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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (25)
Casual (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (11)
Business Meals (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great Beer (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Waited too long for main courses.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 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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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Exquisite winterlicious menu and great selection of fresh oysters!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our food was excellent and just the right portion size. 2 diners had special dietary needs - 1 vegetarian, and 1 gluten intolerant . Both were able to find appropriate items on the menu. The service was excellent, especially Ben who made our evening very enjoyable - he knew the menu offerings very well and was able to recommend selections to meet our needs and mood that evening. I would definitely return and recommend it to others.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really enjoyed a great meal with my wife and a couple of friends. Got started with a dozen of oysters, which wasn't enough, thus ordered another dozen. Kusshi were our favourite. Overall a great experience, and will definitely be back again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had an enjoyable lunch. I had the lamb burger. It was delicious. We also enjoyed the excellent service and not being rushed out the door. Several staff came to check on us, made us feel well looked after. We topped off our lunch sharing two lovely desserts - the mocha and the chocolate cake and a cup of tea.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good for oysters and of course it's in the Distillery District.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Enjoyed a delicious lunch with a friend. We enjoyed appetizers of oysters and tempura calamari and mussels with fries for our main. Service was excellent and the food was outstanding. It's a great spot for seafood! Being in the Distillery District during the holidays, it made sense to cap off the experience at an excellent restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

Excellent food and great attention to detail. Complements to the chef.
The Waite staff needs to step up their game and be more attentive to their guests.
Overall one of our favorite places to eat when we are in the area

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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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 29, 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 22, 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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vip
 (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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 (Toronto)·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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