District - Modern Japanese Bistro
District - Modern Japanese Bistro
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District - Modern Japanese Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://districtbistro.ca/
  • Phone: 6473478744
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: If you are planning a corporate or office lunch, small gathering, birthday or any special event please contact us and we would be more than willing to put together a custom order to fit your needs.
  • Entertainment: BRING ON THE SUMMER - DISTRICT will be celebrating our first anniversary in July. We were also excited to announce the grand opening of our backyard PATIO in June! We invite you to socialize, to linger, to relax and to savour a fresh and flavourful experience, now both indoors and outdoors. Come soak up some sun while you enjoy cold beer, exotic sake-tinis along with our tasty summer dishes like miso-glazed chicken wings, tasty tempura and of course our signature delicious, fresh sushi!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadview
  • Public Transit: With street-car stops just steps away from our door, getting here by TTC is easy. The 501 and 503 Street-cars both stop just meters away. If you’re coming from the West, get off at Saulter St stop. Eastbound riders should get off at Boulton stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Our nearest major intersection is Queen St. E. and Broadview Avenue. There is pay parking available on Queen Street west of Boulton Ave (free after 9PM). Degrassi and Boulton streets have free parking from 10 AM until midnight. There is also a pay parking lot across the street on Saulter St. Its rates are $1.50 per half hour or less up to a maximum of $5.00.
A word from District - Modern Japanese Bistro
DISTRICT is a modern Japanese Bistro located in the heart of the trendy Riverside district of Toronto. DISTRICT blends sleek and sexy design with modern and authentic Japanese cuisine.  The result is a tempting and tantalizing fusion of sophistication and flavour in an elegant yet intimate lounge like setting.     Located on Queen Street East, in the space formerly occupied by Woodgreen Fish & Chips, District is a sleek and modern addition to the up-and-coming Riverside /Leslieville neighbourhood.    Arguably the area’s first ever sophisticated sushi restaurant, DISTRICT is a place to socialize, to linger, to relax and to savour a fresh and flavourful dining experience.
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  • Is this place still open?
    nothungry
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Confirmed reservation and we arrive on Friday night at 7pm to a ghost-town. Not sure what the story with District is but we had alot of trouble confirming a reservation with them and then the place wasn't open when we did...not sure if its in business or not, but would assume it won't be long for it not to be if it is!
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  • Great food, but horrible service
    TimWVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The servers are nice, but just untrained or something. They're well intentioned but somehow it takes a lot to get their attention and they use a lot of what we would call "wasted movement". Example: bringing water out to a table, and not filling up others' water. Every trip was for 1 thing only, like they were working for a union or paid by the trip between front & back of house. Coming by to check on us, but not clearing plates. Service aside, the food there is fantastic. Pricey, but fantastic. We didn't order very much to start, but we ended up being fuller than expected. We ordered an extra roll, and that did it. It's pricier than your plain old mid-grade places, but you'll get better food. We would go again, the food was that good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • online reservation system fail
    Kikicaprice
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We tried to use opentable to make a reservation, but they seem to be having issues at the moment. I made the online reservation then called to verify. On the day that we went, it wasn't super busy. So it wouldn't have been an issue. It's a bit hit or miss these days. The pros - delicious as usual, the sweet potato noodle fritter is great. It was the first time we had it, and used our extra tempura sauce to add more flavour. The rolls were also great. We dined with another couple, who ordered the steak entree. There was a miscommunication about it, but apparently it was delicious. The enoki beef rolls were also great. Overall we really enjoyed the food. Cons - The A/C happened to be broken that day, so it was a little warm.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi
    WhyUNoOrderSushi
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Good selection of appetizers and mains. Sushi with a definitely modern twist. Really packed on a Saturday night. Small place and perfect for a cozy date.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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  • The service started out poorly
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    The service started out poorly but then the owner showed up and things improved. The shrimp appetizer was overcooked, the tea took a LONG time to show up after several reminders, but the sushi rolls we had were very tasty. The tables are close together and we could hear everyone's conversations (and conversely they could also likely hear ours). It wasn't overly noisy but i'm sure on other nights it could be if everyone was trying to talk over eachother. Apparently the patio is gorgeous - it was snowing when we went so we'll try again when it's nice out.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A small cozy restaurant with
    Puissance
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    A small cozy restaurant with great food and excellent service. The food was tasty, interesting, and reasonably priced. Definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    This restaurant was the perfect pick for my birthday. A small group of us were so pleased to sample the delectable offerings. I don't even love sushi but my crunchy lime salmon, beef balls and shrimp tempura were incredible - this menu has something for those who love sushi plus, plus! They also had a corkage option - the fee was only $10! I have never heard of such a low fee. Thank you Sushi District for a fantastic night all around!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Our favourite Sushi restaurant
    Dave
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Great for take out or to dine in. More expensive than other local sushi restaurants, but you get what you pay for! Always fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great food & service, at very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    Great food & service, at very reasonable prices. Want to go back & try their late night tasting menu for sure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was fresh, excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    The food was fresh, excellent, and prepared beautifully. Everything was very tasty, and I loved the chili spiced edamame and the tuna tartare. The patio are was lovely, very cozy.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • This is one of my new favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    This is one of my new favourite restaurants. The music and service is always great, the food is amazing especially the sushi pizza and the salmon salmon roll! Oh also their dipping sauce for the tempura vegetables is amazing too bad they keep the ingredients a secret....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Japanese food i've tried
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    Best Japanese food i've tried in the city. Nice use of backyard space. Very nice experience, would recommend for the food.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Fantastic meal - had
    Kikicaprice
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    Another Fantastic meal - had some friends visiting, who don't get to spend a lot of time in the neighbourhood. We came here for dinner. They loved it. the food was great, and the decor was amazing. We had the veggie tempura (great portion sized when shared amongst 3 ppl). We ordered the District roll, the red dragon and tuna tuna. Yum yum. Everyone left full and happy.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Nice spot to enjoy some good sushi.
