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!
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Outdated decor....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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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. =]
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!
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!
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!!!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
I went there once and pretty much ate a bit from each servings they had. The best meat there is the chicken. I thought the chicken was really tender and good. They had a lot of choices for salads (I went on Sunday for dinner, so I think there are more choices on weekends), different kinds of pastas, and a lot of meat.
Their pop was not that good, they had their own produced pop I think (tasted like a watered down version of sprite/ice tea/coke). I think the best thing I had that night was the chicken, and their ice cream. The ice cream was really rich and you have two choices for toppings. Fudge and butterscotch.
The place is not very clean. Since it's a busy buffet place, it's very crowded, and the plates are usually still wet from just having washed. For dinner it's only ~$15 and lunch is $12-13. I would say it's pretty cheap for so much food offered.
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.
…Uncle Willy could move in. It’s utilitarian. It’s self-serve. It’s cheap. It’s a place where you can take your kids and let them run free – unfortunately.
The grub is pretty much designed for the masses. I’ve been there multiple times (yes, there’s more than meets the two stars here – I’ll tell ya later.). Things change – once they had pizza, then they had tacos… one can only imagine what masterstroke of menu design will delight us next. The cooking of all these sneeze-guarded things is what you’d expect – open bag of frozen French fries – insert into hot oil… follow instructions on packaging for perogies, sausages, spaghetti sauce. So what keeps me coming back? Oh there’s got to be one juicy piece of curiosity to get you, the reader, not to believe everything you read, and to go out and try the place for yourself. At Uncle Willy’s it’s this: The beef and the chicken. I believe they only serve the roast beef at dinner, but even so, the short ribs make up for it at lunch. For the record I went once and the roast beef was not good – too rare – (and I’m a rare lover!) but then the other two times I had it I sat there and couldn’t believe what I was ingesting – quite possibly the best roast beef I’ve ever had in my life – I knew this was something special because even though little Timmy at table 2 was proclaiming that he just farted – I didn’t care.
Well that’s what’s important when reviewing a place like this – the food. Everything else is straight-forward: Utensils are cleaned. Seating needs to be updated. Don’t you dare take your mother here… you disrespectful… Don’t even *think* of bringing a date here, unless you’re trying to sabotage the relationship – or trying to deter a wife from having kids.
For all that have been to Mandarin in Ontario - *ugh* gawd. This is a beat-up 1970’s Ford Pinto compared to that Rolls Royce.
I do sympathize with the students and the let’s-pig-out crowd. People remember: It doesn’t profess to be anything greater than a place to go for volume and variety. It is what it is… useful.
the food was okay, but some of the forks and spoons were quite dirty..
The lighting in the room was, however, unsatisfactory. The macaroni salad was the best food they had, in my opinion. The chicken was dry and tasteless though. The price was pretty good. about 12 dollars for all you can eat. Overall, it was an okay dining experience.
Uncle Willy's has been around for eternity. I went to UW a lot as child in the mid-90s when I was living in the Metrodown. Just recently, I rediscovered the magic that is Uncle Willy's after a decade of not being there. UW is a buffet and I always make sure I get my money's worth there. As a university student on a really tight budget, I recommend UW because it gives you the most bang for your buck. Uncle Willy's has great variety in their food. The range of food is covered really well. The soft drinks they serve are all generic, but all soft drinks taste the same for me. If you love eating meat, Uncle Willy's is the place to be as it has baked ham, rotisserie chicken, and roast beef (only for dinners though).
The service is really courteous. It is also quick and effective as they took my finished plate almost immediately after I left to get more food. Tables were clean although they were given quick wipes.
As for the ambience, the lighting inside UW leaves a lot to be desired. The place is rather dim, which has been like that since I first went there. The place is showing its age as it hasn't been renovated since it first opened.
Uncle Willy's is a great place to meet up with friends and converse with each other. You get great value for what you pay for ($13 for dinner or $10 for lunch). It is a great place for poor, hungry students to have a great, big feast all the while minimizing the hit to their wallets. It's variety and selection of foods are unmatched. It is a meat lover's heaven - you can have all ham, chicken, and beef you can handle. Uncle Willy's is the place to be if you want to lessen the blow to your bank account during these tough economic times. Give this place a chance as you won't regret going there. This place is a cheap restaurant for cheap people, and this suits me just fine. It's better, cheaper, and faster than fast food and bar food. People who rag on this place should lower their unrealistic expectations. This is isn't food for the elite, it is food for all a classes. I went to this place once and got hooked. UW is like a drug, you can't help but keep coming back for more. I'm proud to say I'm addicted to Uncle Willy's.