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About Pure Spirits

Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill located in the Historic Distillery District offers both indoor dining as well as patio dining where visitors can take in the beautiful Victorian Industrial Architecture. Well known as one of the best fresh seafood restaurant in Toronto. Pure Spirits is proud to serve a selection of oysters from both the East and West coasts of Canada as well as unique offerings from abroad. Casual dining attire and a love of great food is required. Friendly staff are trained to guide you through our extensive selection of local beers and wines to pair with the menu. Whether on a schedule to visit the spa, the theater or the local art galleries we are geared to get you out on time or offer a relaxing extended stay on the patio to enjoy the sites. Pure Spirits is a must visit spot in the City of Toronto.

Please note all reservations are for our indoor space only. The patio is first come first serve.

17 Tank House Lane
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9pm

Cross Street:
Parliament

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 361-5859

Website:
http://purespirits.ca/

Entertainment:
At the slightest sight of summer, we open the doors to our patio where you can sit and take in the beautiful Victorian Industrial architecture that the site is famous for.

Grab a seat at the Oyster Bar where you can mingle with a Chef shucking your oysters to order and teaching you about the amazing flavours and how to best match it to our selection of local beers.

Catering:
We cater to any size event from 20-700 and specialize in weddings. Menu selections include hors d'oeuvres, canapes, mini appetizers, three course - five course prix fixe menus to fit any budget.

Parking Details:
Driving south to north, the parking lot is on right hand side. Coming from Front on Parliament, pass Mill street and parking lot is on left hand side. There is parking 24 hours for up to 500 vehicles

Executive Chef:
Tim Miles

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pure Spirits Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (24)
Casual (21)
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Pre/post Theatre (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (11)
Romantic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (8)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

It was slammed with holiday goers this time but the restaurant worked valiantly to keep up. My guests truly enjoyed their lunches but my oysters Rockefeller, which I've had there before, we're disappointing. Will I go back? Absolutely. I expect to have that dish again, under more normal circumstances, and that it will be wonderful!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Really nice decoration and very tasty food. Our server was really attentive and authentic.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was only ok. Mussels were over salted and not fully cleaned, fries said there were dips but none arrived.

The space is lovely and service was attentive.

Mediocre at best.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I have been to the restaurant a few times and have enjoyed each time. Service is friendly and efficient and the food is tasty and well-presented. The prices aren't shy so be prepared for this, but a good experience is the norm.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a lovely lunch at Pure Spirits-food was delicious and servers were friendly and efficient. Noise level was high however, it was during the Xmas Market time so understandable as many people were in the restaurant. We had a reservation and our table was waiting . Would definitely go to this restaurant again and many opptions available that were not seafood.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My husband and I have been to Pure Spirits several times and frequented the establishment yesterday for lunch. Everything was great. Owen, our server, was extremely pleasant and attentive. Between the two of us we had oysters rockefellow, tempura calamari, the Thai yellow curry mussels and fish and chips. Everything was excellent! Our eyes were a bit too big for our stomachs so we doggy bagged the leftovers to hold. We enjoy the setting, being in the Distillery District, both inside and when we have had the opportunity to sit on the patio during the summer. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Location and ambience was great. Food was good (mussels and fries). Unfortunately the service detracted from overall experience. We had a hard time getting our waitresses attention as she spent most of the evening with the same table full of men. Guess she was betting on a better tip from them.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent hospitality even on a busy night

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We enjoyed our time and meal at Pure Spirits. I would book a dinner or lunch there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Booked a reservation for a birthday dinner with my husband and daughter and it was during the Christmas Market. Great vibe and atmosphere with lots going on. Our server was friendly and efficient and overall I would say the service was excellent. Some of our food was very good and some was just fair. The raw oysters were great but they were out of Oysters Rockefeller. My husband order the tempura squid instead and was disappointed as some were rubbery and the batter was odd (pure white and did not look like regular tempura batter) The fries with parmesan were excellent to be shared. My daughter really enjoyed her Lobster Pappadelle and I had mussels in curry sauce. My sauce was OK and the mussels were fairly small. My husband ordered the fish dish and liked the borth which has a kick to it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

First time at this restaurant in the Distillery.
Had the 12 oysters for $35. They only had 3 different kinds left so options were limited but we still enjoyed the selection.
It was busy because of the Christmas market. Great restaurant and our waitress was wonderful. A bit loud but to be expected.
Will definitely return

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Awesome service, great ambient. They were excellent with our 6 years old daughter. Highly recommended despite the prices. Foid was superb.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Reliable, reasonably priced with excellent service and a decent range of offerings. But like nearly all Toronto restaurants a little too noisy. If the crowd's yakking anyway, who needs music? Only steps from the Soulpepper theatres, an advantage when the weather is awful.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2017

“Buck-a-Shuck” oysters are the best value in town!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice ambiance in a great area, delicious food, fantastic oyster selection, and excellent service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Server was lovely but the hostess was terrible. I made a reservation but somehow my info wasn't in the system. When I came into the restaurant, she said she can't find my name and went silent. I showed my reservation info on my phone to her and she goes "oh not that i don't believe you, i just can't find you". And me and my husband literary stood there awkwardly for a few minutes just looking at each other. It wasn't big of deal but her attitude was very aggressive and she should have handled it better.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were seated at the first booth near at the door...it was cold...be sure to ask for another...I will not sit there again in any other season than summer/late summer.

