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Kinka Izakaya Original

) #85 of 6,818 Restaurants in Toronto ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Bar, Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly
398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada
+1 416-977-0999
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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1 - 10 of 453 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere: - The staff greet you warmly as you enter and leave the restaurant. - Really nice decor (IMO), lots of wood, high ceilings and windows allowing in lots of light on a rainy day. - music that is not overly loud so you...More

Thank kelly l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Young vibrant crowd. Food was good - small sharing plates, lots of selection.Staff very friendly & engaging. Long shared tables. Noisy with youthful energy! I was there with my adult children and it was such fun! Make sure you all have the SAKE-BOMB!!

Thank primed4
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We came here on a friday night and it was buzzing. Everything was delicious!! My faves were the pork belly and the gindara.

Thank Cristina F
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Fun environment with an amped up version of a traditional Izakaya. Wide selection of small plates to mix and match with gomae, tofu, sushi, sashimi, yakisoba and many more. We were visited by seven samurai as part of our anniversary celebration. They were still in...More

Thank ElvisDetroit
Reviewed 4 April 2017

From the moment we walked in we were greeted very loudly. The atmosphere is great at this spot, with great service and original food. If you would like a quiet meal this isn't for you, but overall a very fun meal.

Thank norphano
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

You can say the atmosphere is very vibrant here, or you can say that it is excessively noisy. The menu was good as expected. We wanted gyoza and salmon roll and they were already sold out by 7pm on a weeknight....How could that be!!?? The...More

1  Thank lemonloaf
Reviewed 13 March 2017

True, you will never get the absolutely exact experience that you would get in Japan, outside of the country, but Kinka (formerly named "Guu)" is a very authentic experience, from the decor all the way down to the food. The wait staff is super nice,...More

1  Thank Christian G
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Their cocktails are the best ones in Toronto as I have tried so far. The ramen store besides it is also really good. It cost you under Ca$25 if you order a extra meat ramen and a drink.

Thank Lin G
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Soooo good! I went here for work, and had a variety of things off the menu. You can't go wrong. Sake was also excellent!!

Thank Stas' K
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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Curious what dress code would be considering the warm summer we are having in Toronto.
27 July 2016|
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Response from CinCross | Reviewed this property |
Casual restaurant. No need to dress up.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 22
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
Bar Scene, Groups, 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
  • E-mail
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".