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Ginko Japanese Restaurant

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66 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Owner Shigeo Kimura founded Ginko Japanese restaurant in 1982. Over the past 25 years Ginko has evolved to bring the finest Japan has to offer the Toronto area. The name Ginko is derived from the word "Gingko" an ancient oriental tree. The tree flourishes in season to produce a yellow fruit and unique, fan-shaped leaves, which turn a beautiful golden color in the fall. Held in high esteem by the Japanese as a symbol of prosperity, the "Gingko" tree only begins to grow it"s golden seeds on it's 20th year of maturity. The journey of the "Gingko" tree and Ginko are one in the same, a continual evolution of expression of nutritious, healthy and tasty food. Located inside DoubleTree Hotel near the airport, our staff strives to bring you, our guest, a traditional and modern Japanese cuisine that is sure to enlighten all taste buds.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 248-8445
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shigeo Kimura
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Private party facilities
Traditional Tatami Rooms provide private seating for special or intimate occasions with relaxing, personalized service for 6 - 20 guests.
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Private party contact
M. Shigeo Kimura or M. Chihiro Gamble(Manager): (416) 248-8445
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dixon Rd. & Hwy 27
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Parking details
Free parking for Ginko's guests.
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Public transit
TTC 52 Lawrence
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 66 People Are Saying
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4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had ordered o toro sushi and they switched to aburi toro without telling us. I think the fish wasn’t of as good quality and they sneakily changed it.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Consistently the best Japanese restaurant and one of the best restaurants near Pearson International. Pride in freshness, creation and service are apparent with every dish. Experience it for yourself.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We were celebrating our son's 46th birthday. On his recommendation we chose the Ginko restaurant.
Close to our home and close to where he works so became a logical choice.

Service was very good and the food choices for lunch were very adequate and flavourful.

Overall a good choice and and easy place to recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Had dinner with my best friend to celebrate her birthday. Our server Alex was friendly and genuine. Food was delicious and portion was reasonable. Decor was old fashioned but seating was comfortable. We had a great time!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

An overall great experience. The service was wonderful. The food was great. The prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend Ginko’s.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Noted to be founded 25 years ago and with a good reputation for Japanese food within the community, this quiet restaurant sits off of the lobby in the Delta Hotel on the Toronto Airport restaurant strip. The ambiance is quiet with central tables, booths and tatami rooms available for different experiences. The menu features a five course omakase dinner as well as a set dinner for more than six people, but also notes the need for 48-hour advanced notice. The izakaya appetizer dishes feature small tapas like plates of samplers - two orders of each were required for our party of six. The cooked entrees of salmon, beef and chicken were standard fare for most Japanese restaurants and were serviceable, but not outstanding. The sushi is the highlight with a variety of options as well as fresh cuts of tuna and salmon that provided melt-in-your-mouth sensation more seen at West Coast restaurants. Dessert featured a green tea ice cream parfait that featured a Frosted Flakes base which provided a unique blend of flavours. The serving staff was efficient and extremely pleasant. Overall, it was a pleasant night out with familiar foods made in classical Japanese fashion.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent as always, fantastic staff and bar none the best Sushi in Ontario!!!

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3.0Dined on August 28, 2017

It's funny how they only give you one mushroom cut into 4 on an entree, that's a big stingy!
When asked about the yelp checkin special which was a free green tea (valued at $1 according to the menu) they refused to honour it! It's green tea!
How stingy can you be?

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

One of the best Japanese options near YYZ.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice place, good food.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Not bad. But I expected better.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Very authentic Japanese. This is a hidden gem and although the restaurant appearance may be lacking modern flare, the food sure makes up for it. Absolutely delicious sushi.

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2017

Horrible. Just horrible.

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2016

The first impressions are very important. The host who sit us at a table was not pleasant. He was not very pleasant to a gentleman who was in front of us. When we told him that we had a reservation, without checking the name, acknowledging us or confirming the number of people, he just walked over to the table. For a minute, we were all confused if he meant for us to follow him, which he did. The server was very friendly and attentive. For a restaurant at a hotel, the food was decently priced and nicely presented. The food tasted good but I found a light brown hair in my rice bowl. I didn't want to alarm my colleagues so I took it out of my bowl quietly without making a scene. Being an authentic Japanese restaurant located at a hotel, I expected a higher standard, which was not met.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2016

We enjoyed our meal. Authentic Japanese. Very tasty. Would return.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Restaurant provided amazing foods

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Ginko is everything we want in a restaurant. From the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, you are treated like family. Quintin is a hard worker and makes sure the ship is sailing straight! Noma-san makes magic happen with the food! Everyone else is friendly and prompt.
This place doesn't just put other restaurants to shame, it is literally on a completely different level. I do not compare Ginko to other sushi restaurants. If they are wise, they won't try to compete with Ginko. They are not just the best in Cleveland, but the continent.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2016

Excellent service - good food too

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2016

I've been going to Ginko for a very long time and the food is never disappointing. Fresh veggies, fish and perfect soup, rice and salad. It beats all other in The GTA! And for that matter better than the places I've been to while living in every corner of the US. People are beautiful and owner a big Japanese teddy bear! We love it and will go there every time back home!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2016

Amazingly authentic ambiance, delicious food.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

The restaurant had an interesting decor with komono-clad server. The menu was stellar. We especially enjoyed the seaweed salad: it was quite different from anything we had had before.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2016

