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Big Daddy'S Crab Shack And Oyster Bar

212 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
(416) 599-5200
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Ranked #107 of 6,639 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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English first
Barrie, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Dropped in for dinner on a Saturday night. The restaurant was fairly quiet and we were seated right away. Unfortunately they are not able to source alligator currently so we had crab cakes and mussels for appetizers. Very good and nicely seasoned. For mains we had seafood fettuccine and the shrimp and chicken etouffee. For dessert we had creme brulee... More

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Halifax, Canada
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I had wanted to give this place a try for a while, and finally got around to it on our recent trip to Toronto. We came for lunch, and ate inside, as it was way too hot for the patio. The restaurant was quiet, with a nice atmosphere. Our server was friendly and attentive, and our food came out fast.... More

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NH
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Looking for a good lunch stop we happened across Big Daddy's. We saw it quite busy at night at we know why: a NOLA feel and taste. The flavors were authentic and the menu was varied. We would come back!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Oysters were GREAT! Nice atmosphere, great service. The entrees were just ok. I had ravioli, guy had a steak. Nothing to brag about but no complaints either. Was just a welcoming, unpretentious, relaxing place.

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This was some of the best Cajun food I've had in my life. We were only able to be seated at the bar. It's a "garden view" (aka underground) restaurant. But what it lacks in view it makes up for in quality of food.

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Mississauga, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We have been to New Orleans more than once, so had a point of comparison. Like New Orleans itself this restaurant does not make gourmet food. But if you like Seafood and the N'Orleans flavors you will like Big Daddy. The atmosphere was laid back; while we were there the service was extremely friendly and attentive, but we were never... More

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place is a great watering hole and an amazing oyster bar. The staff is cheerful, upbeat and helpful. The atmosphere is best appreciated as intimate setting by romancing couples or by groups of easy going carousing groups. Located at King St W. and Simcoe Street in the heart of the entertainment district, this is a fun place to hit.

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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Had a lovely meal outside on the patio! I would recommend the Naughty Girl cocktail to start. The calamari was fresh and perfectly cooked and the oysters come with a selection of possible sauces. The crab cakes were delicious as was the creole style rice. One in our party ordered the Big Daddy Mixed Platter...the bacon wrapped scallops were delicious...... More

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Kitchener, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Dinner was recommended at Big Daddys and exceeded expectations. Located in heart of T.O. offering a patio or subterranean dining.(which gives it a Bluesy atmosphere with music to match) Enjoyed the 3 course Prix Fixe ($26) with Jambalaya as the centrepiece. Wine and drink list was broad with prompt and friendly service. I love New Orleans and Big Daddys is... More

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canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Based on all the great reviews about this restaurant, I left a little disheartened. I was there for a retirement party I had arranged, I will say our server was nice, I had the blackened catfish, from the summerliscious menu, it was well seasoned . But the dish was nothing to really write home too much about. And my colleagues... More

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