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55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
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Closed now 11:45 am - 2:00 pm

Methods of Payment:

  • Diners Club

Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Japanese,
  • Asian,

Dishes

  • Seafood,
  • Sushi,
  • Grill,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Group Reservation,
  • Pre Theater,
  • Lunch Menu,
  • Award Winning,
  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,
    • Hotel Nearby,
  • more...
  • less...

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Romantic,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • Comfortable Booths,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Chinese,
  • Japanese,
  • Korean,

Meet the owner

When Jay Yoo walked into Nami restaurant as a young boy in 1984, he had no idea that he would grow up to inherit his own sushi institution in Toronto. Established by his father Kenneth Yoo, a Korean immigrant, Nami (meaning "wave" in Japanese) has ridden the waves of time, all the while maintaining its authenticity in an ever-evolving and often volatile restaurant climate. “My father moved here when he was 21 with $50 in his pocket that he had hidden in a cigarette packet," recalls Jay. "He hustled initially selling calculators and insurance until he opened up his own business.”

Business runs in Jay's blood: in addition to helping run Nami, he is also the owner of Sherway Nissan, a successful car dealership in Toronto. Jay enjoys helping people and considers customer service to be a priority; the economics grad and father of two under two sometimes treats his guests to a meal at his favourite Robata bar restaurant. At Nami, it is this dedication to customers, among other things, that has led to the restaurant's longtime success.

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Ratings & Reviews - NAMI Japanese Restaurant

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  • Atmosphere: 4.1/5
  • Food: 4.5/5
  • Service: 4.3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Sushi Pizza !!!!!!!

Signature dish !!! Don't miss it !!! It wasn't on the menu when I first started going there 20 years ago but somehow word got out.......what a bummer ! You will never taste anything like it. Rivals California's Matsushita or Blue Fin which costs $250 pp and reservations 3 months in advance. Best Sushi in Toronto for sure !!!

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Delicious

Nice friendly staff, atmosphere was pleasant and private. We were seated in a booth and had lots of privacy. The food was delicous. Sushi/sashimi was fresh and tasty, mushroom platter was served with a sauce and came out in a bamboo platter - oyster, enoki & shitake, tempura was nice and crispy. The beef teriyaki (strip loin steak) was served in a delicous sauce and done perfectly. The staff surprised us with birthday ice-creams and fruit platter (no charge). This restaurant is a bit pricey, but all in all it was a very enjoyable dinner and for a special occasion I would definitely go back.

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Hmmmm...Salmon Teriyakiiiii

One of my clients referred this restaurant to me & I thought I'd give it a shot. Apparently, it was her go-to place for her business luncheons. As soon as I walked in, I noticed the waitress in authentic Japanese clothing. I knew that the prices weren't going to be cheap. I was suprised that the prices weren't that high..The services were quite good & so was the food. I'm always a fan of miso soup. I ordered the lunch special which is the Salmon Terriyaki. I really enjoyed the taste. The vegetable & shrimp tempura were pretty good too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for you to visit. If you're in the mood for an authentic Japanese experience, Nami is your restaurant.

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Only been once so far, but the food and atmosphere was fresh and authentic (I have been to Japan). It is important to get the flavour right, especially since Japanese food tends to be subtle to begin with. It is a higher end restaurant so don't expect cheap prices. I was very relieved that the food taste and quality was excellent. I hate paying top price for flavourless imitations of Japanese food. I am looking forward to going back and introducing my friends to the place.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Excellent food, friendly staff, good atmosphere...

Excellent food, friendly staff, good atmosphere. It is a bit on the expensive side but still worth it. You can sit in private booths or in the main dining area and for larger parties i think you can reserve a section at the back that looks pretty cool but i have not tried it. If you love japanese food and are not broke this should be on your list.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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One of the best of its kinds. The restaurant is...

One of the best of its kinds. The restaurant is serving real Japanese foods with real Japanese skills. From the perfect cut and the perfect taste, I had a wonderful experience with my wife on our Valentine's Day this year. I would recommend to anyone who really wants to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. It is pricey but really worthy.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Excellent restaurant. I have to laugh at the...

