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Guu Izakaya

#96 of 6,595 Restaurants in Toronto
#106 of 7,103 Places to Eat 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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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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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
Great food with lots of noise

This tapas style bar/pub is a interesting place for a dinner with friends. If you want to have a conversation get a table outside (weather permitting). Every time guests enter or depart all staff yells. It is fun the first few times, but is get old and distracting very quickly. For a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
CGH67
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Leesburg, Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
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Leesburg, Virginia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This tapas style bar/pub is a interesting place for a dinner with friends. If you want to have a conversation get a table outside (weather permitting). Every time guests enter or depart all staff yells. It is fun the first few times, but is get old and distracting very quickly. For a nice conversation with friends, sit outside. This all... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went this past Friday. After being greeted loudly and cheerfully, as is the style at an izakaya, we were seated outside on the patio. The restaurant was reasonably busy but not overly so. Our waitress on the other hand could care less that we were there. After taking our drink orders she completely forgot about us... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We came here with an experienced Japanese chef, and we left very disappointed. The place is extremely loud and uncomfortable - the staff keeps yelling all the time, we cannot even hear each other talking. We left with an headache. The food is terrible, it is an insult to Japanese cuisine: everything is overcooked and not refined at all. We... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great atmosphere, created by the awesome team at Guu. A cheery welcome is afforded to everyone walking through the doors. Drinks list is extensive, as would be expected at any izakaya. The highlight is the food; amazing dishes throughout the menu. A particular highlight was the botan ebi shrimp, a special on only a few nights that I have been... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

Just like everyone says it's very loud! I enjoyed the different environment. It was cold out and they had a heated patio where you could wait because line ups are pretty long. We decided to wait in the car. Good thing we went back to the car because we realized we parked on a small street in which its permit... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We went here after seeing the great reviews online. I like the idea of the small portions of different styles of food (I guess tapas-style food). We asked the waitress for recommendations as we had no idea how much we needed to order, nor what to order given the vast amount of options they offer. She told us which dishes... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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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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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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Additional Information about Guu Izakaya

Address: 398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416-977-0999
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Pub, Tapas

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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, 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

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