Seoul Garden

4.2
40 reviews
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$30 and under
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Korean

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Seoul Garden features traditional style Korean dining, offering barbecue and multi-course menus. Located on the second floor of the East Mall in San Francisco’s Japantown for 35 years, Seoul Garden is considered a landmark and a destination for travelers from all over the world who seek an authentic Korean dining experience. Serving recipes from 3 generations, the Cho family is pleased to serve the freshest ingredients selected daily from the market. To complement their healthy and flavorful dishes, the wine and beer list offers a selection of international choices. For a gathering of family or friends, or a business meeting, an intimate special occasion, you can choose from a private room, barbecue tables where your dinner is cooked tableside, or traditional booths and tables. Come to Seoul Garden for a warm, welcoming and unforgettable dining experience.
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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was horrible- the meat was not marinaded well (if at all). The servers disappeared once we got our food. His recommendations were just to get the bill up. The portions were small for the price charged. Would not go there again.

JC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

While the portions were huge and there were many side dishes to choose from, service was not very good. After we finished eating, no one cleared our table. We sat with leftover raw meat on the table until we got up to leave. It was hard to get water refills. There are just too many other great Korean restaurants to choose from.

NV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a nice experience. We are a party of 10, that celebrated Fathers day. The meat that we ordered are pretty good. They give a lot of side dishes including lettuce. The service could improve a bit more by just remembering your customers request, because we have to ask them a couple of times for more tea, our rice and more sides.. I know it can get busy so I give them that, and at least at the end they each gave us a free green tea ice cream, so we are happy & full!

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food, OK deco and terrible service due to severe understaffing.
Went for a late dinner and there was only one, very inexperienced waitress who disappeared all the time.
The management should spend more money to employ more servers for dinner time when they charge $40 for a portion of beef rib BBQ which customers are expected to cook themselves at the table.
Overall, very disappointing experience.
Maybe it's OK for a quick, simple lunch but not for BBQ dinner.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Kevin, our waitor was awesome and really funny. There are so many reviews on here about this place having horrible service but it was great! They even grilled the meat for us. The food was yummy. And yes, maybe there are better, cheaper spots, but we were able to get a reservation for a table of 6 easily and that is worth the few extra bucks. We did one of the meat combos for 4 people and we ordered a few other appetizers and it was totally enough for the 6 of us.

E
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The waiter will not get us the dessert (ice cream) even it's include in our dinner menu. He said they are too busy tonight and they won't serve us the dessert.

m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Arrived and was not checked and then reported to open table as a no show. Service was fine but brusque bordering on rude. Mediocre meal (bimbop at the mall is better). Tea was lovely however.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious - we reached at 7.30 pm on Monday, 24th December and enjoyed our Korean BBQ dinner. Thanks.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food for the value and great service... thank you!

RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 5 of us thoroughly enjoyed a dinner at one of the table with the open grilling. The food was fantastic as was the service from multiple people. Can't wait to go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The portion is unbelievably small - this pork belly costs 20+.
The waitress was not attentive at all.
We also ordered the Chicken Soup which in the photo it was whole chicken. But it turned out to be only half of a chicken.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The cuts of the meat aren't all that great, but the service us fantastic and the food is definitely tasty.

NO
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Classy setting for Korean BBQ. Food is good. Service was funky: waiter scooped off plate that I have not even tried yet - without asking. When we spilled tea by accident - we also ended up whiping it off, as waiter said No Problem and walked away. Odd.

OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Welcoming Management Service (Accommodating)
Food Ambiance Very Good
A lot of food
Environment Clean

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good date night.

OT
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and quality of Korean food!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

高い
他の店に行った方が良いです

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JH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Pleasant environment, OK food, poor service, very expensive

I wish I could be more enthusiastic about Seoul Garden, but it was quite a disappointment. The pluses: It was a pleasant environment, and the noise level was low, so it was a good place for a visit. The food was OK, but not special. Service was clueless and poor; although the restaurant was maybe 1/3 full, our waiter was neither knowledgeable nor attentive. What made me want to write this review was recalling how expensive it was for this very mediocre experience. A "Jun" pancacke - basically a kind of fritter - was $20; a 'fair' barbecue plate was $39 -

