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Toraya Restaurant

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890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
+1 781-641-7477
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Toraya for all the above. The food is very good, the service great and it has a decent selection of sake and beer and wine. The only downside is that being smll, there is usually a line waiting for a table. Come early!

Thank liveinarlington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have loved this place for over a decade. Intimate setting, it's worth the wait. Simple, excellent sushi. Fish if the highest quality. Chirashi is a favorite- fantastic selection of bite sized pieces. Can't get the same anywhere else. Mmmm. The have cooked delicacies too, but we always get sushi.

Thank Martha W
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Were here for Lunch. A small, special and unpretentious place. There are not many tables. I think this is typical Japanese food. We had each a box, my friend had the sashimi box - I had shrimp tempura with vegetables tempura box with many different side dishes in the box - like salad, pickles and rice. First we got a... More 

Thank SusiHoch
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213 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Small, 6 tables and a sushi bar for 6 people- authentic sushi menu and fair prices. Delicious sushi and udon. Loved salmon skin maki

Thank BostonBostonGirl
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I visited there with my family. I arrived there at 11:15am. It was full of all the seats at 11:35am. We had chirashi-sushi and tendon. Chirashi-sushi was taste good and beautiful! I recommend chirashi-sushi.

Thank Ayumi E
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I've eaten at Toraya >50 times times, both alone and with friends. Used to live around the corner. Excellent Japanese food -- authentic, fresh, simply prepared and delicious. Service is excellent as well. This is a casual, neighborhood restaurant, known mostly to locals -- no-frills, no white table cloths. Tip: arrive early or go for Saturday lunch. The restaurant is... More 

1 Thank MeanderingMissy
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We are thrilled to have found Toraya! They serve the most authentic Japanese food I can find in the Boston area so far. It is a small restaurant with very limited seating. Be sure to arrive early if you are not keen on long wait. Last I checked, they don't take reservation. If you crave for real Japanese food this... More 

1 Thank lexminute
Boston, Massachusetts
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167 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We came here for lunch recently during the weekend. There was a crowd even near the end of the lunch period but we were able to eventually get seats. We ordered 2 rice bowls and the portions (especially the meat) were generous. They were good enough that we finished every single speck of rice and the waitress seemed impressed by... More 

Thank Leo F
Arlington, Massachusetts, United States
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This unassuming storefront serves striking and wonderful sushi and Japanese dishes. It is small so getting in can be challenging at peak hours, but the inventive sushi is worth waiting for.

Thank Stewart D
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

An overall amazing experience! Don't let the outer appearance fool you, this is the place for sushi. Well crafted and a kind and gracious staff.

Thank Julian M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-641-7477

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?