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2277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1
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Closed now 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Opening Hours

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Languages Spoken

  • English,

Meet the owner

Having spent six years running The Atlantic, an incredibly popular restaurant in Toronto’s Little Portugal, Nathan Isberg decided he needed a change. He traveled and worked on side projects for about a year before an opportunity to open a new restaurant presented itself. Although hesitant to invest both mentally, physically and financially, he began to see his vision become reality. “I started feeling intrigued about the idea of opening something on a larger scale; to take the best parts of The Atlantic and expand on them,” says Nathan.

After looking for various spots throughout the city, he and business partner Roger Yang found a space that was closed, unavailable and set for demolition within the year. Nathan decided to take on the lease anyway figuring he'd make his mark before his time was up. As it turns out, the demolition clause was removed giving Nathan a chance to once again become a permanent fixture on Toronto’s dining scene. Awai, his new pay-what-you-like, plant-based restaurant opened in January 2017 in the heart of Bloor West Village.

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Ratings & Reviews - Awai Restaurant

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May 23, 2018

My first visit was only one week earlier, but was so fantastic, I returned with friends! Great service and a very unique take on plant based dining. I have recommended Awai to others and am happy to see this addition in my Hood.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2018

As always, the food was absolutely fantastic! We have brought a few of our friends there now, most of whom are not vegan, and they are always thoroughly impressed with the food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 22, 2018

Excellent meal and very helpful and support staff - a real team.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 20, 2018

Incredible and amazing. Every dish was prepared with such care and such art. Can't say enough good things.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 20, 2018

The first plate (flatbread with Swiss chard etc was the most delicious. The corn and mole sauce dish was very good. Carrot salad was ok but flavourless. Most of the accompanying sauces were somewhat bland. The flatbread was the thing we all enjoyed most. Cocktails were delicious. Service was excellent. Not comfortable with the bathrooms for everyone. If they were single bathrooms that would be fine, but with more than one stall, so a man could come in while I'm in there? No I don't like that at all and I don't feel safe with that arrangement. You might want to rethink that.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

May 18, 2018

It was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 18, 2018

Excellent experience with great food and fun time. Wish the prices weren't so steep. It's unfortunately a factor keeping us from visiting again as a group.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 18, 2018

Great way to eat, great vibes, cool people.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2018

3 out of the 5 total dishes we had were excellent. Would suggest considering slightly larger portions as we were still a bit hungry at the end of the meal.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 14, 2018

What a gem. The menu was absolutely delicious and service was excellent. We will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

Very inventive and very good vegan food. The six course tasting menu was very filling and delicious. The staff were very knowledgeable and explained each of the dishes. The service was smooth, attentive, but not intrusive. This is a solid team putting together a great experience but at $85 for the 6 course tasting menu before drinks, tax, and tips, this is a special occasion spot.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

This was one of the best birthday dinners I’ve ever had. I’ve eaten at vegan restaurants all over the world and this was one of the best meals I’ve had. So happy they are 100% plant based and have delicious seasonal dishes and have such interesting flavor combinations and ingredient s our server was so informative and helpful too it really made it a great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2018

Fantastic, tasty and creative. I love the fact these vegan dishes are not trying to be something their not...they are just really delicious plant dishes that look amazing. I will be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2018

Food is always spectacular- I love the element of surprise and the great flavour and texture combinations. Bread, salad and pasta dish always stand out!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 6, 2018

Everything was awesome! We will be back for sure! Thank you :-)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 4, 2018

This place is spectacular. It is the best restaurant (and I'm not talking about just veggie restaurants) I the west end of the city. Get the set menu with the wine pairings and be prepared to have your mind blown.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 4, 2018

Great plant based gem in Toronto, very creative & tasty. I wish the price could be a bit lower though!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 2, 2018

Yummy and creative!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2018

Excellent vegan experience and Marco was fantastic. Great organic wine choices. We will be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2018

This was a *stellar* meal. Absolutely amazing and creative use of ingredients, with spectacular and unusual wine pairings - which may have been improvised by our waiter. He said he made the choices at least. Some local ingredients used to spectacular effect included: sunchokes, celeriac, birch syrup. After a 22% tip, one wine pairing and some mock cocktails we were almost at $350. It's not a cheap meal, but certainly in the top fine-dining meals we have ever experience in Toronto - or anywhere. It happens to be vegan if that is interesting to you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 29, 2018

Friendly service and delicious food! Went for the 6 course tasting menu and got 8 instead! Love the variety of cuisines they serve and enjoyed each bite!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 22, 2018

It was a wonderful and innovative meal. We've been to Awai several times and think the meal we just had was the best yet. Our friends (first-timers) enjoyed it and also plan to eat at Awai again. The kitchen staff looked like they knew what they were doing and it showed in the deliciously thoughtful food we ate. The wait staff were friendly and we enjoyed hearing each course described as they were brought to our table. We didn't feel rushed, which added to an already lovely evening. Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 19, 2018

Had a great time - will definitely return and recommend to friends!!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 19, 2018

FABULOUS experience from start to finish! We dine here because we are vegan and are never disappointed. Thank you chef Simon for a night we are not likely to forget. See you again soon, Can't wait! p.s. The reservation system is wonderful and the email reminders are so perfect....thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 18, 2018

Meal quality, and presentation on par with other first rate vegan restaurants in North America that we been to such as Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington, Millennium in San Francisco, and Green Zebra in Chicago. Loved the continual gustatory surprises and taste contrasts between courses. The service was excellent as we were “double teamed“ throughout the meal and completed the seven courses in a very relaxed 2.25 hours without feeling rushed or experiencing any significant delays. This was a very memorable experience!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2018

amazing , mouth orgasmic experience! thank you !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2018

Great atmosphere for an upscale vegan meal...staff were very welcoming. The food came out gorgeously plated on every meal!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2018

2 of 5 dishes were great. 2 were mediocre. 1 was lacking. If you are going to serve a high end tasting menu, you need to spend some money on bathrooms.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2018

The food and wine pairings, suggested by my server, were exquisite. The plates dished up at AWAI are spectacularly well designed and a world away from the ordinary. The atmosphere is calm and serene; a delightful and pleasant place to be. Service was very attentive, yet relaxed, and all of this together made for a very comfortable dining experience. AWAI unique and marvelous and memorable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 11, 2018

Fantastic

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Plant-based restaurants were popping up all over Toronto in the last half of 2016, so it was no surprise when Awai opened in this winter! The vegan friendly-cuisine is amplified when enjoyed on the backyard-style patio, that also serves as Chef Nathan Isberg’s greenhouse!

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