Pure Spirits

4.5
1440 reviews
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Continually recognized as one of the best places for seafood in Toronto, Pure Spirits is located in the Distillery District. Nearly one hundred years ago, when temperance societies and prohibition ruled America, it was from this very room that the whiskey barrels began their clandestine journeys across the lake and around the world. Today, while more refined spirits are served up, people come for the ambience and amazing food, particularly the fresh fish and oysters flown in from across North America and abroad... everyday!
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Oysters and Mussels 👌

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W
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good oyster selection from east and west coast. For our standard a too limited wine selection. However, top friendly service. We'll be back soon!

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place.... I love the ambiance , Love the oyster, friendly staff, modern. Just an overall nice place to go out to!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. The service was great. Really enjoyed our waiter Jay and the boat Matthieu. Would definitely visit again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, good food from start to end.

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B
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We (husband and I plus our two young adult children) went for dinner at Pure Spirits on Sunday night and just as on every other visit, it didn’t disappoint. There are so many things we love about this restaurant - great oyster bar and the other menu items never disappoint either. It’s a really cozy spot and has become one of our favorite restaurants in Toronto.

Special mention this time to our waitress, Shweta. She was outstanding and made our evening. Honestly, Shweta was one of the best waitresses/waitors we’ve ever met. Such a pleasure!

We’ll definitely be back.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service and food, staff was accommodating, pleasant and knowledgeable. Fantastic experience, was their to celebrate a birthday and the celebrant desert was on the house.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Always love going there!

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RS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good - however the wine is highly overpriced for the quality ($18+ per glass)..much better options in the city for that price with better ambience. Service was excellent though!

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JS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent casual restaurant with great food and great service

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EL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The servers were extremely pleasant and helpful. ........................................................................................................................................................

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PK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner on our date night. We loved the Malpeque Oysters that were great and well presented with fresh horseradish and 3 sauces. The Traditional Provençal Mussels had nicely balanced white wine sauce great for dipping bread in. The 6oz Black Angus Tenderloin was a good size and was cooked to perfection a medium rare. We greatly appreciated the generous portion and variety of the Roasted veggies.

They have a good selection of wine by the bottle or glass. We had a St. Clair Sauvignon Blanc and an Italian Valpolicella, Fumanelli, both well balanced and well mated to the meal.

Service was fantastic with a knowledgeable and friendly server Julia and we also appreciated the personal attention the General Manager Matthew gave us and other guest. Highly recommend.

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DB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We ordered 2 dozen oysters (Malpeques) & they were small & not meaty at all. Very disappointing!!. If we were paying a buck a shuck, as on Tuesdays, maybe we would have thought "get what you pay for" ....
The rest of the food was fine but not as good as it could be for the price. Think the menu needs some tweaking.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For anyone who enjoys oysters and seafood, Pure Spirits is great! My date and I shared a dozen oysters, Squid Ink Linguine with clams and shrimp and Tuna Poke. All delicious and affordable! Also, because it's nestled in the Distillery District, you can enjoy the Xmas Market in the winter and the cute shops in that area. Perfect for a date night or outing with friends and colleagues!

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday with awesome service and good food!!

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MB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Great food, great service, great ambiance! I'd go back tomorrow for more!

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SE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here usually every 6 months and every time I am impressed with the service. The service here can match any restaurant. They provide insight to both wine and food options, while continually trying to ensure your experience is a memorable one.

We had made a reservation during a busy time (Christmas Market) yet when we arrived the manager ensured we had desired seating, only to check in later on our experience.

I wish we lived closer so I could go more often.

Thank you to the staff.

Steve

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for the Malpeque oysters (most popular oyster about) ….. out of stock : ( , and its an oyster bar) . They did comp me a discount on the higher priced oysters but it did take effort. All in all a good place - will be back

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HD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely evening. The food was outstanding. My husband had the steak which melted in his mouth - so good - and I had the salmon which was delicious! Great service.

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JL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly service and delicious food in a cozy fun atmosphere in one of the coolest neighbourhoods anywhere! A really good restaurant in a destination neighbourhood!

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V
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it, great food, great location, nice atmosphere, can’t wait to go back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Very good menu selections that are a little different from a lot of other comparable places. Prices are reasonable. Our waiter made our night!!

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E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. All requests done as requested.

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JO
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant restaurant. Great food and service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing to complain about at this fantastic restaurant! Great service, atmosphere and amazing tasting food! Highly recommend a visit to anyone considering it.

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LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the Distillery District and had company for the weekend. I made a reservation here simply for the convenience of the location. All six of us were thrilled with the restaurant -- the ambiance, the service, the food. I have never been out for dinner where people couldn't stop raving about how delicious the food was. The staff was very attentive and accommodating - brought those of us who are skeptical about raw oysters a sample and they were delicious. We had a visit from the chef after dinner and he was so happy to hear our well deserved praise. I can't say anything negative about our experience. It's pricey but for once I felt the food and experience were 100% worthy of the money we spent.

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R
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pre theatre dinner.

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C
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was much improved from our last visit early in the fall.

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D
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mussels were average, beer selection good, Tokyo Chowder was fabulous and the highlight of the night. Fun part of town to walk around

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B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our family’s second visit. We came back because our son (age 19) loved it so much the first time (as did we). Came back with our daughter (age 21) and we had an wonderful evening/dinner. Oysters, appetizers, entrees and dessert - all outstanding. We’ll be back!

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

Very good food, speedy service, great atmosphere. Would definitely go back

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AI
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the place, food is nice, service good , oyster fresh

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and the food was amazing
Will definitely visit again

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JM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place to get together for a meal and catch up with family or friends. The cocktails are delicious and in the warm weather the patio is a wonderful. O way to relax. The wait staff are truly professional and go the extra mile to serve. Oh - did I mention the warm bread that comes in plentiful supply? Delicious!

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JF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pure Spirits is my and my husband’s favourite restaurant. It’s where we go for every special occasion; including our one year anniversary this past Saturday. It was also where we dined the night he proposed to me so it holds a special place in our hearts. We LOVE the oysters and get them every time we go. The service is always fabulous and the hostesses are very kind and accommodating.

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TB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food!

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e
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, service was ‘ok’. We’d visit again.
Good selection of oysters.

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OT
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and ambiance
Always a pleasure to visit

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t
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 5

We went for buck a shuck night and my girlfriend and I waited 33 minutes for our first order of a dozen oysters to come to our table. Servers were far too busy to provide necessary service. We waited 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged our table, 5 minutes for a server to come and take a drink order, and 15 minutes for that drink to get to us. We then ordered a dozen oysters which we didn’t receive for another 33 minutes. Our drinks sat empty on our table as servers speed-walked by us. In over an hour and 20 minutes we managed to eat 6 oysters each and our second round of drinks got to us while we were paying our bill. We left to go eat somewhere else.

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