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tjsilverjeep Jul 3, 2012 04:01 PM

Looking to take a client to a good restaurant which serves great oysters. I welcome your recommendations.

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  1. CocoaChanel RE: tjsilverjeep Jul 3, 2012 04:49 PM

    Rodney's on Bay (it's actually on Temperance St)
    Oyster Boy

    My favourites are the first two

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    1. re: CocoaChanel
      tjsilverjeep RE: CocoaChanel Jul 3, 2012 06:13 PM

      Thanks for your feedback.

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        justxpete RE: CocoaChanel Jul 4, 2012 09:31 AM

        +1 for Rodney's and Oyster Boy.


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          W4W Toronto RE: CocoaChanel Jul 8, 2012 10:29 PM

          The Drake Hotel's Oyster Bar is very good as well. And they offer a twist on the traditional sauces. Can't go wrong with the East Coast oyster selections. Not sure is they have a cheapy night. Starfish is not cheap, but fresh, and they've got Tsarskaya oysters. Don't bother with their lobster though ($28/lb) and not sweet.

        2. Charles Yu RE: tjsilverjeep Jul 3, 2012 06:31 PM

          Starfish, hands down ( in case you want something more than just oysters ). The kitchen produces some of the best hot seafood and fish dishes in town!

          Rodney, Oyster Boy....are good for oysters but the rest of their menu items are run-of-the-mill stuff!

          Diana's Seafood is pretty good as well, but a little out-of-the-way!

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          1. re: Charles Yu
            pebepe RE: Charles Yu May 30, 2013 02:16 PM

            I disagree about the rest of Starfish's menu. We didn't like anything we tried: even the clam chowder was mediocre. But the oysters there are phenom. Not cheap however.

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              Charles Yu RE: pebepe May 30, 2013 02:34 PM

              I have been going to Starfish for years!! To date, I have not encountered a single bad dish?!
              It has consistently been on our top 10 list for the past few years.
              On top, there are over 56 discussions on this board on Starfish and I cannot identify a single case of bad review. ( service may be, but NOT food )

              Obviously what you wrote "I disagree about the rest of Starfish's menu. We didn't like anything we tried:" instill huge curiosity in me and no doubt on other seasoned chowhounders?!!

              May be you can elaborate on your experience and the dishes you had so that we can have a better understanding?!

              May be they have change chefs?!

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                Charles Yu RE: Charles Yu May 30, 2013 09:54 PM

                As an example of Starfish's cooked food. This European Sea Bream dish I had a few weeks ago was perfectly executed with crispy skin and super moist flesh. Vegetables were timed correctly and the sauce delicious. Dish was as good as any other top-end restaurants in town!

                For someone to disagree with 'an entire' menu of a reputable and consistently good restaurant definitely warrants more substantial backups than just a simple one liner!!!

          2. sloweater RE: tjsilverjeep Jul 3, 2012 07:08 PM

            Add Pheobes to the list for midtown oysters and seafood.

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              TorontoJo RE: sloweater Jul 4, 2012 04:16 AM

              Just a note that most people refer to this place as Zee Grill, in case you decide to do a search for it on this board.

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                sloweater RE: TorontoJo Jul 4, 2012 08:55 AM

                I feel so old...

            2. scarberian RE: tjsilverjeep Jul 3, 2012 07:13 PM

              Starfish and Diana's are your best bet. As CY says, Diana's is out of the way if you're looking for a place in central Toronto. Also last time I ate at Starfish I ordered their Paddy Mix which is a dozen oysters for only $30 (not sure if that's the current price right now). So, if that price holds up then Starfish gives you more bang for your buck. I've enjoyed the hot dishes from both establishments so, for me either one is a winner.

              Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill
              100 Adelaide Street East
              Toronto, M5C 1K9 CANADA
              416-366-STAR (7827)

              Diana's Oyster Bar and Grill
              2105 Lawrence Ave. East,
              Toronto, ON M1R 2Z4

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                Luvtooeat RE: scarberian Jul 4, 2012 08:27 AM

                How is Pure Spirits in the Distillery ?



