Guu Garden

4.3
134 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Guu Garden’s beer patio is waiting for you. In the summer, enjoy the classic izakaya dishes & beer under the starlit Vancouver sky.

It’s also the only izakaya with a fully customizable party menu, perfect for large groups.


We keep seats for walk-in customers as well. No available seats on opentable does not mean we are fully booked. Please be aware that the time limited per table is two hours during peak hours.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 12:30am, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(604) 899-0855
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Yasuaki Tanaka
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Howe St
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Parking Details
Underground pay parking is available under 800 Nelson Street building.
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Public Transit
Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center and 10 min walk
Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 10 min walk
#004, #006, #007, #010, #014, #016, #050 buses, the closest stop is How + Nelson
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 134 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great lunch special and good quality food

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is good as usual. But the waiter was a bit rude this time.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Awesome food and service 👌🏼

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

It's a great Japanese food restaurant! But I have no much to say ..... I don't like this service forces me to write my review... If its good not much to say in general...
If you keep forcing to write this long, chances are, I will write only if I have something to complain...

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Good place to chill out after work

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

a higher end Guu. food is more refined but yet priced reasonably.

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1.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I was left standing outside “waiting to be seated” for 5 or so minutes. There were only two wait staff and neither seemed particularly fussed about their jobs. It took 45 minutes to get a glass of water. At about the same time my friend’s meal came. Mine came at the 1 hour mark. I asked for it to go and that took forever too. The comped half of my meal cost, but there was no apology or any other acknowledgement that they could have done better. We wont be dining here again!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Amazing food! Everyone should order 2 dishes and share. Would highly recommend the raw wasabi octopus.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

came for Sunday lunch with friends from Vegas and we ended up waiting 15 mins for the tea, and 45 mins for the food. my sukiyaki beef bowl came with burned veggies, so was the cod (85% of the surface was black @_@...) not sure what happened this time, my previous visits were generally good. Feel very bad for bringing my friends here as it was their only weekend in Vancouver. After all a embarrassing experience.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

There were large bones in our salmon oshi sushi (2 out of 3 pieces eaten, with 3 still on the plate) and the server’s explanation was “yes, salmon has bones in it.” Eeesh. Another server came by and said sorry and asked if we wanted another one, and we opted for the saba oshi. They didn’t charge us for the replacement, but still charged us for the salmon. It was quite odd to see that they clearly don’t have any sort of policy over customer complaints and how to handle them, considering how half-assed that was. It was a bewildering experience.

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Service was absolutely terrible
We reserved a table for 6 and decided to sit on the patio (picnic table) to possibly accommodate an extra person. Our male server rudely told us that we may have to move. The restaurant was not at capacity. We were also advised of the 2 hour policy. Our server rudely informed us at the ONE AND A HALF HOUR MARK that it was last call. Such a lack of basic customer service and to top it off, the restaurant was never full. Terrible experience!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Tasty food! Everything was delicious and completely decimated. Our server could have been a little more attentive, but I liked having the opportunity to shout “sumimasen!” when we were ready to order or wanted another pitcher of water. The music was a bit loud at times but that’s the nature of jazz. Overall it was a very pleasant experience and I will definitely be back in the future.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I am always impressed with the foods in Guu Garden. Unfortunately, I am not quite happy with the "too-rush" service provided by the staff. We had a lot of orders for 4 people. Rushing us when we are having such a nice conversation was totally ruining our mood.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great little hidden gem located up some stairs off Hornby Street. A small rooftop patio and garden surround this glass walled izakaya. Seating is casual and informal, with booths and a few tables inside, and a couple large picnic type tables outside. The food comes on small sharing plates which are quite rich, so be careful not to over-order. I went with a friend to celebrate her birthday, at six, so we could eat before going to the symphony. We had cold asparagus with tofu in a lemon ponzu dressing, yellowtail sashimi which was perfectly presented with a shiso leaf and some radish slices and shredded daikon, miso glazed pork belly, seared foie gras with apple compote atop a dollop of mashed potato, lovely crisp karaage with mayonnaise and lemon and yakiudon with beef and mushroom. The menu is different at each Guu incarnation, so don't expect to eat the same food you had at another location. Menu has regular items and changing seasonal, as available specials. Service was impeccable and lightning fast. We were concerned we wouldn't have time to make it before getting our will call tickets which gave us an hour and a half, but once the food started arriving it was perfectly timed for our appetite, starting with cold dishes and followed by more substantial ones. This lovely little garden of tranquility above the bustle of the street below provided the perfect setting for a memorable birthday dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

