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Toraya Restaurant

$$ - $$$
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890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 20 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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158 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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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10 reviews
6 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
Natick, Massachusetts
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321 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Friends who are local to the area recommended this place to us. It is a small "whole in the wall" restaurant that might seat about 20 people. The sushi, nigiri, maki, sashimi, etc. are excellent and reasonably priced. The miso soup that comes with a number of the meals in quite good. I had the tekka donburi for lunch--lots of... More 

Thank Scanner_Lewis
Arlington, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

Toraya has the best sushi northwest of Boston. Always fantastic. It's very small inside with a handful of tables and one waitperson. The sushi chef is busier than a cross-eyed rooster on an ant hill. Only reason I didn't give five starts is because they're closed Mondays and don't do take-out on the weekends.

Thank lmrw52
Lexington, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

I have been here more times than I remember. This is my go to place for everything sushi. The fish is so fresh you'd think he caught them this morning. My only complaint-except for the wait time-is the salads could be bigger. The bento lunch boxes are a great value and delicious.

Thank JLZW
Arlington, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

I've heard that people travel to Arlington to eat here. I don't blame them but I am sure am glad it's down the street for us. This way when the small restaurant is full, and it often is, there's not too far to sulk off as we figure out where else we can eat and get the satisfaction we experience... More 

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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: 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?