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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 *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...
  • 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: 3.8/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 3.9/5
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Restaurantica12
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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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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 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 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 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

December 1, 2018

Best authentic Japanese restaurant in Toronto!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

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

October 21, 2018

Legendary Japanese restaurant in TOR! They had everyone including Rolling Stones. Their new menu is effective and easy to read. Always very friendly quick service. A must try!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2018

Very good service Great Jazz music

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 3, 2018

As many, many times before over the last 20+ years, the sushi was superbly crafted and the items from the robata bar were excellent. Always a treat to dine at Nami.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2018

The food was excellent but the service was very slow. We all got our food at different times with one member of our party getting hers when everyone else was finished. The restaurant was very busy and I don't think they had enough staff to handle it. However the food was excellent!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

October 1, 2018

The food was great and the staff at Nami accommodated our special request of having enough room for my wife's guide dog. Many thanks, Nami!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2018

Was excellent. Got a bit busy and we were on the go so settled up quickly !! Always classy service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

September 28, 2018

Very pleasant! Super fresh sushis and sashimi! Delicious oyster mushrooms!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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

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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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