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The Adelaide Oyster House, St. JOHN'S, NL

The Adelaide Oyster House

4.7
4.7
273 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
We’re a small restaurant on the corner of Adelaide and Water St. in downtown St. John’s. We carry a large selection of oysters from across Canada and our menu focuses on seafood and fun, vibrant small plates. We have a constantly rotating selection of craft beer and wines and an ever evolving cocktail list. Some call us loud, but we prefer lively!

We welcome requests for bookings at adelaideoysterbookings@gmail.com. We take two groups of 6+ Sunday through Saturday. E-mail bookings are preferred but also feel free to call us at 709-722-7222. We keep a wait list each night, so if we cannot accommodate your booking you are welcome to come down and see us!

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2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Oyster Bar, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Bar Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (709) 722-7222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Jennifer Thorne

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Parking Details

    Parking meters, Free parking after 6pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 273 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Food

  • Atlantic Canada

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Atlantic Canada

    Hot Spot

  • Atlantic Canada

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Service

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambience

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Value

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Fit for Foodies

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot Spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

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  1. LL

    LindaL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is excellent - the music very loud so happy to be seated outside! Friendly server
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Who knew cauliflower could taste so good??
  3. SC

    StephanieC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Adelaide Oyster House never disappoints! 100% recommend.
  4. AM

    AdeleM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food4service3ambience1
    Eminem for an hour? The oysters came late and short. Someone from the kitchen HANDED us our missing oyster.
  5. C

    Christina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, cocktails and atmosphere. A little pricey for small portions, but much of the other restaurants in St. John’s are the same and this one definitely had the best food!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccably shucked oysters, creative and tasty cocktails, and top quality food. Best meal we had in NewFoundland! The team here was friendly and fun. Will 1000% be back.
  7. SQ

    SusieQ

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All three of us had different dishes and they were all perfect! Tuna poke and oysters were so delicious.
  8. JO

    JONP

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just an experience every time we go. Always look forward to going...
  9. CA

    CharlesA

    New Mexico

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent non deep fried food - a rarity in Newfoundland! Great wait staff and excellent beer
  10. P

    Pkalia

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    After making this reservation for the last night of our family vacation weeks in advance we were advised at the door that we would have less than 30mins to stay bc my son was not of drinking age(17). After professionally expressing my disappointment to the hostess and manager, the manager’s only response was that the liquor license rules had changed he was not risking 20+jobs for us. It was now 8:10pm on a very busy Monday night in St John, I asked the manager what he suggest we do for dinner. No response. I completely understand the bar’s situation BUT some recognition of our disappointment/ predicament would have been nice. A I’m so sorry but….I wish this wasn’t the case but..let me see if I can get you in down the street…in the future we will send a note to reserved guests on OpenTable…..Nothing…just a very uncomfortable departure leaving us deeply unvalued. We then literally scoffed down some delicious expensive oysters, tipped the exceptional waitress well and left by 8:35pm hungry. It took a long walk and being turned away from 3 other packed restaurants to find Boca Tapas which was phenomenal in every way.
  11. s

    seaa

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Lovely staff, great menu and food was delicious. The music made it a little hard to talk.
  12. C

    Caygeon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food the staff is the best. Most helpful and friendly service We have ever received.
  13. HM

    HollyM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters in St. John’s. Great cocktails! Try the room 413, it was life changing. Cauliflower was exceptional. Yes the music was loud but it was a fun environment and we loved every minute of it. If you want a boring time go somewhere else. Thank you Adelaide Oyster House!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was amazing but the music was too loud
  15. JH

    JackH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The noise level wasn’t nearly as bad as some reviews I have read. Service was very good, food was good, drinks were good. We would go back for sure.
  16. MO

    MORRIS

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was excellent. Good service. Little bit loud
  17. PM

    PamelaM

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best time shared with friends. Great food. Amazing cocktails and phenomenal service from Mitch!
  18. CR

    CR1234

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    Food was top notch ! The reason I am giving the restaurant 4 stars is due to the music level music level way too high for whatever vibe they are going for , it’s impossible to have a conversation even if it’s trying to be trendy.
  19. JP

    JuliaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We popped in for a bite and some drinks before an event and didn’t want to leave ! Fantastic service, i could tell the staff work together as a team and have great energy. Makes all the difference in the atmosphere 10/10
  20. AG

    AngelynG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food. License has changed so that kids can't be there past 8:30pm. Helpful to inform on website or when making reservations especially given how booked the restaurant is.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Great oysters and small plate dishes. Great vibe. Love the service. Will be back.
  22. AH

    AshleyH

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always!
  23. S

    Sean

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, always make sure to get a reservation for this spot
  24. JO

    JONP

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great spot. One of the anchors of the food scene in St John's.
  25. P

    Pinky

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A great place to eat small plates. The music is loud.
  26. LA

    LauraA

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome vibe - lots of fun. The food is amazing - had oysters, fried Brussel sprouts and cauliflower and it couldn't have been better. Their cucumber speciality drink and signature margarita were both great too. Will definitely be coming back when in St John's.
  27. AJ

    AJRR

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great. Really loud.
  28. CN

    ChirpyNL

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food is absolutely delicious. The drinks are marvellous. The noise level is outrageously high. Good tunes…but sitting under a speaker with heavy bass while trying to have a conversation with food in your mouth is hilarious. Probably not a great place to go if you intend to talk to anyone at your table. Worth it for the tacos though. Just stuff ‘em in your mouth and forget the chat and you’ll be fine.
  29. RR

    RandR

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and kind service, just a bit loud for us old folk to have a conversation.
  30. RB

    RoyB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A must try when in St Johns, it is one of my regular go to spots there.
  31. S

    Sharlene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite St. John’s restaurant Tamarind mussels are the best thing I’ve ever eaten.
  32. R

    Robata

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yummy food :) no lobster :(
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food and cocktails were excellent - really fun environment with the music and staff interaction. We will be back!
  35. M

    Mlush

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mitchell was a great server! It's always a pleasure to be served by him. Super friendly and made great suggestions. Music was awesome and the food was delicious! We always come to Adelaide for birthday suppers.
  36. g

    guest

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favourite place to go in St. John’s. Absolutely love the food and atmosphere.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My brother, sister, and I were visiting from Halifax and felt honoured to get a table at the oyster house on Friday night. The food was amazing, the music was great, and the staff were over the top with excellence. Hope to return again someday.
  38. BH

    BarbaraH

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service! Definitely recommend the oysters! Started with 18 and they were so good we ordered another 18. Busy place so definitely would recommend reservations.
  39. EB

    EmilyB

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I love Adelaide so much! Food is delicious. I wish however the music wasn’t so loud. It’s difficult to speak with the people you’re dining with.
  40. B

    Boater

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant for raw oysters. Excellent service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Adelaide Oyster House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (709) 722-7222.

The Adelaide Oyster House is rated 4.7 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for The Adelaide Oyster House

334 Water St, St. JOHN'S, NL A1C 1C1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Bar Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Oyster Bar, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Parking meters, Free parking after 6pm

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Jennifer Thorne

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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