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About Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel

Seoul Jung is Waikiki Resort Hotel's signature restaurant where you'll 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 chefs from Korea. Open daily 11:30 AM-2:00 PM and 5 PM-9:30 PM.

2460 Koa Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Korean, Yakiniku, Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Liliuokalani Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 921-8620

Website:
http://www.seouljungwaikiki.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary validation available for restaurant guests who park in the Waikiki Resort Hotel lot.

Public Transit:
There are 2 major bus stops only one block away, International Market Place or Honolulu Zoo.

Executive Chef:
Doung Hun Kim

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Seoul Jung - Waikiki Resort Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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3.8

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3.3

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3.7

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (36)
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 5, 2017

An excellent restaurant for authentic Korean cuisine!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 14, 2017

As a local resident I wanted to try Authentic Korean Food and to my surprise it was really good.
They gave a lot of food and the service was fast. The staff was very helpful when making my menu selection.

I would recommend Seoul Jung to my family and friends, even our out of town guest.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Best Korean restaurant in Waikiki! Many new dishes on the new menu. As usual the food comes out fast and hot. The LA Kalbi is the best around. Friendly service. I will be back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Online menu does not match in house menu, was frustrating to figure this out after having sat down and started our appetizer order. No seafood available whatsoever.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 15, 2017

I went this restaurant several time and I enjoyed their food and service.
But I was disappointed their service this time.
I have not received 100points from this visit yet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Love coming here for our semi-annual authentic Korean meal in Waikiki!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2016

The food is authentic and the service is amazing. Great place for a peaceful meal away from the crowds in Waikiki!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 31, 2016

Food was tasty. One lady was very friendly but other one was not.
I mentioned I made reservation from Opentable but I was told they couldn't find my name. This situation was second time.
We paid by friend's credit card so I don't know I get the point.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Excellent Korean cuisine! Must have the Sundubu and the Black Cod (Butterfish). Dishes comes out quickly so the sizzling platters are still sizzling and the stews are still boiling. Great service too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Best tasting, most authentic Korean Food!

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 (Bergisches Land)·Dined on June 14, 2016

The ambiance of the restaurant and the quality of the food was poor.
We were very disappointed about that experience and cannot recommend that restaurant.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 5, 2016

ハワイにいても、韓国にいるような雰囲気。
客のほとんどが韓国の方で、ホテルが韓国系というのがかなりのウェイトを占めてるようです。

値段は、ワイキキ価格で肉の良し悪しではなく、場所価格です。

味もワイキキの韓国焼肉で、普通です。

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 (London)·Dined on April 27, 2016

Made a reservation on the spur of the moment. Excellent Korean food with efficient service. Would visit again next time I am in Hawaii.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 28, 2016

Loved the seafood soup (I believe called sundubu). Might be best sundubu in town. My friend enjoyed the Bulgogi soup. Kisuk was our server and she was terrific. Found this place on the second floor of Waikiki Resort Hotel. Definitely will come back again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! What more could I say. The food, the service, and the staff was top notch. If you enjoy traditional Korean food, then you would be doing yourself a disservice for not coming to this place. And if you haven't tried Korean food before, then this is the place to start.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2015

Very authentic Korean...the bbq is what we had, the meat was excellent and the accompanying pickled foods and assorted assured were traditional and very good. They don't get many mainland tourists I think as they seemed surprised and pleased to see my us...and they are very helpful with the service..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2015

We ordered combo with tofu kimchi stew and fish. The food was very good, as far as I'm concerned (I'm not Korean), the problem was that the description of the dishes did not mention meat, while they did contain beef. I'm a vegetarian, so this was somewhat problematic. This is why the service is 3 stars, because otherwise the staff is very friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2015

This place is by Koreans for Koreans. The food is authentic and portions are good. The meat comes with a variety of side dishes, as one expects for a traditional Korean place. The only disappointment was that Kimchi was too young. The server was attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 6, 2015

We tried their lunch special. We ordered soon dubu which is a soft tofu soup and it was excellent. The soup was red but it wasn't spicy at all. It has a lot of soft tofu, vegetables with some seafood and it tasted so good. mm.. We also ordered bibimbap which was one of the best bibimbap that I had. It has a lot of various vegetables, barbecue beef and fried egg that you mix with rice and hot sauce. The best part was they all come with a piece of barbecue chicken which was very moist and tasty, so it was also a great deal! They have excellent lunch specials!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2015

Excellent overall experience at this restaurant. Had a craving for Korean BBQ and wanted to find an authentic experience. Seoul Jung fits the bill for a interesting dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 28, 2015

It is best to order many dishes and have it in a family style so that everyone can try all different dishes. Seafood noodles is a must! The four of us ordered seafood noodles, kalbi, butterfish and natto bibimpbap. They were all so tasty with full of flavors. The seafood noodles have generous portion of shrimp, mussel, clam, etc and vegetables and the soup had so much flavors. Their new dish, natto bibimbap was also a great healthy food and the kalbi was just superb.

