The Best Oysters in Toronto
The best oysters in Toronto celebrate the refreshing energy of the sea and all its tastes and scents. We might not have a coastline of our own, but luckily we have a bounty of oyster-obsessed proprietors dedicated to sourcing (and sometimes even farming) the sweetest, plumpest and briniest varieties from near and far.
Here are the best oysters in Toronto.
This cozy restaurant and bar majors in oysters, supplying and catering for venues across the city. Situated next to Trinity Bellwoods Park, the shellfish-centric menu bills East and West coast varieties per seasonal availability and serves them raw or baked with classic Rockefeller or cheese gratin toppings. More »
Ostreaphiles know that the briney mollusks at this King West institution are worth their salt. Rodney's culls 9 to 26 varieties daily from their very own PEI oyster beds (and fellow growers). Slurp back prime specimens served in all their au natural glory, or if you really must, with the customary array of condiments. More »
This Adelaide Street East oyster bed and grill boasts an unusual selection of North America and European bivalves. The raw bar here stocks carefully sourced varieties served on the half shell by a skilled World Oyster Opening Champion shucker. More »
The list of oysters at this restaurant (adjacent to Scarborough's largest seafood retailer), is cultivated from North American and international coastlines. Take advantage of Malpeque Mondays (a dozen for $12) or the Thursday special, featuring Fanny Bay oysters served eight at a time for $10. More »
Fans of Starfish (number 3 above) should also check out this sister restaurant located in Leslieville. The Irish local shucks Irish and Malpeque oysters to order, but don't over look the grilled options dressed up with garlic, butter and panko. More »
This Historic Distillery District restaurant flies in top notch specimens from the East and West coasts daily and lists them on the menu with fanciful descriptors that draw comparisons to melon or cucumber. More »
On a standard night, these oyster bars with downtown and midtown locations will list at least a half dozen varieties to slurp back with cocktails or as a starter to a seafood feast. At “low tide” from 3pm to 6pm, shuckers choice oysters are discounted to $2 each. More »
This midtown restaurant located on Mt. Pleasant at Eglinton is known for offering full array of surf and turf, but it's also one of the city's oldest and longest running oyster bars. The seafood specialists list their daily selection by place of origin and serve them up on chilled platters or towers for feasting. More »
The staff at this al fresco oyster yard adjacent to 99 Sudbury is well versed in the finer points of the seasonal mollusks on ice. For extra zing, unique housemade condiments like Bahamian hot sauce and Japanese pickled shallot cucumber mignonette offer tasty twists on the classic accoutrements. More »
The shellfish bar at this Ossington Avenue fish house features a daily selection of oysters from across Canada and the US served simply with lemon and fresh grated horseradish. Happy hour, offered Friday to Sunday from half past 3 to 5pm, features deep discounts on East Coast standard and premium bivalves. More »
Displayed centerstage over ice at the bar, oysters are the perfect complement to this restaurant's Southern and Creole inspired menu. The newly reno'd Junction eatery isn't known to keep largest selection, but makes up for it by stocking deliciously plump specimens from All Seas Oysters. More »