Guu Original Thurlow

4.6
119 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 119 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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samlee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

the food quality was excellent. service was good too. just that the floor was a bit sticky.

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Cereal
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lunch sets, chicken karaage, and takoyaki are our go-to's.

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EllaG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best place to come with a group of friends! Great food and value and staff

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Mero
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

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.

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ChelseaP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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GraceL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and value. Good Covid protocol. Highly recommended

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AlexLiu
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food with good service in a convenient area.

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caryns
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese Food Experience in Vancouver! So GUUU’d

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Love the energy! ARIGATO!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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Tosh
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service, pretty authentic vibe. One of the best spots for your closest izakaya experience in Vancouver

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NorD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, lots to choose from and friendly service

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PeterO
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing yet again, will be back!

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PeterO
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Was a perfect dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience2

Had a table in the back, unfortunately right next to the bathroom. A tad unpleasant.

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LucaB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice, they've adapted well to COVID--nice hand sanitizers on every table, well spaced out, food quality hasn't suffered a bit. Great job!

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Caryl
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great friendly service and the food is great as always!

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JacksonC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's hard to find a bad dish on the menu, always a treat dining at Guu.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place with great music!

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MelL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chef recommendation was little disappointment but overall other choices were excellent!

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No1ProEater
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

As always, the food and service are consistently exceptional. Now that it's opened through the day and on Sunday? finally...! Keep up the good work & stay safe & healthy -:)

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Kiivancouver
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch menu is a really good deal.
For less than 10 dollars you can eat quality Japanese lunch dishes.

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vipAndyC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The restaurant did not follow the social distancing protocol given its small space. Also I was surprised that the servers still refilled your water given the health guidelines to reduce touchpoints...Will most likely dine at one of their sister stores with a more open layout!

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JWYF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was generally good and tasty - the sashimi was fresh. Service also generally good, with prompt refills of tea as needed. No major complaints - would eat there again.

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AlexandraJ
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent selection, good service. Nice variety of dishes. Would definitely recommend.

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TipsyGypsy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to return to Guu a institution of Vancouvers dining scene. Always a treat! Thank you Guu team!

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GloriaC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have a farewell dinner there and all if us are love the food there. We have a great night there

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AutumnC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we are from out of town and always come to Guu when we are in Vancouver. Amazing food and atmosphere. Cant wait to come back again.

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Alexxx
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun and this place has great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurant was packed and loud for a Monday night. Unfortunately, there was a loud group next to us that kept using foul language. We were tired from traveling to Vancouver and looking forward to a delicious first meal in Canada, but the ambiance/atmosphere was best suited for after-work dining.

We ordered several dishes from their anniversary menu. The food was flavorful. I especially liked the Kim chee fried rice, pork belly, and chicken karaage. Pork cutlets were too dry. Green tea served from pitchers and were lukewarm at most.

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RobP
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The energy is fantastic and the food is delicious. It's a great place to come with friends to eat together.

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TomJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is consistent - lots of variety. There is a reason why we love going back - service, ambience and the food. We were lucky to get a table on a Saturday night as the place filled up quite quickly. The sake can be a bit pricier than other places.

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Midori9218
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating in this like casual Japanese sake shop for years, always enjoy their ambiance, food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were greeted promptly and ordered the following:
Pumpkin Croquette: the pumpkin looked a little over deep fried and the egg was a bit to overdone.
Negitoro: the tuna was minced not chopped
Salmon Yukke: Salmon tasted fresh
Tuna and Salmon Tataki: this dish was spectacular, really enjoyed it
Guu Tongue: the ends of the tongue were a bit overdone, overall was good
Kimchi Udon: as delicious as always
Kimchi Fried Rice: (to go) it was really delicious, although the kimchi was no were to be found
Overall, the quality has gone a bit down and the menu looks to have been shrunk.

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RayW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

All items a little too salty. Haven't been here in a few years but I remember it being much better back then. Perhaps I've experienced other great places since then, so I'm not sure if my palette has matured or if the actual food quality has decreased.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything i expect from an izakaya, Guu always delivers. What i found different this time around was the service. Host and servers were extra wholesome than usual. Not a bad thing but definitely different from what im used to at Guu. A++!!

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rchu819
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Server was rushing us a few times after we settle in. The food was average and the drink was disgusting so we requested an exchange but was refused right away. Really felt overpaying for this experience. Please do yourself a favour and stop going to this guu. Go to the one in gas town instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun, had a blast

FAQs

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

Guu Original Thurlow is rated 4.6 stars by 119 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.

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