Restaurant Awards 2023: The Best Korean Restaurants in Vancouver

5 of the best Korean restaurants in the city.

The Best Korean Restaurants in Vancouver 2023

Gold: Zoomak Korean Tavern

Gold winner Zoomak Korean Tavern takes the crown for a second year running thanks to a truly delightful dining experience inspired by old-school Korean Gastown, but the à la carte options mix French and Korean flavours and techniques to create something unlike any menu in town—chadol doenjang miso and beef brisket stew alongside gochujang-tinged tartare. “It’s giving fusion a good name,” remarked one judge.

52 Alexander St., Vancouver

Photo: Zoomak

Silver: Kook Korean BBQ

Kook Korean BBQ takes silver, with quality meats and premium cuts that set the bar high—plus an impressive selection of banchan to match. 

2800 E 1st Ave., Vancouver

Photo: Kook

Bronze: Hanwoori Korean Restaurant

Bronze winner Hanwoori Korean Restaurant may be located in a Metrotown strip mall, but it’s a legend for a reason: cozy around the tabletop grill and pass around spicy-soft tofu stew and you’re transported.

5740 Imperial St., Burnaby

Photo: Hanwoori

Honourable Mentions: Wang Ga Ma and Joong Won

Honourable mentions go to stars Wang Ga Ma (the restaurant’s name means “giant pot”) and Joong Won, Robson Street’s go-to for Chinese-style Korean dishes.

Wang Ga Ma
329 North Rd., Coquitlam

Joong Won
1329 Robson St., Vancouver