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Kinka Izakaya

#64 of 6,692 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
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Open now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't have another Japanese place to compare to but if you are looking for good Japanese food, service and drinks then this is definitely the place. It's a Japanese-tapas kind of feeling they've got going so small dishes of different sort of food. For a person that's spent some time in Japan, this place kind of took me back.... More 

Thank Atli K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In Toronto, to find such authentic Japanese noodle place is just a bless. This was my third time and as always, it was satisfying experience.

Thank Kristine H
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was packed on a Saturday night and couldn't make it in, went back on Sunday and was able to get a seat. The place is fun, loud and lively. The staff was young, loud and friendly. But was disappointed with the food, it was not refined, most of the dishes tasted like your standard fun bar food like... More 

Thank Redshirts889
East Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came half an hour before closing but we never felt rushed, our server made us feel welcome and appreciated. The food lived up to the great reviews and we are grateful to the chefs, staff and TripAdvisor community as well. Don't miss it if you are nearby. Really worth the visit.

Thank eastcoasttrvlr
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was really good and different from what I usually think of as Japanese food. I found it a little to noisy but overall it was a great experience.

Thank pineapplettraveler
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here last night with a couple of friends. Plenty of shouting and good vibes from the kitchen. Tapas style food, reasonable portions and delicious taste. Really enjoyed our time there.

Thank Heidi W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Toronto_Stu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, 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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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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