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Blowfish on Bay
Blowfish on Bay
  • Address:
    Bay Adelaide Centre
    333 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Japanese
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Blowfish on Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://blowfishrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@blowfishrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (416) 860-0606
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm Dinner: Monday & Tuesday 5:30pm to 9:30pm; Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm to 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm Sunday: CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: G. Q. Pan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please visit our website at blowfishrestaurant.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adelaide
  • Public Transit: Queen Subway Station, No. 6 Bay Bus stopping at Adelaide St West, 501 Queen Street Car to Queen and Bay, 504 King Street Car to King and Bay
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Bay Adelaide Centre Parkade at 3 Richmond Street West (South side of Richmond just west of Yonge), Toronto City Hall Nathan Phillips Square Garage 110 Queen Street West (North-West corner of Queen and Bay)
A word from Blowfish on Bay
Passion for our cuisine, sake, wine and genuine hospitality is our inspiration to provide friendly, unpretentious, confident and flawless service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Disappointed with my recent experience. Unfortunately the King street location was booked so I ended up at the Bay Street location for my wife's bday. 1) no atmosphere 2) service was so so. Long time to get drinks and no follow-up by waiter once the food arrived I don't plan to return to this location."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food! I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "First time at Blowfish on Bay - have been wanting to go for ages. Food was superb! - lived up to the hype. But the service and whole 'experience' - wow - that was poor. Almost comical. From the moment we walked in - to find a confused looking greeter say - can I help you? - in a tone as if to say 'what are you doing here'?? - NOT - Hi, welcome to Blowfish, how can I help - do you have a booking? To the server who poured soya sauce all over our table! Clearly she wasn't even paying attention. And then the fact that no one really knew much about the wine/drinks - when asked. And of course to our table, which was right at the front door - when there were clearly a TON of empty tables elsewhere. All very strange. Maybe it's a weekend thing?"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I always knew sushi was amazing, but I never knew it could be made THIS great. It was delicious, presentation felt luxurious and service was appropriate and courteous."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service. Our server checked on us quite a few times during our meal. The food was great, just that the fried eggplant was too sweet and the dipping sauce that came with my tempura tasted like nothing. It had no flavour. Apart from those details, everything else was really good. I really enjoyed my meal over here, will definitely be back !"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food, but I would go to the location on King Street on the weekends :) More energetic!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have been having regular Friday ''payday' lunches at Blowfish on Bay for 1+ year. The most recent visit was this Friday and during that visit, we noted that the menu had change and so had the food and not for the better. Spending $150+ on a lunch was always a special occasion and we would relish the food experience. The food was not only 'pretty' - well presented, but also of a high quality. From the look and taste on Friday, we new something had drastically changed. We asked the server and she had indicated a change in ownership last August. Eureka - that explained the sub-par pedestrian type food that we were served. We couldn't even finish my faves - the fried donuts. Will not be going back - ever."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great, interesting menu. The only disappointment was the spring rolls. But I'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Our waiter was just plain rude, food was great but the service was awful."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "After living in Vancouver for sever years I'd thought there wouldn't be any restaurants in Toronto that could compare but Blowfish proved me wrong. Easily the best sushi I've ever had. Sake list was impressive and a perfect pairing for the melt in your mouth sashimi. Worth every penny. Fantastic service. Perfect place for a late night dinner on a night out in the big city."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It's not a new restaurant but that doesn't mean it's not still a great place to go. The service is excellent. Lots of attention to detail and the food is great! Worthwhile to try or to revisit."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The original Blowfish had a better vibe and more ambience. Although it was not surprising that the financial district Blowfish would have minimal traffic, it was disappointing restaurant experience. The restaurant was designed well, and probably during the week it is a great spot. Our waitress was a bit awkward and service was really fast. The food was good- but not worth the price tag."