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Guu

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838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
604-685-8817
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this...
Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
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  • 127
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  • 78
    Very good
  • 18
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Japanese food in Vancouver

It's different style Japanese food.There has great atmosphere food and service .We have a lot of fun with friends.So many good memories in my mind😍

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Lei C
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It was only okay. I'd been hearing for years how great Guu is but this was underwhelming. The food was not authentic; it was fusion, and most of it was deep-fried. However, the drinks were fantastic. I could go back for their cocktails any day, but then I'd have to move on for a proper meal.

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Vancouver
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I liked this place, I did not know that I would be sitting on a floor though...authenic Japanese though for sure in that sense. It seemed like most of the menu was deep fried, it was delicious but I am not a huge deep fried person, so I had to go home and eat a tomato to get that heavy... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's different style Japanese food.There has great atmosphere food and service .We have a lot of fun with friends.So many good memories in my mind😍

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

All the reviews are true - this little place is top grade. Cheapish Japanese beers, wonderful atmosphere and the service... well let's say the whole restaurant greets you loudly and enthusiastically in Japanese on the way in and out. And the food. We ordered a second plate of tuna sashimi, it was that good. Takoyaki, beef tataki, and several other... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

This place takes you straight to Tokyo. It is small, unpretentious but the food is very good, yet simple. It is cheaper place, but is full of charm and warmth.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I went with a mate of mine, we went for lunch on a Saturday. It was quiet when we arrived but full by the time we left. The food was really nice we had the bbq beef and Mackrell. The service left a lot to be desired the girl didn't understand the menu let alone understand my aussie accent. We... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I rarely eat Japanese food (with the exception of stereotypical 'western' sushi). So on the advice of a local, who I am friends with, we attended Guu, and woah, I am now a massive fan of Japanese food. Guu is an establishment that is Japanese yet uniquely Vancouverian in execution. There always seems to be a massive line up at... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This place has a lineup outside every single night. And for the very good reason. It's just awesome. Great concept. Fun atmosphere, excellent food every time. I'm making sure to visit it every time I'm in Vancouver and if my coworkers are with me - bringing them there. Now for the food: it's small portions, intended to be shared. So... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Guu is a bustling little gem of a place. The ambience is fantastic and the staff wonderful. The food was excellent! We tried a variety of dishes including pork cheek (which was amazing), beef tongue, sashimi, tuna skewer and some of the best mussels I have ever tasted. A must visit place!!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 604-685-8817

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

Description

Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.

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