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About Guu Original Thurlow
Guu Original on Thurlow is where the Izakaya boom started. It’s not only the first Guu to open, but is the very first Izakaya in Vancouver.
Established in 1993 as “Raku” & changed to “Guu” in 2000, this Guu offers the most authentic Izakaya experience, offering classic dishes like Yaki Udon & Oden. This is as close you’ll get to the real deal….unless you fly to Japan.
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.
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 1:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am, Sunday:5:30pm - 12:00am
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center station and 10 min walk
Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 8 min walk
#005 bus, the closest stop is Robson + Thurlow
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
Guu Original Thurlow Ratings and Reviews
Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Never disappointed!
Great food and service. Just really surprised at the portions. Everything was a sparse handful sized, aside from the rice dishes but for the price, we ended up feeling a little bit ripped off.
Good food, efficient friendly service, but a bit noisy for having a conversation with friends.
The food was excellent, the plates imaginative. It is Japanese flavors in a tapas-style experience. For three of us we shared 7 plates and 3 desserts. Reservations are highly recommended. We had reservations and were seated immediately to a reserved table. Others without waited to be seated. The venue is small, very casual, tavern-like atmosphere. Staff friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed the experience and will certainly put this on our list of places to remember about our visit to Vancouver.
Guu hasn't disappointed this time around, either! The salmon sashimi dish was absolutely delicious, their food leaves you feeling light and energized, yet full - it's well worth the hours of driving from the Interior!
Food was delicious, and unique
This Japanese restaurant is the most authentic restaurant I have ever visited. The food was amazing, definitely recommendable!
Food was good overall but the wagyu aburi was very low quality, the Chef tried to explain that he couldn't be certain of the origin/supplier but this did not help the tough chewy meat.
Went here on a Monday night for an early dinner to skip the crowds. Got a confirmation call for my reservation about an hour before. Got here early and waited for the doors to open. Had two small kids with us, staff happily handed us straws and extra napkins. Had the Guuud beer, garlic salmon, yaki udon, fried rice, sockeye sashimi, mussels, beef, lamb...I think that's it. The fish and meats came with 6 or 8 pieces, the mussels was an entree sized large bowl, the rice and udon were medium share plates. All the food tasted good and was fresh. Beer was good but I am no connoisseur. It was okay for the price. Too much hype maybe.
Food was ok. Not as good as before. Kitchen was very smokey from their cooking. The ran out of Sapporo beer. The other beers didn't taste good. Would have stayed longer if they had the Sapporo beer.
From time to time I always enjoy Guu on Thurlow with family, friends , coworkers, this time is pre-concert meal, they still keep the usual excellent manner in all matters.
We went for a family dîner and e everyone enjoyed the food and the culinary expérience. If we were living in Vancouver it would be our sweet stop for a sure hit.
We always eat here ... food is amazing and staff is always so friendly and efficient.
We had a selection of Oden as an opener, which was both interesting and delicious. With this came some good cocktails.
I was not really impressed with the quality of the main course. I had the beef tongue, which was extremely chewy, basically a meat chewing gum and not well seasoned. My Wife ordered a sukiyaki salad which was good in flavour, but again the meat was very chewy.
Mango Cheesecake as a dessert was nice.
All in all, OK, but the main course really left us with mixed feelings about this place.
Can't complain. Good food fast service
Everything is perfect!!!
Have always had good experiences at Guu. Either this location or Gastown. Food is always consistent and service is good as well!
This place is a bit noisy but food is tasty.
Although they couldn't give us a table for our motorcycle helmets... the service was friendly ... he was very accommodating. The food was fantastic... this was our 3rd time there... would recommend it without hesitation!
Thank you to everyone at Guu !
Everytime I make the trek up to Vancouver, B.C. I always have to come here! The food and service is always on point! It's a lively and fun restaurant. I only wish they would open up in Seattle!
Guu is unfailingly delicious. Fantastic rotating specials, creative takes on Japanese staples, and the sake is flowing. We most recently went for dinner at 6pm on a Friday and the tunes were rockin'.
Simply excellent I definitely recommend this restaurant
This is a good place to get together with friends. Good food and cozy atmosphere.
Amazing food authentic food in a lovely environment!
The food was great
My sister and I were not pleased to be informed upon arrival that our reserved seats were at the counter and right next to the chefs yelling every time a new customer has arrived or customers are leaving. I would have appreciated a heads up that for a reservation for 2 people or less get automatically seated at the counter.
Amazing as always! We go to Guu a couple times a month..Probably my favorite place to eat
I love Guu original. It's got the feel of a real izakaya in Japan. The food is great, lively atmosphere, the staff has fun and you can tell. I highly recommend sitting at the bar, it makes the experience so much more enjoyable.
Fun place for dinner. Portions can be quite small and are made for sharing, so be sure to go on a half-full stomach if you don't want to spend too much money!
Preconcert dinner, we enjoyed a perfect ambiance and food in this restaurant
Fast service and interesting menu. Not the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. But, the price is great. The green tea ice cream was one of the best I have ever had in Canada. Two big scoops cost $4 only.
Food's great as usual. Salmon tataki is yummy. Service is excellent. Kimchi fried rice could use a bit more spice and would've been better served on hot stone bowl rather than plate, difficult to scoop. Overall really good.
Food is perfectly just a little bit noisy. We really like to eat all the food ,excepet beef, too hard.
A nice Japanese cuisine restaurant. Everything is good; delicious foods, so kind staffs, unique mood, and so on.
Great Japanese food besides Sushi. Many interesting dishes and some fresh seafood. Very tasty snack dishes plus a great Sea Bass dish. The place is loud and fun with great service and good food not to mention hot sake!
Opened late for some reason, but apologized profusely and gave us free ice cream to make up for it. Delicious food, great attitude from the servers!
It is impossible to talk to your friends in this place. Although the traditional Japanese greeting are expected, you would find it really annoying if the greetings are shouted out loud in a screaming voice. Food was not too bad with reasonable price. Don't recommend if you need somewhere quite to talk.
Steamed shrimp, eggplant appetizer and udon w/beef were tasty. Sashimi was disappointing and arrived frozen. Glad we had reservations b/c wait time seemed long so arrive before 6 so you don't have to wait too log.
Walked out before the meal began. Noise level was so loud we could not talk or think. Looked at the menu and realized that continuing was not worth it. Premises were not clean. Would not return for another try.
Love the food there
Always visit at least once a month
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