Korean restaurant and karaoke located on Robson street.
Among the many Korean restaurants on Robson, Dae Bak Bon Ga offers the most variety of selections, from hot pot, BBQ, noodles, rice and soup. I've been here on numerous occasions and I have always left satisfied.
I just love the amount of appetizers you get with every meal. And they taste good too! Don't be afraid to order more because they get eaten quick!
My usual order is the Gam Ja Tang. They have many varations of soup (clear soup, chicken, tofu, kimchi, etc) but I find the pork bone soup to be the most consistently good. The bim bim bap is not served in a stone bowl, but rather in a plastic one. Disappointing. My mother would not like it. The sizzling plate (with your choice of spicy pork, chicken, beef) is always a good choice.
My friends ordered the Korean style bacon BBQ for 2. In the menu picture, it looked appetizing, but in reality. It came with lettuce and kimchee. Korean and Canadian girls are happy.
Food: Mom ordered the beef stew and I ordered the bibambap (not the stone bowl kind). There was hardly any beef in the beef stew... Anyway, I enjoyed the bibambap alot, it was nice and simple, and the sauce added a kick to it. The side dishes were good too.
Service: The server was very friendly. My only complaint is that we waited a few minutes by the entrance before being seated (the server was in the kitchen getting other customers' food).
Value: Both of the items we had were lunch specials, so after tax and tip, it came out to be a little over $15. That's pretty good value in Kitsilano!
Ambiance: The customers behind us were using the grill, and I don't think the fan was on. It made the restaurant a bit smokey. They should work on improving the ventilation.
Overall, it was a great meal and I can't wait to return.
Sure, almost every review here has been about the BBQ. So of course we have to go try it ... but not the BBQ.
We hopped up and got seated pretty much immediately. They always seem to be busy though, so you do have to flag someone down, but once you've got their attention, they do attend to you quickly.
While the place is definitely geared towards BBQ, that's not the only thing it serves. So, we targeted some cold noodles, a cabbage/pork wrap, tofu soup and other goodies.
No surprises, it was all pretty decent, but nothing really impressive either. They do have a fairly decent selection of cold noodles, so it might be a good place to hit in the summer.
There's lots of Korean options along Robson here, so depending on what you want, this one might be a good option. It has a few things that other places don't have as much of and you probably won't have to wait long to get a seat. Not that expensive either. We were filled to the gills and had spare to take home, and it still came to ~$15 per person.
I have been here for karaoke numerous times in the past. It was ok, at best (Expensive, poor service, etc.) Yet, we begrudgingly went back for more...
Tonight was the last straw though! We called in advance to double check that we'd be able to make it in time for karaoke. Our cab arrived literally 3 minutes "late" - 12:58am. They stop karaoke at 2. I get it. We agreed to pay for less than 1 hour even, and would be out by 2am. NOPE! So rude. We'll waste our money at the place down the street. Thanks for nothing.
Great place for a group of 4-5. The food was very consistent both times I have been there. The service was good, considering they were very busy at the peak dinner time. Its value wasn't the greatest, but ended up to be approximately $22 per person, which isn't that bad considering All You Can Eat. I like how they have fans ontop of the grill so it isn't smokey. However, noisy with lots of people and plates clashing. I would come back with a group.
From the signs outside, this place looked like a Korean version of an izakaya, and that's pretty much what it was inside. Great place to drink beer with a group and have some Korean food. The food itself was not remarkable, the service wasn't either, the atmosphere wasn't bad, but we had a good time. I'd eat there again if I were in the area and wanted Korean.
It’s ambiance was really not the greatest because it’s noisy and not clean. The food was great and price was perfect and the beverages were not that expansive either. Service was not stellar by any means.
I want to give 6point out of 10 point for service, food, ambiance. someone wants to go to a good price Korean restaurant, I recommend them to go Dae bakbonga restaurant
Went there with my boyfriend after a long new years day. Never tried korean bbq before so we went here since we've heard that it was good and didn't want to drive down to richmond for some other korean bbq. Hands down, the best place I've been to in awhile.
Walked in, was actually very empty, but I guess its because it's open late so people aren't in a hurry to eat there. Seated right away, area looked clean and open.
we ordered the set menu they had for 19.99 per person since we wanted a taste of everything. It included short ribs, beef, pork and chicken (i believe), sides, soup, rice and dessert. It didn't come all at once which i enjoyed because i hate it when some restaurants bring out all the food and after somethings get cold and it doesn't taste the same. so they brought it out in increments.
when it was time for the meat to come out, the server actually cooked it for us, i'm guessing its because he probably knew we never ate here before. but if it's what they usually do, that's really cool! My boyfriend and I were very pleased that they did that, it was so nice of them because its a given that we will for sure come back for that experience that they've given us.
i checked out the washroom, omg, extremely clean!!! I loved it! some places are DISGUSTING.. truly impressed with this places cleanliness.
