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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,
Location
51 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1A8
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Ratings & Reviews - Kingyo Izakaya

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July 31, 2020

Was on patio, with plastic glasses and styrofoam plates. Take out style to eat at a table outside the restaurant. Not a great atmosphere for a first time invitation of friends. The tuna tataki was excellent as usual. Not much choice, very slim menu and no green tea ice cream creme brulee. There were a number of mistakes with meals, the tofu Don missing rice! Three times we were brought food for a different table. We will come back when the restaurant reopens. It is still the best Izakaya! And we had so far a great experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

March 12, 2020

The atmosphere is not very welcoming but can be due to lack of customer during the covid19 outbreak. It’s a Izakaya place but we didn’t end up staying long to enjoy food and drinks. We were disappointed with the food selection. The food tasted decent but nothing was very interesting. The only thing that stood out was the smoky cow tongue. The flavour and the texture was very good. However the smoke was more for show as there was no smoke flavour on the meat itself. But we were most unhappy with the serving of the sake. We ordered a 500ml carafe of sake. The server brought a 1.8L bottle to pour into a flask. Immediately, I already thought that there wasn’t 500ml based on my experience but it was very hard to tell. Subsequently, we asked the server who took our order if she had ordered 300ml instead of 500ml. She confirmed that it was 500ml and it should be filled all the way to the bottle neck of the flask. We brought it to her attention that the server who poured the sake only filled it to 2/3. Since we already drank some of it, they couldn’t verified and therefore nothing was done to rectified the situation. All in all, we ordered the pre-fix menu with 5 courses and only stayed for an hour. First 3 courses all came at once. We felt very rushed. In fact we felt so unsatisfied, we actually went down the street to zakkushi (a much better Izakaya) to eat and drink another two flasks of 300ml sake and ate a bunch of skewers. We were quite sure at this point that the previous server only poured us 300ml and not 500ml.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

February 24, 2020

This was our first time at Kingyo. The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding (fast and attentive but not rushed). We found the music and overall noise levels to be a bit much when we first arrived but everything became a happy ruckus once the restaurant began to fill with diners. I would highly recommend this Izakaya.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

We loved our meal and will definitely be returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

The food and service are amazing...everything is great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2020

Excellent service and food. I really enjoyed my time here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2020

My favourite spot in the city!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2020

Loved it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2020

Foods are very tasty and friendly staff. We had a wonderful weekend lunch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 11, 2020

We came with friends from Tokyo last summer and they were impressed so we returned in 2020. Wonderfully balanced food, excellent vegetarian menu, fun, great service and ambience. Flight of sake is very nice, 1oz highball drinks are skimpy and seem dated - how about 1.5 oz Kingyo? We’ll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2019

My favourite restaurant for quality of food and value.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2019

As usual, a fine outing. This is my favourite izakaya in Toronto and has been for many years now, and it's the only place currently that has truly authentic tonkatsu.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2019

Food took too long to come. All dishes came scattered and we waited 20 mins for the stone bowl rice and udon to come while other dishes were finished.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

December 17, 2019

Top notch all around

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Kingyo is our go to place for Izakaya style food with a gourmet kick. From the Ramnen to the fish to the beef tongue it is always excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2019

Excellent food and service! Especially Unni stone bowl rice, one of my favorites there!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 5, 2019

Great service and food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2019

AMAZING food and service. We were served by a few different people and they were all very polite and attentive. The food was great-we all ordered the PRICE FIXE and each item was plated so wonderfully and tasted delicious. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. We'll be back again for sure!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2019

Always fantastic time at Kingyo! Arigatou!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2019

Superb dining experience as always!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2019

First time there, and loved it! Fabulous food and wonderful vibe. Everything was delicious, but the hamachi sashimi, agedashi tofu, shishito peppers and the Nagoya style Dan Dan noodles were out of this world!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2019

Great food, kind, thoughtful, courteous service. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2019

Amazing!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2019

Luckily enough to have Kingyo as a neighbourhood restaurant; consistently delicious & well-presented dishes, along with friendly & attentive service. 👍🏻👍🏻

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 24, 2019

Great food and amazing service. Will definitely return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2019

Thank you! As always. Excellent service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

Great food and great with kids

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 8, 2019

Excellent service and fantastic food, overall a great dining experience. Can’t wait to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2019

The restaurant is pretty good. We had a really good time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2019

Always receive consistant great food. The cheer upon entrance is like a joyous friend welcome. Everything is super fresh. Wait staff is super attentive. This restaurant is our family go to place.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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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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