John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown

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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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OA
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite places in Toronto and the staff are incredible.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ryan and staff are rock stars.

e
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, service was a little slow but IMO they were understaffed for servers.
Would return again!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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,

TV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Intimate environment, friendly server, very good food!

MQ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

John & Sons is a great spot for lunch, drinks or dinner. It's a quaint little hidden gem in the downtown core.

JG
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

m
London
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant little place informal and friendly, food was amazing, will be visiting again 👍

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food.

BZ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. A little pricey but not unexpected. Had a great night out..

SF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. But way overpriced - fish and chips - $26 for two small pieces of fish! My local fish n' chips place has better fish for a fraction of the price.

Beet Salad - again, overpriced for the quantity of food.

Oysters were completely worth the price! Wow!

ML
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from a some rude walk-in customers trying to get ahead of a few groups with reservations (us included) everything was wonderful for it being Valentine’s Day and how busy it can get. Our server was knowledgeable about wine and oysters and checked in often. This is definitely going in as one of my favourite birthday dinners because it was delicious and not overly Valentines-y which is why I usually avoid going out on the actual day.

NG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and service. Quaint restaurant that is comfy. A bit loud as it is a smaller restaurant, but very lovely!

JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not very good. Scallop risotto was full of onions. Octopus was cold. Ambiance was good and servers were helpful.

AB
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took two friends to John & Sons Oyster House Tuesday night. We truly enjoyed ourselves. The restaurant had just the right amount of lighting, great music just loud enough that we could talk without having to shout, and the service was amazing too! Maria served us and she was super friendly and professional. And finally for the highlight of the night Ryan served us our Oysters. That man knows his Oysters and not only he offered us a great variety, he was also able to deliver exactly what we ordered and exceeded our expectations. Simply put, Best Oysters we’ve ever had!!!

I
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely slice of the east coast in the heart of downtown Toronto. I go here when I'm craving high quality comfort food. Reminds me of Halifax. Not an Oyster fan but everyone I've brought there says they're amazing.

b
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have enjoyed every dish the fish dishes immensely! Generous portions.

DR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Made a reservation and got seats by the bar. I was expecting to get one of the tables as the booking was done days in advance. Food and service were great.

c
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and very accommodating for dietary restrictions. It was a nice find.

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food experience would come here again, one best restaurants in Toronto.

MB
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Was extremely loud at lunch-we we’re basically yelling by the end of the meal.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Server was friendly and offered good suggestions.

ZA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The place can be very noisy. But the food and service are good. Their oysters selection is very good. For sure will go back!

s
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fab food in a gem of a place tucked down a side street in Toronto close to the Eaton Centre. They specialise in fish dishes but have other options too. It's quite a small place so definitely recommend booking to avoid disappointment. Would definitely recommend the tuna 'sandwich' between two slices of beef tomato in panko crumb, sounds odd, tastes terrific.

YP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can't say enough about how courteous and friendly the staff were. They were professional and welcoming. The ambiance was perfect. Oysters were wonderful, the smelts were a treat and the lobster poutine was just what we were craving. The fish and chips were crispy too. Can't wait to return and look forward to their Happy Hour. I'm just ashamed that it took me so long to finally visit this spot!

FF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering it was New Years Eve and we arrived in Toronto in the late afternoon and looking for a place to have dinner we were highly surprised to find this gem in Toronto.
Going on line and looking for a seafood place and other "Brand-name"places were booked out we were not sure what to expect when we booked on line.
But what a great place. The waitress was outstanding, polite, friendly, talkative and personal. We loved talking to here and she took her time. We met the bartender which was also very friendly. They explained us the different wine and food specials.
We had a selection of oysters, the lobster poutine and chowder soup. All of it was outstanding.
For the main course we had the tuna and the scallops. Fabulous taste and great presentation. We loved it.
The place is in a little side street and was hard to find behind all that construction that is going on. But is very intimate, quite so you can have a good conversation and nicely set up with the bar layout and the tables around it. Everything you are looking for for a nice time out.

We highly recommend this place.
By the way we also had dessert. Brownies and a cheese platter.
One of the best places ever we had dinner.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Too lightly staffed for a Saturday night, waitress was alone and in the weeds, she did the best she could

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - it was superb!!!

CF
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite pre-game or post- game spots. Always able to accommodate a reservation. Great food especially the oysters. And best of all the staff - knowledgeable, friendly, very efficient etc. Went with a client who is also a foodie and he was impressed as well. Keep up the good work. CF

AP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great location for end of work food and drinks, fresh seafood, good wines

EJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Obviously going for oysters and they never disappoint. Always a good selection. Other food is great too. A little short-staffed the night we went but it was Monday so they might not have expected the crowd.

FN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were absolutely fantastic! 3 of us decided to share a number of apps and a couple dozen oysters paired with a nice cava. All the apps were outstanding, I don't know if I could pick a favourite. The oysters were a good size, great quality, and delicious sauces/vinegars to pair with. I'll be back to try out the rest of the menu!

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently wonderful. Fresh and very tasty. This place is a favourite of mine. The octopus appetizer is amazing!!!

AJ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely lunch with wine. Service was great, shout out to Mint Cake for personable service and great attitude.

LW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tuna BLT ever! and the staff always remember who you are and treat you like family.
Consistently excellent food and experience. Thank you John! Libby

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl’s night out. Perfect!

RD
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love John & Sons!
It is always so good.
The food is reliably wonderful - fresh oysters, ssam, fish also wonderful are the tacos, scallops and if not feeling the seafood, they have a great steak frites!
Wine list is a great selection at reasonable prices.
So good!

NA
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters are definitely on the pricey side at $3.75/each but the accompanying mignonette was delicious! Other food was good too - tuna tartare and octopus lovely. Fish tacos were so-so, shells were cold, overall looked better than it was. All that said, the service was fantastic!! Great special night out w Hubbie. On the pricey side for just a regular night out in my opinion.

B
Frankfurt Area
95 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh delicious seafood. Loved the clam chowder and fish tacos.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing - had the oysters, octopus, tuna and the daily special! Space is cozy and intimate - will definitely go back!