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Guu Izakaya

398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #21 of 6,459 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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222 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Kingston, Canada
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This restaurant on Church St in Toronto can be a little hard to spot at first, tucked around the corner almost more on McGill than Church. However, make to effort to find it. Looking for a nice place near Ryerson and Neill-Wycik for lunch with our daughter and her new beau. Once we found the entrance behind the plastic drapes,... More

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Dallas, Texas
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112 reviews 112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The first thing that I noticed when entering Guu was the atmosphere; as soon as we walked in the door, there was loud shouting at the entrants (and those exiting) which didn't stop during the entire meal. Perhaps we went on a particularly festive night, but it was definitely fun having people crying out in Japanese the entire evening. That... More

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

After visiting three or four Guu in Vancouver I was really intrigued by one opening in Toronto, and a bit afraid that Toronto version would not be as good as Vancouver. But no worries, Toronto Guu is as good if not better then original one. There are few other places popped up in Toronto recently named "Something Izakaya" - not... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Had been Guu in Vancouver for many times, Very excited when I found out Toronto has Guu! Lived in north york... took subway from finch to bathurst station , very far, but i really wanted to go! its not very big sign, not so easy to find... however it was same atmosphere inside ! I like it, some people may... More

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430 reviews 430 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Fantastic! Really awesome looking place. Love the set-up/tables and the look of the place. We were greeted by a very friendly waitress! The menus had so many things we all wanted!! Several of us picked a marinated tuna over rice sort of like a chirashi looking type bowl. It was fantastic! The miso before the meal was some of the... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I love eating Japanese food and I can honestly say this is the nicest Japanese restaurant in Toronto. The atmosphere is very close knit and warm. The food is a mix of unique and traditional.I particularly like the ''fried Camembert with blueberry sauce''.. Overall a lovely dining experience!! I now live in Australia and I really miss this restaurant! Note:... More

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Quebec City, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I 've been there many times and never get bored of it. From the warm welcome, to the huge beer, large selection of sake and wide variety of Japanese fusion dishes, the ambiance is still the best thing of this place. The food is pretty good. The plates are a little bit bigger than tapas size. I especially like the... More

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Shanghai, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I've had many Japanese food in many countries and this one is quite unique. The atmosphere is very loud and fun. The food is not the typical sushi, noodle, teriyaki or shabu shabu. The food is probably best described as fusion Japanese food. I had the honour of meeting one of the chefs (who sits on a wheelchair), which made... More

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Barrie, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I lived in Osaka Japan for 2 years. This brought back so many memories; through tastes, types of food and overall atmosphere (loud, fun, warm)! Everything we had was exceptional; some items included the seared tuna, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, oden (fish cake, taro, tofu), stuffed oysters...giant Sapporo beer! Will definitely find our way back and recommend to friends. A little bit... More

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This place is just fun! The food is great. I love sharing food and i love japanese so im literally like the little emoji with the hearts in its eyes when i find somewhere like this! every time i go to this place i lol at the couples trying to enjoy a romantic meal because its so freeking loud you... More

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