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                  happycamper RE: Luvtooeat Jul 4, 2012 11:07 AM

                  The selection at Pure Spirits is much more limited then Diana's (my favorite). We do enjoy sitting at the bar on a week night (and this is crucial - avoid the tourist/weekend crowd) - the bartender always had good spirit suggestions for our oysters.

                  These days, I actually prefer Fishbar over Oyster Boy. In terms of seafood offerings, I really enjoy Fishbar's oyster selections and ceviches.

                  217 Ossington Ave
                  Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7

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                    nevrenuf RE: happycamper Jul 5, 2012 01:40 PM

                    Does anyone offer any sort of "oyster happy hour" in the gta??

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                      CocoaChanel RE: nevrenuf Jul 5, 2012 02:36 PM

                      I am pretty sure Big Daddy's on King St W does some sort of special. Mr. Vuitton and I ended up there prior to a performance at Roy Thompson across the street. The oysters were rather small, but very fresh. I would add, this would not be my first choice, we were just stuck for time. I like a meatier oyster, so Starfish or Rodney's on Bay are wheere I end up.

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                        Notorious P.I.G. RE: CocoaChanel Jul 5, 2012 04:34 PM

                        Doesn't Biff's do $1 oyster nights?

                        Edit: Biff's has $1 Oysters everyday after 5pm.

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                          EarlyDrive RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jul 5, 2012 05:14 PM

                          Delux has $1 oysters on Tuesdays.

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                            Notorious P.I.G. RE: EarlyDrive Jul 5, 2012 09:52 PM

                            Oh nice. Good to know. There was one other one that a friend told me about but I don't recall what it was.

                            Also, regarding Biff's, there's a bit of a caveat. It's $1 Oysters but they will tell you that they could take awhile to shuck and that you have to wait a bit to get them. The kitchen gets hit with shucking 300+ Oysters at a time so it takes a bit.

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                              nevrenuf RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jul 6, 2012 05:50 AM

                              these places do as well - http://www.cheapdude.com/food/cheap-o... - i guess i answered my own question...

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                                crawfish RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jul 7, 2012 03:55 PM

                                We didn't experince a delay at Biff's. They even let us order oysters in the dining room when I think the buck a shuck deal is supposed to be bar only.

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                                  Notorious P.I.G. RE: crawfish Jul 7, 2012 10:33 PM

                                  Oh sweet. I hope you took advantage and ordred a ton!

                        2. re: nevrenuf
                          Davedigger RE: nevrenuf Jul 6, 2012 02:08 PM

                          The Globe/Earth dynasty recently introduced "Buck a Shuck" from 4pm to 6pm daily.

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                            grandgourmand RE: Davedigger Jul 6, 2012 04:27 PM

                            Thanks for the heads up Davedigger. I called them up and it's every day, not just weekdays and it coincides with happy hour. So buck a shuck and half price beers and wine by the glass. Wicked. I'm there tomorrow.

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                              Notorious P.I.G. RE: Davedigger Jul 7, 2012 07:39 AM

                              That was it!

                              Globe/ Earth! Thanks Dd.

                            2. re: nevrenuf
                              happycamper RE: nevrenuf Apr 15, 2013 06:57 PM

                              Barhop (King/Spadina) has buck-a-shuck on Tuesdays.
                              The Saint (Ossington/Dundas) also has $1 oysters Sun-Tue.

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                                nessporter RE: happycamper Apr 17, 2013 10:30 AM

                                I haven't been yet, but someone told me Bier Market does dollar oysters on Thursdays too.

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                                  Snarf RE: nessporter May 30, 2013 07:59 PM

                                  Hard to find a 'buck a shuck' that's not Malpeques. Nice oysters, but there are many other flavours and textures to find. Oyster Boy actually does the catering for some bars that offer that, and put out a more varied selection if you can find where they are doing it.

