Guu Garden

4.4
334 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Guu Garden’s beer patio is waiting for you. In the summer, enjoy the classic izakaya dishes & beer under the starlit Vancouver sky.

It’s also the only izakaya with a fully customizable party menu, perfect for large groups.


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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 334 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dine out menu was extremely disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Freezing cold on the patio. With a lot of cold dishes on the dine out menu. Took a long time for tea to arrive and hot water refills. Very cold by the end of dinner.

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Sydney
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We ordered 5 small dishes and every one was prepared thoughtfully and at such high quality!

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JoeE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The dineout menu was terrible. The dishes were all bland or actively tasted awful. The hot dishes were lukewarm.

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Dingdao
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Dine out menu was a waste of money, nothing worth eating because it didn’t even taste Japanese

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and great value. Please restock the Harami beef skirt!!

Guu Garden
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you very much for your review! We hope to have the beef skirt back on the menu again soon! Arigato!

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MrRamikas
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food for all tastes and purposes.
My favourite restaurant in Vancouver - will come back many, many times!

Guu Garden
Responded on January 25, 2021

Thank you very much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Arigato!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was excellent. I booked for a late evening dinner and readily confirmed, however the government announced operating restrictions and we were promptly informed of the fact. I received a call from Yoko explaining the situation and were still offered an option to book an earlier schedule. Ordering was a breeze through a QR Code on the table. Payment was via my Apple Pay including the tip. We were served promptly and the service was friendly and attentive. Every now and then our servers had to move around briskly to serve other diners, but we were not short of their kind attention. The food servings were just right in apportionment, but what got me were the flavors. I do keto and since it was New Year’s Eve anyway, I had mentally prepared myself to have some carbs and undergo the keto flu the next day. I have no regrets whatsoever! My favorites were the eel rice porridge (put that wasabi ball into the broth and get your mind blown with the explosion of spicy flavors and sensations. The other dish I had was their beef; it’s hard to describe but it was succulent and flavorful.

Guu Garden
Responded on January 10, 2021

Thank you very much for your detailed review! Thank you for your understanding about the last-minute changes to your reservation, and we're glad we were able to book you in earlier. Hope to see you again soon!

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Misty
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious bento box with reasonable price.

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Thank you very much for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon for lunch!

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Chanel
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the menu was very limited, i went there for my favourites which were no longer on the menu

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Thank you very much for your review. We are looking at bringing back more items soon! Please come by again soon.

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vipStephenN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and prompt service. I can't recommend their patio enough, even in the cold.

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Thank you very much for your review! Please join us again inside (or outside) soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service always excellent. Food always delicious.

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Thank you very much for your review!

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vipNatCanada
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We sat outside. Would have been nice to have an enclosed covering to keep the heat in. Music outside would add to the ambiance. Food and service was great!

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

We always appreciate customer feedback about our patio. Thank you very much for your input! We will look into upgrading our patio for next summer!

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Meghan
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always A+! No matter what menu item I choose. COVID protocols are also very convenient and I feel super safe dining in :)

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Thank you very much for your review! Please come by again soon! Stay safe!

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EmilyW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food wasn't very good. Comparing to other Guu restaurants, I think their chef needs some improvement.
Our table was at the Tatami area, the setting was nice and very private with the privacy screen between each tatami.

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Thank you very much for your review. We apologize about your dining experience with us. We hope we can provide greater quality food for your next visit!

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YoshuaP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great place for a dinner to chat with friends the food was amaizing. Im comming back soon

Guu Garden
Responded on December 27, 2020

Arigato for your review! Hope to see you soon!

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JamesK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Nothing I just miss Japanese Service, hopefully pandemic goes away and bring back Japanese staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I love the food here, tho I just hate their online ordering system. They do not give you a choice to use the system or not and are forced to tip on the service you didn't receive before getting your food.

It also takes away from my dinner to be on my phone with my friends for the first 20 minutes of our meal while looking at our phones. I don't think I'll be back due to this.

