Yasu - Sushi Bar

4.8
41 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 20 items include appetizers, sushi and dessert. Some popular ingredients include Ikura salmon roe, Ankimo fish Foie Gras, Snowcrab, Toro, Bonito and Hokkaido Scallop. We look forward to hosting you!​
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
(416) 477-2361
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Yasuhisa Ouchi
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Cross Street
Harbord & Spadina
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good value and food

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience. We loved the chefs and had a great time conversing with them! Also the sushi was incredible and the plum wine was delicious. Will be coming back for sure!

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great omakase, fresh ingredients, high quality fish, excellent service

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MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

I go to Yasu every year, this year has to be the most disappointing experience I've ever had. The quality iof the monkfish and the uni was subpar. They are usually very exquisite. The uni grade was very terrible. Should be substituted if higher grade isn't available.

The second thing that bothered us was the chef, one of the chef cut himself while preparing the omakase meal. He didn't stop immediately to put on a bandaid. He continued preparing sushi even after bleeding profusely. He would dab the blood onto the cloth he uses to wipe the counter and still use that cloth to wipe the counter... very disturbing.

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BW
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

If you’ve been to any high end sushiya in Tokyo, or even NY, you’ll know that Yasu does a poor imitation. The biggest problem with the sushi was probably the shari, it was cold af and poorly vinegared. The fact that they make like 5 pieces is sushi before serving it doesn’t help with the temperature either. For example they made all the tuna trio nigiri before plating it on a single plate, by that time the rice was cold and hard. The mounding skills of the souls Chef was also subpar, the older Chef at the end of the counter looked like he knew what he was doing but not his 3 apprentices. All in all a disappointing experience.

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p
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can seem expensive, but absolutely amazing food and experience. Takes a little more than two hours from start to finish.

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HB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to sushi houses all over Japan and Yasu was every bit as good. Each piece of sushi was delicious and the artistry of each individual piece of food was exceptional. Each piece was explained and what part of the world the fish came from and watching the making of each piece was an absolute treat.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good staff and delicious food. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Space is small but intimate. Love every part.

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CN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing overall experience with an omakase dinner. Highly recommend

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Been to this place a few times, found the quality of food dropped...maybe it s the season, most of the fish were fishy. Price had been increased significantly since our first visit.

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VH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to Yasu several times, all for different occasions, but every single time the food amazes me! The prices are a little expensive, but it is very worth it!

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CH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome experience at Yasu! The chefs are artists, fresh seafood, great blending of flavors, creative, fun experience. Highly recommend and would return on future trip to Toronto

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the second year celebrating our anniversary in Yasu. Their food are amazing. For sure we are going back for our next year anniversary celebration.

Good job guys.

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TT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to Yasu a few times before and each time the quality and flavour of the food is always stellar. The sushi selection always changes, which makes each meal a new experience. Probably the best sushi I’ve had outside of Japan. Easily one of my top 5 restaurants in North America. M

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sheer perfection! Every course is delicately balanced and made with the freshest ingredients. Watching the chefs at work is a treat!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best experiences ever. Took my husband there for his birthday - we sat at the sushi bar (the only place to bother reserving if you want the true omakase experience.) The precision and artistry while the masters make the sushi is beautiful and fascinating to watch. The flavours were outstanding. Highly recommend - although it’s probably ruined me for all other mediocre sushi now 😉

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time going to Yasu. Amazing experience, great food, and great service. Expect about $400 for 2 people.

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CR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second visit to Yasu and this time it was better than the first, and that's saying a lot. The place has gotten into a groove of excellence and changed procedures by which every fish had an illustration; now the chefs tell you what they are, and they are super high quality, available at few other places in the city. One starts with a highly creative sashimi plate and then there is a crescendo of sushi and other dishes, including a one broth with miso. Everything is prepared before you, and served beautifully, with a large selection of sakes and wines by the glass or bottle. There is nothing quite like the freshness and taste of the fish at Yasu. It's just superior, and the whole cozy ambiance and friendly chefs and table servers make it terrific for a special occasion, business dinner or just an outstanding night out. I just loved it as did my life partner. It was our 8th anniversary and Yasu is what we chose for our special day.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Overall experience was amazing! I would totally recommend it to any sushi lover who's looking for an experience. The best sushi in Toronto.

