Bowls Korean BBQ

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37 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Korean
Traditional Korean Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta. Opened Jan. 6, 2017.

Specialized Grilled BBQ and hot pots. More than 40 menu options to choose from.

No menu will be served until it is agreed by all kitchen staff.

Trying Korean food for the first time? No worries. Ask our staff about never-fail-items on the menu.

Please come and see the difference.

What 37 People Are Saying
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Lula
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was absolutely delicious! We hadn't had Korean food in a long time and I must say, the flavours were wonderful, with good portion sizes, and polite staff. My family loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meets expectations every time!

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Barbie
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favourite place. I live in Airdrie but will travel here for meals anytime. The staff are wonderful. Very welcoming owner.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food

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Basil
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Portion size is small. We ordered the dinner combo and still does not come with side dishes. There’s a charge for tea and a charge for tea refill. Service is slow. The seafood pancake is mostly batter, didn’t find many seafood like other places makes them. Jap chae almost looks like a vegetarian jap chae. Owner seems to be very stingy with the ingredients. Extremely poor value for the cost we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food delicious and came out quickly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, specials have plenty of food, watch out for the spices.

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LeahG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time trying Korean and we all thought it was really good. The staff was really friendly the decor was more upscale than we expected, 2 appetizers and 3 mains fed 2 adults and 2 teenage girls. That plus 2 beers was under $70 so pretty good value too. The glass noodles were our favorite. Ask for the appetizers to come separate from the mains if you want it that way. All came at once for us. Will go back to try more dishes.

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vipOutandAbout
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great service. Took great care of us... :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Really good food. Decent price. One of our favorite Korean place.

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Coldgringo
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall fantastic food , staff and owner is genuinely interested in your dining experience.

Besides their main dishes the appetizers are a must have suck as the squid.

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TimC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was not bad, BBQ were the highlight of the night, don’t order the soy paste hot pot however, it’s extremely salty.
1 Server running around serving 7 table while manager and second server were sitting down and chatting, as one can imagine, results in slow service.
Manager is reluctant to provide additional hot sauce (soul of Korean food), side dishes are served along with entrees instead of at the beginning of the night, feels as if it’s strategically placed so that one would not order refills.

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ArJay
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Definitely not one of the best Korean restaurants in town. Items are over-priced; serves smaller portions for the price listed, compared to other Korean restaurants. Did not accommodate special requests (ie. allergies and substitutions). Also, the Korean vegetable side dishes are pre-prepared onto the little dishes prior to arrival, therefore sitting out by the front area all evening. (We went to eat during the last hour of operation and there were still 3 sets of appetizer dishes on the table).

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LLWasHere
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly service and good food. Will return.

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Rush
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

The food was really good, but too spicy. It would be nice to have it milder and add spice if desired. The staff were good and helpful but we did have to wait about 20-25 minutes for someone to come back with boxes to pack up leftovers and get the bill.

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AngelY
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The servers were very friendly. The service was good, the food was hot and tasty.

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KelvinW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and friendly staff. Will definitely be back again.

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GregP
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good food, great service. Tough to try as many things as we wanted to with only two diners.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food & kind waitress. Will be going back soon!

JC
vipJ2CJPS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, lovely owner/manager, wait staff was a little overwhelmed with an unexpected rush... definitely coming back.

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vipjwyc
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day and staff was overwhelmed with the number of patrons. Food was very delicious and owner was very personable as he checked on each table throughout the night. Despite receiving one of our orders late in the meal we were still very pleased with the food and service. Will come back to try again.

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CarbonEater
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really friendly service, and great bibimbap! Our server was really kind in tending to our drinks and food order during lunch. After serving our bibimbap, he was also really mindful in asking if we wanted any extra sauce. Would definitely return for Korean food again if in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
82 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Was a great evening - wine exceptionally well priced. Food so authentic and tasty. We had a very fresh raw salmon salad first. Then a beef hot pot with veggies. All dishes healthy and tasty. We had great conversation with the owner. We will return and would recommend to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

We decided to try Korean food for a change. We arrived and the service was great right from the start. We needed a little help with the menu because we were not familiar with the choices and the waitress was an awesome help. When the dishes arrived, very quickly I might add, the food was hot tasty and plentiful. When we came to pay we had an Open Table cheque which was refused. That would be the only complaint. I think Open Table should let customers know which restaurants will and won’t accept their Cheques.

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viptrouble
Calgary
48 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Best dish was the BBQ. That plus an appetizer would be good to share. We also ordered a hot pot and for two ladies, it was too much.

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KimI
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good fare and nice staff. Perfect for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Bowls is a recent and welcomed addition to the north end of Calgary, most Korean restaurants are near downtown or south. All of the food is authentic and the servers are very friendly and attentive. Enjoy large platters of yummy bulgogi and tons of banchan (side dishes), wash it down with some soju and you'll leave satisfied. We really enjoyed our experience at Bowls.

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marial
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Anyone looking for a good korean restaurant, the perfect alternative to t-pot. Servers were very nice! Food was absolutely good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here with my parents as they rarely go out for Korean food besides all-you-can-eat. I wanted them to try authentic Korean food and this place never disappoints! The dishes are delicious, the service is always top notch, and the value you receive is amazing. I like that everything we order is exactly how we wanted it and that the waiters check on us to make sure we have everything we needed. We truly enjoyed ourselves and will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Did not even seat us
We had to go somewhere else

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vipDeniseC
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Slow service

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vipenjoyeating87
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good service was excellent keep it up reasonable price

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vipStevoS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, reasonable price. The service is also on point. 10/10 would go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My friend and I tried this place for the first time and got the combo A for 2-3 people. It was a great way to try everything and get a good value for our food. The selection was amazing as we got all types of BBQ, the seafood pancake, soup, and an omelette dish. Service was great. The waiters made sure that we didn't run out of the side dishes or the tea.

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RyanM
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lots of food; and a great first experience with Korean BBQ. The owner came out and asked us about the meal and how we heard about the place. That was a nice touch. Very clean inside.

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WorldTraveller
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice decor and owner always willing to explain menu. Reasonably priced good selection and good for lunch or dinner. Worth a try for both experienced and novices.

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Elton
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating a quiet birthday with family. It was a great experience. We ordered the "B" combo and got more than enough for 4 adults and 2 children. A lot of food. It was excellent dishes and a whole wide variety of food dishes we got to experience and taste. Service was friendly and very helpful. Kids loved the sugar glazed potatoes dish and had no problems to give us more when we asked. We were served several small Korean appetizer dishes as a start then everything else came. Salad, seafood pancake, tofu soup, egg soup, glass noodles, 2 pork, 2 beef, 1 chicken, lettuce and rice. Again more than enough food that we took some home with us. We also met with the owner Tak who came around to talk with us. Food came out very quickly. Ordered some Special Korean rice alcohol which was unique to try but also good. Overall the entire family enjoyed the whole experience. Would recommend this place and would return again.

FAQs

Bowls Korean BBQ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 452-5965.

Bowls Korean BBQ is rated 4.1 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.