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838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #44 of 2,798 restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
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202 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A complete different fun experience - theatre and food combined. From the moment you arrive, you are shouted a welcome whilst being seated. Luckily, we got there when it opened at 5.30. There was already a queue and we got a table. The place is small and fairly basic but fantastic. It's like Japanese tapas. We ordered about 8 dishes... More

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176 reviews 176 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

This is not your run of the mill Japanese restaurant. Small, noisy but great and different food. We didn't have a reservation but glad we waited. First thing to know- beers are large . Second, you might not know exactly what you are ordering but assume it will be good. Our server didn't speak the best English but didn't matter.... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Food - 5 stars Price - 5 stars Atmosphere - 3 stars Service - 3 stars We read all about Guu and were lucky that it was just around the corner from our Airbnb apartment. We went in around 9+pm, and didnt have to wait long before getting a table at the bar. Like what other Yelpers have mentioned, it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very entertaining place with high energy and a vast, but unthreatening menus of really tasty food. Waitstaff universally friendly and helpful (e.g. 'how do I eat this thing' was met with "just like this instructions that got us just what we needed to enjoy the dish). Drinks were different but not over the top outstanding (although lychee in anything gets... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We went to Guu Original Izakya tonight. Excellent atmosphere, friendly waiters, great little hole-in-the-wall that filled up in minutes after it opened for dinner at 5:30. Ten minutes later there was a wait list. The sashimi was excellent. But looking around we noticed that the regulars were all ordering the Kabocha Croquette. I am so glad we saved some room........ More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Fun casual spot for something different. When you walk in the staff shouts a welcome in Japanese. Most of the crowd seemed to be young Japanese hipsters with a few families and westerners thrown in. The small dishes are meant for sharing. Order a bunch and enjoy. My favorites were the deep fried octopus balls and the pumpkin squash croquette... More

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Miami, Florida
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116 reviews 116 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is a cozy, comfortable, casual, hip neighborhood Japanese tapas restaurant that will become noisy when packed with dinners. Go with a group and order as many dishes as you can to share. They are all good. We ordered just about everything on the dinner menu and they were all delicious and had lots of fun. The Saki selection is... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My boyfriend and I made a trip to this place after seeing the nice views on TripAdvisor. It was a good experience, and I might even make a trip back. However, I don't know if there was anything special. It was nice to go check out the place, and try some foods that I've never tried. All of them were... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Cool setting. You get the feeling that you are in a Japanse pub. Food comes in small portions ( tapas style), but very tasty.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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111 reviews 111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This small place makes up for its lack of size with a spunky atmosphere. Food seems to be very authentic. We shared 6 items and enjoyed every one of them.

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