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838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #67 of 2,841 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

On a recent trip to Vancouver, my husband and I went to the Guu located downtown. Guu focuses on Izakaya, Japanese small plates. Guu's signature dish is Kimchi Fried Rice. This dish personifies the mash-up of Asian cultures which make Vancouver, Vancouver. It and everything else we ate were delicious, helped by the fresh fish available in Vancouver. The Tuna... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It was our 1st time to this up beat, eclectic restaurant on a Friday night. The cocktail selection was interesting but stuck to Sapporo on tap. Ordered 4 dishes from the tapas style menu, the very best being the Beef with garlic chips and green onions. The shrimp and crab dumplings were great as well. The staff is boisterous and... More 

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Montpellier, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Pleasant... No I take it back . Little crazy, funny restaurant. I don't speak japanese but the team scream in choral every 2 minutes, about clients or food. Its funny and alive. Steam is everywhere food is delicious. Sushi and all other meals I tried, that was good !!! Seat can be narrow but it doesn't matter PLace is friendly... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Been to Guu twice within two week as the food is great ! Had to stand inline to get a table as it is popular. Had Kimchi fried rice, Chicken KARAAGE, Octopus balls, Grilled beef short ribs, Okonomiyaki, Pumpkin croquette etc etc.. all were very tasty and good. Service was excellent and the food was served fast. One place that... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We dined here Friday night and it was easily the best meal we had while vacationing in Vancouver. The pumpkin and egg croquette was PERFECT!! So delicious. Sweet and savory all in one warm bite. The octopus balls were not great, but they weren't awful. The kimchi fried rice was amazing. We also had shrimp that was drizzled with a... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Welcomed by the staff who were attentive and hard working. Sat at the bar had some beers and ordered 6 dishes. Tuna, baked oysters, kimchi soup,squid balls, spicy calamari and salted mackerel. Fun to watch them making our food and other dishes. Great start to our night. It was loud and busy. Part of the experience. We will be back.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Bustling and vibrant atmosphere. Adventurous and creative menu options sure to delight any palate! Lunch specials are great value. I always recommend to out of towners looking for a unique dining experience.

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Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is the third time I've eaten here at guu in the last year. Each time was delicious. Start off with the salmon salad, it is good sized. Staff are loud and friendly. Customers are smiling ear to ear with delight. The guu 22 oz beer and saki are good.

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a great place for japanese style tapas. The atmosphere is high energy and loud. This is probably not the place that you want to be if you'd like to have a conversation because the staff yells orders to the cooks. The kitchen is an open concept and so you can see how the food is being prepared. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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395 reviews 395 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
2,426 helpful votes 2,426 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

- Honestly this is one of the few best meals I had in Vancouver but in saying that, I wouldn't recommend anyone to come here more than once cos it is not extremely cheap. A plate of grilled eggplant cost about $9-$10. A plate of potato croquette for about $7. This place is more like a tapas style sort of... More 

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Address: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
Phone Number: 604-685-8817
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Japanese

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