John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown
Just love it! My friends and I go to celebrate or just when we need a little something special!
Love the food, ambience and the way they make you feel as a guest! As a matter of fact, I feel like going now!
Where do I start? Was an amazing dinner/evening start to finish!! Oysters were amazing! My seared tuna was probably best I’ve ever had! Staff were all attentive and super nice! Definitely going back!
I little hidden gem in the city! FYI, very intimate and noise level high...but well worth it!
Server was friendly and very understanding. A bit pricey (just a little bit though maybe because of the season - I ordered scallops), I was prepared to cover the bill as the host but my business partner shouldered it so I guess price is not a big factor in my responses.
Save your money and go somewhere else. The servers here must get lows tips due to the quality of the food for the price you pay.
I had the worst customer service I could possibly have. Unacceptable situation happened! Only 22 days after a refund was done. By mistake, the waitress split the bill in 3 instead of 4, so two of the people in the table paid more than supposed. I noticed the mistake and the manager told us it would be impossible to do the refund in that day. We suggested the other 2 people from the table pay the remaining amount but the manager said it was not possible because of a system limitation. She said we would have to pay again the correct amount and the wrong amount would be refund in the day after. Although we found this solution not correct, because it was a mistake from the restaurant and we would leave the place paying more than twice the correct amount, we trusted the restaurant and paid. After several calls and 20 emails exchanged with the owner of the restaurant, only 22 days after the refund was done and only because I had to go to the restaurant in person!
However, congrats to the chef, because the food was very good!
We visit John and Sons fairly often and always enjoy the oysters and the clam chowder. It is a very loud place so be prepared :)
Great food and service
Very friendly and speedy service. The Cioppino is terrific !
Amazing Seafood and service!
This is a wonderful spot. The oysters are great, and the menu has some wonderful choices. I had the nightly special that I thoroughly enjoyed - halibut and pork belly together was delicious. This is a gem.
Love this place!
Always first rate with a very welcoming and friendly staff. What’s not to like about great food . The daily special does not disappoint
Food is good. The oysters are fresh and tasty.
The service was excellent; the only problem was when we arrived, they took too long to attend and seat us.
A real hidden gem in Toronto. Not a huge menu but everything on it is awesome. The oysters are as good as they get! Whenever I travel to Toronto i always eat at John and Sons at least once.
The food was amazing. Having one service person made the service a little slow but regardless the food was epic.
Everyone~ for your appetizers have clam chowder and KFC ssam!!! They are amazing~ This place is very cozy and not loud at all.
Oysters were delicious.
Fish and chips were tasteless and the coating too thick
Best oysters I've ever had in Toronto. Tuna was spectacular.
The staff went out of their way to find us a table (we booked only an hour before dining, so that’s our fault), the service was excellent, always checking in with us, and the food was outstanding.
The atmosphere was casual and cozy, easy to converse among our table, yet private. That’s very difficult to achieve in such a small setting.
I can’t wait to go back!
Tomislav & Julie
Small quaint place, inviting. Came in sat at the bar and proceeded to wait 20 min for our first drink order. Now after that order we wanted food but it took the server a ridiculous amount of time to serve us. Unacceptable because the place is small and there was really no reason other than they lacked the basic service requirements. Horrible!!!
My sincerest apologies for your experience, as the owner I want to make sure every experience is memorable in the best possible way. Reading your review breaks my heart and I want to fix the problem. If you could private message me with some details; the time you came in as well as the name of your server or if you sat at the bar or table, and I will address the situation internally. We take these matters seriously and understand your frustration My email is john@johnandsonsoysterhousecom
It was a really busy Friday night...we ordered appetizers and oysters which were a amazing..little pricier but still good. We were satisfied by the time we left but because it was busy we didn’t notice we were charged for someone else’s drinks. Guess the waitress didn’t notice either
Too loud. Was very difficult to converse.
Perfect combination of high quality with laid back feel.
Delicious seafood, some of the best oysters in the City.
Excellent oysters and seafood dishes. Very flavourful. Great spot for quiet intimate dining.
First time here and was happy with the service (Kendall) was very informative and nice to chat with. Started off with a fantastic Burgundy and a few oysters. Nice pairing and a good selection of oysters from B.C. Nova Scotia PEI etc The smelts were next and very tasty. We ordered another Burgundy and then the main , a Halibut dish with spinach roasted tomatoes and white beans. Really enjoyed it but I thought for $29 the fish was small with way to many beans. I will recommend to friends and will be back for more. Cheers
Excellent food and service!
I would highly recommend it.
best seafood in Toronto...uber fresh oysters and the bouillabaisse is superb
Amazing service and food as usual. The only issue was just a bit cold where we sat.
Four of us ate there this week for dinner. Happy hour oysters were very small but fresh. Tuna tartare is outstanding and my halibut too. Other items were very good. Waitress was not friendly or engaging and hope this was a one off. Beer selection needs major upgrade to reflect their stated focus on local. Would only go back for lunch to have the Tuna Tartare though Modus Ristorante has one that rivals too.
I had the oysters and a lobster roll. Was sick for the following 48 hrs.
Awesome food! The oysters are some o& the best I’ve ever had. Ryan does a great job. I’m from Arizona and had business in Toronto. I’ll be back there and definitely make John and Sons a stop when I visit.
Everything was great except table of regulars, 3 women that were very loud and every second word was the F word, kinda ruins the dinning experience, vulgar and loud mouth , no class
Always consistantly great. Lived the scallops today and my wife love fish and chips. Service was fantastic from Colleen
Great date here. Split a fish and chips and a bunch of their Salten Rock oysters. Fun time. Good service.
Small cramped unattractive place.
This place, tucked away on Temperance St, offered a great night of delicious cocktails, fresh seafood and people watching. Perched at the bar, we could take in all of the action in this packed little restaurant. Ask for a variety of oysters and you get a beautiful platter with and explanation of where each oyster is from and what order it would be best to eat them in. Our seafood extravaganza main course was unique and delicious with an addictive mussel salad that was acidic enough to cut the richness of the lobster and shrimp, but not so acidic to blow out your taste buds. We really didn’t want to leave so we enjoyed some port and dessert, which was also fantastic. Just go.
First time, had a fabulous set of oysters and sampled some appetizers. Really a great little spot.
Small, neighbourhood spot, with a great variety on the menu. Good for pescatarians and carnivores alike, there are fish dishes among all the seafood. With tightly packed tables, as well as bar seats, the noise level is noticeably high. Food is fantastic though, and always fun to try the daily oyster specials. Will go again.
Food was awesome and the staff made it even better!