Yasu - Sushi Bar

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Yasu celebrates the ocean’s best catches and the craft of sushi in its award-winning Toronto eatery; dishes created by Executive Chef and Owner Yasuhisa Ouchi from Osaka, Japan. There is only one menu at Yasu; Omakase style (chef's choice set course) at $135 per person, a Japanese tradition wherein Chef Yasu creates a new menu daily based on the freshest and seasonal seafood available from around the world. The Omakase course consists of approximately 20 items include appetizers, sushi and dessert. Some popular ingredients include Ikura, Ankimo fish Foie Gras, Snowcrab, Toro, Bonito and Hokkaido Scallop. We look forward to hosting you!​
Please note we are cash free and accept debit and credit card.
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yasu is as close as Toronto gets to Sukiyabashi Jiro, the famed Michelin Star sushi restaurant in Tokyo; the restaurant in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

It is an omekase, reservations only establishment. There is no menu. There are no rolls. There is no soy sauce or wasabi or ginger to drown out the spectacular flavors of each dish. The restaurant is small, seating only 12 at the bar. There are no decorations. It is, quite simply, serious sushi served in its purest form with impeccable service and attention to detail. They will ask if there is anything you don’t like, however.

The fish is, quite simply, the freshest I have ever had, and the uni (usually a borderline edible sushi), was so fresh, and tender and without fishy taste, that I wish I could have had several more pieces. The scallop was out of this world.

If you choose the sake pairing (another $65), you get four outstanding pours (maybe 5?), each one delicious and fresh. Highly recommended!

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LP
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fun Omasake experience - as long as you are good with not having control over what you get - this is an amazing meal! All Fresh and seasonal. Every course was great, right down to the black sesame ice cream for dessert. Tried sushi I've never had before...interesting and delicious and a show to watch them make each piece for you. Sit at the bar for sure!!

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there a few years ago and was good. Then, the 2nd and 3rd time was not as good.
But this time, after a 3 years pause, it was surprisingly good. Unusual kind of seafood.

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LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't go wrong with Yasu. Make sure you sit at the bar for the full experience. Very intimate ambiance. Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was phenomenal! It's my third visit at this restaurant and their quality of food is always top notch! Great for special occasions.

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down the best sushi dinner I have experienced.

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L
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is an AMAZING place. Sublime food, drink and service. It is VERY traditional and most of the fish is from Japan. So fresh and cut exquisitely. In it’s own way, it was like going to the French Laundry...a once in a lifetime experience. Very special occasion for someone who would appreciate amazing, traditional Japanese sushi experience. And not cheap!

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S
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best sushi place in Toronto.
I will come back for sure

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RI
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Yasu. It hit all of the marks for a great dining experience. It offered a nice sampling of different types of sushi, both local fish and fish from Japan. All in all, worth repeating.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!

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JP
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would definitely go back to Yasu when I visit Toronto.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably the best sushi I have ever had in Great Toronto Area

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New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good value for what you could get.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Best Omakase I had up to now.

food: way too Much food. i suggest you offer different menus with different number of courses or shrink your menu and lower the price.
ambience: there were 2 tables where guests had no contact and engagement with the chef.

overall, outstanding experience!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was very good and worth the money. I recommend to everyone!!!!!!!

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Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everytime I come to Yasu, I really enjoy it! Will definitely come back more often.

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MF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yasu was honestly one of the best meals of my life. It is the perfect spot for an anniversary dinner or even a birthday dinner with a significant other. I can't stop talking about how amazing the meal was. Can't recommend enough.

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OC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing omakase experience for the truly adventurous raw seafood connoisseur. Would definitely recommend going here for a special occasion or if you just love sushi.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience!

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London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yasu was one of the best dining experiences my husband and I have ever had. Every detail was meticulous. Every sake pairing was thoughtful, every course was well explained, and every bite was delicious! We love Japan and we've had sushi at Tsukiji market. We are lucky enough to have had a few michelin star experiences. This sushi experience is absolutely on that level.

