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Boku Sushi

3.9
107 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

A fresh take on traditional Japanese cuisine, Boku is a newly opened restaurant in Toronto"s historic distillery district, and we enjoy putting our own personality into classic Japanese dishes. Our menu offers dishes that are designed to be easily shared amongst a big group, and has an extensive Sake list to pair with your meal. For newcomers to sushi, or aficionados, Boku is the choice destination.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Sushi
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday- Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm(Last call at 10:30)
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Phone number
(416) 368-8686
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
AKI KITAO
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Cross street
Parliament St.
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Parking details
Public Parking lot is available within the Distrillery District
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Public transit
504 King St streetcar Eastbound

King and Parliament
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.4
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Unfortunately about a week and a half before the date I received a cancellation email. The email explained that my reservation was camcelled due to change in ownership. It nowhere in the email said that my reservation could be rebooked. Due to the busy time of these my friends and I hussled to look sonewhere else to go. We were very disappointed as it was unexpected. We were able to find another option but had our hearts set on dystillery district and all other place we were interested in were fully booked .
What really upset me was on the day we had our reservation I received a conformation/reminder email of my reservation for for 4 at 8. I was so annoyed I laughed. So here i am filling out how my experience was. Well.. to sum up there was no experience. They really should have organized themselves better for this.

I just clicked anything above so I could write this.

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1.0Dined on November 24, 2017

I booked this reservation months in advance for a special night for my daughters 18th birthday and the Christmas market. About a month ago I received a notice stating that my reservation could not be honored as the restaurant was going out of business. By then it was too late to get another reservation at another restaurant in the distillery district. We did end up dining elsewhere and went to the Christmas markets later in the evening. Lo and behold we walked by the restaurant and it was open!!! It would have been nice to have been informed that our reservation would have been honored.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good

Service was very slow in the beginning, but picked up throughout the meal. Food came out relatively quick

In the notes, we asked for a secluded table as we were celebrating an anniversary and they gave us a small table right in the middle of the restaurant. It wasn't secluded, nor did they even hold a table for us in a secluded part of the restaurant. They didn't acknowledge the anniversary.

Overall, I'd recommend it for a quick bite as the food was decent but there are better restaurants within the distillery district and surrounding areas (st. lawrence market)

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3.0Dined on October 1, 2017

Ok restaurant, a bit pricy ($100 for 2) for fairly average food.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2017

Really great food and relatively affordable. The atmosphere was really good and it was perfect for pictures. The sushi was fresh and the mini udon was simple and delicious. Super filling for just over $20 for lunch considering the great quality.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Food is good and happy there's sushi in the distillery district. Causal restaurant. Will go back again.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Lovely evening. Delicious food. Friendly and informative service. Not giving 5 stars as an item was missed from our order but giving 4 stars because a desert was added in lieu of the salad.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

First time visit. Great lunch. Will definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

the one thing i wanted wasn't available anymore.
the order was wrong. the service was mediocre.
Used to be alot better.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was incredibly slow and they missed items. What we did get was good, but would not return.

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1.0Dined on September 16, 2017

I was in the area, and saw the good reviews for boku sushi, and the nice photos, so i decided to give it a try. O god, i don't know what happened, but what i got was a total surprise, and not the good kind.

We ordered yakitori, chef's choice sushi platter, tuna carpaccio, botan shrimp sashimi, aburi yellowtail sushi

The tuna carpaccio, botan shrimp and aburi were ok, but the sushi and yakitori were bad!

The sushi were not cut properly nor was it formed properly, it looked like a chunk of overly large fish squished on top of a piece of rice by a child. The maki was deformed and appeared not to have been cut properly. Looked like it was cut with a butter knife.

The yakitori had no taste, did not look like it was grilled at all. It was boiled in water and soya sauce was poured over it. The chicken and leek were all soggy and fell apart when you bite into it!

I will not be back, the photos on yelp look nothing like what we got!!

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

I am so glad I picked Boku for a friend's weekend birthday lunch. There is a large patio which is perfect for good weather. We started our lunch out there but were attacked by wasps so we moved the party indoors (I have a severe allergy to stings). The servers could not have been more accommodating.

The food was really great and plentiful. We shared two appetizers - seaweed salad and sashimi. Both were quite large for starters and extremely fresh and nicely presented.

I was impressed with the number of teas to choose from.

We both ordered the Boku lunch - Sushi + Sashimi + Tempura. Everything was great.

The service was great: the food service was timed perfectly and we never felt rushed.

