Guu Otokomae - Gastown

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Guu with Otokomae in Gastown brings a contemporary twist to the Izakaya. “Otokomae” means “handsome man” or “true man” physically and mentally. Each dish is carefully crafted to art-like perfection, making them both delicious & visually pleasing. Otokomae is perfect for groups, or for a sophisticated dinner for two at the counter. 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.
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JL
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the location was good. Will surely come back

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, really good quality!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, a good experience. My second time coming and is what I expected with the food—delicious!!

The entire restaurant was clean, except the (men’s) washroom; unless this location is going for a grunge aesthetic in there, then I take back this comment..... !!! They have mouth wash and tooth picks in the washrooms!! Second time seeing a restaurant have those lol.

Service was good. Two servers helped my date and I take/serve our orders. Though, one server ignored my date when he tried speaking Japanese to her. I guess she wasn’t Japanese or she just didn’t understand him (even though he’s from Japan)—but that is fine.

Music was way too loud. My date and I could barely hear each other.

Anyways, THANK YOU Guu Otokomae for the lovely lunch!! You gave us good seats as well :).

MS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Music was a bit too loud, but our waitress was amazing !! We will go back for sure

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Guu came highly recommended by friends as a must in Vancouver. We reserved at table for a late dinner. Our waiter was great an enthusiastically gave us recommendations when we asked what they thought was best to order. We tried many of their recommendations and it was all delicious. The noise level is higher than most restaurants but this is a bar style restaurant where the menu is for drinking and socializing.

AL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a great spot. In Vancouver where high prices rule (eggs and bacon up to $15 at a "value" spot), this place is a gem. Great unique flavours, good service. Great location.

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Staff was very slow to service

MW
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was attentive and courteous.

CL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Took half hour to get out food. The place was loud

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

food was delicious, staff was friendly, we were there early so wasn't too busy...which was excellent for us. Definately worth trying. prices were very reasonable for the excellent dishes. my favorite was the deep fried brie with mango and blueberry drizzles. yummmmmy

TN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not Japanese authenticity, more Korean mix. Foods look great in pics, but too overly flavored. Japanese food is all about quality with simplicity. Quite disappointed. Service is good though.

C
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Authentic perfect Japanese tapas style! Good service and love the place :)

JB
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good and service quick

e
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been awhile since I have been to this location, but it's just as I remembered - delicious, friendly service, and an all-around great experience. I took my family here, small children, gluten-free members, and there was something on the menu for everyone.
And lastly, I was pretty impressed with the beer selection.

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

Always love the food here! Noise level is a bit high at night but still a fun place I love to go to.

SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s day dinner

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!!! So delicious! Server was superb. A great way to spend time with friends

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great as usual !

G
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the tuna and asparagus from Guu’s fresh sheet. The tuna was definitely the star; quite tasty and melted in your mouth. From the main menu, the spicy calamari was seasoned and prepared well - filled the crunch factor. We also tried the Wagyu beef which had nice presentation. It’s been awhile since we dined here. Guu definitely tries to offer creative tapas /Japanese cuisine for the happy hour crowd.

JV
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good experience

m
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level quite high. If that’s not a problem for you, guu otokomae is a great choice!

RA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Kaye, great staff who were super friendly. Modern Japanese

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite haunts in Gastown with good food and cheap beer

JW
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very delicious, really enjoyed everything we ordered. In particularly, they have this one special dish called Salmon with Seven Friends, I have never had this anywhere else and I highly recommend it, that is, if you are able to handle natto. The only thing that I would recommend is perhaps an upgrade to the washroom and ensure it is clean at all times.

Will come back for another visit for sure!

MM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We took someone from our office who was having their last day with us here for lunch. Service was absolutely awful. We waited 45 min to get our food and only half of the table got there’s initially. The other half didn’t get their food until the others had already finished eating. I complained and they didn’t even say sorry. Then they messed up our cheques as well and instead of reissuing the bills they hand wrote and did everything manually which made no sense. We brought 8 people in and they didn’t think to give us something for the trouble? Not even an apology. Embarrassing customer service.

CJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food, good service. Will be going back.

V
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty and the service was even better! Staff were very accommodating about the way we needed to split the bills, and were diligent about filling our waters. Our waitress kept a smile on her face through the whole bill separation fiasco and even had great humour about it.

While food is tasty for the most part, most things didn't WOW (the brussel sprouts are so good though), and portions are expected for an izakaya (a.k.a tapas/appetizers/bar food) style place, but prices could be better. Overall, decent value.

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

Great night. Staff very friendly and wonderful food. Part way through our night someone at our table dropped their bracelet and the server found part of it and asked to leave a number incase they found the other part. Had a few people having this type of food for the first time and there were plenty of staff sharing their thoughts on dishes.

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

Great service, yummy cocktails, interesting food, nice spacious brick-walled room - fun place for a Friday night with friends!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guu Otokomae is my all time favorite place to bring friends and family who are visiting and really any other occasion! Really amazing food and fantastic drinks all for a pretty reasonable price. 10/10

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy! Everything was so good. They probably have the best agedashi tofu!

D
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food
Incredible service

Authentic Japanese cuisine

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great as always.

TH
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. We ordered a sashimi special, the sashimi so fresh and so thick cut.

G
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food - unique and tasty, good service, reasonable price :)

MB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Recommended M

AN
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, service was exellent, ambiance was good, couple of things i wasnt happy with, first was there was a long hair in my Gomae, gross, sure they brought us a new one and apoligize but didnt offer anything for compensation, and second was we had 1:45mins for dinner then we have to leave, because there was a reservation after us, sure understandable and they did tell use ahead of time, and we agreed, not an issue, but when we got there, there was so so many empty tables., hmmmm why did they rush for us to leave in 1hr and 45mins, and if there was so much tables available, probably not coming back again.

OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was way too slow, and it wasn't busy at all.
The printer wasn't working, but instead of telling us, the server ignored us, and then finally we went to the front to pay.

RL
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food is fantastic. A little pricey but the food is good!

RS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the space and the food was sooo good. Service was perfect too.

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