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Pure Spirits, Toronto, ON

Pure Spirits

4.4
4.4
2250 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill is located in the Distillery Historic District. It offers an indoor dining room and a patio where you can eat while enjoying the superb industrial architecture of the Victorian era. We are renowned for being the best fresh seafood restaurant in Toronto. Pure Spirits is proud to serve you a selection of oysters from the east and west coasts of Canada as well as unique specialties from abroad. Casual dress and a strong taste for good food are essential. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you choose from our selection of local beers and wines that complement our menu perfectly. Whether you visit the theatre or the local art galleries, we strive to respect your schedule so that you finish your meal at the appointed time or, on the contrary, offer you an extended moment of relaxation on the patio to enjoy the view.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Canadian, Pan-Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 361-5859
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Johnathon Alvarado
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    There are fantastic party spaces in our sister restaurants across rom Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill. They are Archeo Restaurant, The Boiler House Restaurant and the Fermenting Cellar event space.
  • Private party contact
    Kristy Dennison : (416) 203-2363
  • Neighbourhood
    Distillery District
  • Cross Street
    Parliament
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,250 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Seafood

2,250 Reviews
  1. Michael

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Oysters and fish and chips good. Other items not so much
    Pure SpiritsResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for giving us a try, Michael! We’re happy to hear you loved the Oysters as well as the Fish’N’Chips. However, we’re sorry that we didn’t knock it out of the park for you when it comes to the other items. Please know, we would have loved to replace anything that wasn’t to your liking. We hope we can impress you more next time! Best Regards, Stuart K

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  2. Perkz

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good as stated in other reviews a bit pricy but it should be expected as it is the Distillery district where I am certain part of what are paying or subsidising is expensive real estate. Our experience was made amazing especially thanks to super professional and personable server, Michelle.

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  3. Buffy0531

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten at Pure Spirits a couple of times in the past, but only on the patio. This was our first time indoors. We enjoyed the ambiance, the noise level was low, so we were able to enjoy our conversation. The service was friendly, though it did take a bit longer than we are used to for the food to arrive. I had the lobster roll, and my husband had the "Rueben", both were delicious. A little heavy on the potato sides, given that there was a lovely, fresh side salad as well. We would definitely recommend, and will also return.

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  4. Roshan

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely delicious and yummy, value for your money. Service was excellent. Will definitely go back

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  5. SusanM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    No vibe, the recommended meal was very overcooked fish. The oysters were ok, but not a great assortment. We will not be going back.
    Pure SpiritsResponded on May 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Susan. We’re sad to know your experience with us failed to meet our standards and your expectations. Your fish should not have been overcooked and for that, we sincerely apologize. Please know, we would have loved to replace anything that wasn’t to your liking, Regardless, we hear your frustrations and have passed them along to our team for thorough review. Please know that it would be our pleasure to host you again to show you the Pure Spirits experience we are proud and capable of. Best regards, Stuart K.

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  6. JL01

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliably good oysters. Great ambience. Attentive service. Love the replica diving bell helmet on the bar top!

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  7. SonnyG

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Consistently good food enjoyed by all 4 of us - great service and good value for the large portions - hard to finish it all - no room for desert which are all good (Had them before).

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  8. Lunchlady

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food has gotten much better since last came many years back. Service was fantastic. Wonderful evening.

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  9. redvelvetyyz

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for seafood in the city! Love the new menu. Service was attentive, too.

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  10. DeanB

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Sunday at a noon opening was a bit quiet...good for a reservation with a baby starting her 'terrible twos' early. What a beautiful restaurant!!! Reception was fine, seating ideal. Ordered our oyster platter and apps..one of each for my daughter, same for me. Baby had home made lunch! Oysters exquisite! Fries with 3 dips...calamari even better. Great choice of local beers. Service bang on!!!

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  11. ShawnaM

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing and the food was excellent. I had the butter broiled lobster and my partner had the oyster sampler and seared tuna. Everything was delicious—we will come back.

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  12. Andrew

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Of the many reasons why we frequent Pure Spirits - the personal ambience, the outstanding service, the world-class kitchen - we always feel like family being treated on a very special occasion. We began with the Schucker's Dozen, followed by Belgian Moules Frites, Crab Poutine and Smoked Trout Rilletes shared amongst the three of us. Our charming host was incredibly knowledgeable about every menu aspect, recommended the ideal wine pairing and made our evening memorable. Lucky us to have Pure Spirits in our city - thanks to the entire crew.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food, good atmosphere and great servers.

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  14. AnE3

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner & the service staff were amazing!

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  15. JasonC

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great experience. Been coming here for year. A+

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  16. Lulu

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for a birthday celebration (3 girls party). One of the dishes we ordered was not available. The food was ok, but not spectacular. The server was pretty efficient, tried to accommodate for the time constraints. We still had to leave before the dessert was served (will go back as we paid for it). Also we asked about the specials, and the answer “we currently do not have any”. When I came home I saw “happy hour every day” special that is advertised on their website…

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  17. Nell

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food, but the service could be better. We waited a long time for a server to check in after we were seated. Had to ask the hostess for help. Probably won’t be back.
    Pure SpiritsResponded on April 15, 2024
    Nell, thank you for your feedback. It makes us disappointed to know we failed to meet the mark when it comes to our service. You should not have had to wait a long time to order your food and for that, we sincerely apologize. That being said, your feedback has been heard now and passed along to the team for review. We hope you give us another chance to demonstrate the 5-star service you know we’re capable of. All the best, Stuart K.

