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Kinka Izakaya

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398 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
14169770999
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene
Description: An Izakaya is a Japanese-style pub and what we strive for at KINKA IZAKAYA...
An Izakaya is a Japanese-style pub and what we strive for at KINKA IZAKAYA is an authentic Izakaya with great food and drinks in an unique atmosphere. Our goal is to serve each and every one of our guests happiness as they experience a "truly authentic Japan".
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Chaotic fun dinner

Was recently in Toronto for a conference and was recommended Kinka's by one of my local employees. Booked a reservation on their site and good thing we did. There was a small line when we arrived and the hostess and server mentioned an issue with their ticketing system that day and things were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
mseifried
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Kitchener, Canada
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168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are some places where they have made a decision to stand out from the crowd in some way. In this place you have to remove your shoes and sit in a trench below the floor level and the personnel goes around shouting all the time. Yes, they really do that on purpouse. I’m not sure what kind of people... More 

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Thank B42L8
Toronto, Canada
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64 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really loud. Food is ok- some good, some mediocre dishes. Many better places for similar cuisine in the city.

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Thank LoverOfFoodNSpirits
Kitchener, Canada
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208 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was recently in Toronto for a conference and was recommended Kinka's by one of my local employees. Booked a reservation on their site and good thing we did. There was a small line when we arrived and the hostess and server mentioned an issue with their ticketing system that day and things were all screwed up. We did have to... More 

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Thank mseifried
Toronto, Canada
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97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Centrally located with a great chef and team creating all sorts of unique dishes. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is very cool.

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Thank Jay M
Mississauga, Canada
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I have been to Guu many times. Now called Kinka Izakaya. The Noise level is insane, bring ear plugs or drink lots of beer till it's quiet. But it's a very fun place. The food used to be outstanding and still is worth visiting. The last time I went with a group of four people. Two of them for the... More 

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1 Thank Mr1il
Toronto, Canada
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203 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

I have traveled the world. Been to the finest restaurant and gone to Culinary Arts school as well. Guu Izakaya continues to be my favourite restaurant. Some of my favourite dishes are the baked mushroom and cheese oysters, The Okonomiyaki, the Bi him bop, and Unagi on rice many other amazing dishes.

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Thank MissLaFlamme
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We went there on Halloween night for the first time, it looked like fun place from outside, because of the line had to leave our contacts and wait for 45 min. When we entered checked the decoration and were waiting for strange and noisy Halloween performance to end. After 15 min of waiting ordered some sashimi and two bowls of... More 

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Thank Milad D
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

As a Japanese-Canadian and cook, I am very familiar with Japanese restaurants and food. The food is just okay. The noise level is astonishing. I have never been in a noisier restaurant ever, ever, ever! I've been to quite a few Izakaya themed restaurants and none approach the sometimes painful levels of noise/shouting. My younger companion was also shocked by... More 

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1 Thank Lynn D
Pensacola, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Meant up with an old friend during a week long vacation in Toronto. I only wish I had been able to try more things! Loved the fried brie for appetizer and banana tempura for dessert. We had several tapas including pork belly, fried prawns, kabocha korokke, salmon tataki and mojito ramunes to drink. All awesome. Loud and noisy but extremely... More 

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Thank DocGiraffe
Buffalo, New York, United States
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Stopped here late for a bite. Very busy, energetic restaurant. I enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The menu is more like tapas although it can get away from you fast and you'll end up ordering more than you really want. It was fun and I would definitely go again. 2 of us spent about $60can including drinks

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 398 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 14169770999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 22
  • Cuisine: Bar, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene

Description

An Izakaya is a Japanese-style pub and what we strive for at KINKA IZAKAYA is an authentic Izakaya with great food and drinks in an unique atmosphere. Our goal is to serve each and every one of our guests happiness as they experience a "truly authentic Japan".
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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