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Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.4
83 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
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

Special Offers

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat your mother with Guuu'd dining experience this year. Guu is aiming to be your “recharging spot”, where you refill your positive energy through our food and ambiance. Using freshest local ingredients with Japanese traditional culinary techniques, 
you will find real UMAMI here at Guu!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 83 People Are Saying
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4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.1
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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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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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1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

The host staff was wonderfully friendly but the service ended there. While each wait person touch point was very friendly, it was infrequent and it took several wait persons to manage our table of two. It was very busy, so I understand what was going on, but they seemed barely able to keep it together.

I also had in my mind that I'd see more sushi and sashimi options - in addition to the izakaya concept. There were a lot of options unfamiliar to me, like Tasty Cheese Tofu and Negitoro Garlic which seemed interesting in the description but were surprisingly flavorless. The textures were unsettling. I was hungry and didn't want to send them back and have to wait and wait, so we ate everything anyway. I did order some salmon and yellow fin sashimi. The salmon was very good. My daughter liked the gyoza - the shrimp + pork mix and flavors were very nice. The very best thing that I ordered was the Kazaemon Yuzu Gifu (under Plum/Fruit Sake) on the drinks menu. I should have skipped the food and spent all my money on a bottle of it. We spent around $80+ for two people (one adult, one child), excluding tip. I wish I would have spent it elsewhere.

The entry was funky and crusty (didn't mind) and atmosphere was cheerful. I liked our view above Gastown's main corner. The tables turned very slowly - because the food came very slowly. Again, it was Christmas, so perhaps we came on a bad day. Funny that they have a "2 hour" dining limit rule. If they turned their tables faster, they'd be able to take on twice the reservations ($$).

I see that this is a popular restaurant/chain and but am confused as to why that is. Perhaps I just ordered the wrong stuff. Or perhaps it's all about branding. Or my palate is geared to more complex flavors with better service.

I'd proceed with caution here. Spend your dollars wisely. Maybe try out lunch or go for drinks and appetizers before the dinner rush. For heaven's sake, don't go on a holiday or during peak tourist season.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food and service once we were seated. I really like the ebi mayo! Make sure you book a reservation for dinner with the correct number of people! The host was reluctant to seat one more person for us despite plenty of room but finally did when I suggested we leave to find another restaurant nearby (whew) but made sure we knew we had to leave for the next reservation in 2 hours...

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2.0Dined on December 21, 2017

This was my third visits, I think I and my coworkers probably won't go here again.

The table for 8 I booked through the online was too small. The table was actually the table for 6, not 8. I don't understand why they reserved the small table for 8 guys, even there were plenty of the emptied tables.

For the foods, chicken curry was good, pork cutlet was not bad, but the teriyaki was terrible.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Mushroom cheese bimbimbab is one of my favorite dishes

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

well average food, price is ok and service is good.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

I did not find this location as good as other Guu restaurants. Food was ok, service was sparse but friendly when we had it. I personally also hoped for a bigger cocktail suggestion. For some reason our table of 9 was only allowed 2 menus... not sure why.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2017

The place was beautiful. The atmosphere is definitely above average. I enjoyed my dinner with a full satisfaction.

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1.0Dined on November 20, 2017

I had booked a reservation for a business meeting and had asked in the notes for a table in a quieter area in the restaurant and indicated it was a business meeting. No one called me to let me know there was no quiet area. I showed up for my reservation and there was loud music playing, definitely not appropriate for a business meeting. I mentioned to the greeter that I had specifically requested for a quiet table as this was for a business meeting and she said I'm sorry we don't have a quiet area. So we had to leave and go find another place to eat. I wish they would have read the notes in my reservation and called me to notify me of that. The food there is good, I've been there before, but I would not recommend it for a business meeting.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Guu was amazing. The Izakaya menu was tasty and we'll priced. The drink selection was great.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was okay, but not great. It was better before. Chefs changed?

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing food. The grilled squid and beef tataki we’re AMAZING.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Guu is good!

Always a fun time and great for trying flavor combinations you've never had before.

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2.0Dined on September 9, 2017

I have been to Guu many times before and at various locations. This time was not the greatest and I don't know if I'll be a returning customer. My partner and I wanted to order a few dishes and to our surprise both dishes we chose were sold out. This was at 9:30 pm! I would think at maybe 11:00 they would sell out as it's the end of the night but that early!? I then wanted to order another drink and our server was no where to be seen. I think that Guu (Gastown) is awesome but today was a bit of a let down.

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3.0Dined on September 8, 2017

First time back after many years. The dishes were still imaginative asian small plates, but the execution wasn't as good, so it was a so-so meal. Service was also rather slow.

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We were very excited to try Guu for the first time and we had arrived on time to our reservation. We overheard a few other parties ahead of us who didn't have reservations get seated before us. They asked us to wait and we ended up waiting 30 min past our reservation time and the waiter offered to give us a free dessert for our troubles. We ended up being very full after eating most of our food we ordered and asked instead of getting the free dessert if they could take off one of our appetizers instead. The waiter came back after asking his manager and said no, even though one of our apps was just $4. He finally agreed to take that off. It would have been a nice experience if we didn't have to wait and have that kind of bad service. It's not even about the price of whatever you give us for free, it's about the fact that your restaurant understands that they made an error in seating and made someone who had a reservation seated much later than their planned time and make up for it in any way so we would want to come back or refer friends to come. Disappointed in our experience at Guu.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a nice evening with my Fiancée.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Authentic cuisine, fresh and delicious food. In the mid of gastown you have many options for a drink after

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