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Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill

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17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada (Parliament)
+1 416-361-5859
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Toronto
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So the food is amazing, the drinks are great and the service first class. My complaint is purely visual and I have a photo attached to show what I mean. The Gnocci came in a dish that resembled a catering/take-out container...Not that it took away from the quality, but the 'eye eats first'.

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Thank SylviaToronto
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Sylvia, I'm sorry if you were disappointed by our presentation. We focus on serving really high-quality fare, and I'm glad you found that to be the case. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

Ottawa, Canada
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250 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As on other visits here, the oysters are wonderful - excellent selection, supremely fresh. Other dishes a mixed bag - the tempura calamari were dreadful - mostly thick and greasy batter covering bits of calamari. Our mains were decently prepared - the cioppino and salmon were very pleasant. Service friendly and professional - even given we arrived during the Christmas... More 

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Thank ottawatraveler_11
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

I'm so glad the oysters have always hit the mark! Thanks for leaving some feedback about our other dishes -- I'll follow up on this. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I easily had my best meal here...the Peruvian sea bream was divine! Oyster selection was huge and varied...very fresh. Nice cozy place within the historic distillery district. Went there a second time and had the baked salmon which was good but I have had better.

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Thank Joy G
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Joy, wow! I'm so glad our bream made such an impression -- I'll pass the compliment along to the kitchen. Hope to see you again soon, friend! Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

Toronto
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must-visit as part of a Distillery District visit. Also a great outing Spring - Fall to sit in the outdoor eating area.

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Thank argee1
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

I'm so glad you come to see us when you're in the area! Cheers to this wonderful review -- and to many more meals together. Take care, Rik Director of Operations More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I used to come here for the mussels in laksa broth. We enjoyed every time, and soaked up the broth with the pieces of calabrese. Awesome!

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Thank Saf B
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Saf, I'm so happy you and your wife have enjoyed your time here! Thanks for the kind words -- hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

Mississauga, Canada
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130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I appreciated the menu notations for gluten-free, sustainable options as I like to chose healthy menu items. While pricey, at least the food is GOOD and presented well so this is very acceptable to me. We ordered seafood chowder, raw oysters, atlantic char and tuna....all very good.

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Thank MaryC12345678
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Mary, I'm so glad you could find some options on our menu that suit your liking! Thanks for the kind words here, friend. HOpe to see you again soon! Until next time, Rik Director of Operations More 

Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

a very common menu, very unpleasant eating experience, if u seat outside, u 'll find u r forgotten. The seafood menu is not as the name suggests, we had chicken and beef instead.

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Thank oc8892016
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

I'm surprised and disappointed to hear that nothing quite hit the mark for you. Our menu is known for our fresh seafood, and our service is usually top-notch. It sounds like an off day, and I hope you can give us anotehr chance in the future. Thank you, Rik Director of Operations More 

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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were a group of nine and arrived early because we were heading to Cirque du Soleil. Service was prompt and friendly, meals were all delicious. I had the lobster pasta which was very tasty. I would definitely go again and linger a little longer, perhaps taking in a bit of the distillery district before and after dinner. The only... More 

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Thank Evelyn R
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Evelyn, I'm glad to hear everything hit the mark for the most part! Thanks for leaving us some feedback about our coffee -- I'll pass this along to the kitchen. Hope to see you again soon! Take care, Rik Director of Operations More 

Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I am a huge fan of Pure Spirits... their staff is amazing, the oyster are delicious, the atmosphere is gorgeous and the menu is full of unforgettable options. If you are looking to for an unforgettable meal this is the right place, great for a date. If it's a date make a reservation and ask for a booth, you make... More 

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Thank 854ashleyh
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Ashleyh, we're so happy you're a fan! Thanks for sharing an unforgettable meal with us. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

Toronto Ontario
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107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Grabbed lunch here today as I was craving some good oysters. I was not disappointed. They had a special which had various varieties of oysters and it was nice to sample a few of each. I then split the salade nicoise with my daughter and it was amazing. Very large salad and the tuna was cooked to perfection - raw... More 

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Thank cynjoy
Rik O, Manager at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for joining us, and it's absolutely wonderful to see how much you enjoyed your meal with us -- that's truly the biggest compliment we could ask for! We really do love what we do here, and we work hard to serve up only the tastiest dishes imaginable -- thank you for letting us know that we've... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Canadian, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
    (Parliament)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-361-5859
Description
Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill located in the Historic Distillery District offers both indoor dining as well as patio dining where visitors can take in the beautiful Victorian Industrial Architecture. We are well known as the best fresh seafood restaurant in Toronto. Pure Spirits is proud to serve a selection of oysters from both the East and West coasts of Canada as well as unique offerings from abroad. Casual dining attire and a love of great food is required. Our friendly staff are trained to guide you through our extensive selction of local beers and wine that match perfectly with our menu. Whether on a schedule to visit the spa, the theatre or the local art galleries we are geared to get you out on time or offer a relaxing extended stay on the patio to enjoy the sites. Pure Spirits is a must visit spot in the City of Toronto.

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Typical questions asked:
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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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