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Gyoza King

1508 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6G1C2
Tel: (604) 669-8278
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Izakaya, Japanese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Gyoza King is just down the street from Robson's trendy shopping strip and worth the walk for gyoza and other traditional Japanese dishes.

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Great Ambiance , Good Food, Cheap Two dined for $37
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

This is a tiny restaurant on Robson. It's a bit of a hike down Robson, but worth it. Sort of a Japanese bistro. You may have to wait a bit as it is small. The food is very good, and cheap. Service is attentive. They seem to have lots of staff. The ambiance is Great. You feel like you are in Japan.

My partner had a large bowl of Don Buri, I had the tuna sashimi, the Chicken karagi, and a bowl of rice. We shared a large bottle of Japanese beer and a plate of Gyoza. The Total bill -- $37. Pretty hard to beat in downtown Vancouver.

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More about it than the food.
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Went by during late weeknight as found it about 1/2 empty as I heard it gets busy all the time. Ordered 2 types of gyoza's and they were good. Wouldn't say they were that much better than any other authentic Japanese places but just good. Had the beef salad which had nice ginger dressing, the fish cakes which were a bit on the soft side and the ebi mayo, very good. Service was great and the ambiance was probably the best out of it all. Price is reasonable for what you get. Would return.

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A little cozy but lively...
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Though I feel it's been way overrated in what I heard about Gyoza King prior to my visit to the place. Their gyoza, I'm assuming is the signature dish, was a bit on the dry side for me. Not very tasty, and definitely not at all juicy, the way I like them. What is good about it is the thin batter used--the way I like them--nice and crispy. As a matter of fact, most everything else I've tried actually tastes better than the gyoza by far. Very busy, very crowded, but very lively. Longish waits and you are truly elbow to elbow with the next table or the person squeezed next to you on the bar.

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Still Yummy!
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 9, 2006 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Last time i came here was over 5yrs ago! i remember it being pretty good but it's just kinda out of my way i guess...until this week.

Food: tapas style so be sure to order more! the dishes are small and meant for sharing. everything was good! beef tataki, chives & pork gyoza, beef short ribs, oyako don, beef yakisoba, stuff mushrooms, deepfried chicken...some of the dishes are so simple and basic yet they were able to add a unique flavour to it! presentation was good too.

Service: nothing bad...nothing outstanding either. went on a tues nite so wasnt too busy. sat at the bar first then was seated at a reg table so it would be easier to share.

Ambiance: nice quaint little place. totally casual hangout spot. feel free to go w/ good friends for a couple of drinks, good food, and good conversation.

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need another visit
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

Went here right when they opened on a saturday with a friend.
We didn't really know what to order, so we decided to play it safe and order a cheese croquette, chicken teriyaki ramen and chicken teriyaki udon.

The service was kinda slow in the beginning, but it got better later on, with frequent refills, etc. The food came out pretty quickly too.
Cheese croquette was delicious. It was crispy on the outside and cheesy and smooth on the inside.

My friend had the chicken teriyaki ramen, and the noodles were alright. But when we tasted the soup, we both agreed it was way too salty. The udon however, was good, but not great...and soup was much better.

I wish we could have ordered more of the small plates, and a yaki udon. I need another visit to see if they can wow me. The servings are filling, and the dessert place right beside has reallly good parfaits and green tea ice cream with mochi. Definitely check that place out!

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Great food but bad service
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Went there on a Fri night and had to wait for a table which was ok until a couple cleared out, leaving an empty table sitting there while we were waiting for 30 min, looking at the empty table. Waitresses are really nice but that's if they even get to you. Didn't have anyone take our orders for 15 min. After taking our orders, it took 20 min to get our food. And when we ordered additional food, it took 30 min (for some mushrooms!!!). Had to ask for refills on tea continually through our meal. Could tell that other patrons were not happy.

Food was great though. Not greasy at all and I really like their Oyako-Don and chicken gyoza... Mmmmm...

It's really squishy/cozy in there but if you dont mind, it's actually quite nice.

