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#187 of 2,897 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
+1 604-685-8817
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
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Sun 17:30 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

In a city/country where everything was expensive, this restaurant was a real surprise. We have been to Japan and this was like we were back! Interesting menu, great food, great service and atmosphere. And not expensive at all. I wish we had Japanese restaurants like this back home.

Thank Yamsterdam
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

I've been to 3 different Guu locations and they are all amazing. Food is always great and service is impeccable. A Japanese colleague recommended it to me years ago and Guu has become my go-to place whenever I can't decide what to eat. I know that I will have an amazing experience every time. I've recommended it to so many... More 

Thank Judykins_1344
Boulder, Colorado
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

I'm not a sushi fan, but I really enjoyed Guu. Great atmosphere, great food and friendly staff. My girlfriend, who has a very discerning taste for sushi, was very pleased!

Thank KTraveler17
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218 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

There are several Guu restaurants in Vancouver. They are authentic Japanese but they are not your typical Japanese restaurant or sushi bar. They are described as Izakaya. You are immediately greeted by the Japanese welcome chorus (and show up a bit early for lunch as it is quite small). The menu is not extensive but it is comfort food. There... More 

Thank ljz54
Tokyo, Japan
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

Atmosphere is great and each Guu has its own feel to it. They are not places to slam down a plate of food and go off with a full belly. The reward here is different. You eat a bit, drink a bit, eat more, drink more, and so on until maybe two hours pass and it dawns on you that... More 

Thank onkafug
Kelowna, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

Found Guu Garden on Urbanspoon, it was across the street from my hotel, decided we should try it. One friend told me there are better places to go, but we still defied him and went anyways. Turns out he was right. Typically a good sign that the food is good at an asian restaurant is that there are many asians... More 

Thank rkpm
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76 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

This is a great little place but go early as there is a line out the door for dinner. Lunch menu is mostly Japanese comfort food including pork cutlets or freid chicken with curry and rice. great price for lunch. Dinner is a modern twist serving japanese style tapas. Most people want the dinner menu due to the modern twist... More 

Thank WMC08
Chicago, Illinois
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155 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

This is the only place where you won't mind if someone shouted at you. Each time anyone comes in, the enthusiastic chefs in the open kitchen and servers shout a welcome greeting in Japanese. Each time an order is placed, the server shouts the order in Japanese to the kitchen. There is no electronic system for the kitchen. It is... More 

Thank terinay
Lansing, MI
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

We had the best time eating here! The wait staff was patient and explained everything to us so we understood what we were doing. The steak, shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes were all excellent. I loved the s'mores for dessert as well! Definitely a fun place to visit for dinner. We will go back!

Thank MIShopperGirl
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

We went to Guu as a party of 6, the place is really popular and busy so if you go during rush hour, be prepared to wait a bit. The food is totally worth the wait. It's fresh and tapas style so there is lots to try and eat. I absolutely love their Okonomiyaki.

Thank Maven B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
  • 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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West End
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