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About Guu Garden

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

Cuisines:
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

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

Cross Street:
Howe St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 899-0855

Website:
http://www.guu-izakaya.com/garden

Parking Details:
Underground pay parking is available under 800 Nelson Street building.

Public Transport:
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

Executive Chef:
Yasuaki Tanaka

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wine

Guu Garden Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
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Fit for Foodies (9)
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Fun (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Group Bookings (5)
Tapas (5)
Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Child-Friendly (1)
Gluten-Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post-theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romance (1)
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Vegan (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

I’m a big fan of most Guus, and Guu Garden is my absolute favourite! Delicious food and cute/cozy. Love it ❤️

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful location but entrance was hard to find and I only saw stairs with no elevator so wheelchair access will be an issue. The courtyard would look amazing in the summer if decorated. The atmosphere is cozy warm and trendy. Staff yell out Japanese greetings when you arrive and leave.

We ordered the soy oden with assorted chefs pieces -less soup like and more just sauce on the items inside. The soy base includes beef, some parts were hard and other parts tender. We also had the salmon oishi which was ok (not as good as miku/minami). Our friends ordered the Brussels sprouts and lobster bisque which were decent as well. They forgot our dessert order so we cancelled it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, People Watching
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on January 14, 2018

Awesome customer service. I love the vibe and of course, the tasty food. Will definitely come back for more. :D

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always good food at good prices. But the service can be rather slow during peak hours as there are only 2 waitresses.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very good quality food. Good service. Would come again.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

カナダ旅行をすると、どうしても日本食が食べたくなるので、毎回どこの日本食にしようか迷うのですが、今回はバンクーバーでもチェーン展開しているGuuのGardenにしました。ガスタウンにある男前やガーリックは利用したことあるのですか、こちらは初めてだったので期待していきましたが、味は普通においしい、という感じです。バンクーバーに住んでいたらわかりませんが、旅行者としていくと、やはり日本の本場の味に慣れているせいか、日本の安い居酒屋レベルかなぁと感じてしまいます。
雰囲気はとても良いですが、場所がわかりずらく、他のお客さんも迷っていました。お店は3階にあるのですが、建物の1階に看板があって、2階にあがると看板などが全てなくなってしまうのでどこからいったらいいかわからなくなります。
サービスは普通ですが、旅行者は日本語が通じるだけで安心感を感じますので、他の高級レストランのように素晴らしいサービス求めていませんし、全く問題ありません!
メニューの量は少なめですが、創作料理が多いので一度は食べてみたほうが良いと思います!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food. Service was amazing. Very attentive and gave great suggestions. Highly recommend the peanut tofu, Saba Sushi were amazing.

Tags: Casual
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas lunch

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was amazing and the food was really good. Always reserve a table as they are usually quite busy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great drinks, and food, not as loud as Guu Original on Thurlow, spacious and not as dark. Service was attentive. The miso duck breast was exceptional, flavourful and tender, the tuna tataki was divine with crispy garlic chips, the ga-den salad was cold and fresh, lightly dressed. It's nice that majority of the dishes give you the option of small or regular., always order the regular when available. The Snow White cocktail was so easy to drink. We had a lovely dining experience at Guu Garden.

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We saw some food images on the Guu website, but when we asked the server if we could order any of those food that were listed on the website, there was none! Very disappointed. Images of the food on the website could not be ordered.

Overall, the food was delicious. The service was good. It was just too noisy that we could not speak at our normal voice. We had to speak up during the whole conversation.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent experience. Great food

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service and food. Gets busy and a bit noisy but the food is so fresh and creative it is worth it.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Came here for a group celebration. Food was great and they were very accommodating to a large group.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Actually got the seat I wanted, so I was happy. Food is good as always.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful staff. Good food. Loved it

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was great! Super yummy and the atmosphere was awesome.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food is great. Service is terrible: rude and rushing people to leave even when we were still eating and restaurant was half empty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I went with a friend for dinner and we ordered a few items. The portions are small and designed so that you can order a few items and share.
We ordered
Brussel Sprouts fried in a garlic salt
Kimchi Bibimbap - pork, rice, kimchi and egg in a hot stone bowl (MY FAV)
Prawn avocado salad
Chicken Karaage
Cold Sake
Service was good, place was bustling with guest eating, sharing and having a good time. The chefs at the front said hi as you came in and bye as you left...very welcoming place and honestly the food was really good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Lunch set is a very good value. Lots of varieties in one box and I got really full. Food taste good too. Only one thing I have to say is that there was a bit of communication barrier since the Japanese girl who served us did not speak good English and we had a bit trouble when ordering the food. Everything else is great!

