About Ginko Japanese Restaurant

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.

655 Dixon Rd.
Toronto, ON M5H 3M7
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Dixon Rd. & Hwy 27

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 248-8445

Website:
http://www.ginkojapaneserestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Free parking for Ginko's guests.

Public Transit:
TTC 52 Lawrence

Executive Chef:
Shigeo Kimura

Private Party Facilities:
Traditional Tatami Rooms provide private seating for special or intimate occasions with relaxing, personalized service for 6 - 20 guests.

Private Party Contact:
M. Shigeo Kimura or M. Chihiro Gamble(Manager): (416) 248-8445

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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84% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (3)
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 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?

Tags: Organic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2017

One of the best Japanese options near YYZ.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice place, good food.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Not bad. But I expected better.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 8, 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 17, 2016

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Restaurant provided amazing foods

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Excellent service - good food too

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 (Dallas)·Dined 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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Amazingly authentic ambiance, delicious food.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2015

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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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 (London)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 22, 2014

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Orlando)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 3, 2014

I took three business associates to Ginko's because they offered Shabu Shabu. It was very fresh and delicious, but we also tried their Sushi and Sashimi and they are not just bragging when they say they have the best in Toronto, it was superb! We had a booth that added a sense of privacy to our dinning and the service was always prompt and polite. Two of my guests said they will come back with bring their spouses, it was that good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2013

We went here for my husband's birthday and because it was a Sunday evening we happened to be the only ones in the whole restaurant !! This would have normally been a red herring however it was awesome as the service was still stellar. The waitress and the teppanyaki chef added to the authentic experience !! My children were absolutely excited and thrilled by the experience and they even surprised my husband with a slice of cheesecake.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2013

Super. There are various kind of Japanese cuisine in the menu and each quality is the first class.
Hospitality is very nice and friendly.
Even though the location near from airport is not convenient in general, this restaurant is highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 16, 2013

The Ginko is a wonderful restaurant located in the Double Tree Hilton by the airport on Dixon. Their Teppanyaki is fabulous. I certainly believe the quality of food and service is outstanding and I highly recommend coming here over any other Japanese restaurant in the city.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2013

The quality of sushi is very good. Wish service was more attentive, but quantity of food was good for serving size.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 7, 2013

The Ginko Restaurant is a fabulous Japanese restaurant. The food is absolutely outstanding in flavour and presentation. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for good authentic Japanese cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2013

We brought our friend here for his 50th birthday and the staff treated us very well. The sushi was outstanding and the dessert at the end was perfect.

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