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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, 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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  • 125
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  • 78
    Very good
  • 16
    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 of 5 stars
An authentic little place

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
KViking
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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226 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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22 reviews 22 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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: 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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