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John & Sons Oyster House - Uptown
John & Sons Oyster House - Uptown

John & Sons Oyster House - Uptown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnandsonsoysterhouse.com
  • Phone: (416) 515-0551
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch; Monday to Friday 11:30am to 4:00pm
    Brunch/Lunch; Saturday 10:30am to 3:00pm

    Dinner; Monday to Tuesday 4:00pm to 10:00pm
    Wednesday to Saturday 4:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yonge and St. Clair
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from John & Sons Oyster House - Uptown
John & Sons Oyster House - Uptown is located in Toronto, our focus is on Oysters and Seafood but we do offer some non-seafood items.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "The oyster selection was great, as was the "east coast platter" which gives you a good deal if you're ordering large quantities of oysters and you don't mind sampling from different regions. The appetizers, though, were very disappointing. My partner ordered the lobster lettuce cups which were not properly cut (wrong shape), way too salty, and lacking in creaminess for balance. My clam chowder was also too salty and contained too much potato."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great place for oysters and cocktails. Food is good but the reason to come back is for the selection of oysters!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service is awesome on a normal day but with summerlicious, i felt rushed and the food (fish overcooked and chips soggy) sub par. I'll be sure to make reso's at J&S outside of summer/winterlicious. Thanks"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went for summerlicious and the appetizers we had were great. Especially the crab cake, it was awesome. I ordered 3pcs of oysters to start, it was fresh but abit small. I had the nicoise for main. I love tuna, but I didn't like the way they cooked it. Overall it was okay.. Average..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I go to John & Sons quite a bit and have never had a complaint. It's one of my favorite place. But I went during summerliscious and was disappointed. I took a friend who had never been and highly recommended the fish & chips: very little fish and too much batter. I had the black cod which was extremely mushy. and the cheese cake was part frozen part watery. I am hoping this was a side effect of Summerliscious."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been to John & Sons oyster House- Uptown a few times, this time we came for Summerlicious and I was very disappointed. The food was not as good as usual, the service was very slow (over 1 1/2hrs for lunch), I would come back again but not for Summerlicious."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went for lunch with my husband. We ordered Oyster and Chowder for appetizer, Fish & Chip and Shrimp Taco for main, Donut and Lemon Square for dessert. Shrimp taco was not what we expected and the tastes ok, but everything else was outstanding. The atmosphere is really nice and romantic. My husband will take me out for dinner one day. Definitely good for oyster lovers!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Came for Summerlicious --- menu was good but not great! More interesting fish choices would have been good!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is good, but the service is minimal. Our food takes forever to come without explanation. No one will replenish the drinks. I cannot locate my server to ask for refills."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I visited john and sons for the first time 2 days ago for summerlicious all excited. Oyster was very nice with variety of sauces. I loved the atmosphere too but when i ordered fish and chips for main and when the dish arrived, the fish was too small and burnt (brown). I did not complain, decided to try. Couldnt even use my knife to cut it because it was too crispy. And it was all breading. Hardly any fish! Looked at other tables and others seemed fine. Are all dishes supposed to be this different?!! i wouldve complained if they came to ask how my food was but restaurant seemed busy. I ended up eating 3 oysters, crispy breading, a brownie and a diet coke for 30 dollars. If you go ask for golden yellow fish and chips with some fish inside."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I just moved to the area a few months ago and this is a pleasant surprise to find. 3 of us tried the Summerlicious prix fixe menu and we all loved the food. Although the portions were not ver large, I left feeling full without being stuffed. We had calamari as well which was delicious. Reservations are highly recommended. We were there on a Tuesday night for an 8:00 p.m. dinner and the place was packed. It's not a bar per se, but the ambiance is very vibrant and lively. 2 of us had the steak & frites which was excellent. The maple doughnut was good but not sure if it's something I'd have again -- perhaps if it came with a dollop of home made vanilla ice cream, I'd reconsider :)"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The fish batter was the best I've experienced, also the dressing on the coldslaw. Liked the atmosphere and the service was exceptionable."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, although they did not have their regular menu during summerlicious. It was hot in the resturant, not sure the air conditoner was working and we were sitted next to the washroom which we did not enjoy. In addition there were a lot of flies. We took our friends to this resturant hoping they would love it. We all had the same impression."