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Yokai Izakaya, Vaughan, ON

Yokai Izakaya

4.6
4.6
64 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
A high energy contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar serving spirit-forward drinks and delectable bites.

We are currently not serving alcohol.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • 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 64 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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    Best Ambiance

  • York

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. KL

    KentL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I visited Yokai to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we had a fantastic experience. All of the staff were energetic and helpful, and the manager, Chris, made sure to come by personally to congratulate us and make sure that everything was going smoothly. The low lighting and house DJ gives the restaurant a more trendy and downtown-y ambiance than most places in Vaughan, which makes it a great hang-out spot without the annoying commute down. The food came out quickly and tasted amazing, with the Godzilla Tails, Yokai Signature Maki, and Chocolate "Tokyo Banana" Cake being some of our favourites. We will definitely be back to work our way through the entire menu!
  2. TB

    TreyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These guys were amazing. Great and friendly staff and the tunes were on point. We will definitely be back with more friends!
  3. NL

    NickL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely fantastic. Chef Rob Yu and his team were quick, efficient, and sustained quality throughout the whole dining experience. The service was quick and professional, yet friendly and informative. If you enjoy genuine Asian cuisine, a great atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and artisans, then Yokai is the place for you.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful experience at the Vaughan location, from the love DJ, ambience , service ( Virginia was awesome ) and the food quality taste and options 💯value for money …Will recommend ✨💯
  5. a

    adithip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food, Great service and great esthetic! Definitely will return
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my husband came here on a date night and everything was amazing from the food to the ambiance Definitely recommend to all my friends.
  7. DU

    DavidU

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and cool ambiance. Well worth it. My new favourite restaurant in Vaughan
  8. d

    domicha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, Yokai is top notch in dining. From great decor, ambiance, and most importantly food - they have their ducks in a row. The menu is meant for sharing and the portions are sizeable/fair. My favs were the Wagyu Sliders and the Short Ribs, so good. Try this place out, you won’t regret it. Shoutouts to the chef!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If your looking to have a great time with some great food, check it out. No cap... straight fire.
  10. M

    Megs

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food, vibe, service. 10/10 would recommend!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Best thing we got was the Brussels sprouts but even then those were burnt. Our toast for the beef tartare was burnt. The sweet corn croquette lacked a lot of flavour. Wagyu sliders was soft but still lacked flavour. Our server recommended us the fries as they compliment well with the wagyu sliders however they were just regular fries. Salmon Tartare we ordered was just average as well. Will not be coming back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our night at Yokai. Food was amazing, our waitress and other staff went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time. But I must note that the music was quite loud. Our waitress tried to make it less loud, but we still had to raise our voices significantly to talk. But overall great place and we’ll visit again, just maybe not on weekend evenings.
  14. TO

    TOlion

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and service. All the dishes were very salty.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The food was great. Sadly some of the menu items weren’t available when I came in, was really looking forward to the Ramen. But glad my server suggested the Nikomi Nabe. It was really pleasant. The wagyu slider was sweeter than what I was expecting but it was great! And the signature maki was amazing as expected. For the price i feel like it was on the pricier side. Maybe i was excpeting for more bec they were everywhere on ig. Also dont feel like this place is stroller/wheel chair friendly.
  16. S

    Shaina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. My fiancé and I celebrated our anniversary and loved everything. The wagyu sliders and signature maki were especially delicious and the dessert was to die for! Thank you
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I live 10 mins away and decided to try this new place out. We went for lunch time during the weekdays so it was perfectly empty… They didn’t have their alcohol license yet so no amazing drinks however they were able to serve me a Sapporo beer hahaha Mocktails was good! Food, out of the 7-8 dishes only 3 were good… Brussel sprouts were over cooked, The rib eye steak dish I cant remember the name but it had some sort of vegetable or something on the side with it and it was very bitter not good at all. They also had some dishes that were either not available or sold out. I only enjoyed the french fries, shrimp mayo, and sushi. However the service and atmosphere of the restaurant was really amazing. Really trippy washroom hallway with the Mirrors. Overall they just need to improve with the food and everything will be amazing. It is a brand new restaurant so it’s understandable.
  18. AB

    ABC96

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    🔥🔥🔥🔥 it was amazing would def come back and recommend to friends n fam
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a must see in Vaughan! Loved it!
  20. DK

    DenaK

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We really loved this new trendy modern place! Service was best I had for a long time! Helpful Friendly and efficient! Food was very good and presented very well! Decor was really cool with a cozy cool patio! Definitely going back!
  21. k

    klovesfood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!! Such an awesome atmosphere -- Refreshing combination of professional & personable. Passionate staff & creations, everything we ordered tasted as great as it looked! Lots of love for Yokai Izakaya <33 Keep doing what your doing <3
  22. SP

    SaidieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely delicious food, and the service was so friendly, everyone was so nice
  23. J

    Jeniseating

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Everything was delicious.
  24. O

