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Yokai Izakaya, Vaughan, ON

Yokai Izakaya

4.7
4.7
426 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Toronto Life’s Best New Restaurants 2023
OpenTable’s Diners Choice Award 2022


Yōkai (strange apparition) are a class of supernatural Japanese creatures that bridge the divide between our world and the spirit realm. Like us, often misunderstood, but always in for a good time ;)

Welcome to a world of carefully curated chaos. Meet a menu that brings to life our experiences across Japan–the past, the present, and the future.

Grab a drink.

Share a bite.

Experience the most electrifying restaurant north of Toronto.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (647) 930-2623
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Vaughan
  • Cross street
    Highway 400 & Rutherford Rd.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 426 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • York

    Great for brunch

  • York

    Innovative

  • York

    Great for creative cocktails

  • York

    Hot spot

  • York

    Lively

  • York

    Most Booked

426 Reviews
  1. ronnies

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Japanese style pub fare, incredible cocktail menu, best old fashioned i have ever had, they used tonka bean infused simple syrup which added a sweet and aromatic component that actually completes the traditional old fashioned- will be the only way i drink them from now on Sandy our server was top-notch, food was great given they are sharing style plates which means we could try more dishes. Definitely recommend trying this place out

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here to celebrate a birthday and the experience was amazing. The staff were very attentive and took really good care of each of us. The food was super delicious and flavorful, and the drinks were delicious too. I would definitely go back again.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was pretty good but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary! Very nice staff

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and the food was delicious. The perfect place to hang out with friends and family. We ordered the oysters, yokai signature maki, chicken karaage, and lobster tacos. They were all incredible! There is also a cute patio outside.

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  5. WillT

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for the first time and it was great! Had a smokey drink but the bubble wasn’t staying on but isssok the drinks were really good. The wagyu burger and lobster tacos slappped. Would def come back for more especially for the $1 oysters on Tues & Wednesdays

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service. Food was great too as usual. Always love coming here.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server not enough food unless you spend a lot of money

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had reservations so as soon as we got there we were seated. Menu had enough options and food came out pretty quick. Loved the quality and quantity…a great recommend.

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  9. ShelleyU

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at this restaurant is outstanding. We sampled a variety of items on the menu as shareable dishes. My fave was the lobster tacos and the scallops on the half shell but all of our dishes were amazing.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A little underwhelmed after a month of trying to book for the brunch weekend. Underwhelmed in terms of the food that I think it’s too hyped up. It’s just ok. The service is quick and efficient. The place has a nice ambiance, (it’s a little small that’s probably why it’s hard to get a reservation). Will I rush there again for the same reason? Probably not. Nevertheless, overall is just ok.

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  11. Yummyinmytummy

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for brunch and ordered the brussel sprouts, lobster tacos, waygu burger and the matcha milk french toast. Everything was 10/10. Great, friendly service and awesome vibe. Will definitely come back

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great - had a very nice server. We got the brussels sprouts, salmon tartare, lobster tacos, and their special maki roll. Everything was great, except for the lobster tacos (missing some flavour). Atmosphere was lively and decor was unique! Would definitely recommend.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious!!! Well presented!!! Love the hot stone bowl rice!! Cocktails 👌

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! But only the tables feel a little small.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for brunch on a Saturday with my son. As we walked in, my son was saying how bougie the door was, the whole experience was definitely unforgettable! We ordered the matcha French toast and the wagyu beef with eggs & potatoes. Was delicious! Service was great, food came fast. Cozy place. We really enjoyed our dining experience here. Will definitely come back in the near future!

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  16. chrisy

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time with my girl over there . I was sitting near the bar . We met bartender and his name is Jay . WOW 👍 what a great guy ! He is so funny and explains everything on our order drinks . I will definitely go back again try the dinner and he is the only reason that I want to go back ! Highly recommended!

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  17. Sharie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 experience. A Toronto late night bar vibe but in Vaughan! Never thought I’d be able to drive to Vaughan to get that experience. It was everything and more. Food to die for, drinks so good, ambience on another level. Loved it! Will 110% be going back and letting people to know to visit!

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  18. Marish

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic Hospitality was very helpful / informative very nice staff

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and ambiance! We will be coming back! We would especially want to try the brunch menu next time.

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  20. brunch

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food service and good value. There was a little mix up with the seating arrangements but the staff and host (Fiona, Sandy and Chris) were awesome. They took care of us after moving us to the counter seating. Provided superior service and friendly every stage of the brunch. They were very professional and casual. The interior is beautiful. Would def recommend to others for a fun brunch date.