If you and your mate get the sake pairing, be aware that you'll be in the $500 range for your bill. This is incredibly pricy, but at this level of elevated dining, your experience will be one you'll never forget. I know I certainly won't!

Thank you for providing this experience for us in Toronto. We're grateful to have dined in such an amazing place.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely experience! Dined solo and sat at the bar for a birthday splurge, was entertained by the food prep the whole time. It's definitely pricey but so worth it -- you eat 20ish different things and everything was so fresh (I enjoyed that many of fish and ingredients came from Canada, it speaks to sustainability and eating as local as possible). I also got the plum wine and later a hojicha. Looking forward to making this an annual thing!

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HP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing sushi and awesome overall experience. Went here for an anniversary dinner and my fiancé said it was the best meal he had ever eaten in his life!! 5 stars

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T
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best sushi ever, highly recommended to sit at the counter.

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g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was great!
I just wish they have a menu explaning what we are having

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Y
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Sushi.
Great Experience.
Well orchestrated by the chef.
Will return next time when I go back to Toronto.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazong experience! Would recommend to anyone that wants a nice sushi experience

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Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best sushi in Toronto. Every piece is perfect.

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just plain amazing, best food/experience ever!!!!! Thank you so much for all the awesom food

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Was really looking forward to Omakase at Yasu and wasn't disappointed! The textures were incredible. Highly recommended.

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SQ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a lovely and yummy dinner

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AN
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time going and the fish is amazing as always. Love the variety and different styles and tastes

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SG
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Overall, a great sushi experience.
Sushi was great, featuring a good variety of local/global fish. Decour was nice, if spartan. Restaurant is extremely small, which makes graceful service almost impossible. My wife and I were constantly bumped by the service staff as they (unsuccessfully) attempted to maneuver around us. The staff behind the counter were more professional, but the sushi presentations sounded a touch hollow and uninspired. The sushi itself, with the sake pairing, was quite good with nice variety. Based on my only previous omaska/saki pairing experience, I would say the sushi was great value, and the sake pairing option was average value.
My only previous omasake experience was at Shoshin, so it is natural for me to compare the two. Shoshin has a much nicer, roomier dining area, with some very nice high end decour choices. The service was also far better/more professional. Shoshin was way more expensive for the same meal “type” (with sake pairing and few extra sushi pieces at the end). While I would honestly have to say the sushi experience at Shoshin was better overall (freshness,presentation,expense of ingredients, etc), it was only about 10-20% better (depending on ones particular sushi preferences) as compared to Yasu. However, the cost for 2 people was appx half the expense at Yasu as compared to Shoshin.
Bottom line, if you want only the very best for a special occasion and are willing to pay for it...Shoshin is the place. If you want a very nice omasake place (which is by no means inexpensive) but with a less grandeous setting and not so graceful service, Yasu is the place.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food was outstanding and love the sake pairing.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very cozy restaurant. Staffs are friendly and professional. For $135, I think it is a great value. I won’t say it is an exceptional sushi experience, but I definitely recommend it. It’s a nice weekend dinner spot. Will definitely visit again.

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M
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience and food as usual. Love that they tell us where the fish comes from and provide more explanations for the more unusual offerings.

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The perfect amount of food at the perfect pace. Intimate environment perfect for savouring.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I booked this place for my bday dinner and also as a date night with my husband. All the food was over the top and super fantastic! Me and my husband was very impressed with the chefs choices. It’s very clean, the people there are friendly, it was a perfect meal! The only down side was so hard to find parking, other than that everything was perfect.

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EG
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Easily one of the best meals I've ever had - highly recommend.

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Foods were outstanding and also it was the best sushi experience I have ever had. Waitresses were very friendly, helpful and created warm atmosphere. The price was expensive but it was worth every penny. I would definitely go back!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was very fresh and it could be an awesome dinner, but the server is really really busy. My husband did not have the napkin though we politely asked the server for twice. It was a birthday dinner, though I mentioned on the reservation website. All we expected is the little candle on the dessert like the one who also having the birthday dinner beside us, but our server forgot. Hope the restaurant can improve the service a bit.

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