Well thought out restaurant,
Well thought out restaurant, not to big but also not intimate. Service was graet food was very good as well. Very pleasant dining experienec will be back soon.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great selection of oysters,
Great selection of oysters, excellent seafood dishes, friendly service. Looking forward to the patio opening.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service was lacking at times.
Service was lacking at times. Still a great environment! Will be back for more oysters.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Oyster sampler platter was
Oyster sampler platter was excellent, fish and chips really good, mussels and frites excellent
The only disappointing thing was the donut dessert-- could have gone to Tim Horton's for that
I will come back but please -- if you're going to offer dessert please do it right
Overall a great evening
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
great service and great food quiet
great service and great food
quiet because it was a MONDAY-we were welcome to sit as long as we wanted
everyone enjoyed the food
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great- amazingly
Food was great- amazingly efficient and attendant server. will definitely go again. With Mogette, Messis and Cravings now a go to.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We LOVE this place! The food
We LOVE this place! The food is always excellent - the freshest oysters! And the lobster poutine is to die for!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tuna tartare is a must!
I'm a seafood lover so was very excited to try John and Sons.We came before the hockey game on Saturday evening and the restaurant was still pretty quiet.We had a beer and a glass of prosecco-a bit overpriced.I was a bit disappointed that they do not offer an oaky Chardonnay by the glass.We ordered the tuna tartare as a starter and it was amazing.It is served 3 ways and will be the main reason we return.The lobster salad was pretty good, though the grapefruit gave it a bitterness that I could have done without.Blood orange would have been more enjoyable but I loved the coconut and lobster chunks.My husband loved the fish and chips and a half order was perfect.We skipped dessert but will come back for ice cream.$80 total for din was worth it
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good here,
The food was very good here, but it is not the spot for an intimate meal. The tables are very close together, so if you are reserving, ask for a booth!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Lobster Poutine was great!
The Lobster Poutine was great! An the oyster selection was very good too. Friendly atmosphere and good food!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely wine, lovely raw oysters;
lovely wine, lovely raw oysters; fantastic lobster poutine.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh seafood and oysters.
Food was very good, so fresh! We did not sit outside, but the patio, which is somewhat protected from the elements, looked inviting.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The only fault was the temperature.
The only fault was the temperature. It would be to hot one moment and then we would feel some cool air for a bit.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oysters were amazing!
This restaurant really excelled at serving fresh, delicious oysters! For that alone I would return. Other non-oyster items were a little hit and miss. Service was a little spotty as our table was severed by 4 different people but it worked out okay.
Good for the great oysters!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
great experience at John and Sons
Besides parking everything else was great! Oysters were fresh. Would totally go there again.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for the first time.
Went there for the first time. We were very happy with everything. The menu does not have too many choices but both of our meals were outstanding as well as the appetizers. Great wines by the glass. Friendly and delicious. Will be back!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun night out!
Went to John & Sons for date night. We had the lobster poutine, seafood chowder, wedge salad, fried oysters, fresh oysters and the donut for desert. All of the food was amazing (especially the poutine and donut). The fresh oysters were crisp and fresh! It was fun listening to the shucker talk about the different varieties of oysters and how they're priced, collected, caught, etc.
It was a busy, but extremely friendly atmosphere!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
overall a good experience
The food was amazing and the patio was private and lovely though a tiny bit loud with the traffic of Yonge St. The staff was super friendly but the service was just a little bit slow (perhaps because we were sitting on the patio). I would certainly return for another shot however.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good ambience; great food!
