Guu Garden

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CAN$30 and under
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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.
What 247 People Are Saying
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TF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food and great service. Easy enough to host a large party of 10 if given them enough notice and arriving promptly just before noon.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite and delicious food, An environment with excellent atmosphere

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Took us 45 mins wait for the food. Sake is not chilled just room temperature. Service is very slow.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were celebrating a bride's upcoming wedding but the server was not

R
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good as usual. The new preorder lunch service is very convenient and efficient!

V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

4 of us had a variety of dishes - everything was stellar. Our server was new it seemed, so we could forgive her for seeming a little overwhelmed and forgetting to check on us. We had to flag her down for additional drinks and food. One item seemed to be forgotten by either the kitchen or her, but when we asked about it, it came right away.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Took forever for waiters to come

BI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Saw quite a few Stewarts running around on the patio. But other than that everything was very good.

F
Vancouver
85 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reasonably priced with a variety of food for Bento Box. The only thing is that they should have a Bento box without sashimi as not everyone eats sashimi, and the chef has simply given us one more piece of Chicken Karage, wished that he could have offered other sushi. The Sake Salted Caramel ice cream is a must try, the sake flavor is well-balanced by the pinch of saltiness . For 2 people, the bill summed up to under $50 all inclusive.

KT
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding anniversary lunch there. Food was outstanding and service was great!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ebi mayo rocks my world. Wash it down with a perfect frozen Moscow Mule! Best way to spend your summer evening.

AS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brought a few people who haven't been here before. Advised that the izakaya are small dishes but they have some regular size dishes such as the sushi, bowls, etc.

The food was tasty however there doesn't seem to much difference between the small and regular size izakaya dishes.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and great for sharing. They have really good service

K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Normally LOVE this place, but the service on Saturday was horrific. After taking our drink order, it took them forever to come back and get our food order. Our food came eventually but we had no plates or utensils. And after asking for more chopsticks...we waited another 10 mins before we could flag a waitress down only to find out they had run out of chopsticks! Another 10 minutes before we got forks 🙄 The food was great as usual, but they really need to hire more staff especially for the weekends as it's obvious they are overwhelmed.

TL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only complaints is it was very loud in there and our server hardly spoke English . Food was all really great though!

DO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little pricey for the dish size but very tasty!

JM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. The menu is a little limited as far as guu's go but the patio is great and you can always get a table.

E
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service is perfect! Although we have lots of people, they provide the good service.

D
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambient environment is really nice! Lunch specials took a while to prepare but tasted great.

ZR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

guy was guulicious! guy was guulicious! guy was guulicious

EN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Place is lovely! Great good, nice service. Haven’t had anything I didn’t like there !! Tontoro is a must, it’s tender and moist. To die for.

Guu Garden
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for your review! We love the Tontoro ourselves as well. Come back again soon! Arigato!

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and beautiful downtown rooftop garden location with very reasonable prices. Small plates allow you to try many different things. We will be back for more!

Guu Garden
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for your review. Please come back again and try out new things on our special menu soon!

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a date or just hanging with some friends would recommend trying the chicken karage it's is delicious

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Please come by to check out all the other amazing dishes we have to offer!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Waiter took forever to bring us the bill. Then, the bill was wrong. Then, the car machine did not work. Then, the waiter cannot deal with cash as she cannot do simple math.

In short, waited for over 45 minutes for bill and everything and received no discount. I was late returning to work from my lunch because of this. They should compensate their customers for such inconvenience.

Extremely POOR service!

GY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Remember to preorder so you get discount for lunch.

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! Please come by again soon! Arigato!

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TC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I've come here a few times before, this time with a much larger party. As usual the food came out pretty quick and was delicious. It seemed like they may have been understaffed though as it would take us a long time to get our orders taken. Overall, I would definitely come again. Maybe as a preemptive measure management should assess the quality of work their servers can commit to depending how full the restaurant is.

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for your review and comment. We will look into increasing our service quality so that you will have no problems ordering when desired. Hope to see you back here soon!

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g
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely tucked-away restaurant in the heart of downtown. A nice, reasonably priced lunch spot with a friendly atmosphere. Arigato!

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! Hope to see you back for lunch, or possibly dinner soon! Arigato!

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was honestly really good, I got the kakuni and for $10 the quality is more than you expect for sure. For downtown prices were good too. Would come back again

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. Please come back and try out all of our other dishes soon!

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious as always and the ambiance is amazing especially on a sunny day like last Friday. Though I wish the wait time can be reduced, otherwise everything's really good!

Guu Garden
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you for your review and input! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service and atmosphere

KR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice location, food was well priced and some of the dishes were exceptionally tasty.

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon!

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V
Seattle
362 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Back after 3 or 4 years, it was difficult 2 embrace the changes:
First diner @ 11:30, I had 2 summon service @ front of the house, then again 2 order @ 11:50. W the L crowd arriving, I boxed up most of my food.
Very disappointing indeed!

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your feed back. We are sorry to hear about your experience, and will definitely look into what we can improve to increase our customer satisfaction. Hope you will stop by again in the near future and try us out again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Table was a bit small for 6 people, but we had a good experience overall.

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Hope to see you again soon, arigato!

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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, great terrace.

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your review! Please come by again and enjoy our patio & fresh air!

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B
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The appetizers arrived after someone got their main meal. The rest of the meals were scattered arriving over 45 minutes. One person did not get their meal at all. Didn't have time to stay for dessert because it took 1 hour and 30 minutes to get the food. Extremely noisy. Lots of yelling from waite staff (traditional) and the music was really loud. Decor was like a cafeteria. Lots of people though. Food was good. Would not go back.

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

We are sorry to hear about your experience. Most of our dishes are served as they are finished cooking, just like an Izakaya in Japan. We'll be looking to see what we can do to improve service to all customers. Thank you very much for your feedback and insight.

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J
Vancouver
51 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious fresh fish and dumplings, small drink list, good Sake on it.
Will go again

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to serve you again soon. Arigato!

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, but our table was tucked behind a pillar, wish we had more connection to the room and ambience. But overall fantastic will just request a different table next time.

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We hope to see you soon!

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food as always! Can’t wait to come back soon!

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Arigato very much! Please stop by again soon!

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and interesting food, kind of loud but at least you feel like you're somewhere popular haha

Guu Garden
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Arigato!

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