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Sura Korean Cuisine

1518 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC V6G1C2
Tel: (604) 687-7872
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Wifi, Romantic
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 4PM & 5PM - 11PM
  • Sura offers authentic, modern cuisine made from the finest ingredients based on traditional Korean food. Variety of contemporary Korean dishes including Korean BBQ. Every dish comes with the complimentary banchan (side-dishes) such as kimchi.

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Great food and incredible value for money
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice, and once at their Richmond sister restaurant. I must admit that, each time, I only had their $15 set lunch menu, but you really need not consider anything else, because for $15, they give you so much food that you cannot possibly finish it all, and every single dish is very delicious. What else need I say?

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Mmmm, Bibimbap.
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

We dined at Sura this weekend after lunch plans with family fell through. There were line ups at the ramen places down the street, and other Korean restaurants along Robson were either too full or too empty for us, and based on the clean, modern appearance of Suras' dining area, we decided to make it our stop for a quick meal.

We noted that the restaurant was really clean, and that about 50% of the other patrons were Korean.

We decided on the bulgolgi bibimbap and a spicy soybean soup laden with tofu, beef, and veggies, and noted how hard it is to order for two in Korean restaurants. (You either 1) take home lots of leftovers, 2) waste a lot of food, or 3) eat way too much and suffer from food coma for the rest of the day.) With the two dishes and the three complimentary sides, however, I was full and satisfied, while the boy was nicely satisfied.

The portions are a little smaller, but the food really hits the spot. I would definately make Sura my go-to place for bibimbap, and would love to try their Kalbi Tang next time.

Service was polite, friendly, and attentive, and seating was comfortable and warm. Both of us noticed now clean the "front of the house" grill area was - in an area with steam and grease, this window was extremely clean.

A plus for putting quality over quantity - at just over $20 for two people for lunch, we hope that Sura sticks around for a while!

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Korean dining at its finest
By dazzlingprincess of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Sura has been my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. They're also by far serve the most authentic Korean cuisine. You can tell they pick the only use the best ingredients. If dumplings in other Korean restaurants would come from frozen packages, in Sura they make it from scratch. The service is always excellent even if they’re full packed with customers. Upon oredering, everyone gets their own banchan and boricha.- a roasted barley tea - at no charge. Whether you've never had Korean food and want to start off on a high note, or you like Korean food and want the best of it in the area, you should check them out.

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good but lacking in value
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Nice new addition to robson street! The food here is a bit more fusion and it's a restaurant that doesn't seem as intimidating as a lot of it's counterparts. The food suffers a bit. The food is good but portions are miniscule and lacks some of the depth/body in more traditional restaurants. The menu is also relatively small. This is a great place to get your feet wet if you've never eaten at a korean restaurant. I think that night over 3/4 the tables there were non korean. The soju is more expensive than other places but the ambiance is soo much better. Service is still very utilitarian but there are a few waiters who work really hard. Some tweaking still required but overall this is a safe restaurant for those to venture out to who are less adventuresome.

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nice!!!!
By gihunsim of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:56am [Dine in]

It's ambiance is calm and very clan.
The food was great and potion size was perfect, the service was quite good and they know what the customer needs and want were.
Price was a little expansive but if someone wants to go to a good Korean restaurant, I recommend them to go Sura restaurant.
I would give 9 point out of 10 for the service, food, ambiance.

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Great Experience!
By hungry_hippo of Richmond, BC (24 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

We decided to give this place a try on a Friday night as a friend who had a great experience, recommended it to us. I’m happy to say that we had a GREAT experience.

Ambience – really cozy, modern looking place with paintings from local artists. Warning: the bathroom tap is really cool but confusing to use at first. You will find yourself standing in front of the sink and staring for at least 3 seconds as you try to figure it out. Haha!

Service – fast and courteous service, we were greeted with a smile from the moment we stepped in

Food – I ordered the Galbi which was excellent. It was a very generous amount of short ribs on a sizzling plate with a side of rice and of course your usual complimentary sides of kimchi and veggies.

Value – Very good value for your money, with taxes and tip, my meal came to $15 and for those of you who have dined in downtown Vancouver, you’d know that that’s a pretty good deal.

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Good decor... better than averge k- food with good price
By cheatereater of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

At first, I thought it would be overpriced judging by the deco. I was amazed to see a well designed restaurant serve authentic korean food that costs the same amount as the some of the other Korean restaurants on robson. Though I am not Korean, I enjoy eating an listening to ppl speak in Korean. The kimchi tasted not only fresh, but was also homemade. every dish was well presented. I was only disappointed with the bibimbap which was smaller and looked better than it tasted. Other than that, I am satisfied with the restaurant even though it might not be considered the best.

