Yasu - Sushi Bar

4.7
61 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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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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
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Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was amazing, the chef was friendly, but the service was not satisfactory considering how expensive it was.

- No one readily greeted me when I arrived for my reservation. I had to wait at the door.
- The server was polite but not exactly friendly. She did not introduce herself. She never smiled or had any conversations.
- The other server brought me bill and coat before asking me. He shoved my coat on the back of my chair pushing my back without a word. That was rude.

It is a beautiful restaurant with amazing food, but I expect more when I spend $400 for two.

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F
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Well, this has been my experience. I had read glorious reviews so I went with high expectations. I thought it was just ok. The fish slices were really thin for the price and only 1 Sashimi item. Not worth almost $200

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Such a disappointment dining experience at Yasu. Me and my girlfriend were visiting Toronto from Vancouver and we heard about all the hype and positive reviews about the Yasu as the best omakase restaurant in GTA. So we decided to give it a try. But it was a worst choice I ever made recently. Firstly, the ingredients that they use (fish and rice) are in fact quite fresh, but tbh it’s only “average fresh”. When you paid 150$+ for one person after tax, you are obviously expecting something more than that. Most of the fish that Yasu served was not imported from Japan. They were fished in Canada (mostly Nova Scotia). I mean, you can actually get equivalent quality at some other Japanese food restaurants at a much lower price (for example: Japango). Secondly, the chef who made nigiris for us is obviously incompetent of his job. I’ve been to a lot of high-end omakase restaurants in either Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo) or overseas (NYC, LA, Miami, Shanghai, Vancouver, Toronto), so I can easily distinguish a bad nigiri from a good one. The difference between a good sushi chef and a terrible one is the skill of creating a perfect rice bed for the nigiri. Cutting fish is not hard, a lot of chefs at street sushi joints can do impeccable cutting. Making a good rice bedding is the hardest part instead. When I tried to eat the nigiri by hand (the traditional way of eating nigiris instead of using chopsticks) , the nigiri just broke into half easily even I didn’t enforce any pressure on it. Obviously the chef that served us is either an inexperienced apprentice chef or a chef who was just simply bad at his job. Such a shame. Thirdly, the portion size is way too small. Me and my girl left the restaurant with starving stomached after I paid 310$ for two of us.

Won’t going back again for sure. Shoushin has a much better omakase. Japango would be a good alternative if you have a budget. Just avoid Yasu, this place doesn’t deserve any hype. Sadly Terrible.

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c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Perfect. We didn't want it to end. Pricey, but we thought about it like going to the theatre – it's a 2-hour performance. Make sure you sit at the bar.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

perfect 100% would recommend

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience at Yasu. First time trying Omakase. Quite pricey but the food was amazing and the overall experience was worth it. Would definitely want to come again. One of the best sushi experiences you can ask for.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the greatest sushi restaurants in the world! Highly recommended.

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

Just Perfect.

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r
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Cheap fish. Lazy assembly line preparation. Over cooked rice.

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience and truly the freshest of authentic sushi served at this restaurant...definitely no guessing if it's the " real"deal! Great fun watching the experienced sushi chefs do their magic. Incredible experience...and we know our sushi! Spoiled by the best:))

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a
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

amazing!! very small restaurant... it was basically all anniversary and celebratory dinners. you MUST be on time for reso

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Make sure you reserve a seat at the bar! Took my bf for his birthday, and he loved it! Watching the masterful chefs was so interesting and tons of fun. It's a very intimate space, and lasts about 2 hours. We got 18 courses the night we went. Every single one was prepared in front of us and sooooo delicious! It's pricey but definitely impressive.

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AC
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Aunthentic omakase experience with knowledgeable chefs. Food was fantastic and the sake pairing was a treat. Amazing evening.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great experience at Yasu! The chef was very professional and delivered a super delicious meal. We loved every single one of the many sushi served and went back for more uni (sea urchin), totally worth it! Love love love! Highly recommend for special occasions and when you want to splurge!

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GK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Went there to celebrate our anniversary and it was worrh it!

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant dining experience, sushi chef and wait staff were very nice!!! Sushi was very good!!!

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VA
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has been an absolutely marvellous dining experience. The food was superb, the sake pairing was perfect and the service discreet and professional. I would gladly recommend this to anyone looking for a different dining experience, likes sushi and appreciates the art of the Japanese master chefs. The restaurant is pricey and definitely not for every day dining, but you get what you pay for - top quality ingredients, fantastic dishes and wonderful chefs cooking for you. It is a night to remember.

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VB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my partner to Yasu for his birthday, as it is ranked #1 for omakase in Toronto, which he has wanted to try for a while. The experience was amazing! Delicious sushi (other than the fact that they put a bit of wasabi on each piece, which I am not a fan of), and FANTASTIC service. The chef explains each piece as he serves it to you, and the waitresses are very knowledgeable, particularly if you do the sake pairing. It is very expensive for the amount of food you get, but the whole experience is worth it. Perfect for a special occasion if you are a big fan of authentic Japanese.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Okay, so went here for my 60th birthday and was definitely looking forward to it. It was an experience but I don't think I would ever repeat it. The price has gone up now and it is $135/person. Yes, expensive but there seem to be a ton of people prepared to pay that as the restaurant is always full. We opted with the sake pairings at $65/person because we thought we would go all the way. You get 5 different sake's - one for every 4 courses. This was okay. I love sake but don't have a sophisticated enough palate for it to say it complemented the courses served. I would definitely give this a miss if I went again. Also, the last sake served which was a dessert and cloudy sake was very disappointing. Of the 20 courses, only one is a sashimi course - the first one. Fish broth is one course served half-way and the last course is a solid egg custard. Very anti-climatic and a very disappointing note to end on. Dessert was ice-cream - black sesame ice-cream which again was very disappointing. Yasu could do better - really a small scoop of ice-cream as a finale - ugh! I don't really have much more to say. I wanted to like it more and had higher expectations. The servings are very small - 20 notwithstanding! I had to eat after and the chef even asked if we wanted the rice portions smaller - ha ha - I don't think so. Watching the chefs work was fun. They are very skilled and I would definitely opt for sitting at the bar as opposed to a table. Been there, done that and won't go there again. Wish I had gone a few months back when it was $120/person - that is a little more reasonable I think. We were there for the 5 o'clock seating and they open the doors just around/before 5 so don't get there too early! Oh yes and it being my birthday, I got a candle on my ice-cream which was the same ice-cream everyone else got. Nothing more:(. In a nutshell, nothing amazing nothing really wrong either.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience, you take it in with all your senses. Watching them prepare each dish was just as enjoyable as eating it.

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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
5 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
7 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
12 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
12 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
12 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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