The menu has great food selections but the prices have definitely gone up significantly since we last visited...not sure why because nothing has changed on the interior that I could see.

One of the wait staff ran off with 1/4-1/3 of a nice bottle of wine that we ordered. We told our waiter and he did bring back a glass to compensate for clearing the bottle before it was finished.

We may give it another try...the food was good but pricey

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went there specifically for the Truffled Lobster Pappardelle. Somewhat pricey but one of our favourites, and the location is great.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fabulous food and service , worth the drive, over an hour from out home, and we will definitely be back

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was good, ambience was nice, would recommend to a friend for sure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We tried Pure Spirits for the first time for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. The service was great with lots of helpful suggestions. Would definitely recommend to friends!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was incredible! Fresh, hot and delicious- good servings and very flavourful.
Service was rushed and very low quality compared to atmosphere & food. Apps came at same time as the main course, no water refills or checking in to see if we wanted a 2nd drink.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

4 friends went to Pure Spirits after a gin & vodka tasting at Spirit of York Distillery down the pathway from Pure Spirits on a Friday evening. We ordered the tempura calamari and an assortment of oysters to start and share as a table. Both were delicious. Our server told us about each type of oyster and what sauce would be best for pairing for each one. Our friends ordered the curry mussels with fries and the ceviche. They said the mussels were the best they've had. We ordered the traditional muscles and the lobster truffle pappardelle. The pasta was one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had. It was quite a good sized portion and the pasta was incredibly fresh. Creme sauce wasn't too heavy and it had so much flavour. The muscles dish was HUGE even to share between two people. The fries that accompanied the muscles were very tasty, well cooked and crispy. We also ordered a mojito and dark & stormy. Both cocktails were well made and took no time at all to be prepared. We were very impressed with the service at Pure Spirits and will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had an early reservation - 5:30 pm on a Tuesday. Perfect time as it was not crowded and service was excellent. We have been there on a Saturday evening for 7:00 pm reservation and it was crowded and very noisy. We would like to see more Gluten Free options on the menu, especially for appetizer and salad options. It was very limited.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

"Oyster Bar" with 4 selections!!!
No prices on the desert menu, I' m guessing because they're so great at what they do, we shouldn't be asking price. Just pay what we're told.
This place is a joke.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We really enjoy the food and service. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

First we sat inside but it was terribly noisy. Full room and music playing. We moved outside. Please turn the music off so guest can enjoy themselves and the company they're with.
I asked the waitress for some recommendation and thought she was right on. Valuable service!
All in all a good experience except for the noise. Not sure I would like to sit in during the winter. Will come back when the weather is good enough for outside eating.
Teresa

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

My wife and I absolutely loved this restaurant last year when we went before Cirque du Soleil. As we were planning to go again, we decided we'd dine at Pure Spirits. I absolutely loved the Lobster Papardelle the first time and wanted it again. Unfortunately traffic that day was horrendous, so we called the restaurant directly 30 minutes before our reservation to inform them that we would be 30 minutes late. When we arrived, they had given away our table and we had to sit beside a table that was very sick and another couple that complained about everything. We were hopeful that the food would be just as good as the previous year. Unfortunately it wasn't. My wife liked her steak, but the sides were very bland and cold. My pasta was overseasoned with pepper. I just couldn't eat it. Our server was never to be found. When he did bring our beer to the table, the head was overflowing onto the floor and on my wife's dress and then onto the table. I'm hoping this was just an unexpected busy night. I'm very aware this kind of stuff happens, as I am a restaurant manager. I will be back once more to give it a try in hopes that it will turn out like our first visit.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We always come here when visiting Toronto. It's one of our favourite restaurants. We ordered mussels but the taste was off, our server was quick to offer an alternative and made sure we were going to be happy with our meal. Hats off to customer service.
We love the fresh oyster, that was our number one reason for going and you didn't let us down.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We always love going here. Food, service and ambience is always great. I tried the salmon this time which I loved but I didn't love the tomato salad it came with. It was ok, but just too much tomato. A smaller portion of that plus another veg wld be better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We stopped in for an early dinner before the Cirque du Soleil. My husband had the special Steak Frites and I had a half dozen Malpaque oysters and the Vietnamese snapper. All the food was excellent as was my dark and stormy cocktail. Waiter was very attentive and helpful getting very quick service which left us time to get ice cream at SOMA before the show. Recommended!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Had never been to the Dist. Area. Should have sign in parking garage for restaurants. We has to keep asking how find the restaurant but when there it was great. Enjoyed but hubby would have liked to see more cooked Oyster items on the menu. Needed accessible and it was good.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

All food have close to zero taste... wait time for lunch is around 2 hoirs

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Stephanie was our server and she is AMAZING! But one of our party's steaks was cold... not just room temperature, but totally cold. They brought another one and it was cold too! Her third one was fine. They took it off our bill which was the right thing to do.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We sat at the oyster bar and watched them work away! The oyster recommendations were excellent! Amazing selection of oysters and very knowledgeable shuckers ! A real treat!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

One of our favorite TO spots to eat, consistently great food and dining experience, lots of creativity in the menu!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Nice place!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

We're given the oysters without any toppings. Ordered the fish that was absolutely awful and the smallest piece of fish for $27. An overall horrible food experience and very expensive. Not worth it!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Fantastic flavours accompanied perfectly cooked salmon. Presented well. Server OK but not entirely authentic. Secondary servers great. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great seafood restaurant! Went with 2 kids and they were very accommodating! Good oysters!

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