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55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
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Opening at 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Methods of Payment:

  • Diners Club

Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Opening Hours *Holiday 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...
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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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Poor experience very poo experience the service is despicable ...... food ramdon better to go to any Chinese/Jap restaurant same result been to Real Japanese before this one is not a real one ... Scam alert

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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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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February 7, 2019

Mami has never disappointed to date. The service is excellent. The food is superb as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2019

Three of us were there for our friend’s birthday. The staff, our server were very nice and attentive. The most importantly foods were absolutely delicious. They reserved a private table and served complementary desert with candle made our special day better. Overall experience was awesome. Totally met my expectation. I would go back again for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2019

Authentic ambience and food!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2019

Very noisy. Service very slow because very busy I think. Miso soup not as great as has been in the past otherwise food great!.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

February 3, 2019

Though it was a very busy night the staff was absolutely wonderful - courteous, pleasant and helpful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2019

Staffs were friendly. Gave us an Amazing spot when we booked a table ahead of time. Winterlicious was okay, quality of food was great. Atmosphere overall was fancy and comfortable.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2019

Excellent in every way, we recommend without hesitation

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2019

Excellent food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2019

We had the winterlicious menu. Both had sushi starters. Sushi was good but the spicy tuna roll was a bit too mild. My cod was excellent and my colleagues Beef Udon was also enjoyable. Overall, good value.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 26, 2019

Excellent Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto $$

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2019

Amazing food and service as always!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 17, 2019

They accommodated my daughter’s gluten-free diet very well!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 4, 2019

Always excellent service and amazing quality food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2018

This place is great. Sushi was delicious. Went with my daughter on a Saturday night before the Leafs game. Was very very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

A wonderful evening. We will be back as soon as we can!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

Great menu choices and fresh well-prepared dishes. Green tea was refreshing, not bitter. Red wine was tast. The waiter was very earnest and attentive, a lovely young guy!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

Had the sukiyaki, I was really looking forward to it but it was just ok. Everything else that we ordered was excellent eg. Spider roll, sushi spring roll, chicken karaage.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Great service and fantastic sushi!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

Excellent service and quality. Fresh, fresh fresh.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

We loved everything about our experience at Nami. We were celebrating a birthday and it was a lovely meal. The individual booths are very cosy and private and our food was delicious. The service was attentive but never pushy and we were never rushed to order or to pay the bill at the end of the meal. Our server was also very knowledgeable and made recommendations that were very helpful. We look forward to our next visit!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

This couldn't have been a more wonderful meal. Everything was perfectly cooked and perfectly served! Do yourself a favour and book a table at Nami. You won't regret it. Our table had green tea, wine, Sapporo beer, edemame, black cod, teriyaki salmon, miso soup, salad, rice, cut orange and green tea ice cream. Each item outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

Overall, the food was really good. However, the middle-aged lady who served us was very indifferent and barely paid attention to our water/dishes. We basically took care of our Sukiyaki pot on our own. The service was not compatible with the food price. I hope the restaurant can address this.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

December 1, 2018

The serving staff are the greatest. They complement the amazing food perfectly. I highly recommend Nami - an amazing experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2018

Best authentic Japanese restaurant in Toronto!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2018

Absolutely great service and food quality! Reminded us of the restaurants back in Ukraine, which unfortunately can rarely be found in Canada, at least in this price range. The administrator was attentive to my request when making a reservation, and the waiter was fantastically polite and nice. We will definitely come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 16, 2018

Nami has continued to be one of our favorite restaurants in the city. Love everything about them in including the team there. Authentic yet not. It is like 3 distant Japanese in place. Thank you Nami for being here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

Good food as always, we loved the grilled menu for dinner! The atmosphere is great, you can tell that people come to this restaurant for delicious food. Their sukiyaki is also perfect for winter blues.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2018

Perfect as usual ! Thanks.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 27, 2018

Best Japanese and sushi restaurant in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2018

Good sushi!

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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