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Kinka Izakaya

#63 of 6,651 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
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398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Kinka Izakaya is unique and fun! You are greeted with a loud welcome when you walk in the door and you get a loud goodbye as you leave. The menu is quite extensive with lots of interesting and tasty options. We had the sampler menu which was a good variety and just enough food. The cocktails were great too! We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, I knew going in that the staff were loud - it is part of what they do. I did not realise that the staff 'experience' is all about shouting almost continuously. While initially that was kind of fun it quickly became annoying as it was difficult to hear and carry on a conversation. In fact this morning I got... More 

Thank ByrenToronto
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Yonge & 401 location. This is a fun, casual Japanese bar/tapas restaurant with very good food and an energetic staff! We did not have a reservation, but were fortunate enough to get a terrace seating. Beware - this is incredibly fish heavy. There are only three dishes + salads and desserts that will not have cross-contaminants... More 

Thank travelandshop2014
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is fun, fast paced Japanese bar food. Small plates, big taste and lots of high energy atmosphere.

Thank Toronto_Stu
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the best Japanese I've had but still reasonably good. The set menu was very good value. Their cocktails aren't bad either. It was very noisy though and got a little irritating after a while, although by choosing to sit outdoor would resolve the problem. Suitable for a night out for a group of friends, not so much for a... More 

Thank SeaBee1828
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 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 

Thank Arielle T
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank david20817
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank ChicagoRach
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 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.

Thank NickB488
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 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

Thank Alfredo M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $23
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
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
Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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
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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