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Seoul Dookbaegi

1031 Kingsway St.
Vancouver, BC V5V3C7
Tel: (604) 879-1515
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Wifi
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11AM - 10:30PM, Sat - Sun: 10:30AM - 10:30PM
  • Seoul Dookbaegi serves up authentic Korean dishes like dumplings, Korean pancakes, stirfrys & spicy pork.

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Surprisingly good
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 7, 2011 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

OK so the gf was craving shortribs and rather than brave the DT scene on a cold night we made our way here in an area littered with used car lots and questionable storefronts.

The restaurant doesn't look particularly large but one strong glare around the room and you could easily host a bigger group. The feeling is casual and homespun right down to staff working there.

The menu isn't as varied as other Korean outfits but we managed to wrangle off several choices. Though our dishes didn't come in order it made little difference as they were filed to our table one after another. The fried meat dumplings were quite good. They were plump and juicy with a taste that crossed between a potsticker and a gyoza. The seafood pancake was littered with generous pieces of octopus, squid, baby shrimp nestled between soft batter and a crispy top while being easy on the greasiness. The bbq shortribs were decent cuts with great flavour while the thinly sliced spicy pork came piled high on a sizzling plate. The vegetable condiments refreshed the palette though we wished they had seaweed available. The glazed potato cubes was easily my most identifiable dish of the condiment lot.

We had one server throughout the night and she seemed to be the one handling the few other tables as well. She perks up nicely if you want some banter but otherwise moves quickly from kitchen to tables with ease.

While I don't dine Korean outfits often, the unassuming Seoul Dookbaegi livens up the tastebuds nicely.

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Good value for authentic korean food
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2011 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

After venturing out to many Korean places around town, I still think this restaurant has the best side dishes. Excellent quality ingredients.

I’ve tried a lot of the menu, and the Korean dumplings are always delicious, steamed or fried. I am also a fan of the soy bean paste tofu hot pot which seems more like a soup, it is full of vegetables, beautiful mushrooms and of course, tofu. I love the go dung uh goo yee, the bbq mackerel…perfectly grilled fish, one of my favorites. I’ve tried the black cod as well which was recommended to me, and…I think I don’t like cod, but for those who do, it might be worth a try. The beef dumpling with rice cake in soup is lovely during winter, and so is the Cornish hen ginseng soup.

I’m not so crazy about the bbq meat dishes because they grill it for you then bring it to you already cooked, I prefer restaurants where you grill it yourself. However, when it’s busy in the restaurant, it seems like every table has ordered a big plate of bbq chicken or beef…so it’s very popular among the mostly Korean clientele.

Service is efficient. If you go when it’s packed, don’t expect much more than for someone to take your order and then set it down at your table. Go there for the authentic Korean food, not the service.

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Great Food for Good Value
By huhu of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 3:19am [Dine in]

This is a good, family run Korean restaurant. The food is great and for a very reasonable price. The service isn't so great, but I'll get to that later. The decor is okay, nothing special. The only reason I keep going back is the food, which is as good or better than more expensive establishments for a lower price.

The half dozen or more times I've come here, there was always only the one lady running the tables and taking orders. She doesn't speak much English, although it has improved over the last couple of years. She works hard and somehow takes everyone's orders, cleans tables, and delivers the food in a reasonable amount of time no matter how busy it is. Just don't expect her to chat you up. If you don't know what to order, you can look at what other people are eating, or ask try to ask her what is good. The seafood pancake and Jahp Chae (stir-fried Korean yam noodles) are solid choices; the big pork hot pot is great if you have a big party, but remember to ask for "less spicy" unless you are in to that sort of thing (you can always ask for Korean hot pepper powder/sauce on the side). Anyways there are pictures in the menu and plastered on the walls.

The decor and ambiance are bland but it's not like you are paying for it in the price. In general, this is the Korean restaurant of choice for me when I'm with my family or looking for a quiet dinner with friends. If you want a noisier, more youthful ambiance, try something downtown; but Seoul Dookbaegi is a solid choice if all you want is good food.

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Good authentic Korean food
By piglet2 of metro vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Went with the girls to Seoul Dookbaegi on a Sunday night. Arrived at the restaurant at 5:30PM to a relatively empty place: only two other tables occupied...but by 6:30PM, the restaurant was busy. Felt really bad for the lone server/cashier/washup lady...she didn't get any reprieve until about 7PMish when other staff showed up. Must give her credit, she did a good job, even though she was handling the jobs of about 2-3 people. The grandma in the kitchen cooked up a Korean feast! Her dishes were truly authentic. The bibimbop came in a clay pot, making the rice nicely scented and slightly crunchy. The seafood pancake wasn't as greasy as I've had in other restaurants and was loaded with shrimp, with just the right amount of crispiness. The dumpling and rice cake soup was light and refreshing. The only miss was perhaps the short ribs could've had a little bit more flavor to it, but it was still good. Looks like you could have big groups there, as they had tatami rooms on the east side of the restaurant. Good place if you're in the mood for something different in the Asian scene.

