Guu Original Thurlow

4.7
174 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 174 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
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipEats
Vancouver
87 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious as always. Unfortunately we decided to go later in the afternoon so we missed out on the croquettes (sold out). We will be back again soon.

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DIEGOP
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and different

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service. Wonderful servers. Love this restaurant all the time. Bring not only good food but happiness as well.

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Amateurfoodie
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

Great food. Service was rushed due to the queue. Very cramped.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this place and come back again and again. One of the best places to eat in Vancouver :)

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RoseS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service. Great food. Fun atmosphere. Felt authentic. Perfect date night spot.

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Florence
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Some old dishes were no longer available (beef hamburger meat). The deep friend pumpkin coroquette was not too warm when served. No plexi-glasses in between tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always great. Staff are super friendly! Everything is 5stars👍🏻

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EllenS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I love guu! They have many different options to choose from and most things taste good. Unfortunately we didn't get one of the items we ordered but besides that, service and food were both great

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JessicaK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Just ok everything. Service was fast. Washrooms were filthy.

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JESSICA
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quick service and did not feel rushed.
Food came quick and tasted good, happy to return.

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MegS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food was not as good as expected and the sake was really bad as they only had one kind available.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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vipEats
Vancouver
87 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was very tasty and I love this spot. Croquettes were amazing!

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Rachel
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were able to last minute get a table of 5 for lunch. Really cute place with great food.

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Cheyanne
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and environment. Very friendly and amazing service.

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PamelaC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always friendly family feel and great food. Fast efficient service.

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HugoW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Order my second round of skewers and waited 40 minutes just to realize that they forgot to prepare my second order. Asked for the bill instead and didn't even greet me when I'm walking out in an unhappy mood. Note, I paid 15% tips as well.
Very poor services.

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BeverlyM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
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
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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ElijahH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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TheTrueFoodLover
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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

Small but very nice restaurant . Good food and good service

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

Great food

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YunnaB
Vancouver
2 reviews
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 :)

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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
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best . My favorite one

FAQs

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

Guu Original Thurlow is rated 4.7 stars by 174 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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