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Guu with Garlic, Vancouver, BC

Guu with Garlic

4.3
4.3
117 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Guu with Garlic, also called Guu Robson is all about “Garlic is Sexy”. Sexy is not just about the outside, but it’s the fundamental attitude reflecting energy. Garlic is good, makes you healthy and beautiful! Enjoy the classic Izakaya dishes with a garlic punch. 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: OPEN EVERYDAY Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: OPEN EVERYDAY Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

  • Phone number

    (604) 685-8678

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Bidwell

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center station and 20 min walk Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 15 min walk #005 bus, the closest stop is Robson + Cardero

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 117 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Late Night Find

  • Vancouver

    Late Night Find

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  1. PD

    PDXMeatLover

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    We have been coming to this Guu location for many years, and their execution of food has gotten much worse. The tempura batter was oily and hard, and the oden broth was tasteless. We were very excited to come and we’re all very disappointed. Don’t think we will come back since there are many other good izakaya and Japanese food options in Vancouver.
  2. DA

    DawnA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Food was very tasty and reasonable. We'll be back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Vacation in Vancouver
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, highly recommended
  5. E

    Eugenio

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal ever! Worth the trip from everywhere!!
  6. S

    Stephanie

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Guu with Garlic a few times now and it's always been a great experience - delicious food, speedy service, and a very fun ambiance. Would recommend!!
  7. JL

    JoseLM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service on a busy day. Very interefting menu choices.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is great and service is good too.
  9. EW

    ErinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was there as part of a group of four, and the ambience, service, and food were all excellent. Prices are also very reasonable. Recommend ordering a bottle of their house brew and the ma-po eggplant dish, if available.
  10. JD

    JessieD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful experience for our family from start to finish! Fantastic service, delicious food, and overall wonderful experience (even with two young kids). Thank you!
  11. RK

    RickK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Gone down hill, food was just ok. Maybe we got it on a bad day?
  12. SS

    SamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both amazing. It has a nice cozy feel to it.
  13. e

    erica

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing, we went with guests from overseas that loved Guu on their last visit and we weren’t disappointed years later!! So good. Highlight of their trip.
  14. ER

    ERICB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed everything (good food and service). 5 star rating.
  15. c

    ctwd

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love the food and drinks here, service was quick and great.
  16. LB

    LeBronK

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and great food. Not fancy at all but they’d okay.
  17. JS

    JohnS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Glad we made a reservation because it was pretty full.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guests from out of town
  19. JH

    JudyH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    As always, excellent food! The seafood salad and the ebi mayo were delicious. The only disappointment we had was one of our favourite dishes was given to another table and when we told the server we were missing an item, they ran out of it for the evening. The service went a bit down from there but we will give them another try!
  20. l

    livetoeat

    Portland

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always love eating at Guu. super tasty food. great service
  21. ST

    SusanT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    the food, as always, was outstanding!!! the service however… was not. items we ordered did not arrive on multiple occasions. when we checked in the items had been missed/the order had not been placed. we ordered drinks and some came together while the others came 15+ minutes later. we were never offered water or tea. when we did ask for water they brought 2 glasses for a table of four. all around just odd.
  22. b

    barb

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Guu. It’s our neighbourhood go to place. It never disappoints - always friendly, always good food.
  23. L

    Llam

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food and service has gone downhill. The sashimi was not fresh. The hamachi was the worst... chewy, slimy and totally off coloured. Server was not very friendly. We had asked if it was ok to close the door because we were feeling cold from the direct wind breeze. (It was windy and raining hard that day.) She simply said no and that they could not. But as more people started to fill up the restaurant, she decides to go and close the door. Overall, it was not a very enjoyable experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always
  25. M

    Miamia

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Very good selection of lunch menu. Attractive daily specials. Cozy table seating . I appreciated our sever did not rush us to place our order while my friend was pretty late for reservation. I’d like to try more lunch menus.
  26. BU

    BUBU

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I expected more from the quality of food, I ordered a bbq squid and received a boiled squid dish and was told it was bbq. It tasted like fishy rubber and I sent back the dish and said there is nothing bbq about this squid. Disappointed. I ordered the daikon soup and excited for soup, I had some, it was so spicy it was hurting my nose so bad and it tasted like wasabi and soup. I couldn’t drink that after that sip. They should consider putting it on the side or ask if someone wants that because thankfully I didn’t give it to my daughter or she will choke from that spiciness of the mustard/wasabi. My salmon salad had a fly in it but didn’t wanna complain as most of the food was not good at this restaurant. We ordered the eel and stone bowl rice which the only good thing, ebi Mayo was ok and kimchi udon and few drinks. We spent $100. I could spend that on way better food somewhere else. First experience and probably my last at this point Tbh would not recommend this place to anyone. Took forever to get attention from a server but when paying for the bill, they were very fast and stayed close to the table. Honest opinion.
  27. HH

    HeidiH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food. Good value. They have outside patio space facing a side street. Highly recommended.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Met with an old friend, enjoyed some food and the GUUUD!ALE.
  29. l

    lharris

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    overall we really enjoyed it. lots of tasty little plates. Not many vegetarian options, but we managed with some delicious eggplant, cauliflower, etc.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    the food was so good!!!!
  31. AC

    AlanC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    look forward to dining in again once the lockdown is lifted
  32. CF

    CuriousFood

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Guu Garlic does not disappoint! We were pleased with the patio set-up; though it was windy, the heater was sufficient to keep us warm. The food came fast to ensure we have sufficient dining time. The time is restricted to 2 hours, which is too little but we understand the need so it's completely fine. The value is definitely there! We were impressed by the mochi shrimp gratin (must-get!) kimchi fried udon (I love the mentaiko). Our server was great, except they changed shift and the next waitress was not as kind. When time was close to end, the waitress popped by and threw the bill on our table, walked back in 2 minutes and asked very abruptly "do you need the machine?" - completely dampened our mood... we quickly paid and hurried off in her glare. It was not a great ending to our long-awaited dine-out at Guu Garlic so I hope it was only a one-off (perhaps something was on her mind) and will not repeat again. Overall, I highly recommend Guu Garlic.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were happy that we could still dine out on the patio. It was for my partner's birthday and we had a wonderful meal. Everything was delish!
  34. G

    Gman

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A Japanese getto, but the food is somewhat modern, not fine dining, traditional meets a little modern. Not bad sashimi platter.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up and despite booking a table through Open Table In advance they put us on stools at a bar. No one could enter or exit the patio without coming within a foot or two of us. We left because we weren’t provided a table and didn’t feel they had planned for us. Considering the current restrictions they didn’t place us where social distancing was possible from other guests or servers. Not impressed in the least and had to scramble to find somewhere else to eat.
  36. AD

    ADubs

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Guu location is a family fave. We always have great service and delicious eats.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The 1st time here. The foods are fine, nothing wow Reasonable price and feel homey.
  38. C

    Creed

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food good service, small portion for the price, but its a izakaya....
  39. K

    sashimiiiKilz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice authentic experience. Clean restaurant and attentive service. Food was fresh and very good quality. They put in the effort to make our dine in a pleasant one. Definitely reccomend this location!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and food were really good! Would recommend if you like Japanese food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Guu with Garlic does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Guu with Garlic also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 685-8678.

Guu with Garlic is rated 4.3 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Guu with Garlic

1698 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bidwell

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: OPEN EVERYDAY Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: OPEN EVERYDAY Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Canada Line: get off at Vancouver City Center station and 20 min walk Sky Train: get off at Burrard station and 15 min walk #005 bus, the closest stop is Robson + Cardero

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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