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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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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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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 5/5
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Absolutely loved the experience! Incredibly knowledgeable staff. Beautiful, creative, and delicious food. Accommodated my request for alternatives and spice. Chef checked in with me post meal. Server granted a tour of the venue's personal garden. I couldn't ask for more!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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August 19, 2018

Ryan was an absolutely incredible server. He made our experience comfortable, fun, informative and overall excellent! Food was beautiful, and I loved the kombucha!! Thanks so much.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2018

Delicious, unique, beautiful presentation. We all loved our meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2018

The service was absolutely amazing here. It was my partner and I's first time at this restaurant. As a vegan, I wanted to try something out that was not normally offered throughout the city, and this restaurant exceeded my expectations. My partner and I ordered the 5 course dinner with the wine pairing. The food was very flavourful and nothing like I've ever had before after going vegan. We were highly impressed with the food, our server was great at explaining the dishes and was super friendly! The only reason I am rating 4 stars is because there were some flies that kept flying around our food. It didn't bother me that much, but just a recommendation for next time. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this place. Vegan or not, try it!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2018

The best. Wait staff extremely attentive but not overbearing, willing to help, just really great. That flatbread is.... wild.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2018

Amazing food. Both me and my wife left extremely satisfied. The wine pairing with the meal was the icing on the cake, and added to the whole experience. Love this restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2018

The food at Awai is amazing. We had the 5 course tasting menu and it was the right amount of food for us. Bigger eaters would probably do better with the 7 course tasting menu. It's hard to describe the food here except to say that the flavour profiles are complex and well-structured. The chef relies heavily on herbs from the restaurant's garden. First course was a flat bread with a base of roasted cauliflower and mushroom duxelles. Sounds unusual, but it was both savoury and satisfying. We had a tomato and beet gaspacho with horseradish "cream" and dill that the whole table loved. There was one dish I didn't care for - chickpea panisse - but others liked. This was my 3rd time dining at Awai. The desserts were better than they've ever been. They bring two different desserts that they encourage guests to share. They were both delicious - a peach and coconut tart and chocolate mousse. However, the servings are very small. It's hard to share 1/2 a tart and a small scoop of chocolate mousse between two people, especially when they're so delicious. The service was wonderfully attentive and warm. Originally the restaurant had a "pay what you think the food is worth" policy that people found confusing. There is now a menu with prices that we preferred. I would definitely go back to Awai.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2018

This place was 100%

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2018

A little slow but friendly service. Most of the dishes were very good. Expensive

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 5, 2018

Dinner was fantastic from start to finish. Awesome food and service and a very accommodating kitchen. We will be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2018

They serve very creative vegan food you would not get from other vegan food in town.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2018

Awai is a ten on all levels!! We ordered gluten free 7 course with wine pairing and it was beyond compare!! Zagat should be rating this five-star gem!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2018

Second visit to Awai. The food is incredible, you can tell a lot of effort was out I to every plate. The wait staff are very attentive and knowledgeable on every dish. It's not cheap but for the food and experience you're getting I think it's well worth it. Will definitely go again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2018

Great service and great server and food was the best !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2018

Washroom needs updating

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2018

First time eating there but not definitely the last time. The food was very delicious. We were very exited because we did not know what is coming since they do not have a menu but I trusted the chef and it was worth it. The greens from their own garden was a cheery on the top. As well I loved my cocktail, very innovative and delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2018

Absolutely loved the experience! Incredibly knowledgeable staff. Beautiful, creative, and delicious food. Accommodated my request for alternatives and spice. Chef checked in with me post meal. Server granted a tour of the venue's personal garden. I couldn't ask for more!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2018

I LOVED this restaurant! The food was incredible and this is coming from someone who is not a vegan. I love meat, but you won't feel like anything is missing in each incredible dish that is presented to you. I highly recommend this place to anyone!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2018

This is an experience that was recommended to us and it definitely did not disappoint. 2 hours of relaxing over incredible interesting food, well presented and explained

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2018

The food was absolutely great!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2018

A living restaurant. Incredibly fresh and original flavours in all 5 dishes. 5 stars.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2018

Absolutely loved it! had an amazing evening, thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

This is a wonderful, inventive and thoughtfully planned out restaurant; the food is presented beautifully, the individual dishes are unique, flavourful and despite being tasting portions, satisfying; the premises are bright, open, very clean and uncluttered; the wait staff are young but experienced, well informed and anxious to please; the wine selection is very nice and compliments the dishes well. We had a memoravble experience at Awai; we consider this is a special place we will come back to again and we will suggest it to friends and family with enthusiasm. Bram and Sharon Zinman

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2018

service and food was very good. The 7 course meal has too much food for certain courses, so we ended up not being able to finish our meal. There should be a better balance of portions throughout the meal. Other than that, very good place. I'd go back agin, but would take the 5 course meal instead.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

Absolutely loved it. Such great food with local, fresh ingredients. It completely opened up my toddler's palate for veggies and greens. Highly recommend and definitely will go back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

It is really 5 stars all arounds. I gave 4 on atmosphere because it could only be 5 if you could place the restaurant in an idilicic country setting instead of the city. Food was fantastic and it really shows that the staff are not only interested in the food they serve but seem to enjoy working there. I look forward to going back and seeing what the chef's are doing for the new taster menu. I love not having to chose but simply to be given great food with confidence that it is just that.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

Amazing, delicious food and wonderful servers! Vegan at its finest!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2018

All in all a great experience and would visit again! Thanks

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 2, 2018

Was just delightful - delicious food, peaceful atmosphere and excellent and friendly service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 2, 2018

Incredible food and great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2018

The food was excellent. We love blind tastings and even if you aren’t a Vegan you need to try this If you like being surprised by what you’re being served. The only thing was the cocktails we had weren’t the greatest. The food was amazing.

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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