I will definitely be recommending Boku and returning again soon.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

This second visit was our first experience eating outside. The ambience was pleasant but the enclosing structure of the terrace is obnoxious in the National Historic Site. It was an evening when no major events were scheduled in the Distillery so noise was not a factor.
The Japanese food was what we came for and it was delightful.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Attentive service. Excellent food. Generous portions.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Great, innovative food and a unique atmosphere. Really enjoyed taking my father for his birthday! Loved the torched nigiri sushi.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was good. We really appreciated the assistance of the host who moved us from a communal table to a private table.
Food was tasty. Only negative comment was that they were out of white wine. They only had a Riesling and two glasses of Chardonnay when we arrived. That was a bit odd and unexpected. Still would go back ( assuming they get more wine) .

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

It wasn't busy when we went. Service was good and fast, the food was ok but nothing special.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2017

A nice place to enjoy an upscale sushi experience!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2017

My son and I enjoyed dinner very much. I had the most delicious craft cocktail, the plum wine martini. The sushi is very fresh and not smothered in too many toppings. The tempora was good, although the sauce was a bit bland.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Very nice
Clean and shick
Very fast service
Impecable presentation and taste
A little bit overprice but
Very good

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Fantastic food, great place for authentic Japanese cuisine, rolls were amazing, would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

The food is a little bit salty without rice. The sashimi are great, it's really fresh. I love it!!!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food! Good service!

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

My first time here was Winterlious2016, for lunch. I loved it so much that I came back today for Summerlicious2017. It wasn't the same. THE UDON soup for the main course was plain Jane and not exciting at all. I can make better soup at home. The appetizer Tempura was barely warm. NIJI in scarborough is way better. Our server, he was slow as molasses...We were done with our mains for a good 10min and i finally had to ask another server to go get him..
I will scratch this off my list now.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2017

We split a large salad (~$12) and the chef sushi special (~$45) for dinner during a weekend in Toronto. Perhaps because of the Canada Day holiday weekend, service took quite awhile to deliver the sushi and they apologized for the short staffing. It's placed in a popular alley in the Distilling District, so the location is ideal. I'd go again if I was confident it'd take less than an hour to get an entree.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Overall - overpriced food for the quantity and quality. Nigiris had too much rice and sashimi served were not dry and caused some pieces to taste fishy.
ambience was good, okay to try out but wouldn't go back to this place again.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Great choice in the Distillery District especially pre theatre

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Birthday dinner. Service was slow but that was the only criticism. Food is 4/5

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

A friend and I tried Boku Sushi for the first time and had an excellent evening meal. The service was quick and the waitress knowledgable about the menu. My friend could not eat shell fish but there were a variety of options for her. My sushi was fresh and very good. Although a little expensive for a friend night out for us, we did have a wonderful dinner. I would recommend Boku Sushi and especially to sushi lovers!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

I had tickets for a play at the Young Center. Close by. The service was good at the start, but as soon as the restaurant got busy, this changed as it did not seem that there were enough servers. The food was good, but not may choices for vegetarians.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Was looking for a good sushi place as our favourite local sushi place closed! Went above and beyond my expectations! The BBQ eel was melt in your mouth, the torched nigiri was smokey and had such a great taste. The house soy sauce was delicious! If you are in the distillery make sure you stop in at Boku!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Very good authentic Japanese food. Quality is comparable to restaurant in Japan.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

This our favourite Sushi Restaurant! My daughters ask to go every time we are in Toronto.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Above average food, nice ambience. Offset by lack luster front of house service. Only server working during lunch service was obvious that he didn't want to be there. And the level of service echoes that.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

I rarely leave reviews, but my oh my, now that was some fine sushi! Literally savored every bite. The eel was out of this world, the salmon in the spicy salmon rolls was mixed with some mayo in a way that melted in your mouth. A fine selection of on tap brews. Waiter was great - really knew the intricacies of the menu. The restaurant itself just had a brilliant interior. I could go on and on. Go eat there and experience amazing sushi for yourself.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2017

amazing food, good quality, service could be better

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Best sushi I have EVER had! Fantastic place. Wish I lived in Toronto.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Fantastic food in a casual setting. Prices on the higher side. ....wouldn't recommend for large groups. Service was slow during my visit but the staff were knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

This was definitely one of my best Sushi restaurant experiences. Our waitresses was the absolute best, very informative and provided confident suggestions. My sashimi was excellent, satisfying and valued appropriately. This establishment is my newest favourite.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The food was really great. We had a table which was great except the view on one side peers right into an ugly spot in the kitchen...it detracted from the overall experience.

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