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  21. dlxn

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Got their Boozy Brunch - it was an amazing experience - amazing food, amazing service, amazing atmosphere. We reserved a table for 12:15, got there early around 12:10, ordered an appetizer, drinks, and two mains. Sandy was amazing and everything was out in less than 10 minutes, hot and fresh. The food was delicious - had the Wagyu Steak & Eggs, Lobster Tacos, and Matcha Cereal Milk French Toast. Sandy and other servers were always around making sure our water was filled, everything was tasting good, just overall amazing service. This was actually an anniversary brunch with my girlfriend, and they definitely made sure that we had a great time. Thank you so much to Sandy and to the rest of the staff - would highly recommend eating brunch here. Will definitely be coming back for dinner!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Turkey

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very small portions, given the price tag for each dishes Average taste or lack of taste for some dishes, some dishes had very good taste Egg pouches were too raw, uncooked white part Atmosphere was good, service was good

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  23. Shedrick

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was pleasure to experience my food journey with Yokai Izakaya on yesterday. The food and service was excellent.

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  24. SimoneB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was so sweet and attentive last night. The food came out quickly despite it being relatively busy, and the food was very fresh. It isn’t cheap by any means, but I believe that the quality of food and atmosphere make the price very much worth it. I regularly go to Yokai Izakaya and have never had a bad experience. I’ll definitely continue to return!

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  25. SteveM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We saw Yokai Izakaya on Instagram and thought it looked like a great place to try. We decided to take a friend for his birthday. Overall impression is that it was a fun place to visit, but probably won't go back. The food was just okay. Some was too salty for our taste. Others were great! The service was great, and the wait staff was very attentive. Thank you, Nina! Our reservation was for 10:30. We finished eating by 11:05, so the service was a little rushed. It's a busy place Don't take my word for it though, as I said, it's a fun place to visit! Thanks.

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  26. JollyRoger

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So many delicious options. Would be great to go with a group so you can try everything. Sake flights were excellent! We sat at the bar and watched the kitchen at work; everyone was so calm and seemed to enjoy what they do. Would definitely go back if we were in the area again!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, great menu and overall a really good vibe. Highly recommend!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food everything was incredible but I asked them to put a phrase when I ordered my dessert and I expected it to be there or to let me know that they weren't going to be able to do it

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    With all the hype on social media about this place, we decided to try it despite of some friend’s advice that food wasn’t too great and it was pricey. Friend was right. Food was ok. It wasn’t really what I have expected it to be. Closed to being bland and a bit pricey. I don’t mind paying this much if the food was tasty and delicious but it was not yummy☹️☹️☹️

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  30. MarR

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible ambiance-even better food. Very high quality proteins with delicious and creative pairings. As you step through the doors, you feel like you’ve walked into a trendy uptown or downtown venue. Very cool vibe with outstanding food. A definite must go.

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  31. AndF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible experience- food, air quality and above all the service. TERRIBLE

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  32. arpl17

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch was amazing! This has quickly become one of me and my bfs favourite spots with their dinner menu and when we heard they were now doing a brunch special we had to try it out!! 10/10 would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good brunch spot and ofc dinner spot 😍😍

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yokai is seriously my favourite place to come to in Vaughan! The ambience is super cool, the food & drinks are delicious & most importantly the staff is remarkable!!! The service is unlike any other place I have been to. The bartender Sam and server Shar are exceptional, as I deal with them most often when I visit. However, all staff members are all super friendly and kind & go above and beyond to make your night great. Their amazing service and hospitality is the reason I keep coming back. Highly recommend!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately we were kicked out early as server said out table was booked for another seating all the while no one showed up! We were being rushed out for no reason. Very disappointed as I was the one who suggested the place to my friends

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  35. pat77

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time. Our server was amazing we had a blast. The food was awesome we ordered a ton of stuff and shared everything. Drinks on par, we will be back.

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  36. MichaelX

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, nice vibe but poor food quality. Yokai probably has the most bored and below average food taste among all Izakayas in GTA. Don’t be fooled by the ambience and the look of their dishes, you can definitely make one with better quality by your own at home.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very nice restaurant! great ambiance and 10/10 food! must try the wagyu sliders and lobster tacos! will definitely be going back.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's an amazing little spot in Vaughn. Great drinks, amazing food, exceptional service.

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  39. MOLLY

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was excited to go here for my birthday brunch. I had ordered the matcha pancakes, lobster tacos, big breakfast and the wagyu steak and eggs and the matches latte. The matcha pancake was good had a Lil crunch to it with the little cereal inside. The lobster taco was delicious. The big breakfast was just normal but the honey butter fries was my favorite. The wagyu steak with the chimichurri sauce was very bland, not sure if the chef forgot to add salt. Had to ask for salt and hot sauce.... I went to the washroom. I love the theme and how they had Google to play any song you want. Price was I think I could got better brunch at another place but it was a good experience. Would like to come back and try the dinner menu.

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  40. Jasmine

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing. Loved her energy and attentiveness. Wish I remembered her name because it’s so worth mentioning. The restaurant was smaller than expected so I definitely recommend reservations because it gets full quick. The music was amazing, I’m still trying to figure out whose playlist was on. Food was fantastic and drinks were too. I’ve already planned a visit to try brunch.

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FAQs

Yokai Izakaya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Yokai Izakaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 930-2623.

Yokai Izakaya is rated 4.7 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Yokai Izakaya

3175 Rutherford Rd, Unit 28, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Y6

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Highway 400 & Rutherford Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Vaughan
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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