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About Guu Kobachi

Guu Kobachi, as the name suggests, offers tapas style “small portion dishes”.
“Kobachi” means small dishes or appetizers, making it perfect for small groups of 2 to 4, where you can chat, drink & snack.

If you sit at the counter, why not chat with the chef? If you feel like eating something not on the menu, try asking for it & see what happens.

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

Cuisines:
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 12:30am
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:30am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Alberni

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 683-0735

Website:
http://www.guu-izakaya.com/kobachi

Entertainment:
Chilled yet energetic atmospheres with friendly people, awesome tapas style food and drinks!
We carry a large variety of Japanese Sake!

Parking Details:
Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center and 20 min walk
Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 20 min walk
#019, #240, #242, #246, #250, #253, #254 bus, the closest stop is Georgia St & Denman

Executive Chef:
Tomo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Wine

Guu Kobachi Ratings and Reviews

5
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (8)
Casual (7)
Good for a Date (7)
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Cozy (6)
Authentic (5)
Tapas (5)
Neighbourhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-Night Find (3)
Pre/post-theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Lunch (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romance (1)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

I do like the place, service is good, drink is good, food for the most part is good too, but the portion is TINY, its really a drinking place, you drink and order some small eats, not exactly the place for a family dinner, great for drinkers get together.

Tags: Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on January 11, 2018

Can not say enough good things about this Guu! Wonderful atmosphere and service. I've been coming here for years, and bringing various people that I really care about in my life. I love the food, and fun atmosphere. They always make you feel so welcome. I love the variety of food available, and it's a chance to try new things. They are always innovating. This place is so Guuuuuuuu'd!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Fun, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food, good service. Definitely the best one among the group. :D

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 26, 2017

Just a few blocks from the bus stop, it was a nice alternative to something near the hotels. Authentic , with lively atmosphere and friendly staff.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service2
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Soup spelled on my pants! Otherwise is an excellent dining experience

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Eye-appealing, delicate, tasty, and fresh dishes; budget-friendly, great service and vibrant vibe; wooden and authentic beautiful interior design.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent service - we made a reservation, but walked right in when they opened at 5:30. Service at this location is SOOO much better than their location in Richmond. Good suggestions based upon our desires and the sake and Guuud Ale was perfect. Being the good Japanese we are, we requested and received omusubi to finish off our izakaya meal and were perfectly satisfied. The Brussels sprouts, deep fried edamame and eggplant were just divine. The sashimi was perfect and overall, definitely going back! Very reasonably priced for such an interesting and lovely meal.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Tapas, Healthy, Cozy, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Weekly Anniversary

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was a great resturant. The only reason I took off points is because they brought out people's food separately and we were in a larger group.

The food was delicious and I would definitely try it again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 16, 2017

Very young but accommodating staff very efficient and we were served quickly tasty dishes had to order more and brought a small custard dish with a candle for my birthday girl and fairly reasonable to

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food - one of the better Guu's I've been to. The service was great, and we were especially happy with the recommendations for the sake flight. My friend had never tried sake before and is now in love with it.

If you've never been to a Guu before, it's sometimes a bit easier to get into this one as it hasn't quite become the same sort of neighbourhood hot spot as the other locations - but you can get better service at this location due to the fact that they can actually be a bit more attentive. Overall, we were very happy with the experience.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual
Food3
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 2, 2017

There was the service, the kitchen and the waiters pretty bad . They did not speak English well and the food eas served after 30 minutes each course. I would not recommend the place and I am disappointed with the 5 stars it is rated by Open Table if I give one star I may be doing them a favor
Adrian Escobosa( Mexico)

Food4
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on September 29, 2017

I been there and I thank that was one of my different and real experience in Vancouver about Japanese food

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Distinctive in neighbourhood. If you want to try a Japanese flare with hint of fun, this might be the place.

Space is narrow and seating limited. Might not be the best for groupies or special occasions. Quickly after opening around 6 pm grts hextic, like all other izakayas in downtown. But that's what Izakaya is for, if you know its authenticity. I'm just glad no one gets to smoke inside the place.

Food is hard to describe. Becareful of your choice of the menu. Make sure to read the ingredients lay out and ask for brief explaination on your adventurous palate. You might get raw sea snail with soy sauce.

Price is typical.
Ambience is loud.
Chairs are stiff.
Servers are casual, like the place and its music.
This location has unique interior decor, so check it out.

Enjoy.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food tasted great, went here with a party of 11, and everyone enjoyed it.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Denver)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great otherwise but please think about the music, totally not right for the ambience. Good service, great food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Casual, Spicy
Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value2

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We had to ask three times for water to be served. Waited for over 30 minutes for just sashimi. We waited and waited for the rest of our orders (Ebi mayo, beef tongue, etc.), but turns out our waiter forgot to even submit those orders for us - so we had to leave half hungry as we were running late for a concert.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Izakaya style restaurants are my favorite and this may be my favorite Izakaya.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We normally visit Guu on Robson, but they did not have any seating. Decided to try out Guu Kobachi. Great choice...great food, great drinks, and great service. My other half and I had a great experience and will be coming back again!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Good Izakaya joint for a fun friends/family dinner gathering!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Very original and wonderful fresh fish menú, very good service and great price value relation

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great option for late dinner. The tofu with cashews it's a must!!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 14, 2017

It's worth going for the curry beef poutine alone. Friendly staff and a festive vibe.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Great atmosphere. The staff was very attentive to our table and needs throughout our meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 25, 2017

The food was excellent, the service prompt and friendly.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Random dinner with wife and Saturday night, surprised me there a familiar face in this restaurant, chef is coming from aberdeen centre guu. Place is good and good is even better. Will definity go there again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Loved it! The ambience is cheerful and warm, and the food was great. The noise level is actual perfectly suited to the close proximity of tables. You can enjoy privacy of conversation without shouting, even while sitting quite close to the next table. The shared plates and the comfortable environment adds to an overall great experience for a first date.

Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Small portions. As expected for tapas place. Don't expect to be filled up. Good atmosphere. Food is still delicious and authentically Japanese

Tags: Tapas
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Very friendly and helpful service. Delicious bites! The green bean gomae & sake tasting was excellent!

Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Small but yum food. Must lean very close to people to talk.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating
Food4
Ambience3
Service4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The dishes were nicely smoked

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Attentive servers, enthusiastic chefs, delicious and authentic foods, reasonable prices. A real find!

Tags: Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Food was very delicious, wide variety of alcohol selection. Most importantly it's the vibe and the energy at that place, you can tell everyone was having lots of fun.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Amazing service and food! Can't wait to back again :)

Food2
Ambience1
Service3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2016

🌚 wont go again 🌝

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Guu Kobachi is my new favourite place to go...it's cozy, servers are friendly, great menu selection, and mojitos are refreshing! It's awesome that they accept reservations...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Happy to see that guu is now on open table!

nice surprise....we've been to all the other guus...can't believe they've been there for five years...it's a cozy little restaurant...great food, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere...

we will definitely go back...

it is really loud...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 29, 2016

We had a fabulous time - the service was excellent & the food for the most part was quite good. I don't recommend their carbonara, but everything else was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Love this place with all my heart.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Very creative and delicious.we loved everything. Chef was wonderful and staff was great.

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