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The Best Cheap Sushi in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / May 10, 2013

cheap sushi torontoThe best cheap sushi in Toronto needn't necessarily be an all you can eat place. While there are admittedly many AYCE joints that provide good bang for your buck (think of how low the price per piece is if you just order ONE MORE California Roll set!), there are quite a number of reliable sushi restaurants that offer a la carte dining at prices that won't break your budget.

Here are the best cheap sushi restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best splurge sushi restaurants in Toronto
The best AYCE sushi in Toronto
The best take-out sushi restaurants in Toronto
The best Japanese restaurants in Toronto
10 great Toronto sushi restaurants north of the 401

Writing by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the twitter and his own mansion. Lead photo by Tom Cochrane

Sushi on Bloor

Sushi on Bloor

With an extremely self-explanatory name, Sushi on Bloor is a long-standing institution which is a hit with the UofT and Annex crowd, and at prices starting at around $7 for a dozen pieces of sushi, it's not hard to see why. The interesting Spicy Oyster Mushroom Roll is a delicious surprise, and though it's often rammed during mealtimes, the food (and prices) make it well worth it. More »

Sushi Inn

Sushi Inn

You'd think that a sushi place located smack-dab in the middle of Yorkville would be outrageously expensive, but Sushi Inn provides a pleasant proof of the contrary. Though the seating can be a bit cramped, you won't mind as you scarf down their various bento boxes and sushi sets, priced from as low as $12 for 18 pieces of maki. The friendly service is always a nice plus. More »

Ni Ji Sushi

Ni Ji Sushi

Tucked in a rather nondescript corner of Scarborough, Ni Ji Sushi has been a local favourite for quite some time. Their spicy salmon maki is among the best in the business, and the overall bright and surprisingly spacious feel of the restaurant certainly makes you feel welcome. And don't miss out on the usual assortment of Korean favourites such as bulgogi and bibimbap. More »

Gal's Sushi

Gal's Sushi

This spot is one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Markham where lineups can almost be guaranteed during mealtimes. Service is fast and friendly and the unique Gal's Special Roll (featuring shrimp, salmon, and avocado with soybean paper) is always a crowd pleaser. More »

Mazz Sushi

Mazz Sushi

This Bloorcourt sushi restaurant is almost the definition of neighbourhood gem. I've personally found that the sashimi cuts here are among the freshest around, and there's really no beating their spicy tuna and salmon rolls, which are pleasantly not too rice-heavy. With various sushi sets priced at under $15, it's a solid place to get cheap, but good quality, sushi. More »

To-Ne Sushi

To-Ne Sushi

Cozy ambience and awesome presentation in a cheap sushi restaurant? To-Ne Sushi (pronounced as two distinct words, and not "tone" like random rap reference Tone Loc) has them all. This small restaurant at Queen and Spadina provides inexpensive sushi paired with a surprisingly spacious and pleasant vibe. Try the Sunshine Roll for a delectable little blast of seared salmon on your sushi. Lunch specials start at around $7 making it a winner for your wallet as much as your taste buds. More »

New Generation Sushi

New Generation Sushi

Despite a cringe-worthy name and a rather unfortunate knifing incident, New Generation continues to draw Annex crowds for those who crave large amounts of cheap but solid raw fish. Lunch specials include a dozen maki for just $7 and free ice cream makes tables worth lining up for. More »

Double Sushi

Double Sushi

Double Sushi proudly proclaims itself as "the best sushi restaurant in Toronto" and offers discounted rates on home inspections services on their website. Nonsensical business partnerships aside, this Danforth east spot offers a variety of gargantuan set dinners at awesomely low prices like the classic tempura bento box for $11. More »

O Sushi

O Sushi

Despite being relatively new, O Sushi already has a steady stream of regulars in its Coxwell Avenue haunt. Featuring tons of cheap lunch boxes at around $8-$10 and some of the freshest spicy salmon rolls in the business, one could almost overlook the fact that the restaurant is about the size of your living room (if your living room had a dedicated sushi chef working in it). Portions are not the biggest around, but the quality certainly is one of best. More »

Discussion

39 Comments

nardl blarn / May 10, 2013 at 11:09 am
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there are so many cheaper and better places than these littered around dundas between bay and spadina and on spadina around dundas. I'd guess, though that the writer is a UofT grad/student who just spends all their time around the annex hence the selections being so skewed in that direction. Why get someone with such a myopic uoft background to write this piece?
Shannon / May 10, 2013 at 11:34 am
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I go to To-ne Sushi once a week! Really yummy. They give you a cup of their house made crunch noodle soup while you wait! The chef and his wife are always super nice, they know me by name and inquire about my family whenever I come in.

