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Guu

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West End
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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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, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
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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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
Fantastic food, very fun place and friendly staff

Not the most efficient service but the atmosphere, the friendliness of the people and the amazing food more than made up for it! We had dinner at the bar and chatted with as well as watch the chef cooking and managing the restaurant. A great place to go!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Antoine C
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the most efficient service but the atmosphere, the friendliness of the people and the amazing food more than made up for it! We had dinner at the bar and chatted with as well as watch the chef cooking and managing the restaurant. A great place to go!

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Thank Antoine C
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So this is the real deal. I'm not a Japanese cuisine connoisseur so this isn't about whether it is authentic or not. There is a great/happy vibe within, as you are vibrantly greeted coming and going. The place is filled with locals which is an awesome sign. I wanted soup and wasn't disappointed with the Kimchi Nabe, side dish of... More 

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Thank Paul D
Manzanillo, Mexico
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We asked the waitress what Guuu meant. She told us is sort of meant hungry. I then asked why Guuu was guuuud. She looked puzzled and said it didn't make sense but sounded funny in English. In any event, it is small, very busy place. Lines out the door all night, the night we were there. Not your typical Japanese... More 

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Singapore
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This restaurant is not authentic japanese but the nearly all the menu items are great. The chef has a unique take on some of the japanese food. some must try items are: 1. Udon noodles 2. Takoyaki It is a small place and so it gets crowded quickly. Do try to have a early dinner or lunch if you don't... More 

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Thank bpr81
Tokyo, Japan
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for "real" Japanese food in Richmond, Guu is one of them you can trust. The chef and them waitress are Japanese and the food is very close to the food in Japan! The set lunch is worth to try, from 14.99 - 25.00, reasonable price.

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Newcastle, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Meal was different to previous Japanese, unexpected and pleasant. Took a little while and asking a second waiter before received good help in selecting a meal. But second gentleman was very helpful, both in selecting food and showing me how to eat the meal.

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Thank Bill C
Northern Ireland
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Small queue to get on a Sat night but didn't have to wait very long. Got a seat at bar and could see food being cooked to order. Fried chicken, beef tataki and pork cheek dishes came first and then a mixed sashimi plate with fantastic scallops. A good start to holidays in Vancouver.

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Thank Foodieonhols
Richardson
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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Thank CanuckHorn
Montpellier, France
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank indeepocean
New York City, New York
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117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 604-685-8817

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Spanish

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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Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.