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no sushi here...
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

I like the Gyoza King. It is a cool little restaurant with a lively atmosphere, and cool Japanese pop music playing in the background.
Last night we were there with a party of 6 and so we were able to try quite a few dishes. We had 3 types of Gyoza, Raw Oysters with Ponzu Sauce, Deep Fried Octopus, Salmon Sashimi, Mushrooms and Scallops with Garlic & Butter sauce, Smoked Salmon Salad & Veggie Yakisoba, oh yeah and plenty of Kirin. I enjoyed everything we tried, although my favorite is still the Mushroom and Scallops.
I recommend this Izakiya style Japanese restaurant to anyone who wants a great japanese meal. But remember - no sushi.

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Above average, but not by much
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 2:13am [Dine in]

My gf and I walked in on a Sunday evening for a late dinner. We missed the rush hour influx and were seated immediately.

We ordered 10 dishes total, including whole mackerel, saba miso and a few other fried delights, but what stood out to us were the softbone chicken joints and the beef tongue skewers, both of which we ordered twice. All were tasty but there were negative aspects of each dish. The chicken joints were too salty while the beef tongue, which had a simple but addictive light marinade, was quite a tough piece, even for beef tongue. The spring rolls were typical, as were the takoyaki balls and the salmon marinated sashimi didn't work too well with the sauce, altering the texture of the salmon too much. My gf noticed right away how this location is tailored more towards the area. Also, you don't get water or tea!

Service was ultra slow, both servers and kitchen speed. Seems to be a synonymous with Izakaya dining if not a coincidence. We didn't get any checkups from the staff but I will say that when you do get their attention, they are amazingly friendly. Minus another point for service in relation to number of dining patrons.

Pretty ratty on the inside, but the norm for an asian outfit. Table space is tight so respect your neighbours.

Overhyped? Yes. It's good but not great. Still, I would come back.

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It is what it is...
By foodforall of West End (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

Our last experience here was not that great. The chicken in my ramen tasted like it had been cooked earlier in the day or the day before. It was also quite fatty and oily and created an oily layer on the top of the broth. Service is always quite good here. The waiting staff always seem eager to please. The place is in dire need of a face lift. But, I guess it is what it is, a place to grab a quick bite late at night.

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Slippery slope downhill...
By mixed90 of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 2:41am [Dine in]

I used to love Gyoza King and would wait in line for as long as it took to get a seat but recently I've seen it go downhill. Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of Guu so I don't go as often. I went for late night Gyoza King after the bar and got seated just before 1am. (Being open so late is definitely one of it's perks.) The service there is decent but when it's busy it's sometimes hard to get catch a server. The standards are of course gyozas, boiled beef salad, udon noodles, and chicken katsu... atleast that what we usually get. I'd say the food generally lacked taste and cannot compare to Guu which is just down the street and offers similar choices. I would definitely go again for late night cuisine but never if Guu is open.

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seriously awesome!
By krista of nanaimo (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

Food is always great. Ebi mayo anyone! So damn good. Scallops and mushrooms (can't remember what dish is called) is also amazing. We go all the time, and have never had a bad meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone :)

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Check out their Rmd location!
By SunDawnJoy of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 12:29am [Dine in]

I like their Rmd location better. These, along w/ Guu Garlic, are our 2 favourite izakaya places. I like variety, so I enjoy that you can cover about 70% of the menu between just 2 people. W/O drinks, you can do very well on just over $15/person. And that's a lot of food already!

My faves: duck salad w/ the garlic chips, beef tataki (loooove the ponzu sauce), maguro yuuke, and get this -- udon, w/ mushrooms & bacon!!!

The Robson location offers ramen in soup, and less variety in robata. The Rmd location is the reverse.

My only knock: looooong wait, unless you go crazy early! (But not as long a wait a Guu). The nice thing, though, is that everything's there, so if there's a wait, you can move elsewhere!

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Decent Prices, Lackluster Food
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Went here after a movie for a late night bite with the sister.

Ambiance: Small as can be! It's a tight squeeze, and you'll find yourself pretty close to other tables, to the point of personal space invasion.

Service: The place only had one waitress when we were here, but she was quick and attentive, not to mention friendly.

Value: Less than $30 for two people? For the locale, that's practically a steal.

