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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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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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Another visit might make me love this place
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend wanted to try this place out as he'd heard that the gyozas were the best in town. We visited with a friend on a Sunday afternoon with the intention of having a quick snack and then heading home for dinner. We arrived and fortunately were seated quickly however we took the last seats in the house which were quite cramped near the door to the bathroom. The server didn't speak very good English but she conveyed the message that we should order quickly as the food might take awhile. She did not explain why it might take awhile but we waited around an hour (after ordering) for a few servings of gyozas to arrive.
The quality of the gyozas was high however there was still no explanation as to what the wait was and when I had been trying to ask where the food was the server didn't seem to comprehend what I was saying. I understand I had been warned but when you're told there is a wait you think perhaps 20 minutes at the most. The other issue I had was that the server didn't know which gyozas were which. This would have been okay as we were all sharing except that I'm a vegetarian and preferred not to eat the meat gyozas.
The reason I would like to go back is that the atmosphere was very cosy and made me feel like it would be a fun place to idle away a few hours eating, drinking and talking. I also see the mark of a good restaurant when you're in a Japanese restaurant and almost everyone eating there is Japanese. The final thing I liked was the disclaimer on their door "we do not sell sushi but we will introduce you to lots of other great Japanese food" or something along those lines.

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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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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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Yum yum yummy
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Don't know why everyone is hating on GK.. I've been a fan for over a decade... love udon bowl, ebi-mayo, agadashi tofu, chicken karrage, and prawn gyoza.. and the vodka drinks are strooonnng ... always nice. Servers are nice - place is cute.. and the food is pretty cheap...open late makes it a frequent spot for me....

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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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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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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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good value
By mryellow of wherevergoodeatsarefound (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2005 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

food here is very good. price is amazing. late night half price take out bento and sushi.
i come here often but rarely dine in
basic but clean surroundings. outdoor patio.

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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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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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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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My favourite izakaya
By justgoodfood of main.st,vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

I love qyoza king! its one,if not my favorite japanese restaurant in vancouver. I have late night cravings and i'm so happy that they are open late...everyday! i always try something new, specially when they have specials. but i always have to get their Tofu Salad and salmon sashimi. It is sooooooo good. it is a little bit of a wait, no surprise there. But the servers are always so nice and the food is well worth the wait.

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good and solid...
By satch of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I come here very often because they always have a fridge full of cold asahi beer. most of their dishes are good but not super. But the food quality is very consistent. Service is great. Their boneless chicken wing is awesome. Crunchy tasty just right. Ebi mayo is awesome... but i think at times it's getting smaller and smaller.... the goyza is okay.. i had better.. but it's up there. Value here is great... nothing over priced and never pretend more then they are. Great place to relax and have a drink. Way better then any bar around downtown.... can't go wrong here!

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Really good Japanese food!
By goatcheese of kitsilano, vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Gyoza King has amazingly good Japanese food at pretty good prices.

I had the Ebi Mayo (prawns in some sort of really good, really flavourful sauce), Mackeral with Miso sauce and raw tuna. Every dish was truly delicious and very well prepared. While the portions were small, they were very high quality. I recommend ordering several dishes if you want a healthy size meal.

Great restaurant- I will definately be back.

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GK is good at what it does
By Rocky_Vancouver of vancouver, westend (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 9:41am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times,and I think Gyoza King is a pretty good little place. A little less 'showy' than Guu right down the street. Weird comment, but I also find Guu too loud.
GK food is tasty and fresh. I don't understand the comments about price...a friend and I were full at about $20/person and that includes tip and beer. I guess it really depends on what you order.

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Wunderbar!
By chairmankaga of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 2:05am [Dine in]

Ok, mixed emotions about tonight. It was all wonderful, except for one point, which isn't really their fault - but it still needs to be said. The deep fried pike was very tasty, but some of the innards were left in. This was my first experience with whole pike so I dove right in......pretty much as bitter as Scrooge on a stat holiday. *shudder* Aside from that, there was good service considering the restaurant was full, and the food was excellent. Highlight was the tataki style bonito- fabulous.

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