Delish!
Vanessa / May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am
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You guys forgot Big Sushi!
Their deep fried big roll canot be beat, prompt service, and a cheap dynamite roll make a great choice. Also, they are practically across the street from the rammed New Gen and Sushi on Bloor and never, ever as busy.
Joe Scratch / May 10, 2013 at 11:55 am
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While I love eating cheap sushi, I have to say that cheap sushi is ruining the oceans. Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and you will understand. The shear magnitude of the world's appetite for sushi is harming the ecosystem and there should be some reasonable limit to what people should consume. People should keep this in mind while scarfing down as much AYCE tempura and toro as they can.
Adam / May 10, 2013 at 11:55 am
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WARNING: DO NOT go to any of these places. Gal's is by far the worst sushi I've ever had aside from the gas station variety. New Gen MAYBE when drunk, MAYBE!!
JJ replying to a comment from nardl blarn / May 10, 2013 at 11:57 am
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4 out of the 9 aren't in the core. Danforth, Coxwell, Scarborough and Markham. Did you just read the first two and then jump on your soapbox?
Ricky / May 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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Well done noticing O Sushi. The food is truly the equal of places three or four times more expensive. I have only ever seen the Sushi being prepared by the chef/owner who hits way above his weight. If he doesn't get tired (or finds really excellent help), it will be our favorite for years to come.
Jaclyn / May 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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Good list. There's also a really cheap Sushi Making workshop in Toronto every Saturday for $25 with Sang Kim. The class happening tomorrow (May 11) still has spots available. You can check it out and sign up here: https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/sushi-making-for-the-soul-level-1-class-makimonos-toronto-RLFMN
Abe / May 10, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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LAN Sushi in the Junction is amazing in a pinch. Great prices on great rolls, and they typically hand you a fresh hand roll when you go to pick up your order.
Sharky / May 10, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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You guys forgot nijo and double on Big Sushi.

Nijo
345 Bloor St E
Toronto, ON M4W 3J6

Big Sushi
388 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1X4
RS / May 10, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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Ni-Ji is great! Happy to see them on this list. :)
mayari replying to a comment from nardl blarn / May 10, 2013 at 02:22 pm
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I think these lists are compiled by those "vote for your best..." surveys, and so have nothing to do with the author's bias and everything to do with the readers.
David / May 10, 2013 at 02:57 pm
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Ajimi Sushi and Echo Sushi near Davisville Station are quite tasty with quite a few choices at the dinner AYCE.

Better quality and atmosphere than most on this list.
Walrusaurus replying to a comment from Abe / May 10, 2013 at 03:56 pm
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Seconding LAN Sushi - I used to live around the corner from them & went all the time. Absolutely the best customer service I've ever experienced in any sushi place ever. Just the nicest damned people. Also the sushi was pretty great. And cheap. Can't say enough good things about them.

Japan Sushi in the Annex is also great.
Shim / May 10, 2013 at 05:09 pm
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What about Sushi Time on Queen they have giant $10 bento boxes and amazing sushi an appetizers! Hello!!!!!!!!!!
jorge replying to a comment from Adam / May 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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maybe make a suggestion then, asshole
Jon / May 11, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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New AYCE in Scarborough; Tatami Sushi is amazing!! Great food, value, service, menu.. Highly recommend!!
Pepper / May 11, 2013 at 02:15 pm
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I suggest Sushi Garden. It's hidden behind a Second Cup on Yonge and St. Clair. Great Sushi, reasonable price.

