Guu Garden

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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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.
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L
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was nothing special. Heard good things but overall disappointed in the food. Kimchi bibimbap, cauliflower, short ribs, chicken knees were just okay. Unagi Nuki-Sushi was the most disappointing and had an unusual flavour with soggy rice. Best dish was the green bean tempura.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We hope you will have a better experience next time you drop by! Arigato!

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S
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience1

Food was wonderful but the ridiculous theatrical yelling by the staff was beyond annoying. They were all equipped with iPads for the orders so there was absolutely no reason to scream them to the kitchen. I assume this was to make the place seem “authentic “. It failed. It just meant conversation with your table mates was challenging

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear that our shouting seemed a bit too loud for conversation, it is our way to keep the place lively!

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M
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality is solid as always, very authentic Japanese food!

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

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

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DA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Guu has amazing comfort food and drinks, would recommend the green bean fries and the Saba shima sushi!

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! Please come by again and try all our other great dishes!

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an excellent venue for our birthday party. The staff were very accomodating with our requests and the food presentation was superb. They capture Izakaya ambience perfectly.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! We do offer party menu's for larger parties as well as our regular menu. Please come by soon!

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L
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Been there for years as my workplace is a couple blocks away. I have eaten everything on the menu but I always go back to the two bento boxes for lunch. The food quality is always the #1 reason why I return. Excellent service and peaceful setting in the midst of a very busy part of downtown.

However I noticed this time the portion of the meal has gotten 10% smaller. I understand it has to do with rent increase and/or overhead...still feel sad about it.

Anyway...pls go and support them...just don't expect huge portion if you haven't been there for a while.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Thanks for your continued support! See you again soon!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server who helped us was so considerate and helpful! Alot of the menu was in japanese and no pictures, so it was difficult for us to choose what to have being our first time. But the server recommended to is some of his favourites and he was so patient with letting us go through the menu. He did not show any attitude or irritation considering how annoying we must have been.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are delighted to have been able to help out and get you to enjoy your experience with us! Arigato!

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MM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was good, I just didn't like the policy that doesn't allow the customers to stay longer than 2 hours on a table, I went there with other 3 businessmen on a Saturday night, we spent something around 300 dollars and we would probably spend some more if we had more time to stay.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We try to take all comments into account and try to give our customers the best izakaya experience. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Authentic Japanese food.

A
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I love going to Guu Garden. I've going to go regularly for the past several years because the food is consistently good, the staff are friendly and recognize you, and I love the energy here. The patio/garden setting makes you feel like you're dining in a hidden gem in downtown. While most people know this spot, it still feels somewhat secret. When I come here, I feel like I'm at home. I can pick my favourites on the menu and know that it will be done well and served with smiling servers. Tomo is the best.
Highly recommend: Chicken Karaage, Cauliflower Karaage, Kimchi Bibimbap, Tuna Taki, Ebi Mayo, Agedashi Mozarella and Saba Shima Sushi... and of course MEGA PINTS OF SAPPORO!

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thanks you very much for the review! Patio season is unfortunately done but please come by again soon for a warm meal inside!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

お料理は全体的に美味しかったです。
隣のテーブルと近く、人が多く入っているせいか、友人との会話が聞き取りにくい時もありました。スタッフの方々は親切で、好感が持てました。

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

ご親切なレビュー、ありがとうございました。また是非とも当店にいらして下さい!お待ちしています。

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was easy to reserve and the lunch offerings were exceptional. Thank you!

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! Please come by again for lunch, or for dinner next time!

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TH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We love stopping by every time we visit Vancouver. Consistently good food and friendly service.
Good variety of dishes, all of which are tasty. We always save a bit of room for Miso Oden soup. Each person picks their favorite ingredient, but we always have daikon. So simple, but sooo yummy!

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! We believe that oden is great anytime of the year. Hope to see you again when you visit Vancouver! Arigato!