Sorry, but I can't recommend it

b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Seoul Garden? Seoul mediocre. High prices, slow service, bad food. You want more? They were out of the wine we ordered. The server announced that dessert would be green tea ice cream. Sounded nice, after a terrible dinner. She showed up with a half serving, for our party of 3, and said they were out of that flavor. Which could describe the meal. We had the BBQ Combo, at $100. Bland, dry beef that was an insult to the names "bul gogi" and "short ribs." No sauce, no flavor. Bul gogi is supposedly marinated, stir-fried and succulent; short ribs should be tender. These two dishes were military grade. And the bedding for them, and a sad version of pork belly and a so-so chicken dish, was a sprinkling of chopped raw onions and carrots. Yep. The same stuff under all 4 dishes. Mysterious little side dishes appeared, with no explanations. A noodle dish, like the chicken, was passable. Nothing else was. Also: It took 30 minutes to get our food, and it all came at the same time. And half of it was cold. If the restaurant was busy, some of this might be excusable, but we were the only guests in the front room, and our friend checked the back, and saw only two tables occupied. Still, the long wait, and then the deluge of disappointments. Total bill: $170, with wine, sake ($20), tax and tip. And when I got home, I got a note from Open Table saying we had not honored our reservation. Although I told the host (owner?) my name and our reservation time, he apparently didn't take notice. Must've been just too busy.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Terrible service. Smoke and splashing oil on your face during BBQ. Side dishes weren't great compared to other Korean places. It is extremely overpriced for the quality of food and experience.

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My friend and I had "HOT POT" for dinner. It was full of vegetable, mushrooms, kimchee, tofu...and many other. It was spicy so we had to ask for water. They were pretty attentive. We only had to ask for water once. After that, they came over and check our glasses frequently.

JC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

this is a nice place for a group event. it is not recommended for all since they have almost no vegetarian options. it was very expensive with an average of 50 dollars per person. we were not familiar with Corean cousine so we went for the bbq tables where we cooked our own meats and they offered us combos which had a wide variety of meat cuts and different sauces.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty good. Not the best I've had but decent.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem we stumbled upon! We were visiting from out of town & wanted to celebrate my sister's birthday, & her first choice for cuisine was Korean BBQ. I am so happy I found Seoul Garden! My family & I immensely enjoyed our meal & experience there. We had wonderful service & delicious food. We sat at a barbecue table, & the entire restaurant was lovely.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super korean bbq

TS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Korean restaurant! The food was amazing (had dolsot bibimbop) and the service was even better--very friendly, warm, inviting atmosphere. They served many more traditional appetizers than most Korean restaurants I've been to. Free tea came with the meal as well.

DW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

absurdly overpriced. the waiter tried to recommend an obscene amount of food, at $30-40 per order of meat. we ordered a third of that and were still shocked by the bill.

also, the waitstaff was not friendly.

C
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

This was our second visit to Seoul Garden. Food was good, but service was uneven.
Also, I told the host that we had a reservation, but I got an email the next day saying my reservation had been cancelled. So no points, I guess. Strange way to treat a customer.

JL
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was there for my lunch break which was late at 1:30 p.m. and the place was quiet and the service gracious ... I enjoyed my meal in quiet which I like coming from work ... the food was great and I ordered more than I should so I had the rest for dinner ... grilled fish, yummy & spicy soup with lots of typical Korean condiments.

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went here with a friend from work. We had a great time: the staff was friendly, the meat was good quality, and the noise level was low enough that we didn't have to raise our voices to hear each other.

DC
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Spiced perfectly per my request. Food was fresh and main meal and many sides were all delicious.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food is so so

HG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to introduce anyone to Korean cuisine, as well as for those familiar with it. Very group and family friendly.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Korean Kimchi pancake and side dishes.

MS
San Francisco
212 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The interior of this restaurant makes you feel as if you are in Korea, but unfortunately the "dolsot bibimbap" dish was only mediocre. The cast iron (dolsot) was only warm, not hot. Whenever I order this dish, I usually expect the food to arrive at the table sizzling. As a result, the rice did not continually cook to form the crust.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved one of the private rooms with two tables with burners for a suprise birthday dinner for my Fiancée with a large group of friends. The staff was extremely attentive, the food was delicious, and the whole experience was fantastic. Our group of 14 had fun cooking on the burners and eating the restaurant's recommendations (the owner put together a great menu for us), and the bill didn't break the bank at the end of the evening (it was a pretty great value for such a large group). The ambiance was absolutely perfect; we may as well have been in the real Seoul, Korea. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was not good , they were too busy and under staff , they didn't even let us know how to cook meats , all burned . Staff don't know what they are doing , also staff placing wrong orders twice .

OT
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing fermented side items and incredible Bimbibop

KI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The servers were very nice and tried to be helpful but maybe there just wasn't enough staff this night? We couldn't get anything quickly! and the food was yummy but almost twice the price of other Korean restaurants - so not THAT yummy! The decor was pretty but I saw a layer of dust which was not appetizing! If you are going to charge this much, then everything needs to be much closer to perfect. They were very apologetic but by then end, we were frustrated and just wanted to get out of there. And the total bill was a shocker!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic - the wait staff was very attentive and prompt, as was the owner. Definitely recommend the japchae, seafood pancake, and the BBQ!