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Guu Izakaya

398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #27 of 6,586 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Tapas, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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247 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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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
  • Any
English first
Asheville, North Carolina
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96 reviews 96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Was visiting Church Street when we got hungry and smelled something good and decided to find it... and it was the charcoal grilling going on at Guu Izakaya. This seemed like a popular spot with the locals and isn't a large place but we were seated right away (it was around 3pm so an odd time to eat but our... More

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Paris, France
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a must visit in Toronto, it is exceptional! You must try the Oyster and mushroom and the seared beef.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have been to Guu in Vancouver bit this is my first time to Guu in Toronto. A very different atmosphere...a little to loud and noisy! We need to shout in order to hear each other. However, the food was great and the price was reasonable. You must come here to try it. It is not recommended for a big... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

If you haven't been here then "You have to eat here". The food are just simply amazing and match the energy of the restaurant. It's a fun date night place (but perhaps not for first date, the music is rather loud) and for food lovers to just have fun. We started with the specials, spicy octopus and fresh sweet shrimp... More

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Toronto, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have traveled the word and been to Culinary Art school at George Brown College, Guu Izakaya has been my favourite restaurant since i first tried it three years ago. My now Fiancee took me to Guu on our first date, I have always said the way to someones heart is there there stomach. We have been here a dozen... More

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I had an informal lunch meeting here a few weeks ago and was really pleased that it was as good as all the reviews seem to say. Noisy as hell, but in a fun way - probably not appropriate for a "serious" business lunch, but we could hear each other just fine. Perfect tapas sized plates for sharing. We had... More

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Windsor, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Before you leave the house have a drink or two, jump in a cab and head over to Guu Izakaya on Church street. When you arrive get ready for the "welcome to the Japanese party cheers" you will receive. The décor is primitive - picnic tables or some old stools at the bar but the atmosphere is raucous. The food... More

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Cologne, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

I was reading about Guu but was not quite sure what to expect. As soon as we entered it was fun (and surprising, you will see). We loved the food, especially the oysters with cheese and mayo and the green tea cheese cake! if you want to experience something different then this is the place! It is lively and noisy... More

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The atmosphere here is great. I've been to Japan before, and it is fairly authentic with a western twist. The staff cheer and scream when you arrive in the restaurant, and the staff are extremely friendly. I loved the service and the atmosphere. The food is pretty good pub style food. Must visit.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Yes, be prepared to spend a lot of money. I was warned beforehand by a couple of friends but it still doesn't minimize the damage to my wallet. But be prepared to also have your stomach wow'd by the variety of delicious and creative dishes they serve. It's tapas style, little portions that can be shared and the more people... More

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