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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,
Location
55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Methods of Payment:

  • Diners Club

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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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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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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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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October 13, 2019

So far, the only Japanese restaurant make me fully satisfied in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2019

Nami always has great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Food is amazing and serve is very attentive. The chawanmushi is the best.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 26, 2019

Very consistent and comfortable.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 20, 2019

It was a scheduled lunch but somehow it happened that my friend had to rush back for a business meeting. We told the server that we were in a hurry and she was very accommodating. Even though it is a rush lunch, the service and food quality is excellent. We like Nami a lot!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

Nami is by far the best sushi restaurant in Toronto! I have been going here for 20 years. The best sushi, the best salad dressing and the best robata bar (especially the miso cod and the grilled asparagus and yam). The service is also outstanding. I love Nami!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

I've eaten lots of sushi in lots of places but for most occasions end up right back at Nami, and no regrets this time either. Omakase was expensive for a lunch but the fish was as usual excellent and the service likewise. There's a reason they've been in business so long and are so busy.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

The restaurant is really loud at lunch. Would not opt for this location for a business lunch in the future - we had to scream at one another. The service and the food were amazing, high quality and care, Certainly worth going with friends/colleagues or family.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

The best sushi in Toronto. The food is amazing. The service is exceptional.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2019

Nami never disappointments us. The service is excellent, food, selection of food, atmosphere and cleanliness. Thank you for being our lives for 30 years!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2019

Really like the option to inform restaurant of specific food allergies. The server was already well aware of the food allergies and reconfirm them when we were ordering our food. Service was excellent and the food was great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

Good food and good value. Service is fine but not remarkable. Restaurant needs renovation - inject more life into the venue and need more warm lighting.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

August 18, 2019

My only choice of Japanese restaurant so far.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2019

Crazy expensive for what you’re getting. Minus the Sushi; sushi was excellent quality; but 2 pieces for almost $10 is a fast way to go poor if you’re hungry

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

August 15, 2019

All perfect...keep up the excellent work!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

Had the Sukiyaki and Gindara - both were lovely. Servers were incredibly helpful and outfitted in the cutest yukatas!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2019

My premium blue fish Toro had a bone. We expected better than that!!! One server in training was nice...the one guiding her was border line rude. We had green tea ice cream for dessert and it was not fresh. Full of crystals!

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

August 8, 2019

Nami is the best sushi and atmosphere in town!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2019

Great spot

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

Very good sushi

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2019

Little expensive for lunch

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2019

Ok food nothing fancy

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

July 21, 2019

The server was great and very attentive

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2019

Limited menu due to summerlicious was disappointing. Fish was very fresh and umeshu was great however!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

Atmosphere is a 4 star only because the AC was down.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

Our waiter was awesome service was on point and the food was great. The lack of air conditioning was a bit unpleasant but whatever... It was a great experience overall

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 4, 2019

the AC was broken so we couldnt stay to eat. too bad I was really loolking forward to itl but it was a sauna in there.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 27, 2019

Great authentic Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We had the sukiyaki - it was amazingly delicious! Would highly recommend for any type of meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 22, 2019

Food and service was very good . Not a normal traditional Japanese sushi/sashimi restaurant ... sushi fish selection was more limited ; but the menu’s overall choices were much broader if you are looking for variety in cuisine and preparation.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 22, 2019

Always consistent service and great sushi.

Ambiance: 4/5

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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