Guu Original Thurlow
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
deep-fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mustard mayo
assorted Japanese style pickles
Delicious food and friendly service, we ordered 6 different dishes and loved them all.
ALWAYS enjoy my food here and ALWAYS get great service and ALWAYS have a great time!
Five of us including kids went there for Sunday lunch. The service and food were very good. I think it was a great spot for a weekend lunch.
One of the best casual Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. Great food diversity and quality
Tables were not fully seated, which was great. As we’re in Covid-19 situation, we didn’t want to eat in a crowed restaurant. We got a table near the wall, but walls were dirty! I saw some spider webs here and there and dusty…
Foods took a little longer than usual but they were all tasty.
Nice place to hang out with nice Japanese food on Friday night!
Small but very nice restaurant . Good food and good service
Really liked the place, it has style and it has character. The food was perfect, the service was extremely friendly. I love the setup with an open kitchen, when you can see how it's all prepared, I thought it was fascinating. It seems like the team is really enjoying what they are doing, and they are doing it so well. They create a very nice atmosphere which makes me wanna come back again and again. Actually, while we were having lunch we saw quite a few regulars showing up, all of which were enthusiastically greeted by the team, and that created a nice family feel about the place.
I will definitely come back, if not for the ambiance, then for that Yaki Udon, it was just too Guuuuud :)
Great service, great food, great ambiance!
highly recommend :)
Don't think about it. Just go. Your gonna enjoy yourself
Always the best . My favorite one
Love this place! Super authentic and great food. I especially love the takoyaki!
I make reservation online at 1pm. I can get table on time. Food come so fast. Excellent service.
Tasty food and nice stuff
I have nothing in particular to offer but the inside of the restaurant was hot.
Nice izakaya next to Robson, food is good, employees are passionate.
Food is good but bit expensive for the quality and portion.
Way too noisy.
Service is better than average of Asian restaurant.
Great food and good atmosphere
Awesome! Great food and service :-) I would definitely recommend it.
Outdoor dining is basically just the side walk but that was no problem, food was amazing, great value. Will come again.
Used to be my favorite lunch location while I was working in downtown.
Now during lock down they put up 4 tables on the entrance, which is not a very nice location sitting outside: Lot of high speed traffic on that part of Thurlow Street while no "people watching".
The food is great and same as the service. It's the best Guu when come to taste and menu selection.
Unfortunately no drinking is allowed on the patio.
Food is excellent, and shockingly low prices for what you get.
Excited to come back again!
The food here is amazing! Service is friendly. Value is great! They’re doing their best to adapt to the outdoor only COVID regulations but it’s not a real patio - they’ve just put some tables out in the front of their restaurant 🙂 kudos to them for trying!
Definitely a place to go. We were able to eat outside due to covid. Same food same quality. Highly recommended
great food great prices ,and always exelent service
outdoor dining option was moderate but it was as bit of a let down that 2-3 things we wanted or order wasn’t available. Had staple Japanese foods instead like karage, ebi Mayo, etc but those were SOOOOo good! Service was also so great and staff was really kind.
Food was extremely fresh and delicious, the service was superb and the restaurant exhibited very safe covid practices. Their sashimi appetizer was especially creative and delicious. Can’t wait to come back for more!
the food quality was excellent. service was good too. just that the floor was a bit sticky.
Lunch sets, chicken karaage, and takoyaki are our go-to's.
Best place to come with a group of friends! Great food and value and staff
Was excited to try some Japanese cocktails with our food but was disappointed when mine came with a way past expired, stinky, brown lime. Not only that the mint was slimy.
I had heard such good things about this place, but the food was subpar as well. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, as I won’t be going back.
Always went there for dinner but decided to try their lunch menu for the first time. It was great for the value. Definitely try if you are in the area for lunch.
Excellent food and value. Good Covid protocol. Highly recommended
Good food with good service in a convenient area.
Best Japanese Food Experience in Vancouver! So GUUU’d
Amazing food! Love the energy! ARIGATO!
Delicious food and great service!
Great food great service, pretty authentic vibe. One of the best spots for your closest izakaya experience in Vancouver
Guu Original Thurlow does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
Guu Original Thurlow is rated 4.6 stars by 147 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.