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Kinka Izakaya Original

#74 of 6,790 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
+1 416-977-0999
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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can say the atmosphere is very vibrant here, or you can say that it is excessively noisy. The menu was good as expected. We wanted gyoza and salmon roll and they were already sold out by 7pm on a weeknight....How could that be!!?? The rest of the dishes we ordered were good and tasty and we got a variety... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

True, you will never get the absolutely exact experience that you would get in Japan, outside of the country, but Kinka (formerly named "Guu)" is a very authentic experience, from the decor all the way down to the food. The wait staff is super nice, super friendly and super attentive. The decor, I find, to be somewhat similar to Okariba,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Their cocktails are the best ones in Toronto as I have tried so far. The ramen store besides it is also really good. It cost you under Ca$25 if you order a extra meat ramen and a drink.

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Thank Lin G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Soooo good! I went here for work, and had a variety of things off the menu. You can't go wrong. Sake was also excellent!!

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Thank Stas' K
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017

Love the vibe in this place, so alive while foods are very authentic. We enjoyed their bamboo sake and yummy tapas. They open until around 11:30 pm. Great place to be when you are in town. Ganbei!!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous meal here on the weekend. Nice variety of plates. The black cod and bimibop were highlights for sure. Fun atmosphere. Would be great with a group of friends. Plates are for sharing. We were two adults and one child and had 7 items plus dessert.

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Thank Virginia D
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Family style Japanese serving in LOUD energetic environment. Loved everything esp Peach mojito, Tuna tartar, salmon Tataki, unagi , ebi mayo and amazing cod - aka gindara! Thanks. Will be back. NB. Make reservations on Yelp.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

Kinka Izakaya was a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting a good izakaya and Japanese tapas restaurant in Toronto, but this place proved me wrong. Kinka Izakaya offers a good variety of drinks, small plates, and some unique dishes. Waits can sometimes take a while because of its popularity, but with the lack of good Japanese food in the area,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Great Sake. We ordered the House brand Sake which is imported from Japan. Great Izakaya (Japanese Tapas). Great dining experience. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try something a little different. Don't worry yelling at customers is a Japanese customary greeting.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Went for a birthday and this place was an absolute blast. Bustling for our entire stay, the atmosphere was fun and the staff were all great. Food was awesome comfort style dishes and we sat at the bar so we could see everything get made. If you're looking for a fun night out in Toronto, give Kinka a whirl. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $22
Cuisine
Bar, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, 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: +1 416-977-0999
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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Downtown
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