Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.6
154 reviews
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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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SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s day dinner

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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

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

Everything was great as usual !

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G
Vancouver
27 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 style Japanese cuisine for the happy hour crowd.

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

Good experience

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m
Vancouver
1 review
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!

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

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

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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

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JW
Vancouver
5 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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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

Amazing food
Incredible service

Authentic Japanese cuisine

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

Food was great as always.

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TH
Toronto
25 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.

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

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

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

Recommended M

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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DG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Initialy a very cool place. We ordered drinks and appetizers but then there was a mouse running on the floor, going from table to table so we walked out before drinking or eating anything.

If you have mice in a busy common area, it’s pretty much gaurenteed they are in the kitchen!!!

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WB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pretty meh to be honest. Other guu are better. Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

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t
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Restaurant does not feel very clean.

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G
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Not the same atmosphere I expect from an izakaya. Quieter and more tame although some may prefer the quieter environment. We were late for our reservation so I appreciated that they were going to call to confirm before giving away our table - we got there just as they were going to call. Didn't have a daily specials menu so we couldn't order some dishes you would typically expect at an izakaya (Eg grilled cod, grilled makereral)

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BK
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, prompt service with food to match! Everything was tasty, but definitely recommend the pork/shrimp dumplings and grilled squid (requested hot sauce with it). The burning pudding (flambé creme brûlée) was an entertaining finish and tasted great (we ordered a second one). We would definitely return here!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Went for a dinner around 5:30, was not super busy compare to the usual. The service was a bit slow, server did not speak English very well so had some trouble communicating. In the end, they charged us extra two dishes worth $20 that we did not order. I had already paid with visa and realized when I went over the receipt. I asked to get a refund and repay. However it took them about 20 minutes to get the manager and said they will just have to pay me back the cash difference. Very incovenient and dissapointing service so I dont think I will go back again.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Guu every Christmas now! ... we have big family dinners on either side of Christmas day , so we started going to different Restaurants each year, but in recent years we are drawn back to Guu Gastown!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. Food came late; dirty dishes not cleared; water glasses not filled. Good food.

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s
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place to meet up

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NW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! We ordered a ton of food shared between four of us, and it was absolutely amazing.

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G
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

very slow in service that day, waited 15 min to get a waitress to give us the bill. usually better.

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e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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CZ
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, but the menu is half as big as Thurlow. Doesn’t have the same frenetic energy of the others. More chill.

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Always liked this place. Would be nice if they had more vegetarian/vegan options.

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went there with my partner - both him and I got crazy stomachache after eating... I had to rush to the bathroom. Hope nobody else got that. There was a table right next to us full with drunk and loud people which killed the nice ambience, which is just too bad. But, food was really good and the service was good too. So 3 stars.

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