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May 11, 2006 12:08 PM

best oyster bar in toronto?

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hey chowhounds

where to go for fresh raw oysters besides rodneys, starfish...somewhere affordable perhaps?

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  1. I'll start with the obvious...

    Oyster Boy


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    1. re: Mila

      I agree - Oyster Boy is a great place. It might be a bit small if you have a large party, but it's great for a group of 4-6

    2. I would second Oyster Boy. Fun atmosphere, good service, interesting wine list and a variety of oysters. The baked oysters are a real treat.

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      1. re: foodiegirl

        how are they for raw oysters?

        1. re: daantaat

          They have a good selection of raw oysters. Last time I was there (year ago)they had about 10 varieties. They will make up a tasting platter of whatever combinations you want. For those who like it, the sauces they send out are good.

      2. Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill in the distillery district, as another option. I have had their oysters and they are quite good, OK selection, although certainly not cheap. It's probably not the best place in the city for oysters but I do love the distillery district, particularily in the summer. Patios, cold beer, some type of festival most weekends.

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        1. re: ja_jc

          Pure Spirits buys their oysters from Oyster Boy so as far as quality of oysters, they should be the same. The patios in the Distillery District are great in the summer but avoid festival weekends if you don't like large crowds.

        2. Smokless Joe (John St. between Spadina and Richmond) has very inexpensive and fresh raw oysters on certain nights of the week. Great mussels too!

          I'm not sure which days they offer the oysters, but you can call ahead (416-728-4503) and ask.

          Of course, the real draw of Smokeless Joe is the absolutely insane beer selection -- 8ish taps (all small-distribution, mainly local micros), and supposedly 250+ different bottled beers (although they may have cut this down, their list is still impressive).

          Neither romantic nor spacious nor quiet (at least on Friday/Saturday), but I'd recommend it anyway!

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          1. re: Craig

            Smokeless has oysters every night. The cheap night is Tuesday. Note than usually only one of the three types available is discounted. They get their oysters from Oyster Boy.

            1. re: Craig

              Love Smokeless Joe's. Not sure if they're the -best- oysters around, but with the atmosphere in there and all that beer they sure taste great!

                  1. re: chalenegirl

                    i'm a big fan of smokeless joe's...they are closed yes, but are instead moving to college street. It will be interesting to see how the new place will compare when ready (I think in several months). I will really miss the character and charm of this tiny spot.

              1. I will issue my disclaimer first, I have never had oysters before, but I am very interested in trying them out, so I am happy to see the list of places here so that I can try them out.

                But I am curious as to whether anyone has tried the Bluepoint Oyster bar on King in the entertainment district?