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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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What a party!
By BILLCLIFTON of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 1:09am [Dine in]

Having read the reviews for this restaurant and being skeptical about the quality and service, we decided to hold a party there for 175 people instead having a cater to a banquet hall. We were overwhelmed by the decent quality of food and the prompt service of the staff. Being such a large group we perhaps taxed most of their resources that night along with the other hundred or so regular patrons. Honestly, the place was probably filled to the limit as there were no seats left and customers were lining up out the door (I've been told that this place is busy on weekends). Amongst the hustle and bustle ,staff were very helpful in accomodating our seating arrangements providing a semi-private area for our party. THIS PLACE IS GREAT FOR LARGE GROUPS. For the price, its not "hotel quality" food but the variety of offerings is above par and tasty. From the hot and hearty soups to the intricate salad bar right to the carved meats, Uncle Willys is an affordable buffet. From our group, 90% say they would return. Thank you Uncle Willys for a great night.

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guilty pleasure?
By reuben of richmond, bc (37 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I went to uncle willy's 2 lunches ago, and I just had to put my 2cents in. To be safe, I stuck with their "famous" rotisserie chicken, coleslaw, and cold salads. The food is comfort food buffet style. Expecting not to be impressed, I was surprising elated with the quality of the food. Later, I moved to dessert, and the "dairy-queen" like ice cream was good.
At less than 10 bucks, all you can eat, it was super. Also, the busboy ~ a wonderfully cheerful and customer oriented (e. indian) fella was a pleasure to talk to. I tipped him 10.00 just for his super disposition!

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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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What Happened???
By Gastroc of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2007 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

I went to Uncle Willys Buffet near Metrotown the other day, I haven't been there for maybe couple years. Use to frequent the place a lot until the food and everything else went downhill along with all the other Uncle Willys locations. So I've been told the place has improved. I went with some buddies because they wanted to pig out and don't really care about the quality of food. I was getting ready to barf afterwards. What a surprise not only to see the place is packed but to see such decent quality food for a cheapo buffet. Kind of nostalgic like when they first arrived on the scene in the 80's. I had the usual Fried CHicken, roasted chicken, prime rib, ham, gravy, Wow,salmon fillets! Apple pie!! had to go with the soft serve ice cream. It was weel spent 2hours pigging out because the food was good. I don't remember how many time i went through the buffet line. Lots of kids though, I remember it was mostly for seniors on budget but now it might as well revolve into a family restaurant because this is such a great deal. I'll be revisiting this place again.

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Not pretentious, but good at what it does.
By Azusa of Burnaby (38 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

My friends and I were at Metrotown, when we decided to go for lunch. For a change, instead of going to the food court or other places across the street in Kingsway, we decided to visit this place, especially after reading other reviews.

Food: As mentioned on the title, they are not pretentious. It is just simply good food. Not the highest quality but good enough. There were two types of soups, some salads and, since it was Sunday brunch, some pancakes and breakfast type items. However, the highlights, as other reviewers mentioned, were the fried and roasted chicken. They have a dessert area, as well, but I would rather have more chicken!

Service: It is mostly self service. However, they do quickly clean your table when you go for more!

Ambiance: Not too much to talk about. However, there were a lot of kids around. Probably the fact kids eat at a fraction of the price (less than $5.00) makes it enticing for some parents.

I must admit that I overate and felt gloated until dinner time. But, it was not the restaurant's fault. Might I go again? Sure, why not. Nothing beats simply but good food.

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We'll Pass
By of (0 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:19am [Dine in]

We used to go to this place with former friends and consistently was let down by the quality of food that was not hot. The desserts reminds me of college/university quality food that filled your belly but was nothing to write home about and recommend. Their fried chicken was good (not hard to mess up fried chicken) and some pasta otherwise it failed. If people want cheap eats and to chow down like there is no tomorrow, hit this place but if they want better then look around.

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Not Bad for a buffet
By fastfurious of Vancouver & Sussex (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Hello all,

I had Brunch last week at Uncle Willy's and I must say it was probably one of the best brunches I have had in a while. It was totally random but my friend suggested we try it out b/c he had went there a few weeks back. I usually go to ABC restaurant on Boundary because the food is not bad and have good food selections. Boy, was I wrong.

I have been to Uncle Willy's a long time ago and I have never had brunch there before. I was pretty impressed with the food. They had a wide variety of foods on the buffet line starting with salads and then the hot foods as you walk down collecting food on to your plate. Their pancake and french toast were really good as I drenched it with their home made style strawberry sauce. I also loaded up on the pan fried hash browns (i'm a potato lover) that they had there.

