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John & Sons Oyster House

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Downtown Toronto
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56 Temperance Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3V5, Canada (Bay and Adelaide)
King or Queen Station
4167035111
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown is out of the way from the hustle and...
John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown is out of the way from the hustle and bustle of the financial core but at the same time right in the middle of it, hidden away. From ducking down our little street, you feel as though you are doing something deliciously wicked. When you walk in the door of our 40 seat joint, you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon the best speakeasy in town and you’re getting away with flouting all the rules while everyone else behaves. You may think you’ll only have a few oysters and a quick drink while you’re there, but everything around you conspires to make you want to stay longer. Our fare varies according to the time of year, coastal fishing quotas and weather conditions. We can always shuck to order from a selection of 5-10 different Oysters daily, drawn from both our own beds in P.E.I. and the best growers in Canada, the USA and further abroad.
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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere and food

This is a really great restaurant in Toronto which deserves so much more recognition. Whilst I found the menu to be limited in choice, I have to say the food was very, very good. The oysters in particular, were just fantastic and we felt the need to order another platter before our main arrived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
jdesou
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London
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  • Entertaining clients
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London
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is a really great restaurant in Toronto which deserves so much more recognition. Whilst I found the menu to be limited in choice, I have to say the food was very, very good. The oysters in particular, were just fantastic and we felt the need to order another platter before our main arrived. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive... More 

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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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147 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My Lord those smelts have unbelievable aroma and even better taste. Had 7 different oysters combined with great service. All Toronto visitors and locals need to drop in here for a real treat. Don't order the crispy fish and chips cause you will become addicted

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I love seafood and if you do too I would strongly recommend. From the bisque to the main entree I was not disappointed and my husband isn till talking about it. A bit expensive for a regular jaunt but great from time to time.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

After travelling extensively, I am always trying to find a cool little spot, where locals go. It's hard to find these places but this is the place. If you are staying downtown Toronto and want a vibrant little joint with friendly staff, this is the place and fresh food.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Visited this restaurant by chance and will definitely return. The oysters selection was vast and each variety tasted better than the next. Super size on many. Bartender went out of his way to educate us. Tuna tartare can't be beat. We will definitely return to this local Toronto establishment. Next visit - the fish and chips which I hear, are... More 

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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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147 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Great German lager on draft followed by choice of 6 kinds of fresh oysters in which I enjoyed 15. The smelts with curry salt were extremly tasty so I had 2 orders. John and sons is da bomb. Thanks to great service as well from Ashley, and Kendall and of course John.

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Toronto/Summerlin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Start with an assorted oyster platter. There really is a difference between those little gushy morsels. It's almost like a wine or beer tasting , only much more delicious. For your main course , don't waste any time looking at the menu. Just order the Tuna BLT. It's a 28 dollar piece if paradise. I believe this sandwich inspired the... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This amazing little oyster house is tucked down a short lane way off the beaten path of bay street. Great selection of fresh oysters from the east and west coasts. The steamed mussels are also great, but stay for the clam chowder! They also offer a very good wine list and super friendly staff.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Lovely food and beer. Fantastic seafood - fresh and delicious. Sat at the bar and service was great!

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Toronto, Canada
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164 reviews 164 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Came here on a double date. We all loved everything. I especially loved the oysters. Everything is very flavourful and presented well. Servers are quick and pleasant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 56 Temperance Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3V5, Canada
    (Bay and Adelaide)
  • Public Transportation: King or Queen Station
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • Phone Number: 4167035111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

Description

John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown is out of the way from the hustle and bustle of the financial core but at the same time right in the middle of it, hidden away. From ducking down our little street, you feel as though you are doing something deliciously wicked. When you walk in the door of our 40 seat joint, you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon the best speakeasy in town and you’re getting away with flouting all the rules while everyone else behaves. You may think you’ll only have a few oysters and a quick drink while you’re there, but everything around you conspires to make you want to stay longer. Our fare varies according to the time of year, coastal fishing quotas and weather conditions. We can always shuck to order from a selection of 5-10 different Oysters daily, drawn from both our own beds in P.E.I. and the best growers in Canada, the USA and further abroad.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?