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Kook Korean BBQ, Vancouver, BC

Kook Korean BBQ

4.7
4.7
253 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Korean
At Kook, we are CRAZY about BBQ and we are here to set a new standard to your Korean BBQ experience. Serving only premium meats, every table is equipped with the Rolls-Royce
of smokeless grills (Shinpo Systems). The restaurant is perfectly air balanced with the best ventilation system to ensure you smell the same way you came in.

We want to ensure that we please your eyes as much as your taste buds. Our interior design is themed around the ancient five core elements (Gold, wood, water, fire, earth). From our golden ring of banchan to the cherry wood bench you are sitting on, you will find this theme throughout our restaurant. Let our energy channel your inner chef to take control and cook, or simply sit back and let our BBQ experts take over.

Our dedicated team is here to serve you with one goal in mind:
“A Korean BBQ dining experience you won’t soon forget!”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Korean, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 566-5665

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    East Vancouver

  • Cross street

    Renfrew and 1st Avenue

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout

What 253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Good for Groups

  • Vancouver

    Good for Groups

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Love that you get lots of sides!
  2. J

    Jaynacy

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect ending to our family trip to Vancouver! Hands down the best Korean BBQ experience thus far. Lively ambiance with great music, packed place for a late Sunday evening…it was clear why! Service was top notch, food tasted amazing, endless side dishes…we left full with big smiles.
  3. AC

    AC77

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. BBQ Combo for 4 was so tasty and plentiful. Service was excellent too, even though it was extremely busy. Well done Kook!! Best Korean BBQ in the Lower Mainland. Bar none.
  4. VT

    VictoriaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a great experience. The food was great and the side dishes were lovely. It's a lot of food, we ordered a combo for two that feed three. The staff was very helpful and the ambiance was warm. Will go again.
  5. G

    Geneeeee

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food but a bit pricey for the portion, but enjoy the pkg is still unbeatable.
  6. AS

    AntonyS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for Korean food. Tasty meat well marinated. Great service.
  7. N

    Nunich

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love going for Korean barbeque and since moving to Vancouver we still needed to find our spot for this and I think Kook is that spot. Just wonderful. Can’t wait to return.
  8. q

    quartz

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Friends hang out place
  9. PP

    PaulP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kook is a great Korean BBQ restaurant. Make sure you get a reservation because the line can get super long.
  10. WD

    WongD

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent service. So happy and full! Can’t wait to come back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Vacation from America
  12. b

    blueskyjeff

    Vancouver

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    service is below average, ring the bell 5 times, still no show need improvement on staff training food is great. value is alright due to inflation.
  13. AD

    AngelaD

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place, friendly staff. Bonus that ventilation is great - you dont smell like BBQ at the end
  14. MG

    MamaG

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a popular restaurant and for good reason. It's fun and the food is great. Only thing of note..server took the meat tongs that were touching raw chicken and put it to the side to grab a plate. However it went in two of the side dishes. They offered to replace but they should know better food safety.
  15. KB

    KBQL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Average Korean BBQ. Many side dishes but several of them we didn't try due to personal preference.
  16. PF

    PFizzle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and their service was very accommodating for our large party.
  17. I

    Iris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb, enjoyed the variety of banchan. The waiters were very kind and accommodating. Nice vibe.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was definitely the highlight. We order the combo for four. Side dishes were excellent and can be replenished if needed. The meat which consisted of chicken, pork and beef were flavourful and tender. The service overall was really good. Our server was attentive and personable along with all the other helpers. The host was quite standoffish, did not greet us when we arrived nor said anything when we left. Overall the food was excellent and would recommend.
  19. D

    Dinerdin

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are so incredibly caring and sweet. Very patient and helpful!
  20. F

    Frank

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Our server Habib was great. Food was good. Busy for a Wednesday.
  21. VC

    VancouverCB

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit with our two young kids and it was a hit for everyone. Special thank you to our server Natsuko(?) for being so kind and attentive to our kids. She even cut up their meat into small bites :) We will definitely be back.
  22. c

    cherrow

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely make a reservation so you won’t be disappointed by the long walk-in wait! Portions were perfect for the party size. The amount and variation of banchans made the table full and happy! Would definitely recommend others to try! Energetic atmosphere! Ample parking!
  23. C

    Chodowns

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner. Wonderful to share a fun meal at Kook!
  24. MG

    MamaG

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found out about this place on IG. It well worth booking . Always a great time with great food.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It’s not our first time at Kook, food and service is excellent, the only complain I have is the music level, it is so loud that you have to shout at your dinner companions to hear what they say.
  26. RW

    RickyW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I had been to Kook several times before. All previous trips were excellent. But this time is total disappointing. First the price has increased, that is understandable given the high inflation, but the size(portion of meat) has significantly reduced, that is unreasonable. The most disappointing part is the service, so bad . There was totally no service at one point. We keep ringing the bell and no one came. The waitress simply brought all the food at one time, put everything on the table and disappear forever. Anyway, I booked my table long time ahead and we had to take the 4pm booking because of your busy business. I just wanted to show my friends a good time in a good restaurant. I made a terrible mistake!
  27. CC

    CyndiC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are always good ! Especially for groups
  28. IL

    IainlL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food atmosphere and service! I would absolutely recommend.
  29. G

    Geneeeee

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really good service and tasty foods! Incredibly attentive and helpful. Food is well prepared and the portion is just right. Excellent value and tasty dishes, highly recommend.
  30. TL

    TommyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great meal , high quality meat, definitely one of the best Korean bbq in metro Vancouver, highly recommend!
  31. MA

    MARGARETTEG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My mom spilled a drink and they were very patient to clean it up.
  32. JC

    JenniferC

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food! We will definitely come back again.
  33. PY

    PattyY

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the servers. Super friendly and attentive.
  34. TB

    TracyBB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and such good food. I highly recommend this restaurant for a complete dining experience.
  35. F

    Frank

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great taste. I came to Kook for the first time. It's not crowded on workdays. I highly recommend the premium beef combo for two, and one or two more dishes are enough for two adults and two kids. By the way, the core cheese is perfect for kids.
  36. AB

    AndreB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    If you are looking for a Korean BBQ restaurant, this has the best ambiance and the best food I've had outside of Korea. It is expensive, though, nearly $300 for 4 people, and the service was bad, even when we were the only table. Still worth it, though, you won't leave hungry. Get the tofu soup.
  37. HS

    HugoS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place to share food with friends and family. It was a little bit noisy, but apart from that, I would recommend it.
  38. K

    Kathleen

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was elite! Great vibe and great people. Will definitely come again
  39. p

    pricillai

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Korean bbq! We had a party of 7 and got the combo for 6 ppl n it was ton of food and so good! Recommend
  40. T

    Tiffany

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent for and service was really amazing. Really enjoyed my time there.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors

FAQs

Kook Korean BBQ does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Kook Korean BBQ also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 566-5665.

Kook Korean BBQ is rated 4.7 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Kook Korean BBQ

2800 E 1st Ave, #211A, Vancouver, BC V5M 4N8

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Renfrew and 1st Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    East Vancouver

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Korean, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout

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