Pure Spirits

4.4
1432 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill located in the Distillery District offers both indoor dining as well as patio dining where visitors can take in the beautiful Victorian Industrial Architecture. Well known as one of the best fresh seafood restaurants in Toronto, Pure Spirits is proud to serve a selection of oysters from both the East and West coasts of Canada as well as unique offerings from abroad. Casual dining attire and a love of great food is required. Friendly service staff are trained to guide you through our extensive selection of local beers, wines and cocktails to pair with our menu. Whether on a schedule to visit the spa, the theatre or the local art galleries we are geared to get you out on time or offer a relaxing extended stay on the patio to enjoy the sites. Pure Spirits is a must visit spot in the City of Toronto.

Please note all reservations are for our indoor space only. The patio is first come first serve.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Canadian, Pan-Asian
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(416) 361-5859
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tim Miles
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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.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Parliament
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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
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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, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1432 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Always love going there!

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RS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good - however the wine is highly overpriced for the quality ($18+ per glass)..much better options in the city for that price with better ambience. Service was excellent though!

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JS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent casual restaurant with great food and great service

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EL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The servers were extremely pleasant and helpful. ........................................................................................................................................................

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PK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous dinner on our date night. We loved the Malpeque Oysters that were great and well presented with fresh horseradish and 3 sauces. The Traditional Provençal Mussels had nicely balanced white wine sauce great for dipping bread in. The 6oz Black Angus Tenderloin was a good size and was cooked to perfection a medium rare. We greatly appreciated the generous portion and variety of the Roasted veggies.

They have a good selection of wine by the bottle or glass. We had a St. Clair Sauvignon Blanc and an Italian Valpolicella, Fumanelli, both well balanced and well mated to the meal.

Service was fantastic with a knowledgeable and friendly server Julia and we also appreciated the personal attention the General Manager Matthew gave us and other guest. Highly recommend.

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DB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We ordered 2 dozen oysters (Malpeques) & they were small & not meaty at all. Very disappointing!!. If we were paying a buck a shuck, as on Tuesdays, maybe we would have thought "get what you pay for" ....
The rest of the food was fine but not as good as it could be for the price. Think the menu needs some tweaking.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For anyone who enjoys oysters and seafood, Pure Spirits is great! My date and I shared a dozen oysters, Squid Ink Linguine with clams and shrimp and Tuna Poke. All delicious and affordable! Also, because it's nestled in the Distillery District, you can enjoy the Xmas Market in the winter and the cute shops in that area. Perfect for a date night or outing with friends and colleagues!

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday with awesome service and good food!!

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MB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow! Great food, great service, great ambiance! I'd go back tomorrow for more!

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SE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Have eaten here usually every 6 months and every time I am impressed with the service. The service here can match any restaurant. They provide insight to both wine and food options, while continually trying to ensure your experience is a memorable one.

We had made a reservation during a busy time (Christmas Market) yet when we arrived the manager ensured we had desired seating, only to check in later on our experience.

I wish we lived closer so I could go more often.

Thank you to the staff.

Steve

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went for the Malpeque oysters (most popular oyster about) ….. out of stock : ( , and its an oyster bar) . They did comp me a discount on the higher priced oysters but it did take effort. All in all a good place - will be back

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HD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a lovely evening. The food was outstanding. My husband had the steak which melted in his mouth - so good - and I had the salmon which was delicious! Great service.

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JL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super friendly service and delicious food in a cozy fun atmosphere in one of the coolest neighbourhoods anywhere! A really good restaurant in a destination neighbourhood!

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V
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it, great food, great location, nice atmosphere, can’t wait to go back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Very good menu selections that are a little different from a lot of other comparable places. Prices are reasonable. Our waiter made our night!!

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E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent service. All requests done as requested.

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JO
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant restaurant. Great food and service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nothing to complain about at this fantastic restaurant! Great service, atmosphere and amazing tasting food! Highly recommend a visit to anyone considering it.

