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Guu Izakaya

#64 of 6,572 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown Toronto
Japanese, Seafood, Pub, Tapas
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398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-977-0999
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 22
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Everything was perfect!

Our "extremely fried" tofu with rice was tasteful and we really enjoyed it. The ambiance is awesome, so is the service!! We would totally go back there in our future visit of Toronto!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Cassandre G
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Returned for a quick bite to eat last week and I forgot how in-your-face loud it is. It's for an experience but it will never be a relaxing bite to eat. The food was hit or miss - the first 3 dishes were stellar and the last 3 left something to be desired. Word of advice would be to remember... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Our "extremely fried" tofu with rice was tasteful and we really enjoyed it. The ambiance is awesome, so is the service!! We would totally go back there in our future visit of Toronto!!

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I really enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food. Went with a few co-workers which allowed us to try a large variety of dishes. Each was different and enjoyable. Great combination of flavours. Everything tasted fresh and came relatively quick. The place is definitely worth experiencing and trying at least once. I would definitely go back.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My husband and I were traveling for a work interview and decided to stop in for a late lunch after exploring the neighborhood. We are both big sushi fans and on yelp it was advertised as a Japanese, Sushi place. This was our first Izakaya experience. The place is loud, with lots of yelling but we enjoyed the friendly staff,... More 

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toronto
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I went with a friend here after work, and really enjoyed the food. I am not too adverturous, however, the server was able to suggest some dishes I might enjoy. I enjoyed them all. This is similar to other Izakaya restaurants I have been to. Only complaint would be that it is quite popular and was a bit loud for... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

As we walked into Guu Izakaya a woman leaving said to her friends "you can't leave this place in unhappy"....she was right.

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West Vancouver, Canada
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239 reviews 239 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Guu is fun and the food is pretty good, but the atmosphere is not conducive to a dining experience. It is incredibly loud--- people are screaming, the music is loud and the patrons try and talk over it. I have never been in a noisier restaurant. If I wasn't a good lip-reader, we wouldn't have been able to chat over... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Recommended by local bar tender, this place turned out to be absolutely fabulous. Brilliant experience of entertaining waiters, chefs, and delicious Asian fusion food. Decent priced as well. Would definitely return

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

GUU on Bathurst is a great place to wine and dine. Unlike its Church counterpart it is a place where you can a seat quickly and still enjoy the ambiance

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Toronto, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I don't wish to sound like a grumpy old lady (I'm 27) but do not go to this restaurant if you are looking to catch up with a friend you haven't seen for a while or really wish to have any conversation at all. As other reviews say the staff all shout about...well everything really. They shout a greeting for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • Phone Number: 416-977-0999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Pub, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?