Guu Garden

4.3
212 reviews
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Japanese
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tapas
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 212 People Are Saying
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J
Vancouver
51 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very delicious fresh fish and dumplings, small drink list, good Sake on it.
Will go again

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, but our table was tucked behind a pillar, wish we had more connection to the room and ambience. But overall fantastic will just request a different table next time.

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food as always! Can’t wait to come back soon!

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service and interesting food, kind of loud but at least you feel like you're somewhere popular haha

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KG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Horrible experience, there was a mouse climbing up my leg? What kind of hygiene is that. On top of that, server got desperate cause we took longer than he expected us in deciding what to order so they assigned us this barely trained server. Highly disappointed, used to be one of my favourite places; not anymore.

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M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great place for hangout. Place tends to get noisy so if you want to have nice and quiet place, ask for outdoor patio area (during summer time) ;)

Guu reserved nice spot for us as we were meeting for a special occasion

Thank you!

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Summer is just around the corner... look forward to our patio seating!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, exactly as expected. Good sized menu, not an overbearing number of options. Service was attentive and they advertise a phrase to call servers.

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Please stop by again! Arigato!

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TL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Hard to find and definitely need reservation. Has an extensive menu and very much liked the Nasu. The calamari and Karagae was above average. Probably ordered too much deep fry stuff including the rare chicken cartilage but will definitely be back to give it a try again

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon and try the other items on our menu!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Everything good except food could be slow in serving, like 30 mins wait - the only way to enjoy it is to reserve seats and pre-order. Food is otherwise tasty.

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience, and will be doing our best to improve serving times. See you again soon!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great time!!

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you very much for your review! Hope to see you back again soon!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

perfect
everything is so perfect

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Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you very much! We hope to see you back soon!

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was DELICIOUS! It was very busy when we came so I few of our ordered items were forgotten about. On two occasions we had to check in with the waitress.

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear about that, and will increase our servers' serving level for your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This restaurant is always busy although their food and sakes are always nice, enjoyed it, thanks!

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you very much for your review! Hope to see you again soon!

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RG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had Valentines Dinner here with my family and it was fantastic, great friendly service and awesome food

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for dropping by on Valentines Day! Hope to see you all again soon!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Arigato very much! See you again soon!

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JK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food with great servers that are really friendly and wonderful.

Guu Garden
Responded on March 22, 2019

Arigato very much for your review!

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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

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back here soon! Arigato!

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A
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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you back here soon to try out our other lunch items!

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d
1 review
Dined on January 28, 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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience with us, and will let our kitchen staff know about your thoughts on our dishes!

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TT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Arigato!

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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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience. Hope you will swing back by here soon!

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CF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience, and we hope we will have new food items that you will enjoy for your next visit!

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

Very poor service

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We will be looking into improving our service level for all customers.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for stopping by! Looking forward to seeing you back here soon!

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

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

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! Arigato!

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N
Vancouver
4 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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! We look forward to see you back here out on the patio!

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C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back here soon!

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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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! Hope to see you again soon!

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LR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 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.

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We will be working to improve our service level for your next visit!

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

Guu Garden
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for dropping by! We hope to see you again soon!

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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

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your review, and thanks for coming by to experience our 2019 Osechi! Arigato!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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!

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope you will come by again soon! Arigato!

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P
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! Hope you had an excellent New Years Eve, and hope to see you back soon!

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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

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your comments! We are looking forward to seeing you back here!

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LG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! Looking forward to seeing you back here soon! Arigato!

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E
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for stopping by on Christmas! Hope to see you back soon!

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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.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and we are sorry to have not made your visit a great experience. We will definitely look into increasing our servers' skill level.

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m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

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

Guu Garden
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and we are sorry to hear about that. We'll look into improving our menu items for your next visit!

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London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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

Guu Garden
Responded on December 22, 2018

Thank you very much for visiting us, and we are glad you found our location!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

Guu Garden
Responded on December 19, 2018

Thank you very much for a great comment! We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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