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Good Oysters in Toronto

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

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

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

            1. 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

              1. 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!

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

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                    1. re: elvisahmed


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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: chowyp

                        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.

                        1. re: gilbert1111

                          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

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

                      2. 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

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

                          1. re: foodyDudey

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

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

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                            1. re: Rain077

                              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.