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Kinka Izakaya Original

#82 of 6,779 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
+1 416-977-0999
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!!

Thank vodka_1121
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Virginia D
Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 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.

Thank ElaineTO
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991 reviews
748 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 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 

Thank Tunaidi
Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 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.

Thank mrscolnik
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 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 

Thank Alexander G
Lisbon, Portugal
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135 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We t to this restaurant based on a friends recommendation. At arrival be prepared to be WELCOME very laud! Always a very relaxed and friendly environment. Most of clients are young and are looking for a good and relaxed moment. Food? What can I say if it is supposed to be a Japanese restaurant? Excellent food, attentive service and what... More 

Thank FVentura357
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

There's more "irrashaimase" (welcome) shouting at this izakaya than any izakaya I've been to in Japan (and I've been to a lot). They also shout with every order, when people leave and... well at every other opportunity too so it gets pretty noisy. Its not necessarily bad and you'll either laugh that its just so over the top or find... More 

Thank Tim W
Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We have been here few times before it got renamed. I am not sure if it is because of the name change (management change as well?) The atmosphere and food quality are not as good as before. The service is also quite slow this time.

Thank myjc116
Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Immensely lively and fun Japanese restaurant. Traditional Japanese dishes and great friendly staff. Superb

Thank drsunny

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Bar, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-977-0999
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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