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E
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've eaten lots of sushi before, but this one was especially memorable. We've never had sushi like that before. Even though we don't like crab liver, it tasted phenomenal. I would highly recommend this place for foodies and sushi connoisseurs.

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FF
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a really special experience watching good sushi being prepared in front of me. Expensive but worth it.

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H
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is pricey but extremely worth trying in my opinion! If you love sushi and you’re looking for a unique experience, make a reservation today :) it’s a perfect location for a date or celebration! The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the food, and it’s fun to watch the chefs put everything together. The set menu was 12 pieces of sushi + sashimi platter + miso soup + sesame ice cream + chirashi bowl with tuna tartare and fish roe. I felt the set menu was very well thought out and had a bit of everything you’d want. Highly recommend!!

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TS
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent omakase experience! Tried the sake pairing with it and although expensive it did elevate the experience to the next level. So many mouth watering courses! Every time I am back in Toronto we will eat there. My Fiancé who’s been to Tokyo a few times also loved the authenticity at Yasu. Expensive but so worth it. Splurge if you can :) Whole staff is Asian and that adds to the authentic experience too. Get reservations early as small group seating and we got counter seating which was great as we could watch the talented crew whip up course after course. Host was informative about Sake pairing too. All in all my top 10 sushi experiences ever.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A little noisy, food is good

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RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is top-quality and delicious & the whole experience of the meal is wonderful, best if you sit at the counter.

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MP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Superb. The food and presentation were excellent and the sake pairing is recommended. This said, it is clear that seating at the bar is a better experience.

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MW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very good experience there on Sunday. Even though the only appointment that was available was 9:30 pm, everything went well. Will return

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TJ
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and top-notch food. What a wonderful experience! However, the pricing felt a bit steep for what we were getting. It's about the same price as Alo, but with less finesse put into each dish. Either way we will come back, but only for a treat on special occasions!

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R
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent sushi. Best to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs at work. Good selection of sake, wine and beer. One of the best Japanese places in Toronto. Reservations are necessary and should be made well in advance. Focus here is on the food.

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HD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This meal made me happier than any other meal in my life.

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GC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I were completely impressed to find this level of quality outside of Japan. Beautiful ingredients, fresh fish, and wonderful presentation. Counter seats are a must.

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ED
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best sushi we ever had! Amazing quality, perfectly prepared in front of us. A memorable experience.

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TB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect :)
If Canada took part in Michelin, this place would have more than one for sure

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Immediately brought me back to my taste experience in Japan. The unknown of the next meal was also exciting and unexpected. I recommend their sake pairing choice.

Overall, Yasu is worth the hype and value.

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RD
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best sushi in Toronto.

It is not inexpensive but it is divine.

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VC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was not only an amazing meal, but an amazing experience. Everything from the atmosphere, the chefs, the servers, and the quality. Everything was spot on. A true 10/10.

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y
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

It wasn't worth for what we paid. The food was okay, but seats were so tiny, a bit too noisy. Chef explained the fishes were from Japan,.......but it was it. He misunderstands whatever comes from Japan tastes good....the taste was just normal, nothing special at all. I would NOT recommend to go there unless they reduce the price. I hope American people don't misunderstand this is the traditional Japanese sushi taste. It must be much better than here !

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything is amazing and the food was fanominal however the only unsatisfying experience is we had to sit away from the bar and the main experience was watching and being at the bar .

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c
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was incredible as always, wish the service was a little better.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food and great experience! Very friendly staff and happy with this visit.

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