Pure Spirits

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Seafood
Continually recognized as one of the best places for seafood in Toronto, Pure Spirits is located in the Distillery District. Nearly one hundred years ago, when temperance societies and prohibition ruled America, it was from this very room that the whiskey barrels began their clandestine journeys across the lake and around the world. Today, while more refined spirits are served up, people come for the ambience and amazing food, particularly the fresh fish and oysters flown in from across North America and abroad... everyday!
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was very happy with the experience would definitely recommend

HT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed the buffalo cauliflower pizza! Would get it again

MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my parents 55th wedding anniversary there with a simple lunch. Virginia who liked after us was exceptional. We had such a lovely visit and were enjoying our time there so much that lunch almost became dinner!

JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food and service is very good but we were disappointed because we had hoped for fish and chips.. the last time we were there the chef was able to make them for us and it was delicious.

B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy our meals at Pure Spirits and our latest dinner was no exception. Great food and service and love the ambience!

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

Excellent food and oysters. Service was outstanding from host and especially waiters.

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

We have been coming here for years. The food is always good and freshly cooked and it is so handy for Soulpepper

RR
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jay is one of the best servers at Pure Spirits. Of course everyone is great, but Jay is a pro who knows how to make an everyday dining event a special one. This restaurant consistently serves great food!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary celebration

DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not cheap, but great food. The chef understands great flavor is not overwhelming. Very good service, friendly staff. Great cocktails, too. I've eaten here probably 50 times and am looking forward to the next 50!

SL
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We visited Toronto and found great reviews for this restaurant. We were delighted beyond expectations. The chef is excellent! Fresh oysters, great seafood entrees. The Harvest Salad was very generous, even halved for us. Fresh roasted vegetables, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, quinoa and sublime dressing. Even the ciabatta rolls were delicious. Everything is made in-house. Service was great, attentive but never felt rushed. Distillery District is charming and includes shops, a bakery, restaurants and a distillery. If you can get there, GO.

r
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We started our evening with gin and tonics, which were a giant disappointment. We all noted a total lack of taste compounded by tonic that was flat. What a horrible way to begin! Our appetizers were tasty and perhaps the only acceptable part of our dinner. The trout mains were perhaps a bit dry while the potatoes and green beans should have been cooked longer. We ordered a bottle of wine and our waitress brought two bottles; the one we ordered and another of the same grape but more expensive and a simple no was not enough. And to top off our experience were the high prices for only acceptable food. It will be a while before we return.

B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely patio table, great service, great food. Wished they had a drink special of the day, but they had buck-a-shuck, so that was great :)

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Happy to have brought my friends from out of town to show case the best of Toronto. Happy for the overall service!

CV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous fish dinner! I had the Sauteed Rainbow Trout and it was to die for! My girlfriend had the Pan Seared Walleye and she loved it. Lovely atmosphere and good service. All in all a 10 out of 10!

JG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, good food and overall good experience.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Poor food. Terrible service. Disappointing trip to Distillery district

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

Have loved this place for years! Typically go during the Christmas market but tried it recently during the normal time of year. I found they had changed the menu and taken a lot of really good things off. Sadly those are the things I went wanting. I’m vegetarian and I understand it’s a seafood place so options are minimal with that being their focus. Although, they had many more meat/seafood free options before. I find it’s a great place where I could bring friends and family since they all eat seafood and I could still find yummy options for myself. Sadly my options have greatly decreased. Their drinks are always amazing and what I did get was great but I wish they’d even add a couple things back to give us more than 3 options of food. There wasn’t even a good way to substitute or remove anything from there other dishes or it would’ve been practically nothing in the dish for $25. Food for thought I’d you have different dietary needs in your party.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great Restaurant with great choices of food, especially Oysters and other seafood.

S
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We were disappointed with the food overall. Two of us had the mussels. The provencal was sent back because it smelled “off.” The thai sauce was very thin and the mussels really tiny. The poached halibut was dry and bland. The fourth diner had the chicken and said was fine. Service was good however since we were dining before the theatre and we were served quickly. But for the prices charged, the food should have been better.

RS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Usually a good place but today all the fries were old and stale - inedible. One of our mains took 30 mins (so one person didn’t have food while the other two did). Manager (very nice) ended up taking that dish off the bill but server should’ve done it automatically due to poor food quality and long wait. Visit often, hope it goes back to good!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good meal, great service and enjoyable surroundings...

LS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always bring our visitors to Pure Spirits as it is an excellent restaurant. I love the lobster pappardelle but in the past I have put comments in my reviews that they could be a little more generous with the lobster and they listened, as this time it improved. I still think for the price there could be a few more lobster chunks but it was delicious. Our friends were impressed and loved the food. Our server as a delight and very helpful with our choices.

KW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful oysters, excellent cocktails and great service!

OT
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good selection of oysters, largely east coast. Large selection of apps. Chose Fish feature was hoki in tempura balanced nicely wit quick pickled vegetables and Tuna Niçoise salad. Both were enjoyed
Service was spotty and had virtually disappeared by the end of meal

PF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I ordered mussels - they were like...muscles. Tough and tasteless.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, ambiance was perfect and our server, Addison, made our visit so enjoyable. We love this restaurant and highly recommend to anyone wanting fresh seafood in the city.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always come here for oysters and dinner. The service and food quality is always impeccable.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belated birthday

NA
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Sat on patio and had a great spot overlooking the Tank House lane with excellent service! Our waiter managed to modify the Chef’s Shucker dozen to remove 1/3 oyster types we didn’t want. I suspect they don’t do that very often - for speed of service. Really appreciated that. Their oysters are a tad pricey - closer to $4/each vs range shown on menu on OpenTable. Rosemary spiced fries - delicious!! Our mains were pretty good. Rainbow trout was tasty and a good size. However the walleye was quite small for price - tasted great though. Recommend the mixed mushroom for sharing side. Overall a great experience!

SF
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant!

MT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

It was ok. I expected more based on the reviews. It was pricey. We ordered oysters for appetizers $16 & we were served 4 oysters

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service good only complaint I have is that I called the restaurant an hour before our reservation to see if we could get into the restaurant early and I was told by a staff member that there was no available tables until my reservation time we got to the restaurant 45 minutes before our actual reservation the restaurant in fact was totally empty.

CU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. Friendly smiling faces. Everyone knows and does their jobs. Outdoor patio chairs are uncomfortable.

r
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointed in our last visit.
I requested a booth upon reservation but when we were seated by the hostess they gave us the one next to the front door ...I asked for the next one over but they said no it was reserved. Well I reserved one as well and I was there first...not sure why I couldn't move over one.
Next waitress didnt punch in our appetizer so we waited at least 45 min till she realized and then we got two orders right after each other
Finally the drinks are expensive for the smallest cocktail I've ever had! It was a little more than a shot.
I wont be back.

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

We always enjoy Pure Spirits! Thanks for another great meal!!

HT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Exceptional selection of Oysters!

RH
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a great meal and took advantage of the $1 oysters offered on Tuesdays. The food and service was great.

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

We found the outdoor chairs rather uncomfortable.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great time. Until next time.

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