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#191 of 2,893 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
Closed now
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Sun 17:30 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
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Tallahassee, Florida
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175 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Delicious and authentic meal! The meal begins with an oshibori, or hot towl, and food and drink are ordered as desired and brought to the table as ordered. The menu at Guu changes daily, but I can say that everything we had was delicious! Fun experience and plan to return next time I visit Vancouver!

Thank CandieTravels
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We send many visitors to Guu on Thurlow. They are exceptional with their craft. The food is high quality and authentic. Someone that loves sushi or is a foodie will love it. Not a place for a vegetarian but there is a couple options and a good list of beer too. It's often a busy place and worth the line-up,... More 

Thank VancouverLad78
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We sat down, ordered lunch and watched everyone get served except us. Our lunch was never actually put in the system and waited close to 45 minutes for nothing. No one ever followed up. I will never go back.

1 Thank misfit311
Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great place to come by after work, have a few pints with the lads and munch on some simply fantastic dishes. Their pork belly just melts in your mouth. Lots of choices to choose from, so you'll have to come multiple times to try it all!

Thank Adam H
Portland, Oregon
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221 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I checked this resto out based on a Google search. All I can say I will be back when I rtn to YVR. I love izakayas for their small plates and offerings of Japanese food (that don't include sushi). Service is attentive and friendly. And the servers and cooks are always shouting a welcome or thank you so don't be... More 

Thank Louie M
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Stop reading this. Just go!! Yes, there's a bit of a wait at times but grab a menu while you wait so you are ready to roll when you get seated. Best seats are in front of the kitchen. Go

Thank intltrvlCalgary
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105 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Guu is a Japanese pub; no sushi is served. There is always a line, so leave your name and mobile number to be paged. One can choose raw seafood, appetizers, and udon. Do not choose beef tongue as it is very tough.

Thank sccfsac
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Incredible variety of superb seafood and noodle dishes. Not your typical sushi place. The atmosphere is loud and friendly, with shout out loud hellos, goodbyes and orders by staff.

Thank T F
Boston, Massachusetts
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88 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Don't blink or you will walk right past this place ! This is where the locals go for a bite and now we know why ! The place is small and you might have to share a table but that is part of the fun . We sat with some locals and some travelers like ourselves and got to see... More 

Thank paul m
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This Japanese tapas-style restaurant opens at 5:30 to a line of people waiting for it to open. I have the impression that it takes reservations but we waited and walked in to get a table. There is a fair amount of counter space where many folks go to eat. The menu is varied, with very tasty soba and udon dishes,... 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
US$20 - US$25
Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.
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