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Kinka Izakaya

#74 of 6,609 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Downtown
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
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398 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B2A2, 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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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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166 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank Nancy D
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Japanese restaurant and bar is a fun place with a teen. Staff shouts hello and good bye in Japanese as well as other remarks as food comes out. Food is mostly small plates. Even though known for meat dishes and drinks, we found plenty to eat from vegetarian and fish items. Recommend eating on outside patio where it's not... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite spots in the city. You are welcomed by a very warm hello by the entire staff when you walk in and everyone yells goodbye to you when you leave. If you are looking for a quiet dining experience, this is not the place. BUT if you are looking for an extremely fun, upbeat, DELICIOUS... More 

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Thank Travelbugjay
Fredericton, Canada
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is amazing - a great mix of sushi-esque dishes, the atmosphere is very loud & fun! great value as well. try the sake bombs.

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Thank AlpineMacK
Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kinka Izakaya serves excellent Japanese food. They have a fairly large and diverse menu, with everything from sashimi to takoyaki to noodle dishes to salads to cooked fishes and meats. I've tried an extensive portion of the menu, and liked it all. Service is efficient and polite. They also have a small outdoor patio for when the weather is nice.

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Thank Dimitrios D
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Great atmosphere. Almost everything was really good. Absolutely loved the kimchi bibimbap and the yaki udon. The only thing that wasn't great was the Green Tea Matcha Cheesecake..

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Thank Tina B
Kyoto, Japan
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

If you are wanting a quiet place, this isn't that place. But if you want a good place to grab a bite and a beer with friends or by yourself, this is great. The food definitely is traditional Japanese. If you are wanting your standard sushi rolls, this isn't that kind of Japanese restaurant. Be adventurous and give it a... More 

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Thank Joel C
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Japanese pub food is delicious and served in a raucously lively dining room. Grilled oyster is fantastic and everything we ordered was very tasty. Good service and fun ambiance. Chairs and benches are hard wood surfaces, so not that comfy.

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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
$8 - $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
Good for
Business meetings, 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 Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B2A2, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown
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