                              2. re: nevrenuf
                                gembellina RE: nevrenuf May 31, 2013 07:22 AM

                                I think Skin+Bones in Leslieville does buck-a-shuck oysters and half-price fizz on Sunday evenings. At Starfish last week I got a dozen oysters and a (massive!) glass of Cave Springs Riesling for $20. Before 6pm I think.

                                1. re: gembellina
                                  Charles Yu RE: gembellina May 31, 2013 08:42 AM

                                  How was your meal at Starfish??!! Reason I ask is that a relatively new fellow hound wrote this and I was very curious to find out the reason since I've been to this place for years, without experiencing any ' food mishaps'??!!!!

                                  pebepe about 18 hours ago

                                  I disagree about the rest of Starfish's menu. We didn't like anything we tried:

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                                    gembellina RE: Charles Yu May 31, 2013 09:41 AM

                                    It was good, though we only had oysters and an appetiser each as we were going to the theatre. I had the dozen raw as I mentioned, and he had 4 "toasted" - topped with herb butter and bread crumbs and browned in the toaster oven. Not my thing but he enjoyed them, and they were prepared from shucking to toasting right in front of us.

                                    We shared fishcakes and a calamari salad. The fishcakes were made with smoked fish, which was unexpected but not unpleasant. The calamari was perfectly cooked, with a rocket salad, new potatoes and some kid of pesto I think. Not as good as the grilled seafood salad I had at Le Canard Mort, but still very good. It wasn't earth-shattering but it was solid, with good quality ingredients and friendly service. No mishaps! I would definitely go back.

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                                      Charles Yu RE: gembellina May 31, 2013 10:49 AM

                                      Thanks for the reply! Really nice to know!
                                      I usually drive all the way down from Richmond Hill to visit them for my oyster fix and add a gorgeous fish dish to the bivalve starter. Been doing that for over 10 years.
                                      As such really surprise to see such a damning one-liner. Mind you, the poster only posted 4 times!!

                        3. elvisahmed RE: tjsilverjeep Jul 8, 2012 09:49 AM

                          Already Mentioned Biff's every day after 5 buck a shuck
                          Against the Grain Friday from 3-6 buck a shuck
                          Corks in the Longos at maple leaf square. 3 oysters with a pint or glass of wine on Thursdays and 2.50$ for 3 if you want to buy on your own.
                          I tried Pure Oyster and Spirits when they had a promo on Tuesdays last year. Didn't think much of it.

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                            nessporter RE: tjsilverjeep Apr 15, 2013 05:53 PM

                            Oyster Boy is, by far, my fave oyster bar in the city. It's a small, cozy restaurant. Perfect for a client meeting. They're one of the main oyster suppliers in the city, and the rest of the menu is delicious as well. Seafood heaven. It's one of my favourite places. I just posted a review on my blog, check it out! :)

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                              Carruthers RE: tjsilverjeep May 31, 2013 11:40 AM

                              Starfish is tops for restaurant oysters, Diana's to take them home and shuck them yourself, Bar Hop has the best drinks selection to go with theirs, and keep your eyes peeled for Biff's doing free corkage again this summer, which makes a great value 1-2 with $1 oysters. Catch hasn't been mentioned and with John Bil behind their oyster menu it's right up there with Starfish.

                              Here's a full list of buck-a-shuck (almost all will be Malpeques) places:


                              I otherwise quite like Corks, but have had only negative experiences when ordering oysters there. Usually shucked with very little attention paid to keeping shell and grit out of the liquor.

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                                Charles Yu RE: Carruthers May 31, 2013 02:39 PM

                                Another thumbs up for Starfish!!

                                That makes it all the more interesting to find out from 'Pebepe' what and why she made this unusually harsh and negative comment on one of our most beloved restaurant??!!

                                " pebepe 1 day ago
                                I disagree about the rest of Starfish's menu. We didn't like anything we tried:"

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                                  szw RE: Carruthers May 31, 2013 11:35 PM

                                  Actually at The Saint, they have different types of oysters for $1. I've had Kumomotos, beausoleil, etc. Its really a good deal...they are losing money on the kumos for sure.

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