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KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL, Toronto, ON

KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL

4.7
4.7
39 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
Established in the spring of 2014, Kinka Izakaya Original is a cozy, izakaya-style eatery specializing in authentic premium Japanese tapas and great times! From fresh choices like sashimi straight from Japan to classic favorites like karaage, our expansive menu will have you having more. Kinka Izakaya Original offers guests a dining experience like no other.

If you have any other questions, email us at original@kinkaizakaya.com
Or call (416)-977-0999

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese (Izakaya)
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 977-0999
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Neighbourhood
    Church-Wellesley
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • KINKA SET 39​

    $39.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    ・MISO SOUP ・SEAWEED + TOFU SALAD ・SALMON TATAKI ・TOKYO FRIES ・JFC A.K.A KARAAGE ・OYSTER KAKIMAYO ・KINOKO CHEESE BIBIMBAP ・MATCHA ICE CREAM
  • KINKA SET 56​

    $56.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    ・MISO SOUP ・BEEF SHABU SALAD ・BEEF CARPACCIO ・SALMON TATAKI ・PRAWN TEMPURA ・JFC A.K.A KARAAGE ・OYSTER KAKIMAYO ・SALMON OSHIZUSHI ・KINOKO CHEESE BIBIMBAP ・MATCHA CHEESECAKE *We accept reservations for the 'KINKA SET' (2-9 people) upon arrival on the day of your visit.
  • Standard Reservation

    $25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Standard Reservation (13 people or more)​​ For bookings, our largest table accommodates up to 8 guests. If you plan to host a party of 9 or more guests, please contact us directly for assistance. Please be aware that for larger groups exceeding 13 people, there is a possibility you may be seated at separate tables. Additionally, please note that we can only split the bill 4 ways.

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto

    Japanese

39 Reviews
  1. Kenneth

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious but extremely expensive for what you get. The service needs attention to detail: my food went to other tables and other table’s food went to us. It was then switched back with a simple “I’m so sorry!” It doesn’t seem hygienic to me.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded today
    Hi Kenneth, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the delicious food, but we apologize for the service mishap you experienced. Your concerns have been noted, and we will address them with our team to ensure a better dining experience for all our customers.

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  2. RobertH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and at a decent price. The atmosphere of the whole place was fun and vibrant. I highly recommend Kinka for all.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on April 22, 2024
    Robert, thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Kinka Izakaya. We strive to provide a great experience for all our customers and we're grateful for your recommendation. We hope to see you again soon!

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  3. Mimi

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food good service, ribs and black cod were tasty.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on April 16, 2024
    Hi Mimi! Thank you for the glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the ribs and black cod. Our team works hard to provide delicious food and top-notch service. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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  4. KDeo

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I went for her birthday and then our anniversary. Both times, food was impressive and the staff were incredibly kind and friendly.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on April 16, 2024
    Hi KDeo, thank you so much for choosing to celebrate such special occasions with us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and that our staff made your experiences memorable. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place had great service with very respectful staff. Loved the Japanese vibe and culture.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on April 2, 2024
    Hi, thank you so much for your positive feedback! Our team works hard to provide top-notch service, and we're glad it didn't go unnoticed. We hope to see you again soon!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a loud party behind, the waitress could choose any other table to sit us, but she offered a table right next to that loud party. We came just to have a quick drink and snack, so didn’t ask to change the table. Food was okay, except of sushi with fried shrimp on top, while moving the sushi they were falling apart. Taste was good though.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on March 20, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with the loud party and the table placement. We will address this with our team to ensure better service in the future. We're glad you enjoyed the taste of the food overall.

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  7. CRAdventures

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was good and quick! Although the seat to the table next to us was a bit close and able to over hear their convo… so that could be better of it was spaced out more

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  8. Maxence

    France

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice place. A bit noisy/energetic on a saturday night but very good food

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  9. Joya

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The sashimi was outstanding! Best in town. The calamari was good but a little too saucy. Sushi aburi was very good and the Grilled eel stone bowl was also very good. Ambience indeed was energetic and a tad bit loud. So don't expect any intimate conversations to take place here. We had fun!

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  10. CourtneyS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really yummy and fast service. Can be quite noisy so pick your occasions appropriately.

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  11. Ka12345678910

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought our kids (2&5). They were able to provide us with a highchair and attended to their needs. Our kids loved the udon! Food and service is always great.

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  12. smritis

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Extremely long wait for food and non apologetic staff. Waitress did not apologise for the delay nor get back to us after we inquired how long our food would take after we waited for the first 25 mins. First plate finally served to us after 45 mins, this was out of the 3 plates we ordered togther. 2nd plate followed another 15 mins after, the 3rd plate after a total of 1hr 5 min wait time. It was a terrible experience. We were offered a 15% discount after we brought it to another servers noticed. They forgot to put in the 15% promised when they brought us the cheque. Overall it was disappointing and we completely lost our apetitite.