    Omiominomnom

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good with kids. Only had three menu items but they were each fantastic. Value felt great, but that was with beers on special
  25. JG

    JuliaG

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Me and my boyfriend went for a date but it was way too loud to speak as the sat is right in front of the speaker. The food was great but the service wasn’t great at all. I had to constantly flag down waiters to order food, water refill, desert menu and for the bill. I believe it was the manager who was the only person that came up to us to ask how the food was. That would be the only downside. If the service was better and consistent I would’ve gave a 5 star rating.
  26. HR

    HRLL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real fun place with good food. Live DJ jamming too!
  27. DS

    DanniS

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Umami fries and Hamachi ceviche were good. The octopus starter was slimey and extremely chewy. Didn't seem super fresh. The beef tartare had an unappetizing grey tinge to it. Perhaps this is from the asazuke process but nevertheless was a bit offputting. Was served with bread that was burnt. The miso black cod was missing some miso flavour but was tasty as were the veggies that were served with it. It is quite a small portion, so if this is your main dish, you will need some heavier apps before. The duck skewers were extremely chewy and sinewy and very difficult to eat. Overall, there wasn't enough standout dishes to warrant another outing to this restaurant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The food was either too salty or had no flavour at all. All the recommendations on the menu were mediocre. The only yummy item was the maki roll
  29. AY

    AYAHAFO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Really disappointed with the food, and they told us after we sat down that they didn’t have a liquor license. Staff was good but it was very loud. I would not go back.
  30. SL

    SophieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was super delicious. I asked for a Nicholas Cage placemat as a joke and they genuinely delivered and I got it. Also the food itself was super delicious. The overall look of the restaurant as well, super cool. I need to bring all my friends over to show what a cool place I ate at.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We ordered a lot of food to try everything and everything was too salty. Had to drink a lot of water after

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 29, 2022Hi Friend! Thanks so much for taking the time to write to us - we take our service and quality really seriously and we're so sorry you had a salty experience! We are still in our first few weeks and are working out the kinks! If you're up to giving us another chance please get in touch! ~ Yokai Izakaya

  32. D

    Donpro

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice place. Not typical Japanese (sushi). Food was very good as was the service.

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 29, 2022Thanks so much for coming! Hope to see you again soon! ~ Yokai

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and staffs are friendly. There are lots of selections on the menu from raw to cooked. Ingredients are fresh and tasty. Recommend the beef tartare, salmon tartare, Caesar salad and beef tataki (so yummy)! Although they don’t have the alcohol license yet, there are good selections of non-alcoholic drinks. Will try the hot food on the menu next time.
  34. Y

    Yummy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Music is a bit too loud; more club like than izakaya. Nice decor, good service. Food is decent but not wowed.

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 29, 2022Thanks for coming Yummy! Hope to wow you next time ;) ~ Yokai

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for diner on a Friday night! We sat in front of the chef, it was a fun experience! Staff was amazing and food too! I recommend you make a reservation before coming, they are really busy.

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 29, 2022Thanks so much for coming! Hope to see you again soon! ~ Yokai

  36. T

    Teena

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great customer service. Pretty place. Food presentation was 10/10… food was good. Patio is so pretty. Great for date night or a few friends but not suitable for bigger parties.

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 26, 2022Thanks so much Teena! Hope to see you again soon! :) ~ Yokai

  37. C

    Chris

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique take on Japanese Izakaya. A welcome gem in Vaughan. Incredible service and immersive atmosphere!

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 29, 2022Thanks so much for coming Chris! Hope to see you again soon! ~ Yokai

  38. F

    Fern

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We dined on the covered patio during a very dramatic thunderstorm and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating as the rain came in on the sides. We all had to move, keep wiping tables, getting fresh plates... and it was all done with good spirit and efficiency as we all laughed about the lightning and claps of thunder literally on top of us. The food was fantastic: creative, unusual and delicious. We loved it all! We had the 48 hour angus short rib, the ebi nori risotto, the ume brussel sprouts, and the yokai signature maki. I'm ready to go back and try other things on the menu. The panna cota and green tea were the perfect end to a wonderful meal. And I didn't even mention the imaginative rest rooms! The restaurant just opened. Go ahead and support it!

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 23, 2022Fern!!! Thank YOU for being such a good sport haha!! Fingers crossed your next visit is sunny and clear skies :) ~ Yokai

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant had a nice ambience and modern aesthetic. Great food and service from the staff.

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon! :)

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends - the place was so cool!! Definitely going to become a local favourite.

    Yokai IzakayaResponded on August 23, 2022Thanks so much for coming!! Can't wait to host you again! ~ Yokai

FAQs

Yokai Izakaya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 930-2623.

Yokai Izakaya is rated 4.6 stars by 64 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 14 times today
Google Map for Yokai Izakaya

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highway 400 &amp; Rutherford Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Vaughan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • 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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