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

one of the best izakaya japanese in vancouver, b.c.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
Food4
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I work nearby and service is always slow. Waitresses barely speak English so expect to talk slowly and to repeat yourself 2-3 times to get your orders right. Lunch time Monday to Friday averages around 20-30 mins wait even if you made reservation and order ahead.

The other time I made a reservation and pre-order by phone days ahead and they ended up telling me they could not find my reservation and also did not my honour my 10% off for pre-ordering simply because they did not locate my order. I even showed them my call log but what can I do.

This time I chose a Sunday lunch since they won't be busy and I gave up on pre-ordering so I used open-table to make reservation. Food arrived promptly but service was not very courteous. I ordered for the two of us and my friend didn't even get to order hers and her kids' and the waitress left.

Waitress asked if we want a high chair and ended up bringing us a booster. I had to repeat three times the word "seaweed" to get the waitress to bring more seaweed that of course cost extra.

I appreciate the fact that my kids were a little noisy and the waitresses didn't seem impatient for that. Like all Japanese they do have the friendly smiles at all time. Elevator was hard to find but you actually have to go into the building next it and hit a button so the security will let you in.

Food was great on the other hand which is the only reason why I would come back but probably once every 4-5 months. This place used to be my number one choice but sadly not anymore.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Though i really enjoyed the food and have enjoyed it in the past, I have found the quality of Guu Garden sliding a little. They rely too much on deep fry and mayonnaise. Broths aren't rich enough. The flavours aren't as varied as other Izakaya or even as varied as Guu's other sister restaurants (guu garlic). Perhaps it was just that the fresh sheet was not as varied as on other nights. Either way, I still enjoyed our time there very much and the food was very good, if a little too breaded over all.

Tags: Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience3
Service2
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Whenever I have been here the food is outstanding. It takes a while for the food to come but it is worth waiting for.
Wait service is overstreched and rarely get time to return to your table for tea/water

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating
Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on August 16, 2017

We had a fairly large group. We weren't provided water at all until we requested it. And when we requested it, they only brought one glass, even though I had asked for water for the table.

They seemed to be rushing us even when the restaurant was not that busy. I would not go back. There are other Japanese restaurants in Vancouver that provide better service and serve better food.

Tags: Scenic View
Food3
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on August 9, 2017

Preordered food 1 hour before scheduled time. We arrived on time but still have to wait 1/2 hour or more for our food.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 9, 2017

Super chill on a Tuesday after a Monday holiday. Not too busy, delicious food if you like Japanese izakaya food which I do! Not sure I'd want to go when it's busy which I guess is holidays and lunch because I liked how relaxed it was!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food was unique and amazing

Food5
Ambience4
Service3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food is very good! However, you're usually in for a wait at this place, and today was no difference. If you want to visit during lunch break, consider preordering.

Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on August 3, 2017

Ordered 3 dishes and shared. Reasonable price. My friend loved their unique menu. Something different than usual sushi restaurants.

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on July 29, 2017

Do not go here.
It took 45 min to recieve our food, no one checked on us. We had to ask for water. The food is lacklustre. The ambience is lacklustre. It is nothing like the other Guus.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food is very nice and the ambience is superb. All my members like it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Love coming to this place, always great to kick back relax and have a mega sapporo!

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had a great meal with some out of town friends. Meal was priced very reasonable. Service was very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

This is a great go-to restaurant for casual dining. Great ambiance and lovely outdoor terrace with great view of the Arthur Erickson Law Courts. A rarity in Vancouver.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Guu Garden is one of my favorites. The food is delicious and innovative, the service is friendly and quick, and the restaurant has a lovely, minimalist but comfy decor.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We were on vacation. This was a great find! The food was delicious!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Good quality food with decent prices. It's better preorder so you get finish your lunch on time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience3
Service3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 31, 2017

It's generally loud, but every now and then I hear some very sharp noice as if someone spoke directly into my ear. Not just me but my friend had shared same thought. Other than that everything was good. Food was great. Service was good. Ambience nice. I gave it 3 stars because of the noise.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Good staff

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