The Adelaide Oyster House

4.6
196 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 196 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

First off service was incredible and had a great time. The drinks were yummy. Had oysters which were amazing. Ordered the Brussel sprouts as per usual but they were incredibly greasy. Ordered two tacos. ( fish and tuna ) fish was great tuna was very bland. The menu was extremely limited and that may be due to the pandemic so I can’t really complain there. Will be awhile
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!!!

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HeidiE
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Music was way too loud. I’m confident everyone eating there would appreciate not having to yell across the table.

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A1234
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Totally amazing food! Limited wine list. Very loud music! Hard to talk and our ears were ringing after leaving.

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christiner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food great drinks
Tables too close together and
1 1/2 time limit sucks!

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LEIGH22
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Cozy chic spot. Amazing service. They specialize in Small plates, cocktails, and of course, oysters! Oysters are definitely the star of the show.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service !

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Dinerdonna
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Innovative dining. A really enjoyable combo of relaxed and elegant. Can't wait to go back.

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RyanS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite place to eat in all of Newfoundland and Labrador. The service is always great and the food is extraordinary. Never fails to impress me. Always changing the menu with more exquisite plates. love it.

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ShaunaH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place to eat in the city. Food is always top notch as well as the service. Love the lively atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly a wonderful experience! :) everything from being greeted at the door, the service, the speed of service, the drinks, the food, AMAZING!

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vipPaulB
Ottawa
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Noisy restaurant but service and food is superb

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SherriO
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great cocktails, and great service every time.

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Hawk
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awsome as always. There's a reason I keep coming back :)

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AmeliaW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

The noise level is beyond tolerable. The service and food was great but you can barely enjoy anything when things are that loud. You absolutely cannot hear the people at your own table. Definitely would not recommend, which is a shame because they have a lot of good things to offer.

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PamelaM
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy 7th Adelaide. Thanks for yet another incredible night with friends. Good drinks. Good food. Good music. Good times!!!

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ScottF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vibrant spot with great food and an energetic staff. Loud, for sure, but a lot of fun and good value too.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing food, great drinks, and a fun atmosphere. It’s loud. They know it. We love it.

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JoelH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every drink and plate was superb and the oysters were amazing! We’ll be back for sure:)

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite place to eat in St Johns, best restaurant hands down. Food,drinks,staff are outstanding

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DamianW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

All food was good. We tried everything on the menu.

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vipTimG
Atlantic Canada
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing time last night. Mitch was awesome.

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CatherineM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent dinner and delicious drinks. The oysters were amazing!!!! Only negative thing I have to say is that it is SUPER loud and hard to have a conversation with the person you are there with.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the music to the food to the drinks to the service…10 out of 10!!

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FredW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Edit:
Though my below review is accurate for the experience we had, I would like to commend the management for following up with me immediately and offering to rectify the issues and offering a gift card for a future visit (Thank you Jennifer)
Booked for tonight September 22nd for our 29th anniversary.
Kobe beef lettuce wrap was over cooked mussely meat pattie, lemon grass noodle bowl had burnt noodles and chicken (actually tasted like something that you forgot in the pan/oven and was inedible)
Ordered fish taco and received a tuna taco which arrived at the table 5 minutes before my husbands app (we specifically make sure there is no cilantro listed in the menu) when we eventually got the proper taco it had cilantro though it wasn't listed as an ingredient.
Tune poké also had cilantro that wasn't listed as an ingredient.
It cost us $65.00 for a bottle of wine and an app (kobé lettuce wrap) that was not good and then we left to go get something edible at another restaurant.
Sooooo disappointed in your restaurant.

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ChristineJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous experience but very loud. A little quieter would have been nice for table talking. Our server Mitchell was top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around. Music a bit too loud for us, but otherwise a great dinner and experience.

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EvanP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Third time to Adelaide. Consistently great food and cocktails. Great staff and awesome energetic environment

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MWandco
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, very hip
Great food and cocktails
Great music blasting - could hear my dining partner but not the other table’s conversation so good for privacy. Perhaps not as good for a party of 4 or more though.
Would we return? Definitely. Try the crispy fish taco and the kobe beef lettuce wrap - and get a few extra napkins! Very juicy!

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AngelaR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun crowd and excellent food. Fish taco - outstanding!!

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Lexi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very good place to have amazing food, nice oyster. We had a good experience there. Recommend for energetic people for the ambulance.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

I love Adelaide Oyster House. I’ve been on several occasions and each time I visit the prices go up and up. This time the food and drinks were fantastic as usual however the prices were insane. We each had one drink, and shared 1 small plate of sashimi, 1 small dish of Brussels sprouts, and 3 tiny lettuce wrapped tacos and the bill was over $100 after tax and tip. Drinks were $14 for a cocktail and $10 for a tap beer. We were left so hungry we had to go elsewhere to fill up. Also the menu has a legend for GF but nothing on the menu was marked GF or able to be made GF, making it very difficult to plan in advance if you have celiacs disease. Excellent food but don’t plan to have a full meal there.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing first time experience

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Foodie
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience3

The food and service were good it was a bit pricey but the extremely loud music spoiled what would have been a good experience

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Craig
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

They didn’t have the choices I was interested in. Very little available on the menu. Suggest management do a better review of ingredients needed for the wee/weekend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best oysters ANYWHERE!!

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JaynaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing as usual and our server was outstanding!She was cheerful and attentive to our table of 8.We will be back again no doubt😉

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SShivji
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The oysters were out of this world. The scallop ceviche was to die for. The music was spot on. The crowd was alive! Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

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NatalieP
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food as per usual. But it’s honestly impossible to have a conversation without losing your voice from screaming to be heard.

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Westernvisitor
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Great food and cool location. Service was ok. Don’t expect to have a conversation as it is very loud.

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 4.6 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.