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About John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown

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.

56 Temperance Street
Toronto, ON M5H 3V5
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood

Cross Street:
Bay and Adelaide

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 703-5111

Website:
http://www.johnandsonsoysterhouse.com/

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.

Public Transit:
King or Queen Station

Executive Chef:
Sonia Potochnyj

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: (844) 221-5908

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Call Natalie at 416.703.5111

John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Great fresh seafood. Great service. Great little spot.

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The haddock and chips was great. Easily one of the best batters and preparations that I have ever had. The fries were yummy too, and malt vinegar comes to the table without having to order it. I would recommend this for a business lunch or a friends gathering for sure. It's a great little place at the bottom of the ocean of office towers. Worth the visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My wife and I had an amazing night at this great spot downtown. The whole service, from Oysters and cocktails right through to dessert and coffee was amazing. Cool speakeasy vibe with a great bar menu and food tonrival the best in the city. A must-hit spot downtown Toronto

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I met a client there for lunch at her suggestion for a fun lunch. The Chablis with the oyster plate was just the beginning of a wonderful relaxing time. The tuna tartar and calamari that followed were the perfect follow-up. It was hard not to polish off the bottle of vino...so we did leaving 1 1/2 hours later. I would recommend this to everyone within walking distance for a lunch experience you will remember.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Inventive presentation and superlative service from a cozy spot on a downtown side street. Deserves greater recognition.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

OVERPRICED for what you get
nothing special
service girl not very pleasant
octopus ok not the greatest and not a lot for the price
smelts small portion and not krispy

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

good as usual. Only problem was that because of the backlog the oysters that we ordered when we sat down did not come until after the mains which were ordered a half hour later. Unfortunate.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is a great place for after work drinks and oysters. Our server selected a variety of oysters for us, and they were delicious. I would definitely come here again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The staff were so helpful and energetic and made our experience better than it average. They really care about you and I would recommend it. Go here if you want to have a nice date.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Oysters where amazing back for second visit 2 days later

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I had dinner hear a couple of weeks ago when we came to Toronto to watch Meatloaf the Musical, and we were not disappointed! The food was AMAZING and the staff was very knowledgeable! What a great time we had! Could have stayed there all night! Will definitely be going back next time we are in the area! Thanks to everyone at the restaurant!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Had a awesome time, reservation was for 6 family members. Everyone loved their choices. The wait staff were very attentive. Food was fresh, great selection of beers, wines and spirits with an even better selection of oysters. Great time was had by all, would definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Once again the finest oysters in Toronto.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was outstanding.. clearly great chef.. creative items.. refreshingly different..
Great drink menu as well.. recommend seafood platter

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Oysters were very good. rest of the food was just OK. The reviews are right...stick to the oysters and drinks and all will be great.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Consistently good place for lunch and dinner. Small well executed menu with good wine list and nice beers on tap.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 12, 2017

What a great place... Super service and brilliant render if oysters...FRESH

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It took almost an hour to get our food. Service was terrible.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The ambience, wait staff, and service were superb. The oysters they serve, with the freshly grated horseradish is some of the best in the city.

I would highly recommend John and sons solely for oysters and drinks, they are magnificent.

Where they consistently fall flat (for me and gf) is their food. It is very poorly done, and frankly, they need a new executive chef. Every time we go, we rave about the oysters, staff and drinks, but discuss the food disappointment.

Don't make the same mistake - have oysters and drinks, but go somewhere else for dinner if you need.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great experience service was excellent food very good all oysters were excellent except BC. My friends first time and they were very impressed

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Met a friend before the game. Good drinks, food and oysters

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Great Beer, Business Meals
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Nuestro servidora era experta y nos recomendó una selección de ostras frescas increíbles. El cóctel “El Toronto” hace juego perfecto con esta plata. El menú es pequeño, pero hay opciones por el gusto de todos. El “Poutine” con langosta levanta una plata canadiense tradicional a otro nivel!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I went for some oysters but got a whole lot more. Great food , excellent service and will go back.
The servers make you feel at home and mix great drinks.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Hidden gem in the middle of the financial district, the place is small so make sure you reserve in advance. It can become a bit noisy as the space is small but food is great, good wine menu

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

GOOD:
Food! Oysters, Tuna Tartar, Octopus, Scallops

BAD:
Service! Wait staff is limited and difficult to get a hold of.
Bathroom! Just one... be prepare to wait.

KEY ITEM:
You have to arrive ON TIME. Arrive before or after does not guarantee you a spot

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a great cosy date spot for delicious oysters. Fish tacos were a new delicious add on!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overall great experience. My Parents came to visit and I was able to get a reservation last minute on a Friday night. The food was amazing and the servers knew the menu and were welcoming. The only downside was that they forgot our mains and we waited for a while. However, they quickly made it up by giving us free glasses of wine! Would recommend this for anyone who is looking for a unique and fun dinner place downtown!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was great! Made a reservation several weeks in advance. Our table was not ready but luckily we only had to wait a few minutes for the corner bar seats to open up. Service was a bit slow but we really enjoyed our dinner. It's a great place to pop into downtown.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We were ten minutes late and they had already given away our table/reservation...They found a seat at the bar for us, but it wasn't ideal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was excellent#

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is one of my favourites in Toronto. Always fresh seafood and creatively put together. God wine selection and friendly staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This place had the feel of a Boston Oyster house. A bit tough to locate, however that added to the "feel" of the Oyster House. Food was amazing, although just had oysters and tuna tartar. Service was excellent, with added touches of ambiance. We will definitely be back for dinner!

Thanks!!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This place is awesome. Food is outstanding (try the burger!), service is excellent, and the ambiance is amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, little noisy. Will definitely return.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Loved it! Been to Rodney's, Oyster Boy, Pure Spirits, and Diana's but John&Sons was the most memorable! A real cozy feel with the wraparound bar. The shucker was so calm and cool, shucking dozen after dozen, and not a spot on her nice white blouse! Service was fast and friendly, and we even went during busy happy hour when everyone was ordering $1+ Avonlea's.
Great apps to go with the oysters: lamb sliders, fried smelt, and grilled octopus were fantastic.
Will go again. And again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Hot Spot, People Watching, Cozy, Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is a great place for oysters especially when they have their happy hour everyday and drink specials every day! The food and the chef are awesome I don't think there's a bad thing on the menu! You can almost make a meal out of their fantastic appetizers that they have on their menu.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Best oysters in town. Main dishes could offer a little less oil/fried

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was great! Amazing food and ambience.

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 (London)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent oysters, octopus and haddock tacos- we will definitely be back. Very relaxed vibe, smallish restaurant and great music.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great oysters from PEI, Duxbury (MA), and Brewster (MA) ... shucked well, and nicely displayed on the ice tray ... along with nice (not overpowering) sauces. Friendly bar tenders / wait staff. The Risotto with the soft-shelled crab was most excellent. Nice beer selection. Worth the trip!

Tags: Special Occasion
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