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Kinka Izakaya Original

398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada
+1 416-977-0999
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
398 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2A2, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked here following other TripAdvisor comments and we weren't disappointed. We enjoyed it so much we returned the next evening! Each client is greeted (loudly), seated, tended to with attention. You can't leave discreetly either as the whole staff shouts a friendly "Aligato"! In...More

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was their first customer last night as I arrived at 5pm on the dot. As I stepped into the restaurant all staff yelled a Japanese greeting to me. There we well over a dozen of them. That was just the beginning. They do that to...More

Thank MCalgary
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Medium-sized Bar/Open space/ Lots of noise/ No real windows/Community tables with benches/Small, shareable plates. We tried the Karaage 5 pieces $9.90...deep fried, marinated chicken...very crispy on the outside with juicy, tender meat inside...very good. Ikapiri $8.30....deep fried calamari...coated with spicy sauce...smaller portion...not so good and...More

Thank F7044MKmp
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been here twice now and both times have been awesome! The staff greet you when you enter and leave. Love the atmosphere. All the food is delish, especially the bim bim bap! Deff recommend.

Thank Kelly D
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

If I could give six stars I would, absolutely outstanding food and make sure you sit at the bar to eat to watch the food being prepared. Brilliant atmosphere and pure entertainment from the staff when you are eating. Finish with a Saki Bomb.

Thank F7800MTstephenp
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Probably our best eating out experience ever ! Service fantastic! Food even better! As an experience this is IT! We will be back every time we are in the city.

Thank johncT8608FS
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Pretty close to an actual Japanese izakaya, Kinka doesn’t disappoint! The dishes are small and made to be shared. Large communal tables in natural wood allow for lots of socializing. It is VERY loud, though, so be prepared! The staff are constantly yelling out “irashaimase”...More

Thank Hegg65
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Came here for dinner with a group of friends, and had an absolutely great experience. If you're looking for a quite environment, this is definitely not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a fun, exciting, and memorable experience, then don't think...More

Thank rd0728
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

Well certainly not a stylish japanese restaurant...but what a great surprise...good food variety in a cahotic festive contest! To repeat!

Thank fabriziosS1398OR
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

House music blaring and people yelling in Japanese hahaha fells like being club. Do a round of shots with your group and they will count you down. The food is cooked fresh to order right in view and it's delicious. The cold tapas are fantastic...More

Thank MrsDanifun
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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Casual restaurant. No need to dress up.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
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, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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".
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