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was great, new and quite innovative menu - we ended up ordering a second round of food we enjoyed it so much! In doing so the overall price was pretty high, you remember that you're on Bay St and most will be pulling out the corporate card to pay - luckily we did too. We were there on a Tuesday night (9pm booking) and it was pretty lively - a little more than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, it's great if you're going with friends or clients you're happy to kick back, have drinks however we were having some work related discussions and the noise levels were a little too high. Not a criticism of the restaurant at all, this was my first time there so not a great choice of venue on my part for those types of 'work' dinners."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food was great and the service friendly and quick, but the atmosphere was a turnoff. Waitresses sitting on client laps. Loud and brash Bay Streeters that are rude and act as if they own the place. The unisex washroom is uncomfortable and of curious design. I wouldn't return. The place is kind of seedy."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "After viewing some of the reviews on here, I realized they do not do this place justice. For those who are looking for a quiet, reserved, and frankly boring restaurant to quickly eat and leave - well this place is NOT for you. This is an energetic, fun atmosphere that is fit for people who are looking for something different to go with their amazing sushi. The liveliness of this place is so unique and hip for a sushi restaurant and we loved it. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Service was delightful at Blowfish. The creativity in their own sushi creations was notable. When it comes to simpler maki or sushi though, it is difficult for a restaurant to really distinguish itself. Let me also state my bias. The room for excellence in sushi is far more limited than in the full range of Japanese food. Quite simply, my reticence to recommend Blowfish is based on value for money. The three of us EACH had about 9 pieces of maki and one small hand roll. Add to that two teas, an edamame and one dessert. An all-in cost of $175 for three people just seemed too much for that. In fairness, if you want a beautiful ambience and some creative sushi, and if the cost is not an issue for you, then this is a fine choice."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I've been to hole in the wall sushi place that had better food for a fraction of the price. Was not happy at all. Would not go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband I were really looking forward to a romantic dinner out on a recent weekend retreat to Toronto. A friend had recommended Blowfish and we booked our tables several weeks in advance. The server was very nice and helpful but the noise level was so high we couldn't carry on a conversation. The food was tasty but portions were small and items arrived in strange order (our drinks arrived just before we finished our last dish). I cannot say that we would return, there are too many other places to try and it wasn't outstanding."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time patron and will definitely be back again and again.Everything we ordered was delicious and so fresh. The staff attentative and friendy."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Everything tastes better here from sashimi, to sushi to their mains. It's surprisingly cheap for lunch and great for lunch meetings. Its quiet and subtly impressive."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant to a friend but I would quantify it by saying that it is very expensive and perhaps not the best value for your money. The food is very good. They do a good job of creating interesting combinations in their dishes. It isn't somewhere that I personally would choose to go often but I would return."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I dined on friday night with a friend and my son, the waiter was incredibly helpful and made sure our dining experience was outstanding. Truly enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next time."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had to come back to OpenTable and post about how fabulous my experience was. Great food; decent prices for the financial district. The binaga-albacore nigiri was to die for. Simplicity at its finest! Will be back for lunch again. Great place for a meeting."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "At first, we were most impressed with the service: the beautiful front desk hostess has been very nice, patient and accommodating, not to mention her friendly, sincere smile. We found the waiters were fast and polite, knowledgeable and helpful. Good wine choices. As for the food, my favorite were the red hot curry salmon - I would have liked it a bit spicier, but probably, that's me -, the blue snow roll, the kiwi lobster and arugula beet rolls. The place is extremely clean in all its areas, I was very pleased with the setting and atmosphere, including the music. It was my first visit, I will definitely return and will recommend Blowfish to all my friends. All in all, a great experience, BRAVO!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The cod I had was perfectly cooked. It was tender and tasty. I like the small dishes."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I am a big fan of blowfish. After my first dining experience here I would highly recommend it. It is a perfect middle ground between everyday sushi places like Tone and New generation but not quite as much of a production as places like Ja Bistro. The ambience and decor was elegant but not intimidating and the staff was very friendly. Little weird that they are all brunettes, but I am a blondes man myself... Either way definitely check this place out if you are in the area! You wont be disappointed!!