    Allie1VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    Nice sushi. Picnic tables out back aren't so comfortable, but inside is clean and quiet. Never too busy. A nice pop in sushi place that is above the average in terms of ambiance and presentation.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I really enjoy coming here.
    Kikicaprice
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    I really enjoy coming here. It would be great if they had a cocktail menu - we tried the lychee-sake. Again the veggie tempura is a must and the rolls are amazing.
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  • although a japanese / sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    although a japanese / sushi restaurant, the decor was more contemporary and along with the music playing was actually quite enjoyable ! Was there with my 21 and 23 year old sons, and they thought the food was excellent !
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    special occasion
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  • I go at least once a month
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    I go at least once a month and all the dishes are delicious and fresh; however, I find the Soba salad outstanding.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Go for the generous sushi plate
    Foodified
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    District needs to understand that black walls and the paintings they've chosen to hang recently are a dog's breakfast, decor-wise. They should make up their mind what image they are trying to project (Japanese nouvelle cuisine?) and stay on message.Please start with getting rid of the black walls.Asked the waiter for recommendations and he suggested the wasabi pea encrusted salmon. Unfortunately the fish was overcooked and the crispy wasabi peas had lost their crisp.Although seemed like a good idea,it needed some wasabi reinforcement - in otherwords, the fish dish had little taste or texture. Accompanying mashed edamame had little charm. The sushi mains ordered by dinner mates, however were very generous in quantity and they enjoyed t
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    good for groups
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  • I've been here a few times
    Kikicaprice
    Dined on 2/7/2012
    I've been here a few times - I love it. the food is awesome. The veggie tempura is to die for. The small/reg size is perfect for 2 to share. The large for 2 becomes a meal. The fish is really fresh, the service is great, and the decor is fantastic. Will come again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • What a fantastic experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    What a fantastic experience!  The food was fresh and innovative. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. The decor and vibe made you feel like you were out for a Friday or Saturday night rather than just going out for sushi. That being said, I would go there anytime as well. We will be back. You should eat here!
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  • Need to work on service efficiency
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Need to work on service efficiency and service. Whole place could use a good cleanup. Including menu cards - full of rips and stains.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Nice spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Good casual dining spot for a date, or out with friends. The food was good. Not super high end but better than average for sure. Meal highlights were sweet potatoe wedges with wasabi mayo dipping sauce, sushi pizza, and the sake. Service was very friendly and helpful with the menu. We will be going back to explore the other dishes. At their price point I can see this begin a regular weekly option.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food here is tasty! We
    Kikicaprice
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    The food here is tasty! We started with enoki beef rolls (yum), and the veggie tempura (this is a must have, there's tempura asparagus spears - super unique and really great). we also order a salmon salmon roll to take care of the spicy sushi fix, and the sushi/sashimi combo. Everything here was well proportioned, so that each bite is just delectable. The decor is also great.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative take on sushi. Tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    Creative take on sushi. Tasting menu is a great idea. Try the sake pairings
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome Sushi and fun Vibe!!
