Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel

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$30 and under
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Korean
At Seoul Jung, you will experience the finest in authentic Korean cuisine. Promoting health and wellness, all entrees are accompanied by vegetable side dishes made fresh daily by our master chef from Korea. Or bring the whole family and indulge in our famous All You Can Eat Yakiniki - the best Korean BBQ in Waikiki!
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
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3.6
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HaolePino
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first experience cooking at the table...and we had Soo much fun! The food was Soo fresh and delicious 👌. Every single side dish was prepared to perfection,the tofu and fish cake,Kim chi,sprouts,boiled potatoes were to die for. We ordered alittle bit of everything and to feed 4 people were amazed at how cheap dinner was. I hope to go back again some time,the staff was delightful and attentive...she answered every single one of my questions. Five star experience:)

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Lokene
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I noted Anniversary as the special occasion for my guests when I booked thru Opentable, but the restaurant did not acknowledge that. That was disappointing!

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on April 1, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Lokene. We're honored that you chose to celebrate your special occasion here at Seoul Jung. I'm so sorry that we missed your note. I hope you'll give us another chance. Thanks again!

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AdamM
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service provided by the management team! They made my business meeting successful!

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Gerry
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Very traditional Korean food. We will be back!

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vipKaitLA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not even eat there as soon as we sat down the
Hostess said we only have 30 minutes even though it was only 820 and it supposedly closes at 930pm. Said we couldn’t get the all you can eat because it would take to long. Kept rushing us to order but said we couldn’t stay long. So we got up and went down the street for tacos. much better option!

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your experience. I am very sorry to hear about the events that transpired. I can assure you this is not the norm and we have taken immediate steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. Again, I sincerely apologize and hope you'll give us another chance. Mahalo

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Utah2Cali
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've done Korean BBQ before but brought some first timers with us. The staff was friendly and helpful and explained the menus to us. Food came tasting great - everyone had a wonderful experience. Would definitely come back next time we're in Waikiki.

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vipAustin503
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Didn’t know what to expect as it was a hotel restaurant from a bygone era. The food was great for a family roaming from out of town. The service was fine as I think the lady who took our order didn’t understand English very well. She ran off before we could give her our drink order, which we waved down another person and got it sorted out. Would recommend for a casual dinner.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for sharing this wonderful review. We're so glad you had an enjoyable experience and hope you'll consider dining with us again next time you're in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made reservations for lunch. Got the LA galbi and my coworker got the bansang. The stone rice was super cool and delicious. So good. Will have to try the poke bowl next time.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on February 9, 2020

Thank you for your kind feedback! We look forward to your next visit. I'm sure you're going to love the poke bowl!

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vipGrumpyGourmand
Richmond
67 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bulgogi and dak bulgogi were perfect.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you so much! Please come back and see us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We normally get the Kalbi when we go. The portion size was significantly smaller than before and we left still hungry and disappointed.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review. We appreciate your loyalty and value your feedback. Rest assured that we have shared your comments with our management team and are actively looking to improve the Seoul Jung experience even more. Thanks again! We look forward to your next visit.

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Thomas
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We decided on the Korean BBQ for our dinner and it was very good. We ordered a few dishes off of the regular menu including the Beef and Rib special, that was excellent. Seoul Jung is a little pricey even by Honolulu standards but the food is quite excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The prices were way overpriced for the amount of food you got

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on January 22, 2020

We appreciate your feedback. Most of our customers find Seoul Jung to be a great value, but we will certainly share your thoughts with our management team. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceedingly friendly service and fresh ingredients in a quiet and austere environment made for a relaxing meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

