Joso's

4.8
390 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Seafood
Founded by Joso Spralja in the 1960′s, Joso’s restaurant has achieved continuous success of over 41 years in business. It is truly a unique dining experience which transports guests to the warmth and beauty of the stunning Dalmatian coast. An all encompassing, sensual journey… guests are lured into a collection of Joso’s artistic expressions. A feast for the senses, one finds themselves surrounded by voluptuous female forms, Adriatic Sea motifs and a multitude of gold and bejewelled trinkets on every wall, shelf and corner. From the kitchen and to your table arrives a dazzling array of fish species from across the globe, each carefully and knowledgeably described by your server. Prepared with the utmost care and simple, traditional flavours, your meal is presented in all of its natural beauty.
NB-Joso's has 2 floors for dining - main floor and upstairs. If you have any accessibility concerns, please let us know so we may do our utmost to accommodate.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 925-1903
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Manuel Moreno
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Avenue Rd
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Parking details
Joso's does not have private parking. Limited street parking and a small private lot at the SE corner of Avenue Rd & Pears Ave.
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Public transit
Our closest TTC stations are Bay, Rosedale and Museum. There are bus routes on both Avenue (from Museum) and Davenport Road (from Bay)
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 390 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our Anniversary we choose Joso's as I had not been - sacrilege, I know! What a wonderful, romantic evening with delicious food, great atmosphere and above-the-bar service. Highly recommended. Thanks to Paul for indulging us in the history of this iconic eatery, very much appreciated. Can't wait to go back!

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decided on Joso’s because it was my wife’s BD and she loves seafood. We where impress with the service, ambiance, the cappuccinos, and the fresh appetizers. My suggestion is to have the fresh fish as it is quite the experience to see how the server debone the dish at your table. I would not recommend the italian style dishes as they are a little lite on the seafood ingredients. The cocktails are creative and it gets festive around 8 ish. Don’t go earlier. Would have loved to see pictures of the food on the menu.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always are happy with our meals at Joso’s. A very good place for seafood but covers the other bases as well. It’s very comfortable and at such with some fun sexy art around. It’s not white tablecloth waiter in tux fancy, but it’s definitely upscale. I’d always recommend it. It’s consistently excellent

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MB
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great menu if you love seafood from around the world. Cozy and unique setting.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We love this colourful and charming restaurant where sometimes fun parties even share their food. The decor is great and the seafood so delicious. One can call ahead and reserve special fish. The person who overseas it all is amazing. Thank you Paul.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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p
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Very nice fresh sea food. A bit overpriced for the experience. Tables are too close to each other so hard to have a private conversation without the table next to you hearing everything. I found the decor quite dated and out of touch. Service was ok.

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D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely place, food was lovely the price wasn't lovely.

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h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like seafood, this is the place. Food and service was excellent. Amazing history. Highly recommend. Will definitely go back.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. My kids enjoyed too. Service is a bit slow but we were not hurry so ok. We will go back again for sure.

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BK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Josos was great. They made a special dinner extra special. Great management and staff that have so much passion about delivering a great experience. Thank you so much

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FT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, staff and ambience exceeded my expectations. It was exceptional!!! The staff truly cares about the history of the restaurant and want to ensure that patrons have a memorable dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Wonderful food

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AC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We usually come here for the grilled calamari and the siciliana. We tried other dishes in the menu and most of them are very good. The fresh grilled fishes tend to be on the expensive side and the bread basket can be better. But all in all a gem of a restaurant that we enjoy coming regularly.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all so amazing! Thank you so much for such a pleasant experience and very very delicious food!!

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MK
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place. A little tight. Small tables/seating area. Excellent cutting edge food!

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BC
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Joso's is a gem. A delightfully whacky interior coupled with wonderful fresh seafood and an attentive staff. Next time we are in Toronto, we will be back.

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MS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Joso’s. I especially loved the pasta with squid ink, and the calamari.

Crazy art all over every inch of wall makes for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Service was great, the waiter’s recommendations were spot on. Good place for fine food and conversation.

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G
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have know about this restaurant for some time but have never had the opportunity to dine there until recently. Should have dined there sooner! We will definitely be back. The restaurant is small but very lively. The service is excellent. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable. The food is outstanding!! Genuine and traditional. Perfectly cooked. Well presented. Good wine list but limited wines by the glass. Overall, an excellent experience in an outstanding restaurant.

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MI
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must eat at while in toronto. Unique and one of a kind.

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R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with fascinating art, fabulous food and wonderful staff. A real gem!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very tasty food, grilled fish selection and squid ink risotto were good. Decor was interesting. Service was average. However, overall I feel the restaurant is overrated and overpriced.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Way way too expensive. Fish was great but you have to buy the sides separately and the portions are too small. Cheapest wine on the menu is 85$. Appetizer, wine, shared main, one side, one dessert was 350$.

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RP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful culinary experience. Starting with oysters on the half she, and a full sized scorpion fish from the Aegean, to end with cream brulee. Magnificent delight to my taste buds!

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J
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had grilled Dorado with veg ; was outstanding , the wine was great and everyone made us feel at home . I would be only too happy to return to Joso's .

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P
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travel to Toronto and enjoying great restaurants.

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JZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. Highly recommend. We loved it!!

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AT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Joso’s seafood is incredible! A special place for a special occasion!

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AC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner as part of my mom's weekend visit. The servers are very well informed about the fresh seafood.

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JX
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good. Like the spaghetti. Rossito was enough for four people. Will come again for sea food since table next to me order the fish and smell so good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really wonderful celebrating a birthday here. The food is outstanding

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Joso’s

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good after 20 years of return visits, consistent and superb quality with friendly service.

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a
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dads birthday; as always food service is outstanding. They never miss the mark at Joso.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was outstanding, Scorpion fish was really as described. Really enjoyed our dinner.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Was here for dinner on June 22nd for a special birthday. We walked in excited for a special night once we were finally seated the Service was absolutely awful from the start. We were laughed at for ordering a lone fish salad as our appetizer. Then once again questioned for our choice of wine. Almost felt as if we didn’t matter because we did not have our faces on the celebrity wall on the inside our business didn’t matter. For service should be the same for all not based on appearance , I have money I could have easily sat there and ordered endless food, but I was completely turned off. Once ours mains were received we were told that our choices were a bit non conventional ( grilled octopus and grilled calamari ). It was a shame that the service was so poor because the food was in all fairness very very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday.
Best grilled fish in the city.

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best restaurant bar none in Toronto.
Freshest most perfectly cooked seafood. Prepared in the simple fisherman’s style. They are the masters of simplicity. Additionally they have a couple of meat dishes unexpectedly that are excellent. The late Joso and Anjolina created a Toronto institution that is being carried on by Leo, Shirley, Olivia and Marco whose is the third generation chef. Bravo. AH

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a 50th birthday here.The food, setting and service were fantastic. This is a gem.

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