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Maru Japanese Bistro, Toronto, ON

Maru Japanese Bistro

4.8
4.8
243 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
MARU Japanese Bistro offers a casual dining experience, providing an affordable cuisine with extraordinary service.
Our mission is not only devoted to present the highest quality ingredients and dishes but also to satisfy the patrons with a welcoming and cordial environment.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 466-4666
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Kang
  • Neighbourhood
    Leslieville / Riverdale
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 243 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Japanese

  • Toronto

    Japanese

243 Reviews
  1. LucianoR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and excellent service however it was a bit pricey

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  2. MaxA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked Maru for a chill anniversary dinner for me and my partner. Our server was excellent and patient when we asked questions about the menu and advice on how much to order. I’ve been to restaurants where I’ve been pushed to order more and was pleasantly surprised when he said we had ordered enough. We order 2 different types of canapés (unagi and hamachi) my partner loved the hamachi better and I surprisingly liked the unagi best. We also got the Octopus that came with duck fat potatoes and this tasty miso sauce. Lastly we added the chef sashimi which was fresh and delicious. Our order came with tuna belly, hamachi, scallops, salmon, and garnished with pretty edible flowers, fresh wasabi, ginger, perilla leaves, seaweed, lime, Japanese plum, fig, and the tiniest kiwi. We savoured every bite and considered ordering more even though we were both full. We had a glass of wine and a beer. Overall great atmosphere, outstanding service, and incredible food. Will be back with friends so we can try more dishes.

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  3. Foodlover

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The short rib was barely luke warm and dry. The unagi pressed sushi had way too much rice and the unagi skin was chewy. Our waiter never refilled our water...my glass was completely empty. We also had the shrimp tempura (because they didn't have vegetables tempura) and the crab canapés - they were okay.

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  4. DanielF

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food service and ambience. sent fault a thing

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  5. MrI7

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    food was amazing!!! definitely a Toronto hidden gem!!!

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  6. AlfredW

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maru had a variety of king salmon dishes which were delicious and expertly prepared. Considering the high cost of the ingredient the prices were very reasonable.

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  7. ChrisK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My second time visiting Maru. What they had on the menu was amazing, but last time I went the menu was much more expansive. I don't know whether the reduction was due to market availability or what, but the quality and types of fish offerings were fairly limited.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arguably the best sushi restaurant in Toronto! Amazing service. The owner is so lovely!

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  9. curi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food. Would recommend. Very fresh ingredients used.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been here for more than 3 times, the food and service are remaining high quality. Best authentic Japanese bistro in town ever! Definitely recommend and will be back soon! :)

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  11. Alleycat

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Everything was so delicious. Miso soup, nori canapés, eggplant, karagae chicken, pork tenderloin and of course, the sushi and sashimi. Will definitely be back!

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  12. NixiM

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my fav Japanese restaurant! The menu is always changing, their wine list is fantastic. The Maru team is super friendly - it is such an amazing place!

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  13. MariaA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, fresh delicious food. Loved the cold and hot dishes equally.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always our go to. If you are looking for an interesting fusion menu, high end quality but at ‘local’ prices, this is a winner.

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  15. ValC

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here and we were glad we came. Very friendly and attentive staff, food was delicious and unique menu. Only wished there was a physical menu for seniors, looking at the items on the phone was challenging for some. Ambiance was nice, bustling and chill at the same time. Will definitely return! Neighbourhood gem!

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  16. SheriR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Amazing service! Would like more gluten free options.

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  17. BenL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Nice service! Loved the octopus and the canapés

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  18. Megs

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here and it was amazing. Food was absolutely delicious especially the octopus and canapes. I wish there was a larger cocktail menu. But yummy regardless. Service was great! I will definitely return. :)

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  19. Bennyhadley

    Toronto

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sercuce was great and the food tasty. We tried the sliders... crab was by far better than the beef. Everything else we had was very good

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  20. Sarra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredibly beautiful experience from start to finish. The food was thoughtful, creative, and complex while also being down to earth and unpretentious. The melding of texture and flavours was on point. LOVED it!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can get loud at times, but late aft was perfect time to go. This was the best sushi we’ve had in Toronto, NY or Vancouver.

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  22. Jaelyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food were so fantastic! Everything was perfect and especially, the service was amazing! :))

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  23. Erika

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the vibe is calm and so relaxing. Also the staff were excellent. It was a perfect dinner. Our favourites were the bluefin tuna canapés and pressed salmon sushi.

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  24. DarleneL

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent. Very friendly staff. Hidden gem.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Japanese food, great service and very reasonable prices. Bravo!

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  26. Stef

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is outstanding and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend the canapés and the pressed sushi. We will be back!

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  27. KenL

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food is top notch, service is normally excellent with Japanese staff. Experience with non-asian male server was terrible. Kept clustering dishes onto the table, expecting patron to move dishes for him. Role of server definitely in confusion. His knuckles kept brushing up with other food, already on the table, while serving. Was completely lost asking for utensils for children. Trying to flag down for water refill was impossible, in the end we just asked for the bill.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent mix of Japanese cuisine and more modern takes that the chef team has clearly put a lot of effort into curating. A really excellent dining experience with top notch service staff and I will be most definitely be bringing more friends here.

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  29. SHELAGHM

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing. Run to this restaurant don’t walk. You won’t regret it.

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  30. Shiv

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was delicious. Cute spot, great for all occasion.

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  31. CrystalL

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on the menu is amazing. Fantastic customer service.

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  32. stephanie

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Originally from Montreal, a friend suggested this restaurant. Small authentic Japanese cuisine, with amazing fish options and beautiful presentation. The canopies are a must have and the octopus two ways was delicious.

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  33. StephanL

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing sushi with a few twists. Can tell the chef is trained in some french cooking. Not the cheapest, but top quality. Service was wonderful!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unexpected flavours and great service. Wonderful family run business that I will be going back to.

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  35. alejandrom

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food is always great. service is fast too. great experience.

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  36. ElisaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food absolute delicious and amazing service. Highly recommend.

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  37. thebeach

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Overall, pretty good Leslieville establishment. Tables were a bit close to one another, thus causing the restaurant be on the noisey side. Other than that, great food, service and pricing. Easy to get to via public transit or by car.

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  38. Estie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite possibly the best sashimi I've had in Toronto. The tuna belly and the scallop sashimi in particular were fantastic. The rolls are fun and flavourful, and we also enjoyed the vegetable tempura and eggplant starter. Can't wait to return!

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  39. ElleVee

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maru is always incredible! My husband and I have been a handful of times, and we love going back. They switch up their menus from time to time, so we get to experience different dishes each time we go. For their anniversary, they teamed up with Roselle two years in a row for their signature dessert, and that’s just a perfect finish to a great meal at Maru!

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  40. Paola

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I want to share my experience at a restaurant that offers a unique culinary journey, perfect for food lovers who appreciate all the little details. The chefs put in a lot of effort to make sure every dish is prepared and presented thoughtfully, although this might not be everyone's cup of tea. My top recommendations are the Nori Canapés and the Salmon Don, priced at $25. Also, their collaboration with Roselle desserts is impressive. I had their anniversary cake for the second year in a row, and it was just as amazing as the first time.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Maru Japanese Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 466-4666.

Maru Japanese Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 243 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Maru Japanese Bistro

1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C7

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Leslieville / Riverdale
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Kang
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
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