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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

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 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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·Dined on November 30, 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 25, 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 16, 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 16, 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 4, 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 2, 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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·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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·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 October 1, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Striped sea bass was great. They were remodeling next door and we could see it through the window. Little difficult to hear with the bar nearby but the service and food were great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Good food and prompt service. A bit noisy at lunch, but a great spot for a casual lunch meeting.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great experience. Service was consistent but not overbearing. The highlight from this visit was the lobster roll. Absolutely great for lunch. The restaurant was a touch loud but that's mainly because it was a Friday at lunch time. I look forward to coming again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fabulous oysters and the rest of the smallish menu is delicious!! Super friendly staff and good wine/beer selection. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

very tasty food, very nice staff,a bit pricy but good value for sure

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Small but quaint, the oyster selection was good but sells out fast! The wine choices were extensive and has a nice atmosphere, large bar counter and high seating around the perimeter. Very casual. The homemade sauces with the oysters were delicious 😋

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Came for an early dinner with an old business friend. The layout of the restaurant is more like a modern bar with tall tables and bench seating. The ambiance was quiet enough for conversation but bright enough to show how clean and crisp the restaurant is. Started with a dozen oysters and then enjoyed the tuna main. The selection of beers was limited but excellent. Service by the lone server was crisp and efficient with long enough social visits to feel well cared for.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

The fish and chips were great and the service was fast.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Overall would have been 4 bordering on 5 star but for attitude of "hostess" which was unpleasant and tended to spoil evening. Table service, food quality and ambience were very good. Although food quality was high, portions were small and both food and drinks were reasonably expensive.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 10, 2017

It was ok but nothing special. Very loud which is annoying when u can't have a talk across the table without yelling... Its the typical downtown Toronto douchebag crowd all yelling over each other. Oysters were excellent but food was nothing interesting. I wouldn't go back or recommend to anyone...

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Just too few staff for the number of people.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Had a good time here. Food/oysters were great, and contrary to some tripadvisor reviews I had read, the service was both pleasant and efficient. Tried a variety of east coast oysters, lamb sliders and the lobster poutine...all excellent! The NE clam chowder was good, but used a sweetish element that I was not used to.
Still, worth trying and unique.
Would definitely come back again to dine/drink!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Love this spot! Great fare, friendly service and close but off the grid. Perfect when "being seen" is not a priority!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Friends and I went to John and Sons on a Saturday night. While it was busy, it wasn't crazy and we were able to get reservations for the same day. The menu is small, but all of the food is delicious and plated beautifully. We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Nice selection of oysters that were very fresh and tasty with various side sauces. Lobster poutine and soft shell crab special were to die for and the service was even better! Excellent fried smelts and fish and chips.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We opted for the Summerlicious lunch menu, and were pleasantly surprised. Great ambiance, friendly servers and tasty food!

Both my friend and I loved our meals, but they were on the smaller side. On a positive note, it seemed perfect for a quick lunch, and didn't weight us down. I'm not sure if the portions were due to the fact that we ordered off the Summerlicous menu

The portions seem a bit inconsistent as well - we both ordered the soft shell crab - we noticed that one order was significantly bigger than the other.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great food and ambience. Exactly what I was looking for. Soft shell crab was the best I have had in a long time!

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