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2277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1
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Opening at 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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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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May 21, 2019

I was already excited to have a vegan fine dining experience, but the serving staff and the food both exceeded my expectations. One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Will be recommending to any and all of my friends and family. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Very nice experience worth every cent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2019

We came to celebrate my sister's graduation and had a wonderful dining experience. The staff are friendly and knowledgable and the food is incredible. You absolutely get what you pay for-- a perfect place to spend an evening with family and friends. I would highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2019

Very nice experience. I am coming back with my wife and kids tomorrow

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2019

Such a great experience. Everything was amazing. We will be returning!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2019

i absolutely enjoyed it. amazing food, fantastic service, and mind blowing innovation

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Every dish a delight

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2019

The food at Awai is awesome - tasty and beautifully presented. It is an attractive restaurant as well and the service was good overall. The only negative is that they seated another group right next to us almost right away even though the rest of the restaurant was pretty much empty.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 19, 2019

Food wine and service excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 18, 2019

Everything about the experience was amazing. The food, drinks, atmosphere, and the service. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2019

Food was lovely, fresh and creative! The service was impeccable and the staff was friendly and informative. The pastry chef presented the desserts and described each one. We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2019

Excellent service and the food was delicious and well presented. We will definitely come back. An amazing dining experience for our friends and ourselves.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2019

We were all completely amazed with the creativity of the cuisine and presentation. The service was incredible. Thank you for such a unique dining experience!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 13, 2019

Waiter was amazing, as was the young bartender who made our gin martinis

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 13, 2019

Took a star off for service because it took forever to get our bill. We were going to ask for coffee but server never came around and then it was just time for us to go. We eventually had to flag her down with credit cards waving in the air.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

April 13, 2019

The food at Awai is absolutely amazing. Puts Planta to shame in our opinion. However the ambience really is terrible. For the price of the food you expect an intimate experience. It felt like a food court. If it weren’t for previous food reviews we were about to walk out of the restaurant (we were there for a special birthday celebration). We stuck it out and we are so glad we did as the food was amazing. Additionally the service really should be better for the price you pay. Nothing really bad to say, but nothing memorable either.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

April 8, 2019

The food was creative and delicious. So good and yummy. Not as expensive as one may think, incredible food, nice service and atmosphere. Fantastic! I do wish there was printed menus to keep as a memory.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 9, 2019

The food was excellent. I was there with one other vegetarian and four omnivores, most of whom we're sceptical. In the event everyone was really pleased with the food. It was visually beautiful and the flavors were excellent. Service was also good. My only "compliant" was that the music was a little bit loud, making it hard to have a relaxed conversation. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend Away and I would return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2019

The food is incredible. The staff is wonderful, and the ambiance is lovely. Awai is awesome :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 7, 2019

The best Vegan restaurant in Toronto. Pricey, but worth it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 6, 2019

Amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 6, 2019

We tried the five-course tasting menu. The dishes came out in a timely fashion and were an absolute pleasure to eat. Our server was warm, friendly, and really made us feel valued as diners. It was a great experience and we will for sure be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 5, 2019

Tasting menu was incredible. Very warm service, chill but upscale atmosphere on point

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 28, 2019

Wonderful! Great food, great suggestions, great accommodation to or requests, lovely people and beautiful setting. 4 star only because I wished I had one final glass of water with the last course but they were getting ready to close so I understand.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 23, 2019

If really was a lovely evening from start to finish. Food and staff were wonderful. Thank you so much.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 20, 2019

My partner and I recently had a lovely dinner at Awai. We are always impressed with the innovative cooking, and the friendly and attentive staff. The food is always delicious, and the presentation is spot on. I also really appreciate how Awai will cater to special diets, and how they have mastered gluten-free cooking. Their gluten-free flatbread is to die for! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking to experience creative plant-based cooking.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Everything tasted great and I’m happy that the restaurant honoured the TVA discount card. I only wish that after 5 courses, we could choose whether to do 6, 7, or 8 courses. 5 courses was not much on an empty stomach, so we opted for 8 courses, which was almost painfully filling. Could a price point not be set for a 6 and 7 course meal? Service and food were great. Food is incredibly fresh tasting, one of the things I love about Awai.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Great food and service. We enjoyed friendly staff and a lovely 8 course meal Atmosphere could use a little updating or interest - but overall was a lovely experience for us

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Great dinner as always at Awai!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2019

Incredible food and service. Every dish was a work of art!!

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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