LOVED IT!! recommend it to ANYONE and EVERYONE! worth the price for this delicious food and amazing service.
I honestly did not know what to expect service and food-wise from walking past the outside of this place nearly every day for the past couple of years and it took my wife to tell me to just try it out. So we did.
We walked in the door and were immediately greeted, seated, served glass of water and given the menus.
We went for the standard beef, pork and chicken all you can eat and got all the sides with it.
The quality of the food was very good. The beef was so tender which is very uncommon for all you can eat places and had a nice simple marinade. The chicken and pork were spicy, which for me was a good thing.
Then when we wanted more our waitress cleaned our hotplate of the charred leftovers from my first round of cooking and we enjoyed a second round of beef, chicken and all the sides. We both walked out of there extremely full and satisfied.
When I was handed the bill our waitress pointed out to me that the tip had already been added for us. Now usually this gets on my nerves but she gave us such good service and had only put 10% on there so I bumped it up to 20%, thanked her and payed.
I will definitely be going back there and taking others back with me.
I went late at night when there was only one other table occupied. It took a while for the server to come over to get our order and for the food to come after ordering.
The food itself is more expensive than other korean places for what it is and is nothing outstanding although it isn't bad either. There was some sort of gritty deposit in the bottom of my tofu and seafood spicy hot pot, which was a turnoff.
I found that the dishes stacked up pretty high before any servers bothered to take them away. Overall I felt a bit neglected.
Really filling and delicious bbq. Considering it is located at a 2nd floor on a not so busy part of Robson, they're doing quite well. We had the pork bone soup (to die for), seafood pancake (quite tasty) & bbq...i didn't know which one coz i didn't place the order. All came out really fast from the kitchen and really well done. Especially enjoyed their seaweed side dish. Recommended for anyone looking for authentic Korean bbq
Went here to try a few weeks back with my boyfriend. It took us quite awhile to decide what we want cause the prices was somewhat a little expensive compared to other places i had went. We ended up ordering a claypot rice, a korean pancake and something else, and also drinks. My boyfriend and I thought the only thing that was worth it was the drinks =) The service was pretty good as well, no complaints there but will try other korean restaurants around vancouver, richmond, burnaby and so worth before coming back. ( Would it be weird to just come to a restaurant and order drinks? hehe )
My best friends were craving some Korean food and beer so I decided to answer her demand although I wasn't really willing to go in.
We ordered four dishes that we can all share. My favorite among them was galbitang. It was so much better than I expected. I pretty much ignored all the other food just to eat this one. The side dish salad was great too. A bit of bitter aftertaste but it went nicely with the main course. Ddokboggi was tender and spicy. I found it okay. Pageon (Korean seafood pancake) was not really my favorite but my best friend liked it a lot.
But the service... man, where should I begin? From the moment we arrived, it was very indifferent and not satisfactory. Sure, they filled up our water pretty attentively... But they weren't kind or friendly. We ordered a spicy chicken with cheese topping (didn't know what it was, and wanted to try something new) and it took such a LONG time. And I mean more than an hour. We wanted it to be our main course but even after we finished all the other food it didn't arrive. When we asked the waiters when they were coming, they just said it just takes a long time to prepare. We asked them again later and they told us to be patient, as though we were nagging on them. We were really upset to find them so unfriendly considering the price. It finally arrived on our table when we decided to leave, so we asked to pack it up. And we found the package broken and leaking right after we left so we had to asked to double wrap it again. We had the chicken a day later and it was okay - just not what we expected. Although the cheese was in the name, I didn't even taste it.
If I am to go back there, it would just because I want some good galbitang. - that is, if I can withstand their horrible service.
Last night my gf and I wanted Korean BBQ, I was willing to spend over 60$ seeing that it was a special occasion.
Took us about 15 mins looking at their huge menu but we focused on bbq since we havn't had korean bbq for a long time. So there was ayce ranging from 17$ to-a whooping 40$, the cheaper ayce didn't really do it for us because we thought that if we order the group b (menu said for 3 people price was 39$ came with short ribs) bbq from the menu we would get just enough for the both of us and if couldnt finish at least we can take it home. The cheaper ayce only came with chicken, pork, and beef, and we really wanted shortribs so we went with group b which was all three + short ribs. My gf doesn't eat pork so i asked the waiter if we can substitute for more chicken and beef he said yes, what a big mistake. The plate came with maybe a fist full (NOT EVEN a full fist just fist full) of beef, fist full of chicken, and 2 slices of short ribs.. i was like wtf this doesnt make sense are we getting ripped off here menu said for 3 people MAX and yet there is 2 slices of short ribs.. gf and i are calm and dont like to get into arguments, but i do do reviews and i need to trash this place.
