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Ematei Japanese Restaurant

#519 of 6,762 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Queen Street and West Queen West
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30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A3, Canada
+1 416-340-0472
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:45 - 14:30
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Toronto, Canada
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157 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had never been for dinner all these years but finally took the plunge and went for dinner. MAKE A RESERVATION! We luckily got table many were upset that were turned away...food took longer than usual about 45mins which is not normal...it was during holidays so maybe that's why? LOVE their tempura soba soup, just liek in Japan very hard... More 

Thank Luke242
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a handful of times but I really don't come often enough! When I called to make a reservation, I asked about allergies and the menu. The girl on the phone was very sweet and helpful. The moment I walked in, Sayaka asked me if I was the one she spoke to on the phone as she guided... More 

Thank Kai81212
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Private quiet place with great traditional Japanese food. The most popular dish are the soups (Sukiyaki or Shabu Shabu). They also have a 7 courses menu of a daily selection from the chef.

Thank Geminiano P
Toronto, Canada
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90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

You really have to know about this restaurant, you can't just see it walking down funky Queen Street West. Located on the ground floor of the office building on St Patrick, just off Queen Street, it's very popular with local crowds. Lunches can get busy. They have lunch specials, most $9.50. My favourite is veggie and chicken tempura with rice,served... More 

Thank Toronto_CanadaEurope
Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Recently moved to Toronto. Before I can cook at home, I went to this places multiple times for lunch and supper. The internal decorate is that of Japanese style. The chef and waiters are Japanese. The food is average. Nothing special. But the location and environment are nice. They have private room inside. Service is a bit slow but within... More 

Thank Jim&Iris
Buffalo, New York
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Before sitting down, look at the fake food on a small table at the entrance! Those displays portray the specials. It will help you decide what you want. If you do not know the Japanese names for foods, it makes things a *lot* easier! I dined with a regular, who works at the U.S. Consulate down the street. She told... More 

4 Thank Cross-Culture-Maven
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

We found this one get a lot of good reviews on Yelp, so we tried. The sashimi, BBQ, and noodle soup are all very tasty, and the service is quick and polite.

1 Thank Eno17
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

I'm glad to have rediscovered this little gem. Their staff is top-notch and patient, and the menu is extensive. My Japanese friends love this place and so do I.

1 Thank Kenneth H
Toronto, Canada
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157 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Ematei is in my opinion, one of the best Japanese (real) places for lunch in the city - prices are cheap like around $8.00 for tempura lunch special. I tried something new a tempura soba soup and it was DELICIOUS! The soup took me back to when I have visited Japan. Sushi is good but reminder hs wasabe in it,... More 

1 Thank Luke242
Toronto, Canada
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130 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

Prices are reasonable and the food they serve is quite fresh and delicious. Some interesting options too. The venue offers a different kind of decor and environment too. Would definitely go back.

1 Thank gemgarden

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Neighbourhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-340-0472

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Queen Street and West Queen West
Known as the Art & Design District, West Queen West is one of the most energetic and dynamic of Toronto's neighborhoods. Along with its great modernist museums, clubs, and restaurants, it's home to some of the funkiest specialty shops, ranging from clothing to stationary to collectables, and caters to niche and vintage shoppers of all kinds. That makes it a mecca for creatives, including hobbyists designers, writers, and painters. With ink on their hands and fabric pelts in their bags, visitors to Queen Street traverse the avant-garde blend of historic architecture and ultra-contemporary fare. Home to some of Toronto's chicest hotels and most modish java fixes, busy with street cars, and always suffused with live music drifting onto packed patios at bars and clubs by nightfall, the vibrancy of West Queen West is undeniable.
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