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TF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with great food and great service. Easy enough to host a large party of 10 if given them enough notice and arriving promptly just before noon.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! We do have a pre order system during lunchtime for our customers' convenience as well! See you again!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisite and delicious food, An environment with excellent atmosphere

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Took us 45 mins wait for the food. Sake is not chilled just room temperature. Service is very slow.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoy your next experience with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We were celebrating a bride's upcoming wedding but the server was not

R
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good as usual. The new preorder lunch service is very convenient and efficient!

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! Please come again soon for lunch!

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V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

4 of us had a variety of dishes - everything was stellar. Our server was new it seemed, so we could forgive her for seeming a little overwhelmed and forgetting to check on us. We had to flag her down for additional drinks and food. One item seemed to be forgotten by either the kitchen or her, but when we asked about it, it came right away.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

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

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Took forever for waiters to come

BI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Saw quite a few Stewarts running around on the patio. But other than that everything was very good.

F
Vancouver
85 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Reasonably priced with a variety of food for Bento Box. The only thing is that they should have a Bento box without sashimi as not everyone eats sashimi, and the chef has simply given us one more piece of Chicken Karage, wished that he could have offered other sushi. The Sake Salted Caramel ice cream is a must try, the sake flavor is well-balanced by the pinch of saltiness . For 2 people, the bill summed up to under $50 all inclusive.

KT
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had our wedding anniversary lunch there. Food was outstanding and service was great!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ebi mayo rocks my world. Wash it down with a perfect frozen Moscow Mule! Best way to spend your summer evening.

AS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Brought a few people who haven't been here before. Advised that the izakaya are small dishes but they have some regular size dishes such as the sushi, bowls, etc.

The food was tasty however there doesn't seem to much difference between the small and regular size izakaya dishes.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious and great for sharing. They have really good service

K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience5

Normally LOVE this place, but the service on Saturday was horrific. After taking our drink order, it took them forever to come back and get our food order. Our food came eventually but we had no plates or utensils. And after asking for more chopsticks...we waited another 10 mins before we could flag a waitress down only to find out they had run out of chopsticks! Another 10 minutes before we got forks 🙄 The food was great as usual, but they really need to hire more staff especially for the weekends as it's obvious they are overwhelmed.

TL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Only complaints is it was very loud in there and our server hardly spoke English . Food was all really great though!

DO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A little pricey for the dish size but very tasty!

JM
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always. The menu is a little limited as far as guu's go but the patio is great and you can always get a table.

E
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service is perfect! Although we have lots of people, they provide the good service.

h
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Went here for lunch and it was great! Loved the selection of lunch options. The service is slow so if you’re in a rush, this may not be the right place for you.

Guu Garden
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Arigato!

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D
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The ambient environment is really nice! Lunch specials took a while to prepare but tasted great.

ZR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

guy was guulicious! guy was guulicious! guy was guulicious

EN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Place is lovely! Great good, nice service. Haven’t had anything I didn’t like there !! Tontoro is a must, it’s tender and moist. To die for.

Guu Garden
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! We love the Tontoro ourselves as well. Come back again soon! Arigato!

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and beautiful downtown rooftop garden location with very reasonable prices. Small plates allow you to try many different things. We will be back for more!

Guu Garden
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for your review. Please come back again and try out new things on our special menu soon!

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good place for a date or just hanging with some friends would recommend trying the chicken karage it's is delicious

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Please come by to check out all the other amazing dishes we have to offer!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Waiter took forever to bring us the bill. Then, the bill was wrong. Then, the car machine did not work. Then, the waiter cannot deal with cash as she cannot do simple math.

In short, waited for over 45 minutes for bill and everything and received no discount. I was late returning to work from my lunch because of this. They should compensate their customers for such inconvenience.

Extremely POOR service!

GY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Remember to preorder so you get discount for lunch.

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! Please come by again soon! Arigato!

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TC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I've come here a few times before, this time with a much larger party. As usual the food came out pretty quick and was delicious. It seemed like they may have been understaffed though as it would take us a long time to get our orders taken. Overall, I would definitely come again. Maybe as a preemptive measure management should assess the quality of work their servers can commit to depending how full the restaurant is.

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for your review and comment. We will look into increasing our service quality so that you will have no problems ordering when desired. Hope to see you back here soon!

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