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2011
    Fantastic service! Great sushi! Delicious teas and sake!! Very reasonable and delicious!! We'll be back!! PS Try the terryaki chicken if you are not a sushi fan --it was outstanding!!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The sushi was very fresh and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2011
    The sushi was very fresh and on the haute coutoure end of sushi. Everything was just delicious and I would definitely bring people there again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Cool, happening modern space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    Cool, happening modern space with eclectic and authentic menu
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • We did not enjoy our time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2011
    We did not enjoy our time at a District. The sushi that we received was just not good. HOWEVER, the salad we ordered as an appetizer was excellent. Service was very slow, and our waitress did a poor job explaining what was in the menu - definitely didn't take any extra steps aside from actually bringing the food to make the dinner pleasurable. We will not return.
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  • Hidden Gem!
    Kenshin
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    I had planned a get together dinner for my boyfriend & I, and my family during my visit in Toronto - and I have scoured all over the city to find a simple, but nice, sushi/Japanese place with great prices and good food, that is OPEN on Sunday nights. This is it. It is all the way on the east side by Broadview & Queens, but the neighborhood area is a quaint place. Amy, the host, was very nice and attentive. She explained the restaurant's specialties to us. The food was fantastic and they gave large portions! I'd definitely come back to this place. And I'm sure, my family from Toronto definitely will! Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had been to District before
    MauligirlVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2011
    We had been to District before and the sushi was very good. A little more interesting that your average sushi restaurant. Our first time there we had purchased a Groupon coupon and we thought that was the reason why it was very slow. The food was slow to come out and the service, while very friendly and seemed attentive, is also very slow. It seems however that is just the way it is. So if your are in no hurry and just want to enjoy a very nice leisurely evening it is a great place. Scrutinize your bill though. The staff, while very friendly and accommodating, are a little dozy.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I've been there a few times
    elRonconVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    I've been there a few times and the food is very good. This visit however they appeared to be understaffed and my seared tuna was cold to the touch. As well, one of our dishes was forgotten and brought out at the end of our meal. Still a nice place with good people and tasty food.
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  • Unfortunately, the evening
    Johnf1961VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    Unfortunately, the evening we arrived for a 7pm dinner, the restaurant was short staffed, with only one wait staff serving the entire restaurant. Despite this deficiency, she managed the best that she could, though delays in receiving our orders were inevitable. When it arrived, the food was good and as ordered. Would certainly be willing to try again and provide another opinion with the restaurant operating with its full complement of wait staff.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Our server- i keep forgetting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    Our server- i keep forgetting to get her name, she is amazing!!!!! I love the feel of the restaurant, the decor and atmosphere is very chic and artsy. I wish I could upload a photo. The price is great, food is great!! I have been here twice and i believe this will be a usual spot for me. I definitely recommend it and I will be bringing my two best friends the next time i go which will definitely be soon :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • One of my new favourite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    One of my new favourite restaurants in the city. Have been here several times and really like it so toom my fiance here on his birthday. We love the wasabi-lime salmon and we get it every time. Good quality sushi and excellent cooked dishes as well. Unfortunately they didn't do anything special to recognize his birthday but it was ok since I had cupcakes waiting at home!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Always great time. Fresh delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/11/2011
    Always great time. Fresh delicious sushi with great specialty dishes. Service is super as well as the atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • This is one of our favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2011
    This is one of our favourite restaurants in the city. It's not in our immediate neighbourhood but it is always worth the drive. The food is fresh,great portion sizes and creatively a little different from most sushi restaurants. Be prepared to have the best tempura in the city. The servers are pleasant, professional and another reason we eat here almost weekly.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We were very pleased with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/11/2010
    We were very pleased with the quality of the sushi/sashimi. The server was very friendly as well. The maki were large and delicious. Menu is quality over quantity. Highly recommend. We will return often and also try their takeout!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • I heard good things about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/1/2010
    I heard good things about this place, and given the high expectations, District still managed to impress me. My party was blown away by the quality and flavours of all the dishes we ordered. We loved the miso whitefish; the nigiri and sashimi was fresh and authentic; the starters tasty. We couldn't ask for better service. The waitress was charming and knowledgable. Overall a great experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Selection of wine not that
    pbgick
    Dined on 11/16/2010
    Selection of wine not that great... would be nice to be able to bring our own bottle for a corkage fee. Space a little cold in temperature, winter definitely not the time of year to go... Rice was a little dry on the rolls. The shrimp with hoisin sauce was basic and bland.
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  • Went on a Sunday. Attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2010
    Went on a Sunday. Attentive service, well timed food (but then, we were early, and the only people there for the beginning of our meal), server suggested an app that was a more economical choice than an a la carte sushi item, that was very similar, AND it was excellent -the marinated and seared mackerel. Would definitely go again. Skip the dessert it's only OK; have a glass of plum wine instead.
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    neighborhood gem
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