No doubt about it: Toronto’s premiere oyster shacks will shuck all your assumptions about land-locked seafood restos and transport seafood lovers to a full-oncoastal bliss. Sourcing plump, sweet oysters from east and west, these local spots celebrate the ocean’s most sumptuous snacks with unique menus and killer drinks to match.
If its name didn’t get it across, yes, this longstanding Queen West spot is all about the craved crustacean. Let the friendly and knowledgeable staff be your guide through Oyster Boy’s impressive selection of mollusks and seafood. Connoisseurs and first-timers, prepare to be impressed.
Rodney’s Oyster House is a casual seafood shack on King West, with a lively, harbour atmosphere and some seriously fresh, expertly shucked oysters. Check out Rodney’s for some of the finest, seasonally sourced oysters, seafood and other special catches. And for those seeking some late-night victuals, Rodney’s serves up the fresh-shucked snacks until 1 am on the weekends.
The Commodore is dedicated to all things seafood. If oysters and cocktails are your idea of a good time, this is the spot for you. Dig in to their market-priced oysters or a raw seafood tower, best paired with one of the Commodore’s refreshing cocktails.
Hopgood’s Foodliner is a Maritimes-inspired restaurant in Roncies, serving up mouthwatering seafood with a distinct eastern Canadian flare and a Nova Scotian hospitality to boot. There’s a lot more than chilled-to-perfection shellfish on offer here (and may we suggest multiple samplings_, but the fresh-shucked oysters are expertly sourced and alternated seasonally for a sublime ocean experience.
Bar Fancy is your no-nonsense ticket to oyster town. This laid-back (but oh-so-hip) bar offers a crazy good afterwork special featuring oysters at half price from 5 to 7 pm. With pals who are less than enthusiastic about these killer clams? Bar Fancy also has some of the best friend chicken in town, and top-notch cocktails to boot. Look out for the Queen West alleyway signage – a neon tiger face – to find your way in.
Ceili Cottage is a homey Celtic pub in Leslieville known for its hospitality, warmth and oyster platters. Ceili Cottage emulates a traditional Irish public house, transporting patrons to a cozy coastal town. With a focus on oysters and hearty Irish fare, serious passion goes into every platter served.
Pure Spirits Oyster House in the Distillery District has an impressive oyster bar with fresh selections from North America and abroad available every day. Malpeques, Kumamotos and Fanny Bays are all in attendance at this oyster party, and the impressive industrial-chic space of the resto-bar is not all that hard on the eyes either. Pure Spirits has an expansive menu of swank modern fare alongside mussels, chowder and lobster to satisfy all your seafood needs.