Food: Deep fried shrimps in mayo was tasty. I had salmon/tuna sashimi on top of rice. I expected a little more... flair to the dish. It was 6 not-too-big pieces of sashimi for a whole bowl of rice, and it got bland quick. I had to lay on some soy sauce and wasabi to get through it all. My sister's breaded pork cutlet bowl was better, as it had some sauce and egg in it, as well as some onions I took for myself.

Perhaps I didn't get the right thing off the menu, but the experience was rather disappointing. I wanted to like Gyoza King, but it just underwhelmed me.

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If you like to experience Japanese Life Style!
By sup9jai of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Gyoza King is one of the best Izakaya in Vancouver, and this explains why their line at the door is always long. They offer a wide range of traditional plus a few inspiring dishes. Must trys are their gyoza(dumplings), (if you like total raw beef) gyu yukke, and a tofu dish that I don't remember the name. Servicewise, it is just like the tiny restaurants in Osaka, Japan. If you have chance try to sit by the bar and talk to the kitchen staffs. Plus if you sit there, you can ask them for extra seaweed, order to them and stuff like that.

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Nothing says Vancouver like Gyoza King
By superhunkdougal of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 1:07am [Dine in]

As a chef I love eating here late at night: cheap, tasty, and relaxing.

As a Vancouverite I love taking my visiting parents here: friendly service, unique menu items, and a sweaty/fun atmosphere you won't find outside of Vancouver.

The food here is always delicious. Simple and to the point. Most recently I had monkfish livers with ponzu sauce (a strong liver taste + a strong ocean taste balancing each other out), deep-fried squid balls, the awesome shrimp/chive gyoza, BBQ Eel with egg, and the mandatory kimchi fried rice. Awesome.

Service here is always spot on, although not always fluent in English. But at the end of the day who cares, it is genuine, friendly, and down to earth - just like the entire Gyoza King experience.

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I love Gyoza King
By merry31 of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I lived in Japan for a few years and going to Gyoza King takes me right back to Tokyo. I've been a patron of GK for the past 10 years and have always had a good experience. Love the food and the fact that 2 can dine for a total of $30. I highly recommend GK to anyone who wants an authentic atmosphere with delicious food and great value.

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Yeah! Ok!
By cnewwest of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I had a lot to eat here, and I really don’t remember the names of the dishes that I was eating and sharing. With the exception of the karaage, I enjoyed everything. And the karaage looked good, it may be a matter of personal preference. The gyozas were tasty though; not oily, overdone, or overwhelmed by their fillings.

Good cheerful service and reasonable value.

Yeah!

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Good late night food
By blahing of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

I went here on a Saturday night at around 12:20am and still had to wait 15 minutes for a table! The decor is ok, it seemed to be a little cluttered. We ordered their gyoza's, they were better than I expected but not extraordinary. They were juicy and flavourful and the meat was not too fatty like other places. Sashimi we had seemed to be over priced, but was tasty. The food arrives quickly and is presented well, but not as nice as Guu. The servers were friendly and they did not seemed to be under staffed. Overall it came to approximately $51 with tax but not including tip for 4 people as a late night snack with no drinks. This seemed to be outstanding value as it is around the same price as going out for late night Chinese food, except for Chinese we would have left overs for lunch the next day. I would definitely come back for late night snacks or dinner but I don't think I would go during their busy dinner periods.

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Meh
By foxyfreckles of West End (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 11:10am [Dine in]

We decided to try out this restaurant over the weekend. I've heard such good things and was very excited, some of the food was good, but all in all we weren't overly impressed.

We had the eggplant, which was alright, the pork belly was great and the gyoza were pretty good too. Perhaps the incredibly positive reviews had me expecting more. The Ebi mayo was very good as were the clams in sake. However the smoked mackerel was not exactly flavourful. It is possible we didn't order the right things, but I feel that there are better Itzakaya options around the city and if I want to go to one I'll try somewhere different next time.

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Its great, you will love it
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

I like this place a lot. I have tried maybe 8 dishes on the menu and have enjoyed all of them.

Their gyoza are very well done, and the selection of fillings is hard to find elsewhere. still, pork always wins in my book.

The servers were sort of out of it, however, but still very nice. A bit of a language barrier explains it.

Avoid the sashimi because you are not going to get your money's worth

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