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Guu Garden

888 Nelson St., M101
Vancouver, BC V6Z2H2
Tel: (604) 899-0855
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Izakaya, Japanese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Banquet
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5:30PM - 12AM, Sun: 5:30PM - 12AM
  • Guu serves homestyle Japanese food in a loud and electric atmostphere. Food is served from an open kitchen and the dishes are generally tapa sized.

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Solid
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

Food:
Good eats! This Guu location definitely has better food than Guu Garlic and the Guu on Thurlow. Awesome tako wasabi. Stay away from the short ribs though, they're far too tough.

Service: Good but sparse service.

Value: On par with other Guus.

Ambiance: Much better than the other Guus. We got a seat next to the window that was by the small Japanese garden so that was particularly nice.

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Incredible Service, Good Food, Great Ambiance
By wwasn of Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:10am [Dine in]

I have mainly been to Guu Garden for lunch and rarely dinner. So this review is more geared towards their lunch hour service.

Food:

During lunch time, they have mostly set menus. Although if you want one or two things from their regular dinner menu, they'll be more than happy to oblige. The lunch entrees ranges from $8 to $15. I personally like the businessman bento, the Tuna yukke and the 3 kinds sashimi special. They also offer some tapas dishes, but I usually find their lunch set quite filling. The miso soup is also bottomless, but I never get any refills.

As for their dinner, it's somewhat similar to the other Guu restaurants. Although one thing that stood out was the saba pressed sushi.

Service:

The service was incredible. They always greet you when you come in and leave (like the other Guus). But their waiters here pay a lot attention to detail. For example, I ordered a glass of ice water because the tea was too hot, so the waiter brought me a tea pot of luke warm tea without me asking. Furthermore, they are really attentive and asks if you want refills of your miso soup or they bring you extra cutlery when you're struggling with chop sticks (not me).

Value:

For lunch I think it's absolutely a great value, but for dinner time, it's just the same as other Japanese tapas restaurants.

Ambiance:

The decor is pretty standard, but they are located at the roof top of Nelson Square, which means it doesn't have that great of a view. The service, however, made up for it. You'll feel very welcomed and friendly, which in my opinion takes the entire dining experience to the next level.

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Unremarkable
By coconutfan of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

The staff is friendly and they greet you warmly when you come in. However, I was unimpressed with the food. In particular, the quantity of food is not enough even for a person like myself who is not a big eater. The lunch combos are about $10-$15. I have had the ginger pork lunch. It was okay, but again the portion was too small for my liking. I would need to order additional items in order to be full.

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Favourite Guu
By Kotuki of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:57am [Dine in]

I can't remember how I stumbled on to Garden, but I'm glad I did! This is my favourite Guu, because of food and ambiance equally.

Food - Garden's food is light and perfect for spring and summer weather. Oden is sort of their specialty here, and they have two different broths to choose from - one savoury, one sweeter. The lamb carpaccio is very refreshing, garnished with capers and thinly-sliced onions to give a little 'pop'. Their fish dishes are also very clean and refreshing. The agedashi mozzarella and tuna melon are definitely unique, though once is enough for me..
The cocktails here are also really fun (and girly) - grown-up melon soda float for one, or matcha-luha for something creamy.

Service - is friendly and attentive.

Ambiance - the restaurant is hidden on the second floor in between office buildings, so there's a really nice 'hidden oasis' feeling, when you're sitting on the patio by a garden in the middle of downtown Vancouver. The restaurant is very bright and airy, too.

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Small portions
By kitsl of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2012 - 1:27am [Dine in]

I came here with a bunch of friends for dinner. It was my first time and it was their second to a million times. Although I enjoyed the food, I didn't understand why they were so hyped up about it.

Food:
Solid, great tasting food. I really liked it. I ordered the chicken karaage and tuna tataki. Apparently the portions used to be MUCH bigger than what our table got and my friend even showed me a picture of it. I was disappointed with the amount I got. I ended up ordering an entree sized dish of udon noodles. Despite the small portions, I would definitely go back just because the food tasted great. It's great - because I hate udon noodles... and I actually liked the dish I was served. My boyfriend, however, ordered the duck and it was 8 extremely thin slices of duck arranged in a circle with drizzle all over. That was the most dissatisfying portion we've ever seen. That being said, the duck was sooooooooo tasty that we almost forgot that we were upset about the small portion.

