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Guu Original Thurlow, Vancouver, BC

Guu Original Thurlow

4.7
4.7
333 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
*Please note that our patio is not allowed to serve any alcoholic drinks due to the license we have.

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 do not mean we are fully booked. Please be aware that the time-limited per table is two hours during peak hours.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 685-8817
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    Robson
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    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

What 333 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Japanese

  • Vancouver

    Best Food

  • Vancouver

    Japanese

333 Reviews
  1. Gonzalo

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, friendly staff and great ambiance as always.

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  2. FrancoO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What to say… we come here on a regular basis because of the ambience, the food… and the noise! Lovely place.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The customer service, the food, everything is great. Once you go, you’ll have the best experience. thank you!!!

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  4. Anirudh

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and the staff was friendly. Amazing experience!

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  5. Charles

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food here is consistently fantastic. We enjoy going whenever we get the chance. (We're from out of town.)

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  6. FrancoO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A usual stop for us. We love the ambiance … a shot of Tokyo in Vancouver! The food is outstanding.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic Japanese izakaya with Japanese speaking staff and a rotating menu of awesomeness. One of the originals and still one of the best.

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  8. DawnJ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservation was made one week prior to the visit but we still got bar seats rather than a table.

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  9. JessC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friends night. We wanted to come for a long time. Not disappointed, tasty food, good service. We order too much but we enjoyed everything. I recommend strongly.

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  10. NatalieB

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Guu truly is one of our favourite places to come to. Consistently excellent we always leaving feeling full and happy. Thank you again for welcoming us!

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  11. McCoyM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambiance and great attention to detail from the service staff. Will definitely be a back again! Smooth process to check in for our reservation and immediately sat to our reserved seats!

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  12. CatherineN

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lunch combo is so worth it and the price can't be beat!!! Definitely worth going!

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  13. PatrickN

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, am effortlessly delicious lunch despite the sudden power outage that affected a swathe of Robson Street

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  14. CreightonC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver, but a bit expensive and relatively small portion sizes

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  15. Chang

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Guu was and remains friendly and delicious. Order anything, it will fresh and tasty, especially the sashimi.

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  16. TonghunL

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best!! Been coming here 20 years. Other places come and go but there will be always one Guu.

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  17. Daniela

    Monterrey

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourite restaurants in the city! Highly recommended 🤩

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  18. stevenc

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    chicken kaarage with egg was mushy. Not a fan! Another person in our party just had the regular kaarage and had some crispiness to it. Other meals may have been better but this was a real disappointment compared to other GUU restaurants downtown in selection as well. Service was pleasant though not attentive either.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All dishes were fantastic but you have to try their miso marinated cod. YOU HAVE TO TRY IT

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and nice ambiance. Sashimi salad is fresh and highly recommended.

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  21. BrendaL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought my mom and sister-in-law for lunch for the first time and they enjoyed the teishoku very much! For the amount and quality of food, you can’t get these prices anywhere else! Guu on Thurlow is the best!!

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  22. Kiicouver

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Quite busy during lunch time so we had to wait for a while to order and to receive the dishes we ordered.

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  23. MichaelO

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live nearby to Guu on Thurlow, and we always enjoy the casual yet energetic atmosphere. We appreciate the fast service and the delicious meals and cold drinks. The specials are always a surprise! We have our favourite items, but always try something new. I've been to Japan a few times and for me, Guu on Thurlow feels like an authentic Izakaya experience!

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  24. EatGoddy

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great service that always make sure you are well served with true enthusiasm that you feel warm and welcome. Love the atmosphere!

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  25. JeremyP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Guu brings you an authentic higher end japanese izakaya experience. Everything tastes incredible!

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  26. Lily

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fresh, well seasoned, tasty .. just amazing. This place reminds me back in Japan at an alley izakaya bar. Best of all the chefs, waitress and waiters were all so friendly and good looking. Made the quaint izakaya very enjoyable. Highly recommend.

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  27. Daniela

    Monterrey

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! So far one of my favourites :) never disappoints!

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  28. koko

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of us were driving so we couldn’t order alcohol. It was a fairly cheap night but the staff at Guu Thurlow were so respectful. Food was delicious, service was great and we had fabulous evening. Definitely coming back! Thank you!

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  29. Katelyn

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful selection with fresh seafood and great service!

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  30. Oben

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've heard great things about Guu for a long time, and they really did not disappoint. Service was SO friendly and energetic – starting from the host and server and extending through everyone in the kitchen staff. Every interaction made you feel like they were happy to have you. Especially impressive since it was busy and packed while we were there. Food was all incredible, some the items we just got on a whim turned out to be favourites. Very unique flavours and textures and good portion sizes. Felt like you really couldn't go wrong. We sat at the bar, which I'd always recommend, as you get to watch the kitchen staff do their thing and chat a little bit about the food. The vibe was great, music was nostalgic – think early 2000s Kanye – and everything just felt like it worked together. Left feeling like we'd been hosted by old friends, and looking forward to the next time.

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  31. TimM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent, as per usual, as was the waiter service. But the music was far too loud which meant that customers had to raise their voices a lot just to carry on a conversation, which resulted in even more noise.

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  32. YoshiNZ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall was excellent. It’s not a huge and wasn’t awful or such but waiter couldn’t open wine bottle and might’ve been new to the job or first time opening wine bottle hence service is 4 stars. If I could choose, I would put 4.8 stars or something close to 5 stars.

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  33. HeejooK

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were super nice. I asked to celebration for my friend's birthday and they were willing to give super nice birthday congratulations. My friend's said that she never forgot yesterday night and really appreciated everything. And most important thing was food. Food was fabulous! Thank you so much.

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  34. LuizaL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the experience and will definitely return.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place! Such a fun vibe and great Japanese reggae music playing all night. We sat at the bar and loved watching the kitchen work and trying the delicious dishes. Service was quick and the food was excellent. I would definitely return when back in Vancouver.

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  36. Anirudh

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! The servers were extremely courteous and the food was splendid. Would definitely come back here again!

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  37. Kaway

    Kanagawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recommend to use bringing friends from overseas and of course, using them with Japanese friends.

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  38. Ksyu

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food quality was great! Loved sashimi and karage. Oden was tasty as well! Chirashi was a bit disappointing though because of the size of the portion- a couple of other famous izakayas in Vancouver offer bigger portion for similar price and quality. So I felt that this one was overpriced.

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  39. Walter

    RP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a very nicht experienc, very good food, staff very friendly, cool to waschen the Chefs cooking

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have visited Guu for more than 10 years and it is on my must go list every time I visit Vancouver. Never disappointed me once.

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FAQs

Guu Original Thurlow does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Guu Original Thurlow is rated 4.7 stars by 333 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Guu Original Thurlow

838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Robson
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    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
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
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