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/sushi-garden-toronto
Angie / May 11, 2013 at 03:10 pm
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Sushi California in Corso Italia is also a great place to check out good cheap sushi.
nick / May 12, 2013 at 04:02 pm
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O sushi is the best sushi in town!!! hell yea!!
krista / May 13, 2013 at 12:44 am
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Ni Ji is awesome!
Great place tucked away in Scarborough.
yum! / May 14, 2013 at 04:45 pm
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Tatami isn't very good, I ordered some of the "specialty" rolls, like Alaska and Dynamite and they were stone cold; premade and plated when ordered, which is unacceptable.
Double Sushi is great, it's small and friendly, the food is always consistent and fresh.
Antny / May 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm
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Qi Sushi at Gerrard and Sackville is surprisingly good. Their combo plates are great value for the money and their mains are pretty decent. Their tempura batter is, perhaps, the lightest I've ever had. It's a gem in an otherwise sketchy neighbourhood.
Vanessa / May 22, 2013 at 09:59 pm
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I'm all for saving money, but not this way. The whole beauty and tradition of serving sushi/sashimi is to use the freshest ingredients.
I've been to most of these places, and the fish is usually not too great and the sushi is sometimes sloppily made.
I feel like a lot of these cheap sushi bars are like the fast-food versions of what they should be.
I enjoy good quality sushi, not neccesarily cheap sushi.
mona / May 29, 2013 at 06:54 am
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hi, the best sushi I ever ate is located on La Rose street in Etobicoke. I can't remenber the name of the take out restaurant. It suround by lots of high rise building. may be that is way there sushi are always fresh.
zachary Gagnon / June 6, 2013 at 02:56 am
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I recently become interested in sushi after attending my Friend’s birthday party handled by some event planners. During my sister’s graduation party, we hired a private chef. He was from Toronto. His main dishes were Smoked Salmon Platter and sushi. I tasted Sake Nigiri for the first time and I simply loved it.
http://www.francofreshy.com/party.html

Yvonne / July 5, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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New Generation got me diarrhea before!!! it's disgusting!!!
Aly / July 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm
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I can't believe Sushi Bon isn't on the list. They have a basic offering of sushi, but their smaller menu is only 13.99! While it doesn't include everything you might desire it does have salmon roses, spicy salmon on chips (which is hard to find in Toronto) and some fabulous rolls! You miss out on sashimi, but I find their salmon roses usually are quite heavy on the salmon, so I don't mind. They aren't a splurge in the AYCE world, but they do offer a consistant, good meal when all you need is sushi simplicity. I recommend everyone tries the Arctic Roll too!
website / July 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm
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Nice replies in return of this matter with real arguments and
describing the whole thing about that.
Kevin replying to a comment from Antny / December 10, 2013 at 03:11 am
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AGREED!!!!! Hands down Qi Sushi, Huge portions, fresh fish, cheap pricing, cozy atmosphere and extremely friendly staff, feels like eating at home!
Migz Monteza / December 12, 2013 at 05:39 am
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If you are looking for the freshest sushi in Toronto, you don't have to think twice, Kanji Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar definitely is the good choice! Come and visit us at 1346 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON M6K 1L4 and have a taste of our great sushi experience! http://kanjitoronto.com/#!/portfolio-view/sushi-101
Chris / January 19, 2014 at 12:20 am
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Sakura Gardens on Avenue Road just South of Wilson is extremely good all you can eat for a very reasonable price. Awesome assortment!!
Wilson / February 12, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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This is obviously all very subjective, but the best sushi that I've had in this city to date is Lan sushi in the Junction (Pacific/Dundas). My feeling is that they offer a far more fresh and flavorful option than several of the restaurants on this list (I've not tried them all).
Jane / February 18, 2014 at 08:28 pm
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I have to give a shout-out to Guirei sushi on Queen's Quay near Bathurst, really good, fresh sushi, reasonable prices. Used to go there once a week when I lived in the area, it's the only restaurant in that area, but also very good! Nice restaurant, patio out front and a separate take-out area. Worth a trek down to the waterfront, it's really good!
sarah / February 18, 2014 at 09:44 pm
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Sushi Time on Queen Street is the best! Always really fresh and great lunch specials!
Robert MacNaughton / February 18, 2014 at 09:56 pm
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Sushi Sky on Yonge Street is the best in TO ...
Jake replying to a comment from nardl blarn / February 18, 2014 at 09:56 pm
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What are some of your favourite spots? Thanks for the help!
Haydar / June 27, 2014 at 05:48 pm
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If you want to eat rice and not so fresh fish, yes they are cheap. Check sushi couture across sushi on bloor. They get the fish from taro's fish, and it is always fresh. Service is slow, sometimes, but I really don't mind because the prices are very reasonable.
freak / August 23, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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The freshest cheap sushi I had in Toronto is Avocado on Bay&Charles. I pay less than $20 for the biggest bento box and the fish on the rice is surprisingly thick.

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