Wabora
Wabora

Wabora

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waborasushi.com/
  • Phone: 4167779501
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Wednesday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Korean, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have great variety of food that can be customized and catered to meet your needs.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are located one block south of King Street West & Bathurst Street. So, please get off at the King Street West and Bathurst Street intersection. Walk one block south and we are on the east side of Bathurst st.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Wabora
Our vision at Wabora is LOVE! Whether it is preparing the food or serving the food. We hope that everyone can come and be filled with love.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Wabora reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (7)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)hot spot (4)neighborhood gem (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Awesome bentos
    nootsVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    You simply have to go there for lunch and try their bento anything and you will be pleased. I always get the chicken kasu
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    avideater
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I have been to Wabora upwards of 10 times (both Toronto and Bracebridge locations). This last visit left something to be desired. Our waiter was missing for the entire meal. We had to ask passing waiters for more water, for them to pack up our extra food, to get our bill, etc. As well, our main courses came 15 mins apart with no explanation or apology. We appeared to be the waiter's only table so I'm not really sure why he was so absent. There were maybe 5 tables full in the whole restaurant. We had always had good enough service during our other visits so this lack of service was surprising. We wont be rushing back.
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  • No Staging
    SeekingSavoryPlusService
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Even though the restaurant was close to empty we waited and waited before the waiter took our drink order. After we placed our order the drinks arrived quickly and so did the food with zero appreciation of the concept of courses. How frustrating to have the meat course, a delicious steak delivered before the shush and sashimi. The kitchen cooks the full order and the server loads the table.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Delicious food, waitress had great knowledge of menu, great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi! Not to great service.
    Luvsfood22VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Wabora was great! Their sushi rolls are delicious and imaginative. I had the sundae roll and the hurricane roll and both were really good. The sauces that they put on some of their rolls are really good also. There are also 10 or 12 pieces of sushi per roll, so the portions are big. Only thing is the service is just terrible. It started off great, our group on 6 ordered, and the rolls and hot food came out pretty quickly. Once the food was served, no one came back to ask how we doing or fill out waters. We had to ask 3 times for more water before we got some. We also wait more than 30 mins for our bill after asking for it which is ridiculous. When we did get our bill, we waited another 15 mins for change! Great food, terrible service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill
    Traveleater1VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We've been there in the past. Food this time was ok, but below par. Service was awful. The restaurant was close to empty, yet the wait staff didn't fill up water glasses, clean off dirty plates or the table between dishes. I wasn't thrilled the last time I was there either. It's now off our list.
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  • Yummy dinner
    Delicious
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was fantastic! The service was attentive. The atmosphere lovely. Brought my children and they were accommodated very nicely. Made for a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Wabora reviews archive.
  • Wabora
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food is excellent. But service is slow. We had to chase down the waiter several times. Very friendly and nice, but too slow. Need more help.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good - service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was good, great hot spot with good energy and ambiance. Service needs to improve.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    AJGT
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It was not a bad experience by any means, but certainly not world-class sushi, yet you pay an extremely high price. Also, I spilled my completely full $14 martini (my fault, I admit) but it would have been nice if they had taken it off the bill since I didn't get another one. Not a mandatory gesture, but would have perhaps persuaded me to revisit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • volcano and saki
    kmac
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    If you like seafood and sushi, the volcano was to die for.....really!!! Good saki selection... tako sashimi with house salad, seafood soup, the Bracebridge along with the other maki(s) were excellent. We look forward to returning next time in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wabora
    Bubbles029
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    No complaints on my end...food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Birthday Surprise
    dental1
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My wife took me to Wabora for my birthday. Food was wonderful, service was excellent! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Asian Fusion food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new experience
    wyrbndr
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Japanese fusion I am now a real fan! In Muskoka or Toronto I will be there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Very expensive, I could've gone around the corner to a Sushi & Bento for better sushi at half the price. What a waste...
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  • We went here for the sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We went here for the sushi making class and we can't get enough of sushi so we stayed for more. Staffs are very friendly and the ambiance is great. If you love sushi/sashimi/maki, this is a good place to check out because of their fusion and wide variety of choices. But be wary of their prices as they're not cheap nor buffet. Overall, it's all good. Try their volcano roll... It's the best fusion roll I've tasted so far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Considering the restaurant
    Jennifer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Considering the restaurant was empty, they gave us the crappiest tiniest table citing that they were going to be busy. We were there for an hour and a half and there were only two other couples in the whole restaurant when we left. They also bunched us all together. There is nothing worse than being in an empty restaurant with tons of empty tables and the only other two couples are right next to you when the tables are tightly packed with no breathing room! The food was ok but nothing special. Similarly, the service was ok, but nothing special. I would not return, which is a shame because it is two minutes from my house.
