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Han Woo Ri

5740 Imperial St.
Burnaby, BC V5J1G2
Tel: (604) 439-0815
Neighbourhood: Burnaby South
  • Cuisine: Barbeque, Korean
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • A Korean restaurant located in the intersection of Imperial street and Kingsway. Popular for BBQ, but also some Chinese and Korean fusion dishes as well. Family oriented. Reservations recommended for dinner.

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Plastic wrap in duck fat dish
By Xitheaven of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner on a weeknight. My friend and I ordered the BBQ duck dish and a oxtail soup to share. The oxtail and small side dishes were ok, as what you'd expect. The duck dish however was a major disappointment. First of all, it was mostly fat, I could barely see the meat, plus it was served in a hot plate which was full of the fat drippings! Also, I found a plastic wrap inside of that plate. It was about 6 inches long. I told the waitress, she just looked very sorry and apologized.

If they were really sorry, couldn't they have offered a discount of some sort, or not charge for the dish? It I had eaten the plastic wrap I could have choked! Plus imagine what could have melted into the dish from the plastic, bleehhhh! Hazard to my health! Plus this place is quite pricey for what you get/don't get.

After reading all the good reviews, I had expected at least a decent meal. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

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Nice, quiet place to eat Korean food
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

Whether you choose to BBQ or not. Tasty food, well-prepared. Busy enough during the usual prime dining hours. But still maintains it's quiet serenity. Hope they dealt with the rat problem they had during my last visit a couple of years back. They had a runaway rat they were chasing. I don't think that's a big deal as things probably has its way of running through the back unnoticed. Though maybe a screen door would help? Didn't look to see if there was one. Sometimes a little slow on serving, but it's all good. I would go back, but there are so many to try, and currently, I'm more impressed with a Korean place in Coquitlam. So I'll see when I will fit in trying Hanwoori again in the near future. :)

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Authentic and Tasty!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (212 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

Visited Han Woo Ri for the first time and had the BBQ set dinner with some friends. The BBQ itself was pretty good, but what we really loved was the salad and noodle dishes that came with the meal. Very authentic and full of flavor.

The dessert soup at the end is an acquired taste and I personally didn't really like the "fishyness" combined with the sweetness, but those who love it (like the friends I was with) really love it!

Recommended if you're in the area.

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Tasty Meal of Korean BBQ
By lindarose of Vancouver (171 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 2:06am [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant for the first time with my hubby and two children (ages approx. 3 and 5) in tow.

I'll start with ambiance:

Clean, bright, roomy dining area. We sat at a booth, which allowed plenty of room for us. Washrooms (as reported by hubby) were basic, stocked and reasonably clean.

We had two waitstaff, one was better than the other. The male server answered our questions and was pleasant. The female server was pleasant, but very vague (perhaps a language barrier contributed). I had a question about the inclusion of complimentary sides with one of our dishes. She just stared at me like Bambi in the headlights of an oncoming car. I repeated my question and she still looked befuddled. I asked her to bring me the menu again (thinking it would be easier to communicate if I pointed out the original wording on the menu). She still didn't understand me! I just gave up on my inquiry.

The male server, who brought our dishes, cut up the beef rib and put it on the grill for us. I thought this was a nice touch so I didn't have to struggle with cutting up the ribs. I did the rest of the cooking on the grill.

The food was very tasty. We ordered a Combination A (it says it feeds two people). It came with Beef Rib, beef, pork and chicken. It came with 5 complimentary sides (little bowls of condiments such as kimchi and seasoned bean sprouts, etc). We also ordered a shrimp fried rice and a plain Buckwheat noodle order. The meat seemed high quality. The sides were tasty. The fried rice was good (with large shrimps). We were disappointed in the noodles - they were not the texture we expected (like in Yaki Soba in most Japanese restaurants). These were chewy, but wet (not in a soup, but wet) and when eating them it felt like mucous in our throats. Hubby reported that he almost gagged on them because of the texture.

As for value - the meal was not cheap - the Combination A, shrimp fried rice, noodles, three cokes, Kirin and 9 oz of Saki came to $85.55 before tax and tip. However, we didn't mind paying a little more for the better quality food at this restaurant as opposed to other Korean BBQ along Kingsway as the food was tasty and the setting comfortable.

