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The Best Oysters in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 20, 2016

Oysters TorontoThe best oysters in Toronto celebrate the refreshing energy of the sea. What Toronto lacks in coastlines, it makes up for with a bounty of oyster-obsessed proprietors dedicated to sourcing (and sometimes even farming) the sweetest, plumpest varieties from both near and far.

Here are the best oysters in Toronto.

Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House

Ostreaphiles know the bivalves Rodney's brings in daily from its very own PEI oyster beds (and fellow growers) are worth their salt. Find cucumber-y kumamotos, punchy virginicas and creamy melon-flavoured Pacific varieties paired with Rodney's Sea Legs Oyster White house wine. More »

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy

The oyster bar next to Trinity Bellwoods sources its goods directly from harvesters on the east and west coasts. Look forward to plump and meaty Colville Bay oysters, along with sweet little Kusshi, premium Malpeques and more. More »

Diana's Seafood

Diana's Seafood

The oysters at this restaurant adjacent to Scarborough's largest seafood market come from both North American and international coastlines. Take advantage of Malpeque Mondays and Thursday specials, which give you the most bang for your buck. More »

The Chase Fish & Oyster

The Chase Fish & Oyster

Oysters are a fixture on the raw bar menu at this Financial District restaurant. They come served a la carte with traditional garnishes, including mignonette, cocktail sauce, horseradish and hot sauce, or on platters loaded with chilled lobster, crab, shrimp and ceviche. More »

Ceili Cottage

Ceili Cottage

This Irish pub in Leslieville, owned by Patrick McMurray (a.k.a. Shucker Paddy, a.k.a. World Champion Oyster Shucker), is a fine place to slurp up some mollusks. Freshly shucked oysters from Canada, Ireland and the U.S. are the main draw here and are best enjoyed with a pint. More »

Hopgood's Foodliner

Hopgood's Foodliner

The East Coast takes the spotlight at this Maritime-inspired restaurant on Roncy. Freshly shucked specimens on ice are available at dinner and at Sunday brunch while Buck-A-Shuck on Mondays is a good way to kick-start a new week. More »

Pearl Diver

Pearl Diver

The Jarvis and Adelaide seafood destination stocks a discerning selection of oysters from North America and Europe. Get a dozen plump, succulent oysters for $15 every night from 10 p.m. to close, as well as between noon and 6 p.m. every day except Saturday. More »

John & Sons

John & Sons

This oyster bar in the heart of the Financial District is a hotbed of activity, especially at happy hour. On a typical night, find at least a half dozen oyster varieties to slurp back as you down a few cocktails. More »

Nome Izakaya

Nome Izakaya

This Japanese snack bar gets its oysters from Diana's and jazzes them up with signatures sauces, such as ponzu and sweet onion vinaigrette. It shucks 10,000-plus oysters per week during peak season and often carries East Coast favourites like Malpeques and Acadian Golds along with West Coast varieties. More »

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