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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Robson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 685-8817

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

Public Transport:
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

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Guu Original Thurlow Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Cozy (3)
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Tapas (3)
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Great Beer (2)
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Late-Night Find (2)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Child-Friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Lunch (1)
Neighbourhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Never disappointed!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Comfort Food, Tapas, Late-night Find, Cozy
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good food, efficient friendly service, but a bit noisy for having a conversation with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was delicious, and unique

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 29, 2017

This Japanese restaurant is the most authentic restaurant I have ever visited. The food was amazing, definitely recommendable!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, People Watching
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

Food3
Ambience3
Service4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 26, 2017

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.

Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 19, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We always eat here ... food is amazing and staff is always so friendly and efficient.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Vegan, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Authentic
Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Can't complain. Good food fast service

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Everything is perfect!!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Have always had good experiences at Guu. Either this location or Gastown. Food is always consistent and service is good as well!

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 26, 2017

This place is a bit noisy but food is tasty.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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 !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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'.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Simply excellent I definitely recommend this restaurant

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 5, 2017

This is a good place to get together with friends. Good food and cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Tapas, Cozy, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Amazing food authentic food in a lovely environment!

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The food was great

Food4
Ambience2
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Amazing as always! We go to Guu a couple times a month..Probably my favorite place to eat

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Spicy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Tapas
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 19, 2016

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Preconcert dinner, we enjoyed a perfect ambiance and food in this restaurant

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Fit for Foodies
Food3
Ambience3
Service3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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.

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Food is perfectly just a little bit noisy. We really like to eat all the food ,excepet beef, too hard.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2016

A nice Japanese cuisine restaurant. Everything is good; delicious foods, so kind staffs, unique mood, and so on.

Tags: Casual
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 13, 2016

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great Beer, Outstanding Value, Healthy
Food5
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 1, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Tapas, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
Food3
Ambience1
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 19, 2016

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.

Food3
Ambience2
Service2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 8, 2016

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.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 26, 2016

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.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 17, 2016

Love the food there
Always visit at least once a month

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