12 Best Korean Restaurants In Vancouver To Eat At In 2023 (+ What To Order)
Looking for the best Korean restaurants in Vancouver? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
For Vancouverites, there are an abundance of Korean eateries dotting the city, and sometimes it can be challenging to find the best one, or simply the kind that serves exactly what you’re looking for in a traditional Korean meal.
To help you out, we’ve curated a list of the 12 best Korean Restaurants in Vancouver below!
Right in the heart of downtown Vancouver West End is the award-winning Korean Royal Cuisine gem, Sura.
Renowned for its stylish and elegant ambiance, amazing service, and wide array of mouth-watering dishes, this is one of the city’s favored hotspots among locals and visitors for authentic Korean fare.
The menu at Sura is a beautifully balanced mix of crisp salads, hearty soups & stews, noodles, barbecue and more.
Try their famous Daeji Galbi with its super flavourful house sauce, a steaming bowl of Kimchi Jjigae, or a heaping plate of Japchae. Pair off your meal with a glass of Korean Rice Wine, or a delicious soju cocktail.
And if you’re looking for great Korean food in Richmond, you’ll find Sura at Aberdeen Centre as well. That location also has Korean BBQ on their menu!
What to order: Daeji Galbi, Kimchi Jjigae, Japchae, Korean Rice Wine
Address: -1518 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C3 -4151 Hazelbridge Way, Aberdeen Centre, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7
If you’re looking for a restaurant that gives off that warm, cozy feeling of home, with all your favorite Korean dishes on the menu, and served by super-friendly attendants, then So Hyang is the place to visit.
Located on Vancouver’s charming and quaint Fraser Street, this is a great place for a relaxing evening out with friends, and of course some amazing Korean cuisine.
Start off with a spicy Kimchi Jun to get your taste buds rolling, then sample their signature barbecue Squid Bulgogi, or share a scrumptious Hot Pot.
Their Khan Pung Gi (deep fried chicken in sweet and spicy sauce) is just divine and a must try too.
Fun Fact: The restaurant offers unlimited sides, so grab some and indulge to your heart’s content!
What to order: Kimchi Jun, Squid Bulgogi, Hot Pot, Khan Pung Gi
Tabom is a unique Korean restaurant with a delicate fusion of Western & East-Asian style, modern interior with exposed brick walls.
Especially, with a mix of dining tables and booth seating, Tabom is quite flexible if you want an open-space friends gathering or more private date.
They are most famous for their stunning hot plates, so make sure not to miss them!
You can first try their Tabom Signature Hot Plate that comes up with cheese, corn, baby squid, pork belly, and tobbokki, which taste so much flavorful altogether without being overwhelmed.
Tabom Signature Hot Pot is also one of the most popular dish (if you still can handle another huge portion), or you can keep your day going with Spicy Cheese Samgyeopsal – grilled porked belly marinated with secret sauce.
What to order: Dak-Galbi, Jukkumi-samgyeopsal, Spicy Cheese Samgyeopsal, Tabom Signature Hot Pot, Hot Plate Tteok-bokki.
Gastown’s Zoomak Korean Tavern has long been the locals’ go-to spot for authentic Korean food for good reasons.
From their traditional dishes to their more modern takes, there is something that will satisfy every craving on their menu. Especially if you’re looking for a lunch spot, this place is definitely a must-try!
The Han Sang Lunch Special is the most popular dish here, featuring a stunning 12-plate tasting tray. You’ll find short ribs, kimchi pancakes, scallop, eggplant, and such to pair with white rice.
Don’t miss a chance to try out their Jang Trio Rice Bowl featuring soy-cured abalone, prawn, scallop, fennel muchim, and bokchoy muchim.
Or the famous Jjampong with noodles served in a spicy seafood broth. The flavors can not be beaten!
What to order: Han Sung Lunch Special, Jang Trio Rice Bowl, Jjampong, Jap-Chae
If you are into popular Korean dramas (and who isn’t?) then you should already be familiar with BBQ Chicken.
This fast growing chain serves a variety of fried and barbecued chicken with various toppings and sauces, from cheese to soy garlic, and the spicy yet sweet yangnyeom sauce.
An exciting introduction is the Mala cuisine inspired fried chicken with hot and spicy sauce.
Start off with some tempting appetizers like the Spicy Dukk Bokki (Traditional Korean spicy sauce with rice cake, vegetables, and egg) or the delicately made Rice cake balls stuffed with Cream cheese and then deep fried.
The Secret Sauce Chicken and the Golden Fried Chicken are big favorites, but you can also order their Sandwich Combos or Over Rice options for a filling and balanced meal.
What to order: Spicy Dukk Bokki, Jamaican Wings, Secret Sauce Chicken, Golden Fried Chicken, Sandwich Combos, Over Rice
Address: -329 North Rd #640, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V8 -1780 – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7 -2 – 2755 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3B 5Y9 -5557 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC V6N 1W5
Passion8 Dessert Cafe should be on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to the tempting goodness of Bingsoo.
Known for their beautifully presented desserts consisting of shavings of sweet iced milk topped with rich and exotic flavours, Passion8 is also quite popular among Vancouverites for their rich and decadent cakes, as well as sandwiches and salads.
One of the more popular bingsoo here is the Mango Bongo that has freshly sliced mangos with homemade cheesecake and ice cream on snow shaved ice. Doesn’t that sound divine?
Also recommended is the Real Tiramisu Snow Mountain and the Mr. Choco Brown which is loaded with homemade brownies and chocolate flakes, with chocolate flavoured ice cream all served on a milky snow mountain.
Protip: The servings at Passion8 are extremely generous, so order with care.
What to order: Mango Bongo, Real Tiramisu Snow Mountain, Mr. Choco Brown
Address: -3010 Cambie St. Vancouver BC. Canada -403 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9
All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.
Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.