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#200 of 2,947 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
+1 604-685-8817
17:30 - 00:00
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Sun 17:30 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
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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 

Thank rkpm
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75 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2012

This is a great little place but go early as there is a line out the door for dinner. Lunch menu is mostly Japanese comfort food including pork cutlets or freid chicken with curry and rice. great price for lunch. Dinner is a modern twist serving japanese style tapas. Most people want the dinner menu due to the modern twist... More 

Thank WMC08
Chicago, Illinois
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155 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2012

This is the only place where you won't mind if someone shouted at you. Each time anyone comes in, the enthusiastic chefs in the open kitchen and servers shout a welcome greeting in Japanese. Each time an order is placed, the server shouts the order in Japanese to the kitchen. There is no electronic system for the kitchen. It is... More 

Thank terinay
Lansing, MI
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

We had the best time eating here! The wait staff was patient and explained everything to us so we understood what we were doing. The steak, shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes were all excellent. I loved the s'mores for dessert as well! Definitely a fun place to visit for dinner. We will go back!

Thank MIShopperGirl
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2012

We went to Guu as a party of 6, the place is really popular and busy so if you go during rush hour, be prepared to wait a bit. The food is totally worth the wait. It's fresh and tapas style so there is lots to try and eat. I absolutely love their Okonomiyaki.

Thank Maven B
Manila, Philippines
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Six of us including 2 young children came for an early dinner, allowing us to sample a variety of small "tapas" sized plates of Japanese bar chow. Seating's a little crowded, service efficient, and food, a very well deserved 24/30 Zagat rating. Must try include the following: grilled unagi (eel) with gratin of mushroom and rice - kids loved this... More 

Thank Crossfitfoodie
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Yummy sushi! We received a raucous welcome & sat down to some tasty eats. I can't remember everything we had but I know we had miso soup, a sashimi sampler, breaded cauliflower, edamame, something with a lot of avocado & tasty desserts (mochi w/red bean filling served w/ice cream and a really interesting sake sea salt ice cream). Overall, this... More 

Thank beamin2
Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2012

Guu is one of my all time favourite restaurants in Vancouver...and every local takes visitors here FOR SURE. There are a few locations and each has its own menu...so you could actually just hop from one location to another on different nights. My favourite is the Guu on Water Street...it's a bit bigger so not as quaint as teh other... More 

1 Thank turnoffthelite
Monterrey, Mexico
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2012

no way you can forget this restaurant, the greeting when you cross the door to get in or out is very funny, because whatever they are saying loudly at unison sounds very friendly and young. The menu was very hard, but the waiters are always willing to help and smile for you to get what you need. (online they have... More 

Thank marioross311
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

Excellent food! What more can you say? Even took my toddler and baby there and they loved it! So many new taste experiences. Reasonable prices.

1 Thank dngmel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
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 St, 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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