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LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We live in the Distillery District and had company for the weekend. I made a reservation here simply for the convenience of the location. All six of us were thrilled with the restaurant -- the ambiance, the service, the food. I have never been out for dinner where people couldn't stop raving about how delicious the food was. The staff was very attentive and accommodating - brought those of us who are skeptical about raw oysters a sample and they were delicious. We had a visit from the chef after dinner and he was so happy to hear our well deserved praise. I can't say anything negative about our experience. It's pricey but for once I felt the food and experience were 100% worthy of the money we spent.

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R
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Pre theatre dinner.

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C
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was much improved from our last visit early in the fall.

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D
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Mussels were average, beer selection good, Tokyo Chowder was fabulous and the highlight of the night. Fun part of town to walk around

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B
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our family’s second visit. We came back because our son (age 19) loved it so much the first time (as did we). Came back with our daughter (age 21) and we had an wonderful evening/dinner. Oysters, appetizers, entrees and dessert - all outstanding. We’ll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, speedy service, great atmosphere. Would definitely go back

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AI
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the place, food is nice, service good , oyster fresh

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and the food was amazing
Will definitely visit again

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JM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A great place to get together for a meal and catch up with family or friends. The cocktails are delicious and in the warm weather the patio is a wonderful. O way to relax. The wait staff are truly professional and go the extra mile to serve. Oh - did I mention the warm bread that comes in plentiful supply? Delicious!

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JF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pure Spirits is my and my husband’s favourite restaurant. It’s where we go for every special occasion; including our one year anniversary this past Saturday. It was also where we dined the night he proposed to me so it holds a special place in our hearts. We LOVE the oysters and get them every time we go. The service is always fabulous and the hostesses are very kind and accommodating.

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TB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food!

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e
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good food, service was ‘ok’. We’d visit again.
Good selection of oysters.

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OT
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and ambiance
Always a pleasure to visit

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t
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

We went for buck a shuck night and my girlfriend and I waited 33 minutes for our first order of a dozen oysters to come to our table. Servers were far too busy to provide necessary service. We waited 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged our table, 5 minutes for a server to come and take a drink order, and 15 minutes for that drink to get to us. We then ordered a dozen oysters which we didn’t receive for another 33 minutes. Our drinks sat empty on our table as servers speed-walked by us. In over an hour and 20 minutes we managed to eat 6 oysters each and our second round of drinks got to us while we were paying our bill. We left to go eat somewhere else.

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NA
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the place and miss the food but need to save the money first! Will be back soon

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance. Waitress Cheyenne and Manager Mathew went out of their way to ensure a memorable birthday experience for my 5 year old grandson and both of our birthdays. Little did they know this was the night before a very major surgery at Sick Kids. Their positivity paved the way to a successful outcome. Thank you for great dining experience from which Elliot proclaimed best restaurant in Toronto. Why? Best bread with melted butter.

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b
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food was undercooked. Staff were not interested in working and creating an experience

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MC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food was good but everything we did want to order was out. Which is upsetting because you look forward to it and then when you order it you’re told there is no more. Should have told us right away what is sold out

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i
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Although our server was very friendly and welcoming, it took an unusually long time to get our appetizers and mains once ordered. Since we were there for theatre, we were conscious of the time. Two of us ordered the salads, one with supposedly grilled chicken and the other with shrimp. The chicken was square pieces pre-frozen something although the shrimp looked freshly grilled - both were light on ingredients for a chopped salad. the appetizers were good although the calamari was overcooked. Not impressed.

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C
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

We have dined here before and have always been pleased with the food and service but I think they are cutting back. We were not offered bread for the table and, I ordered a Caesar Salad with the added option of a chicken breast for $8. I counted 6 tiny pieces of chicken about the size of my pinky finger nail - hardly a chicken breast. They need to change the menu description to small pieces of chicken and reduce the price to $1. Also they did not have the dessert my friends ordered and did not offer an alternative. We were disappointed.

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SW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Darren was awesome. The food was fabulous. Can’t wait to come back.

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