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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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Ratings & Reviews - NAMI Japanese Restaurant

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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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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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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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September 17, 2020

incredible as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2020

Great as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this restaurant. The food was simply amazing and the extremely personable. I went for a special occasion sharing the omakase and sukiyaki hotpot. I would gladly recommend this restaurant to anyone with an interest in quality.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2020

Great food as always. Business was very slow the fray we had lunch. No problem with social distancing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2020

The food was delicious as always. NAMI never fails us. The only change we would like to see is the green tea ice cream, we are not a fan of the shaved ice texture.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2020

Some of the best food and drinks ever. Service was spectacular. Very grey with individual request and dietary restrictions.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2020

we spent a wonderful night for our wedding anniversary . I recommend blindly.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2020

Really attentive excellent services we felt cared for as customers. Great food, fresh sashami, and we really enjoyed the sukiyaki Nice atmosphere and feel safe being amply distanced from other tables.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2020

Amazinggggg Service and good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2020

Amazing foods! Yummy and delicate with fresh ingredients.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2020

Perfect!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2020

Extremely professional staff. Very accommodating. I’ve been to numerous expensive omakase experiences in the USA and Canada and this one has been my favourite by far!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2020

Awesome service! The food was amazing and would definitely recommend to friends

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2020

Fantastic service, nice and secluded in the booth where we sat. The spider roll was outstanding and the best black cod in the city.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2020

My most favourite place in all of Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2020

All good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2020

Food and service were excellent and we enjoyed a private booth. Sushi was very fresh. We tried the blue fin fatty tuna. It was incredible.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2020

Table for 6 is a bit crowded and the price is a bit high considering the taste and portion

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2020

Love this restaurant for dinner before theatre or concert. Food is good and service is great

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2020

as always, good service....loved private booth.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2020

Loved the atmosphere and food. The restaurant was not busy, but the service was extremely slow; very hard to get the attention of the servers. Love the restaurant and maybe this was just an off night. You asked for the review - that was one thing to fix. Eye contact and servers who are paying attention.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

February 18, 2020

Poor service. The server seemed to be new or just confused. One of my 4 guests ordered Sushi Moriawase - it arrived AFTER everyone else had finished eating! The manager said it was because they were so busy and begged my guest to accept his dish so we proceeded to watch him eat. There was no offer of compensation - drink, dessert or credit on the check. I will not bring guests back to Nami. The food was fine.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

February 15, 2020

Bill was 600 3 of us were left hungry

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

February 15, 2020

The service was excellent, once we were able to get the waitresses attention. in her defense, I think she may have had a few too many tables, regardless, it doesn't reflect well when the customer has to walk around the restaurant looking for the waitress. However, once alerted, she was very diligent. Food was tasty. Sushi appetizer was the highlight.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 14, 2020

The wasabi was too much in one of the sushi pieces. It literally shot to my nose and brain, I convulsed. I would highly advise not putting so much or any wasabi at all in the sushi.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2020

Winterlicious menu only, not happy with that

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 13, 2020

Will go back again

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2020

Not as good as I'd hoped. Music was very low so the ambience was not great. The server seemed a bit stunned. Took one drink order and left then came back for the other. Didn't give us side plates and didn't get dishes for soya sauce until the second course. Food was average, some seemed fishy. Definitely not the best sushi restaurant I've been too. Was overpriced for Winterlicious for what we got. Could've gone to an all you can eat spot for better food at half the cost.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

February 9, 2020

I have been here multiple times and this is time is no difference. The service is always excellent and what makes me especially happy this time is that the host found a hat I left at the booth and looked for me outside!! The food is impressive as always also very delicious too!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Great food and service was fast

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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