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The Best Mussels in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 3, 2014

Mussels TorontoThe best mussels in Toronto entice diners to dive right in. Gently coaxed into opening up by booze-spiked broths, these plump shellfish will arrive at your table in deep steaming bowls that seduce your senses of sight and smell - before you even have the chance to pluck the first morsel from its shell. When it comes to mussels, Toronto bistros, beer halls and oyster houses happily adhere to tradition, supplying frites and/or fresh bread to sop up the broth - and all its decadent flavours.

Here are the best mussels in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Seafood Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Oysters in Toronto

Beerbistro

Beerbistro

Steamed in beer broth and served with fresh-baked sourdough, the mussels ($19) at this King East beer bar are available in five styles. Go classic with a creamy garlic Blanche de Chambly broth, or the tomato-based Provençal loaded with fresh herbs. Spice things up with the El Diablo or spicy red Thai variations, or go New England-style with bacon, smoked cheddar and cream. More »

Diana's Oyster Bar

Diana's Oyster Bar

This seafood purveyor in Scarborough serves up deep, steaming bowls of mussels in a choice of classic sauces like white wine or marinara, or more novel flavours like curry or a rich, creamy lobster sauce. Grilled baguette is supplied on the side to wipe up every last drop. More »

Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House

Fresh shipments of mussels find their way into a rich tomato wine broth at this shellfish specialist on King West. Their heaping piles of mussels ($14) come with both fries and a generous supply of bread and butter to soak up all the good stuff. More »

Le Select Bistro

Le Select Bistro

This classic French bistro on Wellington serves moules au porc fume et a la maudite ($20), which translates to a heavenly bowl of Atlantic mussels steamed in a strong Québec ale and topped with smoked pulled pork. More »

Bar Hop

Bar Hop

Discerning beer drinkers know this King West spot as the place to find four types of house mussels ($14) along with 36 draught beers. Select from shellfish swimming in delectable sauces like a classic tomato citrus, Thai basil, lager jerk or green curry. More »

Smith Brothers

Smith Brothers

Seafood lovers, take note - the all-you-can-eat mussels and fries ($19) are a major draw at this Scarborough steakhouse. Enjoy an unlimited quantity of PEI mussels steamed in Smith Bros. All Natural Premium Lager with sweet shallots and parsley. More »

Bier Markt

Bier Markt

Multiple GTA locations are popular for their selection of 150-plus beers, flanked by a very beer-friendly menu that includes a half-dozen types of mussels and fries ($21). Select from rich broths like the white wine Alsatian studded with capers, shallots and garlic, or A La Snob, a Pernod-spiked version with leeks, tomato concassée and lobster creme. More »

Zee Grill

Zee Grill

The well-established seafood house on Mount Pleasant stays true to the classic moules frites formula ($18), offering plump mollusks in satisfying entree-sized portions accompanied by French fries to soak up the pool of chilli-flaked white wine cream sauce. More »

John and Sons

John and Sons

The oyster house boasts downtown and midtown locations where you’ll find two or three different riffs on moules et frites ($16). Opt for a classic white wine sauce scented with fennel and specked with lardons and shallots, or try the Thai yellow curry, or a chorizo-studded Portuguese-style version spiced with paprika and chilis. More »

Discussion

12 Comments

Pubert / October 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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If you go to the Goodlife Fitness in Liberty Village there is a trainer named Elliot. Hands down best mussels in the city.
John bates / October 3, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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what about Pure Spirits in the distillery?
Stu replying to a comment from Pubert / October 3, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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HAHAHAHAHA
101 / October 3, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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best comment award goes to Pubert!

A++++
Linda / October 3, 2014 at 02:50 pm
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Thanks, Pubert. I needed that!!
Dawn Mills / October 3, 2014 at 02:55 pm
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I always wondered whether Elliot was a bivalve...
LisaV / October 3, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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Brussels Bistro in the Beaches boils the best bivalves, bar-none
Benny Heights replying to a comment from Lee side / October 3, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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Typical Lee sider, quality and execution make quite the difference.
Mikey / October 4, 2014 at 12:18 am
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Le Select Bistro fore sure.! Had many a good mussel at Le Selecct Bistro, that
KV / October 4, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Goodlake in New Toronto has amazing mussels cooked in Black Oak Nut Brown Ale broth - so so so good.
keddie22 / October 5, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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@pubert - best comment! Hilarious!

Glad to see beerbistro listed at number one. The mussels there are incredible!
kseniia / October 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm
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Everybody mention Le Select as a brunch place. We went there for dinner and here what we've ordered: cheese plate and steak were good but the mussels (Le Select was recommended here) were oversalted, sause was weird and mussels should be served in a big metal bowl not in a plate. And fries...well, strange. So we had quite a controversial experience. Atmosphere was lovely but I consider this place is way too overpriced

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