Excellent restaurant. I have to laugh at the review Mr McKenzie submitted. Real japanese food he said and this white man claimed to know more about japanese food than the japanese. I have frequented this restaurant many times, tasted food from all over the world and I rate this restaurant as one of the best. Food is always fresh, best quality, cooked to perfection, service attentive. I know when I want fresh food cooked to perfection, I can go to Nami

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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excellent service and food. sushi very fresh and...

excellent service and food. sushi very fresh and flavorful. beef very tender - could easily cut with fork. Only flaw were the rock hard potatoes easily one of the best japanese food experiences ever

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Food was excellant. One of the best Japaness...

Food was excellant. One of the best Japaness Resturant. Love their salad and Grill Fish / Seafood.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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September 23, 2018

Great dinner with excellent service. We will return with more people.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2018

great qualify food and service. only other comment is that we were looking forward to having a leisurely business lunch but all the food came at once and there was little room on the table. Would have preferred to have it spaced out more.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

September 19, 2018

Bookenda service didn't work. Restaurant did not receive the booking, however we were immediately accommodated, the service and food was amazing. Will definitely recommend to anyone who likes Japanese style food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2018

Wasabi much weaker than before.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 19, 2018

Terrible, low quality food, The Saba we ordered was half cooked and still cold in the centre... we couldn’t finish any of the rolls because of their poor taste and quality. Will never go back, we went home and had dinner at home.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

August 16, 2018

One of the finest restaurants in North America. Exceptional food quality and presentation along with superior service. Thank you Nami!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2018

Very good service, thanks to Helen.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2018

Outstanding as usual at the Robato bar. Never disappointed with chef. He suggested we try the black cod and was amazing. We love sitting at the Robato bar.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2018

always fresh food. only issue is they don't bring out the food together - if you get Robata grill, it comes when its ready - the other stuff may come before your Robata stuff so your friend is waiting for you or you're waiting for them and its just not good. also sometimes during busy lunch rush orders get messed up. other than that, they try and they're good people.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 25, 2018

We had a splendid diner at Nami. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the good food. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2018

We enjoyed the private booth seating very much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2018

Excellent food, had a private booth, atmosphere was great. Attentive service and very good communication too. Would def go again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 26, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere and excellent service throughout our dinner. Food was very good and well presented. We very much enjoyed our evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2018

Gave us an extra ice cream for my boyfriend's birthday, which was a pleasant surprise! Servers could have checked in on us a little more after we got our food but there was a big party there that night as well so I'm sure they were being kept busy and that's why. Overall a nice experience! Thank you for the lovely dinner

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 23, 2018

Food was incredible. Service very attentive. We love coming to Nami every time we are in Toronto. Highly recommend it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 21, 2018

A nice place for a team meal. Always enjoyable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2018

Excellent food and service. Authentic Japanese cuisine.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 16, 2018

My wife and I returned a few months ago from Japan and we were craving food as good as we had there. We had been to a few spots in Toronto but could not find anything that satisfied us. We went to Nami based on a friend’s recommendation and were not disappointed. The Robata dishes reminded us exactly if the yakitori and Robata we had in Japan. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. 10/10, we will come again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 1, 2018

Freshest seafood from Japan. Thanks to our waitress for recommending Japanese Amberjack!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2018

Nami is my restaurant of choice since my first visit over 20 years ago. Simply the best sushi in town for those of us who like sushi the way it was intended to be served, simple and oh so tasty. Tempura is lightly battered, chicken and fish perfectly cooked, and soba soup stock is as original as it gets. Impeccable service and beautiful setting.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2018

Amazing. Best Japanese and sushi place in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

This place is fantastic. My girlfriend and I were in awe as we first walked in. We both something we could both share, Japanese Hotpot! We didnt realize how good the broth made everything taste. We were stuffed and satisfied to say the least. Would totally go back and recommend this lovely place to family and friends!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 25, 2018

Some of the best food my husband and I have ever eaten and we’ve eaten at several Michelin star restaurants. We can’t wait to return

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 21, 2018

We always get friendly yet very polite services. I am very happy and proud to take Canadian friend with me to introduce Japanese food there.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 13, 2016

The food is always consistently delicious. For traditional Japanese food Nami is still the best in the city.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Winterlicious 2017: $38 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $38 dinners

Located in the downtown core for more than 30 years, Nami continues to serve traditional Japanese cuisine in a simple, modern setting. Kimono-clad servers attend to patrons in the main dining room, private booths and the tatami room with rice-paper screened doors. For Winterlicious, the menu options include BC tuna tataki served with a miso soup, sushi, tempura, seafood Kaiso Salad, beef teriyaki dinner, and hojicha pudding.

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