Joso's

4.7
409 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
Founded by Joso Spralja in the 1960′s, Joso’s restaurant has achieved continuous success of over 41 years in business. It is truly a unique dining experience which transports guests to the warmth and beauty of the stunning Dalmatian coast. An all encompassing, sensual journey… guests are lured into a collection of Joso’s artistic expressions. A feast for the senses, one finds themselves surrounded by voluptuous female forms, Adriatic Sea motifs and a multitude of gold and bejewelled trinkets on every wall, shelf and corner. From the kitchen and to your table arrives a dazzling array of fish species from across the globe, each carefully and knowledgeably described by your server. Prepared with the utmost care and simple, traditional flavours, your meal is presented in all of its natural beauty.
NB-Joso's has 2 floors for dining - main floor and upstairs. If you have any accessibility concerns, please let us know so we may do our utmost to accommodate.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 925-1903
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Manuel Moreno
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Avenue Rd
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Parking Details
Joso's does not have private parking. Limited street parking and a small private lot at the SE corner of Avenue Rd & Pears Ave.
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Public Transit
Our closest TTC stations are Bay, Rosedale and Museum. There are bus routes on both Avenue (from Museum) and Davenport Road (from Bay)
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Starting from 5pm, we are allotting a 2 hour timeframe for your reservation (2.5 hrs for 4-6 guests). No time restrictions on reservations from 930pm onward.
We are taking credit cards for all bookings, and will require 48 hours notice of cancellation to avoid a charge of $50 per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 409 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just fantastic. If you’ve never been, you must go. Try that Leonardo pasta🙌🏻

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FG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and fresh seafood. Loved that the server was knowledgeable and friendly

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KB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful place to be! Reasonably priced delicious food!

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TT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious grilled fish and seafood expertly prepared , wonderful pasta...friendly, cozy and welcoming with very good service, also a celebrity haunt. Good reasons it’s been popular for over 40 years !

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TD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always spectacular. Never disappoints.

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AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been coming to Joso's for years and will continue to do so as long as I am in Toronto! This restaurant takes you on a true Mediterranean culinary experience. The fresh food and fish selection is phenomenal and the decor is nothing like you find anywhere else. You will understand what I mean when you go there LOL. In general the food is absolutely delicious and the wait staff is incredibly attentive, polite and caring. If you've never been here before then you're missing out.

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Kim provided a great blend of professional, informed and warm service.
Good wine.
My partner’s shrimp was slightly overdone .
( I know that shrimp has a narrow window of cooking time). It was also a farmed, Vietnam sourced product. Fresh, non- farmed shrimp is still available in the Western Hemisphere.
My Squid pasta needed more personality. Very little flavour.
Thanks,
Rick

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JK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time with friends. You really can go wrong, homerun everytime.

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WL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Joso's has been a Toronto favorite of ours since it was recommended by a friend several years ago. We ate here for the third time two nights ago and it was as good as ever. Joso's is able to duplicate the gastronomic experience of a seaside restaurant where the fish comes fresh from the boat and is grilled without the need for creative sauces to mask a lack of freshness. In order to pull this off in the heart of an inland city like Toronto requires connections and knowledge of the source fish and the expense of bringing it quickly to the kitchen. Add in its eclectic collection of original art and Joso's keeps us coming back. Yes, you will pay more, but to me, this is what a fine restaurant should be - a place that delivers an experience one cannot get by eating at home.

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MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food excellent, service excellent and friendly, good advise on food items and wine selection but the bill was steep for what we consumed

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Jos's has always been a favorite. Food, scenic and impressive. Well done Joso's. I will be returning.

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

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in thge world for over 30 years! A must every time I visit Toronto! Best black ink pasta and fresh fish grilled to perfection! A fun night, meeting new people, it's a cosy restaurant with friendly staff and patrons!

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AS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Found this place searching online and was thoroughly impressed. Amazing seafood and pasta!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dinning experience. Thanks for making our first time special.

