Guu Otokomae - Gastown

4.6
229 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
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.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 229 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChrisP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continued to be one of my best restaurants for great food and service. Very courteous staff.

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Cheeks
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Kumin ( sorry if I spell wrong)! He is outstanding server! He remembered what I ordered from previous visit to this time about 6weeks ago! And his service is just awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the ambience, nice selection and good food. The service was a little bit slow BUT it was busy so understandable.

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Sarah
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here, sat by the window on Valentine’s Day and had a chill but awesome meal with a pitcher of beer. Great service and fantastic kimchi hot pot!

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ByronW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

All our dishes were awful. Last time I went was about 5 years ago and had a very different experience this time around. Our steamed muscles were super bland and not fresh. Our soupless ramen was extremely salty. Our kimchi udon sauce consistency was watery. It was one of the worst meals we've had in a long time.

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Spock
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Ordered dessert but it never came. The servers forgot we were there.

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vipCindyK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great.
nice spot for Friday girl's night

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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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vipKENTU
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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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a good experience. Great location. Friendly staff!

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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
5 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
5 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.

FAQs

Guu Otokomae - Gastown does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Guu Otokomae - Gastown is rated 4.6 stars by 229 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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