John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown is out of the way from the hustle and bustle of the financial core but at the same time right in the middle of it, hidden away. From ducking down our little street, you feel as though you are doing something deliciously wicked. When you walk in the door of our 40 seat joint, you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon the best speakeasy in town and you’re getting away with flouting all the rules while everyone else behaves. You may think you’ll only have a few oysters and a quick drink while you’re there, but everything around you conspires to make you want to stay longer. Our fare varies according to the time of year, coastal fishing quotas and weather conditions. We can always shuck to order from a selection of 5-10 different Oysters daily, drawn from both our own beds in P.E.I. and the best growers in Canada, the USA and further abroad.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
Frankfurt Area
86 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fresh delicious seafood. Loved the clam chowder and fish tacos.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing - had the oysters, octopus, tuna and the daily special! Space is cozy and intimate - will definitely go back!

MN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The tuna BLT was fantastic and service was quick and friendly. Would definitely come back!

RJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Tis is an interesting place. Good food, for sure. Lots of activity. Problem is the noise. It is very "live" both in absence and in noise. It is not pleasant having to yell at your table-mates to be heard. There do not appear to be quiet areas.

NK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great experience! We enjoyed food a lot as a family!

C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the most fantastic seafood creations come out of this little hidden TO gem. A must eat!

GP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fresh seafood wonderfully prepared

KD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, non pretentious atmosphere and excellent service. Highly recommend... I’ll be back

DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Was not impressed with our visit to John and sons. Partner ordered the fish and chips and it came back as under cooked mush breaded fish. Prices were not reflective of the value. Not a great experience.

SD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great meal at John and Sons. Great selection of oysters, excellent wine list and perfect fresh fish dishes.

S
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb. Wonderful food, excellent choices. Staff were super, friendly, efficient and very helpful.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best/friendly staff with FRESH well cooked food.

KC
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Lobster roll was delicious, served quickly and perfectly. The server was difficult to access after the meal, meant that we couldn't order tea/coffee and had to wait longer than we wanted to pay the bill. Service at the beginning of the meal was quick and efficient. Terrific place, nice decor

SP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Great service too.
We will come back for sure.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Can’t wait to go back ❤️

JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lively, great atmosphere. Food was creative yet delicious.

JO
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Small place, friendly servers and good oysters! Great place to meet a friend for lunch or after work.

B
Frankfurt Area
87 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great fish and seafood. Our table did the fish and chips and moules frites. Amazing!

RO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great night for me and my wife...all the staff was awesome....too bad about the engagement not happening!!

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Has lunch there super cozy and very loud. Not good for business lunch but with friends it works

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Personal favorite.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance! Food was amazing. Definitely going back.

NV
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

John and Sons has amazing, fresh seafood and a warm welcoming atmosphere!

SH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The good: food was excellent. We had oysters, octopus as app and halibut and scallops as main. They were very fresh and delicious. Our server was helpful.

The bad: service was very slow. We waited 35 mins to get our first app and wait another 40 mins to get our main. I told the hostess we were here for my girlfriend’s birthday but there was no acknowledgement.

FV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and phenomenal service. We had such a great time there. Definitely coming back !

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

お店は広くないものの、良い雰囲気で、サービスは良く、食事も美味しかったです。

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AJ
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service, atmosphere, and located on the coolest little hidden street in Toronto!

RL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It would be even better if there were some food items for happy hour shareables.
Something simple like prosciutto and cheese, nachos , wings.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food!

B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thai Salad HAS to be a regular menu item - outstanding.

Brett

F
Tucson
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Casual, laid back spot, with the nicest hostess, which was also our server. Came here before a show, so timely service was important, and she made sure we were taken care of. Our server helped us with the oyster choices, took interest in our opinions, and was overall lovely! Food was good, but wished they served salads. Reservation gets you a window seat for 4. Nice atmosphere!

s
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really great dinner - never disappointed!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! Oysters were so fresh. Waitress was very helpful at explaining the foods that would fit within my dietary restrictions. Overall great experience for a first time visit! Will definitely be coming back!!

ED
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best oyster spot in Toronto . I have been many times and I won’t go anywhere else . Highly recommend .

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience

MT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome time for my first time here. Food was delicious and service was great.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great meal and staff were pleasant . The best oysters we’ve had in a very long time

R
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Es un lugar con muy buena comida, muy cálido y placentero

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OT
Toronto
116 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the welcome greeting to fantastic service and the best food as we had octopus and smelts to start and fantastic pickeral. Staff and management here are so consitantly great

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating a work occasion here with colleagues. Great seafood and drinks. Great service. Would definitely come again.

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