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Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar
Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar

Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blowfishrestaurant.com/king/
  • Phone: (416) 860-0606
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Monday & Tuesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: GQ Pan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathhurst St.
  • Public Transit: Public Transit Stops: 504 King Street Car stopping at Bathurst, 511 Bathurst Street Car stopping at King Street West
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Canada Auto Parks 554 Adelaide Street West Adelaide Street West south side just east of Bathurst Metered street parking
A word from Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar
Blowfish Restaurant and Sake Bar was established in the Spring of 2003 when the doors were opened to this landmark dining destination in Toronto’s stylish King West district. Mirroring this fusion of old with new, classic with modern, traditional with contemporary, the menu, wine and sake lists combine Japanese and Pan-Pacific with European and North American tastes. Featuring a brilliant combination of innovative gourmet sushi, complimented by a menu of hot and cold plates for sharing, these seemingly far flung influences and selections come together seamlessly in a memorable dining experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is always amazing. This is the most innovative sushi I have ever had. No dish I have ever tried is just o.k., they all become my new favourite. The mixologist is THE BEST, not just drinks but works of art. My favourite is Caribou Crossing but they make a killer Mojito. Great service and atmosphere. Love the new interior design and looking forward to the new outdoor patio."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "the service was terrible. they kept coming to our table SO Many times, would not leave us alone and the waitress had a such bad attitude because we did not order alcohol or too many dishes. the food was so expensive for such small portion. terrible service overall. very snobbish and not welcoming extremely disappointed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our server was amazing! We asked her so many questions & based in what we liked she made amazing suggestions. The food was glorious, the flourless chocolate torte made my life better. I recxend this for sushi lovers! & wine lovers! Try a bottle of cloudy bay!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "A great night. Ambience , food and service rocked. My guests couldn't stop raving about the experience. Thank you Blowfish. Our server Alex was friendly and engaging. She made sure our glasses were never empty and was knowledgable of the menu."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent experience! It was a birthday dinner celebration and the service was superior. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the experience was quite lovely. I would recommend this restaurant to any sushi lover."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Although the food was okay we all fell ill from it. I also think that you can get better value for your money elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Without fail, the ambience and the food at Blow Fish make it a perfect spot for a romantic night out in downtown. I love the pace in which you can order your food as the night progresses. Overall, the food was delicious and worth it, although pricy."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "First time at Blowfish, but not our last. Wonderful food and excellent service which was well timed, helpful and attentive. The black cod was outstanding as was the panko chicken breast. Sea scallops were fine but not at the level of other items. Appetizers were all fresh and flavourful. Truffle albacore sushi roll a must. We dined early so it was quiet which suited my husband and I as we were able to talk comfortably with our daughter who was home from university. All 3 of us agreed that we would return, even though we live an hour's drive away!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Incredible food! The Blowfish Ebi shooters are a must. Service could be better as it can be hard to track down a server. Overall, excellent experience. Will be going back soon"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went on recommendations from server, liked most of what was served, only standout was the Enoki-Beef roll. Close quarters, tables very close together and in danger of having stuff knocked off the table by wait staff going up and down the aisle. Couple next to us seemed to be fighting and were so close it affected our conversations. Heard the Bay-Adelaide location was a bit more roomy, may give it a try, but this time round was just ok."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very energetic for a winter Saturday night. It was cozy and romatic, and the food was exceptional. Also, the wine selection was great.But there were a couple of issues that were disappointing. When we arrived for our reservations, the restaurant was fairly empty but we got seated by the bar where a group of people were gathered. After 20 minutes of being uncomfortable with other individuals close to our table, we ask to be seated but they graciously oblidged us. Also, we were in the middle of a serious conversation and both times interupted to clear the table or clear the crumbs, which was somewhat annoying as we gave off subtle cues to be left alone, yet when we needed a server prior to, we seemed to be waiting a while."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a table for 5 booked for Feb 1st. Waited 45 min to be seated. Approached the staff several times to ask when the table would be ready and they just kept saying the party that had an earlier reservation did not want to leave. The owner was very nice and arranged for a new table to be set upfor us but the staff should have taken care of this beforehand. Also the service to prder drinks and food was very slow even though the restaurant was not full. The food was amazing as always and the new decor was very modern and chic. I love the restaurant but the staff needs improving."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I'll start with the positive. The sushi is well presented and generally ok. There done. Now, the negative. 1.The hostess wanted to put us at the first table by the door, even though there were many tables closer to the windows, in a much more comfortable setting. At the time the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. 2.They were all out of 'barrel-aged' cocktails, even though there were only 3 types on the menu. 3.When placing our order, the server told us that 3 out of 4 of the dishes we chose weren't good and we shouldn't order them. But could not offer any reason why. 4.The prices are too expensive for the quality of the food, cocktails and service. 5.And, the busboy started wiping down our table with a dirty rag before we were done eating."