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Otokomae at Kitanoya Guu

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105-375 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5C6, Canada
+1 604-685-8682
17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant came highly recommended. The food was incredible and I will thoroughly recommend the black cod and the octopus balls. However, communications with our server was challenging as his English was poor. This in turn meant he was not overly attentive so it took an eternity to get his attention and then to get what we had ordered !

Thank Galen B
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I always search the place I want to go for a meal, Otokomae seems fine on all the platforms, so I tried. The food was not as exciting and the bartender can not make a glass of old fashion...I wouldn't say it's horrible but I may should have lowered my expectation...

Thank Flora Y
Los Angeles
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This place is extremely popular and I recommend that you make reservations. We were a group of 9 without reservations and the only reason we were seated was because we arrived before the dinner crowd showed up and we were told that we would only have our table for 2 hours. Izakaya restaurants offer small plates that are meant to... More 

Thank Abazaba
Vancouver, Canada
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

We were a big group and some of us were coming by Skytrain, so we chose Guu Otokomae. It is very convenient being close to Seabus as well. We had a table right beside a large open window looking over the Water St., and it was very nice. All of the food that we ordered came in a timely manner... More 

1 Thank Golfwithcats
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

My partner and I visit a lot of different restaurants as we love to experience new food, new atmospheres. We have been to the Guu on Robson and we loved it. However this one we were very disappointed. The service was terrible and the food was okay but not exciting. The main thing was the service. It took over 15... More 

1 Thank Kelsey Q
Calgary, Canada
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Enjoyable and unique dinner at Guu. Great atmosphere and nice as many of the main dishes could be shared among your group. Try the Salmon with 7 friends (for something unique) and the Mushroom Cheese Bibimbap in a hot stone bowl, very delicious. Service was a bit on the slow side but no problem if you're not in a rush... More 

Thank Lov3ly
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

This place has a great atmosphere, with waiters shouting to each other in Japanese, and the busy restaurant buzzing with conversation. The food was excellent, particularly the chicken kara age. It is also very reasonably priced for a pretty classy restaurant. Can't wait to go again.

Thank Gabriel S
London, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

Poor quality food. Squid was overcooked and not fresh, the miso cod was low quality and not seasoned sufficiently and the tuna was overcooked with avocado that was overripe. Service was ok.

Thank Breton V
Portland, Oregon, United States
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119 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

The food was top quality and tasted really good. I would say you must try the fried tofu, it's like no other. I enjoyed every item we ordered. It's nice to get a bunch of small plates which have unique flavor. Great place for a date night.

Thank James P
Toronto, Canada
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447 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

I was expecting the loud exciting vibe of the Robson location but it was more of an after work drink location. Good was good but nothing special. Second chicken karage was over cooked. Hey brought us something we didn't order and guilted us into keeping it. Nothing was overly spiced and nothing stood out as exceptional. Disappointing.

Thank PeterBruceG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105-375 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5C6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Gastown
  • Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-8682

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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