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John & Sons Oyster House

#427 of 6,796 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown West
Seafood, Canadian
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56 Temperance St, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3V5, Canada (Bay and Adelaide)
+1 416-703-5111
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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
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Waterloo, Canada
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I enjoyed a beautiful dinner here. I was instantly taken in by the restaurant's charm and how it's tucked away on a small street that we'd never otherwise travel down. Yes, the wait for the oysters was a while - but it's a small restaurant, and I watched one of the servers shuck the 18 oysters and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is great - I regularly bring clients here. The problem is that the service is really bad - every single time. The servers/bartenders have a holier than thou attitude, they don't check on you, they forget things..it's brutal. I once brought a client who made a difficult oyster order and the female bartender gave her a dirty... More 

Thank Torontocritic33
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect oysters during happy hours, friendly staff and nice place. During our visit of Toronto, the best oyster bar in downtown 👍

Thank Kamil M
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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281 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great homemade burger to go with a lovely cab wine. Service was exceptional as always and atmosphere was real nice

Thank Dave O
Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a working lunch here with a friend. It's a nice little bar with a good range of seafood dishes on the menu. We had a dozen mixed oysters, a great selection with some interesting accompaniments. We also had the scallop ceviche appetizer which was nice, but not amazing, and very small portion size. Fish tacos were tasty. Would go... More 

Thank suzc22
Toronto, Canada
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124 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Went for lunch on a Wednesday with a reservation. It was quite busy. Sat at the Oyster bar, service was excellent throughout. Appetizers were tuna tartare and octopus, mains were fish tacos and lobster roll; all were really good! Highly recommended.

Thank RumRunner65
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Have eaten here a number of times. Great location right near Bay/King. Small space but well laid out and an intimate atmosphere but also fun and vibrant. Great food and great service. Always have the oysters, always a good selection of mains and specials. Wine is reasonable and the service is awesome.

Thank John B
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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281 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017 via mobile

Scallops over mushroom Risotto was dynomite. Also a lovely Quail Scotch egg in honor of Robbie Burns day. Top notch and friendly service. See pics

Thank Dave O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

What a gem this little place is. Tucked away but still in the middle of the financial district. Food was fresh, drinks on point and a focused but quality list of oysters. Can get a little rambunctious but fun.

Thank jdb1220
Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Good oysters but they charge a lot for wine. Octopus was good. Compared to other restaurants their oyster were average which is not bad. The flavor and variety were decent.

Thank dgoldattorney

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Seafood, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 Temperance St, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3V5, Canada
    (Bay and Adelaide)
  • Public Transportation: King or Queen Station
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighborhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-703-5111
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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