Guu Original Thurlow

4.7
157 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 157 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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BeverlyM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite place to go! The food was amazing and the service is always the best!

Thank you Kenji and the Guu crew for making my daughter's birthday truly memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a authentic japanese restaurant. Like eating in Japan.

EH
ElijahH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for making my Wife's birthday extremely memorable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Traveled from Toronto and had to make sure I celebrated my 30th birthday at the original Guu! The staff were friendly and the food was delicious, as always. Arigatou gozaimasu!

SJ
SeanJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was great. Classic izakaya dishes. The flavours were really good and the prices are excellent. Especially for the box sets

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Portions are big and not expensive. Feels like you’re transported to Tokyo

BP
BethP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stop here every time we’re in Vancouver. Everything was delicious. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The staff here are friendly and very attentive.

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RichardS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Plenty of unique dishes, fairly priced and tasty cocktails. Our reservation got us a large table amid a bustling atmosphere and would advise others to do the same.

MP
MatteoP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The udon were tasty, creamy and perfectly match with all the other ingredients! The service was perfect.

HW
HenryW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came from toronto where the former Guu's Izakaya (now kinkas) was one of my favourites. This place was even better and i was excited my expectations were surpassed!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and friendly service, we ordered 6 different dishes and loved them all.

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antk47
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ALWAYS enjoy my food here and ALWAYS get great service and ALWAYS have a great time!

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Iaya
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Five of us including kids went there for Sunday lunch. The service and food were very good. I think it was a great spot for a weekend lunch.

MC
MarcelC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

One of the best casual Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. Great food diversity and quality

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vipkris
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Tables were not fully seated, which was great. As we’re in Covid-19 situation, we didn’t want to eat in a crowed restaurant. We got a table near the wall, but walls were dirty! I saw some spider webs here and there and dusty…
Foods took a little longer than usual but they were all tasty.

TT
TheTrueFoodLover
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place to hang out with nice Japanese food on Friday night!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Small but very nice restaurant . Good food and good service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

YB
YunnaB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really liked the place, it has style and it has character. The food was perfect, the service was extremely friendly. I love the setup with an open kitchen, when you can see how it's all prepared, I thought it was fascinating. It seems like the team is really enjoying what they are doing, and they are doing it so well. They create a very nice atmosphere which makes me wanna come back again and again. Actually, while we were having lunch we saw quite a few regulars showing up, all of which were enthusiastically greeted by the team, and that created a nice family feel about the place.
I will definitely come back, if not for the ambiance, then for that Yaki Udon, it was just too Guuuuud :)

HS
HellanS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food, great ambiance!

highly recommend :)

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Morel
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don't think about it. Just go. Your gonna enjoy yourself

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best . My favorite one

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Tony
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this place! Super authentic and great food. I especially love the takoyaki!

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susannaw
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I make reservation online at 1pm. I can get table on time. Food come so fast. Excellent service.

KH
KHJH
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty food and nice stuff

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Skuranbo
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

I have nothing in particular to offer but the inside of the restaurant was hot.

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Cyclens
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice izakaya next to Robson, food is good, employees are passionate.

HX
HerbertX
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food is good but bit expensive for the quality and portion.
Way too noisy.
Service is better than average of Asian restaurant.

EV
EatVictoria
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and good atmosphere

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vipBluetang
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing!

BM
BrigitteM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome! Great food and service :-) I would definitely recommend it.

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Outdoor dining is basically just the side walk but that was no problem, food was amazing, great value. Will come again.

JJ
JJatYVR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Used to be my favorite lunch location while I was working in downtown.

Now during lock down they put up 4 tables on the entrance, which is not a very nice location sitting outside: Lot of high speed traffic on that part of Thurlow Street while no "people watching".

The food is great and same as the service. It's the best Guu when come to taste and menu selection.

KS
KeitaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Unfortunately no drinking is allowed on the patio.
Food is excellent, and shockingly low prices for what you get.
Excited to come back again!

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Dinuka
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

The food here is amazing! Service is friendly. Value is great! They’re doing their best to adapt to the outdoor only COVID regulations but it’s not a real patio - they’ve just put some tables out in the front of their restaurant 🙂 kudos to them for trying!

KM
KevinM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Definitely a place to go. We were able to eat outside due to covid. Same food same quality. Highly recommended

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alexis0000
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

great food great prices ,and always exelent service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

outdoor dining option was moderate but it was as bit of a let down that 2-3 things we wanted or order wasn’t available. Had staple Japanese foods instead like karage, ebi Mayo, etc but those were SOOOOo good! Service was also so great and staff was really kind.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was extremely fresh and delicious, the service was superb and the restaurant exhibited very safe covid practices. Their sashimi appetizer was especially creative and delicious. Can’t wait to come back for more!

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samlee
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

the food quality was excellent. service was good too. just that the floor was a bit sticky.

FAQs

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

Guu Original Thurlow is rated 4.7 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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