John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown

4.7
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641 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Phone number
(416) 703-5111
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sonia Potochnyj
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 221-5908
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bay and Adelaide
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Public transit
King or Queen Station
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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 641 People Are Saying
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LW
Toronto
1 review
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
8 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
16 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
86 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!

MN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna BLT was fantastic and service was quick and friendly. Would definitely come back!

RJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Tis is an interesting place. Good food, for sure. Lots of activity. Problem is the noise. It is very "live" both in absence and in noise. It is not pleasant having to yell at your table-mates to be heard. There do not appear to be quiet areas.

NK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! We enjoyed food a lot as a family!

C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the most fantastic seafood creations come out of this little hidden TO gem. A must eat!

GP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh seafood wonderfully prepared

KD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, non pretentious atmosphere and excellent service. Highly recommend... I’ll be back

DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Was not impressed with our visit to John and sons. Partner ordered the fish and chips and it came back as under cooked mush breaded fish. Prices were not reflective of the value. Not a great experience.

SD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at John and Sons. Great selection of oysters, excellent wine list and perfect fresh fish dishes.

S
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Wonderful food, excellent choices. Staff were super, friendly, efficient and very helpful.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best/friendly staff with FRESH well cooked food.

KC
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lobster roll was delicious, served quickly and perfectly. The server was difficult to access after the meal, meant that we couldn't order tea/coffee and had to wait longer than we wanted to pay the bill. Service at the beginning of the meal was quick and efficient. Terrific place, nice decor

SP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Great service too.
We will come back for sure.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t wait to go back ❤️

JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively, great atmosphere. Food was creative yet delicious.

JO
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small place, friendly servers and good oysters! Great place to meet a friend for lunch or after work.

B
Frankfurt Area
87 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great fish and seafood. Our table did the fish and chips and moules frites. Amazing!

RO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great night for me and my wife...all the staff was awesome....too bad about the engagement not happening!!

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Has lunch there super cozy and very loud. Not good for business lunch but with friends it works

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Personal favorite.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Food was amazing. Definitely going back.

NV
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John and Sons has amazing, fresh seafood and a warm welcoming atmosphere!

SH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The good: food was excellent. We had oysters, octopus as app and halibut and scallops as main. They were very fresh and delicious. Our server was helpful.

The bad: service was very slow. We waited 35 mins to get our first app and wait another 40 mins to get our main. I told the hostess we were here for my girlfriend’s birthday but there was no acknowledgement.

FV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and phenomenal service. We had such a great time there. Definitely coming back !

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

お店は広くないものの、良い雰囲気で、サービスは良く、食事も美味しかったです。

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AJ
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, atmosphere, and located on the coolest little hidden street in Toronto!

RL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It would be even better if there were some food items for happy hour shareables.
Something simple like prosciutto and cheese, nachos , wings.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food!

B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thai Salad HAS to be a regular menu item - outstanding.

Brett

F
Tucson
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Casual, laid back spot, with the nicest hostess, which was also our server. Came here before a show, so timely service was important, and she made sure we were taken care of. Our server helped us with the oyster choices, took interest in our opinions, and was overall lovely! Food was good, but wished they served salads. Reservation gets you a window seat for 4. Nice atmosphere!

s
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great dinner - never disappointed!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! Oysters were so fresh. Waitress was very helpful at explaining the foods that would fit within my dietary restrictions. Overall great experience for a first time visit! Will definitely be coming back!!

ED
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oyster spot in Toronto . I have been many times and I won’t go anywhere else . Highly recommend .

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

MT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time for my first time here. Food was delicious and service was great.