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#193 of 2,926 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
+1 604-685-8817
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
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Sun 17:30 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2012

While spending a week in Vancouver, we had a wonderful dinner before our concert at the Vogue Theater. The food was good and the staff helpful, understanding that we had to get to our concert in time. Later that week during a random walking tour we were looking for lunch and realized we were in the same neighborhood so we... More 

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Erin, Canada
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2012

thanks to trip advisor contributors for recommending this small Japanese restaurant! It was fantastic even though, and perhaps because, we were the only white people in the joint! Steak and thier version of "tempura" (aka breaded) shrimp was amazing!!! I don't recall having had such plump large shrimp for many years.....!!! Tuna sashimi on rice was lovely! A definite return... More 

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San Francisco, California
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2012

This place has a strange/quirky environment where the servers do a lot of singing and cheering, but it only added to the fun atmosphere of the place. The food was amazing, especially the miso cod. But truthfully, I'd recommend anything they serve. Also check out their own beer, the Guud ale, very tasty and not too expensive. We made a... More 

Thank smh33
Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2012

I decided to give this place a try and was so happy that I did. I love trying places that offer something different from my usual dinner. Guu was all of this. This place is legit, local Japanese food. I think I was the only non-asian in there. No prob though. The servers were very friendly and had lots of... More 

Thank russpatten
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2012

In a city/country where everything was expensive, this restaurant was a real surprise. We have been to Japan and this was like we were back! Interesting menu, great food, great service and atmosphere. And not expensive at all. I wish we had Japanese restaurants like this back home.

Thank Yamsterdam
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 July 2012

I've been to 3 different Guu locations and they are all amazing. Food is always great and service is impeccable. A Japanese colleague recommended it to me years ago and Guu has become my go-to place whenever I can't decide what to eat. I know that I will have an amazing experience every time. I've recommended it to so many... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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102 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

I'm not a sushi fan, but I really enjoyed Guu. Great atmosphere, great food and friendly staff. My girlfriend, who has a very discerning taste for sushi, was very pleased!

Thank KTraveler17
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238 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

There are several Guu restaurants in Vancouver. They are authentic Japanese but they are not your typical Japanese restaurant or sushi bar. They are described as Izakaya. You are immediately greeted by the Japanese welcome chorus (and show up a bit early for lunch as it is quite small). The menu is not extensive but it is comfort food. There... More 

Thank ljz53
Tokyo, Japan
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2012

Atmosphere is great and each Guu has its own feel to it. They are not places to slam down a plate of food and go off with a full belly. The reward here is different. You eat a bit, drink a bit, eat more, drink more, and so on until maybe two hours pass and it dawns on you that... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Found Guu Garden on Urbanspoon, it was across the street from my hotel, decided we should try it. One friend told me there are better places to go, but we still defied him and went anyways. Turns out he was right. Typically a good sign that the food is good at an asian restaurant is that there are many asians... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-8817
Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.

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