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Uncle Willy's Restaurants

6411 Nelson Ave, #100
Burnaby, BC V5H4H3
Tel: (604) 431-0399
Neighbourhood: Metrotown

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Okay for the Price
By bigeater1980 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 2:31am [Dine in]

You get what you pay for.

There is an okay selection of food. The salads were surprisingly fresh for a place like this. The chicken was a little tasteless but the ribs were great. Most of the desserts looked okay but tasted not too good. The ice cream was okay.

Would probably come back here if I'm hungry and not up for McDonalds.

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Why complain?
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:42am [Dine in]

There's things like food temp and sometimes lesser selection. Otherwise, you get very good fried chicken, number of stews and soups and Asian inspired dishes. The salad selection is always fresh and tastey. there is no way you'll get more for your money anywhere else.
The servers are awesome. Oh, and there's fountain drinks and coffee and dessert.
There is nothing wrong with this place unless you go in with a mind set of expecting a fine dining experience.

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I'm sorry that some of you expected the Four Seasons buffet for 10 dollars...
By stripperdj of east vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 1, 2010 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I see alot of people here expected the million dollar buffet in Vegas up here for the ten dollars you pay.Well,"foodies" or "gourmets",this is the wrong place for you.
I'll tell you who this place is good for.
Seniors on a fixed budget. Students,also on a fixed budget.The cheap people.And my catagory,those that like to eat.

Two kinds of soups,probably made from a leftover collection,but high end restaurants do it also.Its called food costs.Look it up,fancy pants.

A good selection of vegetables,both raw and cooked.A spicy pea dish,with indian flair.
Lasagna,and a spinch pasta. REAL mashed potatoes. Awesome.
2 fish dishes,not my favorite.
The chicken.Man,well worth it alone. Fried perfectly,or roasted on a spit roaster. Delicious.
Cheesecake,custards pudding and soft serve for dessert.

And bottomless pop.

Next time youre in the metrotown area.check it out.
For 10 bucks,I'm telling you its a steal of a deal.

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Nostalgic
By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Thanks to the positive reviews on Dinehere I convinced family to accompany me to this buffet.

This place is total comfort food. I think it's a step up from local chain's like ABC or Pantry. It's comparable to White Spot.

The food was nostalgic becuase it's been years since I've even been to a buffet like this. It reminded me of childhood buffet dinners where the highlight was the ice cream and how I was never yelled at for wasting tonnes of food.

Overall I was impressed with it because the servers and people working (lots of teenagers) there seemed more genuine and not fake nice wanting a tip but hating your guts and just working as a waiter while on their way to being a model or a star. The restaurant must have good management.

Overall for these price points, there was decent quality control for the food. It's comfort food, the roast beef, ham and roast chicken were all edible. I liked the ham the best. The fried chicken is delicious but I don't eat chicken skin and that's the best part of fried chicken. The salad items were basic but fresh. The corn bread was delicious. Yes, I did mix my mashed potato's with the corn and the gravy, just like I did when I was a kid. I skipped a lot of the buffet items, but there was a good variety of Western foods. The soup's here are pretty good as well, the split pea with ham was salty goodness.

One change is that the dessert section is larger then I remember with cream puffs and creme caramel as well as various squares.

The softserve ice cream machine was being filled with Island Farms 4% MF vanilla soft serve mix, so at least it's made with real milk.

The dessert I devised of warm cinnamon apple slices (from the apple crumble) with soft serve ice cream was a perfect finish.

And my reluctant dining companion? They had second helpings. For these price points, this place is a good value. Definately an once in a year experience, if only to get in touch with your inner child.

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A Guilty Pleasure
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

Sometimes you just want to go to a buffet and put on the feedbag. That is the reason there are places like Uncle Willy's. I used to go regularly to the one in Victoria when I was at university, and I have tried the one in Burnaby about a half dozen times. The UW on Broadway in Vancouver is long gone, but that is where I first met my fat uncle :).

There is a good selection of trailer food, and usually some curries, a roast beef, and either a ham or turkey depending on the proximity to seasonal festivals and the whim of the owners. Where else can you have mashed potatoes with gravy, lasagna, and fried rice on the same plate?