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Excellent!
By Hang Ha of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I have been eating Korean food for a large part of my life in Vancouver and SURA Korean Restaurant Vancouver is the best I have come across. I know that is a bold claim to make but it is true and I don't think many people would be able to argue against the idea. There is parking at the back and the place is classy and trendy at the same time. Now on to the food: They are simply great and tasty. We had Jellyfish Salad, Galbi, and Kimchi Jjim. I left so stuffed I could barely walk it was so good. Nothing better than Korean BBQ and a few pitchers of beer! Strongly recommended.

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Great KBBQ
By MikeBigL of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

I always believe that favouritism in restaurants is highly compartmentalized. By that, I mean “the best restaurant in town” generally depends upon what particular dish you are looking for and, indeed, there’s a plethora of dishes to choose from in Vancouver. Having said that my third visit to SURA Korean Restaurant satisfied meself greatly because the specific reason mentioned earlier. SURA may serve the best galbi (beef ribs) and the best banchan, that myriad of small plate accompaniments. Superior Korean BBQ due largely to the quality of its meats and excellent service. The staff all but insist upon cooking your selections for you to ensure proper preparation. From now on, I know when I will visit here again.

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An upscale introduction to the world of Korean Royal Cuisine
By LizBich of Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 12:50am [Dine in]

SURA provides an upscale introduction to the world of Korean Royal cuisine.

Located on the very west side of Robson Street Vancouver, one can safely assume that the price, and quality, of SURA is substantially higher than the norm. And it is. SURA has a deceptively romatic interior, disguised by a modest store front.

We ordered one of the dinner set-course meal options, and our waiter immediately brought out complimentary banchan and the drinks, which were followed by salad and the procession of the greatest small dishes offering I have ever seen: 20 in total. There were too many to list, but included variations of pickled vegetables, an assortment of kimchee, egg soufflé, and a few seafood offerings that I had never tried. Needless to say dinner began with a flurry of chopstick duels and the incessant clinking of ceramic dishes. The only thing that saved us from gorging ourselves off banchan was the arrival of the meat. I think we chose bulgolgi, short ribs aka kalbi, and brisket. The brisket was better than most places I've been to, and the bulgolgi and kalbi were definitely well above par. The meal was finished with a cup of traditional Korean sweet rice drink called Sikhae, and it was simply awesome.

SURA Korea restaurant is a great place to bring friends and family, or maybe that first date you're trying to impress. Aside from the dinner set course meals there is an entirely separate menu for a la carte items and combinations. SURA offers a mixture of class, style, service, and quality that should help ease your doubts about whether the cost outweighs the meal.

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Simply the best Korean eatery in Vancouver!
By Hahn_Lee of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine: "Hey, this place looks expensive...you sure this place is good?"
Me: "I dunno. You tell me after diner"
And he was a happy man that evening. ;)

It was seriously a night of blasting gooness! Our group of 4 opted for one of the combos, subbed the soju for some beer instead, and we were rolling. They dish out a giant array of banchan, pretty solid. Egg souffle and denjang jjigae were spot on. Meat quality was excellent. And yes, you are paying for the quality.

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Worth it
By J.Nguyen of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

I was there for dinner last weekend with 6 other friends. We were lucky to have come earlier before dinner time and got our seats right away. The service was very good. We got our own server for the table. She was hands down, one of the best servers I've ever had at a restaurant. All of our order was carefully written down and she came back after every dish to check if all was ok. I can't count how many times she ran back and forth trying to refill our side-dishes and drinks kept a smile on her face the whole time. The food was great too, except just one dish that came out a bit over-cooked. The ambience was nice, candle-light style, jazz music in the background. Overall we enjoyed our experience a lot and I'm sure more friends of mine will like this place.

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Great!
By yoonju36 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

The food in Sura restaurant is very nice with reasonable prices. In Sura Restaurant BBQ is the one I would really want to recommand, with lots of meat and vegetables. Sura Restaurant is very simple and clean. The service is very good they would always check to see if anything is missing or if the water is filled. The food comes out really quick which is the best part.