Very good sushi, a nice atmosphere and very fast service. There is lots of parking for which you are given a 3 hour voucher.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2016

Food was fresh but thought it was pricey for what you get. California roll was $13! All the rolls and sushi were overpriced for the quality of fish. Service was good and nice atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Restaurant was not open even reservation was confirmed. This was on dev 25th.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2015

It wasn't as authentic as I was hoping to be. In general it was alright, the tempura was not crispy, but I'm pretty happy with the black cod.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2015

I have dined there several times. The food and service has always been excellent. One of the best if not the best Japanese restaurant in Toronto. They have three private booths, two with seating for four and one larger room seats eight easily. Also they have two Teppanyaki tables.
I live an hour outside of Toronto, but make the drive several times a year to dine at Ginko's.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2015

Found it to be a very quite restaurant with 80% of table empty although it was 7:30 pm. I soon realized that it was a fairly high priced restaurant based on quality of food served (I ordered a bento box with sushi, sashimi, and tempura) and some sake. Not sure if I will go back again.

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2.0Dined on September 15, 2015

We brought a group to Ginko's expecting Tepanyaki tables. We were rudely told "No, our reservation didn't specify that". That tone alone made me want to leave, but as we had been unsuccessful at every other local restaurant trying to secure a reservation that night and they were the only one that wasn't booked solid, what could we do? And really they cannot accommodate our group size at their 2 Tepanyaki tables. The food was okay. The sushi very fishy smelling. The waiter was rude & condescending to my boss who was explaining different types of sushi & what miso soup was to our customers, embarrassing him in front of them. I'll never go back, nor recommend.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2015

Highly recommend Ginko if you are looking for authentic Japanese food.
Very good quality sushi and sashimi. You can also enjoy teppanyaki.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Food was quite good - though selection is limited. There is an option to do the teppanyaki where the chef cooks in front of you. On the pricier side.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2015

Food was of average quality, prices were on the high side considering the amount and quality, we chose the teppanyaki dinners, unfortunately the "cook" was not very well trained or skilled in the art of teppanyaki grilling

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1.0Dined on November 28, 2014

We used to go to Ginko quite frequently and loved it, but hadn't been there for a few months. Went back last week and had a terrible experience. There seems to be a change in management. Not sure if Kimura san is still involved. The menu has become much smaller. Now, there is not too much to choose if you don't eat sushi. We love sushi, but we sometimes like to take guests who want other japanese items. Now can't really do it anymore. They also raised the price a little, but that's ok. The service was just terrible. First, 5 minutes after we chose our items for the super deluxe, the server came back to tell us that that they won't serve Botan ebi as part of the super deluxe as they paid too much for it. We said ok and chose some other (much cheaper) fish. Then, after more than half an hour, she came to tell us that they had no uni any more. We had to haggle quite a bit to get a decent replacement for that. Then, they screwed up the order slightly and took our sushi back. Moreover, we could overhear the servers speaking in Japanese and telling each other that we want something of the same price range as a replacement for our uni, and they used a pretty derogatory tone for that (probably didn't realize we could hear them). Overall, it was a disaster. At the end of the meal, one of chefs, who seems to be part of the management came out and apologized. While he said he will get back to me about the service within a week, he never did. We used to recommend this place to others. Now I'd suggest people to find a replacement. At least we have to find one. Ginko has totally gone down hill. Hopefully, they will come back. But, I doubt it.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2014

Great Sushi & atmosphere!
Made Rez for 3 ppl on OT & when we showed up they had no idea but were able to accomodate us right away.

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2014

Decent sushi but way too expensive for the quality of the food and the ambiance

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2014

This is an authentic Japanese restaurant that offers dishes that are fresh, artistically presented, and taste delicious. Particularly impressed by the home made soy sauce and the sushi and sashimi combinations. Flavours are not cluttered by odd pairings and ingredients you might find at other restaurants. Would come again for the same, but also for teppanyaki, which looks like a lot of fun!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2014

We went because it is close to the airport but the food really was excellent. Service was also very good. Would definitely go again and recommend to travellers.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Although, I haven't eaten here for 30 years. The food reflects the great quality and care in preparation and the overall taste of each dish. I started with the yakitori--scrumptious-- followed by the entreé, the tempura dinner, which was crispy and colourful--loved the purple yam. It tasted so good you didn't need the accompanying dip. The mousse was a light touch for dessert, especially the cream cheese flavour. I loved that the Owner, Mr. Kimura, walked around the dining room and talked with his patrons. Ginko is well worth a visit for any occasion and I highly recommend it.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2014

Fast and courteous service, didn't go the extra mile to create friendly warm atmosphere. The ambiance was good. Restaurant wasn't very crowded; middle of the week.
Food was okay; not outstanding.
Was looking for a different dining experience to enjoy a birthday girlfriend lunch...this was just average.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2014

Ginko was a very nice Japanese restaurant, divdiing it's emphasis between sushi/sashimi and a teppanaki table. That said, the service was attentive the fish was fresh and the atmosphere was relaxing. We would recommend this to our friends and would try it again oursleves when we find ourselves craving sushi on the airport strip

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2014

The food was not as good as the previous visit but it was still good. The salmon teriyaki was moist but the tempura was a little oily. Staff was friend and even offered to take a picture of our group. Great little experience.

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