Seoul Garden

4.2
44 Reviews
$30 and under
Korean
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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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.1
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband's birthday in Seoul Garden. Didn't know what to expect but everything was amazing! Our favorite was the Galbee. Servers are really nice and we even got free matcha ice cream! Highly recommended!

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WilliamS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Service was great , but the food was nothing special and expensive

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vipalex
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Korean BBQ, full and extensive menu, unfortunately the BBQ tables were full so we sat at a table where the food was prepared in the kitchen and brought to us. Quality of food was great, but I prefer to cook my own meat so each person can get the meat as well done or rare as they prefer. Not as extensive variety of banchan as I would like, but the 6 or so offered were all good. Kalbi and oyster jun were very flavorful. I would recommend. The next time we go, I hope to get a table with a BBQ.

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Thoughtful
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very solid service. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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.

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vipJenC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

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NikkieV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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easternsprings
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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mermaida
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMelissa
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipNighOut
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service and quality of Korean food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall1food3service2ambience2

高い
他の店に行った方が良いです

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vipJustinH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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

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vipbenf
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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Jane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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.

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vipOpentable185
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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JennyC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super korean bbq

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TheSpoonsEvenHaveCovers
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDavidW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall2food4service2ambience4

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.

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vipChachi
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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.

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JacquiL
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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naknak
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipDanC
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food is so so

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HansG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent Korean Kimchi pancake and side dishes.

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vipMichelinStarHunter
San Francisco
213 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

Seoul Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Seoul Garden is rated 4.2 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.