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Home away from home
By noreservations of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 1:31am [Dine in]

Walking down robson against the grain of flow is not the best way to decide upon a place to eat. Amongst the already diverse selection of restaurants, there is a plethora of Korean establishments all along the robson strip. So when my friends and I decided upon Korean food, we were no step closer to eating then we were 30 minutes ago.
Finally after deciding against the usual "drinking" places, we hop into Sura. Afterall, man does not live on soju alone! Okay, everyone save for my father.
The friendly staff acknowledge our presence and begin setting up a table right away. The menus arrive and we are plesantly suprised that the prices do not reflect the sophisticated decor of the restaurant.
The waitress returns to take our order... wait a minute, our waitress suddenly looks shorter and her hair is longer. Wait, this isn't our waitress. This may pose problems in the future.
We order and soon after, our side dishes arrive and due to our earlier indecisiveness in choosing a place, we are famished! We devour all three sides in less than a minute and laugh and comment on how hungry we must be to have eaten the sides like wolves... Only to realize that... the sides are actually really delicious! We sheepishly ask for more... and once again before our entres arrive.
On to the main course. I ordered a spicy chicken stew (dahk bokeum tang) and my first impression is, "where's the chicken?"
Boy was I mistaken.
Before eating we ask the waitress who took our order for some more tea and, you guessed it, some more sides. After a few minutes go by, niether our waters no the sides have reached our table. Soon after a different waitress walks by and, noticing that our sides were empty, asks us if we would like more. We say, "yes" thinking that our first waitress has forgotten about us. Our second waitress comes back quickly with our sides who is followed by the first waitress who has brought another set of sides. Not suprisingly, our tea arrives with a different waitress altogether.
On to the food.
I begin eating. It was love at first bite.
The flavour was spot on. Everything I was anticipating and more.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit your grandma, or a friend's grandma who lives in the country sides of Korea, go and ask her to make you her variation of this dish. Otherwise, come to Sura.
The flavour is rich, the stew is hearty and they have killed an entire bird for this dish (an exaggeration but not by much.)

Korean establishments usually serve as places to drink, with items on the menu leaning towards more the cheaper, generic items which any homesick Korean could make at their home away from home. But some restaurants have ditched that to become food establishments at which we could have a drink at if you'd like. Making the food the main focal point. Sura is one of those places. A place where their food speaks volumes and many other Korean restaurants are following suit.

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New favourite Korean restaurant
By kye of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

I've been to Sura a few times now and have found the service and food to be outstanding each time. I'm not sure why some other people here have had different experiences. Maybe it was an off day? I went this past Saturday and the place was packed. It looked like there were a lot of Korean families and young Korean professionals - always a good sign! I had my usual kalbi and shared some chigaes with my friends. All of them were delicious. I recommend the soon dobu or dwen jang chigaes. This is my new goto Korean place because the food is consistently good and the ambiance is way better than all the other Korean restos in the city.

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Very Sophisticated Korean Cuisine
By shumari of Westside, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 12:28am [Dine in]

They have improved their menu and service a lot since they opened two months ago. Five of us shared five dishes this time; Dolsot Bibimbap, Sundubu Jjigae, Bulgogi, Galbi Jjim, Japchae.

Sundubu (tofu soup) was hot and spicy, but very flavorful and satisfying. Bulgogi (grilled tender rib eye slices) was very thinly sliced, delicious and tender. Galbi Jjim (marinated beef short ribs and oxtail stew) was super tender and moist. You should try it! Japchae (stir-fried vermicelli noodles) was also very good. It was not too sweet, not overcooked or didn't taste like MSG like the one served at other Korean restaurants.

They willingly accommodated me with my seafood allergy. The portions were smaller than we expected, but all of the food was excellent. This restaurant is not for you if you want your food piled high on a big plate, but highly recommended if you think quality matters more than quantity.

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The new leather chairs are the only good thing about this Hip-Want-To-Be DISASTER
By victsao of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 11:03am [Dine in]

We went on a Saturday evening arround 6pm. The restaurant was 80% empty - first sign of something's wrong with this place. The tall waitress (seems to be manager of somesort) took about 5 minutes to put two tables together and seated us. I asked to replace beef with either pork or chicken in a bibimbap dish and got a nasty look from her, with a strict answer of "NO". When the food came, three dishes we ordered supposed to come with rice, it never did. So I asked for them, and the waitress said, "oh, yes, they do come with rice... Do you want them NOW?" ...let me think, how about we finish these dishes, and THEN you can bring the rice out, if you manage to remember to do so????!!! Now the food: seafood pancake was not cooked fully, the spicy ramen noodle had instant noodle in it, everything had the taste of MSG rather than proper beef or chicken broth... In a word, WORST KOREAN FOOD we've ever had. Oh, and the price was much higher than anything we had as well. The only good thing going for this place was the newly renovated interior. By the time we left, GyozaKing next door had people waiting in line outside the their door and Sura was still 70% empty... go figure.

