Guu Otokomae - Gastown

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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese

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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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Sadbuttrue
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Server forgot to take order from a diner. Another server/busser brought wrong food. Two diners waited over 10 minutes for their meals while the rest of the party ate theirs.

Food was good but wait staff/kitchen not on point.

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Chezza
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pork belly, steak bowl and chicken karaage were delicious. The daily specials and drink specials were great value and very refreshing. The staff were extremely careful when dealing with customers and very diligent in wiping down the table and chairs for the next customers. The ambience was great. Highly recommend.

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LisaY
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always look forward to our Guu visits!!! Love the Brie and the udon ...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Dumplings were good but that’s all. The rest was to be honest....disgusting. I do not recommend at all!

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vipBbbb
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Always loved guu but recent experience has bee mediocre at best. Beer in tap has been lukewarm and tasted stale. Tried over 3 visits but no improvement 🤷‍♀️

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Hisa
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at Guu Otokomae! The food and drinks were awesome and their protocols for covid made us feeling safe.

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AllanL
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

they really took the social distancing seriously and did an excellent job with it.
i felt very comfortable eating, and our waiter was amazing. pls support this local small business.

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MathG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great izikaya. Fun atmosphere. Good sake selection

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rchung908
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice place. Better suit for younger crowd. Monday cocktail special is great and cheap. $5 for 1oz alcohol, that is with a $2 off. Regular price is $7

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RCatalina
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent price, taste and quality of food.

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DanaR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

This place used to be so much better! Perhaps
It was an off night, but everything was mediocre to disappointing - especially the food and atmosphere, both of which used to be so special.

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NormanC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall, great food experience and service at Guu👍 We will come back again on our next visit😋

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vipAudamel
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic izakaya — all dishes were superb and service was excellent. Don’t miss the burning custard!

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Vics
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

As usual overall value and selection was great and does not break the bank. What was a bit dissapointing was that in the future it would be better if we were told in advance that we have to be wrapping up within 2hrs. If that was the case i would have booked maybe 30 minutes earlier so we can enjoy beverages etc as starters.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

サーバーの方のサービスがとても良かったです

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Paveru
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

P I C K L E Y A A A Y.

Seriously though, great place and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Servers show no interest in serving. Oh well, too bad.

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vipCaribrice
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I thought we would have something a little different for a Japanese lunch and I found Guu Otokomae in Gastown. Be warned that this is not a sushi bar or teppanyaki den. Our group of three decided to be a bit adventurous and ordered: Miso Soup, Sashimi Salad, Salmon With Seven Friends, Takoyaki and the tempura meat lunch. Desert was Guuu'd Burning Custard Pudding. All dishes were quite good but the Salmon With Seven Friends was an acquired taste. This had diced wild sockeye salmon w/ natto (fermented soy beans), pickled cucumber, pickled daikon, garlic chips, crispy wonton, green onion, fresh raw egg yolk, "otokomae" made miso garlic sauce which are mixed together and spooned into the roasted seaweed wrap. Texture is a bit slimy but one of us had more than one serving! The Burning Custard Pudding was flambe’d with brandy - delish! The atmosphere was mildly energetic for a lunch crowd and the service attentive. Prices are reasonable. This was a good find!

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604foodster
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good. Service was on point. Ambiance was nice. Noise was decent, it was expected.

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SanA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

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

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Donn
Vancouver
6 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They always have amazing food!! Love the service.

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Jenwestcoast
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!

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BradleyL
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!

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JonG
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.

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TableFoRfour
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.

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kary331
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 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.

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vipJackieM
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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

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Florence
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.

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DelM
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.

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Ratzi26
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!

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JeanL
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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vipEmmie
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, really good quality!

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OpenTable Diner
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 :).

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MelanieS
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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AllanL
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.

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Brandon
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Staff was very slow to service

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