Pure Spirits

4.5
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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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L
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came to have dinner before the theatre on a Friday evening. I was on time but my friend was stuck in traffic and was twenty minutes late. Still, our server managed the pace of dinner and drinks so that we did not feel rushed, the dinner itself was plentiful and tasty and we got out on time. Food and drinks done well. Oysters, divided into east and west coast plates, were fresh and tasty. The seafood was cooked properly and spiced nicely. Definitely worth going at any time but perfect for pre-theatre.

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PS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole experience was very enjoyable, Great service and very pleasing food! This was our second time and we will be back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived for the reservation hostess noted there were three options for a window seat as requested she was very professional. Darren was our waiter, he was very pleasant, welcoming and was quite familiar with the menus and offered suggestions. The oysters were fresh, lobster Rockefeller, fresh vegetables were cooked to perfection with a slight bite. The sauces were spices and flavourings complimented the tuna as well as the lobster. As it was my husbands birthday a creme brûlée with fresh fruits and short bread was the perfect end to a great dinner along with a candle. So thoughtful without even asking. We will be back again soon.

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O
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best oysters in town! Been coming here for years and it never disappoints

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k
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 2nd time here and we will definitely be back again . Great food, wide variety and great service . The table was ready on time and food came out in a timely manner . Very cool ambiance .

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BI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only is the food amazing but the cocktails are creative and delicious. I am already planning my next visit because just ... WOW! Also, friendly and welcoming servers who make you feel right at home. The whole package.

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DM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been.
Definitely I will go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The old saying.... don’t go to a seafood house for steak! What was I thinking! The steak was over cooked and sooooo salty it was inedible, so I tell the manager. He asked if I wanted the kitchen to “remove the au jus”... I couldn’t believe he asked that??? The steak was a $40 steak that I added a lobster tail to for an additional $20. I thought given it was so salty they would have suggested to recook a fresh steak and not add the au jus, but this wasn’t offered. So I said to take it back. 15-20 mins later to replate the steak with the au jus “scrapped off” it was returned and was still super salty. :( The waiter did comp us two glasses of port and the oysters were very fresh. Bad suggesti

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Incredible food. In a very cool location. Simply a great experience.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and completely exceeded my expectations! The servers knew the menu, the meal was fantastic.

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JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is an absolutely wonderful place to eat seafood, particularly if you are tired of the same old boring dishes. Their seafood pasta (either types depending on what you prefer) is also absolutely delicious! Also the service there is very good overall. Just make sure that when you make your reservation you ask for a booth if that is what you'd prefer.

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JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blown away by this place, the food and atmosphere was amazing

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was scrumptious.
Service was terrific -- waiter was very nice, funny and knowledgeable.
Love this restaurant!
Thank you!!!

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GT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was exceptional!!!!!!!?!!!!?!!!!!!!!??!!!!

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MK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their meals which was a variety of menu items. Beautiful plating and presentation. Food was hot and portion sizes just right. Flavorful and fresh. Great cocktails and wines. Amazing service! Knowledgeable staff and fresh oysters!!

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LY
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner out with the ladies. Reservation was on time and booth requested was accommodated no problem.
Nice selection of wines.
Kale cesar was okay little bland.
Lobster Rockerfella was very good. However the fries were very plain and cold.
Chowder was very good.
Overall the ambiance is nice and food good. The cocktail list could be better.
Would return

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WS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was busy and the group of us felt a little rushed when getting served. I had reserved a table a couple of weeks before the event because we were bringing friends we ended up getting the table at the end of the restaurant looking at the door to the kitchen. The staff were good enough to change tables for us.

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great menu with mussels and oysters! Pleasant, accomodating staff.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the vibe and we had a great server. We ordered oysters which were excellent among other things. The server brought out two more oysters complimentary was we waited for our meal which we thought was a nice touch.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A good meal in a great location

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TZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience overall. Service was wonderful and attentive. Food was delicious.

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B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super oysters!! Always fresh and lots of choices. Home soup starter was excellent. I tried the oyster tacos and they were amazingly good ... I wasn’t sure at first ... but pleasantly surprised. Phil had the steak special and the steak was done just as he had requested. Cosmo martini was the best I had had in Toronto this past weekend. Service was outstanding and amazingly enough our waitress was a friend of a girl from our city ... small world. Our evening was very enjoyable

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n
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and atmosphere. Definitely coming back to try other items on the menu

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LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Pure Spirits. We had the tacos for appetizers and they were delicious. My husband loved his red snapper and my Lobster Pappardelle was delicious - my only complaint is that it is an expensive dish for pasta, so I wish there were more lobster chunks.

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AF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad I made a reservation at the restaurant was full. Service was great and the food was wonderful. First time there and will definitely be going back.

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard great things about this restaurant and it sure didn't disappoint. We had the shuckers dozen oysters for appetizers, they were delicious and fresh. The fish dinners we had melted in your mouth. The banana split dessert was the ultimately delicious ending to a wonderful dinner. Our server Tina M was exceptional and attentive she made our night. We will definitely be back.

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DT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service mostly attentive

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AE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!
The food is always amazing and the staff are great! A great place to come for a special occasion or just a nice dinner out!

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is nice mix of wood/brick and looks fantastic. All the servers, hostesses were amazing. We were super happy with the food, oysters were delicious, swordfish seviche was so flavourful and the pasta was great. Will definitely go back for buck-a-shuck night.

Highly recommended.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, and location. I have visited this location twice and will definitely be back!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the food was incredible. Loved my salmon dish, cooked perfectly. And the ambience was special occasion-worthy.

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ER
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was enjoyable, but the service was very slow.

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DP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Great staff! Sat at the bar which made the experience even better by watching the seafood platters being put together and the oysters being shucked.

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TF
Toronto
42 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Oysters are always fresh and food is grand.

The building it’s in is really cool too. Historic and just beautiful.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with service and food! Fabulous staff. Hit the jackpot with buck a shuck oysters! Cold and delicious Malpeques!
Will return soon! Took a colleague who had never been so she was duly impressed, and I was very pleased to show off my good taste in restaurants😉!

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for Winterlicious and loved the food. Added Oysters to the first course and they were delicious. Only comment was latte at end of meal was not the best.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great service!

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Are experienced overall at the restaurant was fantastic the food was delicious the service was excellent I have nothing bad to say about our first time would definitely come back but during warmer temperatures. Thank you

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W
Toronto
53 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The trout main was tasty, but the soup starter was bland. My friends liked the caesar salad, but the were not keen on the chicken main.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Oysters were fresh; shredded horseradish was a perfect accompaniment. Service

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