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Okay so being a sushi fanatic, I was on a mission to try all of Toronto's "hype" sushi restaurants. Stumbled upon Blowfish on Bay when my boyfriend and I were walking through the Financial district one day and remembered my friend talking about this restaurant fondly some time ago. We went in and the hostess was so gracious; taking our coats in the, get this, FREE coatcheck... Yup. She walked us to our table which seemed like a VIP table as we were the only ones in a nook by this floor to ceiling window! All the food we ordered arrived quickly and our server was fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable! By far one of the better sushi experiences I've had! Not to mention making a reso was super easy. We will be back for sure"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Went in and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, the ambiance, and the service! Couldn't be more satisfied!!! Definitely coming back; also thinking of hosting a corporate event at this location."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "First time visiting Blowfish's 2nd location and it was a good time, but we were there on a Tuesday evening, which is slower than most other evenings. It's more of a Bay Street hangout, and with a hockey game on, there wasn't a lot of energy in the place. Didn't take away from the great meal and attentive service. But we're waiting for the original to finish their renovations. Also, one of our favourite dishes - the hot stone wagyu beef has been taken off the menu, which was a disappointment at first, until we tried their replacement wagyu steak in the saltiest soy broth you can imagine. It totally worked and brought out the steak flavour - you should maybe share this dish as it's pretty potent. All in all, a good time with a group of 4."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I was here for a friend's bday celebration & Blowfish was her choice. We all had a great time as the booth allowed us our privacy to celebrate (although the music did get a little too loud for us, but we were almost done at that point). Service was wonderful. I was trying sushi for the first time and loved everything! I am hoping I can convince my husband to come and try as well. Thank you, Helen"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Booked this restaurant last minute in hopes of finding good sushi, it did not disappoint! Somewhat pricey considering how small some of the dishes were, but worth it. I would definitely return. Menu was not overwhelming, but still had a great variety."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent service and great good recommendations from our server. Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "great food and service but volume was so loud we all had sore throats from shouting, good for hip after work crowd, but not for fine dining with conversation"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We enjoyed our dinner, the food is very good, so is the service. The washroom is not to be missed."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "very noisy, couldn't hear my guest speak. Seemed louder than usual."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We were given a menu to choose the wine. When we ordered it later in the meal, they denied that the menu they had given us listed the wine at half price . The waiter kept returning to our table every five minutes interrupting our dinner to challenge us again about it and never ever made a suggestion for an alternate at that price point. NONE OF US, agreed with her and then the meal was over. She ruined the experience entirely. We called over the manager who started the same thing. So I pointed out to him that all he needed to do was offer an alternate wine at that price point and stop with the forensics! He apologized and as we were paying offered as each a glass of wine on the house. He should have done something 45 min earlier."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "A great spot for lunch with high quality sushi - rice that sticks but is not mushy, presentation that is imaginative and flavours that highlight the ingredients."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "The spicy Tuna on Crispy rice is still my favourite dish at this restaurant, and it was again very good. The Sashimi was so-so, only the salmon was actually nice out of the 3 we had. I was not impressed with the dessert option - the waiter left us with the menu after pushing the "green tea cupcake" a new addition, did not tell us that they had discontinued the doughnuts (Restaurants - please change your menus!!!) which was what we really wanted. We opted to try the cupcakes which, in a word, were AWFUL."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "We were very disappointed with the food. The dishes were bland, cold and uninspired. The shrimp that steamed on the rocks was bland and ridiculous! The almond crusted calamari seemed like it was frozen calamari rings and the batter was burnt! the meal culminated in the worst desert I've had in a restaurant, bitter dry chocolate cake."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Having visited both Blowfish restaurants, the quality is divine and the same. You get what you pay for. I had visited the one on King about 8 years ago and was delighted. Visited TO 2 years ago but it was closed on Sunday evening. This time around, my fiance had heard enough of Blowfish that she was looking forward to dining there. As a meeting planner, she was impressed with the setting and the great service we received from Tosha at the bar. Always attentive and very sociable. Already looking forward to our next dining experience at either Blowfish. Thanks Tosha!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013