The Best Fish Stores in Toronto
The best fish stores in Toronto deal in an abundant array of offshore delicacies, doling out fresh seafood along with advice and tips on how best to prepare the catch. Better still, some will even scale, fillet, smoke or shuck to your specification.
While the criteria for this list seems to cast a wide net, some are obvious choices for their wide selection, while others offer excellent value or exotic fare. I feel compelled to encourage ocean-friendly eating, especially since it's as easy as grilling your fishmonger on the origins and harvesting methods of his or her stock, and, opting for seafoods that are from healthy stocks, in season, local or of lesser known species.
Here are the best fish stores in Toronto.
As the wholesale supplier to many Toronto restaurants, this Scarborough retail shop is a reputable source for fresh fish as well as an impressive assortment of shellfish, molluscs and some more exotic fare like abalone and sea urchin roe. More »
This St. Lawrence Market fishmonger boasts display cases packed with fresh and frozen piscine varieties from salt and fresh waters, as well as molluscs, crustaceans, scallops, octopus and squid. Come 3pm on Saturdays for deep discounts before the counter closes-up shop until Tuesday morning. More »
Situated on Dufferin in a nondescript stripmall, this fishmonger displays an abundance of whole fish on ice and stocks live lobsters and seasonal harvests of molluscs, scallops, and other delectable fruits of the sea. More »
Operating two locations in Leslieville and Kensington Market, Hooked celebrates sustainable harvests and traditional fishing practices. In addition to expertly scaled and filleted fish, there is also a variety of prepared foods like smoked fishes, crab cakes, soups and stocks available for purchase. More »
This Midtown oasis situated at Yonge and Eglinton brings in small quantities of fresh fish daily to take home and prepare yourself or better still, there is the option to have the open kitchen cook up any selection to order. Slurp a couple fresh-shucked oysters counter side while waiting. More »
Perhaps best known for its tanks of massive lobsters (sold for about $6/pound when in season), this trusty neighbourhood fishmonger on Gerrard at Broadview is a passionate and knowledgeable source for fresh fish and seafood. In addition to crustaceans also find seasonal catches of salmon, dry scallops and shrimp each labeled with their point of origin. More »
The seafood counter at this big box chain of Asian supermarkets is notable for its variety and value. Multiple GTA locations stock live crab and lobster as well as hard-to-find fare like geoduck and eel. More »
This St. Lawrence Market fishmonger has been in business almost half a century. As one of the Market’s largest fish counters it stocks an impressive array of fresh and frozen seafare like salmon, halibut, swordfish, shellfish and prepared foods like crab cakes, smoked salmon and fresh shucked oysters. More »