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  • Value3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
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Guu Original

838 Thurlow St
Vancouver, BC V6E1W2
Tel: (604) 685-8817
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Izakaya, Japanese, Tapas
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30AM - 1:30PM & 5:30PM - 12:30AM, 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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Share the food
By lowawa of Kitsilano, Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Guu is all about sharing the food. Most of the dishes comes in small porportions around (4-6) pieces which allows everyone to get a little. My favorite dishes are the croquettes and the fish chin (i forgot the name, but it is located on the menu's right column middle section). Never forget to check out the special menu! Best way to go is to pair the food with japanese beer! The overall service is attentive and polite but the degree depends on their busyness. Ambiance is great, noisy, energetic. Great place to hang out with friends.

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tasty....
By DaGasMan of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Good atmosphere for the type of food they serve...the yelling of the waitresses makes for a nice authentic japanese feel. Food was pretty good. The chicken karaage was slightly oily but quite tasty, and some of the pieces are boneless...the raw oysters were delicious, but they weren't perfectly shucked (there was bits of shell when eating). The japanese pasta was really good; nice chewy noodle with kimchi sauce. Great place to hang out, have a drink, get some munchies...the waitresses are cute too

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A JAPANESE Japanese Restaurant
By GuyGlorious of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 7, 2005 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

If the ambience you're looking for is that of a "real" Japanese Izakaya then this is the place to go. Furthermore, it's one of the few Japanese restaurants in Vancouver that is actually staffed by Japanese people. The food is good and fairly priced and the staff is more than attentive.

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Great Guu !
By 99north of Squamish (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 11:06am [Dine in]

Well..after having been to Guu with Garlic we decided to give the Guu orginal a try!
It's as great as the other 3 locations,,,food is solid,,,,service is great for such a busy place and just as LOUD as the other locations ! LOL!

We were so looking forward to the EEL but its wasn't available that day :(
Oh well that just means another trip back to Guu,,,

The menu is different at all of the locations and I would say my fav is Guu with Garlic........I think they do that on purpose so you have to go to all 4 to enjoy your Fav dishes!

Anyway a short review here, we al know how good these places are......GO , Try them all,,,you'll love em!

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Long Time Guu Lover
By sumiko of Burnaby B.C (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 2:20am [Dine in]

I've been going to the Guu on Thurlow for years. Their food is amazing. Things you have to try:

Yaki Udon - Thick Japanese Udon noodles fried in butter, sake, garlic, green onion and thin sliced beef. It's so good...Ikageso - Grilled squid legs with spicy japanese mayo dip. always a favorite snack with an Asahi beer

Sashimi Salad - A fresh assorted of sashimi including amaebi, salmon, hirame. Julienne daikon, spring mix and tomatoes with japanese mayo drizzled on it. They use japanese mayo on lots of things but I LOVE it so I don't mind.

Good tip is to see what everyone is ordering, the variety is great. Great place for drinks and appys with friends. I've tried everything on the menu but they have dailt fresh sheets with lots of choices of non menu items to try something new. I really love this place, I will keep coming back for more!

There's not much of a wait ever if you're a party of two. That way a counter seats are good. If you're there when it opens at 5:30 for dinner, 2 caqn get it right away. Any other time we've never waited more than 20 mins. And you're right off of Robson so there's lots to do to kill time if you're more than 2 people and need a table. The wait is worth it, I bring all my out of town friends here and they love it. Love the sharing plates here, you can try so many things in one meal!

Prices are good, everythings about $4 to $8, a bit more for sashimi dishes. Drinks can add up but a dinner for two with a full belly and a few drinks is about $50. Great value for the variety and delicious little sharing plates.

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Guud Izakaya experience
By mithelmauler of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 12:53am [Dine in]

This Guu location was my very first izakaya experience a few years back. Coming back after a long absent I found the food quality is still remains great. I am not much for essay writing so here is the break down.

Food:
Treated a friend out tonight who has never visted an izakaya before. He was very impressed with the flavour of the dishes, especially the signature pumpkin croquette, the okonomiyaki, kim chi fried rice....probably the best was the masa grilled pork. We found the flavour of the dishes are just right, neither too bland nor to overwhelming.

Service:
Efficient polite, prompt ...although the a waiter did forget our request for more green tea. reason why i still give a 4 for score is because considering it was a loud, fast pace, and almost insane environment, just put yourself in the shoes of the servers and you will see how difficult it is.