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "However I was underwhelmed with the food. The shrimp app was bland and the cod entree was ok, but not $28 good. Pricey for average tasting food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our first restaurant for this year's summerlicious. It was also my first visit to the restaurant and it was an extremely pleasant experience. Our server was friendly and funny, his personality was really memorable - it was a great bonus. The lobster and crab soup was heavenly - I highly recommend it. For the main course I ordered steak - and I must admit I am a "tough customer" when it comes to the way it is prepared. I like it medium or medium/rare and at Fred's not here it was prepared exactly as I ordered it. I know that seems like such a simple requirement but I find that this is a weak or tricky spot very many restaurants. I had cheesecake for desert, it was good enough but nothing that would make it stand out for me."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had the Summerlicious selection which was excellent! We dined with one other couple. We did find the house wines a bit pricey per glass but the food and presentation was great! We enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was great! Except the fact that I found my fries over salted."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a Summerlicious lunch at John & Son this week. The food was terrific (especially the sprats which I love and which do not often appear on menus) and the service friendly if a bit slow. However, the noise levels were almost unbearable. The restaurant design with high ceilings and exposed ducts baffles none of the noise. Our discomfort was increased further by a large group of young women who yelled and shrieked almost all the time. I doubt I will return. Too bad as I loved the food."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Usually love this place. However the night of July 8 when I complained to manager re:my absolutely flat Prosecco, he argued with me and said he had poured it from a just opened bottle and begrudgingly brought me another glass, which gratefully was totally bubbly and clearly from another bottle. He said "it must have been the glass". He had NO people skills and this was the MANAGER!!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "There are a number of things that are disappointing about this place. 1. No patio. 2. Real lack of public parking in the area. 3. Summerlicious menu is made up of smaller portions of regular items. 4. Decor is 50s diner meets Captain Highliner. 5. Portions are TINY. 6. I'm easy going when it comes to dress codes, but in my view, any restaurant that has a wine list (even one as disappointing as this), should not allow their serving staff to wear baseball caps. 7. Food is not cheap, which is of course connected to the size of the portions. On the plus side, apparently the oysters were quite tasty and the servers were quite attentive. This place came highly recommended, but in the end, there are better places in the city to get oysters."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great spot to have a group meet for lunch. We went for Summerlicious. Oyster appetizer was excellent. Good choice for main course and excellent deserts."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "It was my second visit to John's and as usual it never disappoints. They had a great summerlicious menu from which we both chose the oysters, fish and chips and lemon tart. All were a hit. The service was fast and attentive and its become a favourite spot."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Toronto is lacking in good centrally located fish restaurants. Now we have one. Nice menu, freshly prepared and moderately priced."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent service. Great special 3 course lunch menu for $20! Wine by the glass a little pricey, but the beer was reasonable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My friend and I went here for lunch on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised by the place. We especially liked that the patio had a secluded beach home feel to it. I especially recommend the shrimp tacos. It had such a light yet savoury taste to it, we are definitely going to bring our significant others to the place soon!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had an 8:30 seating on the first night of Summerlicious and were told, after deciding on the nicoise, that they were all out. Surprised and a little disappointed, we ordered the only other two options available. While waiting we noticed the tables seated after us got bread, but we had not received any. I could have asked for some but our waitress, after taking our orders did not return for the rest of the night. Our food came and it was perfectly acceptable. Nothing bad but nothing to rave about. About 10 minutes in, the table beside us received their orders (they had come in and ordered after us), and to our surprise the nicoise came out. Poor service the whole night really ruined the experience. Would not return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I went for summerlicious event. The Food quality was not bad, but it was not that great. It was $35 for each. Nonetheless, I was still very hungry when I finished my dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "You can't call yourself an oyster house with only 4 - 5 types of oysters on hand. The menu lists a few dozen and only a handful available. We waited 20 mins before our wine came - after the appetizers. It appeared to be understaffed and not very friendly. We'll go back to Pure Spirits for oysters."