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Guu Original

838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
+1 604-685-8817
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

What a terrible disappointment. We took family from out of town for what we expected to be a great izakaya experience, and other than the hearty enthusiastic traditional greeting from the kitchen, nothing was up to par. We were essentially ignored by all servers, the...More

Thank LeanneinVan
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is very small and popular so turnover is quite quick but you don’t feel rushed. The food is tasty and the portions generous. The problem is that because of the size of the space and the constant communication between wait and cook staff...More

Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

What do Asians do on Xmas day, December 25th? Eat asian food!!! This was meal 2 of the day, a cozy dinner with my cousins. My first was a filling Chinese greasy lunch with the parentals. The big day finally arrived with snow, and I...More

Thank brendabeachbum
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Guu Original is worth visiting both for the food, which is creative and authentic in its appeal, and the atmosphere, which is undeniable interactive, loud, and fun. Worth waiting in line for. Suggest getting a bar seat for the most fulsome experience.

Thank declwestciv
Reviewed 12 November 2017

In Vancouver for a few days and my daughter and partner chose “Guu Origina”l as the place to go in the downtown area.. We arrived without reservations shortly after it opened for dinner and the fairly small dining area was already more than two-thirds filled...More

Thank AlbertKatz
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This place offers traditional Japanese food with the traditional environment such as loud welcome and departure greetings. Food is excellent and reasonably priced. First round of tea was cold. Seating is somewhat limited so be prepared to sit on bar stools and eat on the...More

Thank W_H_Can
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Definitely enjoyed my time in this izakaya. The place has very limited seating so I would advise that you come in early if you are really hungry and want to eat right away. My friend and I shared a lot of different dishes and they...More

Thank flashpackernomad
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Been dining at this establishment since it opened its doors under the name japenese kitchen maybe over 25 years ago This eatery absolutely never disappoints The vibe is always oozing with vitality and exuberance Every item on the menu is sublime And delivers a consistentcy...More

Thank Wine S
Reviewed 13 September 2017

It's called Japanese tapas. They call out "hello" in Japanese when you walk in the door, and yell "goodbye" in Japanese on your way out. Multiply that by people coming and going every minute or so, and that is a noisy place. Not air-conditioned either....More

Thank travellingredheadct
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I would love to give this restaurant 5 stars because the two lunch dishes we had, kaki fry (fried oysters) and grilled saba (mackerel) were quite outstanding and mouthwatering. Unfortunately, while the staff were so friendly, the service was very slow. We were seated before...More

Thank ArtevD
West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines
verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with
Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a
paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and
perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most
languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset
Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to
take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada (Formerly Guu)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-8817
Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
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