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“Feels like Japan right in Toronto” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Guu Izakaya

Guu Izakaya
398 Church street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416-977-0999
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Ranked #68 of 6,548 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Pub, Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
dubai
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11 restaurant reviews
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“Feels like Japan right in Toronto”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

An excellent little Japanese restaurant with Tapas style dishes for a reasonable price in Toronto.
If you want to feel the atmosphere of Japan, that's the place to go. All the staff seems to be Japanese and you get the usual welcome.
The dishes were not necessarily of prime quality but were tasteful and nice. The Okonomiyaki was up to the standard for instance.
The Sapporo draught was as usual and made me feel back to those days when I was in Japan.
The bamboo Sake was also very nice at a reasonable price.
Expect a significant time waiting to be seated as it is a very popular joint.
You may have to wait to be served as it was overcrowded when we were there. It could have a little more precise in the order taking as some dishes were forgotten somehow and came after two or three reminders to the waiter.
Overall, an excellent place to try if one enjoys Japanese food and atmosphere...

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Golden, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Loudest bar/restaurant in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Great place for a first date.. amazing atmosphere and the food is amazing.. more than just sushi.. some really interesting stuff.. nothing to dislike other than 40 minute line-ups to get in but you can go get a drink somewhere else and they'll call you 10 minutes before your table is ready..

Visited September 2013
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Boston, MA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fun, tasty and resonable!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

A little bit of a wait to get in, but worth it. Great food in a lively (really lively) place and very reasonably priced. Great Japanese style tapas in a fun atmosphere. Definitely go!

Visited September 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Not for talkers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is a unique place that serves a lot of different dishes that will, at the end, create a meal.
If you plan to talk during the meal - find a different place. It is so noisy you can not hear yourself think. the atmosphere is hilarious. The food is good and the price is normal. Youngsters will enjoy it more than others.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Fun dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Definitely good for a night out. Food comes in small, shareable portions. Not ur typical Japanese fare; you'll try some cool different stuff here. The restaurant has a fun and energetic vibe. I would highly recommend for those looking for a fun dining experience

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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