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Diana's Seafood Delight

Posted by Tim / Posted on July 4, 2008

Diana's Seafood Delight OystersIt may not be as well known as some other fish mongers in the city, but Diana's Seafood Delight is definitely one of the best. In business since 1979, Diana's has built up a loyal clientele that's a who's-who in restaurant circles and includes names like Starfish, North 44, the ACC and George Brown College.

It may surprise some to learn that Diana's is something of a Toronto outpost to Montreal's famous Waldman's and La-Mer. Diana worked with her two brothers in Montreal before branching out on her own in what was a dreary stretch of Scarborough in the late 70s. Originally, the business was purely wholesale and supplied seafood products to large grocers like Loblaws and A&P.

But over time the business refined its focus and now caters mainly to restaurants as well as a growing consumer base through its retail operations.

So what to get?

The star attraction here is definitely the oysters. From New Brunswick Beausoleil to BC Kumomotos, Diana's has a lock on the best oysters available on the market. Forget about shopping retail at Oyster Boy or Rodney's. Just go to Diana's and you'll get the best stuff at decent prices.

But coming here for oysters alone would also be a mistake. The store has a large Greek customer base and flies in fresh sardines, anchovies and other fish from waters in the Mediterranean weekly, arriving on ice Wednesday mornings. Line-ups start before Diana's even opens so if you want some of the Greek loot you'll need to get here no later than Wednesday at noon.

If memories from Greece isn't your thing the best day to shop here is Friday. Since a lot of fish and oysters arrives on Thursday, Friday will inevitably have the best and freshest selection. Along with the usual favourites like halibut, snapper and tilapia, you'll likely find some more intriguing offerings including sea urchins, organic black cod from BC and organic Irish salmon.

Rounding out the selection here are fridges full of smoked salmon (sent from Waldman's famous smokehouse), buckets of feta cheese, olives, halva, squid ink, various kinds of caviar, organic yogurt and mussel salads.

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10 Comments

geoduck / February 19, 2010 at 07:03 am
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Gooey Ducks grow to about two pounds in four or five years.
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Sarah / June 21, 2011 at 06:35 pm
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Anyone know if Diana's stocks monkfish regularly?
vicky / April 18, 2012 at 04:25 am
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from next month i will import fish in toronto from greece if your intrested send me an email thank you
Adeola replying to a comment from vicky / June 28, 2012 at 11:36 am
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very much interested, please get back to me...TY
Nick replying to a comment from Adeola / July 18, 2013 at 04:11 pm
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I would like some fish from Greece please contact me, thank you.
Michael Love / September 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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Hello,
I am doing a project for the Nuit Blanche festival at the beginning of October. I will have roughly $1000 to spend on filleted Salmon. Do you know how much fish I can get for that much money?
Thanks
Michael
Russell replying to a comment from Michael Love / November 2, 2013 at 01:09 pm
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Hi Michael,
Maybe its too late, but if I were you I would contact them directly, not on here!

Phone: 416.288.9286
Website: http://www.dianasseafood.com/contact-us/

Cheers
Roger Garcia replying to a comment from vicky / April 16, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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I consume some 1 kg whole White Fish every 4 days so I buy 10 fish 800 gr plus frozen whole fish every 6 weeks. I am looking for a supplier or a store to buy it.

Thanks.
Nancie / April 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm
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I bought fresh clams to cook with pasta on Saturday from Diana's. I left them in the bag opened and put them in a large bowl surrounded by ice. Are they still good for eating tomorrow, Good Friday? I know that when I cook them, I don't eat the ones that don't open up. I just want to make sure that they are still good for tomorrow. The clams do not have an odour or smell to them.
Donna / October 5, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Do you sell Calamari Squid steak?

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