Guu with Garlic

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CAN$30 and under
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Guu with Garlic, also called Guu Robson is all about “Garlic is Sexy”. Sexy is not just about the outside, but it’s the fundamental attitude reflecting energy. Garlic is good, makes you healthy and beautiful! Enjoy the classic Izakaya dishes with a garlic punch. 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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Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every neighborhood deserves a gem like Guu Garlic -- the food is utterly delicious and of great value. We had the Sirloin Steak w/ garlic onion sauce, scallop mayo pizza, chicken teriyaki don, and orange cheesecake. The mains come in generous portions with choices of daily side dishes and cooked vegetables, balancing out the proteins. Our server doesn't speak English fluently but service was attentive nonetheless.

AO
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I *love* this place... We came here about once a week while we were dating, and this is the default place that we take friends who are visiting from out of town. Food is fantastic, service is great, and the atmosphere is usually lively without being too loud—you can have a conversation with your friends.

It's usually best to either make reservations or get there no later than 5:15pm on a weekend... It does get and remain busy.

DS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a brilliant food experience!!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Food was not as good as it has been in the past. Came out quickly however we left feeling unsatisfied.

OT
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience5

Food is disgusting! Didn’t go for a year, food seems so different and low quality!! Especially don’t eat sashimi, my friend and I didn’t feel well the other day.

OT
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Fun experience sitting on the ground. We ordered lots of dishes to share family style and all was very tasty.

J
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food! We tried lots of random dishes on the 1st page of their menu and they all taste great!

AC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Probably one of the worst Japanese meal in my life. Foods were badly prepared. Sashimi was not up to the quality for the price they charged. Chicken namban was over fried and super dried. They should take a higher level of measurement to redesign and double check their menu. I would recommend people to go Miku for better quality. Price is about the same with much better service and food quality in Miku.

r
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and yummy food. Would like to go again

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I go here often even though it is out of the way for me. Food and customer service has always been great. Love this place!

MT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing! Food was amazing! Will definitely come back to try more tasty dishes

EH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we come to Vancouver THIS is one place we always eat at! We love the food, service, ambience, just everything about this place. We feel like we are back in Japan! Best Izakaya experience in Vancouver 😊

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was just okay in my books. We enjoyed original guu much more!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As authentic Japanese Izakaya experience as it gets! Besides visiting Japan it does not get any better. The food was excellent and the service was fast.

W
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was very good, worth every penny. Found the meal to provide my family a perfect celebration meal for my sisters pregnancy.

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Felt like I was in Japan with such traditional Nippon cuisine. Udon with beef, sashimi combo, and uni hot stove were delicious. Service levels with Japanese attendants truly made the experience authentic. Highly recommended.

CW
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff were friendly, courteous, and efficient. Food generally tasted good; we found it a bit too heavily flavored even with rice. Price was reasonable.

C
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

food is fairly good, portion is small, more of a drinking place, good service.

G
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are from out of town and our good friend who is from Vancouver told us that this is a place that we shouldn't miss. I made the reservation and it was very easy. Arrives on time and immediately, we were seated. Service was great. We orders the most popular, like the yaki udon, scallop mayo pizza, sashimi, tuna tataki, steamed mussels in sake and garlic butter...etc. The taste was so good that it was like we are in Japan. Even my super picky son claimed that the place reminded him when he visited Japan last summer. We highly recommended and definitely make a reservation.

AT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Daughter loved the "carbonara" with roe.

HW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foods are good! Services very fast.

J
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The restaurant had no heads up confirmation of seating limit which I was celebrating my birthday and felt rushed with no birthday dessert or anything as a greeting. Kind of disappointed!

n
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible, cannot wait to go back! My group was 6 people, had amazing service, and my friend at the table was Vegan and they had no issues slightly modifying dishes for her. Every plate was so delicious, and the value was unreal!

AS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great Japanese tapas (would you call it Jappas?)

EC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Came here for my dad's birthday, everything was good except the miso pork ribs which was very bland.

B
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time visiting Vancouver. Second time at Guu with Garlic.
Love this place.

AP
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super fun place. Their seafood had clean after taste. Every dish was so flavorful and tasty.

EH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We felt like we were back home in Japan! True Izakaya experience:)

F
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated friend’s birthday, it was great!

Food was really good, a lot of dishes to choose from.

GB
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Guu with Garlic is an amazing izakaya experience. The menu is creative and authentic. The staff are friendly and energetic. This is a fantastic spot to take adventurous eaters.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been here before several times. I love for the salmon carpaccio!

V
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I have been dining at Guu for many many years. While I still love the place, the food quality and taste aren't as good as it used to be. Somehow, they started putting more (hot) spices into their food and put less emphasis on bringing the original flavors of the food itself. Isn't garlic your theme? I can't taste garlic as much in your food. The menu gets pricier over time, and if I am willing to pay for this price I have more options to choose from. I still like the place, but I don't go as often as I used to be now.

S
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Waiters seemed just want to get business done as soon as possible.
Totally not feeling the hospitality of Japanese manner.
Food was fine but the portion is not worth the price.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

It was sons birthday. Overall loved the food, and atmosphere. Overall was a great experience.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Very courteous staff, unfortunately they forgot about our orders midway and we had to remind them. Weird, considering that the table (they were seated after us) beside us was receiving the same food one after the other. I’ve been to Guu before and didn’t experience this before. Great food though!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Serving foods quickly

SC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

My family and I really enjoyed the food, it was tasty, creative & different. We had a reservation right when they opened at 5:30 and were seated promptly and also noticed all the tables had reserved signs on them so if you want a table make sure you reserve ahead of time. It became very busy and quite loud but we still had a good time as it was a very lively crowd and servers were buzzing around and although they were busy, service was always with a smile. I would recommend this place if you're looking to try non-conventional Japanese cuisine.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it! Everything about it!

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fantastic. Only regret was missing the front page menu items with more adventurous dishes. Won't make that mistake next time.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Small portion size and they couldn’t split the bill which was odd

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