It was funny, at the end, the female server brought four little bowls of watery looking stuff. I asked if these were finger bowls. She just stared at me (I really wished I was just served by the male staff member who had a better grasp of the English language..). I asked if they were to wash hands. She replied, "it's dessert." I said, "oh, you drink it and motioned drinking the cup" and she nodded and left. You have to understand that the little bowls that they were served in looked EXACTLY like finger wash bowls served in some North American and Euro style restaurants. LOL. I drank the dessert soup and it was okay. It might have been better for the server to say, "here is some complimentary dessert, then name the dish, for you to enjoy" rather than just plunk it down. I hope no one makes the mistake of trying to rinse their fingers in it :0

I would return if I was craving Korean BBQ - I will avoid the buckwheat noodles hold onto my menu so I can pull it out if I need to clarify anything with waitstaff later.

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Solid Korean Cuisine
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:46am [Dine in]

Tried Han Woo Ri after hearing great things and I was not dissapointed. We opted not to cook ourselves but order pre-made dishes. Be aware that your clothes will smell like BBQ after you leave this place.
The Seasfood Pancake was very tasty and amde to perfection with a nice crispy bottom. The rice dishes we ordered were very favourable and the Jap Chae was solid and tasty.

We also ordered the raw beef dish with the egg and pears/garlic, it was the best I have had in Vancouver and the beef tasted extemely fresh and prepared to perfection, I will be returning for sure. This place can get very busy on weekends though so reservations are a good idea.

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Be prepared to bbq
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 10:08am [Dine in]

I'm a sucker for Korean BBQ, and this was no exception. We made reservations and arrived early. Food was delicious except that service was slightly lacking because they were so busy! We didn't end up tipping well because we didn't have sufficient change, and the waitresses were to busy to make change. Too bad, so sad.

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Good Food
By jjdine of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

Went there tonight with 3 friends. Nice and clean spacious place, mostly booths. Even though we didn't have reservations on a saturday night, the restaurant was almost full when we got there at 6pm but we were seated right away. We ordered the Combination dinner for 4 people, $89, comes with huge plate of raw bbq meat, beef ribs, beef, chicken, pork. a plate of fried chicken wings(about 8 pieces), a noodle dish(japchae), 5 different sides dishes, 4 rice, and 4 bowl of beef broth soup. and also 4 bowl of dessert(tasted just like sugar water) It was a lot of food. and got some left over to take home. The food was very good. We got the waiter to change the grill midway thru as the grill was getting too burnt. Service was great, as soon as we press the little button for service, they were there in a couple of seconds. There were people waiting for table when we were leaving. We would go back soon.

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A little overpriced Korean Food
By lifeoffood07 of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 2:09am [Dine in]

We had a craving for grilled pork ribs and the Korean pancakes so we had a friend recommend this place to us. The decor is simple with a couple of rooms & booths. Our servers seemed to be in the middle of their lunch when we went so service was sparse. The food was pretty good. The seafood pancake didn't have much seafood but it was okay. The pork ribs were grilled and flavoured well. Everything was overpriced for the quantity and quality of the food served. Lunch cost us $50 with the tip so unless I've found a new source of wealth, I don't think I'll be coming back.

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Our favorite Korean BBQ place by far...
By ieatoutalot of Burnaby (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

My family's generally into bbq and hot pot, and we have always come here if we want to eat Korean bbq. Han Woo Ri offers combonation dinners, and we find those to be good value and taste. Last night we went there again, the place was packed, after 45 minutes we settled and orders were quickly placed. They served up the food pretty fast, and we enjoyed dinner cooking bbq with conversations, it was a very enjoyable dinner. Word of caution though - you can expect to smell like Korean bbq when you finish your dinner, so we always throw every piece of clothing we had in the washer as soon as we got home and take a shower too! But, that's expected...still a good place for Korean bbq...

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Great and Authentic Korean Food
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

We came here for my sister's birthday, the four us. It had been a long time since we had returned, and I have no idea why we waited so long.

Ambiance: It's quite fun if you can manage to get a booth, with a grill built into the table. You take your shoes off and sit inside, and it feels quite authentic.

Service: Most tables have a small control pad that has a button to call for service. I really like that, as it allows you to instantly call for what you need without any fake 'check ins' on your meal. The servers are generally quite brusque, but are very efficient. The tea has a roasted flavor to it (barley or corn?), which I wasn't fond of. I remember they used to give you a jug full of cold water as well; I guess they don't do this anymore. I couldn't figure out they managed to get their water so COLD without it turning to ice, beacuse it seriously could freeze the inside of your mouth with just one sip.