The place is clean enough, the food won't kill you, and you can eat as much as you like. The downside is the fact that is it usually teaming with screaming kiddies and other unsavoury types.

Uncle Willy's is like that drunken bar pickup you regret the next morning. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and you were really into it, but later you end up feeling a little queasy and kinda cheap.

Try it if you like.

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Yes, Uncle Willy's does rock!
By momo180 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

I'm reading other posts about how disgusting the food is or how they use leftovers. Do you really think any restaurant you go to only serves fresh food and that they never microwave anything? Get your head out of the gutter. This is how you should rate Uncle Willy's, price and quality of food for the price just like any restaurant. Uncle Willy's is gem in this city. Their roasted chicken is definitely fresh cause you see them cooking in the rotisserie and it tastes good. Also, I do not think the food is disgusting. I think it's just the mindset some of you have about Uncle Willy's that makes you think the food is not good. Of course some things are questionable. I'm not saying this place has the best tasting food in the city but if you're saying it's gross than you're just spoiled or an aspiring anorexic.

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Good O' Uncle Willy's!
By Restaurant Lover And Introducer of Surrey, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 11:43am [Dine in]

They have a good management in food, and price is fairly cheap. Food are not that greasy, and more healthy compare to other places. At dinner, their roast beef and ham are great for everyday. If you want to eat simple dinner in Metrotown, this is always the good choice, never wrong!

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It's like a food court
By cakelover of Metrotown (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

It's only $10 on weekday lunch..
i was thinking to go food court at Metro, but if I think about the cost I will spend there, it's almost the same+the portion there is pretty small. So I went UW, great variation like food court has, but it's unlimited! I really like buffet,I rather go UW than food court next time. The service was okay too, anyways VERY SATISFIED!!

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Good for people who like to eat left over food
By eating good food of Vancouver (114 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 13, 2009 - 1:34am [Dine in]

The only good thing here, is that the prices here are cheap, and you can eat unlimited here for at least 90 minutes.

However, most of the food is disgusting, that you probably wouldn't want to stay here for 90 minutes anyways. it is usually underneath a hot lamp.

The only things that are decent is thier roast beef, and some of thier desserts. The only dessert I find to be above average is thier ice cream (The rest is ither average or below average)

This place used to be good and I used to enjoy it, but obviously thier food is not fresh and as I said, it pretty much tastes like left overs (thier chicken is dry and yucky) I had tried some of thier pasta at one time and that must had come from some other planet.

Before I had craved this place at times, but would always regret coming here afterwards and wishing I ate elsewhere.

I do not plan to return here again. If you have a family and want to dine out for the sake of the children, then I would suggest McDonald's before here.

YUCK!!!!

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nostalgia
By adidaf of Richmond (64 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

Food: Went for their brunch. Standard selection for a western buffet: lots of salads, soup, bread, corn bread, pasta, roasted potatoes, french toast, pancakes, sausages, fried and roasted chicken, ham, roast beef, soft serve ice cream, bread pudding, apple crumble, coffee, tea, pop. All were ok. Nothing was bad. It's as expected for buffet food.

Service: Self serve buffet but the waiters are very efficient at coming around to clean up plates.

Value: Very good. Don't find buffets that also include soft serve ice cream and beverages for that price anymore!

Ambiance: Definitely needs a renovation: some chairs and booths were torn.

All in all, I had a good time. Reminds me of when I was young when there were lots more Uncle Willy's around and my parents would take me for my birthday: kid + all you can eat soft serve ice cream! :) But it's like someone else said before, you have a good time while you're there but you may end up regretting eating all that greasy-spoon, not-that-high-quality food after.

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Not For Everyone
By 123tracey of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 4, 2011 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I think Uncle Willy's was pretty good but some of the foods were raw like the fried chicken.It was very oily and it tasted really gross but they have a lot of other foods like the mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes were good also I was very happy that it was still hot! the desserts were good too. They have a lot of choices like ice cream with caramel or chocolate or cakes and a lot more. the soups are not that bad but I don't think a lot of people would eat it. But I was very happy that a lot of the foods were still steaming hot!

