Guu Garden

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296 reviews
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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.
What 296 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.3
Ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We only ever tried the lunch menu before but the dinner one is just as good! The agedashi tofu with kale tempura and truffle oil was the perfect starter. I ordered chef’s choice oden as well which was warm and refreshing for a rainy night! The staff were great as always. Very energetic and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My group and I came in for lunch because we heard excellent reviews about the service and bento boxes. The staff and quality of food went beyond our expectations! We’re already planning our next visit. Hopefully dinner!

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Jess
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The server keeps rushing us the whole dining time - take plates right away and drop the bill with the cc terminal....and they called to confirm the reservation while I’m at work - 2 pm, I replied : yes, we will be there and I can’t talk now. they keep repeating the dining time is 2 hours and we will be sitting in the bar, —- YES I KNOW! I was told when I made the reservation! She still keep trying to say something!Come on!! Don’t think will go back anytime soon!

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betelgeuse
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Good place to go with friends and coworkers. we went for lunch, they have good selection for lunch menu, AND if you did preorder at least 30min in advance, you will get 10% off.
Waitresses were friendly, polite and nice. They’re aware to our needs (ex: pour more tea and when to deliver our preorder food, since one of my friend was late a bit)
Btw, their chirashi combo was good and Portion was good for the value

in summary, it’s good! i will come back again for sure.

note: you need to take stairs to go up, it’s kinda having meal at rooftop feeling :)

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SepehrR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot for japanese food and drinks. Amazing service.

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vipDargon8
Calgary
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Enjoyable and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious and although I've seen other reviews mentioning small portions, I thought the portions were adequate. My dinner companion and I each ordered 2 dishes and shared and we were pleasantly satisfied.
I highly recommend the cauliflower karaage and the beef tongue! We will definitely be back.

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vipGlobalfoodie2
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grandson’s birthday

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RobynV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place for eats. Perhaps tricky to find but not impossible.

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Elaine
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Restaurant was not ready for our reservation. Waited another half hour or longer. Service was mediocre.

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Lara
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Tasty and unique items on the menu. Bento boxes are very good.

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LynneS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

For the past decade or so, this has been my go to place for food, beers, birthdays, dates, friends, etc. The ambiance is always amazing, the customer service is great. I can always expect the beers, the food and the customer service to be the same or even better. Highly recommend this restaurant for any and all occassions!

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hatmushroom
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

My friend and I tried the dine out menu. I personally find the portions small and some do not taste great compared to the price. However, it was a good experience and I know Guu Gardens has lots of great foods from the regular menu.

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Foodninja
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was so delicious and you could tell the ingredients were fresh and prepared with care! I love this place.

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ChrissyW
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The dine out menu was fabulous, me and my friends got all 9 kinds to try. We loved the elk meat and saba salad especially. I would definitely recommend! Guu Garden is always a blast of flavors!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This place always delivers! Great food, decent prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was quite nice overall. I just wish the food had more Japanese influence. Felt like a western restaurant.

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JasonY
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the portions and the flavour and the variety offered.

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Scootz77
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Solid experience for a repeat guest. It was quite busy as it was Dine Out. The food was on point, with great value highlighting their delicious menu. Only thing to note was the service... they seemed a bit overwhelmed with the volume. Couldn't clear the dishes fast enough as the kitchen was pumping out the dishes. Overall, pleased as usual.

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Coalesce
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall it was an okay experience. Some of the dishes were not very good. In particular the karaage vegetables with some sort of bitter and very salty dip. The servers also kept forgetting what they served and kept asking us, or we had to remind them we were missing dishes.

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Kerry
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal ! Food was authentic, fresh tasting, clean flavours !!
Service was okay. Restaurant was nicely decorated, seats comfortable and very clean !!!

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VickyH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Great cozy place to eat! Happily found and tried this place a while ago, and now my friends and I love coming back here whenever we can!

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vipDargon8
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Some of the food was really good. The service was great.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for joining us on New Year's Eve! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

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vipCAL77
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Found by accident on a rainy day. Great little authentic Japanese home style restaurant with the traditional dishes. The staff are friendly and helpful. We’ve gone back multiple times now and it’s consistently great.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for year review! We are glad you found us, we are a bit harder to find. We look forward on serving you again soon!

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cmariec
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Birthday dinner with fantastic service! Was expecting a little more in terms of food quality 😕

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about your experience with us, but please stop by again soon!

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CandieT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing all around

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for your review! Arigato!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

N/A nothing

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good value for the price. Will go again.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for your review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon, arigato!

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TracyS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, super friendly service, and fun atmosphere. Some of the dishes are outstanding like the duck breast, short ribs, green beans....Prices are very reasonable and food is made for sharing.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for your review! Please stop by again soon to try out all are other amazing dishes!

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KevinW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Came for a dinner. Got a table for two in a corner, which is not the most comfortable. Service was otherwise good except that they forgot about one of our orders and we got served that dish considerably late. Restaurant was quite noisy. Food was good. But for the kanto dashi, I would have liked more detail about this dish or advice when ordering, because I ordered it with a few ingredients and it came with almost an empty bowl. It's because I don't know how the dish usually turns out but I would have liked the server to point out that to me instead of letting me find out after ordering. Food is a little pricey for what you get.

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Ivandry
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

For the quality of food but too noisy and waitress not helpul.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that we were not able to provide our best service. Please come by again!

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Lisa
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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Sixela
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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Maya
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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DANA
Vancouver
2 reviews
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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ThomasG
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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Lawrence
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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OpenTable Diner
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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vipJTMe
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Very slow slow slow slow service!

Guu Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for your feedback, and sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience. We hope we can provide better service next time you stop by!

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FAQs

Guu Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Guu Garden also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 899-0855.

Guu Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 296 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.