Guu Kobachi

4.4
51 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
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
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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 12:30am
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:30am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(604) 683-0735
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tomo
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Alberni
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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
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Entertainment
Chilled yet energetic atmospheres with friendly people, awesome tapas style food and drinks!
We carry a large variety of Japanese Sake!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Wine
What 51 People Are Saying
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MV
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

They offer a large variety of small plates (4 for $17) that are a great value. It’s largely in the salty-savoury bar snacks category but quite tasty. The staff are SUPER friendly too.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Fun, vibrant, electric atmosphere. Excellent Japanese food with a twist. Enjoyed the seaweed salad with tofu. Catch of the day blowtorched sashimi was very good. Black sesame ice cream topped off the meal. Not your typical Japanese restaurant, much more fun!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We love Guu! We visit every two weeks or so. Food is delicious, and the staff is lovely. Always enjoy our experience.

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M
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and nice presentation. Servers are friendly.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Small plates 4 at a time with many drinks, and a some extra options carbs to fill up with. A great night out.

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CJ
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was excellent, but the service was exemplary! The sake flights were perfect and the staff took the time to understand each person at the table to make the right recommendations based on each guest’s individual tastes. They were also really great about the fact that we stayed way longer than normal after we finished out meal (sorry about that to both the other guests and the staff, BTW!)

Overall we had an amazing time and we are definitely going back soon!

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OT
4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Unpretensious locale with absolutely fantastic Japanese food and spirits selections. Staff Service was helpful in choosing from the rich list of specials. I do highly recommend it.

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OT
3.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Good for happy hour or late night snacks. Not recommend for dinner because the portions are so small. Great service!

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JA
5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

A great place to go if u drink and want to nibble on some small eats, food and drinks are both good. If you eat alot and dont drink maybe this is not the most suitable place, the food portion is quite small.

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JA
4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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G
5.0Dined on January 10, 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!

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v
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OT
4.0Dined on December 25, 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.

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OT
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined on December 8, 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.

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OT
5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Weekly Anniversary

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OT
4.0Dined on November 18, 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.

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OT
5.0Dined on November 15, 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

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CJ
5.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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1.0Dined on October 1, 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)

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OT
5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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JG
3.0Dined on September 15, 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.

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OT
4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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M
5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

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

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GW
2.0Dined on July 26, 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.

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BE
5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined 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!!

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D
5.0Dined on July 4, 2017

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

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OT
4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

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

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I
4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined on June 14, 2017

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

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A
5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

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

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S
5.0Dined on May 25, 2017

The food was excellent, the service prompt and friendly.

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PW
5.0Dined 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.

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OT
5.0Dined 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.

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OT
4.0Dined 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

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OT
4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

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

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JH
3.0Dined on January 20, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined on December 25, 2016

The dishes were nicely smoked

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