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Closet diner!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 11:30am [Dine in]

I too, have to admit to craving Uncle Willy's sometimes. I do have to agree with Chasiubow's review (I usually do) that I sometimes regret doing so after the fact. My boyfriend and I go for their chicken, my sister and I go for a quick and easy lunch. At under $10 for lunch, it's quite a steal considering the spread of food presented in front of you. Eventhough the quality isn't even close to gourmet, some reason I keep going back!
Since I'm craving it again writing this review, I would recommend it. Let's see how I feel afterwards!

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Surprising Good Food.
By xkrusader of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

I really do mean it.
Seriously, if you're a picky eater, go somewhere else. But if you're an average class citizen who is always set back on cash, this place is a gold field.
People say that this place is trash and the food's leftovers, well yeah, some is, i'm not going to lie about that, but overall the food is pretty damn tasty. Value of this restaurant is out of this world. 9 Bucks for everything? Holy shit, i just shat a brick.

This is a haven for those setback, and a pretty good damn haven it is. Uncle Willy's might not be the best, but its do-able. Service is do-it-yourself, so you choose what you like, and eat.

Those who aren't setback on cash and want to go somewhere nice, go somewhere else. This isn't it.
Those who need food to stuff them for another day. This is the spot to go to.

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Goof Food for the Price
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Chanced upon this restaurant while waiting for my tire to be repaired at KalTire behing it.

I asked to look at the buffet spread before paying and figured it was worth the $12.95 price for a Sunday brunch.

The spread was pretty decent, with the usual salad, pancakes, mashed potato and fries. There were fried and roast chicken for the hot dishes and roast beef and ham for the carvery. The food were are quite nice.

Service was ok. I mean it is a buffet place. You pay at the cashier and choose your own seating. The empty plates are usually cleared by the time you come back with your subsequent helpings.

Ambience was decent. Once again, it is a buffet place.

Overall, a good experience. 3-Stars for overall is strictly based on value.

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Good quantity of food
By lesmark of burnaby (72 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I agree with the reviews so far. I too am coming out and confessing my 'guilty pleasure'. Have been frequenting Uncle Willy's for as long as I can remember (early 90's?). The food quality is not the greatest however the value is pretty good.

With the closing of the other Burnaby location on North Road which I used to frequent it looks like the Metrotown location is the only one in the lower mainland.

I like the fried chicken and really don't mind their desserts. Plain no frills stuff. My personal strategy is to have some/bare minimum of vegetables and hit the entrees hard. Real Hard.

You know the name of the game - it's off the hizzle.

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Chow Down Time
By Lise of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:42am [Dine in]

First of all, Uncle Willy's has probably gotten a bad rap over the years. The food chain appeared to be quite popular in the 80s then took a nose-dive when folks started to go to other restaurants that offer buffet food in lavish surroundings.

I was quite surprise and pleased at the selection of food in this restaurant chain. Soups, salads, choice cuts of meat (pork or beef) by a server, rotiserie chicken, fried chicken, desserts, pops, coffee... the list is virtually endless.

No wonder people are starting to fly to this place.

It is good value for your money. At $13 or so (and you don't have to give tips), you can certainly feed a whole herd (meaning your family and cousins) in this place. Everyone can pick what they want.

My only complain is the blandness of some of the food. Don't expect much as this is, afterall, a buffet restaurant. Don't get too wowed by the food, it looks and feels like how it should taste.

Outdated decor.... there is pink EVERYWHERE. Carpet needs to be updated, plastic plates and pop-cups. Watered down pop. Torn seats. This place feels old and second-class then again, Uncle Willy's Metrotown has been around for a long time.

Avoid the dinner crowd during special days like Mother's Day or Father's Day and come early if you want to be seated right away. Overall, I would go back if only to satisfy my buffet needs and feed my family.

