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Guu

838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada (Downtown)
604-685-8817
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Ranked #37 of 2,714 restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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Tring
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100 reviews 100 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Had a Canadian friend not introduced us to Guu, we would not even have known it existed. Tucked in, just off Robson St, this was an excellent choice for izakaya. This branch is the original in Vancouver, with a few more dotted around town. The was a short wait to be seated and received a loud and cheery welcome from... More

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

one of the best izakaya restaurant in North America! Every time we visit Vancouver, we eat at this restaurant. Sometimes 2 nights in a row. It's not a big place and limited seating area, but the food is great! Definitely will go back this place.

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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

So we went while visiting Vancouver and we were very glad we did. We tried a bunch of the menu items including the beef tongue, fried octopus balls, beef potatoe gallettes, and a beef soup. Our favorite was the Kimichi fried rice we ordered it last thinking we would take it with us and eat it later, but we devoured... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Love the food here , actually crave it :)) highly recommend the food .. The service is always great too , but the ambiance is loud and not relaxing , but I know what to expect when I go :) I often book special occasions here for a casual night of pure deliciousness :)

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Beijing, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Didnt expect to find so much good Japanese food in Vancouver but this one is good. Service is casual and relaxed while serving you great Japanese comfort food.

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Valle de Bravo, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The restaurant is very authentic. You see a lot of Japanese people and not that much trourists. It seems to be a local traditional place. The dishes are quite smal, like tapas. So if you are going as a couple you can try several. We tried 6 and all of them were incredibly tasty. Special stat to the Tuna Tataki... More

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31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

A fried recommended this place and we were not disappointed. We went for lunch and just made it in time. They close to get ready for dinner. While we were there the deliveries came and all the produce and fish were fresh. Loved it! A very fun place to go.

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Mackenzie, Canada
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44 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

You know you've made the right choice for authentic Japanese food when you walk in and it's filled to the rafters, and they're 99.9% Japanese! I had the eel with rice and a hardboiled egg(?!) that was delicious. My son had a curry, and my other son and my wife had tuna sashimi with rice. There's no sushi to be... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Very lively Japanese place, almost feels like Japan (if not for the English Menu and the crowd). Sat at the bar counter, had a great time looking at the chefs prepare the food. Ordered a few additional dishes cause they looked too good. Love the dishes, all of them. Well prepared and unique. Not the typical Japanese dishes. It is... More

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Washington Dc
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32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We have heard of this restaurant from friends that visit Vancouver often and we wanted to try it. If you are looking for typical Japanese food with sushi and sashimi this is not your place but if you are adventurous and want something authentic and different I highly recommend it. It is the pioneer of Izakaya in Vancouver. Guu is... More

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