Akira Back

4.7
685 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Asian
Chef Akira Back opens his first Canadian namesake restaurant in Toronto’s Bisha Hotel. Drawing on inspiration from his Korean heritage and travels around the globe, chef Back has created a menu that blends modern Japanese cuisine with authentic Korean flavours. In addition to his signature dishes, Back has created new items unique for the Toronto location. Complemented by the sleek design with layers of gold detail and tactile finishes in carbon black, the unparalleled dining experience is a true statement of luxury.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 685 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The server didn't take our dinner order. They had last call for 9pm. At least he should have come to ask us if we wanted to order dinner around 8:45pm. He was busy serving other tables. I came back without dinner. Worst experience ever. If there was an option to put 0
Stars I would do that. I understand it's covid and we are following their rules but it was he responsibility to come and check on us.

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mitchell
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in downtown

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing! Its a bit pricy for sure but so worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing I would say is that as much as I loved the service and the food I did make reference in the booking (when asked) that we were celebrating my birthday and nothing was done or said. Very disappointed from such a lovely experience with only one thing missing. Not even acknowledged at all.

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ilanaj
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. As someone who is a huge food critic, and loves good and fresh ingredients I can definitely say that the food was incredible!!! Honestly, one of the best meals I’ve had for years.
Everything we ordered was amazing, fresh, cooked to perfection, and the combination + attention to little details made our experience just wow!! Given the situation right now and the fact we sat outside, didn’t bother me AT ALL because everything was so great from the beginning till the end. The 48 hour Wagyu short rib literally melts in your mouth. A must try!
Definitely coming back here once the indoor dining reopens as I’m anxious to see the interior of this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akira Back is an amazing restaurant that I highly recommend. I have visited several times and have had a great experience every time, with delicious food and excellent service. On my last visit, my cousin and I were there for a special celebratory occasion. Greg was our lovely server and met all our expectations and more. He surprised us with a thoughtful customized message on our dessert order. Akira Back is a perfect restaurant to dine in or to order take out anytime!

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SerenaR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience here! The food was absolutely amazing (especially the Yellowtail and the Crispy Octopus), and the vibe was really nice given the fact that it was outdoor dining on a pretty chilly night. Our server, Greg, was really sweet and professional, and all of his recommendations for food and drink were spot on! Definitely a great spot for an (expensive) date night :)

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TheLocalTouristTO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Expectations through covid will obviously need to be lowered; but given the price point, quality of food, and taste; complete disappointment.

For the 20 (rough number) people that were seated outside, service was very slow, but friendly. I appreciated the pre-screening and tracing measures in place! I'm not being sarcastic, I'm genuinely happy it was in place...

Upon being seated, I asked if it would be possible to be seated elsewhere as there was clearly no heaters pointed at our seats and we would be seated next to the door where all the food was coming out of; to which I was told once others leave they'd happily move me... obviously this never happened and I didn't want to be a nuisance.

When it came time to order, I had to ask to take my order (I wasn't rude about it, promise); this should have been my first red flag.

Food took approx. 45 mins to arrive (it wasn't mains, it was sashimi and other apps).

Now I won't say the food was terrible... it was more just mediocre; and I'm not going to bad mouth it, but I caught my wife and myself saying a few times that I could produce the same food at better quality out of our home kitchen.

I guess I gotta conclude this review because my characters are running short now.

Don't waste your time or money on this place if you're genuinely looking for good food. If all you want is a fancy ambiance and hope to impress someone... then this is your place; otherwise avoid like covid.

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LaurieS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had an outdoor patio and lots of heaters and spacing between the tables. The food was amazing and we felt safe. Will def go back Next month.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent

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DaavidO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The staff was very nice although I stated on my booking it was a a special occasion but still they didn’t remember. I liked the food. I also feel like there should be a waiter that’s a look out to see if there’s anyone that needs attendance. I had to raise my hand a couple times to get the attention of a staff.

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NadineD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server Josh was the best server we ever had. outstanding' 10 stars to Josh!!!! he made our first visit a really amazing unforgettable evening.

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GlenM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is outstanding. Service was good but has been better in the past. This is our thiord time. It would be good if they changed the menu up a bit.