Value: For the quality, you are going to pay a bit more. We got the combo that serves fours, and it was almost $90. Overall, I don't think it will break the bank.

Food: You get a big plate of sliced meat to grill up yourself, with pork in a spicy sauce, chicken in a red glaze, and shredded beef in a savory marinade. The best, though, is the beef short-ribs. Cut off from the bone right at your table, they're melt-in-your-mouth tender, and packed with juicy flavor that didn't need any marinade at all. You get a few mushrooms to grill too. The meal comes with rice, pork bone soup (that has an almost creaminess to it), japchae (glass noodles sauteed with veggies) and 8 deep fried chicken wings. The wings were a little tasteless, though crisp and hot. You get the 5 banchan (side dishes) that can be refilled: bean sprouts in vinegar, steamed broccoli with chili sauce, kimchi, daikon and one other that I can't recall. We also got the seafood pancake, which though crispy, lacked much seafood. My sisters shared the tofu stewed in spicy sauce (topped with a runny egg), which they loved. The dessert was this odd cinnamon flavored sugar water with what looked like mushy oatmeal flakes floating on top; I didn't finish this

For some fun self-cooking, this is a great place to experience some real Korean food. Just make sure to wear something you can throw in the laundry straight away, as you're gonna come out smelling like a barbeque pit!

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Korean BBQ lovers dream! Service nightmare...
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

A group of my friends and I visited this restaurant later at night for some good BBQ eats. We ordered a variety of food including noodle dishes, BBQ meats (of course), chicken dishes, and the appetizers that came with the meal. It was all delicious and tasty. The chicken was breaded a little to much though. Service however was extremely poor. Even though we pressed the service button no one would show up. We had to personally walk up to the servers to ask for drinks, extra napkins, etc. We were a larger group but were polite and ordered way more than we could eat so we expected service to be a little better we were even the only group left in the restaurant besides a couple smaller tables. A man even came by our table to rush us out! He pointed at the clock and said we had to hurry as the would be closing in half and hour! GEEEZ....I guess the food makes up for it!

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Cash is your best friend...
By Chia-Jade of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Good food but the service could be better especially near closing time =/ Experience with the interact machine is not good @@ Bring cash lol Cash is your best friend...

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For BBQ lovers
By CRSKNG of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

The place obviously specializes in Korean BBQ. The meats here are by far the best that I've had thus far in the lower mainland. I have no frequented many Korean places in Coquitlam but this is the best that I've had in Burnaby.

There seems almost always have a short wait before you are seated but it isn't very long. The servers are pretty quick in providing you with your meats and are always available to change up the BBQ plate and give you some more butter. For the price, it is reflected in the quality of the meat so it seems reasonable.

Whenever I need my Korean BBQ fix, this is the place I would go to.

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Great food - service was lacking
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

I've been to Han Woo Ri a few times now and always have really enjoyed the food. The Korean dishes are excellent and with some of the dishes, you have the option of cooking it yourself at the table, which is always a fun way to eat with friends and family.

Unfortunately their service seems to be lacking at times - and it hurts what would otherwise be a very enjoyable experience. They also missed a few of the dishes that we ordered, and delivered one dish to the wrong table. I'm not sure if they're having staffing problems, or if there needs to be some more managers on the floor to supervise, but the people at my table were commenting about it and at one point had to get up from the table to physically flag down a server - and the restaurant wasn't even that busy.

If they can solve the service problem, they'll definitely be an establishment I'll be happy to return to.

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Really Bad Service. Not Impressed.
By tonten of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:59am [Dine in]

I have browsed dinehere for many years, but have never made an account - until now. I created an account just so I could review this restaurant.

First of all, I'll start with the positive things. Food is good. Value is decent. Ambiance is nice.

Now onto the bad things.

First off, I have never been to a Korean restaurant which DOES NOT offer unlimited sides. When we asked for more sides, the waitress just looked at us with a weird look and said, "Didn't the other waitress bring it to you?"

After we asked for a 3rd helping of sweet potatoes, she gave us another look and said, "Sides are actually one dollar additional per order. We've been giving it to you out of courtesy." and then walked away.

