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Pure Spirits

4.4
1323 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9pm
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Phone number
(416) 361-5859
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Miles
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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.
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Cross street
Parliament
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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
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1323 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is not our first time at the restaurant, and once again amazed at the seafood selection and the service. Our waitress was wonderfully attentive and made several tasty recommendations. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious, delightfully presented appetizers and main courses. Great spot for seafood, far from the sea. Good service. The music was retro and appealing. We actually remarked that we could converse and not have to shout over music.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I dined with three other friends on Saturday night. The entire experience was very positive, from the host greeting throughout all of dinner. We ordered a variety of dishes including raw oysters, surf & turf, and gnocchi. Our server was engaging, polite, attentive, and knowledgable. Though not the cheapest way to enjoy dinner, I will remember Pure Spirits the next time I want a sophisticated yet comfortable meal in Toronto.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was good. The food was ok.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great! That is all

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Fabulous ambiance, food, drinks and service. Menu includes great selection of oysters and many unique items. Staff are knowledgeable, very friendly and highly competent. Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We came for "buck a shuck" oyster night. Food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and ambiance. The Korean BBQ was amazing and gnocchi was to die for. Will be coming back in the future!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Had a fantastic night. Server was fantastic, food delicious. Would highly recommend and will be definitely going back

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Buck a shuck oysters is truely a great deal. Super tasty potato and thyme soup. We learned that my service dog, Lilo, doesn’t like oysters.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Food was great. Buck a shuck was worth it and had fries which were delicious. Would come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I came in with my service dog and my father and it was just wonderful. The hostess, Noel was absolutely delightful.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Couldn't have asked for a better experience trying oysters for the first time - buck a shuck! Our host was knowledgeable on the extensive wine list available, and my favourite part was knowing that, through the Mealshare program, by ordering their delicious dessert a meal would be shared with a youth in need!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Yummy. Good food. Romantic vibes.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My husband had the beef short rib and said it was the best he ever had. I had the ahi tuna Niçoise salad and the tuna was cooked perfectly. The service was also outstanding. We will be back

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great oysters! Nice hand-crafted cocktails. Super friendly and professional service. Popular place in the Distillery District. Nice outdoor patio in the summer. Tourist pricing - but it is a tourist area ;-)

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This visit was $90 for 2 people (no alcohol) and we left hungry. Pure Spirits used to be my fav restaurant in the Distillery but over the last 3-4 years, it has been a constant (expensive) disappointment. I hope it’s able to revert back to its amazing food/service days

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

In a very nice neigbourhood, good food and great service! Very recommendable.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Perfect combination of great service, great food and ambiance. Just loved it!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My husband and I were fortunate enough to find Pure Spirits when it first opened and have been fans every since. We travel from over an hour away - north of Ajax - and it is always worth the drive!
**I especially appreciate the fresh oysters and seafood options, since I grew up on the coast of Oregon.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Service was great. Usually love the chopped salad but this time it did not have much flavour. Oysters were amazing. Salmon was really good too.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food. The calamari was overdone but still good. The braised beef short ribs was great!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was our first time dining here, and it was great. The food was top notch, and good value for the money. The servers were attentive, but not so much that they were disruptive. We were concerned we might be rushed, but it was a pleasant evening with a three course meal over two-half hours. The atmosphere was nice, and the noise level was low allowing for great conversation without hearing others.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The quality of food and service are always great. The food quality is also consistent.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Waited too long for main courses.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Ben, the waiter, was extremely warm and personable. Good food.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

The prices were very high for such small portions. Food was good but our server was not. She had lots of menu knowledge like buzz words but didn't understand how things were made. I specifically asked if what I was ordering had a sweet sauce and or sugary add ins. She said no, and the dish had a sweet sauce (which I avoided). It was good but definately not what I wanted. I said I would have another dish instead of it was sweet and she said no that I should get that one.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Chris the shucker truly made our experience, my boyfriend was new to oysters, and now loves them. Darren’s drinks were excellent as well!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Decent experience but we found Clunys more enjoyable in terms of food, service and ambiance.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Would have preferred a booth, but we were told booths must requested on booking. Host said all booking request for booths must be honoured first. We had not, as nowhere on the website, does it mention that. In any case, to Open Table's credit, there is an option to enter special requests. I guess next time we will.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Not bad but not incredible either. Decent fare and service was good.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Exquisite winterlicious menu and great selection of fresh oysters!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Server didn't tell us her name. Didn't check up on us as often. Didn't ask for any allergies and food restrictions. I asked for my burger with NO BACON. When I got my burger we had to wait 10 mins for our server to check up on us. I then told her it has bacon. Got my order re sent again another 15 mins later and the bun was still cold. Good food. Poor service.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The oysters were tasty and I had the surf n turf and it was excellent! It was exactly what I was hoping for. Unfortunately the lobster tail stuck to the shell because it was butter poached (needed to be blanched first to unattach) but the flavour was good so I didn’t mind digging it out. Our waiter kind of ignored us. My date got the chicken and it had this really spicy wafer thing in it that was insanely seasoned and spicy and gross and the cabbage was soggy apparently.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Our server JC was truly outstanding. The food was excellent, especially the oysters. Wonderful place - will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Our waitress, whose name I don’t remember but was also the bartender was very accommodating. Her recommendation of the Tokyo chowder was spot on. My wife also ordered the Niçoise salad with the chowder and later commented after trying the chowder that a Caesar salad would have been sufficient. Our waitress found out the the nicoise hadn’t been started and offered to substitute the Caesar, which we did. Very customer focused. A pleasant evening.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

I had the mussels and parm. fries, my daughters had the lobster pasta. The food was delicious, service was quick and with a smile. We really enjoyed the restaurant and would go back.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We ordered the eggplant and quinoa salad. There were 3 tiny pieces of eggplant in the salad.

The octopus app had 3 small pieces of octopus.

An $11 bowl of chowder priced at $11 was less than a cup.

Overall disappointing value and quality of food for the prices. Won't be returning. There are much better restaurants in The Distillery for the money.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Right from the moment I walked in I was coughed on...seated then forgotten. Food was alright, my wife's request her steak was not met; nevertheless we waited. Overall staff was very friendly but seemed preoccupied with closing up early on this night. And the chairs were very uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The staff are amazing - always helpful and quick to smile. We have gone there every year for the past 3/4 years for our son’s birthday (which also happens to fall on New Years) and we have never been disappointed

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