Service:
I was dissatisfied with the service. Although our orders came shortly after we ordered, the waitress never came back to see if our table was doing ok. When she started clearing empty plates off our table, she told us our bill was ready. We had plans to order more drinks and desserts. We ordered a couple of shots, and while we were deciding on a dessert and more drinks that we were going to buy, the waitress brought us the bill even though we were just about to ask her for more food. So we just paid and left. The kitchen staff shouted goodbye to us as we were heading out the door, so I guess that kind of made up for our waitress.

Value:
I felt that overall, the value is pretty decent. $9 for a MEGA beer!!! And cheap hi-balls!

Ambiance:
Amazing. Loud. Lively. Great atmosphere. Awesome place to hang out with your friends.

Overall, I did enjoy my time at this restaurant. The waitress wasn't impolite or rude, but she gave off the impression that if we weren't going to order anything quick, we should just leave and chill elsewhere especially since she brought the bill the moment we finished eating/drinking. Despite that and the small portions, I would definitely come back, especially for the tuna tataki.

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Bad Service with Mediocre Food
By ChinaMan of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 12:23am [Dine in]

My friends and I made reservations tonight at Guu Garden for a table of 15 cause it was one of our friend's birthday. Many of us had problems locating the restaurant, if you've been there before, you would understand how difficult it is to locate this place for your first visit because it's virtually hidden, but that's a whole other topic.

Anyway, some of us arrived at the restaurant on time, with a few others who didn't arrive until 15-20 min. later because it was hard to find this place. We were told mid-way through the course of our meal that we had a 2 hour limit.

Our reservation was for 7:30pm, so technically speaking, we have until 9:30pm to dine.

So at about 9:10pm, one of the waitresses began taking our chopsticks away, while my friends were wondering what was going on, as they were still enjoying their meal. Keep in mind that we still had food waiting to arrive, I personally thought that was very rude and unprofessional. At about 9:15, they just gave us our bill and expected us to pay without us acknowledging them that we were finish. At about 9:20pm, they took out the cake that we brought over to them from the bakery, the staff sang us a birthday song, but didn't bother to slice and serve the cake for us. WE HAD TO DO THAT OURSELVES.

Anyway, it wasn't long until 9:30pm arrived, and some of us couldn't even finish, so nevermind trying to enjoy whats remaining of our desserts. At about 9:25pm, two of the watresses began clearing the remaining plates and utensils off our table, WHILE WE WERE STILL EATING. Anyway, we paid and left the restaurant.

So, in terms of service, it was extremely piss poor, definitely the worse GUU experience that I've ever dealt with.

Now to get to the food, it is honestly mediocre at best compared to Guu Gastown and Guu with Garlic. Alot of the hot dishes arrived weren't actually hot, it was warm. The food and drink menu was very limited compared to the other GUUs, they only had a few dishes that I liked, the menu was nowhere near as extensive.

Conclusion:
I will probably never come back to this GUU again, unless I need to.

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Great!!
By yoonju36 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

The lunch and the dinner has a lot of different choices. Their very quick and the food was delicious. They give us a lot of food and the price was not bad at all. This restaurant is all made by wood(tree). The servers there is very kind, with big smiles and very friendly.

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Not the best Guu around here
By ridetrials of Richmond, BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Initially, the ambiance seemed great (although you wouldn't even know it existed from the street). The garden is pleasing and the interior decor is better than other Guus. The food was a bit of a disappointment compared to other Guus in terms of flavour, selection/variety, and value. I dined with a group of 5 so there were plenty of dishes ordered -- none of which really stood out for me. I'd still recommend the Guu on Thurlow over this one.

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Good Guu, not the best Guu
By hannah86 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

I've only been in 2 other Guu's and only ate at 1 other. I walked into the Gastown one but it was way too busy and we were too hungry to wait. Guu Garden definitely isn't as loud as Gastown and the Thurlow ones. Guu's known for the shouting, but if you're the type that can't handle it when they shout in your ear, this one is perfect. Most of the shouting is just when they greet.
I had Oden, a tuna sushi cone and kimchi udon. All three were great. The service was fast, except they took away my Oden soup when I was still drinking it. They tried taking it away once before but I told them I was still working on the soup. That sort of annoyed me. I was aware of their 2 hour limit, which is normal for places like Guu and Happa, so I knew why they were trying to be brisk... but I think there's a better way of going around that than taking away people's food. I loved their 1L beer. The staff was really friendly. I agree that their menu isn't as big and diverse as the other Guu's but I don't see it as a fault. It's just a different type of Guu.

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