Song Jook Heon Restaurant Review, Seoul, Korea



Song Jook Heon exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Song Jook Heon is a classic hanjeongsik, or traditional Korean restaurant.
This restaurant is located across the street from the secret garden of Changdeok Palace.
This meal is pre-designed by the chef and can include up to 30 dishes. The food served here originated in royal palaces of ancient Korea. With the popularity of Korean soap operas, more people are being introduced to this type of meal. We noticed another room had a bunch of businessmen and some female accompaniment.

We were given a private room with a minimal amount of furniture, and the food just starting coming. The people there spoke very little English. We asked them about several dishes and got no correct response.

Below are some pictures of the items we received. Many items were a mystery to us. Scary but fun!

Song Jook Heon duck patties

Stand out dishes were: abalone, steamed pork, hot duck patty, and bulgogi.

Song Jook Heon anchovies

Song Jook Heon kimchi

Song Jook Heon abalone

Song Jook Heon 2

Song Jook Heon pickled garlic

Song Jook Heon 1

Song Jook Heon bulgogi

Typical dishes include: several kinds of Kimchi, steamed pork, grilled abalone with pan-fried ginkgo berries, japchae noodles, hodo root, totovivo, salmon salad, hot duck patties with a hint of ginger, and codfish dumplings with an egg white foam, bulgogi, pickled garlic, jeotgal and jangahjji or salted fish eggs and anchovies. Cantalope and watermelon rounded out the meal. The food came fast and is a ton of food.

This meal costs us 70,000 KRW or approximately US $68.

Song Jook Heon interior decor

Insider Tip – Reservation are mandatory. Closed on the weekends.

Cuisine – Korean hanjeongsik
Location – Seoul

Song Jook Heon hanjeongsik

Service – Song Jook Heon had reasonable service with a waiter or waitress coming in every once in a while. There was a service button on the table for any requests.
Verdict – Song Jook Heon clearly is a unique experience for folks like us. We do not know of any similar restaurant in our area. Foodies visiting Seoul, should give a restaurant like this a try.

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Restaurant Map:

Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine

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  • Geneva
    November 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Thank you for posting about this place! How did you make the reservations? I plan on traveling to Seoul next year and would love to try this restaurant.

    November 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I had my hotel’s concierge make reservations. They speak very little English.

  • li
    August 20, 2014 at 12:21 am


    Looks amazing. How did you order? Was the menu in english or is it set?


    September 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Set menu. Makes life easier if you don’t speak Korean!

  • JB & Renee
    January 4, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Hi, the meal cost of 70,000 KRW, is that for 2 people?

    January 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    The meal had enough food to easily feed 6 adults.

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