Guu Izakaya

Price guide: Mid-range

398 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2A2

Price guide: Mid-range

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#8 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Romance, Trendiness

Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Guu Izakaya

Atmosperhic Japanese Izakaya tucked off Church Street.

The first of Vancouver chain Guu's restaurants in Toronto, Guu was a success right out of the gate. The menu of tasty small plates and the warm, welcoming staff works a charm and pretty much everyone who eats here immediately starts planning their next visit.

Food and drink: 

Authentic small plates from the likes of deep fried brie to grilled oysters to generous dollops of yakiudon and bibimbap and tasty treats like sea aurchin sashimi.

Recommended dishes: 

The cheese bibimbap, grilled oysters and unagi doria (BBQ eel) are particular standouts, but there are plenty of other non-seafood stars on this extensive menu.

Ambience: 

A wee slice of Japan on Church Street, the bustling, boisterous, noisy Guu is a fairly authentic Japanese izakaya (pub) — all wooden walls and cheerful staff.

Service: 

It's what makes us keep coming back here — the staff is uniformly cheerful, friendly and having fun.

Location: 

Beside Ryerson University, south of the Gay Village, just a couple blocks east of Yonge Street.

Tables to book: 

If dining solo, the seats along the bar are great — with views of the frenetic action in the kitchen to keep you entertained.

Other useful branches: 

Lots of 'em — if you're in Vancouver.

More information on Guu Izakaya:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Japanese
Address:
398 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2A2
Telephone:
+1 416 977 0999
Website:
http://www.guu-izakaya.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 5pm-12am
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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