John & Sons Oyster House - Downtown
Best lobster roll in downtown Toronto! Great sevice and unhurried despite busy lunch hour. Has never disappointed over the years. Will go again and strongly recommend.
Fantastic lunch of soft shell crab sandwich
Over priced and nothing special: Made reservations, got seated right at the door. Water glass after initially being requested were not refilled until asked and with a bottle. (where was the bottle the first time?) Ordered oysters and they were so small for the price I wouldn't again.
The reason we went was because we thought it was an oyster specialty - we found out on this visit, it wasn't.
This was my first visit to John & Sons. My friend suggested we go to celebrate our birthdays with oysters and bubbly. We sat at the bar and enjoyed every course, more specifically, the wine. We had two dozen oysters, the smelts and octopus as appetizers. Steak frites & tuna on a fried green tomato were our mains - I enjoyed the tuna and was told the frites dish was excellent. While the plan was to enjoy some bubbles, we were offered the suggestion of a Pino Nero, which neither of us had before. It was perfect with the oysters and the rest of our meal. The service was top notch - staff were knowledgeable, kind and attentive. The music was great, too. Two bottles of wine later, we had a little glow and were quite satisfied. So much in fact, I forgot my purse and had to return. My next visit will be for the ambiance, oysters & wine.
Amazing food and great service! Had an awesome time and experience
Service was absolutely brutal. Food once served was excellent
Neil, I am sorry you had such a bad experience. We take our customer experience very seriously. Could you contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a little bit more about what happened.. or didn't happen? I appreciate your feedback and your time.
Always great. Some of my favourite seafood in the city. The oysters are always perfectly fresh and the wine list is imaginative and pairs perfectly with the seafood. Will visit again and again.....
Great Oysters and the Tuna Tartare was awesome. You have to try the lobster poutine too!
I loved everything (food, oyster) except the room temperature beer.
Easily the loudest restaurant we've ever been in. Our ears were hurting the minute we walked in. Food was delicious if not a bit expensive, drinks were even more expensive. Service was good. Don't go here for intimate conversation.
Girls were so nice and explained everything. Food was amazing and excellent service!!
Just love it! My friends and I go to celebrate or just when we need a little something special!
Love the food, ambience and the way they make you feel as a guest! As a matter of fact, I feel like going now!
Where do I start? Was an amazing dinner/evening start to finish!! Oysters were amazing! My seared tuna was probably best I’ve ever had! Staff were all attentive and super nice! Definitely going back!
I little hidden gem in the city! FYI, very intimate and noise level high...but well worth it!
Want fish with a down home feeling? This is your place. Would happily eat here several times a week.
Server was friendly and very understanding. A bit pricey (just a little bit though maybe because of the season - I ordered scallops), I was prepared to cover the bill as the host but my business partner shouldered it so I guess price is not a big factor in my responses.
Save your money and go somewhere else. The servers here must get lows tips due to the quality of the food for the price you pay.
I had the worst customer service I could possibly have. Unacceptable situation happened! Only 22 days after a refund was done. By mistake, the waitress split the bill in 3 instead of 4, so two of the people in the table paid more than supposed. I noticed the mistake and the manager told us it would be impossible to do the refund in that day. We suggested the other 2 people from the table pay the remaining amount but the manager said it was not possible because of a system limitation. She said we would have to pay again the correct amount and the wrong amount would be refund in the day after. Although we found this solution not correct, because it was a mistake from the restaurant and we would leave the place paying more than twice the correct amount, we trusted the restaurant and paid. After several calls and 20 emails exchanged with the owner of the restaurant, only 22 days after the refund was done and only because I had to go to the restaurant in person!
However, congrats to the chef, because the food was very good!
We visit John and Sons fairly often and always enjoy the oysters and the clam chowder. It is a very loud place so be prepared :)
Great food and service
Very friendly and speedy service. The Cioppino is terrific !
Amazing Seafood and service!
This is a wonderful spot. The oysters are great, and the menu has some wonderful choices. I had the nightly special that I thoroughly enjoyed - halibut and pork belly together was delicious. This is a gem.
Love this place!
Always first rate with a very welcoming and friendly staff. What’s not to like about great food . The daily special does not disappoint
Food is good. The oysters are fresh and tasty.
The service was excellent; the only problem was when we arrived, they took too long to attend and seat us.
A real hidden gem in Toronto. Not a huge menu but everything on it is awesome. The oysters are as good as they get! Whenever I travel to Toronto i always eat at John and Sons at least once.
The food was amazing. Having one service person made the service a little slow but regardless the food was epic.
Everyone~ for your appetizers have clam chowder and KFC ssam!!! They are amazing~ This place is very cozy and not loud at all.
Oysters were delicious.
Fish and chips were tasteless and the coating too thick
Best oysters I've ever had in Toronto. Tuna was spectacular.
The staff went out of their way to find us a table (we booked only an hour before dining, so that’s our fault), the service was excellent, always checking in with us, and the food was outstanding.
The atmosphere was casual and cozy, easy to converse among our table, yet private. That’s very difficult to achieve in such a small setting.
I can’t wait to go back!
Tomislav & Julie
Small quaint place, inviting. Came in sat at the bar and proceeded to wait 20 min for our first drink order. Now after that order we wanted food but it took the server a ridiculous amount of time to serve us. Unacceptable because the place is small and there was really no reason other than they lacked the basic service requirements. Horrible!!!
My sincerest apologies for your experience, as the owner I want to make sure every experience is memorable in the best possible way. Reading your review breaks my heart and I want to fix the problem. If you could private message me with some details; the time you came in as well as the name of your server or if you sat at the bar or table, and I will address the situation internally. We take these matters seriously and understand your frustration My email is john@johnandsonsoysterhousecom
It was a really busy Friday night...we ordered appetizers and oysters which were a amazing..little pricier but still good. We were satisfied by the time we left but because it was busy we didn’t notice we were charged for someone else’s drinks. Guess the waitress didn’t notice either
Too loud. Was very difficult to converse.
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