Value:
Costed us about 26 bucks per person including tips+tax with enough food (and some sake) to feed 2 grown men. For the quality of food getting + some booze, I found the deal is better than going to all you can eat japanese food.

Ambiance:
I don't think this location will get any awards for being posh or romantic, being loud and abit crowded at times. Still its good enough for casual dining/drinking with a few friends.

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Very impressed!!!
By Babybear87 of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

This place is one of a kind... A place that you really wont know about unless someone tells you about... Until a friend of mine decided to grab a group of us to come and check it out... As japanese food fanatics as we are, we were excited...

The place is packed and a big line outside is form... By the time we got to eating, i now realize why there is a big craze about the joint... Findind out that this isnt your regular japanese restaurant with sushi, teriyaki, etc... This place has focused on authentic japanese dishes that you'll never find anywhere else... Its quite fascinating...

On a rate of 1 to 10... If i cud i would give it an 11... Its will sure give an adventurous person a good time...

Guu restaurant, a guuud time ever!!!

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Good food, excellent selection
By sdaswani of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 10:39am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times - always had a good experience. There's lots of food choices to choose from. Prices are reasonable, although some things could be a bit cheaper. Japanese bar-style atmosphere goes well with the place. Service has been good. The place is small, so there's often a wait....

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A gem in Vancouver
By glam of Richmond , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

if you want a great night out with creativity and honest too good food - go to Guu. Guu is one of those secrets of Vancouver that if someone didn't tell you about you would not know. A friend told me about Guu years ago and I have been a loyal patron since. When people ask me about 'something' different and fun I always mention Guu.

This place is so popular that my only feedback is that if you dont get their once they open then you will be standing around for a while till seats come available. But then again, i guess standing around to get into some great eats is a testiment to their success.

I love their diversity in menu and portion sizes are decent. Guu is "goooooood" thing

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Amazing food
By blahing of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

The food is delicious and arrives quickly. It is all presented nicely. One drawback for the food is some items are too salty. I would say their presentation of the food is really outstanding.
We had the really salty eel gratin which was on the special menu. But I guess with drinks it would be alright. Some of the items seemed to be better value than others. But overall, it is a bit pricey to go as a regular dining option. Without drinks for 3 people, dinner was about $70 with tax and tip.
This is a place to enjoy with friends and visiting guests. It was a really unique experience.

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AWESOME
By cindyliu of richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

The food is very authentis japanese food. I tried many dishes including the pumpkin croquette, beef sashimi, salman sashimi, oden, pork belly, takoyaki and many more. All were incredible especially the beef sashimi with its home-made sauce. I have there to Guu for lunch and dinner, both time are very packed, but the longest i have waited was 30 minutes, not that bad since the place is pretty small.
The lunchtime menu is limited but very filling esp the donburi (rice bowls). I tried the chicken karaage bowl and it was scrumptious!!
The ambiance is rather noisy but i really enjoy it. Servers are very friendly and attentive but there was this one girl server who forget an order but it wasn't a big deal. Overall, the experiences there were fantastic!

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Guu-licious
By feebs of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I come here regularly and it never fails to disappoint. As for previous posts, you should not come here expecting only sushi and sashimi. It is a Japanese Izakaya place. They even have a menu outside so you can see what they serve before you go in!!

I love all Guus, but this one is the one i come to the most. For ambience, it is a small, slightly crowded restaurant and as some have said it can be a bit loud. But i find it entertaining.

Service: can be a bit better. Sometimes, the girls sort of forget about you. Last time, it took a while to get some tea. But normally it is good. I tend to wait about 10-15 minutes.

Now i don't typically come for the service or the ambience. It is the FOOD that is amazing. I always get the beef sashimi, so o good. The mustard and other sauces they add complement it very well. I also like the Eel&mushroom rice dish, pumpkin corquette, Seafood pancake (Thats the only way i can describe it), stri-fried udon, the fried prawns. I love it all!

One problem is that typically when i go with guys, they never seem to be full... so guys may need to eat more filling items or order more food, but this means you have to spend mroe money. Typically for 2, i can usually spend about $30-35. I highly recommend this place to everyone!

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Guu Is Good!
By bedlum of GTA, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Visited Vancouver for a week and heard that Guu would be a good place. Found it to be crowded for a weeknight but that means it must be good. After a short wait, we had a seat at the bar.

Lots of fun and exitement from servers and cooks. It was cool to watch the cooks make the dishes. Constant yelling from staff which adds to the ambiance.

Had some great dishes like the ling cod, grilled squid, smoked eel and fried smelts with a couple of Japanese beers.

Will go back on my next return visit.

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Guu... is guuuuuuuuuud
By candysweet of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:30am [Dine in]

Guu is guuud. There's no denying it. It is reasonably priced compared to the other tapas places like Hapa or Kingyo. Food is as good as other izakaya places, but a little more affordable.

I would highly recommend the Grilled Black Cod with mayo miso sauce. (It is better than the one at Kingyo.) I also love their seared salmon in garlic n ponzu sauce, and the kimchi fried rice. Overall, their food is very tasty, cooked just the way it should be cooked. Only thing is, if you've a big appetite, maybe eat a little before you go because the portions are jst enough for 3 to 4 ppl to sample the dish.

Ambience is awesome. I love how they greet every customer that comes and goes. Very Japanese. Some people may find the staff to be a tad too loud, but I personally think that it feels very warm, friendly and welcoming.

Have been to Guu several times, and am definitely going back again, even if i have to wait in line for 40 mins (which i usually do ><)

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love the food.. but it's too loud...
By boobun of overseas (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 1:00am [Dine in]

I can barely hear what my friend was saying, it's probably because we are sitting at the bar. Once customers enter/ leave the restaurant, all the staff would start yelling. It was quite interesting in the beginning, but for an hour or so, I just can't stand the noise. It seems like the staff didn't care if they were standing right next to you, they'll still yell.
Food wise, it's great! I love their salmon sashimi with the fried shrimp chips (great taste with smooth and fresh salmon), beef tongue (it's quite interesting, tender yet chewy - must try!!) and the pumpkin corquette (cheap thrill!!).

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Definitely Not My Thing
By PromQueen of Kitsilano (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Don't laugh, but I admit this is my first visit into an Izakaya type restaurant. And maybe its just not my thing, it was so loud, and awkard. It felt like we were behind the scenes with the staff yelling orders at each other from right at our table.
The food wasnt that enjoyable. I think I prefer the standard sushi places to this. Our chicken was ver oily, dripping with oil-really!
It may be a while before I try another Izakaya type restaurant, based on my first experience, I dont know if it is this one, or the style all together that I do not like.

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Very Guud
By foodingworth of West End, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 3:04am [Dine in]

Happened upon Guu on a reccommendation from friends. It was all that it was promised to to be. I had okonomiyaki, fried calamari, beef yaki udon and sake. Intimate but casual enough to be comfortable at all times! Would suggest to anyone looking for a break from the seemingly thousands of Western Japanese restaurants as this seemed to me as Japanese as I've found in this city.

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Guu - What a deal !!
By kaikit of Langley (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

My wife and I arrived around 7 o'clock and the restaurant was packed. We managed to get 2 seats at the sushi bar. We ordered 4 plates (seared Ahi Tuna, Jellyfish, Tako and Tuna, and the seared eggplant.) and a large sake. Food was decorated exquisitely and was absolutely YUM ! The best of all our bill was $31.00 including the tip. A great deal in town for food, but arrive early.

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Best Izakaya in town
By rabbit of West End (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

Guu is a kind of tavern which is called “Izakaya” in Japanese. This style of eating is usually reasonably priced and frequented by students in Japan, as such, its popularity is restricted to that same age group and you won't find a business crowd going there to impress their clients. Here however, we have no preconceived notions like that in place and the “Izakaya” tavern presents itself as a new and exciting venue to relax and enjoy but even after the novelty wears off, Guu is without a doubt, the best “Izakaya” in town. Don't go if you are looking for california rolls and tempura. Instead, peruse the menu and pick anything and everything that looks weird like the hardboiled egg wrapped in pumpkin meat, deep fried and served with special house sauce. You just can't lose by going to Guu!

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Guu is GOOD!!!
By foodguru of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 12:55am [Dine in]

I've been there countless times... and it gets better and better. I went there last week after shopping... 2 people - 11 dishes plus 4 drinks and the total came to $80 including tip. We ate a lot tho... but you can have a good variety for around $20. Each dish costs around $5, and some of my faves are... tuna tataki, bonito sashimi, pumpkin croquette, beef sashimi, raw oysters, cooked fish with spinach sauce (sooo good), etc. I love their drinks too.. theyre around $4.5. Try the Pineapple Soho, Ume Cooler, & Cassis. The waitress was such a sweetie and although the restaurant isnt decorated with much effort, the noisy loud street-like ambiance is excellent!

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