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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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came here for my mother’s birthday, was a very good experience at Yasu. Food was amazing, Chef was super friendly, quality of food matches with what you would get in Japan. Would definitely recommend all my friends and family to come pay a visit!

C
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

I really love their sushi and the professionalism of the Japanese chef. The presentation was really nice. Everyone says Shoushin is the best in Toronto, but after trying Yasu, both my friend and I think Yasu much better in food. However, I don't like the smell in the restaurant. The service is kind messy too. I think Shoushin has much better service and atmosphere.

F
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The restaurant is quite small but it is very intimate as the bar seating gives you front row seats to the chefs. Fish is imported from various countries and they all tasted amazing. As with all omakase, you don't know what you're eating until you get it! Would definitely go back more often if it wasn't so pricey, but it's worth it.

R
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought parents to Yasu. They never disappoint and food is absolutely scrumptious and fresh!

OL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Me and my boyfriend went to Yasu for our anniversary. The restaurant is small and cosy, there are about 12 bar sittings and two tables. There are about 20 courses served, food are fresh however I don’t find it’s special. The chef served us doesn’t seem like having passion about his job, he’s more like a robot repeating same sentence to different ppl. The course is 135/person, I will say it’s okay value since there are 20 pieces, hows it’s not the best value if you are looking for something amazing.

CL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and dining experience were exceptional. We really enjoyed the chill ambience and cozy space there. There were only 12 seats at the sushi bar, 2 chefs - each handle 6 people; and about 6 seats at private tables. The only problem we experienced was that they were unreachable through either phone or email. Phone call will direct you to voice mail/online booking, email was unresponsive. Other than that, our concern got sorted out quickly once we arrived in-person at the restaurant. The rest of the experience was amazing.

Wine list was not very diverse and a bit overpriced.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was excellent, top notch service all around. Best omakase I’ve had so far!!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely experience with the chef being very attentive!

R
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had a party of our for sushi with wine pairing. Overall, the food was excellent although the service was a little slow with the wine not quite pairing with our food.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing dinner experience at Yasu. Everyone was so courteous, attentive, and informative. Everything was above expectations.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food is just okay. Just feel it’s overrated.

J
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only complaint is that the sushi chef who served my section was a bit stingy with the rice. The rice is very important. He asked if we were ok with the amount to be fair but I almost felt it would be rude to ask for more. This is a very minor issue and in a way giving less rice really made the freshness of the fish more apparent. However getting to eat sushi rice prepared the real way is not something we get to experience much in this city and as such I would have liked to get pieces as big as the other diners ( my section was getting noticeably smaller pieces).

AD
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, nice peaceful atmosphere. Love the intimate small space. Chef was friendly and serviced us well.

DZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Omakase!! Omakase means "I will leave it to you" and you will be happy you did! Not only was the 20 (!) courses unique (lime zested Lobster Nigiri??) but they also do a very nice job explaining the fish. They even bring out an iPad and explain the three types of Tuna you are having from lighter to the every-so-tasty fatty tuna. Pricey for sure, but worth every penny for a special occasion.

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

We had such a great time. Went for our anniversary dinner for the second year in a row and Yasu still didn’t fail to disappoint! We may have to keep going back every year for our anniversary just because it’s so consistently delicious and always such a great experience!

EL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our 30th anniversary dinner. Food was good and fresh but no wow factor. Ambience was great but seatings were a little tight. Felt the sushi chef lacked the touch of interaction/communication with the patrons and the process of making and serving omasake was a bit mechanical.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent quality

D
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Authentic cuisine comparable to a Michelin star restaurant experience that I had in Osaka last year.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lots of talk about around the price of this place. They aren’t trying to be your everyday meal, and with that considered I’m extremely satisfied with the price and food. Each course costs about $8 and for the quality of fish you’re receiving, I find it extremely reasonable. The staff seems like they are genuinely passionate about what they serve. I had an amazing experience and would definitely go back at some point.

ZR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food off the chef's menu for my visit was exquisite. The service was great and the chef was a great personality and elite in his execution in preparing my food.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Best sushi I have experienced in Toronto. Not particularly a great date place as it's super quiet and everyone can hear your conversation. If you want quality sushi, this is a must try.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I made a reservation for my boyfriend’s birthday because he has been obsessed with Omakase. This was the best sushi experience we have ever had. It was so amazing watching them prepare the food, and they made a point of interacting and engaging us throughout the meal. We opted to do the sake pairing as well, which was incredible. They brought out 5 different sake which paired with the courses, and gave us a little background info about each one. Truly worth the price, and we cannot wait to go back!

MA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING food and experience! Me and my husband loved it!

TT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just an awesome experience, an authentic Omkase experience in Toronto

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The sushi chef gave me a broken piece of eel (he hid the broken piece under a towel) and the sea urchin sushi among other items did not seem as fresh as the first time I came here. I came for a friend's birthday and requested for something special. All they did was stick a candle on ice cream that everyone else got too. Furthermore, the sushi chef asked us if we wanted an extra piece of tamago and charged $7 for that. A bit disappointing compared to my first visit. Probably will not come back again. Will try other Japanese omakases.

n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's a pricey meal but by far the best sushi, eating experience, and service I've ever had! They seat 12 people at the bar and there is one sushi chef per 6 people, so you get a very intimate experience and if your table mates are social it's a great experience to meet new people and talk directly with the chef.

The sake tasting was just OK, not a must.

I will be going back for a special occasion in the future!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great omakase experience best to be enjoyed at the sushi bar. Would do it again!

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably the best sushi meal I’ve ever had. Truly outstanding.

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

The rice appeared tinted, more than one would expect from cooking with kombu. It’s possible it had some residual bran. Regardless, whatever the difference, it gave the rice a nice tooth, a noticeable umami and made the grains more individuated. Everything was near body temperature, this is the great thing about sushi that’s consumed immediately after being made. Cold numbs your sense of taste, preventing you from experience the complete flavour profile. The selection of fish was incredibly diverse, artfully prepared. The chef took the time to striate each piece of fish with his to tenderize it. Nikiri was brushed on moments before consumption. The food was exceptional, bravo.

F
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a fantastic dining experience! The preparation & presentation was so wonderful. The food and sake parings were outstanding. I can’t wait to go back! Pricey but well worth it for a special occasion. Delicious.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding Omakase sushi bar experience. Traditional selections as well as things you’ve never tried before. Amazing service and ambiance as well.

OK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best sushi experience I have had in my lifetime

SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the most amazing experience! We chose to sit at the bar, and my partner and I personally loved being able to interact and chat with our sushi-chef. The explanations that came with the pairing sakes were also quite nice, for a non-sake drinker like myself.
The fish was fresh, all the sushi selection was exquisite, and the ambiance was one perfect for a date or catching up with friends. I would definitely recommend!

JK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It was a superb experience unlike any I'd had previously. The chefs were very skilled and informative, and the front of house very knowledgable and welcoming. It's a steep price, but for a very high-end and rare experience.

d
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
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!

LP
Toronto
36 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!!

DH
Toronto
2 reviews
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.

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.

D
Toronto
6 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.

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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