It is good to eat more like Japanese home cooking than the Americanized versions present in most us Japanese restaurants

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Came here with a group of 15 on Saturday night. Our group was running a tad late and we had called to let them know that we were going to be 30 min late; they were super accommodating, which goes to show their great service! My friends and I readily go to Guu and we are never disappointed. Dish sizes are all great for sharing. We order several things off the menu - some of my personal favourites include: ebi mayo, salmon-oshi sushi, and kimchi bibimbap. Would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Delicious!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Charging $.50 for some Japanese mayo is completely outrageous.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Half of our 14 persons party was about an hour late. They let us know that we only have our table for 2 hours. Food was good. Cauliflower kaarage was amazing! Much better than the chicken kaarage. I like trying different foods whenever I go somewhere new. I had the jellyfish salad and the beef tongue. The jellysalad was good; the beef tongue was ok, a little bit tasteless. We brought cupcakes for the birthday celebrant and they did not charge us a serving fee; I was happy about that! Service was quick so overall pretty good!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great izakaya with many different food options, traditional and fusion style japanese food and cozy atmosphere. Beer, sake, plum wine, there is something for all tastes.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went here last night with 7 others for my brothers birthday. Food was great as always and drinks were good. It’s a smaller place but great space. On dry and warmer days the patio is great feel.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food and cozy environment

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Good little place, food is delicious, price is reasonable. Service was a bit slow, waited half an hour for our garden salad. Didn't receive hot towel at the beginning.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

It was a wonderful experience.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The server wasn’t educated well, no communication and the way they talked to customer was inappropriate. Te food was good, but overall services and experiences were awful.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The decor is great, somehow they've managed to mix traditional Japanese style with some really modern furniture. Don't be alarmed at all the yelling, that's actually quite common in Japan. The sukiyaki set meal is a great value, as it comes with a couple of small sides. Service is incredibly slow at times, though. You can avoid this by pre-ordering at least 30 minutes before your meal. If you order off the lunch menu, some items are cheaper if you pre-order! Do try their taiyaki, its lightly sweet and has a great consistency.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

very cool place, great food ! would go again and would recommend to my friends !

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service was friendly, and food is always good. Have been here many times and have yet to be disappointed in any way. Would recommend the salmon-oshi sushi!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Love the option of pre-ordering and pre-booking a table. Food and service was good. I would recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Always delicious. Server was accomodating for our large group. Lovely French Toast.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I have been to Guu in Toronto, and have always had a great experience. I am proud to say I felt the same when going in Vancouver.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We went to Guu for a friend’s stag last night. The service was amazing and the food was delicious! Guu is a great place for dinner and drinks with friends. Very casual and super fun. There was 15 of us in our party and the service was sharp and the servers were on top of everything. Great restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food is great ! Wish we didn't have to climb the stairs especially when it was snowing.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was pretty good. Some items hit/miss. The entire evening was clouded by a neighboring table that was extremely loud (squealing, screaming) and just ridiculous.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Smaller venue with excellent food and service. It can get pretty lively in there but that's part of the fun of the place.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Loved everything except the dessert

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Came as a group but they didn’t tell us there’s another reservation coming up in 2 hours. While we are still eating, the waitress brought up the bill and that was really uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Celebrated 2 birthdays. Fun atmosphere and excellent food. Friendly and cheerful staff.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic food! The menu is amazing. Perfect for family, friends, or foodies. I love everything about the Guu company. This was my birthday dinner with a table up to 15 people. The service was great, polite, friendly. I appreciate being accommodated in such a large group.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great staff and great food. Could use pictures on menu for dumb people like me that don't know much about Japanese food hehe

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