We were astonished by her tone and attitude. The menu said all dishes comes with a side. We ordered 300 dollars worth of food and at least 10+ dishes. If she was going to be nitpicky with us, we could have been nitpicky with her about not reaching our limit yet, but we didn't.

What I have just told you is nothing compared to what else had happened.

-One of the waitresses spilled soup on my friend without realizing it. His pants were drenched. She apologized after we told her.
-Our birthday cake for the birthday girl was supposed to be a surprise, but they ruined it by announcing if we wanted the cake now or not.
-They refused to light the candle for us and said we had to do it ourselves. It was 10:30pm and there was NO ONE ELSE in the restaurant. It was only one candle and they had 6 waitresses!
-They double charged us for coke, which took us three times to ask to get it.
-They took away a quarter plate of beef fried rice left and dumped it without asking anyone while my friend was in the washroom. He actually wanted to finish it.

I have gone to restaurants where I have received much worse service, but I just thought this one should worth a mention because we felt that the service would never justify us ever coming to this Han Woo Ri again.

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A waiter has a heart of gold
By christinajohal of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 1:13am [Dine in]

Last sumer I saw a waiter who has brown hair & a cute face:). He helped an old lady that was difficult to open the door & walk. After the eating he gave her a piggyback ride to her sister's car. He was very kind to help old people. My dad who can't speak English very well complained about Sun Tofu soup 'cause my dad was really disatisfied by Sun Tofu soup was lil bit salty. He answered with fluent JAPANESE & kindness. (Isn't he Korean??) He brought us recooked soup...After the day, my parents become regular customers. We visit every other week 'cause of good serving & great food. じゃあまたね、ハンウリ。

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Bul Go Gee - Yes!
By wilbc of East Van (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I have often seen this Korean restaurant on the corner of Imperial and Kingsway but never made the effort to stop. I enjoy Korean food and I'm happy that a friend finally dragged me to this fine restaurant.

Others have mentioned that the food is great but the service is not, well my experience is that the food is indeed very good and the service is a bit scattered but it wasn't a problem for us. I can imagine at peak hours that it might be a bit of a gong show in there but even though it was busy with a waiting list at 9PM at night the service actually was fine.

We had the Shabu Shabu and Bul Go Gee and highly enjoyed both. Both dishes had generous portions, the Shabu Shabu is pricey but they definitely gave enough for the price. I look forward to trying the bbq dishes that you cook at your table. As an aside because you do cook the food at your own table the restaurant smells delicious but if you want to avoid food smells in your clothes this might be a place to avoid. Some prolific reviewers on this board do washroom cleanliness reviews and I'll continue that tradition mainly because I was surprised at how clean the restroom was.

At any rate if you like Korean or looking to try something different give this establishment a go.

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Best Korean food in Burnaby
By pokka of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

Just come and taste it by yourself it's really good , dont forget to order their kal-bee, seafood pancake and kimchi fried rice.
Their service is excellent, even at busy time, the server are always fast and responsive.
the problem is only if you come at busy time, you probably got to wait long enough.
But other than that good food, good service

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if you love Korean food like I do
By momotaro of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

you will love Han Woo Ri.
And hey, this place is in Burnaby, not Vancouver. And they accept credit cards.

the barbeque is delicious. the tongue was perfect and the kalbi divine.

the pan-fried tofu was cookied delightfully, and the kimchee was a good blend of spice and crispy sourness. and the chijimi (seafood pancake) was both large and delicious. I'd never had it that good before.

I just hope we can find an all-you-can-eat barbeque place soon...

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Slow, but Yummy
By Shapeshyfter of East Van (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I like Korean BBQ, and Cho Sun is the usual place I go to. Seeing as it was my birthday, I decided to try a new place for lunch, and my experience was exactly as the ratings before had said. Slow service, but great food.

The side dishes were like any other place, while the meat was excellent, better than any Korean BBQ place I have ever gone to. After tasting the meat for the first time, I had forgotten the long wait that I had had to go through.

The service is slow, but not bad. The servers were constantly running around, trying to get to everyone. I got there at 1:20, was seated at around 1:25-1:30, and did not have my order taken until 1:45. Afterwards, the food came at about 2:00, at which time, I was already starving. But the food was delicious. When it was time to pay, It took another 15 minutes to get my bill.

Overall, the place was good, the servers were nice, but too unorganized and inefficient. It was a little more pricey than other places, but the food was well worth it.

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