They have great lunch specials and the parking is always free!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 21, 2015

Large menu selection with good basic Korean food. Servings are decent portions. Service was also good.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 16, 2015

It's a good sign when you are the only diner who does not speak Korean. It was a little hard to order because of the communication issue. It was a little hard to negotiate dinner without a Korean dinner companion. I've had cream barbecue a few times in the past, but it has been more than a decade so I could've used a refresher course. I may have eaten things out of order and embarrassed myself one way but it was absolutely delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 10, 2015

We went there for Mother's Day brunch and my entire family absolutely enjoyed ourselves! The service was excellent, the food was exquisite, and the price was very reasonable. Definitely going to return to dine there again. Seoul Jung really made my Mother's Day special!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2015

Great to find a reasonably price dinner in Waikiki with an extremely friendly and helpful staff and excellent quality food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2014

The decor was horrible but the food was good. Wait staff was cold at first but warmed up and were great.

I'd go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2014

This was my first time going to Seoul Jung, so I had no idea how to find the place. After wandering around I discovered that it was actually discreetly hidden inside of a hotel/resort in Waikiki, making it all the more appealing as it had that "solitude" feeling to it. The ambiance and decor of the place were amazing right from the start, and the fact that you could grill your food on the table yourself is always a fun option. Like any good Korean restaurant, lots of side vegetables were given and portion sizes were very generous. When one of our orders got messed up, the staff gladly and quickly corrected their mistake and brought us another helping, fresh and delicious! The service was great and everyone was very friendly. Though it was a bit on the pricy side, it was well worth the cost of everything we got. I would recommend Seoul Jung for a special occasion, maybe an anniversary, or the holiday season like what we did. It is definitely a hidden gem in the world of Korean restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2014

Food is a lot. Went for $39.99 all you can eat. Services is super good. Meat is a bit salty. I am buzz lol Soju one bottle is $16 hahahha. Nice like This place will come back with a group friends. The sauce is not spicy was expecting more spicy lol...duh but overall it's good experince.
kim yeo is our server she's amazing. The manager also kind come and check on us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on September 15, 2014

This place is a little hidden (2nd floor of a hotel, little signage), but was definitely worth seeking out. The staff was friendly and the food authentic/delicious. If you're into Korean food, definitely check Seoul Jung out for a break from the Waikiki crowds.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 26, 2014

Quiet for conversations, great service, and delicious food with a wide variety of side dishes to go with the main courses. Extensive menu for vegans to carnivores. Wonderful tasting BBQ. Comfortable ambience in a very comfortable hotel setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2014

I tried Korean Barbecued Beef - Galbi and it's very juicy and tasty. Best thing is you can enjoy Gimchi with it. One of the best Korean Restaurant near Waikiki Area!
Place is neat located on 2nd floor of the Waikiki Resort Hotel in Koa Ave. My wife had Spicy Tofu soup. It was also great.
Staffs are also kind.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 4, 2014

We were looking for an authentic korean BBQ style place and decided to try Seoul Jung. It was perfect with grilling our own meats and vegetables. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive and professional. We will be back again soon for more.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 31, 2014

I actually enjoyed eating at this restaurant. The food was good, as was the service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2014

This place is targetting Korean tourists. Tour guide bring tourists here and get commission, so every service is focused on that purpose.
Go to Seorabul instead if you want to enjoy Korean Food.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 15, 2014

The service was excellent. Really liked the stone pot rice dish and kalbi.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 4, 2014

Five of us dined here last week as I had three friends visiting from Switzerland who had never tried Korean food. They were a bit skeptical having never tried Korean food but after tasting the pajeon and mandoo as appetizers (and liking them) they were happy to try other dishes. The meats were tender and tasty (I had them cook these themselves which was fun for them) as well the saba and fish jun. They also thought all the side dishes were a nice additional to the main courses. A fun experience for my tourist friends!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 24, 2014

The restaurant was nice, clean, and the staff was courteous and friendly. The waitress assisted us with the menu. Her assistance was priceless. Will definetly have lunch there again. Their Easter Brunch buffet was spectacular. T enjoyed the Korean menu mixed with the American menu. Mother's Day Buffet was also good but just a wee bit pricey at $40. It is on my "where to go list" for good Korean/American food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 20, 2014

It was our family's first time to Seoul Jung and we enjoyed ourselves. The variety of food was just enough and not too overly done. Although it was a brunch/breakfast buffet, I think waffles would have been enough and not include the pancakes. Also, the bi bim bap station was nice and impressive and we could customize our order a little to our liking - even though it took a little effort to explain and be understood by staff.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 17, 2014

The reservation process through Opentable was very smooth. We arrived at the restaurant early and they already had a table reserved for us; Seoul Jung is located on the 2nd floor of the Waikiki Resort and the self-parking is on Koa street (validated). It was a busy night with 80% of the tables occupied. Our server was a petite Korean lady who spoke little English, but was very polite and nice. We ordered three sets of BiBimBap GalBi BanSang (rice, mixed vegetables, beef and egg) and grilled beef rib, and I had the set menu with Kimchi stew and grilled fish. The prices here are a tad expensive compared to other Korean restaurants, but the food is to die-for! My Kimchi (kimchee?) soup was so good that I wanted more! We will return again!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 6, 2014

I love the food and the staff. When we got there, it says that we didn't made an appointment but instead of dismissing us, they took us to a table knowing how busy they are. The staff was so friendly and nice. I think they got a great team. The food was great! I love it. I think it's worth it. It's a place where I'm willing to go again if I'll ever be back to Waikiki/

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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