EG
ElinaG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Our server, Josh, was very friendly and helpful with suggestions.

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ClaireY
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food is too salty, the only one that is fair for the price is the tuna pizza. And the portion is too small. Not worthy at all. The service is just okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Hands down best restaurant in the city !!

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vipKaye
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! I go at least once a month or every time I am in town. I always recommend this place for friends to try!!

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NelsonC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

RUDE + TERRIBLE experience
1. Told to come early for reservation
2. The was made to wait 30min
3. Rushed out meals then kicked up before finishing

Front door male manager (tall, glasses, grey hair, Spanish accent) was rude and provided terrible service in seating, trying to seat group of 5 at table for3,
then tried to seat at a table for 4

no apologies for their reservation errors, kicked us out in the end before meal was complete. Spent $1100+ for 5 ppl upsold a lot then kicked our group out

would NOT recommend

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vipJuliaW
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dining experience at Akira - staff and food are excellent!

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seanm
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Pros:
All the Instagram models eat here, so I thought i'd give it a try. Beautiful restaurant, with friendly staff. We pushed back the reservation an hour on a Wednesday night and were still accommodated.

Cons:
Service was okay, but could've been better for the price you're paying. My water cup was often empty and I would have to refill my own sake glass too.

My acquaintance was vegetarian and asked for a custom veggie plate but was told they cant do that. Most high end restaurants will accommodate, especially if the chef is Michelin starred.

The main reason I am giving a 1 star review is because I was expecting to have sushi rolls but the "master roller" had a "family emergency". Apparently the other sous chefs can make Michelin star food but cant roll sushi? We requested table side sushi that we would roll ourselves, but that was not accommodated. After expressing my dissatisfaction in coming to a Japanese restaurant with no sushi, I told my waitress I was not warned by telephone. She did not compensate me in anyway, not even a free desert! Lets see how they do in 2022 when Nobu opens across the street.

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Dawn
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Ambiance was amazing. Service was amazing. I have nothing bad to say!

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KathyC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is top quality, beautiful ombience and professional service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is great! He helps make Akira Back one of the best spots in the city.

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TheresaS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the dining experience! On the expensive side.

JZ
JingZ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food service and environment are not as good as other diners review. My friend and I were disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Disappointed. Two pieces of fish BONE in the sashimi

AM
AdrianaM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect! One of my favorite restaurants in Toronto!

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Toronto84
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food quality, accommodation for a food issue in advance, atmosphere is great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fifth time at Akira Back and this restaurant just keeps getting better and better. Food was exceptional, each dish was unique and flavourful. Service was wonderful. I will be back soon!

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ShandelD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , amazing service , very nice people , my waiter would give me the history on what I was ordering , overall amazing food! Definitely will be coming back , My fav was the Truffle pizza :).

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FrankH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food are overall good, however there are two things really annoyed me: 1. During COVID-19 time, every table should keep social distancing, however, we are not the only table having other customers sitting next to us, which made me insecure. 2. Waiters asked so many times if they can take the plates even we didn’t finish the food. During our meal, we have been asked at least 5 times if they can take the plate, which made us feel like eating fast food, moreover, we ordered a 48-hours slow cook wagyu(which has 3 pieces), when there is still one piece left in the plate, a waiter came and ask if he can take the plate.
Food are excellent, but service and environment (social distance) need a lot improvement.

HW
vipHeadWithSoul
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place really was outstanding. From the service, our waiter was a white male that is moving to the UK soon, sorry I can't remember the name but just first class. The food was so delicious that we keep talking about it everytime we want to make a rest somewhere we're like, lets go back to Akira! The pizza sushi a MUST!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard was amazing.

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DonaL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant has become one of my favorites, food and service was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, small portions.

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vipteetoronto
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for dinner with a friend. Took like 15 mins to get our table. The food was incredible and the staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Everything was excellent which is why I keep going back.

MM
MatthewM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. I would love to go back the next time I’m in town

MR
vipMaximeR
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Food by Chef Kim and excellent Service - Well done

FAQs

Akira Back offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (437) 800-5967.

Akira Back is rated 4.7 stars by 685 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.