Guu Garden

4.3
197 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
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.
What 197 People Are Saying
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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N
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We did Dine Out here. The restaurant is hard to find but worth it. The food was great and so was the service

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1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I had the tuna don. It was tasty but covered in some kind of weird clear-ish slimy substance sort of like watery egg whites. It gave the whole dish a bit of a slimy texture that was rather off-putting. My friend enjoyed her meal. She was served cold tea when she arrived, but they rectified that. Staff were friendly and efficient.

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d
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

went for the dine-out and was pretty disappointed honestly...the food came out at sporadic times and was not that special. Two of us had the "Takikomi" Rice and expected the same delicious fragrance from mushrooms similar to a dish at their other locations, but it was bland, barely mushroomy and the presentation was lackluster with a couple of snap peas to garnish. Other dishes were okay, not as refined as I would have hoped though. Overall not really impressed, could think of many better places to spend $25.

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TT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Came here for dineout. It was decent but nothing spectacular. Good if you haven't tried this restaurant before.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

While the location and setting was nice, i was not too impressed by the food. We tried the dineout Vancouver menu, and we were not particularly impressed by the food, in terms of taste, portion size, nor presentation. Overall, value was not there. However, we did see some items on their regular menu which seemed interesting, I might give it another chance if I was in the area next time, but will not make a point to go there just for the food.

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CF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This review is for their Dine-Out.

While the ambiance and service were great, the quality of the food was lacking. A few of the dishes that we anticipated (curry lamb chops, steamed salmon, mushroom rice in a stone bowl) ended up being disappointingly bland. Again, this is for Dine-Out, so the quality may be due to the increased volume of orders and reduced cost for the meal.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Very poor service

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining with long time cousins and his family... it was a very nice dinner and gathering

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service is quite nice. Food is pretty good, except duck liver was my cup of tea.

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N
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Menu has a great selection and they're one of the few places to get oden in the city. We had the dine out menu which had a lot of fresh, creative dishes. Service was friendly and they have a good hidden rooftop patio I would love to visit in the summer.

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C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was very nicely decorated. The seating was varied, giving it a cozy, DIY kind of atmosphere. We ordered all of the dishes from the dine out menu and saved 10CAD altogether. If I were to go again, I would probably stick to only ordering the more expensive dishes to make it more worth the price.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Came in for the dine out experience. Most of dishes we ordered had pretty good portions.

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LR
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

My experience at this restaurant was average. The food was overall okay, the duck was quite good as were the ribs and the eggplant but everything else was merely fine not exceptional, and the chicken karaage was quite greasy. The service was average, the servers made several slips; forgot dishes, forgot wine, forgot to remove the used hot towels, but otherwise were attentive. It is quite noisy and so private conversation is not what you would go here for. I am not sure I would revisit this place.

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Spectacular. Awesome in almost every dimension you might consider relevent.

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D
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very unique menu of Japanese New Year restaurant located in quiet level of Nelson Square!
OSECHI dispaly all colours ingredients in bento box for prosperity Year!!
Great place of Izakaya

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. It was New Year's Eve so it was packed and very loud and rowdy inside. The desserts especially were delicious!

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P
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

New Years Eve
Was busy in there but still the food came out fast

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CW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I have a great time with my family and friends here. The food and services were great! I would like to come again:D

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LG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good Japanese Food - Casual but still a fair bit stylish - Friendly Staff - Like !

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E
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

One of the few restaurants that are open on Christmas night, had a good time with friends. Not easy to find for first time diners...more of western style Japanese food

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was good but service was poor. I got there first with a friend and we were seated at our table, and waited for the last person in our party to arrive. The waitress didn’t offer us tea until we had to ask for it, and then proceeded to serve tea to the table next to us (who came after us) and then forget to bring our tea. Had to remind her again to bring us our tea.

Then when it was time to pay the bill, she didn’t ask if we wanted it to be separate or together so we had to ask for it to be split, which then took another 10 minutes for her to bring the new bill.

I don’t know if it was because they were understaffed but overall, didn’t feel like the service was all that great.

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m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Not impressed in the least. The food was greasy and not very flavourful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Proper tradition Japanese food. Tricky to find the restaurant with the directions given but worth the effort.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was amazing! Guu was very accommodating too! Great experience, definitely will come agaib

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BB
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing to see portion sizes improve :) For a while, the large size of any dish looked like individual servings. Service is still efficient! However, we were told that the sake we wanted was unavailable - forcing our group of 8 to order a more expensive one. Upon ordering our 2nd bottle, it was discovered that it was in fact available... Not sure if there was miscommunication but it felt dishonest.

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love Guu Garden. Great food, reasonably priced. Fun place to go with a group to try lots of different plates. Highly recommended and will be back many times. Reserve early to be sure to get in.

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b
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Guu is still a cool place to go, but the glass surfaces make it a bit too noisy even though the Guu folks have not ramped up the music to much; I wonder if there would be a way to soften the sound level?

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful as usual. The people I was with didn’t know about the location but we’re very happy to find it and we’ll be back for sure!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was off the street level and more on the rooftop overlooking part of the city. Was quaint and cosy inside and like most Japanese restaurants, the whole restaurant staff shouts out a welcome greeting. The lunch menu had many options and catered to both me and my companion’s needs. Well made Home style Japanese food at a fair price. The food was delicious and I cannot wait to visit again.

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MC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Our table was not ready and it took a long time to get seated.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, staff are friendly and honest - forgot my birthday card with a stack of cash inside and they called me the next day with it!! 👊🏻

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OT
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff was amazing.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lots of diff cocktails there I want to try. I liked my match milk with kahlua and the deep fried cheesecake. They have a very special way to celebrate b day which they turn off the light to present the b day cake and that was fun

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Pleasantly surprised with the choices available. Noise level made it hard to have a conversation. Food was fresh and innovative.

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KF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We recently celebrated my sister's big birthday and Gu Gardens was nothing short of amazing. Sure it took a little bit to get our drink orders but we were an eclectic group of 25 people who arrived at different times. They handled it professionally and we were impressed!!

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VV
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to share with friends, food really good and well presented.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was amazing! My group found the menu a bit challenging to read, but we were pretty distracted catching up with each other.

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MH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We made reservations at 7:30pm but still had to wait 15mins for our table. It was super loud in the restaurant so it was very hard to get our server's attention whenever we wanted something. The food was decent, we had much better food at other Guu locations. One of the dishes we ordered actually tasted quite bad.

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D
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The table was too small to sit 7 of us. The plates used could be smaller to save space when we ordered quite a bit of dishes. The sign of the restaurant could have been more explicitly placed at the entrance of the building.

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