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DK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently delicious. My favourite restaurant in the city for it’s outstanding food, great service and wonderful atmosphere

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BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joso's never disappoints. Best fresh seafood in the city and eclectic artwork to enjoy as well.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

They forgot about the special event anyways was a great experience

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D
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent selection of fresh fish. Done perfectly. Very good service. Expensive but worth the price.

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SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating our Anniversary we choose Joso's as I had not been - sacrilege, I know! What a wonderful, romantic evening with delicious food, great atmosphere and above-the-bar service. Highly recommended. Thanks to Paul for indulging us in the history of this iconic eatery, very much appreciated. Can't wait to go back!

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Decided on Joso’s because it was my wife’s BD and she loves seafood. We where impress with the service, ambiance, the cappuccinos, and the fresh appetizers. My suggestion is to have the fresh fish as it is quite the experience to see how the server debone the dish at your table. I would not recommend the italian style dishes as they are a little lite on the seafood ingredients. The cocktails are creative and it gets festive around 8 ish. Don’t go earlier. Would have loved to see pictures of the food on the menu.

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

We always are happy with our meals at Joso’s. A very good place for seafood but covers the other bases as well. It’s very comfortable and at such with some fun sexy art around. It’s not white tablecloth waiter in tux fancy, but it’s definitely upscale. I’d always recommend it. It’s consistently excellent

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MB
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great menu if you love seafood from around the world. Cozy and unique setting.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

We love this colourful and charming restaurant where sometimes fun parties even share their food. The decor is great and the seafood so delicious. One can call ahead and reserve special fish. The person who overseas it all is amazing. Thank you Paul.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as always

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p
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Very nice fresh sea food. A bit overpriced for the experience. Tables are too close to each other so hard to have a private conversation without the table next to you hearing everything. I found the decor quite dated and out of touch. Service was ok.

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D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely place, food was lovely the price wasn't lovely.

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h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If you like seafood, this is the place. Food and service was excellent. Amazing history. Highly recommend. Will definitely go back.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always. My kids enjoyed too. Service is a bit slow but we were not hurry so ok. We will go back again for sure.

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BK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Josos was great. They made a special dinner extra special. Great management and staff that have so much passion about delivering a great experience. Thank you so much

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FT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, staff and ambience exceeded my expectations. It was exceptional!!! The staff truly cares about the history of the restaurant and want to ensure that patrons have a memorable dining experience.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Wonderful food

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AC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We usually come here for the grilled calamari and the siciliana. We tried other dishes in the menu and most of them are very good. The fresh grilled fishes tend to be on the expensive side and the bread basket can be better. But all in all a gem of a restaurant that we enjoy coming regularly.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was all so amazing! Thank you so much for such a pleasant experience and very very delicious food!!

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MK
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great place. A little tight. Small tables/seating area. Excellent cutting edge food!

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BC
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Joso's is a gem. A delightfully whacky interior coupled with wonderful fresh seafood and an attentive staff. Next time we are in Toronto, we will be back.

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MS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Joso’s. I especially loved the pasta with squid ink, and the calamari.

Crazy art all over every inch of wall makes for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Service was great, the waiter’s recommendations were spot on. Good place for fine food and conversation.

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G
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have know about this restaurant for some time but have never had the opportunity to dine there until recently. Should have dined there sooner! We will definitely be back. The restaurant is small but very lively. The service is excellent. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable. The food is outstanding!! Genuine and traditional. Perfectly cooked. Well presented. Good wine list but limited wines by the glass. Overall, an excellent experience in an outstanding restaurant.

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MI
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Must eat at while in toronto. Unique and one of a kind.

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R
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with fascinating art, fabulous food and wonderful staff. A real gem!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very tasty food, grilled fish selection and squid ink risotto were good. Decor was interesting. Service was average. However, overall I feel the restaurant is overrated and overpriced.

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