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It must be authentic
By ooomph of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

My only prior experience with Korean food was a quick lunch in Boston. The food was decent but definitely not memorable.

If I'm not familiar with the food, I look at who's eating. While eating at Seoul Dookbaegi, I saw several groups of customers come in, all of them spoke nothing but Korean. It's a reassuring sight.

We tried the seafood tofu stew (excellent), rice and veggies in sizzling stone pot (a bit too plain for my taste), and BBQ beef (tasty).

The decor is cafeteria like, with uncomfortable wooden chairs. There is a wall with customer comments - most of which are in Korea. I would come back for the food, which must be authentic, and are indeed much better than what I had in Boston. Recommended.

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A great Korean restaurant in Mid/East Vancouver
By luyendao of East Van, Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 1:43am [Dine in]

This is a nice and cozy restaurant in an area dominated by Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants.

I've been here several times with my wife, and the food is very good. I've tried the Kam Jak Tang (pork stew for 2), Sol Long Tang (beef bone soup), Soon Doo Bu (tofu, seafood stew), amongst others.

The first three dishes i mentioned are a good measuring stick for any Korean restaurant, and this place cooks all three very very well.

The place is nicely decorated, and you'll always leave very full and satisfied. The side dishes are good too.

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Good Food, Bad Service
By ChinaMan of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

I have been a frequent customer to this location for quite some time. I usually order their Gamjatang, as I find that they make this dish the best. I've tried their Jap Che (not that great), Kimchi Jigae (Not bad, they use aged kimchi, which is good), Soon Do Bu (the flavor is there, but there too much veggies, I'm a meaty kind of guy), Rice Cake Soup (small portion, lacks flavor). The ambience is OK, typical korean restaurant. My biggest complaint is their SERVICE, which is non-existent. Asian restaurants have never been known for providing good services, which I have come to accept, and I don't really mind at all, as long as it's not outrageous. But this place has got to be the worse, they only have ONE waitress serving 30-40 customers in the entire restaurant. Every time that I have been there, she's the one and only person that's serving everybody which makes it next to impossible to get a hold of her for service. In addition, she blatantly lied to my face during my last visit about not having 2 particular side dishes when I was asking for a re-fill. Most Korean restaurants that I have been to would give u 2-3 refills on all or a few of their side dishes, and I usually just ask for 1-2, depending on what the side dishes are. When I asked her if I could have an extra refill on the sweet potatoes and bean sprouts, she said "sold out", which I knew she was lying cause I saw her bring those exact 2 side dishes for other customers. OK fine, not having banchan is not gonna kill me, and I wouldn't mind paying extra cause they are good, Ultimately, this becomes an issue of dishonesty and it's a matter of principle, that reason alone is good enough for me not to visit again.

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Great food WORST service
By B9lingling of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

Their food were great! My husband enjoyed most if their dishes BUT their service......worst we've ever had! We finished our rice and wanted to order another one. That lady, yes that one and only lady told us the rice is cooking....which is fine, but 2 mins later my husband saw she handed 2 bowls of rice to the table behind me. Well, I told my husband maybe she just forgot we wanted rice so lets just order again. Trying to get her attention is one if the hardest thing we could ever ask for. She seemed to see us but just ignored us. After 10 mins we could finally ask her for rice and she told us its still cooking not ready to serve. This time I saw it clearly, she gave 2 bowls of rice to the table right next to us just 3 mins after I ask!! Why why why???? It's just rice, we wanted to PAY for the rice, we just want some rice! Why did she lie to us? The weirdest thing was she gave our kids refills on the potatoes which is free but refuse to let us order rice which we need to pay! We are not going back.

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food was ok
By chippy of Mt Pleasant (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

was craving Korean, so we looked at the reviews and it seemed ok. Had a stone bowl, the pancake, giant soup w/ pork and the shortribs. The ribs came cooked and were just lukewarm. Kinda like they just were precooked and heated up for us. There was only one woman working, so understandably the service was lacking. It'll fill you up for sure, but it's just ok.

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Cute little place in East Vancouver
By janjan of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

Seoul Dookbaegi is a nice little family owned and operated restaruant. I've been here many times, and each time the food has been great. They have all the usual Korean menu items and the prices are similar to other Korean places. The woman that serves us is friendly and usually recommends ordering the dolsot bibimbap (in the stone pot) instead of regular bibimbap (in bowl). Their Korean seafood pancake is also really good. The restaurant has nice decor and a cozy feel to it.

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