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lamaranthe Jan 10, 2012 02:01 PM

What are still the best places where to be served the best fresh oysters in TO? Thanks for any suggestion.

  1. CocoaChanel Jan 13, 2012 06:22 PM

    Starfish
    Oyster Boy
    Rodney's
    (I have not tried Diana's)

    Anytime I have had oysters at any other restaurant in Toronto, they are never as fresh or "crisp" to taste as they are at the above. I love Zee Grill, but the oysters are always not "crisp" tasting. I don;t know how else to describe it.

    Anyway, I have given up eating oysters at any other restaurant in Toronto other than the ones above.

    1. elvisahmed Jan 10, 2012 06:51 PM

      +1 for Diana's Oyster bar and grill (simply sublime)
      Unfortunately I didn't like Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill in the Distillery District unlike Bluefirefly. Maybe it was an off day due discounted oyster night at $1.50 an oyster (I preferred the buck a shuck oysters at Biff which is everyday after 5PM)

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        bluefirefly Jan 11, 2012 04:03 AM

        Perhaps. We paid full price for ours at brunch recently and they were delicious. They came with 3 different condiments although I prefer not washing out the natural flavour with sauce.

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          elvisahmed Jan 11, 2012 06:55 AM

          Yeah it must be one of those days like I expect the place that has oyster in their name to be at least decent. I would go as far as saying they were of the same quality that is served by corks on Thursday's in Longos next to ACC and you get 3 of those free when you buy a pint or glass of wine!

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          crawfish Jan 11, 2012 04:51 AM

          These threads frustrate me to no end. Oysters are shucked and served, there is no Chef involved. I'm sure all of the places mentioned in this thread source fresh oysters from the usual places, shuck them cleanly and serve them with fresh condiments. The oysters are just out there hanging out in the ocean, wild or farmed, you can't tell if one is better than an other. Oyster shuckers talk a good game and that can be entertaining but really at the level of the places mentioned here, the oysters are all the same quality. So it is all about the restaurant's ambiance. Biff's was fun for an oyster feast at a low price but I don't like the corporate feel of the place. I like the more casual atmosphere at Oyster Boy and it's close to home.

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          bluefirefly Jan 10, 2012 06:06 PM

          Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill in the Distillery District.

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            DDD Jan 10, 2012 06:17 PM

            +1 for Starfish

          2. Baelsette Jan 10, 2012 05:24 PM

            Zee grill! Great selection and ambiance.

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              lister Jan 10, 2012 02:39 PM

              Smokeless Joe.

              New location on College west of Bathurst.

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                biggreenmatt Jan 10, 2012 02:43 PM

                Oooh, forgot that Smokeless Joe's re-opened! A good'un!

              2. biggreenmatt Jan 10, 2012 02:06 PM

                Offhand, Rodney's, Oyster Boy and Miller Tavern come to mind.

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                  TorontoJo Jan 10, 2012 02:27 PM

                  Adding Diana's, Starfish, Zee Grill to the list.

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