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#155 of 2,829 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
West End
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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838 Thurlow Street, 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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Kosciusko, Mississippi
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was bustling and tough to fit into, but we wanted to try it because it was supposed to be an authentic Japanese dining experience. Expect a wait to get a table though. Their entire staff greeted us in Japanese with huge smiles and were extremely attentive and patient with us, as we had no clue what we were... More 

Thank Rccarter
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was pretty good but the place is small. We went there on a Saturday at 9PM still had to wait 45 minutes.

Thank John K
Jackson, Miss.
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404 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed near this little spot on Thurlow Street, and it had some really good online reviews. So one evening when we wanted dinner close by, off we went. We joined the LINE of people waiting for the restaurant to open at 5:30 p.m. When the door opened, we were seated, and then it was time to sample several of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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177 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I haven't been here in years and since this was the original Guu, I thought I would come back whew with my family for my birthday. Let's just say the food was ok at best, but the waitresses want to get you out ASAP. On top of that, when I we ordered, they gave two orders of one thing... More 

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Oldsmar, Florida
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537 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Asked at reception & was told there were 70 restaurants w/I short walk ( how true!). I asked for a 'dive' (a favorite haunt) & upon finding we liked Japanese (understatement after living 3years in Tokyo), told us to try Guu. Worth the two hours of hunger pains waiting 4 them to reopen 4 dinner just 2 have the familiar... More 

Thank Wanderlassie
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136 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We had a reservation for dinner, so did not have to wait. Very lively place, good food and service . We ordered sachimi, oysters, ramen hot pot and beef salad. Everything was delicious but found the beef salad on the salty side. Nevertheless, it was a great meal.

Thank birdcagewalking
Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Food is izakaya style and very authentic. There is always a line since they don't take reservations. They have a few other branches, but each serve slightly different menus.

Thank Oski85
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I read that there can be lines here--and I can see why. Luckily I went late on a Tuesday night and I was solo, so no waiting for me. I got a seat at the bar. I think going with two or three other people would be perfect--so you can share the small plates and try more! I had 3... More 

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Austin, Texas
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112 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Our group tried: Sea urchin, grilled sea bass, big eye tuna, the kimchi udon, yaki udon, the kabocha croquette (pumpkin and boiled egg), the kakuni (stewed pork belly, daikon & boiled egg), kurage (they call it imitation jellyfish; it's glass noodles), fried chicken, and fried chicken gristle. There were four of us and we ordered such a variety of dishes... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We ate here while on a weekend trip to Vancouver. We wanted a light and fairly inexpensive dinner and this place fit the bill. We ate almost exclusively off the daily menu which had a lot of interesting options including bacon mushroom yakisoba, fried curry croquette, and Chinese broccoli. We also had some sashimi which tasted very fresh.The restaurant is... 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 Street, 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.