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Kinka Izakaya

#70 of 6,753 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
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398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada (Formerly Guu Izakaya)
+1 416-977-0999
17:00 - 00:00
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank drsunny
Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After having to deal with crappy Japanese food in Warsaw, Poland, it was very refreshing to have real Japanese food. I had to go to Toronto! I finished m acting class and I was craving a late supper, and I found this place on my way home. This place is great, the prices are affordable and the staff are very... More 

Thank Ahsoka23
Sioux Lookout, ON
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great place to go with a group of friends. The staff are lively and animated. It is NOT the place to go if you want to have a good conversation though because it is very loud. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the experience though. NOTE: If you don't want to draw attention to yourself don't order... More 

Thank katiebT6980UM
Loveland, Colorado
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86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent sushi and tapas restaurant. They made me a mixed sashimi platter, even though not on the menu. A dessert of bananas tempura was served with chocolate sauce and coconut ice cream. Prices were reasonable and service and staff were enthusiastic and vocal, with a chorus of greetings and when dishes were ready.

Thank owlish1
Barstow, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were headed to another restaurant, but it was closed. We had passed by here earlier, and when we were all wondering where to go, I suggested we go back here. We were behind a couple who walked in first, and when I heard the loud cheering, I pushed everyone back. She: What are you doing? Me: Just wait....and watch... More 

Thank heuster3
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I don't have another Japanese place to compare to but if you are looking for good Japanese food, service and drinks then this is definitely the place. It's a Japanese-tapas kind of feeling they've got going so small dishes of different sort of food. For a person that's spent some time in Japan, this place kind of took me back.... More 

Thank Atli K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

In Toronto, to find such authentic Japanese noodle place is just a bless. This was my third time and as always, it was satisfying experience.

Thank Kristine H
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The place was packed on a Saturday night and couldn't make it in, went back on Sunday and was able to get a seat. The place is fun, loud and lively. The staff was young, loud and friendly. But was disappointed with the food, it was not refined, most of the dishes tasted like your standard fun bar food like... More 

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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
USD 8 - USD 23
Bar, Japanese, Sushi
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, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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