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Guu Izakaya

398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #42 of 6,662 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Tapas, Pub
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We had been laughingly warned about the upbeat wait-staff before our visit but it was still a surprise to walk in to a chorus of friendly shouts from the waiters. We were seated immediately, however it would have been no chore to wait in their cocktail area. The menu was a little overwhelming at first, but a quick glance around... More

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Good was delicious and well seasoned. Had the deep fried shrimp (to die for), tuna tartare, bibimbap and short ribs - all were delicious. Service was speedy and atmosphere was fun. The only other thing I could've asked for was sushi but this is not a sushi restaurant so that's understandable. Loved it!

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glenwood, NS.
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Unusual but delicious Japanese style food. If you like Japanese you must try this place. Be ready for a noisy fun place.

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Calgary, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Had a great meal at Guu while I was visiting Toronto. There was a bit of a wait to get in, as it seems quite popular. Upon entering you're shouted at in welcome by the staff prior to being seated. We were lucky enough to get a lovely table outside where it wasn't quite so loud. The food is various... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Casual Japanese dining, with lots of young people from the nearby University. Can be loud, as the kitchen is out front. Good sharing menu

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Peterborough, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What a great place to celebrate a family birthday. Both a delicious and entertaining experience, this is a great place to experiment with a variety of Japanese dishes. There was a lineup outside when we left and I can definitely understand why. When we go back to Toronto we will be sure to visit GUU again. Be sure to use... More

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Manchester, England
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162 reviews 162 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The food here was really nice, but a bit expensive as the portions are only tapas sized, and you need quite a few if you are going for dinner. But I would not go back here as it is deafeningly noisy. Probably OK if you are young and noisy yourself, no fun if you want to go for dinner and... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Amazing food and the staff is just so incredible! Even though this restaurant is really loud the food is just so delicious! Brie and the udon are a must try!!!!! Can't wait to go back again

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Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The food is very good, flavourful and unique. The service is friendly. It can get very loud since the staff yell greetings to every party but once you get used to it, it's a pretty cool experience

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Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had a group dinner here last weekend, and the experience was...unique. So the premise of the restaurant, I guess, is to emulate the izakaya style of establishment found in Japan where people go to drink and nibble on food on the side. As one of our friends explained from his experience living in Japan, the servers will say a... More

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