The top 20 seafood restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood
Seafood restaurants in Toronto are as plentiful as the yield of a good catch. Whether you want to splash out a fine dining establishments, feel like a baller taking down a tower of shellfish, or simply enjoy a lobster roll at a fish market, these seafood purveyors have got what you need.
Here are my picks for the top seafood restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon is kind of a gritty bar where one might not expect to find a solid seafood supper, but wow can you ever. Whole lobsters with slaw and corn on the cob for $25 are an excellent example, as is the lobster poutine ($17), blackened haddock po'boy ($14), and the seafood linguine ($18).
Whether looking to knock back a couple Malpeques (MP), slurp up a seafood chowder ($8), or dive into a bowl of steamed mussels ($19), Pure Spirits Oyster House is the place to go when dining out on shellfish in this historic neighbourhood.
Honest Weight is a fish shop and luncheonette where the daily catch inspires the menu. Look forward to a glass of wine while dining on seafood okonomiyaki ($14), Tamil-style curried fish ($18), and steamed clams and mussels with bacon ($14).
Pearl Diver is the seafood restaurant and oyster bar from Patrick McMurray, also known as Shucker Paddy, who holds three Guinness World Records for shucking. Aside from oysters, expect to find a cured fish platter ($17), grilled whole fish (MP), and Caesar cocktails made with fresh clam juice.
Rodney's Oyster House is an institution where fresh oysters share the menu with boiled and cracked lobsters (MP), dungeness crab, (MP), and seasonal specialties like steamed mussels ($14) and periwinkles by the bowl ($8).
For valet parking and white table cloth fine dining head to Chiado, an upscale Portuguese seafood restaurant where sardines ($12) are served raw or grilled, and entrees include piri piri glazed monk ﬁsh ($40).
The Commodore isn't your average seafood bar, but rather an elegant speakeasy-style establishment where the decor is just as attractive as the menu. Go for oysters or seafood towers or wade into unfamiliar waters with options like the calamari ragu risotto.
Fresh Off The Boat makes an excellent lobster roll ($15) overflowing with succulent picked shellfish in a buttered split-top bun. Also noteworthy is the deep fried softshell crab sandwich ($16) which will draw you in with its come-hither claws.
Crab Harbour is a high-end Japanese restaurant where the thing to order is the sharable set meals. The Asabi set ($128) for two, for instance, includes 10 different dishes including whole snow crab, steamed crab egg custard soup, crab leg sashimi, and crab shabu.
Maritime inspired restaurant Hopgood's Foodliner sources sustainable seafood for its menu featuring shrimp and grits ($14), smoked salmon bagels ($13) at brunch, and steamed little neck clams ($22), and Newfie fried rice ($20) studded with crab, scallops and salmon roe at dinner.
Diana's Seafood Oyster Bar is adjacent to its massive fish market of the same name. On the menu you'll find everything from grilled octopus ($18) and fried calamari ($13) to sea scallop risotto ($32) and bouillabaisse ($28).
ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
Across the street from the historic St. Lawrence Market, find casual eatery, Market Street Catch dishing out fish fry baskets ($19+), seafood linguine ($17), and grilled items including jumbo prawns ($16+) and BBQ octopus ($15.25).
YONGE & EGLINTON
Part fish monger, part lunch counter, Fish Street Market and Open Kitchen lets customers point to any item in the ice box and have it cooked up to order. A chalkboard menu offers inspiration with options including tacos ($14-$17), pastas ($17-$20), sandwiches ($14-$16) and fish n' chips ($12-$16).
Joso's is a family-owned and operated restaurant that's been in business on Davenport since the '70s. The menu draws inspiration from the Dalmatian coast offering standouts like insalata di mare ($15), fisherman style shellfish risotto ($56), and whole grilled calamari ($26).
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