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There is no saving grace
By 604eatter of Metrotown, vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Rainy Saturday afternoon found me and my girlfriend (avid connoisseurs of Korean food) walking down Robson. Since we'd already had many of the other delicious and even acceptable Korean restaurants in the neighborhood very recently, we decided to try Sura -- a fine looking establishment, from the outside, that we'd never seen before.

Strolling in through the front doors at 1pm, it was slightly odd that there was only 1 other table of customers in the place, but we shrugged it off and were seated promptly (at the least attractive table in the place) and given menus. It would be the only part of the service that was remotely acceptable.

We'd quickly decided what we wanted to eat. After gesturing, waving, and standing up and doing the wave to try to get the server's attention, we finally were able to order. The next 30 minutes found us slowing going from hungry but happy to slightly hungrier and wishing for food, to starving and repeatedly trying to gesture that we wanted some tea (all the effort earned us a refill of 1/2 a cup.... one time).

Finally, after these 30 minutes, a dish came out. Unfortunately, it was for the other table. There were eight of them, and now one of them had food. I joked that maybe every 5 minutes, another dish would come out until that other table was completely served, and then they would start to cook our order. How ironic it was that 10 minutes later, the evidence started to show that my joke was a prediction of the future.

At this point, it was close to quarter to two, and we were stark raving mad with hunger. There weren't even side dishes to hold us off while the sloth-like kitchen staff worked their hardest. At this point, we finally decided that we had enough. We kindly went up to the server (because god forbid it would take us 10 minutes to get her attention), and told her it was taking too long and we were leaving.

By 2 o'clock (10 minutes later), we were happily eating hotpot at a Korean dining establishment not a block away. Normally, I am a very calm and mild mannered individual, but even I could not help but to shake my fist at Sura as I passed by after eating at their competitor. All I lost was time, but honestly, I really want that hour back.

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Not Worth Your Tummy
By jewelite of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

After having dinner plans at another Korean restaurant down the street we stopped in front of Sura to look at the menu-out of curiosity. A man mysteriously came out and coaxed us, no, BEGGED us to eat at this restaurant promising that we would be treated very well and the food was top notch.

We decided to trust him and went inside. Suffice to say that the man slipped to the back and we never saw him again.

Once seated we were asked more than 3 times by two different servers if we were ready to order and we needed to repeatedly tell them that we were waiting for the rest of our party. Uncommunications between staff perhaps?

My partner ordered the Bossam which didnt taste like any Bossam I've ever had in Korea. It was more a fusion version of it. It had about 20 small slices of pork and costed more than 15 dollars. (I dont remember the exact dollar amount, but it was in the range of 15-20 dollars).

I ordered the dwenjang jigae which had little bits of pork in it. Most of the pieces of pork were pink and under cooked. I took out the pieces and showed the servers. They looked at it, showed the cook and came back to tell me that the cook says that is what it looks like when it's cooked. Being a zealous cook and having cooked dwenjang jigae several times at home, I know that it was not cooked. I didnt receive any apology whatsoever.

The banchan (side dishes) that were served where in the tiniest portions so we needed to ask for refills several times.

The ambiance might be fancier than other korean restaurants but the quality of the service, value and quality of the food was so poor that I dont think I will ever think twice about going back there again.

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Long lived? I think not.
By liquid_k of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

We ended up at Sura after deciding not to brave the lineup at a nextdoor korean restaurant. Big mistake.
Apart from the spartan decor that made the place seem like the reception area of some nondescript medical/dental practice, the service was slow and the food beyond lackluster.
We sat for quite a while before a server came to us and a while at the end of the meal waiting for our cheque. In between, the food was quite disappointing and a bit expensive for what it was, which was 'nothing special'. I had a spicy chicken stew braised with potato and onion ($15), which was hardly more than a few pieces of chicken swimming in a unexpectional spicy broth base with a few chunks of potato. There were no side dishes, which I've come to expect at korean restaurants. My bf had bi bim bap, which was again unremarkable in taste and portion size. The only notable thing about it was the soup that came with it, a watery abomination laden with msg and screaming 'knorr powdered wonton soup stock'.
In short, there are plenty of other excellent korean restaurants around Robson street, and this one is definitely not one I would return to.

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