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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 26, 2014

seafood torontoThe best seafood restaurants in Toronto stand out through their close connections to suppliers, netting them a steady supply of freshly-caught seafare flown in directly from the dock. On the plate, that translates to succulent shellfish, sublimely fresh fish and seasonal specialties - all of which live up to the impressive hype.

Here are the best seafood restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Oysters in Toronto
The Best Lobster Roll in Toronto
The Best Fish & Chips in Toronto
The Best Fish Stores in Toronto

Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House

Freshly shucked oysters might be this King West restaurant’s forte, but seasonal catches of lobster, king crab and clams all make their way onto the menu. As an importer of saltwater and freshwater seafoods, Rodney’s has established itself as the city’s top seafood source - not just for diners, but for countless other restaurants citywide. More »

The Chase Fish & Oyster

The Chase Fish & Oyster

Located in the heart of the Financial District, this upmarket seafood restaurant has deep-pocketed power lunchers hooked. Those looking to flex the company card can dine on chilled seafood platters, lobster hot pots and steaming bowls of mussels. More »

Hopgood's Foodliner

Hopgood's Foodliner

Find this casual and cozy Maritime-themed restaurant on Roncy dishing out generous helpings of East Coast hospitality along with seasonal catches of just flown-in seafood. The menu features whole fish preparations and raw bar selections, as well as nostalgic comfort foods like Digby scallop and corn chowder and lobster bisque-braised chicken. More »

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy

Located on West Queen West at the edge of Trinity Bellwoods, this oyster house is a superb spot to net yourself an assortment of freshly shucked bivalves. Aside from reputed aphrodisiacs, fall in love with the surf-centric menu featuring overflowing lobster rolls, steamed clams and shellfish studded soups and pastas. More »

Rock Lobster

Rock Lobster

Three locations of this seafood eatery offer varied menus swimming with iconic favourites like buttery lobster rolls, tiered towers of chilled shellfish, and hearty steaming seafood boils. Expect to find patrons knocking back oysters at the bar while lobster tail-garnished Caesar cocktails seemingly find their way to every table. More »

Buster's Sea Cove

Buster's Sea Cove

Located on the main floor of St. Lawrence Market, the bustling take-away kitchen offers an extensive menu, including soups, sandwiches, fish fry baskets and seafare from the grill. The lobster rolls are some of the best in the city, but diners rave about the crab cakes, lobster bisque and grilled octopus. More »

Joso's

Joso's

This family-owned and operated seafood restaurant prides itself on being the first to introduce Torontonians to calamari, clams Buzara, and grilled octopus. Located on Davenport since the ‘70s, the restaurant attributes its longevity to its fanciful atmosphere, congenial service and ultra-fresh menu inspired by the Dalmatian coast. More »

Diana's Oyster Bar

Diana's Oyster Bar

The vast and varied selection of oysters are the main attraction at this seafood restaurant located in the heart of Scarborough. The menu offers every other imaginable delicacy, too, from fried calamari and fish and chips to pan-seared scallops and steaming bowls of bouillabaisse. More »

Market St. Catch

Market St. Catch

Riding the wave of success of nearby Buster's, this spin-off eatery attracts the overflow looking for an alternative to the frenetic line-ups and seat-free experience found inside St. Lawrence Market. Located across the street, this casual spot offers a menu featuring all-time favourites like fish and chips, lobster rolls and grilled seafood specialties. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

C-Weed / September 26, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Catch on St Clair West is also excellent
Maria / September 26, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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Surprised none of the Portuguese restaurants got even a mention.
Al / September 26, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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I'm surprised that Fishbar didn't make it.
cathie / September 26, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Buster's was always on my list but they've had more than one DineSafe issue so they're done
Marc / September 26, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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I know it's really hard to find other restaurants because your fixie broke down and you had to walk everywhere, but Catch on St Clair is stellar.
Brandon / September 26, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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Rock Lobster?!? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, no.
Jim / September 26, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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It's a shame Sea Witch isn't on here... it's the best! You guys should really check it out.
Michkael / September 26, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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All you can eat poutine!!
J / September 26, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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The chase fish & oyster has some of the best cooking in Toronto right now. So happy to see it make this list!
chrissy replying to a comment from Brandon / September 26, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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I agree. Rock Lobster??? Gah. Clearly people have never been to the mediterranean to understand what seafood really is.
LoveTO / September 26, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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Terrible.

Absolutely TERRIBLE. Who came up with this list? Someone who's never eaten seafood on the coast clearly... Jeebus christ...
Sam / September 26, 2014 at 05:29 pm
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Anyone who thinks Toronto seafood is incomparable because our lack of ocean access is delusional. We probably have the most frequent shipments of fresh seafood, of any city on the continent.
aDawg replying to a comment from Brandon / September 26, 2014 at 05:32 pm
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I second that! Rock Lobster?! BWAHAHAHAHA!! The worst!
to "LoveTO" / September 27, 2014 at 01:54 am
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So, no city can have good seafood unless it is on the coast? That is as simple-minded as saying no city can have great steaks unless they are in Alberta, or Texas. You do realize we don't rely on horse and buggy anymore, don't you?
Nock4Six / September 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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Rock Lobster? I think not. Average food. Terrible service.
Water for Beer / September 27, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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What dickhead compiled this list? To ignore Starfish and Pure Spirits and laud Rock Lobster and Buster's grease pit? Gimme a break...pretty obvious the author doesn't really get out much. It's lists like these that push this once great blog ever closer to the Toronto Life, payola syncophants.
Ray / September 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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Red Lobster Bay and Dundas. Consistent, Quality, Very Pleased ****
Pants Go Brown / September 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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Where is Capt John's??
Trend / September 28, 2014 at 05:08 am
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Rodneys is so ridiculously over priced. I left there even hungrier after footing a high priced bill.
BMc / September 28, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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Rock Lobster is redolent of the best spots in Boston and on Cape Cod. The seafood here is wicked fresh . So far restaurants here rate with any I've experienced in NY ,Chicago,LA , SF, or Atlanta.
Moosen / September 30, 2014 at 02:10 pm
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Buster's Fish House (little brother to Buster's Sea Cove) over at Lakeshore & Brown's Line is good. Thumbs up for their grilled salmon dish as well as their lobster bisque .

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