Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.3
100 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Tapas
  • Fun
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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Neighbourhood
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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
Reviews from verified diners
100 reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
47%
Very Good
37%
Good
13%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was great.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always good and never disappointing at any Guu

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was delicious, one of my favourite places.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent food. Perfect spot for any size group.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Always a great experience. Deep Fried Brei is the best!

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

The food had very traditional asian qualities, not my particular taste preference, but well done overall! The service was great, and they were very accommodating. Love the restaurant layout and decor. Overall, I enjoyed the experience but felt some of the food options had too much flavour (overwhelmingly so) and would've preferred something more pared down that lets the food speak for itself (as opposed to combining a ton of different flavours).

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Your location needs more staff in service and kitchen too, especially for lunch time! Please review your staffing issues immediately! Thank you :)

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food & service. Convenient location!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Guu. Very friendly and helpful staff to make the dining a great experience. Food is excellent, with great variety of dishes, complemented with local craft beers that they rotate every few days. Noise level is high, but a fun ambience. We like the freshness and simplicity of their dishes, yet each is made a little differently to make for interesting dining.

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Made reservation and put you in front of the stair that you can fall back down the stair.
They run out too many things that was on their menu.
Next table was complaint slow service many time.

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