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Looking for some of the best seafood restaurants of the city

timmychanga Apr 23, 2010 12:44 AM

Hello, I am looking for some of the best places in Toronto for seafood. Specifically crab, and if possible crawfish. Although I welcome places that do other seafood really well aswell. Please let me know what ever the place does best (be it crab or something else).


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    JennaBean Apr 23, 2010 02:48 PM

    My fav place is Starfish but I've never seen crab or crawfish on their menu. Lobster, oysters, clams, fish etc but never those two specific items.

    1. Rabbit Apr 23, 2010 03:17 PM

      Starfish would be my pick too... but I agree with JennaBean that it's more of an oyster and lobster place, in my experience.

      Some really like Zee, but I haven't been there so I can't speak firsthand.
      Malena, which is new, has a stone crab claw on the menu and lots of seafood.
      Joso is also a classic for seafood. Or Chiado... but again, your specific requests for crabs and crawfish... I'm not so sure.

      864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

      202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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      1. re: Rabbit
        Charles Yu Apr 23, 2010 03:59 PM

        For 'Western' - Zee Grill, Starfish and Chiado.
        For Oriental/Chinese - O'Mei. Maple Yip, Sunstar and Fantasy Eatery
        For Japanese - Sushi Kaji, Inatei

        864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

        Sushi Kaji
        860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

        Zee Grill
        641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

        Fantasy Eatery
        505 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L3T7P6, CA

        1. re: Charles Yu
          gingerpepper Apr 27, 2010 04:47 AM

          Visited Inatei last weekend. The place was packed.Noticed they had 8 to10 type of fish on the board. Kinmedai, Ishigakidai, Shim Aji, Aji, Tobiuo, Isaki, Kawiari, Kawahagi, Sayori ......What a wide range of selection.They are reasonably priced. Tried an order of Kinmedai sashim that costs $19.99 for 3 pieces. It was really really good. Will head back again this weekend to try other fish.

      2. BeeRich Apr 27, 2010 06:12 AM

        Ceili Cottage, Starfish.

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          Snarf Apr 27, 2010 07:39 AM

          For a selection of whole grilled fish, Joso's, Zucca and Peri Peri on Dupont (in descending order of price). Best fried calamari in the city is at Joso's.

          I haven't seen a credible crawfish dish in TO in many years.

          For the best treatments of crab I would suggest Anjappar Chettinad or Debu when the crab 3 way is on the menu.

          202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

          Anjappar Chettinad
          3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

          299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

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          1. re: Snarf
            Herb Apr 27, 2010 08:15 AM

            Piri Piri

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              Ediblethoughts Apr 28, 2010 06:32 PM

              I've driven by Piri Piri numerous times but didn't realize they did seafood well. Do they do veg dishes at all credibly?

              1. re: Ediblethoughts
                Snarf Apr 28, 2010 08:45 PM

                I've only had the basic sides, which are competent, not earth shattering. I don't think veg is a high priority there.

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                  Ediblethoughts Apr 29, 2010 06:55 PM

                  As long as they have some that aren't potato. At least then I can get some balance with the seafood even if it's not wonderful.

            2. re: Snarf
              raebmv Apr 27, 2010 08:18 AM

              For Anjappar Chettinad, any recommendation for the Eglington East vs. Brampton location?

              Anjappar Chettinad Restaurants
              1 Bartley Bull Pky, Brampton, ON L6W3T7, CA

              1. re: raebmv
                Snarf Apr 27, 2010 10:40 AM

                I've only tried the Eglinton East location, and greatly enjoyed the curried crab with some greens. Very nice flavours.

                1. re: Snarf
                  sam_1 Apr 28, 2010 12:24 PM

                  Would have recommended Starfish until last weekend. Went on Sat night and dinner took 3 1/2 hours. It was an hour (and into a second bottle of wine) before we even got our order of oysters. To top it off - they were out of lobster! At 7:30 on a Sat night. BTW we were also served room temp coffee at the end of our meal. It was a dissapointment after previous experiences there. Hopefully just an off night.

                  1. re: sam_1
                    Charles Yu Apr 28, 2010 03:52 PM

                    No wonder Toronto Life dropped their rating by a star!

                    1. re: Charles Yu
                      sam_1 Apr 30, 2010 11:56 AM

                      I didn't realize that...maybe I would have gone somewhere else!

                      1. re: sam_1
                        Charles Yu Apr 30, 2010 03:44 PM

                        Yup! Used to be 2.5 stars, now only 1.5. Oysters still great though!

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              breezey Apr 29, 2010 05:09 AM

              I dont see Toronto and Seafood Restaurants going hand in hand. As you can see Timmychanga there are a few restaurants being suggested. Been to Zee, Josos, and Chaido but to me, these are restaurants that happen to have seafood on their menu. Are they good? Sure? But they are nothing close to what I would consider best place for seafood in Toronto because I dont think we have any. You need to live or visit a city which is near the sea/ocean to really enjoy a great fresh seafood meal especially anything with clams.

              202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

              1. chef_vegabond Apr 29, 2010 05:47 AM

                For crab, dead smack on the north east corner of Spadina and Baldwin. Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant.

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                  madhatt Apr 29, 2010 07:47 AM

                  Zee Grill on Mt. Pleasant! :)

                  Zee Grill
                  641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                  1. sloweater Apr 29, 2010 07:58 AM

                    Rodney's Oyster House on King St.

                    Rodney's Oyster House
                    469 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1K4, CA

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                    1. re: sloweater
                      jeannieh20 Apr 29, 2010 07:51 PM

                      Rodney's used to be my favourite, but i find that something is lacking, can't quite pin point it... but i've found a replacement, Oyster Boy on Queen and Crawford. It's small, but the food is amazing and fresh!

                      Oyster Boy
                      872 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G3, CA

                      1. re: jeannieh20
                        1sweetpea Apr 30, 2010 11:34 AM

                        I haven't been, but I was just looking at the menu online for Big Daddy's and crawfish is on the menu, as are snow crab and king crab. Crawfish appeared in a few of the dishes. I'm assuming that both the crawfish and crab are frozen at the source.

                        Big Daddy's Restaurant
                        460 Elgin Mills Rd E, Richmond Hill, ON L4C5E7, CA

                        1. re: 1sweetpea
                          jeannieh20 May 1, 2010 03:59 PM

                          big daddy's is not a good source of seafood at all... we went a while back and sat near the kitchen and it smelled of bad fish. needless to say we didn't order and left. yes they have crawfish but i doubt it's fresh.

                          rodney's does source a lot of seafood for most of the reastaurants in the city. if you call them and chat them up about crawfish they might tell you which restaruants serve them (fresh).

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