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Kinka Izakaya Original

398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada
+1 416-977-0999
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“gindara” (6 reviews)
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Bar, Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada
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Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

This place is extremely unusual but has very nice set menu for nine courses of original and tasty food including a oyster chicken sushi all very nice experiences and every few moments everyone including customers are shouting out loud for any reason

Thank mikdeb
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

I usually avoid Kinka cause I think it's too loud. Lively environment but I think the yelling is way too much. I don't remember it being this aggressive in Japan. Anyway, I reserved a table and they even had a thank you card for my...More

Thank Choco_robba
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

Book in advance!!!! specially on weekends Since you walk in and all the staff greets you in Japanese and out loud, you know you're in the right place. Good atmosphere, good food and friendly and fun service. The food is based on Japanese tapas, small...More

Thank Cronista-xna
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Great spot! We took our 13 year old daughter to this place. We all had a blast. Very lively restaurant with the waiters and cooks shouting hello, goodbye and orders in Japanese. The food was very good too. Not a place to go for a...More

Thank Shariq A
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Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

We hit this izakaya on a friday night from 19h00-21h00. The last call for food and alcohol was 20h15. The waiter said that his manager didn't want us to order more alcohol cause he thinks that we drink too fast and was afraid that we...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere: - The staff greet you warmly as you enter and leave the restaurant. - Really nice decor (IMO), lots of wood, high ceilings and windows allowing in lots of light on a rainy day. - music that is not overly loud so you...More

Thank kelly l
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Young vibrant crowd. Food was good - small sharing plates, lots of selection.Staff very friendly & engaging. Long shared tables. Noisy with youthful energy! I was there with my adult children and it was such fun! Make sure you all have the SAKE-BOMB!!

Thank primed4
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

We came here on a friday night and it was buzzing. Everything was delicious!! My faves were the pork belly and the gindara.

Thank Cristina F
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Fun environment with an amped up version of a traditional Izakaya. Wide selection of small plates to mix and match with gomae, tofu, sushi, sashimi, yakisoba and many more. We were visited by seven samurai as part of our anniversary celebration. They were still in...More

Thank ElvisDetroit
Reviewed April 4, 2017

From the moment we walked in we were greeted very loudly. The atmosphere is great at this spot, with great service and original food. If you would like a quiet meal this isn't for you, but overall a very fun meal.

Thank norphano
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
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Casual restaurant. No need to dress up.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $23
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
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, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, 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: +1 416-977-0999
  • E-mail
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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