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Kinka Izakaya

#59 of 6,613 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Downtown
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
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398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
14169770999
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Today
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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132 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place serves Japanese tapas and combinations unlike most other Japanese food I've tried. We got five dishes and all were original and quite flavorful. The oyster baked with cheese and spinach was my favourite. Although I was unaware before going, part of the indoor dining experience apparently involves listening to greetings shouted in Japanese to everyone who walks in.... More 

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Thank Arielle T
Bethesda, Maryland
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food, friendly service. Not formal, casual setting, goid for group. Try the Kinko Bibimbap, loved it

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Thank david20817
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing vibe, grey fun and amazing food. We will definitely be coming back! Amazing staff. Fun for groups or birthday celebrations.

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Thank ChicagoRach
Toronto, Canada
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87 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had to laugh at the review with someone complaining about the staff yelling at customers. That's pretty much what an izakaya is all about. Great small plate eats. Interesting drinks. Great atmosphere. Love it.

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Thank NickB488
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

incredible environment, fantastic food, highly recommended!!!! We got there and every waiter greets you in their very own way to make you feel welcome

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Thank Alfredo M
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Now this was an experience! It is not the biggest restaurant but it can get loud as the staff are always shouting "hello" "good-bye" and various other things that make the room quite cacophonous. There is a small patio outside that can provide respite. The food is great and is meant for sharing. So order 6 - 7 dishes for... More 

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Thank EPMcK
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably the most fun I've ever had at a restaurant. Very loud, exciting atmosphere. Staff were very upbeat and friendly and most importantly very knowledgeable and provided great service! Food and drinks were awesome too, will be going back here for sure!

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Thank McDeal04
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This restaurant was chosen for a 55th Birthday celebration. Definitely not a quiet place if you want to chat during dinner, but it was so much fun and the food was different and really good. We will go back for sure. One of the people who sat beside us had been there 12 times. Can't wait for a return visit.

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Thank HazySunshine2005
Oslo,Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Kinka is busy and noisy, so a seat on the outside patio is an awesome choice! Have a look through the daily specials, but all the dishes containing tuna are a great choice as well as the awesome carpaccio! Simple flavours, with every dish making you want to order more!

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Thank Tim_Norway
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Love love love this place...I go every time I'm in TO. the food is amazing, the staff very friendly and the sake is great! I can't say enough great things about this place. Super busy...better to have a reservation...you won't be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$9 - $23
Cuisine
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 14169770999
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".

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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