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  • The best Japanese restaurant,
    Davax
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The best Japanese restaurant, ever! I do a lot of dining out and have been now to both Wabora locations and to many other Japanese restaurants including all the "big name" places. This tale the cake! Fantastic cuisine, fantastic service, great wine list. Nothing I can even think of in a negative sense. Simply, the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We tried a couple of different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We tried a couple of different rolls and loved them all - we also had the tuna tower which was recommended to us by friends. It was delicious, however we both thought it tasted like a deconstructed sushi roll and didn't deserve the hype it got from our friends and server. Overall, a great time, we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive, but good, fresh sushi
    mg0114
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The place was great. Sushi was delicious. I would recommend calling them if you make a reservation through OpenTable as our reservation never showed up on the restaurants end. Luckily it wasn't busy when we went so they were able to accommodate us immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Wabora
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Had an amazing time out for dinner the other night for date night. It was my second time there and though I didn't think it was possible it exceeded my already sky-high expectations! The food was incredible and the service was amazing. I will definitely go back and recommend it to friends though most of my friends go there anyways. It is a major hotspot and for good reason. Wabora never seems to amaze me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always good
    SH99
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    But the bartender/waitress was less that interested in serving us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night dinner
    edmc
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Made a reso, did not wait for a table. Our server made no recommondations, he just walked over and said do you know what you want. Drinks and food came out in a reasonable time period No quality check. We hated the mango roll, but by the time the server came we just wanted to leave. When I needed something and asked a busser. It took 8 mins to get my server to order more ginger, I only got 4 pieces, which wasn't enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Constant and Delicious
    nootsVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    I go to Wabora every week. It's an amazing restaurant and the food tastes so good. I order the same thing every time, boring I know, but it always tastes great and I don't think I will ever get bored of it. If it's your first time there, get a bento box, they are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Service, Love the Sushi
    JackieAVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I had an incredible server who offered perfect recommendations and was very attentive. She suggested the organic filtered sake and it was amazing. I would also suggest the cherry maki and salmon sashimi. Pure heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible service
    TheMuffinTopVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    OK food but terrible service by the manager who used the fake name Jonathan (real name is James) when he realized we will be taking our service complaints to the next level.
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  • Great Service Great Food
    Toby
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The bento boxes for lunch are reasonably priced and proportioned well. The food is excellent and the service is attentive. We went there for a birthday and he was delightedly treated with a nice panko crusted ice-cream served with some berries. We went there for lunch and the dress was casual. The atmosphere is quiet and romantically dim. The washrooms are clean and modern. Lots of creative rolls to try. I recommend the Spicy Cottage Roll.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice...
    Local4lifeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    But getting a bit touristy/suburban. You can tell when it's not the downtown locals that eat here but the out of town/suburbans looking for a "big city" experience. Great martinis though
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    CPandBP
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    It was a wonderful dining experience. Food, ambience and service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Sushi was amazing but only topped by the service. Excellent recommendations. Glass of water was never empty. Above and beyond. But a little pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There are way better sushi in town
    Escape
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Terrible service, overpriced menu, mediocre food. Stay away, would NOT recommend to Anyone.
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  • The food was incredible!!
    NickVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    The food was incredible!! The kitchen operated like a Swiss watch. The Service was very poor! We had to ask for items a number of times from a number of waitresses until we finally got it. How can you get the wasabi and soy sauce in at the end of your meal? The restaurant didn't have a few items that were noted on the menu and the sake we originally wanted was also not available.
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  • Sweet Potato Crunch Roll was a hit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    Overall it was a great experience for a much needed sushi dinner. The seafood tempura was referred to as bland with the salmon being overdone inside it's oily panko cocoon. The rolls were presented nicely and all tasted good with our favorite being the sweet potato roll. The brown rice option was very nice to have on the menu. We'll go back for sure.
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  • Exceptional service
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I had my birthday dinner at wabora. They have a wide list of sushi rolls to choose from. The crispy crunch is a must have and I have to thank the hosts for an exceptional service. Great pick for your birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress was fabulous.
    PeaceGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Our waitress was fabulous. Very attentive and friendly. She recommended 3 things to us and we loved all three!!! This is my favourite sushi restaurant. Food is always super fresh. Sushi melts in your mouth. Lovely presentation too. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We went to dinner at Wabora with two other couples so 6 of us in total. The waitress of very friendly and recommended a few dishes that were outstanding. We have been here before but found this evening to be particularly good. We enjoy all our dishes and the wine was good too. We would definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Overall Client Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    I took a group of 6 people out for a lunch to Wabora (4 of which were clients). The food was of good quality (although they were out of some of the fish that we wanted to order) and the service was reasonable (although they were baffled when we asked for a recommendation on what to order for the table).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Slow service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We went for a birthday and while the food was amazing, the service was not. Our server always looked like he was stressed out and running around like crazy. He took our drink orders and told is he would be right back for our food order, and disappeared for 15-20 minutes. This happened multiple times throughout the night and we often had to get up to call him over. However, once he took our order, it was never a long wait for the food. The food was excellent. We highly recommend the Tuna Tower (let them mix it when they ask), black cod, and number 42 on the sushi list insert. The raspberry martini was also really good. At dessert time they showed up with delicious ice cream and servers with gongs and sang happy birthday - very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food was excellent. Our server was professional. However, I will not return. It was very loud thanks to the blasting club music and all the parties we were sitting close to.Additionally, service was slow due to the amount of large parties that night. As a thank you for our patience they gave us free miso soup. (Wow! a $2 deal!)Seems that it is the hot spot for 905ers who want to be seen. Not my thing.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special sushi for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Nothing special sushi for the price. Not memorable - many better options in Toronto. I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate