Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.6
221 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese

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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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Varot
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I really like the lunch menu here at Guu. The ambient sound is nice and subtle not too loud.

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KarlaP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my NYE experience! Service and food were outstanding.

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Canadian10
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver! I loooove the food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. Tasted all 3 sakes before picking the bottle we like

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KENTU
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy daily special menu Friendly staff, great ambience

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Alinai
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location and food was superior! Definitely would come back:)

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LeahP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food and drinks came quickly and everything we ordered was delicious. I like how the bathrooms required keys. This helped ensure that only one customer was in the small bathroom at a time during the pandemic.

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SusieQ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the salad a days worth of veggies and the bim m bop. It was delicious. So good

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Melanie
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great location for dinner, awesome food and good drinks!

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ChristianMonobe
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guu is always a good place to be. No pun intended :)

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shahedo
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely the worst culinary experience I have had in Vancouver.
Do not recommend their food to anyone.

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duncs
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a longtime customer of Guu. Back in 2011-12 when I lived in Gastown, I'd go at least once a month. It's one of the first places I recommend people visiting Vancouver to go and dine at.

It has changed a little bit over the years with staff turnover etc but I feel like it's very much the same place as it's always been. I'm sad that Okonomiyaki isn't on the menu anymore though.

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Alexxx
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great and the service we received was amazing. Our server was super friendly and responds quickly.

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Lily
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been in so long and was happy to see that it was just as good as before :)

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We were looking for a lighter dinner somewhere “hip” and fun. We found Guu Otokomae in Gastown. We are very familiar with Guu Original on Thurlow and thought we would try this one. We were pleasantly surprised, different food items but excellent as well. We were not disappointed, good selection of small plates, extensive drink menu. We ordered the ebi mayo, sockeye salmon sashimi, and the salmon with seven friends (which was a mix of cold ingredients including “natto” which is a fermented soy bean - delicious but an acquired taste) which you spoon onto dried seaweed wraps - all delicious. Great food, great drinks, great old building- loved the huge, opening windows that give the place an airy, open air feel letting in the evening.

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GWhy
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. We got a window seat with open air flowing through, it was a bonus during the pandemic. Also, hand sanitizer are on every corner of their place. They have a few lunch options which the price is good for the quality.

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vipAnnaD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic as always. What an incredible server we had. She was the only one working and did an amazing job!

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Sadbuttrue
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server forgot to take order from a diner. Another server/busser brought wrong food. Two diners waited over 10 minutes for their meals while the rest of the party ate theirs.

Food was good but wait staff/kitchen not on point.

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Chezza
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork belly, steak bowl and chicken karaage were delicious. The daily specials and drink specials were great value and very refreshing. The staff were extremely careful when dealing with customers and very diligent in wiping down the table and chairs for the next customers. The ambience was great. Highly recommend.

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LisaY
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to our Guu visits!!! Love the Brie and the udon ...

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vipCarolineG
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dumplings were good but that’s all. The rest was to be honest....disgusting. I do not recommend at all!

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vipBbbb
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Always loved guu but recent experience has bee mediocre at best. Beer in tap has been lukewarm and tasted stale. Tried over 3 visits but no improvement 🤷‍♀️

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Hisa
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Guu Otokomae! The food and drinks were awesome and their protocols for covid made us feeling safe.

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AllanL
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they really took the social distancing seriously and did an excellent job with it.
i felt very comfortable eating, and our waiter was amazing. pls support this local small business.

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MathG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great izikaya. Fun atmosphere. Good sake selection

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rchung908
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place. Better suit for younger crowd. Monday cocktail special is great and cheap. $5 for 1oz alcohol, that is with a $2 off. Regular price is $7

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RCatalina
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent price, taste and quality of food.

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DanaR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

This place used to be so much better! Perhaps
It was an off night, but everything was mediocre to disappointing - especially the food and atmosphere, both of which used to be so special.

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vipwestcoaster
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Otomokae is one of my fave izakaya's. Everything is fresh and tasty! HIGHLYYYYY recommended! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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NormanC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, great food experience and service at Guu👍 We will come back again on our next visit😋

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vipAudamel
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic izakaya — all dishes were superb and service was excellent. Don’t miss the burning custard!

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Vics
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual overall value and selection was great and does not break the bank. What was a bit dissapointing was that in the future it would be better if we were told in advance that we have to be wrapping up within 2hrs. If that was the case i would have booked maybe 30 minutes earlier so we can enjoy beverages etc as starters.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

サーバーの方のサービスがとても良かったです

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Paveru
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

P I C K L E Y A A A Y.

Seriously though, great place and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Servers show no interest in serving. Oh well, too bad.

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vipCaribrice
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I thought we would have something a little different for a Japanese lunch and I found Guu Otokomae in Gastown. Be warned that this is not a sushi bar or teppanyaki den. Our group of three decided to be a bit adventurous and ordered: Miso Soup, Sashimi Salad, Salmon With Seven Friends, Takoyaki and the tempura meat lunch. Desert was Guuu'd Burning Custard Pudding. All dishes were quite good but the Salmon With Seven Friends was an acquired taste. This had diced wild sockeye salmon w/ natto (fermented soy beans), pickled cucumber, pickled daikon, garlic chips, crispy wonton, green onion, fresh raw egg yolk, "otokomae" made miso garlic sauce which are mixed together and spooned into the roasted seaweed wrap. Texture is a bit slimy but one of us had more than one serving! The Burning Custard Pudding was flambe’d with brandy - delish! The atmosphere was mildly energetic for a lunch crowd and the service attentive. Prices are reasonable. This was a good find!

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604foodster
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was on point. Ambiance was nice. Noise was decent, it was expected.

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SanA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was fairly tasteless. Service at lunch was spotty, and different people got dishes 15-20 min apart

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Donn
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have an amazing time at Guu. Food is delicious, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is cool.

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ZoeT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always have amazing food!! Love the service.

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Guu Otokomae - Gastown is rated 4.6 stars by 221 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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