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#140 of 2,851 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
West End
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to come by after work, have a few pints with the lads and munch on some simply fantastic dishes. Their pork belly just melts in your mouth. Lots of choices to choose from, so you'll have to come multiple times to try it all!

Thank Adam H
New York City, New York
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205 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I checked this resto out based on a Google search. All I can say I will be back when I rtn to YVR. I love izakayas for their small plates and offerings of Japanese food (that don't include sushi). Service is attentive and friendly. And the servers and cooks are always shouting a welcome or thank you so don't be... More 

Thank Louie M
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stop reading this. Just go!! Yes, there's a bit of a wait at times but grab a menu while you wait so you are ready to roll when you get seated. Best seats are in front of the kitchen. Go

Thank intltrvlCalgary
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103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Guu is a Japanese pub; no sushi is served. There is always a line, so leave your name and mobile number to be paged. One can choose raw seafood, appetizers, and udon. Do not choose beef tongue as it is very tough.

Thank sccfsac
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Incredible variety of superb seafood and noodle dishes. Not your typical sushi place. The atmosphere is loud and friendly, with shout out loud hellos, goodbyes and orders by staff.

Thank T F
Boston, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

Don't blink or you will walk right past this place ! This is where the locals go for a bite and now we know why ! The place is small and you might have to share a table but that is part of the fun . We sat with some locals and some travelers like ourselves and got to see... More 

Thank paul m
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

This Japanese tapas-style restaurant opens at 5:30 to a line of people waiting for it to open. I have the impression that it takes reservations but we waited and walked in to get a table. There is a fair amount of counter space where many folks go to eat. The menu is varied, with very tasty soba and udon dishes,... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

Place is very basic, no real decor or style to it. Loved the fact they were playing 90s hiphop in the background. Food was simple, fresh and very very tasty. Service could be faster.

Thank JRock1980
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

I have been to a couple if the GUU establishments in Vancouver. This one is my favourite, maybe because it was my first. It is loud and bustling and the seats are not overly comfortable but all that goes away once you sit down and start your dining journey. (If you have a crowd larger than 4 you may be... More 

Thank 2476canchile
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

Went in early for a quick early lunch(11:45) so I got there before the rush. I sat at the bar by the kitchen and enjoyed watching the chefs prepare the food right in front of me. It is a small restaurant but they make the most of the space. The service was great! The great you when you walk in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 604-685-8817
Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.