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Guu Izakaya

#50 of 6,942 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
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed 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
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 176
    Excellent
  • 104
    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
Cool space & delicious ramen

Went for late lunch near closing at 2pm. Total mellow and no lines. Tried unusual peanut butter dan dan mien ramen that was delicious!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
filomina
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Went for late lunch near closing at 2pm. Total mellow and no lines. Tried unusual peanut butter dan dan mien ramen that was delicious!

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Guu Has been my #1 Favourite restaurant for 3 1/2 years now. I have been here over a dozen times and have never been disappointed. This place is full of real Japanese food and culture . Some of my favourite dishes are: Sweet Shrimp, Baked mushroom Oysters, hot stone bibimbap, and the okonomiyaki, all of which go down great with... More 

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L'Assomption, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The place looks incredible. The staff is very friendly. The food is delicious. It is noisy, yes, but that is what an Izakaya is! Just loosen up and have fun. We made reservations on the Internet, the place was practically packed on a Tuesday. We ordered 7 dishes + a dessert (a great cheesecake), everything was tasty and the portions... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Japanese Tapas in Toronto. Excellent and creative food, perfect to share among friends. Good prices and an amazing atmosphere. Funny staff tthat make you feel welcome.

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
87 reviews 87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
60 helpful votes 60 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
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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: 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?