@seouljungrestaurant was really good. It felt more upscale then the other korean restaurants, well it is at the Waikiki resort hotel so this place is within reach for tourists. They do offer free parking after validation. The hostess and waitresses were very nice. The place felt pretty big, there are two sides for grills for korean style bbq or just regular tables for non grilling foods. accommodating for big parties. The restaurant was clean. The food was really good, we got the all you can eat $40 each person. We also got an order if Kim Chee with pork, forgot the name of the order and 2 bottles of #Hite beer. There are also different set menus for grilling at the table and a $30 set menu but we want for the #AYCE
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Starters you get seaweed soup, then a seafood pancake, and of course the #banchan. For main course you get tongue, brisket, and kalbi. I was lucky n got a big bone kalbi lol. I really liked that they flavored the tongue with a sauce with garlic and a splash of lemon, it tasted a lot better and also the kalbi too. We had two rounds of meat but you can keep going until you can’t any more so they’ll keep bringing out the soup, pancake and the trio. Oh and also they have #beanpaste and #gochujang sauce which is a plus for me! I’d like to come again with the guys next to see how far we can go hehe. I’d recommend it if you are looking for pleasant night in Waikiki and for some never ending kbbq! Was so good! #brisket #tongue #kalbi #koreanbbq #bbq #seouljung #seouljungrestaurant

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AaronG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The staff hear are very nice! The food was ok but it was nothing to wright home about. As for Korean food goes this place was my least favorite. The place just feels dated.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thanks for dining with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We appreciate your compliment regarding our helpful staff. I hope you'll give us another chance to impress you with our food. Our specialties, such as the big bone dino kalbi, are very popular! We'd be happy to make a recommendation next time you visit us. Thanks again :)

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vipLoveTravelFoodAndWine
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

You need at LEAST 3 hours to enjoy this great place. Try it!

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on January 22, 2020

That's very kind of you! We're looking forward to your next visit :)

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New2Birds
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent authentic Korean food. We liked it so much we came back a second time. Did not feel sick after dinner like we did eating at Cheesecake Factory. Korean food is much healthier option.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for your kind words. We take pride in offering delicious and healthy Korean cuisine in the heart of Waikiki. We'll see you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I visit Hawaii, I go Seoul-Jung to taste Korean food. It’s really good for values. Recommend it.

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vipMsTF
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dino bone kalbi was sooooo delicious and enough food for 2 people to share.
Always, Seoul Jung has good quality ban-chans and best kimchee.
We always eat there when we want good kalbi.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. We're so glad you loved the dino kalbi - it's one of our specialties! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipAmaris
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and just delicious food. Very traditional, ask server to guide if you don't know the menu. Yum!

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipmonrabu
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for their great service and yummy food. Probably the best Korean food on the island!

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really good

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Mike
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was outstanding and so for very specific to korean cuisines. Waitress was extremely helpful in explaining each course how t eat it and in what order. Highly recommend to those who are eating Korean food for first time.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review, Mike! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Seoul Jung experience. It was a pleasure serving you and I hope you'll stop in and see us again sometime.

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StraySheep
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A shop that always visits Waikiki.
The menu has changed a little, but the service has not changed and the cost performance is great.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We recently unveiled a new menu that we think is better than ever before. The feedback has been great so far! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

とても美味しかった❣️

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SeymourW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food did not taste fresh; seems that specialize in hot pot, where you cook. Ordering off the menu was risky.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks for dining with us, SeymourW. I'm glad you enjoyed the hot pot. I'm so sorry that some of the menu items were not up to par. We are continually working hard to improve and I hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Thanks again!

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IsabelK
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were rushed. Food looked good but wasn’t. It was difficult to understand the waitress and the wine was not what I had requested.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, IsabelK. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Please accept my sincere apology for the inconsistent service you received. I'm so sorry we let you down, but rest assured we are using your feedback to improve and I hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Mahalo

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Authentic Korean Galbi, and other dishes, with just a hint of American "toned down" vibe - meaning not quite as spicy or flavorful as authentic Korean food - but still excellent and no waiting for a table!

