Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.3
128 reviews
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Japanese
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tapas
Guu with Otokomae in Gastown brings a contemporary twist to the Izakaya. “Otokomae” means “handsome man” or “true man” physically and mentally.

Each dish is carefully crafted to art-like perfection, making them both delicious & visually pleasing. Otokomae is perfect for groups, or for a sophisticated dinner for two at the counter.


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.
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DG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Initialy a very cool place. We ordered drinks and appetizers but then there was a mouse running on the floor, going from table to table so we walked out before drinking or eating anything.

If you have mice in a busy common area, it’s pretty much gaurenteed they are in the kitchen!!!

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WB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Pretty meh to be honest. Other guu are better. Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

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G
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Not the same atmosphere I expect from an izakaya. Quieter and more tame although some may prefer the quieter environment. We were late for our reservation so I appreciated that they were going to call to confirm before giving away our table - we got there just as they were going to call. Didn't have a daily specials menu so we couldn't order some dishes you would typically expect at an izakaya (Eg grilled cod, grilled makereral)

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BK
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, prompt service with food to match! Everything was tasty, but definitely recommend the pork/shrimp dumplings and grilled squid (requested hot sauce with it). The burning pudding (flambé creme brûlée) was an entertaining finish and tasted great (we ordered a second one). We would definitely return here!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Went for a dinner around 5:30, was not super busy compare to the usual. The service was a bit slow, server did not speak English very well so had some trouble communicating. In the end, they charged us extra two dishes worth $20 that we did not order. I had already paid with visa and realized when I went over the receipt. I asked to get a refund and repay. However it took them about 20 minutes to get the manager and said they will just have to pay me back the cash difference. Very incovenient and dissapointing service so I dont think I will go back again.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We go to Guu every Christmas now! ... we have big family dinners on either side of Christmas day , so we started going to different Restaurants each year, but in recent years we are drawn back to Guu Gastown!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Horrible service. Food came late; dirty dishes not cleared; water glasses not filled. Good food.

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s
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good place to meet up

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NW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food! We ordered a ton of food shared between four of us, and it was absolutely amazing.

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G
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

very slow in service that day, waited 15 min to get a waitress to give us the bill. usually better.

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e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service!

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CZ
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food, but the menu is half as big as Thurlow. Doesn’t have the same frenetic energy of the others. More chill.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Always liked this place. Would be nice if they had more vegetarian/vegan options.

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went there with my partner - both him and I got crazy stomachache after eating... I had to rush to the bathroom. Hope nobody else got that. There was a table right next to us full with drunk and loud people which killed the nice ambience, which is just too bad. But, food was really good and the service was good too. So 3 stars.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was good but the food wasn’t the way it always is.

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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible shareable food and a fun, vibrant atmosphere. Amazing venue for going out for drinks with friends before a show.

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SF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Waited almost half an hour for someone to even come take our drink orders... we actually left and went somewhere else. Not my first time here, used to be a regular favourite. Sad to say we won’t be coming back. We’ve had better service when it was busy.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Food quality was not very good.. Ordered the "wagyu" beef tataki, salmon dashichazuke, and pork chashu. Beef tataki was very chewy and still half frozen, salmon was unbelievably small and their dashi was completely bland. Pork chashu was average. Service and ambiance were good, but food quality is nowhere near the quality you'd get at Guu on Thurlow.

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G
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It’s been awhile since we’ve been to the Guu in gastown. We made reservations but the table was not ready and the seating was not standard chairs so nowhere to hang your coats and bags. Food was tasty but tapas style so portions are small. You need to ask your server for help if you don’t want to leave hungry or disappointed. The beef tenderloin rice in stone bowl is good but stir it (egg) up and leave the rice to crisp before eating. Daily menu sheet changes so if you’re not adventurous, stick with the staples. Nothing was jumping out from the menu on this occasion; the menu listed in OpenTable is not reflective.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Foods are generally good and were served quickly, though I prefer having a salad first (everything incl. rice came together). The service was a bit slow and we had to raise hands long occasionally but overall it was a nice experience as usual.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants that never disappoints.

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MH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The host mixed up with other reservation and we had to wait for 10 mins or so. But it was ok.

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GB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff are friendly and the food is very original and tasty!

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D
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Prefer the Thurlow or Robson Guu over this one nowadays. A convenient location, but the daily fresh sheet left something to be desired, and a number of dishes were not well executed. Stick to the basics like ebi mayo, stone bowls/udon, tuna tataki and wagyu carpaccio, being adventurous at this Guu did not pan out and we left a tad disappointed.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Was on a business lunch trying to max out a budget. The waiter halted us from ordering more and didn't record the right number of desserts. It was kind of condescending and made the situation very uncomfortable. I've never had a waiter stop us from ordering before. On top of this, the service was incredibly slow. We were seated at approx 12:06 and we waited until 12:50 to get the main dishes. This was a business lunch, time was not abundant and we left extremely displeased. Would not recommend or at least try to tell your waiters to have more tact.

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B
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time at this Guu location. We had an amazing open window seat. My boyfriend's parents and I came to celebrate my boyfriends belated birthday. Alm the dishes we ordered were tasty and the presentation was unique especially with the Saba & dessert custard. Staff was attentive and friendly. We found it odd that they shouted our order from the top floor to the bottom floor. Otherwise, our dining experience was splendid..

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j
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On vacation lots of fun and great food

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S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Chicken curry lunch special was amazing, although curry itself was a bit salty.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Garlic negitoro is why I go there!
That’s soooooooo good

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C
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good and never disappointing at any Guu

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Guu was amazing as always! It’s one of my husband’s favourite places. The staff is friendly and helpful giving recommendations on new dishes and drinks. If you haven’t been, you need to go!

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b
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The entrees were great but what really stole the show was the green tea ice cream

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food has gone downhill over the years. We ordered mussels and they were so bland and disgusting. Everything else was just ok and we ordered a large variety. Drinks are also somewhat overpriced.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food was good and service was great! Staff was very friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were gross (dirty/stinky) not maintained.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious, one of my favourite places.

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I wanted to order the stone bowl ice cream but they didn't offer it the night of. It's something I really wanted. The food was good so that made up for it .

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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food, service and ambience was great. Portions of menu items and pricing were fair.

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HH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

The food and environment for lunch was not as good as my dinner experience 2 years ago. Not as many choices of drinks and creative food as I expected. Even though the venue was quite empty, and I booked at least a week ago, only a small and unstable table was reserved. I wont go next time.

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