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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, Late Night, Dinner, 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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    Very good
  • 19
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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
Great Dinner and Reasonable Price

My son and I ate here, and after a short wait we loved it. We had the fried chicken, steak and a noodle dish. All the dishes were some of the best we have ever had. We shared a table with four other people, and the atmosphere is nothing special but the food speaks for itself.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Richardson
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Richardson
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My son and I ate here, and after a short wait we loved it. We had the fried chicken, steak and a noodle dish. All the dishes were some of the best we have ever had. We shared a table with four other people, and the atmosphere is nothing special but the food speaks for itself.

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Montpellier, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Try it ;-) Busy place, very popular. Excelent food, no blabla, you get what you expected. Atmosphere is great, Deckard (the blade runner) could have a meal there. steam, noise, permanent flow of people, smiles, laughts, life. and in the plates excellent, tasty fishes in sushi in sashimi in tataki . Draft beer is good too.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Guu is a very popular spot, so expect a wait. (We waited only about 15 minutes despite the crowd outside.) The food is Japanese with a twist, so be careful if you have any dietary restrictions. (I was shocked to find myself with spring rolls containing cheese--not something I even think about at a Japanese restaurant.) The staff are very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I went here at 530pm when they just opened knowing that they're popular and a line normally generates. You're greeted in a celebratory cheer when you first walk in and the staff are ultra friendly. Do not do not do not walk in expecting a sushi bar because this is not what Guu is. If you come even an hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We must have arrived right as it opened because there was no line and no one else in the restaurant. Minutes later the rush came and by the time our food hit the table - probably 5 minutes - there were already people waiting. I've been hearing about this place for years but have just never been in the right... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Yes, there may be a line up out front, but it is well worth the wait! This is an authentic Japanese experience yet not intimidating. Everything is delicious! I/we have tried at least 10 of their dishes. Great for sharing with others and some of the dishes are more like tapas style. Service is fast, personable and informative. Ambience is... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Loud Japanese uncanned delicious foodie theater, great noodles, pea leaf salad, tender fried rice, & more; Okanagan Pinot Blanc/Viognier, energizing whole body 100% dining experience. One other non-Asian couple in this exciting eater.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I have eaten here many times and it's always been great. The food is consistent and yummy. It's a busy place and the service can sometimes be a little bit lacking, but everyone is always energetic and says hello when you come in the door. Its not like fine dining or anything so I don't usually expect so much from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Plenty of small dishes to share beteween three of us. Very friendly. Every time someone walks through the front door, the staff gives a cheer . Had some saki. It was very good

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Laval
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Guu is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. I do not visit Vancouver often, but when I come here, I have to go to Guu. The food is really tasty. My favorites are maguro steak (tuna) and kimchi rice. It is a small place, so expect to wait, but it is worth it. The atmosphere is nice and I like the... 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: 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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