and service. The server was friendly and informative. Overall it was a nice dining experience. Looking forward to doing it again.

S
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of the favorites for good Korean food and could only be better if they offered authentic table BBQ options along with service improvement. The staff seems to changeover often, and I believe this lends itself to obvious transactional experience with the service. The food reminds me of home, and the cocktails are wonderful with a clever nod to the folklore of Korea. I've never felt crowded or had a loud evening, which is wonderful. Parking can be tough, but it isn't a show stopper.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and service.

B
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First time eating here. Good stuff. Bulgogi was very good. Will go back.

s
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so fresh and very very good. Try the noodle dish....

S
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok, some items better than others. Hit or miss kind of situation. Way over priced for the quality so no need to return.

J
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great and very accommodating! I originally made a reservation for 6 people but had to change it as more people heard and wanted to join up too! They easily changed the reservations to 10 people and the service was great! The food was delicious--hamul pajon was fantastic and the galbi and jap chae my friend and I split were both fantastic and authentic-tasting as well. Having grown up with a mother who was known amongst her social circles as being one of the best Korean chefs around, this was easily comparable! A bit pricier than I would have liked for some things, but I have to add the portion sizes were enough for leftovers, so I guess that would make up for that!

JK
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After having dined here for a Korean craving, we wanted to try the sushi as the menu looked great. Out of three rolls ordered, we really only enjoyed the Delta. Will be back, but for regular dining instead. Also, the calamari salad was heavenly! That will be a staple in my future orders.

L
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have dined here twice and had a great meal both times. The Korean style pancakes, listed under appetizers, are very good and more than enough for 2 people to share. The Bibimbap holds its own against all the other places serving similar dishes.

M
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service. Authentic. Too authentic for my American taste. Worth checking out!

C
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner of sushi rolls and beer. Having never been we weren’t sure about a lot of the items on the menu but after seeing what other customers were eating we for sure plan to go back and try the meat selections on the menu.

The cocktail menu was good size and they have a full bar which you can eat at.

M
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We were not familiar with Korean food so may have made the wrong menu choice - the bulgogi plus - but found it pretty bland
. Next time will try something spicier.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was nothing special, I will not return to the restaurant :(. The services was good but not sensational.

J
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good, but the restaurant seemed understaffed, even though they were not super busy. They should have been staffed up for a Friday night. Our server was very nice and seemed competent, but had to rush to keep up with the workload.
Also, there was a significant water leak (from a heavy rain and leaky roof) that spilled into the dining area and men's restroom. This may not be the restaurant's fault, but there was not sufficient staff there to deal with it. The men's restroom was very dark and needed more light, especially since I had to step between puddles.
We did not receive credit for our Open Table reservation from the restaurant. This is not a big deal in itself, but is indicative of how the place was run. They need to tighten up a bit.
Otherwise, they did a good job with the decor (modern look) and used fabric effectively to reduce noise. The tables were well laid out with enough space between them. The food was good and reasonably priced.
We would like to come back when they hire additional people.

m
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had out of town family who lives Korean. Food was great. Korean pancake and calamari was very good.
My food was too spicy and I ordered mild but our wItress was excellent and had my dish revised. Enjoyed our dinner !

G
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great restaurant not only is the food great and authentic but the owner is amazing! Go your won’t regret it

AB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I love Korean food, and was very excited to try this. However, I think with the food, it was very overpriced. The Kimchi wasn't as tasty or spicy and traditional homemade korean usually tastes. The dolsot was good, but in my opinion, very pricey for basic dish.

DB
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi and entrees. The service was outstanding giving great suggestions. Would go back in a minute!

LS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Terrific food...they were able to make the sushi-eaters happy and had lots of other great choices beyond that. Definitely enjoyed the Korean flavors and preparations and we had everything from appetizers thru dessert. Only down side of the evening was our server...maybe she had too many tables, but her follow-up throughout the evening was really poor (drinks took forever to arrive). After our entrees, she asked us if we wanted our check—we had to ask her for dessert options. We’d go back again for the great food, but we’d have to have a different server next time.

k
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and had good options for someone with diet restrictions. Our server was very good but he could have known more about the cuisine. Also, it was a birthday celebration and most restaurants offer a small dessert as part of the meal. Just a suggestion!

V
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a group that enjoys Asian food, so we like to try different Asian restaurants. My husband had the calamari, which was delicious. Several in the group get the pancakes, which were also tasty. Everyone was happy with their food and service.

CS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We don't know how the food or anything else was. We were turned away due to lack of credit card machine??? I think it was too late and they wanted to go home. We walked across the street to Bangkok, they served us a wonderful meal. As we looked over to 3501 they shut down as Soon as we walked out the door.

m
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to 3501 Seoul for a dear friend’s birthday dinner. It didn’t disappoint! Our waiter was funny and very accommodating, and the food was superb. If you like eel, I highly recommend the Put Your Hands in the Air sushi roll. The stone bowls are also quite good. I would definitely return to dine again!

PC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Bibimbap & sushi made for a nice celebration dinner.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great service, quick meals, not busy

MM
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Everytime I go the food gets better and better... but I'm always disappointed in the noise level. I wish they could correct this.

KW
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor, friendly fast service. Loved the designer cocktails! Tasty food. Had a great time.

N
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here for the third time in 2 months and really enjoy the quality of food and great service. The stone bowls are the way to go!

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