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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 124
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  • 77
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent food, well priced

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
aandsaustralia
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Canberra, Australia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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223 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Dalton-in-Furness
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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

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

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