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  18. JudithM

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined there many times, at all times and in all seasons and the food, service and ambience are always absolutely perfect! Whether I'm there for a business lunch or with our growing family including grandchildren, we always feel welcome and treated extremely well from the servers to the chefs and management. We had a couple of first-timers with us yesterday and they are already dreaming of our next lunch on the sunny patio. A visit to Pure Spirits is always a satisfying and delightful experience.

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  19. intheneighbourhood

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent friendly and helpful service. Delicious food!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great resto A very nice experience - great food The waiter and manager were very helpful and nice

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  21. David

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, food was delicious, service exceptional. Definitely recommend.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed my lobster and oysters. Oysters from PY was delicious and really recommend them to try.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Michelle was the absolute best!!! She was so sweet and had great recommendations.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were very accommodating and helpful. Good service and decent food!

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  25. Freespeaker

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had a pre Valentine Dinner with my wife and overall the experience was just okay. Our food orders were acceptable and the seafood was very fresh and presented well. However. the establishment seemed to lack a welcoming feeling for us throughout the various touch points of the evening. Nothing rude or unsettling but more a air of aloofness.

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  26. SonnyG

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always consisitent - mussels are excellent - like everywhere, getting pricey

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  27. MargaretF

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service friendly and relaxed. Can’t wait to go back for more calamari.

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  28. LyndaS

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dine at Pure Spirits often for special occasions. Never a disappointment. For the first time we tried Winterlicious and had the beet salad, clam chowder and both had the ribs, creme brule and chocolate tart. I love the general menu so it was hard to veer from that, but I am glad we tried the Winterlicious menu. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the music was kept at a reasonable level, unlike many restaurants today!

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  29. AlanM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptionally fresh seafood, delicious and creative dishes.

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  30. Peter47

    Montreal

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waitperson was very helpful, and "chirpy". The food was passable/industrial, but not special, for that price. Can't believe a glass of restaurant wine, so grateful there was half price low end $9 special. :-(

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Pure Spirits regularly since it opened 20 years ago. I used to love this place. The food and service is definitely not where it once was, while the prices have increased enormously. We had red wine by the glass that must have been open for days. It was so flat and dead it was awful. It hadn’t turned though, it wasn’t “off” so we didn’t feel we could send it back. We waited forever for our food, which wasn’t good at all and our server was just cold and unfriendly. We won’t be back. Sad.

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  32. Nick

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent sea food menu. Friendly service and nice setting out in the distillery district.

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  33. ErinN

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, wonderful service! Definitely will return.

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  34. Avis

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really kind and friendly staff. They read notes on our reservation and made it special for us, they were friendly and kind. The food was delicious and the wait wasnt long for the food!

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  35. 3Bichons

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The venue is lovely and the manager who greeted us was very friendly and our server,Michelle, was super friendly, knowledgeable and fun. So when my Reuben sandwich came and was not cooked entirely, the manager and Michelle both took it very seriously and came to the table to make it right. I was very impressed with their professionalism.
    Pure SpiritsResponded on April 15, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We’re thrilled to know Michelle provided you with 5-star service during your visit. That being said, please know, your Pure “Reuben” Sandwich should not have been undercooked and for that, we’re sorry. Regardless, we’re glad to know our team rectified this issue in an efficient manner. We would love the opportunity to host you again for the chance to try some more of our flavourful menu items. All the best, Stuart K.

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  36. looking4gf

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters were fabulous. No question about that. As a celiac I wish that there were a couple more items on the menu as most were seafood options. And the fries are marked GF, but apparently they are not as the fryer is also used for other items. It would great for you to get a dedicated fryer for fries, or perhaps you could add baked potatoes to the menu which can be GF. Something starchy and GF to go with all those delicious oysters would be great. Thanks. Atmosphere was awesome - love the booths! And our server was super great.

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  37. GayaS

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waiter, great host, great drinks (coconut oil and bell pepper Caesar was incredible) and great food

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  38. RicardoDeepCove

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fabulous! Michelle our servers was wonderful as were and contact we had with staff! Food was great! See you soon! Rick

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  39. MarcusC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our table was ready for us before our reservation time, and 15 minutes before our reservation time, a text was sent to me to inform me that the table is ready. The staff are all very courteous. Our server explained to us patiently about some of the dishes and made appropriate recommendations. Food was good. It was a very pleasant experience.

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  40. MalakaH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely dinner post play. Great service and accommodating for allergies. Mussels and burger and oyster were particular favorites.

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FAQs

Pure Spirits is rated 4.4 stars by 2250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Pure Spirits

17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Parliament
  • Neighbourhood
    Distillery District
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Canadian, Pan-Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • 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
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Johnathon Alvarado
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 361-5859
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    There are fantastic party spaces in our sister restaurants across rom Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill. They are Archeo Restaurant, The Boiler House Restaurant and the Fermenting Cellar event space.
  • Private party contact
    Kristy Dennison : (416) 203-2363
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