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51 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1A8
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Neither as noisy nor as dimly lit as other restaurants of its ilk, this much-loved Cabbagetown izakaya is Toronto's version of its Vancouver originator, rises above the rest with its emphasis on freshness, quality and presentation. Kingyo's menu boasts a range of unique dishes, from goma ramen salad to short ribs. The pressed mackerel, tsukemono pickles, stone bowl sea urchin don and sea urchin shooters are consistent favourites. Guests get an eyeful here, watching marvels like beef tongue being grilled on a hot stone. Good news travels fast, so there are generally lots of enthusiastic diners under the restaurant's high ceilings and in the company of its blinking Pachinko machines. more...

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
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Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Japanese,

Cuisine type

  • Japanese,

Dishes

  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,
  • Drinks,

Features

  • Family Dining,
  • Full Dinner Menu,
  • Group Functions,
  • Online Ordering,
  • Fully Licenced,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Events,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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November 21, 2017

Went for a lunch date with my wife. The atmosphere was intimate and the place was very clean. Food was hot and presentation was great. Portion size was a little small but delicious. The servers were not the friendliest people however they were efficient and got the job done.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

October 30, 2017

Fun place. Interesting and well prepared food. Great atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2017

The sashimi is so so, but I do like their sake.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 24, 2017

my favourite restaurant in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2017

very good service!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 29, 2017

Very slow service even though it wasn't busy and there was plenty of staff. Restaurant is dark and has these terrible blinking video screens all over the walls. Poorly ventilated. Food was good but won't be going back.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

August 23, 2017

Thank you for a great dinner! The staff was very helpful in assisting us in our menu selections. Everything was delicious 👍

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2017

The Food is always good at Kingyo. Although Service needs work. We originally booked for 6pm. We needed to change it to 7 as I made an error with time. My wife called and they did it for us. The only problem was the girl did it for 7am. When we got there, she wouldn't give us a table as she said there was no Reservation. After looking in the computer. She seen one for 7am. Then she told me there was nothing she can do and that only the customers can change this. Anyway. I had to take in so me fresh air as I was getting angry. My wife talked to her upon her return from the powder room and they sat us down. The orders also got messed up. Many things were missing from it. We had to ask and recheck. We still enjoyed dinner as we are not too bothered by people. There are a lot in the world after all. Food is always delicious as I said. But boy was I angry at the girl in the beginning not wanted to give us a table because she messed up the time change. And she wouldn't admit it to me.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

August 19, 2017

Service was friendly and started off very attentive. But then it lagged a bit at times, particularly towards the end. No one came by to ask how we were doing or if we wanted or needed anything else. Food was excellent, as always.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 17, 2017

Great fun place to go for lunch or dinner. Lively atmosphere and interesting, tasty food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2017

Always great service and food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2017

As always, all very good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2017

The service and food were fantastic. This place was recommended to us by multiple friends and we will definitely be recommending it to other friends da as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2017

The service was slow consodding how few the restaurant was... there was no excited on behalf of the staff... usually izakaya is a custom med to loud greetings from all the staff upon entry... there was none of that on Friday night.. the food was sub part lacking colour and excitement. I had gone previously with a group a year ago and feel the menu and service was seriously suffering.. kinka izakaya blew this place out of the water. Will not be a returning customer any longer... too bad..

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 31, 2017

We always have an amazing time!!! Great place with every occasion.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2017

Food and service is outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

Great food and wonderful staff! Can't wait until m next visit!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2017

The staff were very friendly and restaurant had the right level of noise. Wasn't overhwhelingly loud like some other izakayas where you had to yell to your guests to have a conversation. Food preparation could have been better, taste was above average. Karrage and almond tofu was spectacular.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2017

First visit and I will be back. Tasty but healthy options. Interesting flavours and presentation. Much better quality than any other izikaya I've been to before.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

Service was excellent. Our server was gracious and took time to answer our questions about the menu. He also taught us the sake bomb cheer for our drinks. He made the entire experience more enjoyable! Thank you for a great meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2017

Never disappoints.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 3, 2017

Such a wonderful experience having lunch at Kingyo. My wife and I enjoyed it so much, even my little one had a great time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 2, 2017

Amazing all around!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2017

Loved it - will be back! Great with kids.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone for making my Mother's birthday so amazing! The service was amazing and the food was delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2017

Excellent service! We didn't expect servers to keep changing clean plates for us. Foods were as good as always. Will always come again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2017

I think is the best 鰻ご飯 in Toronto!!!! Super yummy!!!!! I miss japan

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2017

Always an amazing experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2017

Though food portions quite small, there is a warm cozy atmosphere accompanied by friendly and quick service. Our experience was perfect!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 18, 2017

excellent Mother's Day brunch with special festival of flavors

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Toronto’s most authentic izakaya experiences

Toronto’s most authentic izakaya experiences

This Cabbagetown spot reflects a traditionally minded izakaya inspired by classic Japanese cuisine. Featuring a variety of fresh fish, meat, and vegetables, each dish is built of a few simple items that accumulate into exquisite flavours. Diced beef tenderloin served with grated daikon, shisho leaf, and Japanese steak sauce is a superb dish that balances light and heavy on the palette. With its dark wood and bamboo, Kingyo replicates the comfort and luxury of eating in Japan’s urban centres.

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