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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 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There were 4 of us in our party and we all enjoyed our meal at Pure Spirits. Although the restaurant did not appear to be very busy, we had to wait a bit for our table. We ordered a couple of appetizers for the table. I really enjoyed the mussels and my husband and our friends liked the calamari. As... More 

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Thank louolym
Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrible sweet potato fries. They looked and tasted like they were sitting around for hours before being served to me. When the waiter saw that I had barely touched them, he didn't ask if there was a problem. He asked if I wanted them wrapped to take them home, I said no, and that was it.

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Thank Ben789789
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a large party of 11 guests. When I called them they told me they are more than happy to cater to vegetarians and gluten free options but the waitress told us that substitutions are not possible. It was unpleasant as I had 3 vegetarians in my group of friends. In addition, the service was awful, the waitress was... More 

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

I know we responded to your other review, Shireen, but I also wanted to touch base here as well. Again, I want to apologize about the miscommunication on the phone and how we dropped the ball while you were here. Your experience with us was out of the norm and does not live up to the high standards of customer... More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Pure Spirits. Seated outside we enjoyed oysters to start with and several sublime pasta dishes all recommended by the wonderful server who I believe was called Tina - she was attentive and friendly and really knew what she was talking about when it came to the food. She's an asset!

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to our place, Wendy! Tina really is one of a kind, and we'll make sure to pass along your kind words. Come back for more oysters and pasta anytime. All the best, Rik, Director of Operations More 

Jalandhar, India
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90 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

excellent ambience .. seating outdoors is just great with the flowers in the right season ... the old distillery back drop is an amazing adaptation into this contemporary restaurant . try the sea food and some wine .. the variety of beers here is good .. great service staff .

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

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, Anurag! We're all about providing a comfortable place to enjoy some delicious food, so it's great to know that you were pleased with our ambiance. I'm thrilled that you loved the seafood, wine, and brews as well. We'd love to have you back for a bite again soon. All the... More 

Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This place can sure shuck an oyster and make a great martini. Service is very hospitable, and the ambiance is tres cool .

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

Oysters and martinis -- the perfect duo! Thanks for coming by, friend. Hope to see you again tres soon. Until then, Rik Director of Operations More 

Fairhope, Alabama
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245 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the "patio" here during the World Cup of Hockey and were oh so impressed. They have a really good wine list and some interesting signature bar drinks as well. The appetizers are creative and tasty. I had a burger and it was just what the doctor ordered! A great dining option if you are... More 

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

Jay, thanks for watching the Cup with us -- so glad you had a jolly good time! Really appreciate the kind words, and hope we'll see you again soon. Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

Rochester, New York
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

I visited last week with my sister during the busy Christmas market. They squeezed us right in and the service was fast and attentive. We ordered the clam chowder and a large fish and chips and the shishito peppers, plus a few drinks. The food was delicious and was fairly reasonable ($50 US for 2 ppl with tip/tax). The ambiance... More 

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

Lea, I'm so glad you found everything delicious! Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Rik Director of Operations More 

Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Been several times and the food is always pretty good. Service is good as well. First time we ordered oysters and were not disappointed.

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

Danniddery, I'm so happy those oysters impressed -- they are our pride and joy! Thanks for dropping us a line here, friend. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Rik Director of Operations More 

Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Always happy with our visits to Pure Spirits, Showed up with no reservation and they managed to squeeze 6 of us in. The service was great. Oysters outstanding and their Fish and Chips perfect for a cold afternoon. Fun and welcoming atmosphere.

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

Don, I'm so happy you had a jolly good time with us! Thanks for the kind words here -- hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Rik Director of Operations 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
Seafood, Canadian, American, Bar, 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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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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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