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Guu with Garlic

#172 of 2,881 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Robson Street
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1698 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
+1 604-685-8678
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 00:00
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was where we had dinner on our first night in Vancouver. It was an incredible experience. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The calamari BLEW US AWAY - best we've ever had and we've had a lot of over the years. It'll ruin you for any other calamari. Everything else was great too, but we will never forget... More 

Thank jcim
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I have been here since they first open and coming back after 10 years ... the quality is superb! The atmosphere is so Japanese full with energy and happiness. The waitress was so friendly and helpful. Our favourite dish is yaki udon and kimichi udon. If you pick any food on the menu, I guarantee they won't fail you.

Thank Yasmin C
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I used to frequent this location years ago and enjoyed the food very much. However, on my last visit during lunch, the quality of the food has gone down significantly. I may have been unlucky with my selection as my husband's yakitori-don was okay (but not great). I ordered the asari-don (clams on rice). On top of the heaping mound... More 

Thank HSS09
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is just awesome and the food is even better. I be back next time I get to Vancouver !

Thank Alex S
Vancouver, Canada
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372 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Not many restaurants open after 10pm on a Thursday for a late night bite along Robson. The service was average as there was a slight delay to order but the beer came prompt which kept us occupied until our grilled calamari and pork cheeks arrived along with the yakisoba. Pretty good in taste overall. The yakisoba was udon based which... More 

Thank Where_to_travel_next
Hamburg, Germany
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

it's a small place where you often have to wait in line (on the street, since the place is small) for a seat. one you're in, the fun starts. get the menue and start to order all the small delicious dishes. it's kind of an japanese tapas bar. we liked the Food and the Service, would def. go again .

Thank mampf
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71 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The tempura green beans and the calamari are excellent! Everything else was just ok...not bad, just nothing special. Service as good, but food did not come out at the same time.

Thank 5Americans
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Small, busy place. The friendly folk at Guu serve good Japanese fare. Sapporo draft tasted wonderfull. Our kid (6 years) loved it as well.

Thank Jay_OOO
Castle Pines, Colorado
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Everything was fresh and good. Good service,lively atmosphere, authentic cuisine. That said, I wouldn't go back. I was looking forward to sushi. Though the waiter recommended items, we didn't love his choices. Our favorites were the teriyaki marinated grilled salmon, fresh ahi tuna, shrimp with sauce (we can't remember the dish name and it took 30 minutes to serve but... More 

Thank MegT128
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This place is a sensory overload in a good way. The food is great, lots of small plates you can share, so order a bunch. The price is very very reasonable, especially if the Canadian dollar is on the weak side and you're visiting from the U.S. The staff is loud and boisterous, shouting out the orders to the cooks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1698 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Robson Street
  • Neighbourhood: Robson Street
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-8678

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Robson Street
Robson Street is a shopper's paradise. Whether a window shopper or a serious trendsetter, a fashionista or a dabbler, the crowd of independent boutiques, quirky one-off shops, and well-known luxury brands on Robson Street have something to cater for every itch in your wallet. As a result, it draws a diverse crowd, and the people-watching along this famous walking thoroughfare is a primary attraction. In between the clothing shops both high-street and budget-friendly are a number of cafes to lay down your load, as well as numerous specialty stores ranging in their wares from music, to art, to city souvenirs. Known as "Vancouver's Runway," if a new trend is on the rise, you'd spot it here first.
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