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When you want to eat, and eat a lot.
By k-dawg73 of Burnaby (67 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:27am [Dine in]

I would have to agree with review Chasiubow regarding UW as being a "guilty pleasure". When I was at SFU, me and my buddies used to meet at UW for lunch. For poor, starving university students nothing the beat all you can eat deal of my "favourite uncle". ;-)

It's funny that Mr. Chasiubow didn't bring Mrs. Chasiubow to this restaurant. For whatever reason, my wife cannot understand the solid value that UW offers. I went back last week for lunch at the Metrotown location. The restaurant is quite clean and spacious, with lots of tables.

They had the normal salads, soups (which i normally skip, as experienced buffeters will realize that this is all "filler" stuff to be avoided). I went straight to the entrees, which included perogies, chow mein, some pasta. I loaded up on the star attraction, the fried chicken. Although it's not the best fried chicken out there, for the all inclusive price of $8.50?? for lunch, it is a bargain. The chicken is always good and crispy and dipped in gravy, one can almost forget that they are eating at Uncle Willy's.

Price includes soft drinks, coffee, tea and desserts, soft serve ice cream, etc. The dude that comes around to clean the plates off your table is quite friendly and chatty, even though there may be a stack of plates on your table by the time he comes around.

I can think of few places in the lower mainland that can offer the value of UW. Sure the food is not the greatest and sometimes it's cold, etc, but "whatever doesn't kill you, will make you stronger" I always say.

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Worth the price
By royrock of Vancouver (West End) (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

When I started to come here for the first time in a decade, I found myself getting nostalgic for the times my mom would bring me and my sister in because it only cost $1.25 for us when we were 5. But now I'm back, and am I happy I was curious to come by again.

Yes, most people will complain about the food, but you're paying $15 for an unlimited amount of food and you get to eat whatever you want, not be tied down to one plate of food with no variety than what you picked on the menu.
This restaurant is one of my favorites to come to with my boyfriend and we always find ourselves getting stoked when we're on our way. It's got all the favorites you'd find at a family dinner like mashed potatoes, fried/grilled chicken, ham, perogies, salads, pastas, soups, and then some other stuff throw in like spring rolls, chow mein, seafood a la king, and even more. I'd say there is about 20 different options for hot food, and then a salad bar that is definitely not lacking in anything. Everyday, they switch up what's available, and on Friday's they even have sushi. Mediocre sushi, but sushi none the less. There's also a soft drink machine and another machine for hot coffee and tea too.
I always hit up the pasta whenever they have the vegetarian options, and I always take a portion of the things that look interesting. You can't help but go back again.. and maybe again and again. But I think one of the biggest problems for them is the chicken because I've heard several people complain of feeling sick after eating the fried chicken so maybe it's not Uncle Willy's forte and I kind of recommend maybe not trying it.
The cherry on top has to be the dessert bar that always has different slices of cakes, puddings, jell-o, cream puffs, and strawberry rhubarb crisp all kept in this little self-serve fridge. And then they have the soft serve ice cream machine, something to top your little slice of cake or brownie off with, and then maybe some hot fudge if that's what you like.

Since this is a buffet, yeah there's not much interaction with the staff, but when I've needed service or had a question about something, they're always kind and knowledgeable, and the busboys are very consistent with clearing away plates.

Amazingly satisfying after a big day at Metrotown or when you're just starving for some home-cooking.

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Still the same
By Munchies of East End, Van (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

It had been some time since I dined at UW and since being in the area, I thought to go in and grab a bite. As I remembered, nothing has changed with the quality of food and the decor. I usually go for my usual rotisserie chicken and salad bar and yet again I was not disappointed with my meal. For the price you pay, you can't compare apples to oranges with this buffet place and it is what it is...a no frills place for an inexpensive meal ( don't expect a 5 star meal in a 2 star place...if you do, you'll be disappointed ). The decor can definitely need some updating but I guess you do that and they'll be raising the price. All in all, I'll definitely dine at UW again

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You pay for what you get
By Richard Ross of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

I went here for dinner last week. Didn't like it at all! The food wasn't great and it wasn't worth the money spent. I came to this restaurant because I read good reviews about it. I was very disappointed! I much rather go late night sushi. It's about the same price and the food tastes way better. You really pay for what you get.

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