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John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown, Toronto, ON

John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown

4.4
4.4
600 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Phone number
    (416) 703-5111
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alyssa Becker & Leslie Wilson
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, John & Sons Oyster House can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (416) 703-5111
  • Neighborhood
    Financial District
  • Cross street
    Bay and Adelaide
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    King or Queen Station
  • Entertainment
    Half table seating, half bar seating this place is a bustling neighborhood gem. It can get a little loud and it is supposed to; it's an Oyster Saloon. It's a small place and everyone is there to have a good time and relax a little bit. We are not perfect, we are not a place for every occasion but we try our hardest to ensure you leave happy.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 2.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

600 Reviews
  1. OAnyc

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourite places in Toronto and the staff are incredible.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ryan and staff are rock stars.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I booked here last minute on my birthday because I was craving oysters and we were not disappointed. Although this was pre pandemic, I felt very welcome and safe, I remember they were wiping everything down before seating us which was amazing considering we went right before everything shut down. The staff was very knowledgable in the oyster selection and everything came out quickly and was presented in a fantastic way. They also had a good drink menu! My only feedback would be to increase the variety of toppings for the oysters outside of the basic Tabasco and lime options. All up, I’d totally go again!

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  4. escherfan

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, service was a little slow but IMO they were understaffed for servers. Would return again!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this little spot in the financial district. It feels like you are in the UK because of the back street and the oyster bar with great fish and chips too. Happy hour from 3-6 pm Monday through Thursday. When I have a bad day or a good day, a glass of bubbly after work with a dozen oysters hit the spot,

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  6. Thomas

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Intimate environment, friendly server, very good food!

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  7. Mcqad

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    John & Sons is a great spot for lunch, drinks or dinner. It's a quaint little hidden gem in the downtown core.

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  8. JeffreyG

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been here before, and would highly recommend John & Sons to anyone looking for oysters (and a fun night out) downtown. Our dinner this weekend was just about perfect!

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  9. mandy

    London

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant little place informal and friendly, food was amazing, will be visiting again 👍

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and excellent food.

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FAQs

John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 703-5111.

John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown is rated 4.4 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown

56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bay and Adelaide
  • Neighborhood
    Financial District
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    King or Queen Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alyssa Becker & Leslie Wilson
  • Entertainment
    Half table seating, half bar seating this place is a bustling neighborhood gem. It can get a little loud and it is supposed to; it's an Oyster Saloon. It's a small place and everyone is there to have a good time and relax a little bit. We are not perfect, we are not a place for every occasion but we try our hardest to ensure you leave happy.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 703-5111
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, John & Sons Oyster House can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (416) 703-5111
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