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Guu with Garlic

1698 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G1C7
Tel: (604) 685-8678
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Izakaya, Japanese, Tapas
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Wed: 11:30AM - 2:30PM, Thu: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 12AM, Fri - Sat: 5PM - 12:30AM, Sun: 5PM - 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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decent but pricey
By goatcheese of kitsilano, vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 27, 2006 - 12:13am [Dine in]

guu on garlic has decent food- some of the dish are downright awesome while others are overpriced and overcooked- such as the grilled squid. i ordered it and waited 30 minutes for my squid. then it arrived and tasted fairly plain but had the consistency of bubblegum, chewy and nasty, like a fishy flavoured rubber. considering the wait and the price i would have expected more. the sashmini portions were small and left you wanting lots more. the miso was cheap but again, mini portions. if you want a fulfilling meal plan on spending a pretty penny- at least 30 buck a pop.

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fun place to try something different
By gracie of kitsilano (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 31, 2006 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Great atmosphere, delicious food. If you want to try something other than typical california rolls for Japanese I would definitely recommend this place. Creative dishes, lively atmosphere. I definitely recommend it!

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Stay away if you care about sanitation
By onlyforreview of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 4:56am [Dine in]

Cooks never wash their hands.
One cook, especially, who prepares many raw, sashimi, and salad dishes used one towel for cleaning his hands, tables, and knives which are contaminated with raw fish and other ingredients. The towel never got washed or changed over 1.5 hour. Of course, the cook never washed his hands either.

It was truly a disturbing sight while sitting at the bar. Glad that I did not order any raw dish.

So.. if you are prepared to get food poisoning someday, please go this place. Otherwise, stay away.

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Only reason to go is impress a girl
By Matt.bill of NW (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

This is such a story. How many guys agree with this?
Went down coz a girl wanted to try guu coz she had heard they are really good. Yeah, I had heard too... that they are expensive, busy and parking is hell. So after 30 minutes we get a seat and its noisy and the girls are pretty (I mean the customers) and so I am trying to stay focused and hoping they dont just have these Chinese chopsticks (they didnt). The food came and the drinks and they really charge you and get their full rent out of you.
So it is called Tapas which is Chinese/Japanese for little tasting food. The girl was clearly impressed and she looked like a million bucks so it was worth it. Impression made. Just prepare to pay and wait.

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So Guu'd!
By charchar of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favorite places to go eat with friends. I don't usually like loud, crowded restaurants, but Guu is an exception. It was a busy night when I came here with 3 of my girlfriends for a night out on the weekend. As we entered, the staff welcomed us, and were told we had to wait a few minutes. This was alright, I was expecting it. We were then seated on the upper level, where shoes had to be taken off to sit at those cute little tables. Pretty tight space..and my legs got kind of cramped up after a while... haha, but.. well it was worth it and I love the energetic atmosphere. We ordered the kim chi udon, pork belly, tako-yaki, ebi mayo (my mouth is watering from the thought of it), tuna tataki, and the salmon carpaccio (beautiful presentation!). Food came about pretty quickly, 1-2 at a time. The waitresses are rushed as it is a very fast-paced restaurant, BUT they're very friendly and helpful. Overall we had a fun experience, and I can't wait to go back for my Guu fix!

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Not Bad
By Mr.FoodSensation of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

I came to Guu on a sunday. The place was pretty busy considering it was a sunday.
The service was ok ~

The food ~ we ordered the grilled saba. (Mackerel) I'd say it was ok. Nothing special. It wasnt tooo salty for me but others may disagree.
Ton-toro (porkbelly) I enjoyed this one.
Tako-yaki (fried octopus) this one was real good. There were 4or5 pieces and i liked this one alot.
Kimchi Udon. This is the only plate id say was a bit on the downside. Maybe because ive
had alot better elsewhere. But its still average.

Value - The portions are pretty small. But, i wouldnt complain too much about it.

Overall - Guu is not bad at all. Most of the food are good, i like the atmosphere, Would i be back? Sure ill be back

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Extremely Guud Izakaya
By PeskyPescetarian of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 4:51am [Dine in]

Guu with Garlic is by far the best Guu in town and I'd say the best Izakaya overall and I've been to most of them. The food is creative, high quality and delicious. I have been there many times and have never had a bad experience. You do have to wait a long time to be seated most nights as it is extremely busy and not very large. It's not a restaurant for the faint of heart or the self important restaurant snob. It is a fun, friendly, boisterous atmosphere where you get a startlingly loud greeting by the entire staff when you enter and leave . As you are ordering, your server yells each dish to the chefs as you order it and the chef repeats it. What a great system!
I am a big fan of small dish variety and I'm also a pescetarian so I enjoy about 85% of the menu. I highly recommend the Gindara, Tuna Yukke, Ebi mayo, Tako Wasabi, Kabocha-Krokke, Salmon and Tai Carpacio, Tuna Tataki and many items on the special menu.
The drinks are good too. They boast they have 'the best mojito in town' and they are pretty darn close. Only problem is that they go down way too easily. The price is reasonable for what you get, which is a plethora of delicious little dishes and not huge portioned carb-heavy gut stuffers. It has a traditional yet trendy look with fresh, unassuming beats that sound like there's a DJ spinning in the corner. I do find the upper area seating uncomfortable because you have to sit on the floor and I have long legs. It's much more popular with the shorter, more flexible patrons.
Guu with Garlic is a truly unique and enjoyable dining experience and is easily one of my top 5 favorite restaurants. I highly recommend you go but don't stay too long because I might be waiting outside for a table...

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Awesome place!
By tiffywiffy of Kitsilano, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

This place is amazing and definitely one of my favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is very different and unique, with servers shouting out the orders to the chefs, etc. The food is absolutely delicious! The presentation of the food is very modern and creative, and all the dishes we've ordered so far have been amazing.

A place I would visit again and again for some good japanese tapas!

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izekaya virgins happily deflowered!
By myrtle of west end (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 12:09am [Dine in]

So being new to the area, I kept hearing about izekaya, and so I researched via reviews before going anywhere. Three of us tried a wide selection of eats. My honey-lemon cocktail was ambrosia to the tongue. First of all, all dishes had gorgeous presentation, and I was introduced to the tasty shaved bonito which topped many of the dishes. Okonomi Yaki, a seafood pancake-type appetizer, was delicious. Beef tongue was ok but a bit too chewy, daikon salad was delicious. My date ordered deep-fried chicken cartilage... which was an acquired tasted which he had not yet acquired. The BBQ pork steam buns were outstanding, as was the tai carpaccio and tuna sashimi. Calamari was also great. We had no idea what the size of portions would be and so we did over-order. Bill came to $80, with four alcoholic beverages and three of us stuffed to the gills. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes.

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Best Dining experience ever
By aec206 of Seattle (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

The food was very good, the oderse came out quickly and the servers were very polite. I would recommend this place to anyone. I really enjoyed the atmophere, the place had an incredily authenic feel to it. I liked how the servers would yell across the resteraunt to place the orders. This place is my new favorite restaurant, you just have to try it. Try the milky aloe with vodka, my new favorite drink.

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Great food, unique experience
By sabesh of Mississauga, Ontario (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

We just got back from the Thurlow location. Most of what we had were delicous. We had one order of each of the following:

- Assortment of Six Pieces of Oden / Not bad. most items were great
- Grilled Beef Short Rib / Delicious!
- Grilled Ling Cod & Mushroom with Garlic Spinach Sauce / Average, nothing special
- Baked Chicken & Eggplant & Mushroom with Garlic Tomato Sauce "Gtatin" / An Italian flavour to this: Delicious!
- Deep-Fried Prawns with Spicy Mayonnaise Sauce / Awesome!
- Chopped Fresh Salmon "Sashimi Yukke" with Garlic Soy / Delicious!
- Coffee jelly with cream & chocolate / YuMMMM!

The setting was LOUD. The waitress yelled over my head to the cook to place my order: I was momentarily deafened by this. Service is lacking, but we expected this via the previous reviews. Yes, I would go here again.

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One of my Favs!
By ella of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

This is definitely one of my fav spots! Love the atmosphere. Very tasty food always! I always bring my out of town friends here and they always love it. The only problem with this place is that the waiters or waitresses might not English very well. You can see a lineup for this place even before they even open.

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Great experience, excellent food
By himalaya of Delta (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

It was our first time at Guu with garlic and we had reservations (highly recommended) so no wait. It is different from your typical Japanese restaurant and the food was marvellous (authentic Japanese, not your typical sushi and tempura). The atmosphere is loud and electrifying. Don't bother trying to talk on your cell - you have to leave the restaurant to do that! When you order your dishes (the dishes are tapas style) the waitress just shouts it out to the kitchen as each order is placed. We ordered about twenty (there were four of us and we were hungry) and when we got the bill everything was neatly itemised even though the waitress had not written a single order down, just shouted it out. Really impressive! The food is great but it's worth going just for the experience itself.

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