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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 18
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  • 4
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  • 3
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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
Delicious!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
AirSchis
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Vancouver, Canada
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398 reviews 398 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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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62 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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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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London, United Kingdom
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56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I've been here a couple of times with groups of friends and we like coming here for the experience as much as for the food. It's noisy, lively, and a fun experience. Everyone (cooks and servers) shouts a greeting when you arrive and when you are leaving. You order lots of plates to taste and share, kind of like a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

It was only okay. I'd been hearing for years how great Guu is but this was underwhelming. The food was not authentic; it was fusion, and most of it was deep-fried. However, the drinks were fantastic. I could go back for their cocktails any day, but then I'd have to move on for a proper meal.

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Vancouver
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I liked this place, I did not know that I would be sitting on a floor though...authenic Japanese though for sure in that sense. It seemed like most of the menu was deep fried, it was delicious but I am not a huge deep fried person, so I had to go home and eat a tomato to get that heavy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's different style Japanese food.There has great atmosphere food and service .We have a lot of fun with friends.So many good memories in my mind😍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

All the reviews are true - this little place is top grade. Cheapish Japanese beers, wonderful atmosphere and the service... well let's say the whole restaurant greets you loudly and enthusiastically in Japanese on the way in and out. And the food. We ordered a second plate of tuna sashimi, it was that good. Takoyaki, beef tataki, and several other... More 

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Additional Information about Guu

Address: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
Phone Number: 604-685-8817
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Japanese, Pub

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Pub

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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