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Drinks were okay, higher in price than I was looking to pay. Server was nice, not very attentive, I feel like we had to flag her a few times instead of her naturally checking up on us. For a high end restaurant, the food didn't wow me. I think I've had all you can eat sushi for $16 that tasted fresher than the food. Pleasant experience but a bit loud."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Went to Blowfish for the first time on Friday night. Had reservations for 2. Atmosphere was cool. Our server was lovely. However, it took an hour before our first dish (4 pieces of Sashimi) came out. We had to request for our next 3 dishes to come out (an hour and 15 minutes into our dining experience) rushed because we couldn't wait any longer. Unfourtunately, we couldn't order any of the Tapas or hot plates because our sushi took so damn long to come out and we didn't want to be late to a party. Wasn't very pleased with the amount of PDA I had to witness during my dinner either (i.e. couple at a table full on making out). Food itself wasn't terrible, but I'm not sure it was worth the wait, price, etc. Disappointed overall."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Booked this for NYE 2014, great for ringing in the new year.....the ambiance was fantastic, service was great (although a little rushed at times), but overall the experience was exactly what we wanted. If you are not a fan of being close to other diners you may want to book elsewhere as seating is tight, but for those who have eaten at Japanese restos before, you come to know this. Definitely will return and will be recommending to others!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "-Menu was simple but quite good. -Service was excellent. Highly recommend for special occasions with significant other."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We were there for New Year's Eve (7:00 seating). The food itself was okay. The spicy rock shrimp and the orange + black were our favourites. However, for the price you pay for I found the serving to be very tiny. We ordered crispy crab, shrimp + scallop spring roll and they only gave 2 very skinny spring rolls. Also, I ordered their "sencha" (ultra premium japanese green tea) for $5 is the same I get at any Asian store for $2/bag! The ambience was nice but the place was small and I literally had to turn sideways to get out of my seat and I'm not a big person. Luckily, no one was sitting next to us. Our server was good and efficient. It was an interesting experience, but will I be back…I don't think so."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I arrived with a friend at 7pm and started off with a $16 glass of wine, which I thought was a little bit over prices, however it was worth every penny. The dinner started of with Miso soup wish was delicious and then we had two sushi roles which were amazing. The sushi was fresh, the rice was fresh, everything was very delicious. After a quick break after the sushi we then had another sushi dish which was on top of crispy rice, this was recommended by the server. This happened to be my favourite dish of the night becuase it was crispy, the fish melted in my mouth, and there was a little hit of spice from the jalepeno on top. Although this restaurant is a tad over priced, their sushi roles and the flavour combinations are worth it."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I've been wanting to go to Blowfish for a while...well, it didn't disappoint. The food was excellent and the drinks even better! I had a cocktail with grapefruit and jalapeño. It was AMAZING! The calamari, seared scallops and rolls were all very good. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "My GF and I went for her B-day and we had a very pleasent experience. Our server was very attentive and polite. She knew the menu and offered wonderful suggestions. The food was great! Mmmmmm I can't wait until I return for more!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Went to blowfish I guess since I looked young they seated me right at the door I was a bit unhappy with that arrangement as its winter and everyone coming in made it colder for us. The pictures on the site were nice but the restaurant was definitely smaller and just fancy with the lighting. The food was good but strange for sushi goers. There unique menu items aren't so tasty as you might think and the portion sizes were considerably small for the prices they were charging. All in all Im giving it a three star, overpriced sushi no difference the law of diminishing returns applies to this restaurant it can't be any better than most reputable ones in downtown for their outrageous prices."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "A big fan of the Blowfish on Bay St., my wife and I thought we would try a Friday dinner at the King St. location. We were disappointed, based on our great experiences in the past. Our server was attentive, but sloppy - she didn't write down the order, and forgot to place the order for one of the items (soup). When we ordered mains, she must have punched in the wrong order, as they brought scallops to our table (which we didn't order), then brought the (hot) beef course before the (cold) yellowtail course. All of this piled on to the food not being up to par for Blowfish. The rock shrimp were tasty as was the orange and black roll, but the yam roll was soggy. The beef dish was too salty, and the cocktails average."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We celebrated my daughter's birthday there and were delighted with the food and service. We had fabulous sushi nigiri, rolls, rock shrimp, black cod and eggplant. The mango passion saketini and the Caribou Crossing were excellent cocktails."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Great food, exceptional service. Good value for money."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The food is superb and the excitement in the place was energising. Service exceptional. Had a great time and lost my voice."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Been here many times and enjoy it everytime. Food and Service are great! To use the venacular of Open Table it is however far more energetic from a noise level later in the evening and so depending on my company, I might choose to go earlier next time!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "the food was good to very good on everything we tried. but the overall experience was not pleasant because the noise level was too high - more like a night club and so we couldn't have a conversation at all. service was extremely slow and lackluster. hire professional servers!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "This restaurant seems to get good reviews. Being a foodie, I was disappointed. Certainly a Japanese style but not exciting in fact much of the food was quite boring although well presented. The Saki choices are many but very pricey. I suggest you stick with wine or beer."
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "Good food and service Trendy crowd in trendy neighborhood Has a nice patio"
    Dined on 7/6/2013