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Guu Original Thurlow, Vancouver, BC

Guu Original Thurlow

4.7
4.7
219 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
*Please note that our patio is not allowed to serve any alcoholic drinks due to the license we have.

Guu Original on Thurlow is where the Izakaya boom started. It’s not only the first Guu to open, but is the very first Izakaya in Vancouver.

Established in 1993 as “Raku” & changed to “Guu” in 2000, this Guu offers the most authentic Izakaya experience, offering classic dishes like Yaki Udon & Oden. This is as close you’ll get to the real deal….unless you fly to Japan.


We keep seats for walk-in customers as well. No available seats on OpenTable do 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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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 685-8817

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Robson

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center station and 10 min walk Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 8 min walk #005 bus, the closest stop is Robson + Thurlow

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 219 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Value

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Japanese

  • Vancouver

    Best Value

  • Vancouver

    Late Night Find

  • Vancouver

    Japanese

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  1. F

    Fancypants

    Vancouver

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Guu is consistent, I can always count on good food, great for drinking and sharing. The place is very energetic. We were a party of four, and we had the deep fried oysters, this was done very well, the negitoro was fresh, as was the tuna and salmon tataki, love the beef tataki, it was seasoned well, tender, and flavourful. We had a refreshing pitcher of white citrus sangria. The servers were attentive, refilled our water often. The only thing they are missing is ac, it was uncomfortably warm inside.
  2. CJ

    CJRFoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, 10/10. I can't praise this place enough.
  3. a

    angel

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    great loved it, but we reserved a table and they forgot about it. 3/5 service just bc of that but really fun and kind people! very good food!
  4. JL

    JasonL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and drinks, nice service. The entire restaurant is very Japanese style. If you like Izakaya, this is the best place to go.
  5. RH

    RichardH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Best Japanese food I have ever had!
  6. ML

    MarekL

    Vancouver

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place, great staff, great food!
  7. E

    Euge

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, it’s a consistent meal and in today’s inflationary times, this particular Guu holds it’s value very well with more than reasonable prices.
  8. S

    Shruti

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the tastiest Japanese food we've eaten in a long time. The place was buzzing and staff was very friendly. Highly recommend!
  9. NN

    NikhilN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an experience! Our first time at a place like this and especially as vegetarians, it did not disappoint. The staff went out of their way to welcome us, help us decide what to get as vegetarians, made some really tasty food and sent us off as enthusiastically as we were welcomed in. 100% will try again next time we visit Vancouver
  10. s

    sylvainman

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love eating there. Atmosphere and food so great.
  11. NB

    NatalieB

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guu Thurlow continues to be our favourite place to go for special occasions and date nights. Always a good meal and the staff and environment are fun and easy. Love this place. Cannot say enough good things.
  12. A

    Aari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    Great authentic Japanese food. Happy and attentive staff. The interior can get a bit of TLC.
  13. JH

    JustinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Sake and Delicious food! Changing daily special menu.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good, everything was good we went on 2 dinners a day in between at this same place that’s how good the food was. We ordered a lot since the price was good as well and the staff were all hospitable so Thank You Guu Original! We had a great time!
  15. TW

    TsangWong

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Celebrate birthday
  16. J

    Jsan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Tasty food, service a bit slow, but great value overall!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant. I’ve been eating here for over a decade. Great food and great energy. I love to sit at the counter and watch the chefs as i eat.
  18. FS

    FrancineS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food, fun server. The noise level is high.
  19. J

    Jenn

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch, the sets were well prepared and great value.
  20. KU

    KayU

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very cool spot - busy atmosphere, cool menu, great tasting food, and friendly/quick service :)
  21. VC

    VanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my all time favorite restaurant and their yaki udon is the best!
  22. LP

    LindieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Les employés très gentils, nourriture goûteuse, c’était un très bon moment. Nous avons adoré!!!!
  23. VL

    VincentL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, restaurant was very energetic, make sure to make reservations as the wait could be a hour.
  24. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good ambience, strong greetings, decent service and great tasting food.
  25. CL

    CarandaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and good price. Cannot find another place in downtown. Love to go there
  26. R

    Richmond

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We normally eat dinner at Guu but lunch was excellent and we were pleased to get a table early on. It was a quieter atmosphere and pared down lunch menu but the quality and taste of the food was on par with the dinner menu. Very friendly service from the wait staff.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh flavourful plates beautifully presented .
  28. WS

    WSSS

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very friendly. I’d definitely come back!
  29. BL

    BeckyL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always keep the high standard of the food served.
  30. JL

    JasperL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is so amazing in my opinion. Upon entry, you’re greeted by the staff and cook… it felt like I was back in Japan again. Food was so fresh and delicious and amazing. Every time I come here I always get the fukahire because I love their jelly fish. My mom and I ordered so much food and it only came out to be around $60-70. We were so full after too. For record, 23, 6 feet , ~180lb and play a lot of sports. I have to spend so much money to eat a lot usually but it’s so much cheaper here and food is amazing. God bless this resteraunt I hope you guys live forever. Staff was very attentive and polite as well. Super great staff.
  31. DK

    DavidK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Urges make us leave before 2hrs dine in time.
  32. JB

    JamesB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, well prepared, excellent service. Keep coming back.
  33. h

    hoi3sin

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As always, this Guu never disappoint in food and service except the WASHROOM. Definitely needs a good makeover & clean up
  34. C

    Connie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time celebrating a friend's birthday here - thank you for singing the birthday song too, it was so fun!
  35. DF

    DarleneF

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location is great - easy to walk to. It was easy to get a reservation and the food was great. It lived up to the recommendations from friends.
  36. T

    Tammy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The price is attractive, food is okay; but the seating is not very spacious and comfortable
  37. LY

    LizY

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! We came in around 8pm and ordered a few small plates. Two items we'd like to order were sold out but the rest were very good. Will come again for sure!
  38. CL

    CynthiaL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful! We were seated promptly, they were kind and had a fun atmosphere. The food was delicious and came quickly. We brought our 5 year old daughter and she loved every dish.
  39. p

    psychologymom

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Izakaya is popular dining experience, it’s everywhere in Japan, my native land! No sushi or Tempura yet you get tapas like small portioned dishes that are meant to share. Guu Original serves great dishes like Negitoro, Karaage chicken or sautéed udon noodles and delicious cheesecake. The service is attentive, polite and courteous. Atmosphere at Guu is lively and as authentic as it can be, feeling like transported to Tokyo
  40. L

    Lara

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and great service! We had a great time and will be back again when we’re in the city.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Guu Original Thurlow does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Guu Original Thurlow is rated 4.7 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Guu Original Thurlow

838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Robson

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center station and 10 min walk Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 8 min walk #005 bus, the closest stop is Robson + Thurlow

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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