The best oyster bars in Toronto

Oyster fans love their seafood fresh, but where do you find them so far from the coast? Luckily, Toronto's is on top of its seafood game, with a variety of fresh oysters to choose from, imported and guaranteed fresh. Whether you seek a fancy night out or a casual conch, you're sure to have a shucking good time.  Here's Toronto's best oyster bars. [Image credit: Oysters from Rodney's Oyster House by Kathleen Renne]

Pearl Diver

1
100 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K9

With a name like Pearl Diver, you can expect one of the best selections of oysters in the city. The restaurant uses local oysters as well a selection from the United States. On Thursday nights, it’s 100 oysters for $100 from 6 pm until 9 pm.

Oyster Boy

2
872 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

Mollusks for the masses is the saying at Oyster Boy, the Queen West oyster bar, retail store and catering company. The oysters arrive directly from the harvesters on both coasts, which means the selection changes daily. If you want to take some home, Oyster Boy sell oysters by the piece or by the box, just be sure to call ahead for un-shucked oysters.

John & Sons

3
56 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5

This trendy Queen West restaurant is a must for conch connoisseurs. Not only does it offer a wide selection of seasonal oysters, but it also supplies ingredients to some of the city's top chefs. Grab a cocktail and get ready for some of the best freshly shucked oysters in the city!

Rodney's Oyster House

4
469 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

Rodney’s Oyster House is the go-to spot for oysters in Toronto. Fresh oysters are the focus here and it offers shuck-to-order from a selection of nine to 26 different oysters daily. Rodney’s also hosts the Ontario Oyster Festival every summer!

Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill

5
17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

The Pure Spirits oyster menu is well balanced, showcasing the best oysters from both coastlines, with a couple of European options thrown in the mix. Located in the Distillery District, Pure Spirits is a staple on the seafood-dining scene in Toronto. Every Tuesday is buck-a-shuck!

Zee Grill

6
641 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9

At Zee Grill there are lots of oysters to choose from on the menu. The oysters are brought in from the U.S. and the Eastern and Western coasts of Canada. You can also enjoy the oysters on the raw bar samplers; the Plateau Royal comes with 12 oysters alongside mussels, clams, shrimp and lobster.

The Chase Fish & Oyster

7
10 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4

You can tell The Chase Fish & Oyster is a seafood place just by the décor, which they describe as beach house chic. The Chase has a daily offering of oysters that are shucked-to-order. Oysters come with house-made hot sauce. With its stunning rooftop patio and street level terrace, this restaurant is the perfect place to hobnob with Toronto’s elite while enjoying a platter of fresh mollusks.

Diana's Oyster Bar and Grill

8
2105 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1R 2Z4

With two locations in the GTA, you don’t have to head downtown to eat some sumptuous oysters. The selection of oysters here is abundant and changes on a weekly basis. There are locations in Markham and Scarborough.

Nomé Izakaya

9
4848 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N2

While Nome Izakaya may be known for its Japanese cuisine, it’s the selection of oysters that have earned it a spot on this list. The oysters come from B.C., New Brunswick and P.E.I. Nome has dollar oysters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

lbs. Restaurant

10
100 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2W1

The new kid on the block, Lbs., has a separate menu entirely for oysters. From P.E.I., to Ireland, the oysters come from far and wide to suit the tastes of Lbs. diners. There are also baked oysters on the menu.

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