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838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
+1 604-685-8817
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“yaki udon” (5 reviews)
“beef tataki” (5 reviews)
“croquettes” (12 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
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838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Premise is quite small so either reserve a table or show up early. Menu is a bit limited but offers the main dishes from the Japanese cuisine. Fast service and food on average. The staff speaks very loud and this can result in a high...More

Thank Luigi D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for dinner, and immediately after eating grilled black cod, I became very ill. The fish was not grilled and was soaked in butter. My evening was ruined, to say the least. The waitress did not understand a word of English, and it was...More

Thank oksana568
Reviewed 18 July 2017

This is a small establishment just off Robson on Thurlow St. We didn't have reservations but we arrived just before they opened on Friday at 5pm and there was already a small crowd waiting for the doors to open. Getting there early when you don't...More

1  Thank honeydrop
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Noisy and long wait. Worth every second/penny. Service is fast and consistent. Very genuine japanese food. If you are visiting this place is a MUST. Best Kimchi Udon in town.

1  Thank Marisol C
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Great food, authentically prepared, staff were very friendly and the sake delicious. Book in advance as very popular.

Thank Mick K
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Here for dinner Saturday night. Got seated right away with my reservation. Ordered beef tataki, scallop sashimi, and red tuna poke. All delicious and yummy. And the price is very reasonable. Always a fun place to be at. Highly recommended!

Thank SFOYYZ_Eric2
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Having never been to Japan, this is what I imagine when I think of a Japanese lunch counter. We arrived just a few minutes before Noon, but almost immediately the place filled up with locals and travelers alike. Very friendly, very modestly priced, excellent food.

Thank jhayes303
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Almost impossible to spot from the street by the tiny sign. Limited menu with very few healthy options. On the upside the staff was very friendly, and the food decent. Too bad the miso soup was served lukewarm and the pop...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Fifteen years ago when my wife and I were still dating, the original GUU was our favorite Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Each time we were in Vancouver downtown, we waited outside its door at 5:30PM to get a spot by the sushi bar, watching chef’s...More

1  Thank Stan Y
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is entertainment as well as a great place to eat. The energy is contagious and the food is yummy although it may take a a couple of tries to discover what you like from the not very typical japanese bistro type menu. Be prepared...More

1  Thank conniey228
West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines
verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with
Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a
paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and
perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most
languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset
Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to
take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:45 - 13:30
17:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1W2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-8817
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Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
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