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Good Oysters in Toronto

Jakis Sep 15, 2011 11:43 AM

Looking to have a few oysters tonight in Toronto. Any place I should try out? Not looking to sit at a table but rather sit at the bar and have a few pints and some good quality oysters.

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    Rain077 Aug 14, 2012 07:25 AM

    Oster Boy is good. I go their will my friends all the time. Fresh and tasty!

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      Dean Tudor Aug 14, 2012 09:17 AM

      Looking for current deals? The Globe trio (Globe, 2 earths) have Buck a Shuck PEI malpecs on patio, 4PM to 6PM (plus half-priced apps and half-priced beer).

      Pure Spirits in Distillery District always offers some oysters at "Six for $12" -- ask for the volume discount.

    2. W4W Toronto Jul 8, 2012 10:00 PM

      Oyster's, Haddock cakes, and Sticky Toffee Pudding are great at Starfish. Don't get the lobster, because it is overpriced ($28/lb), and not by any means sweet. Also, make an advanced reservation to sit in the front room, by a window. The back room is just plain depressing and full of fruit flies and stagnant air.

      1. Charles Yu Nov 20, 2011 03:05 PM

        Had a mini-chowmeet at 'Starfish' with fellow chowhounder skylineR33 a couple of days ago.
        Very good selection of oysters with around 10 North American, 8 European and a couple of New Zealand varietals. We focused on the 'flats' since this is the season for them!.
        Here is my posting with photos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818754

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        1. re: Charles Yu
          foodyDudey Nov 20, 2011 03:30 PM

          Can you really call it a chowmeet when there were only two of you? It sounds more like a chow-liaison to me :-)

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            Charles Yu Nov 20, 2011 04:03 PM

            Technically speaking, when two or more chowhounders get together, its a meet! May be instead of mini ours should be called 'micro'?!

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          chowyp Oct 7, 2011 12:22 PM

          Went to Starfish this week and it was really good. Started out with a dozen oysters from various regions and some affordable cava to wash it down. Excellent and fresh, and the staff are really helpful. Would definitely recommend sitting at the bar. Also had a steak and pork loin main, both were outstanding.

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            gilbert1111 Oct 7, 2011 08:15 PM

            Better yet, go to Mike's Lobster on Gerrard a few doors east of Broadview and buy a whole bunch, get some great beer and some good friends and chow down.

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              stargazercd Oct 8, 2011 07:13 AM

              I think you meant Bill's Lobster on 599 Gerrard St. E?
              Are selection/quality/price at Bill's Lobster comparable to Diana's?

              Bill's Lobster
              599 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

              1. re: stargazercd
                sloweater Nov 20, 2011 03:52 PM

                Bill's is good for what it is, but it is not in the same league as Diana's.

          2. elvisahmed Sep 24, 2011 12:34 PM

            I would add in Diana's Bar and Grill. The oysters I had there were sublime.

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              Googs Nov 20, 2011 10:43 AM


              Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill
              2105 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R 2Z4, CA

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              wannabfoodie Sep 24, 2011 12:21 PM


              1. Charles Yu Sep 15, 2011 04:47 PM

                Wait a couple more weeks and the 'flats' from New Brunswick, Maine, France and Ireland will be in! Glidden flats, Kelly's Galway and Belon!!!! Yummmm!
                Regarding where to go? Oyster Boy tends to be a little bit cheaper but Starfish always has the best selection. To break the monotony, when in season, they also feature live diver's scallops, clams, abalone and sea urchins as well! Owner Patrick McMurray of Starfish once opened up a giant 'red' sea urchins for me which was absolutely amazing! Sooo sweet!

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                  crawfish Sep 15, 2011 03:43 PM

                  Oyster Boy all the way. We love to sit at the bar and do just that - a few pints, a few oysters and chat with the charning staff.

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

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                    1. sloweater Sep 15, 2011 01:21 PM

                      Oyster Boy just got Colville Bay oysters in. That would be my choice.

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

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                        torontofoodiegirl Sep 15, 2011 01:08 PM

                        For a more casual / pubby atmosphere, Ceiligh (sp?? I can never remember...) Cottage. Same owner as Starfish.

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                          torontofoodiegirl Sep 15, 2011 01:11 PM


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                          Indianguy Sep 15, 2011 12:42 PM

                          Yes? Hi! The Starfish!

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