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Guu Garden

4.4
118 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Special Offers

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat your mother with Guuu'd dining experience this year. Guu is aiming to be your “recharging spot”, where you refill your positive energy through our food and ambiance. Using freshest local ingredients with Japanese traditional culinary techniques, 
you will find real UMAMI here at Guu!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 118 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

While the food was delicious, there was quite a wait between ordering and being served. If you don't have much time, you may want to go elsewhere. That being said, there are lots of options on the menu, as well as a special lunch menu. I recommend one of the bento boxes if you're looking for variety. It's at the top of two flights of stairs, so be prepared.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was great, service could be better, I felt rushed to order and rushed to re order drinks.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Ate there on Sat night, Dine-Out. The horse sashimi was spot on, delicious, whereas the Wagyu was tough. The other dishes were ordinary.

Need more customer service training. The oshibori was given to us before we could sit down and take our coats off. The waiter should have waited. It wasn't only him, but I also saw the same thing with another waitress; indicating poor training.

I also felt rushed. We were given 2 hours for dinner. The bill was given after our dessert which is perfectly fine. We wanted to take our time and chat. However, after 90 minutes, the waitress asked how I would like to pay for the bill. My credit card hadn't been taken out yet... If we still had time, I don't want the waitress to bother us until we are ready to pay the bill.

It may sound nit-picky, but if your restaurant is an up-scale Izakaya, everything should be perfect.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

I really enjoyed their authentic Japanese food. All my friends love it, we decided to come here more often.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on December 29, 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!

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas lunch

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 20, 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.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent experience. Great food

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