Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.3
107 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
[Sun - Sat] 11:30am – 12:00am
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Phone number
(604) 685-8682
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Cordova
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Public Transit
Canada Line: get off at Waterfront station and 3 min walk.
Sky Train: get off at Waterfront station and 3 min walk
#050 bus, the closest stop is Cordova + Seymour.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
What 107 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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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
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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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and nice staff. We went there for a quick bite before a movie and it worked out great. The food got to us fast and it was delicious.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

This was our first time dinning at Guu Otokomae. We decided to come here for our anniversary based on the good reviews. Service was good. All the dishes came very quickly. However, the taste of the food were rather bland. Which was a big disappointment.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was okay, service was pretty good. However, when the bill came, 2 were given ( 1 with items and total, other with bill divided by number of ppl in party) we based our payment on the divided bill and added appropriate tip and left restaurant. We received a call a few minutes later and waitress told us we shorted the bill. When we returned to pay the left over amount they tried to explain that our amount was wrong...when it was THEIR server who gave us the wrong bill in the first place. They continued to tell us if was the wrong bill and we owe money. It wasn't our fault you gave the wrong bill or missed items.

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ST
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Unfortunately went there at 4:30 pm, and the place was dead. Menu was pared down and simplified to the point of boring-- we ordered the chicken karaage , and udon. Karaage was decent, but it's hard to screw up fried chicken thighs. The udon was too salty to eat, the beef was tough. We wanted to send it back, but the server never came back to check on us even though we were the only table there (I guess that should've been our first clue), water glasses unfilled, couldn't order another beer etc. Finally we went down to get our check -- he was hanging out at the bar. I told him about the inedible udon, and he took it off the bill. I think they should just shut down between 3PM to 6PM if that is the quality of food and service that is offered during that time. Place was still empty when we left. Extremely disappointed. Walked down the street to Flying Pig, and had a wonderful meal, with great service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food. Perfect spot for any size group.

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HS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was great!! Thoroughly enjoyed everything!
Thank you!!!

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KV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We come back for the karrage and deep fried Brie cheese - but we’re never disappointed with everything else that we try off their daily menu. Great tasting food, and perfectly priced so you can order enough to get full off a tapas style menu!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The servers were really nice and we really enjoyed the food. In particular, I really liked the fact that a lot of the food we ordered required a bit of tableside service. For example, we watched our mackerel dish get torched, and our server mixed the “Salmon and Seven Friends” in front of us. It was a nice touch. I’d also recommend the fried brie, it was like a dessert! Mmmmm. I think I’ll be back.

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M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant and very friendly staff.I would go back again.

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TR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I would recommend this gem for a Michelin star. The service is excellent and the food is exceptional we had the pleasure of dining here on two occasions during my last conference in Vancouver. We sampled and shared many dishes and all were superb our favorites were the Sashimi, pork belly stew, pickled burdock, Beef tataki. it was the recommendation of a local resident to whom I am grateful for the culinary experience.

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MP
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I come here every time I'm in Vancouver and is consistently great. Staff was accommodating and did a great job with our big group. Thank you so much!

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Lack of Personal Touch or Attentiveness ... Menu is quite simple and less creative.

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A
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food is just good. Every time. And the lychee drink I had was sweet but not too sweet. Good people watching too; inside and at the street level below.

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Food was bland and service was hit and miss pending on server

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M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Gathered my friends for lunch to celebrate my birthday. Servers were nice and polite although we found that service was quite delayed for a quiet restaurant. Foods met our expectations. Casual meal selection and setting and we were satisfied. We will definitely go back.

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KG
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food and drink selection and super friendly staff. I will be back

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OT
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible service. Super slow kitchen. Food was mediocre. Would NOT recommend this location.

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JA
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Food is very mediocre, but the service is quite good, I can only rate three stars because a restaurant can only be as good as its food. I have been to all the Guus in Vancouver, the food here would be considered way down the ranking, on par with Guu Garden.

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A
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best bar in town. My favourite spot. Good food, good specials, and exceptional staff

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and food was excellent. My friends and I stayed for quite a while and at no point felt rushed to wrap up. Would definitely go back.

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k
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

i love guu it is my favourite place in the whole lower mainland definitely get the brie

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