Japanese food is always a good idea. And you can’t go wrong with these choices, because according to the Michelin Guide, they are the best Japanese restaurants in Toronto.

The prestigious foodie guide released a list of the popular restaurants that put a creative and flavourful spin on traditional Japanese cuisine.

From intimate omakase to non-traditional ramen, here are the best Japanese restaurants in Toronto according to the Michelin Guide.



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This is not your traditional sit-down dinner experience.

Tachi’s standing-room-only dining area can only accommodate eight people and the tasting menu is short and sweet, delivering a dozen plates in just 30 minutes.

“Sip on seasonal sake or Japanese tea while sampling scallop with yuzu glaze, shrimp with yuzu pepper, squid with cherry radish and glorious fatty tuna,” says the Michelin Guide.

Where: Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond Street West, Toronto,

Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto Restaurant


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This refined and upscale restaurant only has three tables, and if you’re among the lucky few to be seated there, you’re in for a treat.

Chef Masaki Hashimoto’ serves up a traditional kaiseki-tasting menu featuring Japanese ingredients, creative flavour combinations and impeccable presentation.

Where: 6 Garamond Court, North York

Aburi Hana


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Also among the upscale Japanese restaurants in the city is Aburi Hana and it is completely worth the hype.

“Each course outdoes the last,” according to the Michelin Guide.

Helmed by Chef Ryusuke Nakagawa, the dishes are both traditional and modern with “deeply personal” and intricate details.

Where: 102 Yorkville Avenue, Unit 4 Lower Level

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Sushi Masaki Saito

Omakase with Chef Masaki Saito is a culinary adventure every single time.

The traditional elements of the dining room are the perfect backdrop for this one-of-a-kind experience as the chef “slices, scores and sauces the greatest treasures of the sea.”

Where: 88 Avenue Road



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Yukashi’s Chef Daisuke Izutsu has cooked for royals and dignitaries, so you are in for a truly special experience at this 15-seat restaurant.

The menu at Yukashi is a combination of both intricate and humble dishes, with deeply personal elements and artistic attention to detail.

Where: 643a Mt Pleasant Road

Musoshin Ramen


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Warm your soul with authentic Japanese ramen at this minimalist spot in Roncesvalles.

Unlike traditional ramen, this soup is made with delicious vegetable broth. According to Michelin, these house-made noodles are ” a cut above most.”

Where: 9 Boustead Avenue



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This Michelin-starred spot in north Toronto is like stepping into a traditional high-end sushi restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.

Shoushin prides itself on serving the finest Edomae-style sushi outside of Japan, with wild-caught fishes imported from Japan and impeccably crafted dishes.

Michelin says that the seasonal sushi omakase is “especially delightful.”

Where: 3328 Yonge Street