Guu Otokomae - Gastown

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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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Food was fairly tasteless. Service at lunch was spotty, and different people got dishes 15-20 min apart

D
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always have an amazing time at Guu. Food is delicious, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is cool.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They always have amazing food!! Love the service.

J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We go here as often as we can! We love it, our friends love it, our kids love it! Highly recommend.
We love the energy in the place!

BL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fantastic. Tuna sashimi was so fresh. Kobe steak was incredible. Soupless Ramen was so tasty. Service was great!

JG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I organized a dinner for 8 academics who study Japan, including 2 elderly guests. Staff were very helpful, and location was excellent (next to SFU Vancouver Campus). All guests expressed how much they enjoyed the meal.

TF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Been coming here since they first opened over 10 years ago. Service during my last visit was terrible. Likely not going back for a long time... too bad because the food is delicious. Many more izakayas in town with a better overall dining experience.

k
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was great but poor service.
This place clearly has a shortage of staff...waited long enough to get our orders placed.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic. Food was good and well priced. Great atmosphere. Will definitely return to try some of the other menu items.

JM
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Great food but lunch menu is so small and mostly fried foods. Wish it had more variety.

F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The menu at Guu Original was better: kimchi fried rice, deep friend pumpkin with egg, oden, etc.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Interesting menu, unusual but tasty - we enjoy trying different food. They has some vegetarian options as well for those that don't like meat/seafood.

R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was outstanding. Our waitress, Tomoha (I don’t think I got the name right though :( ) was fantastic!

JL
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the food and the location was good. Will surely come back

E
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I have been dining at Guu Otokomae for a few years now and I have never had a bad meal. The menu always has great new dishes to try. At my most recent reservation here I brought a friend visiting from London and he was blown away by the food. The service is always friendly and prompt, this is definitely one of my go to restaurants.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, really good quality!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Overall, a good experience. My second time coming and is what I expected with the food—delicious!!

The entire restaurant was clean, except the (men’s) washroom; unless this location is going for a grunge aesthetic in there, then I take back this comment..... !!! They have mouth wash and tooth picks in the washrooms!! Second time seeing a restaurant have those lol.

Service was good. Two servers helped my date and I take/serve our orders. Though, one server ignored my date when he tried speaking Japanese to her. I guess she wasn’t Japanese or she just didn’t understand him (even though he’s from Japan)—but that is fine.

Music was way too loud. My date and I could barely hear each other.

Anyways, THANK YOU Guu Otokomae for the lovely lunch!! You gave us good seats as well :).

MS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Music was a bit too loud, but our waitress was amazing !! We will go back for sure

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Guu came highly recommended by friends as a must in Vancouver. We reserved at table for a late dinner. Our waiter was great an enthusiastically gave us recommendations when we asked what they thought was best to order. We tried many of their recommendations and it was all delicious. The noise level is higher than most restaurants but this is a bar style restaurant where the menu is for drinking and socializing.

AL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This was a great spot. In Vancouver where high prices rule (eggs and bacon up to $15 at a "value" spot), this place is a gem. Great unique flavours, good service. Great location.

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Staff was very slow to service

MW
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Server was attentive and courteous.

CL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Took half hour to get out food. The place was loud

D
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

food was delicious, staff was friendly, we were there early so wasn't too busy...which was excellent for us. Definately worth trying. prices were very reasonable for the excellent dishes. my favorite was the deep fried brie with mango and blueberry drizzles. yummmmmy

TN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Not Japanese authenticity, more Korean mix. Foods look great in pics, but too overly flavored. Japanese food is all about quality with simplicity. Quite disappointed. Service is good though.

C
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Authentic perfect Japanese tapas style! Good service and love the place :)

JB
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was good and service quick

e
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It has been awhile since I have been to this location, but it's just as I remembered - delicious, friendly service, and an all-around great experience. I took my family here, small children, gluten-free members, and there was something on the menu for everyone.
And lastly, I was pretty impressed with the beer selection.

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Always love the food here! Noise level is a bit high at night but still a fun place I love to go to.

SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Father’s day dinner

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent!!! So delicious! Server was superb. A great way to spend time with friends

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything was great as usual !

G
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We enjoyed the tuna and asparagus from Guu’s fresh sheet. The tuna was definitely the star; quite tasty and melted in your mouth. From the main menu, the spicy calamari was seasoned and prepared well - filled the crunch factor. We also tried the Wagyu beef which had nice presentation. It’s been awhile since we dined here. Guu definitely tries to offer creative tapas /Japanese cuisine for the happy hour crowd.

JV
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good experience

m
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Noise level quite high. If that’s not a problem for you, guu otokomae is a great choice!

RA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional. Kaye, great staff who were super friendly. Modern Japanese

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite haunts in Gastown with good food and cheap beer

JW
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was very delicious, really enjoyed everything we ordered. In particularly, they have this one special dish called Salmon with Seven Friends, I have never had this anywhere else and I highly recommend it, that is, if you are able to handle natto. The only thing that I would recommend is perhaps an upgrade to the washroom and ensure it is clean at all times.

Will come back for another visit for sure!

MM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

We took someone from our office who was having their last day with us here for lunch. Service was absolutely awful. We waited 45 min to get our food and only half of the table got there’s initially. The other half didn’t get their food until the others had already finished eating. I complained and they didn’t even say sorry. Then they messed up our cheques as well and instead of reissuing the bills they hand wrote and did everything manually which made no sense. We brought 8 people in and they didn’t think to give us something for the trouble? Not even an apology. Embarrassing customer service.

CJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, great food, good service. Will be going back.

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