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vipLovesYummy
Hawaii
231 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I had been to what is now known as Seoul Jung 30 years ago when it was known as Camellia Restaurant. Although the ambiance is better now, the food has gone down. There is hardly any value to what you pay for. For the same price, I would have been more sated at Yu-Chun on Kapiolani Blvd. The food is not very flavorful, and the menu rather limited. I will not be returning.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on June 5, 2019

Aloha and thank you for dining with us at Seoul Jung in the Waikiki Resort Hotel. We appreciate you remembering us after all these years. I'm glad you enjoyed the ambiance, but I'm disappointed that the flavor was not to your liking. Our dishes, and in particular the chef's specials, usually receive high marks from reviewers. I wish we would have known about this at the time because we would've loved to prepare something special just for you. I hope you give us another shot!

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vipcarnivore
Hawaii
95 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic Korean food. Patrons are mostly Korean. Servings are large. Wait staff very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 2 different dishes. We had the Kalbi and the Moolnaengmyun. It was all really good. The Naengmyun hit the spot because it was hot and humid all day long.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed our tasty dishes. Please come back and dine with us again soon. Mahalo

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Not quite what yelp reviews stated but overall we enjoyed ourselves. We didn't get one dish that we ordered and after much contemplating with the staff they took it off the bill. Want to go back and try their yakiniku. Their english speaking if very limited so be prepared for that.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your experience. I apologize for the mix-up with your order. I can assure you this isn't the norm. But I'm glad we were able to take care of that for you and I'm thrilled to hear that you're planning to try our all-you-can-eat yakiniku. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fairly quiet. Came for a quick business lunch and sat at those amazing looking long wood tables. Had the galbi gim (sp?) Which came in a stone pot and was boiling still. Yikes. I've been here a few times now and so far have not been disappointed. I've been pretty disappointed with Korean food in Hawaii but I'm glad to say this place was very pleasantly surprising. The spicy butterfish has just the right amount of spicy sweetness. Galbi is so soft. Will continue to dine here when I can. Prices do seem a bit higher, but it's Waikiki and the food and portions are worth it for me. Any time we needed anything the servers were quick with getting what we needed. Our waters kept getting topped off even before they were half empty. I really liked the tea they give as well. I mix it with the cold water to make it lukewarm. Seaweed soup has bits of meat in it instead of the clams or mussels - a taste I way more prefer. Also, they validate for 3 hours! Worth it in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got yukhoe today. It's like a sweet raw beef tartare with apples or something. Brought a friend to try their food and she also loved it! Definitely my favorite place to have lunch in Waikiki.

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PANDA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! For the price, I ordered serving for one combo of "YAKINIKU", was so much food.
Taste great and also, other ala carte menus were very good.
Service was prompt and server was very attentive.
Wonderful!

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thanks for dining with us, Panda! It sounds like you really enjoyed the Seoul Jung experience. Next time you should try our Big Bone "Dino" Kalbi. It's one of our specialties that I'm sure you will love!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Seat outside, not inside where the grills are, if want quieter experience. Some servers are much nicer. Overall really good food & value!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Seoul Jung was absolutely delicious! The Kalbi Beef and Bulgogi were simply scrumptious and savory. The ambiance was basic and ordinary and not a new modern restaurant whatsoever. However, the dishes are what this place is all about and the all the rage! The staff were very friendly and extremely accommodating. This spot is a hidden gem that I will return to upon my return to Waikiki!

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

値段は日本の倍ぐらいかな。ユッケはおススメしません。
他のお客さんは全て韓国の方でした。

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on December 31, 2018

一緒に食事をしてくれてありがとう。 あなたの基準を満たしていないのが残念です 多くのお客様が本格的な韓国料理を楽しんでいます。 また機会がありますように。

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waikiki was crowded and they sat 14 of us immediately. Hidden gem off the main road. Food was great.

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel
Responded on December 31, 2018

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed our authentic Korean cuisine. We look forward to seeing you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the dolsot bibimbap today. Warning: it is HOT! Really had to give it time to cool down before I could eat it. The presentation was beautiful though! So glad my coworkers keep bringing me here. Hahaha.

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