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Ematei Japanese Restaurant

#559 of 6,801 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Queen Street and West Queen West
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30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A3, Canada
+1 416-340-0472
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:45 - 14:30
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Singapore, Singapore
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166 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This well established Toronto restaurant is famous for its outstanding sushi. It has been my go to for Japanese Cuisine since the late eighties and has never disappointed!!! Time now for some Sukiaki; Japanese comfort food on a wintery night.

Thank yagicorp
Bracebridge, Canada
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

A celebratory dinner which we tried many different dishes. The Giant rolls were really great. Sexy calamari legs yummy. Hearts on a skewer love it. Tempura smelts...go for it. Sashimi was so good. And the ice creams.....three different flavor a between four of us...perfect. And the cost.....4 adults, sufficiently full, with a few drinks, saki, and ice cream....$120. I think... More 

Thank Angela M
Toronto, Canada
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488 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Service was pleasant and efficient. Food was very good. Sashimi and sushi was fresh with not to much rice. Will definitely return but think next time I will try the boil at the table menu. Seemed to be what was popular with the crowd.

Thank PeterBruceG
Toronto, Canada
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158 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

I had never been for dinner all these years but finally took the plunge and went for dinner. MAKE A RESERVATION! We luckily got table many were upset that were turned away...food took longer than usual about 45mins which is not normal...it was during holidays so maybe that's why? LOVE their tempura soba soup, just liek in Japan very hard... More 

Thank Luke242
Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I've been here a handful of times but I really don't come often enough! When I called to make a reservation, I asked about allergies and the menu. The girl on the phone was very sweet and helpful. The moment I walked in, Sayaka asked me if I was the one she spoke to on the phone as she guided... More 

Thank Kai81212
Mexico City, Mexico
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Private quiet place with great traditional Japanese food. The most popular dish are the soups (Sukiyaki or Shabu Shabu). They also have a 7 courses menu of a daily selection from the chef.

Thank Geminiano P
Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

You really have to know about this restaurant, you can't just see it walking down funky Queen Street West. Located on the ground floor of the office building on St Patrick, just off Queen Street, it's very popular with local crowds. Lunches can get busy. They have lunch specials, most $9.50. My favourite is veggie and chicken tempura with rice,served... More 

Thank Toronto_CanadaEurope
Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Recently moved to Toronto. Before I can cook at home, I went to this places multiple times for lunch and supper. The internal decorate is that of Japanese style. The chef and waiters are Japanese. The food is average. Nothing special. But the location and environment are nice. They have private room inside. Service is a bit slow but within... More 

Thank Jim&Iris
Buffalo, New York
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82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Before sitting down, look at the fake food on a small table at the entrance! Those displays portray the specials. It will help you decide what you want. If you do not know the Japanese names for foods, it makes things a *lot* easier! I dined with a regular, who works at the U.S. Consulate down the street. She told... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

We found this one get a lot of good reviews on Yelp, so we tried. The sashimi, BBQ, and noodle soup are all very tasty, and the service is quick and polite.

1 Thank Eno17

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Neighbourhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-340-0472

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Queen Street and West Queen West
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