BASICALLY it a better idea to get the 19$ ayce and screw the shortribs. At least you will be full, we were going to order more, food if we thought the bbq wasn't enough, but we held back because we can see this place is not worth spending more on. Pop was 2.50$, and nothing was under 13$ in the whole menu, so beware if you are hungry make the right choice. For god sakes rent is probably expensive on Robson, but a 3 person meal can barely feed 1 hungry person.
Food tasted alright but wasn't anything to cheer about seeing how the balance with value and food, all and all we spent 50 dollars here and it was not satisfying was so ever, we spent 4 dollars on parking too thinking we would be eating here for awhile, but the portions were soo small we finished all our food within 40 minutes including 15minutes to choose what to order!
Tried a lot of korean BBQ, this one is on the more tasty side. A lot of spicy food that my friends just crave about. I am ok but not crazy, but the BBQ was nice, the portion was generous. The service, not much to say, was average. To me, a bit crowded for a busy street in downtown. No decor, no comfy chairs. Used to go to family owned BBQ and had a lot of side dishes, this restaurant barely had some. I don't know whether we went in at a bad time or something, we had a really hard time ordering from the staff. very so so place.....
Read previous reviews, so went earlier than 7 pm. Hostess seat us quickly, flagged down server and ordered Combo A without the spicy sauce, but got it anyway. Well, we thought we should just give it a shot. It was a tad sweet, not too spicy, but disliked the flavour or texture of meats. Server turned off the grill too soon, no BBQ/grilled taste at all. Side dishes were passable. Service was non-existence, unless you count bringing the drinks and food as service. Won't go back.
Love the barbecue here. Convenient location, I like that it's bigger than the other Korean restaurants in the area. I would suggest coming here when it's not as busy, the servers cook the barbecue and cut it up for you and they're good with refills, both drinks and side dishes.
On busy nights however, service goes downward. That may have been our server from last time though - we never had her before and she only came twice the whole night and forgot the rice and soup until well over half way into our meal. Other servers came by though and helped cook the meat here and here but my boyfriend and I mostly had tot take care of it ourselves. They were the usual servers that my boyfriend and I were used to. Understandable that we can't get the same service on busy hours obviously, but the difference is enough to not make me go there on weekend at 7pm. Even when it's not busy though, don't expect the service to be like what it would be at a chain restaurant - you'll have to flag the server down by raising your hand or making eye contact.
I find the price of the food is pricier than other Korean restaurants. Probably because for the size and location of the place. I go here because it's convenient and don't mind paying for the extra.
I always go here for some Korean BBQ. Their Galbi is the best one I've tasted so far. Very good quality meat.
If the grill gets burnt, they usually come and change it for you but not always. When the server was changing the grill, I noticed something and asked him what it was. They put charcoal underneath the grill to give the bbq a smoky flavour. Maybe that's why their bbq tastes so good!
One other menu I love is their stonepot rice! It takes a while for them to cook but it is well worth the wait! (at least for me and my friends). When i order a meal, I always change the rice to a stonepot one because it is chewier and tastier!
Anyways, service is pretty good when it isn't too busy. They come over and cut the bbq for us and fill up our cups. None of them have come and asked us how the food is or how we were but when I put my hand up they seems to come over quite promptly.
I love how the side dishes can be refilled. I love their potatoes and salad!
Went there on Friday with friends and was hoping a big crowded place, but was surprised to see a half full restaurant, which is good. I wouldn't like to feel cramped.
Table spacing is a little of a problem. Our table was literally right beside the another party's so it felt a little awkward at first. Tables weren't that big and didnt' allow a lot of food to put on there. Mind you that one can expect the majority of the table to be taken up by the side dishes, which are pretty good.
A lot of a choice for meats and combos here and they were all very very well marinated and good. I had Combo B I think and that had the beef short ribs, which were pretty good compared to some other places. The short ribs didn't have a lot of fat on them and had a lot of meat above the bone, so that was really worth it. Side dishes are good and complement that Korean BBQ well. No complaints, but nothing super incredible.
I'm Chinese and I don't expect much for service really. This place was the typical asian restaurant with the typical asian service which is get your to your table, take food order, bring food and just refill anything needed. Decent, nothing special, and I didn't expect anymore anyway.
Best to order from the combos if you can. The individual dishes work too, but you probably want to try the combos. If not, all the other items on the dish are also very good and they have nice photos to showcase some.
Meh, it is an Asian restaurant that is open. Kind of like a Chinese cafe. Nothing special and nothing bad. Some sticky floors though.
I just went today with a couple girlfriends for dinner and we all thought the food was extremely tasty. We ordered the seafood pancake, Combo A BBQ, and Kimchi Jjigae. We all raved over the BBQ - the meat was very well marinated and fantastically tender. Service was alright - the waiter came around and helped us cook the meat. The restaurant was pretty clean, too. I can see how it'd be a great place for drinking beer and singing karaoke w/ a bunch of friends late at night. We found that the prices are generally the same as the other Korean restaurants - it ended up being approx $!5/person sans tip.
Highly recommended - I will definitely go again soon!