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  13. Amanda

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was at Kinka yonge and Sheppard just days before coming here and the experience was much better there. The quality of food at this location is not as good, and inconsistent (we ordered the a second round of the same rice bowl and it was different). We were celebrating a birthday party and stayed a few min past the close of the restaurant but felt pretty rushed out by the staff at the end of the night.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on March 4, 2024
    Hi Amanda, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're sorry to hear about your experience and the inconsistencies you encountered. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and will work to improve in these areas. We hope you'll give us another chance to make it right in the future.

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  14. Tamara

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing! I will be eating there again soon!

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  15. Dennysunny

    New York City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place. Very different food selections. Great fries and duck.

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  16. AdamWGTA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Service tends to slow down as they get busy. Overall great food but a little pricey.

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  17. Maddie

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My partner & I really enjoyed our dinner here. The food was delicious & so were the cocktails. We also really liked all the servers, they were all so friendly and really added to our positive experience. Would definitely recommend to a friend

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  18. EvaK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Did the tasting menu for 2 people, wow so much amazing food! Could have easily split with 3 or 4 people.

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  19. AtiyaR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fun drinks and great service. Would recommend

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  20. LeeM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I noted ahead of time that this was an anniversary dinner and requested a bar seating. We were not granted bar seating which is fine, but then after 40 minutes our waitress told us that we had 10 minutes left on our table (this was at 8:18pm, we had only just got our food at this point) She came back three times after this to rush us out of the table we were sitting at after that. It’s a shame because I love this restaurant and the food is delicious, the service is also usually so good but to be rushed out in less than an hour of being there before I could order more drinks or even enjoy my anniversary dinner with my partner was very disappointing. I don’t understand when my reservation clearly states it’s until 9:30.

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  21. PublicStudio

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A fun place overall, nice staff, good ambience, good food. I wouldn’t say “great” and there were many items on the menu that were not available. The mixed drinks were quite scant on the alcohol. I’d say a 3/5

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good place for a chill spot to eat. It’s loud but that’s part of the experience

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made a reservation on OpenTable but upon arrival they said that we didn’t have a reservation since OpenTable wasn’t synced up to their system. Not only did they fail to give us seating regardless when the restaurant was practically empty but the host didn’t seem to care at all. As a result we just left and ate elsewhere.
    KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALResponded on November 23, 2023
    I'm sorry to hear about your experience. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the reservation issue and the lack of attention from our host. We value your feedback and will work to improve our systems and customer service. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The concierge told me I don’t have the reservation with them, placed us to indoor (which we originally requested outdoor) and insisted we don’t have the reservation even I showed her the confirmation SMS. But I wonder why would I get the points if I don’t have any reservation confirmation from them? Also, the service is terrible as, at last, when we were asking the dessert, a waiter confirmed it but we waited like more than 10 mins for a Crème Brûlée? The service at Kinka Izakaya Harbourfront is much better than this one. Won’t go back to this restaurant again.

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  25. JimmyK

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Japanese Pub Izakaya in Toronto for the last 15 years. Still rocking and everything was fantastic. All Tapas, Cocktails, Sashimi, Sushi, Noodle & Rice dishes were fantastic! A must in Toronto!

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  26. ClerkB

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere of this place is really great, and the staff are all super enthusiastic.

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  27. ClerkB

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibes! Nice food with good price. I'll definitely come back again soon.

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  28. OpenTable

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food , great customer service. Good for a group. Kinka Izakaya is pretty good!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    sooo good best IZAKAYA in Toronto! Extremely fun and friendly and the food is also amazing. If you haven't been definitely try!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome izakaya place! Nice food with good price!!

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  31. PaulC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and good service. The place is clean and quiet. Good for a few drinks and a few tasty skewers.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious UNAGI DON and skewers! Definitely recommend!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Japanese restaurant with delicious YAKITORI!

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  34. ClerkB

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great ambiance! I've been here a few times now. Very reminiscent of yakatori places in Japan.

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  35. ClerkB

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious YAKITORI skewers! Definitely recommend!!

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  36. ClerkB

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love the YAKITORI SKEWERS and atmosphere here! High quality ingredients and overall great dining experience!

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  37. OpenTable

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great and Amazing YAKITORI, I'll definitely be back!!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. OpenTable

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great yakitori and Japanese snacks restaurant! I really recommend this restaurant!!

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service as always. Will be back!

    2 people found this helpful

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL using the Order Online button. KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 977-0999.

KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL is rated 4.7 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL

398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1H5

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Church-Wellesley
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese (Izakaya)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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