I finally decided to try out John & Sons for the first time a cople of weeks ago; and was mo than pleased with the experience. The friendly and knowledgeable staff provided excellent service for a most enjoyable afternoon of wine and oysters. The atmosphere is best enjoyed during quiet times to savour food and conversation unless the hubbub of a crowd is your preference. Restaurant was packed in the evening - a good sign of the overall quality experience that John & Sons provides.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sunken, covered outdoor patio
was great! It was nice to sit outside, but tucked away from Yonge Street. Everything we ate was delicious! Fabulous variety of oysters available. Smoked trout appetizer deserves special mention.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner
I took my husband to this restaurant to celebrate his birthday with him. The ambiance was great- cute décor and sweet nautical touches. It was a great renovation from the previous restaurant that had been there. The food was fantastic- fresh ingredients and great flavours. We especially loved the oysters- there were amazing. The desserts were incredible- particularly the freshly baked doughnuts- right out of the oven. Our server was sweet and although she wasn't particularly knowledgeable about the wine list, she made up for this with her great knowledge of the food and oysters. She was also very attentive and constantly filling up our wine and water. Overall - a great celebration!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic service and great food. Always a bit on the pricey side but mostly worth it. Love the lobster poutine, and the server was very helpful in the oyster selection.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and better service
Our server was absolutely amazing. Knowledgeable and fun...you could tell that she really wanted to be there! I don't know her name but her Server ID was 042, and we were sitting at Table 21.
The oysters were tasty, juicy and delicious. Our profession is catering and event planning, and we were pleasantly surprised to see many of our clients and colleagues dining at your restaurant as well. That's a GREAT sign!
Thank you for the experience!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very impressed with food. Service was top notch on Friday night. Waitress even helped us with wine pairing which was great & guided us through the oyster menu. Definitely would recommend.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you're in the mood for seafood, look no further. Amazing. Get the oysters Rockefeller. The mussels will leave you speechless. Top it off with the homemade maple donuts, made fresh per order. They will melt your brain.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
John and Sons is GREAT!
Ambiance/decor gets a 9. Only downfall was that due to the area it is in - clients are a bit too "pish posh"
The service - our waitress was a 10 plus!
Oysters - not enough variety - only had 6 types to pick from but were very fresh
Lobster poutine appetizer - not an appetizer it is a dinner. Lobster was great, potatoes should be fresh cut.
Donuts for dessert, freshly made but was a bit disappointed - didn't have much flavor - 7 out of 10
Service was really fantastic, food was good, clients too stiff for me but would for sure go back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome time at John & Sons, Uptown
Sincere, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the menu. Airy atmosphere, no rush, no waiting either. Staff seemed to work as a team rather than "it's not my section". Very friendly. Loved it...will be back - Lynda
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Weak management, food quality good.
Of all of the previous reviews that complain about the service, DO NOT BLAME THE SERVERS!Rather than assure attentive service, management has elected to save a few dollars in labour and stretch their servers over too many tables. We waited about 15 minutes for a drink order but, fortunately, we ate rather late. Once our servers' section emptied somewhat, service was professional and attentive.
Oysters well presented,arrived quickly. Crab cake well prepared and very flavourful.Steak Frites well prepared. Temperature was spot on, fries well portioned and crispy. Mushroom sauce accompaniment tasted canned.
Cioppino tasted canned. good concept, poor execution. Much like the mushroom sauce with the steak, it tasted like shortcuts were made.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very good oyster house.
A very good oyster house. Excellent oyster sellection. Excellent service. Sparse but good menu. Some tables a bit too close
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing MidTown Spot
Every time we walked by Yonge and Balmoral we would notice the interesting original name of this restaurant. I originally assumed for some reason that theenu would be only oysters but then when we initially visited I was surprised o the broad range of selections available. The service was great and the dishes we ordered were delicious! The beer on tap selection is pretty good too. It makes sense why the place was packed and I will definitely visit again.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, good service,
Great food, good service, and a great atmosphere--uptown hip! Glad they are in the neighborhood now.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there for lunch.
My girlfriend and I went there for lunch the other day and it was fantastic. She had the chowder and the lobster roll and I had the wedge salad and the fish & chips. The food was the freshest I remember ever having at a restaurant. Needless to say we were both floored, highly recommend stopping in.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our first visit at this uptown location and it was a great experience from warm welcome great service, fantastic oysters and the best fish and chips. We also shared calamari and the lobster bowls in lettuce which were very good. Thanks to Ryan and the servers and cooks. We shall return soon
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a late lunch here on a
Had a late lunch here on a Saturday, with a baby (plus stroller). Everything was great, both service and food. We would go again. One note, while we did have a baby with us, we also went at a time when it was not so busy.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM