John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown
Perfect combination of high quality with laid back feel.
Delicious seafood, some of the best oysters in the City.
Excellent oysters and seafood dishes. Very flavourful. Great spot for quiet intimate dining.
First time here and was happy with the service (Kendall) was very informative and nice to chat with. Started off with a fantastic Burgundy and a few oysters. Nice pairing and a good selection of oysters from B.C. Nova Scotia PEI etc The smelts were next and very tasty. We ordered another Burgundy and then the main , a Halibut dish with spinach roasted tomatoes and white beans. Really enjoyed it but I thought for $29 the fish was small with way to many beans. I will recommend to friends and will be back for more. Cheers
Excellent food and service!
I would highly recommend it.
best seafood in Toronto...uber fresh oysters and the bouillabaisse is superb
Amazing service and food as usual. The only issue was just a bit cold where we sat.
Four of us ate there this week for dinner. Happy hour oysters were very small but fresh. Tuna tartare is outstanding and my halibut too. Other items were very good. Waitress was not friendly or engaging and hope this was a one off. Beer selection needs major upgrade to reflect their stated focus on local. Would only go back for lunch to have the Tuna Tartare though Modus Ristorante has one that rivals too.
I had the oysters and a lobster roll. Was sick for the following 48 hrs.
Awesome food! The oysters are some o& the best I’ve ever had. Ryan does a great job. I’m from Arizona and had business in Toronto. I’ll be back there and definitely make John and Sons a stop when I visit.
Everything was great except table of regulars, 3 women that were very loud and every second word was the F word, kinda ruins the dinning experience, vulgar and loud mouth , no class
Always consistantly great. Lived the scallops today and my wife love fish and chips. Service was fantastic from Colleen
Great date here. Split a fish and chips and a bunch of their Salten Rock oysters. Fun time. Good service.
Small cramped unattractive place.
This place, tucked away on Temperance St, offered a great night of delicious cocktails, fresh seafood and people watching. Perched at the bar, we could take in all of the action in this packed little restaurant. Ask for a variety of oysters and you get a beautiful platter with and explanation of where each oyster is from and what order it would be best to eat them in. Our seafood extravaganza main course was unique and delicious with an addictive mussel salad that was acidic enough to cut the richness of the lobster and shrimp, but not so acidic to blow out your taste buds. We really didn’t want to leave so we enjoyed some port and dessert, which was also fantastic. Just go.
First time, had a fabulous set of oysters and sampled some appetizers. Really a great little spot.
Small, neighbourhood spot, with a great variety on the menu. Good for pescatarians and carnivores alike, there are fish dishes among all the seafood. With tightly packed tables, as well as bar seats, the noise level is noticeably high. Food is fantastic though, and always fun to try the daily oyster specials. Will go again.
Food was awesome and the staff made it even better!
Clam Chowder (like the Grits) is something to order again, and again. It looks gagginly creamy. It is not. The clams get right through ringing clear like a clam shaped bell. Large was terrific to share or a meal if flying solo. The crutch for the Chowder is the provided 3 sad nano-croustini - clearly the same joker portioning out the lobster struck here too.
Shrimp Chorizo Grits are something to enjoy and brag about. The tangy chorizo sings nicely contrasted to the smooth cheese grits. All tempered by the fresh shrimp.
The Lobster Poutine was unfortunate. Semi-warm poutine might have crawled to the finish line if the fries were immaculate - they were not. Note to chef, skip the frites trend. Thick cut, double fry will hold the heat for longer and, as important, will convey much more potato flavour. Cook till golden on the sides and hints of brown at the edges. Get the temperature right and there will not be greasy. The main issue? The sad specks of lobster filigree. Sad for me having ordered it and cringeworthy for a chef that allowed it to be served. If market price is too high strike it. This happened on your watch. Don’t punish the patron good enough to order it or embarrass the establishment by serving it and hoping it passes.
If you care about food dine at John & Sons it is Oceanwise aware and there are gems to be craved a few times over.
We were in Toronto for the weekend and after visiting St. Lawrence market, we were hungry for seafood. I had my eye on a couple of places to eat, but couldn't get a table at some and landed on John and Sons - so glad we did. I was a little concerned that the menu was thin, but we knew what we wanted, fish and chips and oysters and they had these on the menu. We were not disappointed! The oysters were fresh and delicious - we let our server put a platter together for us, they even brought me one oyster that was the last of it's kind and it was amazing. Our server, Maria was friendly, helpful and very attentive! They had a mussels special that we ordered and it was divine! We've had mussels plenty of times, but they put good crusty bread at the bottom of the bowl so all the delicious bowl is all soaked in the bread - genius! It was a good portion of mussels too! We shared the fish and chips and they were really good as well. Light batter, but very crispy and good fries. If we come back to the city, we would come back.
They serve mouth watering fresh oysters. The server gave us 4 variants of oysters that wete not written on their board coz they arrived fresh in the afternoon. Loved their calamari too! Great ambiance. Perfect for quick date nights.
Great bar. Obviously great oysters and seafood. Also maybe the best burger in the city.
Happy hour is great!
Good food in a small, but lively setting. Very attentive and prompt service that didn't feel rushed. Allowed us to eat, converse and leave at our own pace. That's what I want at a friendly business lunch. Only drawback is the proximity of other tables. It would not be a venue for a private conversation.
Best tuna fish in town!!!
Love the oysters at John and Sons, excellent as always! Clam chowder very hearty and almost a meal in itself. Only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 is a lack of craft beer selection.
I have dreamt of the smelt for a year since I last tasted them. Tonight brought me back...two dozen oysters to start, Prosecco and smelt. Can't ask for more than that!
Great experience, service and amazing food. Shrimp Sliders - don’t ever take this off the menu!!!!
A small restaurant. A bit of a disappointment. There bits of shell in my oysters. A limited menu but the food was good. The service was very friendly.
We dropped in on the evening of Friday October 12thfor the fresh oysters. Was served by a very pleasant young woman. Service was excellent and friendly. Oysters and fixings were fresh and tasty. Pork belly was presented well but portion was very small and a little less juicy then I expect for this cut and tasted like warmed over pork. Spatzle and red cabbage was good. We’d go back again. Liked the feel of the place and it would be worth trying again.
It was very loud and a little pricey but the food was awesome!!!!
I was very surprised at how loud it was. Good food though
Wonderful oysters, frites and Prosecco at great prices during happy hour. Unfortunately this restaurant is very popular with the after-work crowd and it does get loud.
The Best! So lovely! The service was amazing - - we had a lot of restrictions and they were able to meet every one of them while genuinely being nice about it!!! Definitely going back :)
Very good oysters they made selection for us . (We asked them to) server very friendly. Would go again.
It was very loud, the prices were unnecessarily high and the oysters were not that good
We had a fabulous server who made great suggestions. The food was fresh, and tasty.
Service is slow and menu limited, but pricey. Dinner for 3 w no alcohol was $137. Fish and frish saturated in cooking oil. Ironically, best dish at our table was the steak frites! May be a good place for a quick drink after work.
This is place is unpretentious and offers a good diversity of oysters. The appetizers and the meals are almost the same size which we felt was somewhat confusing and there was quite a wait between courses. Servers are very friendly though. Not for every dining but if you're looking for an oyster fix, definitely a place to consider.