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Bay & Dundas

Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant

(2 reviews)

Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant is located near Eaton Centre, on the corner of Dundas Street West and Elizabeth Street. It took over another sushi restaurant and now offers All You Can Eat (AYCE) sushi.

143 Dundas Street West
416.585.2223 | website

// rating

fred7 / 10
brann/a / 10

Review Date: October 14, 2009

I pass by this place almost every day on my way to work. At first it was a traditional sushi restaurant that I can’t remember the name of. Then within the last 6 months noticed it changed names and has become an “all you can eat” style sushi restaurant. This time I was meeting an old university friend for dinner at 7pm. The place is pretty standard looking. It wasn’t busy when we got there but slowly started to fill up over the next hour or so. The AYCE dinner is set at $18.99 per person and each table gets a sheet of paper with a number of items listed on it and a pen. Beside the item you want, just write down how many. Pretty simple. We just ordered a wide selection of tempura, rolls sashimi and sushi. The tea we got must have been sitting around for awhile because it was lukewarm at best. The next batch was much better. The food came out very fast and was fairly fresh. I wasn’t expecting any miracles here and didn’t get any.

The food tasted fine, nothing spectacular but what do you expect at an AYCE place? Service was extremely prompt and they refilled our green tea at record pace, much like the Mandarin restaurants water refilling techniques. One thing that we never found out was if they charge you for any left food. We only left around 3 pieces so I guess that’s why nothing was mentioned by the waitress. Overall I give it a 7 out of 10.

So, what, my phone, email, IM, Twitter, and every other way of getting a hold of me were all not working?

Um…it must have gone to your junk/spam folder….yeah that’s what must have happened…

Please comment on your experiences at Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant, below


12 comments for “Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant”

  1. Went there for lunch with friends – pretty good sushi menu. Loved the tempura sushi – and very delicious miso soup. But it’s Very busy on Fridays for lunch, so go another day :)

    Posted by LatinGoddess | February 5, 2010, 12:16 pm
  2. I got the Bento Box Salmon Teriyaki ($14.99) and it was SO GOOD. The salad was good. The dumplings were alright (too fried in my opinion). Tempura was good. The salmon was AAAAAMAAAAAZING. The tea refilling also very fast and frequent, I like that. Overall though, everything was awesome.

    Posted by Lola | February 13, 2010, 11:24 am
  3. While the rating is 7 out of 10, Kyoto House offers very good value for the price you pay. It probably appeals to the university crowd.

    Don’t you think, Brandon?

    Posted by Darrell | May 6, 2010, 12:46 pm
  4. We frequently go to Kyoto House for all-you-can-eat sushi. Some might even say we go there excessively. They are usually quick to serve their food, I didn’t get sick from their food, and their service was not abysmal. More importantly, this restaurant was convenient to walk to after work.

    However, there was an incident that happened on the night of December 23, 2010; and after learning of our experience you will come to realize how we could never come back to that restaurant again. We ordered our usual platter of sashimi that night. Upon reaching for a piece of white tuna sashimi, there was a single strand of pubic hair on the underside of the fish. Trying to rationalize the discovery, my friend and I suggested that the hair could have fallen off of somebody’s head, or perhaps it was from a beard. But after a quick scan around the restaurant, none of the kitchen or hosting staff had hair that resembled the indisputably coarse and wavy texture of pubic hair.

    After hailing the waitress, we told and unveiled to her the pubic hair and the tainted sashimi piece. The waitress was quick to remove the offending platter, and promptly showed the three sushi chefs (while being carefully scrutinized by myself; since the sushi bar is open to the rest of the dining area). I was apalled to find that they all chuckled over the incident like little schoolgirls, until they realized that they were in an open kitchen and scanned the restaurant; Upon locking into my discerning glare, they correct themselves and the waitress reapproaches our table to offer a deal. To compensate us for our atrocious finding, they were going to graciously waive us the HST of 13% off of our bill. While dry-heaving and holding back vomit, I began to wonder if she would take me up on the offer of giving her $2.47 if she allowed my friend and I to spectate while she ingested the unsightly hair with a piece of white tuna growing off the side of it. Instead, I reiterated the fact that we are frequent customers and that 13%off does not equate to the repulsive experience we had that night. I further asked to speak with the manager. The waitress comes back with someone who seemed to be another fellow waitress and she was quick to comp the meal for myself, but not my friend. It was infuriating to know that this was the best that they could do. As we leave the restaurant, one of the kitchen staff gives me a smirk…

    needless to say, complaint filed to DineSafe, food premises inspection and disclosure. for better or worse, i can safely say that I will never be going back to Kyoto House for japanese food again.

    -the writer is currently undergoing careful reintroduction of japanese foods into his dietary regimen; checking both sides before consumption

    Posted by Ray | January 2, 2011, 7:45 am
  5. AVOID THIS PLACE!! Firstly i will give it its one star only because there food will get your belly full!!! Tho you DONT want your belly full with this food!!
    I went here for my birthday at around midday for all you can eat Sushi, 8 Hours later ON MY BIRTHDAY i was hugging the Toilet for the next 24 hrs! ( had not drunk booze at all that day ). Food poising to the worst i have ever had!!
    I did not relate the two and had just thought i had a Tummy Bug but then today my roommate and I go their and now 8 hrs later ( its 1am) he is around the toilet bowel vomiting everything he has got! This is NOT a coincidence, their kitchen smells off and though they make it “fresh in front of you” how long has these meats been sitting out for and how many times have they been frozen!

    For your own sake do NOT go to this place!!!! IT seems busy quite allot of the time, but i guarantee no one ever goes back!


    Posted by Dane | January 10, 2011, 9:41 pm
  6. Not sure why the last posts are trying to slam this restaurant- possibly competitors? We go all the time and we have never had sickness or any other issues. We love the food!

    Posted by tammy | October 23, 2011, 1:12 pm
  7. Is this a good AYCE sushi in downtown? NEED SOME SUGGESTION, i’m going to eat here next weekend. thanks

    Posted by astrid | January 21, 2012, 12:15 am
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    Posted by Japango Sushi & Noodle Restaurants » Sushi Toronto | February 18, 2012, 12:47 pm
  9. Posting this from my toilet. Been sitting here for 2.5 hours due to food poisoning. PLEASE exercise caution when eating at this place!

    Posted by Kevin | March 28, 2012, 6:20 am
  10. I don’t think it’s the food that causes food poisoning. I’ve been there three times and nothing has ever happened. Your food poisoning is most likely from your eating a combination of food. If you have the tempura, ice cream and tea together, you will get diarrhea. Just make sure you don’t eat everything on the menu.

    Posted by Person | April 4, 2012, 11:57 pm
  11. Girlfriend and I both ate here monday night and experienced awful food poisoning, vomiting and diahrea all through the night. Would not recomend.

    Posted by Chris | February 20, 2013, 2:48 pm
  12. My friend and I went there on a Saturday, lured in with extremely low prices for AYCE sushi. What you get is decently prepared, fresh food. There’s no beer on tap, but there’s a reasonable beer bottle selection that will be served in an Ikea glass. Sushi selection seems genuine, with the exception of their white tuna which is probably escolar..


    The service is TRULY horrible. I felt like the staff literally didn’t want any of their customer be present that night. For example, I asked what their beer selection was, and was given the grumpiest look possibly by their waitress. For this reason alone, I do not recommend this restaurant.

    Posted by Remi | July 23, 2013, 1:32 am

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