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Guu Izakaya

#53 of 6,878 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown Toronto
Japanese, Seafood, Tapas, Pub
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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
Open now
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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: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Rowdy. Lively. Delicious.

After hearing all my friends rave about this restaurant, I finally found the time and convenience to come here myself. Everyone is welcomed and exited with an uproaring cheer from the staff, floor and kitchen. The space is large and open with a modern design. My friend and I ordered 5 dishes and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
DanEverett
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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302 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

After hearing all my friends rave about this restaurant, I finally found the time and convenience to come here myself. Everyone is welcomed and exited with an uproaring cheer from the staff, floor and kitchen. The space is large and open with a modern design. My friend and I ordered 5 dishes and shared between us. The tontoro kimchi itame... More 

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Burlington, Canada
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

This is an overdue review, but I loved Guu!!! Fantastic for sharing.... small dishes, but you can try many by sharing. Reasonable prices for a unique menu and experience. We actually ate on the patio, so did not get full on experience that you do inside.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We went to Guu Izakaya on our weekend trip to Toronto and it was a great experience, the food was amazing, the service was good, and it was very well priced for the quality of food. I look forward to going back on my next trip to Toronto.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This food was amazing. Freshly made noodles, great broth. The fresh fish was to die for and the service was excellent.

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The only way to describe Guu is it is a dinning experience. The food was great, the service excellent and the atmosphere unique but when you put them all together it just works, I cannot recommend it enough. The only reason I have not given it a 5th star is I am a bit taller than average and the benches... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The concept is so different from many Japanese restaurants. They serve tapa style foods that are fun, innovative and delicious. The atmosphere sometimes isn't best to have a conversation, but it is fun!

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Montreal
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Excellent food. Ordered the sampling menu (10 different plates to try). It was excellent. The atmosphere was great, very lively and noisy. Very good service. Reservation strongly recommended.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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110 reviews 110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had read great things about this place so were really excited to try it, we call at 3pm on the day to make a reservation for 8pm that evening to be told no reservation was needed at that time. We showed up at 7.55pm to see that therewere people waiting outside in the -5 temps (all the people waiting... More 

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Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

We ate here as a group of 6, we ordered the party/group meal for 4 and then a bunch of other things off the menu. Everything was great, and it was a very fun atmosphere with the staff all greeting every person as they open the door. Every one of the tapas style dishes was great!

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The outside of the restaurant is very unassuming. I've driven by it many times and never realized that this is where the restaurant is. Once you're inside, it is very reminiscent of restaurants I've been to in Japan. The staff greet everyone that walks in. The host/hostess says "welcome" (well, more like yells it out) and the rest of the... 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, Tapas, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
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

Questions & Answers

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