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838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
+1 604-685-8817
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“yaki udon” (5 reviews)
“tuna sashimi” (7 reviews)
“croquettes” (12 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small establishment just off Robson on Thurlow St. We didn't have reservations but we arrived just before they opened on Friday at 5pm and there was already a small crowd waiting for the doors to open. Getting there early when you don't...More

Thank honeydrop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Noisy and long wait. Worth every second/penny. Service is fast and consistent. Very genuine japanese food. If you are visiting this place is a MUST. Best Kimchi Udon in town.

Thank Marisol C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, authentically prepared, staff were very friendly and the sake delicious. Book in advance as very popular.

Thank Mick K
Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

Here for dinner Saturday night. Got seated right away with my reservation. Ordered beef tataki, scallop sashimi, and red tuna poke. All delicious and yummy. And the price is very reasonable. Always a fun place to be at. Highly recommended!

Thank SFOYYZ_Eric2
Reviewed May 17, 2017

Having never been to Japan, this is what I imagine when I think of a Japanese lunch counter. We arrived just a few minutes before Noon, but almost immediately the place filled up with locals and travelers alike. Very friendly, very modestly priced, excellent food.

Thank jhayes303
Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Almost impossible to spot from the street by the tiny sign. Limited menu with very few healthy options. On the upside the staff was very friendly, and the food decent. Too bad the miso soup was served lukewarm and the pop...More

Thank James C
Reviewed March 25, 2017

Fifteen years ago when my wife and I were still dating, the original GUU was our favorite Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Each time we were in Vancouver downtown, we waited outside its door at 5:30PM to get a spot by the sushi bar, watching chef’s...More

Thank Stan Y
Reviewed March 18, 2017

This is entertainment as well as a great place to eat. The energy is contagious and the food is yummy although it may take a a couple of tries to discover what you like from the not very typical japanese bistro type menu. Be prepared...More

Thank conniey228
Reviewed March 14, 2017

They welcome you with a resounding shout of "Irashai"! It's fun! Very tight fitting. Service is wonderful. We sat at the sushi bar to watch all the cooking. My favorite was the yaki udon. Udon noodles pan fried in a wok instead of in soup....More

Thank rodnak
Reviewed March 1, 2017

I went here for lunch and it wasn't too busy so I got a table after about a five minute wait. I had the bbq'd mackerel and it was very good, but next time I think I'll get some kind of noodle bowl. Guu is...More

Thank A K
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
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: +1 604-685-8817
  • E-mail
Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
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