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vipEnjoyit
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Online app system failed and caused a half hour wait before realizing orders were never received. Apologies came profusely with good food, but the experience was ruined

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AkiKumaG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time bringing my mom here and it is her new favorite restaurant. The covid measures are just amazing and its great to find a place where i feel safe bringing my mom. Not to mention the food was so good and service was on point. Just a note that their ordering system is all automated through your smartphone and its pay as you go - which is fine once you get the hang of it but may be harder for some older/less techy folk.

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vipclosed
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

they only have one waitress serving the whole restaurant, food is wait too slow and also need to pay the bill at the begining, feel like a fast food more than a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not many choices on menu, maybe because of COVID-19.

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CrownJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Non existent service why charge a tip

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vipWestEndGirl
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell dinner.

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MrBlack
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

First time to this location Food and service is always great everywhere but I am not a fan of the mobile ordering and having to pay when you submit your order as we often keep eating and adding more items. Also the app / site crashed and lost everything and we had to start again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My date was deeply warmed not only by the wonderful variety of hot plates, lofty patio and good conversation but by the perfectly placed fire stones on our table. Highly recommend for those dating easily frozen fräuen.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came early and tasted good.

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DarrinP
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was decent but not up to the hype from my co-workers pre-Covid. The patio was nice and quiet but they could definitely spruce it up and make the ambience better on the patio and upgrade the tables and chairs.

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Jamiek
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice to see them adapting to the pandemic not only with spacing but digital menu and ordering, it brings an end to trying to flag your server for attention.

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vipwestcoaster
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

always a pleasure to dine here. Well spaced tables with touchless QR menu and payment.

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vipwestcoaster
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Their bang bang chicken salad is phenomenal.

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kang
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service has changed a bit as we need to order online now but even so, there is still customer interaction and the servers are prompt to deliver food and drinks with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They have adapted properly with covid restrictions and has kept everything clean despite being busy as well. Always a great time here!

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Drew
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This definitely isn't my first time dining at Guu Garden (or any of the other several locations, for that matter). COVID-19 is challenging for all businesses and there's going to be some weird practices put in place as everything is figured out.

So for starters: Guu needs to change their ordering system. I totally get and respect if they want to move to online menus. Even online ordering can be okay. However, as others have noted, the concept of paying AND tipping for table service before anything is actually served to you is not a good system. To top it off, our card was charged successfully but the order didn't go through. They promptly refunded one upon the second successful submission but we had to flag someone down to do this. Plus, as others have noted, once they drop your food off - they never bother to even check in on you until they clear the plates. So, the service wasn't bad, it was just minimal and it's difficult for us to judge the level we'll tip prior to the service taking place?

The food is still great. It's a limited menu right now but you can still get most of the favourites and full bar service. Plus, the patio is open and I always forget how large and quaint the patio is.

Overall, still a good spot but it would be improved again if they make some tweaks to their COVID ordering system.

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vipAkiko
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very limited menu due to Covid-19

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Fernandoa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience2

The beef and tuna were tasteless. Nice place but quality in food has remarkably decreased

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Jeff
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Weird ordering system...asked to pay tips before they even offer the service. Zero customer checking after getting my foods.

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DanielL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants in town in terms of quality of the food, authenticity, and value!

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JudeA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We ordered 2 steaks, they were so over cooked and tastes old. I asked for new ones, they said they were sold out. They said they would refund me and provide us with another option. The other options were smaller portions of something else, and they made us pay for them after serving us overcooked and old food. They were more expensive then the steaks. I would have preferred to just order the steaks again and for them to be cooked properly and taste normal and not old. Instead I still had to pay for something I didn’t want that was half the portion size and even more expensive than what I had originally ordered because they were sold out of the steak.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only ever tried the lunch menu before but the dinner one is just as good! The agedashi tofu with kale tempura and truffle oil was the perfect starter. I ordered chef’s choice oden as well which was warm and refreshing for a rainy night! The staff were great as always. Very energetic and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group and I came in for lunch because we heard excellent reviews about the service and bento boxes. The staff and quality of food went beyond our expectations! We’re already planning our next visit. Hopefully dinner!

FAQs

Guu Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Guu Garden also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 899-0855.

Guu Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 334 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.