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The Best Japanese Restaurants in Toronto

The best Japanese restaurants in Toronto will satisfy your cravings for more than just sushi. In addition to raw fish, expect to find grilled yakitori, soothing bowls of ramen, crispy kaarage, oden and more on these menus.

Here are the best Japanese restaurants in Toronto.



Kinka Izakaya (Bloor)
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Kinka Izakaya (Bloor)

This popular izakaya boasts three Toronto outposts offering a bustling atmosphere where Japanese bar snacks pair well with sake, cocktails and craft beer. The kitchen serves tasting menus as well as ample a la carte selections, including house favourites like carbonara udon, spicy deep fried squid and crispy kaarage with garlic mayo.

Japango
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Japango

This Japanese restaurant on Elizabeth Street bills itself as the destination for adventurous sushi lovers. Find hot entrees, including teriyaki, donburi and udon dishes, along with carefully crafted nigiri and makimonos on the menu.


Blowfish
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Blowfish

This upmarket sushi bar at King and Bathurst specializes in a fusion of Japanese techniques and Brazilan flavours. From the lineup of standout sushi, expect selections like jalapeno hamachi and pineapple salmon makimono along with seared sea scallops with shiso chimichurri and dashi-laced ceviche.


Ja Bistro
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Ja Bistro

Artfully sliced fish, premium seafood and aburi-style (blow-torched) nigiri are all on the menu at this sophisticated sushi spot in the Club District. Start with sake or cocktails at the date-worthy destination before moving on to selections like the wagyu oshizushi.


Miku
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Miku

This upscale sushi joint embraces Ningenmi, a philosphy defined as “finding a joy in your life by bringing one to others.” Here, the main event is premium seafood, skillfully prepared and artfully presented. Opt for the Kaiseki, a multi-course meal, or focus your attention on the house specialty, aburi and oshizushi (pressed) sushi.

Guu (Parkdale)
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Guu (Parkdale)

Vancouver's pioneer izakaya operates this sole Toronto location in Parkdale. Fortify yourself with a full litre of Sapporo then graze your way through the menu of snack foods featuring a variety of cold dishes, grilled delicacies, ramen, rice dishes and more.



Zen Japanese Restaurant
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Zen Japanese Restaurant

Traditional Japanese dishes and top tier sushi are the specialty at this Markham restaurant. Go for an omakase experience or select from the a la carte options, including prized cuts of tuna belly, sea urchin and salmon roe.

Imanishi Japanese Kitchen
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Imanishi Japanese Kitchen

Japanese-style late night snacks are the main attraction at this compact cocktail bar on Dundas West. Not sure where to start? Try a plum wine negroni then share a spread featuring corn kakiage, katsu curry rice and agedashi eggplant.


Zakkushi Toronto
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Zakkushi Toronto

This izakaya in Cabbagetown is home to a menu of hot and cold apps, sashimi, yakitori, oden, and rice and udon dishes. The teppan curry poutine is just one of many beer-friendly foods on offer.

The Best Japanese Restaurants in Toronto


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