Guu Original Thurlow
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.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am, Sunday:5:30pm - 12:00am
Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 8 min walk
#005 bus, the closest stop is Robson + Thurlow
Weird service, didn’t want to accept us suas they don’t work with reservation. And charge $.05 for soy sauce. It’s not the money is just that is the only guu that does that. I have been to many of them. Overall not coming back to the original guy rather go somewhere else
Super loud uncensored rap music kind of ruined the evening for me. And the food wasn't as good as I remembered. Mostly protein based choices with very few vegetable dishes. This location needs updating. Our table was squished at the back in front of a fridge.
Thankfully we had a reservation at 5:30pm, right when they open. There was a long line to get in and the restaurant was immediately full. Service was good but not great, which is understandable given the amount of people. The food was outstanding, the staff was lively, the music was loud and interesting (90's club music). Overall a fun experience, and would definitely go back.
Made a reservation online and had a fun and interesting dinner
Im Sorry Guu thurlow, but the staff's over the top 'irrashaimasei' greeting was completely disruptive and constant. The traditional Japanese greeting is welcomed, but having lived in Ehime, Japan for three years, Guu's version was disrespectful to the language and culture. I actually enjoyed the food and service was prompt. But the constant yelling again and again and again meant that I could barely hear with the person sitting next to me. I will not go back again and I will not recommend to anyone -- a shame to waste a nice Japanese dinner but have to put up with staff yelling every other moment?
It was a really great experience!
The food tasted excellent, and the service was perfect.
It was my brother’s birthday and they’re birthday song was amazing; I really enjoyed the birthday song playing in the background after as well.
We were placed in the back of the restaurant in a corner, they should not sit anyone there. No vegetable on the menu.
Food was very tasty, especially Sashimi salad. Very well priced, great variety. Quick service. Tables are a bit squishy but not too bad. Great value for the price!! Fun atmosphere too.
Every dish we ordered was good, but it was too noisy. Anytime someone ordered food or came through the door, the wait staff would literally shout and yell across the room. I couldn’t even hear myself over the music that was also blasted out loud through the speaker on top of screaming staff.
Guu was great as always! The salmon yukke is to die for! Also, they have the best chicken I've had in Canada!
Cute and quaint restaurant.
Good food. Great location. Funny team of Japanese shoutout when customers come or leaves the establishment.
We were having dinner before concert, the restaurant let us feel rush to finish up our dinner, all the dishes came at once!!! There is no space to rest with proper dishes, everything squeeze together. This is sad to see, normally, this restaurant has good manner and pretty considerable.
We hadn't been here since our nearly two year old was born, and it was even better than I remembered. The udon noodles, the ochazuke, and the tofu sacks with sticky rice were particularly incredible.
Recommended make reservation. It's small place n pack when we got there at 730. Many pics on yelp are no longer on menu.
I asked for extra Oden soup. But the server was really stingy, they only gave me 1/3 of the bowl. The experience was bad to be honest. And Guu is getting worse now.
Food was excellent. Service was great and the whole dining experience was awesome.
very good and creative japanese cuisine.
Attendants very kind and attentive
Great spot for a light dinner and a couple of beers.
Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Never disappointed!
Great， the menu is creative and the ingredients were fresh.
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!