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and we were both a bit disappointed especially because they knew it was a special occasion and gave us lack luster service. Nobody greeted us for about 10 minutes and when she finally did it was very brief and impersonal. I did not expect this kind of service from such a beautiful restaurant. My fish and chips was okay but nothing spectacular, his lobster poutine was just too heavy and should not be served an an entree. I highly doubt we would visit here again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I went here for my birthday dinner with my husband and three sons. The service was fast, food was delicious, and the atmosphere warm and friendly. I'm delighted that this restaurant is in my neighbourhood and plan to go back again soon. I have already told many of my friends about how much I enjoyed my meal and I'm sure they will try it out soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "great seafood. super fresh and delicious. only issue was our waitress seemed a bit standoffish and didn't seem very approachable, we didn't let that ruin our night and had a great evening enjoying the outstanding seafood."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We were there as a party of 3, tables are quite tight, so you'll have to manage to squeeze yourself in. Our server took our drink orders, cane back with the drinks and we ordered our food. We noticed every table had a bottle of water and bread to start with. Just not ours. It was a busy night and they seemed understaffed. I moved on. A platter of oysters came and the server asked us if we needed thw sauce tray to stay, we said yes, she walked away. Same thing for next table, and server didnt even ask if they needed the sauce tray, just brought one over and started explaining about the sauces. At that point I just felt she is deliverately ignoring us. We could never find her unless she comes by. This was obviously relfected on her tip."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and it was pretty good. Unfortunately, not this time! Horrible service! No drink order taken for twenty minutes! No order of any kind taken, unless we stopped a passerby on the way to the kitchen. Stuck in the very back corner even though we requested a patio seat and had a reservation. We asked to move and were rudely told, the patio was fully reserved! (It sat empty all night). Honestly, the food was ok, excluding the fact that all of my oysters had bits of shell in them! I thought this was an oyster bar! They can't shuck?! Scallops were delicious if you don't mind paying $25 for three bites. Overall, I am disappointed. $400 bucks for three of us on a girls night. I'm not returning. I'm not down with that...."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Food was a little over priced, restaurant was too loud, just meh."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had a great dinner. Food is excellent and our waiter was good, especially with the kids BUT, have the following complaints: 1) Did not bring us bread - other tables did and with hungry children, this is important - we had to ask for it ourselves 2) Steak ordered for one of the kids was overcooked - we ordered medium rare and it came medium well - so had to wait for another one to be made which is not the best when it's a kid waiting 3) We went to try the special that was on for burger week only for them to tell us that they were all out and then serve the burger special to the table beside that sat down after us. That was definitely not cool!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The manager seemed up tight. The Lobster poutine was not heated through....the cheese curds were not melted...seemed sloppy..thrown together. Like the manager Disappointing for the amount of money we spent!!!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Had a great time with the gals.............Oysters and Tuna Tartare were excellent!! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant in the past and had a good experience however this was not the case this time. We booked at 9p.m. RSVP. It took awhile to get our drinks initially and then the service was slow for the first part of our meal. The oysters and our appetizers were great, the main entrees where less so (grilled shrimp and steak & frites). We ended up getting dessert and coffee after our meal which was around 11p.m. and they clearly wanted us to pay up and leave. We had staff come to the table every 5 mins asking if we needed any else to the point where we got annoyed and paid and left. Horrible service experience - ruined the night. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I love coming to John and Sons - just a great all round experience… food, service, decor… it can get a little loud, but thats just everyone having a great time and it doesnt inhibit a conversation… Two fonzie thumbs up… "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "3rd time here. Oysters were great, but Zee Grill is better for that. Also, J&S doesn't have an oyster list, and the waiters don't memorize what's available, so you get the feeling they buy what they can and then FIFO regardless of variety. Hmm. Service is good, but not great. Scallops with pea purée and fiddleheads was excellent. Will return!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014