My favorite item there was probably the fried chicken and oven roasted chicken that they had at the very far end of the buffet line. The oven roasted chicken is cooked right in front of you and cut fresh by one of the staffs working there. Fried chicken was amazing, crispy and juicy on the inside; I remember them going quick as I had to line up to get my hands on them.

I should probably mention that they also serve roast beef and ham when I was there which I thought was a plus because I thought they only served it for dinner time.

I believe the brunch cost me $13.99 per person which is a pretty good deal for the quality of food that I was getting. Selection was also great, way more than what I was getting when I go to ABC restaurant.

I recommend this place to anyone looking for comfort food and just a place to try out for those looking to go some place different.

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You get what you paid for
By hic66 of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

i agree with some of the people defending the place...if you are willing to fork out the dough, sure this place can serve caviar even...but all of you complaining about BLEH food, re-examine how much you forked out for an AYCE. it's decent food, decent choices...what else do u want?

come on people, this place costs how much for rent? it's by metrotown....some of the money's going to rent alone.

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Much worse than a year ago
By 123sam of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 28, 2012 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

Price raised but everything downgraded. Totally disappointed and now black listed

- Several ladies have to line up and wait for the chicken to come out, probably no other good food there
- Noodles like plastics
- Dumplings like rubber
- Sugar, Sugar, Sugar, everything is way too sweet
- Unfriendly and rude customers
- Worse than eating at food court

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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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Great Food, Amazing price, solid service...
By Swig of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

But the dirt hole of the place just had to ruin it.

I'm serious when I say that after walking in to Uncle Willy's, you can see the air change colour.

The food is pretty darn good seeing as I'm an extremely unpicky eater.
The price is the cheapest you'll find from a low-grade buffet.
Service is suprisingly nice, taken the fact that it's a self serve resturaunt.

HOWEVER.
The feeling of eating there is just disgusting.
The utensils are dirty, I saw a few kids putting their dirty spoons into the "Pick up your Forks and Knives" bin, and the people eating their have no table manners whatsoever.

Ambiance killed it.

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A Trip Back in Time: Just Don't Get on a Weight Scale after..
By Eat-All-Joo-Want of Langley (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 2:32am [Dine in]

This place never seems to change. Food quality is basically the same as 20+ years ago. Even their Golden Fried chicken even tastes the same. And yes, I still like it!!!

Depending on the dishes being offered, UW still brings out good value for big eaters and buffet enthusiasts. Don't expect anything fancy or service that rivals a high end eatery. Just dig in and don't stop till your stomach (and sanity) explodes!!!

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Uncle Willy's ROCKS!
By JHC of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 8:50am [Dine in]

First this is a Basic buffet for $10 at lunch. So Don't complain about the service because there is minimal service...i remind you of the $10 price and no tipping required! Don't complain about the food because if you went to the metro town food court you'd be spending $8 for crappier food! The food is actually quite decent. The fried chicken was the best thing there. They actually had chicken breast and it was quite tasty. The shepards pie was pretty good as well. The salad bar was quite extensive with fresh veggies and salads. They also have a great soft serve machine with apple crumble sauce (really good), hot fudge (weak) and butterscotch. I'd say the ice cream is almost as good as Dairy Queen.

Remember this place is a glorified cafeteria. Don't expect 5* food at 2* prices. It's great value for Decent food!

After I made the rookie buffet mistake of drinking too much pop I felt a little unwell. After that passed I was eager to return to Uncle Willy's for dinner! Uncle Willy ROCKS!!

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Never ever again
By bonvivre of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

The one and only good thing about Willy's is the price. At $12.95 for a dinner buffet, it makes a great poor-man's cafeteria.

The quality of the food is terrible: the pop tastes like sugared-water, the fried noodles like low-quality takeout, the ribs over-seasoned, gummy, and burnt. The only food I could actually hold down was the applesauce (which was surprisingly tasty). I drank water.

The service is nonexistent. It's a self-serve, self-sit sort of a place. Periodically waiters will push carts between the tables and clean them. Most of the time, patrons just stack their dirty plates on an empty table and hope for the best.

The space is cramped, bustling, and loud. The rows of long wooden dining tables are stacked without leaving much elbow room. Little kids run around laughing and screaming and bumping into things.

Overall, not a place I'd visit ever again. Not a place I'd recommend to a friend, either. I suppose it's a place for young families, nostalgic adults, or unpicky eaters who want cheap western buffet. Really unpicky eaters.

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Treasure Find
By arrrrffff of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

I've been visiting Will's since childhood back when they still had a place on West Broadway. This place is truly a hidden gem that many Metrotown guest do not know about or just plain pass it by.

