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838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #81 of 2,804 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We were a party of 5 and for us this was unexpected culinary experience. We got to try a good variety of interesting things which we would not usually order, like the special which was an egg encased in deep fried pumpkin..yummy!!! The calamari, tuna, sashimi all were very fresh and delicious. The staff was helpful to recommend a little... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Went there twice for lunch and had the lunch special both times. Service was very efficient: I got what I ordered in 5 min the first time and 7 min the second even though the place was packed. The food was simple yet very tasty and, as a bonus, quite affordable.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Ordered a Sapporo.. the bottom of the mug fell off and we got completely wet! We were charged for everything, including the food soaked in beer that we didn't even touch! Terrible service!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

this place was packed, we didn't have to wait so long but our seat was bar type of seat and people are passing by my boyfriend's seat it was literally right beside him so he liked his meal which was teriyaki chicken but we were disturbed by people constantly. also we could see everything what they do including they took... More

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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Upstairs on the roof (not the restaurant downstairs- do not make that mistake) this place was packed, it seemed with lots of Asian locals, a younger crowd. Madonna was blaring, and the staff were buzzing around, table to table. I ordered a few small plates and enjoyed everything. Some of the indoor tables were sunken and looked fun- patrons removed... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A complete different fun experience - theatre and food combined. From the moment you arrive, you are shouted a welcome whilst being seated. Luckily, we got there when it opened at 5.30. There was already a queue and we got a table. The place is small and fairly basic but fantastic. It's like Japanese tapas. We ordered about 8 dishes... More

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Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

This is not your run of the mill Japanese restaurant. Small, noisy but great and different food. We didn't have a reservation but glad we waited. First thing to know- beers are large . Second, you might not know exactly what you are ordering but assume it will be good. Our server didn't speak the best English but didn't matter.... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Food - 5 stars Price - 5 stars Atmosphere - 3 stars Service - 3 stars We read all about Guu and were lucky that it was just around the corner from our Airbnb apartment. We went in around 9+pm, and didnt have to wait long before getting a table at the bar. Like what other Yelpers have mentioned, it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very entertaining place with high energy and a vast, but unthreatening menus of really tasty food. Waitstaff universally friendly and helpful (e.g. 'how do I eat this thing' was met with "just like this instructions that got us just what we needed to enjoy the dish). Drinks were different but not over the top outstanding (although lychee in anything gets... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We went to Guu Original Izakya tonight. Excellent atmosphere, friendly waiters, great little hole-in-the-wall that filled up in minutes after it opened for dinner at 5:30. Ten minutes later there was a wait list. The sashimi was excellent. But looking around we noticed that the regulars were all ordering the Kabocha Croquette. I am so glad we saved some room........ More

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