Now the food is not 5-star. It's good ol' comfort home food. There's something for everyone from salads, pasta, 'chinese' food to meats and dessert. Round off your meal with the dessert bar. The soft-serve ice cream is probably the best ice cream I've ever tasted - so rich and creamy. Kick it up a notch with hot fudge and caramel and then throw in a couple of chocolate cakes in there or apple crisp and you'll be happy, albeit a million calories way to hyper.

The staff are the centerpiece. As mentioned before, the bussers who clear your table are surprisingly positive. Of all the dining experiences so far, I would have never envisioned saying that this place would have the best customer service. The staff are attentive and actually cheerful, which makes your dining experience a pleasant one. There's such a range of ages of staff from teens to seniors who have there careers here.

With so many positive reviews I'm divided. I love the casual quiet atmosphere. I go before martial arts, reflect or for studying and find it such a pleasant place to just be by myself. It's serene. However, sharing is good and UW's does need our business so I'm happy to spread the word. =]

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What a hidden gem!
By notnilc-eat of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I've always notice this restaurant when I am up in Metrotown shopping ( hard to miss that big red sign) and never given a thought to go to this place. I heard it is abuffet and thought i don't eat enough to get my moneys worth. To my delight the cost for this buffet was to say reasonable for patrons ( I thought it would cost about $15-18 for dinner) and for only $12 for dinner Wow this is a steal! Roast beef, fried or roasted chicken and an array of salads and sides to offer. Beverages could be better quality as for some of the desserts which are included in the price (cream pastry and apple pie were very tasty), but the full value is the hot items. The place was quite busy for a weeknight maybe some hungry shoppers who know a good deal. Service was good as the table was cleaned quickly. The ambiance is quite inviting and spacious for large groups. I will definitely be going back to this place.

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Strictly a squat and gobble buffet
By irishgit of New Westminster, (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I'm not a big fan of buffet restaurants at the best of times, but this place sets a new standard of low. The food is bland, uninteresting and over or re-heated. Sure, there's lots of it, but most of it has been sitting too long under a heat lamp. And frankly, selections of "macaroni and cheese" that look suspiciously like Kraft Dinner or baked beans that came out of a Heinz can aren't particularly appealing. If you're into a cheap session of loading up the plate and scarfing down the grub, no matter how poor the quality, this is the place for you, but I'll be giving it a miss from here on out.

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allergic to nuts/peanuts? this is nirvana!
By Jeez_Luiz of Richmond, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

I have peanut/nut allergies that are quite severe, and if you are in the same boat, then you know what the word APPREHENSIVE means...
This restaurant is completely safe- I haven't been sick yet! The food is good and fresh enough, not bad at all. The really awesome part is that FINALLY a person with these limiting allergies can also enjoy cake and desserts, something that would be impossible virtually anywhere else. There are a few selections- an allergic person's dream come true!
Read the other reviews here, you will see that the food and prices are decent; this is just the cherry top!

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Nostalgic!
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

Having not been here for 10+ years it's interesting that this place still running!

Fortunately AND unfortunately this place hasn't changed much since then either! The prices are very reasonbly, coming to under $13 per person after tax (don't need to tip) for dinner! 99% of Vancouver serving Buffet/AYCE is at LEAST $20+ nowadays.

The food isn't exceptional or anything, but hey for about 10 bucks, stuffing yourself on 4 heaping plates of Deep fried chicken (can't go wrong with those), Roast beef (a tad dry), pasta, mashed potatoes, ice cream and many other little goodies is well worth it!

The place itself looks very old, tacky teal benches, worn out chairs, but I guess that's how they keep the cost low! It's actually not too bad!

I wouldn't bring a date here or anything but for a quick, cheap, plentiful meal near Metrotown with friends. I would be here in a heart beat! Sure beats the food court!

I used to goto the Richmond location but that is gone now. I hope this place stays for a while!

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Not bad but it used to be better
By yvr_diner of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

Uncle Willys has been around for YEARS.. and I remember the meals I had in Richmond and Coquitlam fondly.
The years have not been kind, and the trappings of the restaurant is now worn with age and constant use.

The food was still fine (one cant be too picky), and other than the yucky looking yellow dessert on the tray that was sprinkled with what looked like cinnamon powder, it looked and tasted decent.

I was impressed with the roast. "Wow, someone KNOWS how to cook decent roast beef" it was pink and medium rare in some areas compared to completely dry and brittle in other buffets.

Thanks for managing to survive despite the tough economic times.

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