Despite the fact that it’s not a seaside city, Toronto is home to a wide array of seafood restaurants—from oyster bars to upscale eateries—that have become longstanding favorites of families and foodies across the city. Whether you come for the grilled salmon, the calamari, shellfish, or all of the above, here are some of the most popular seafood restaurants in Toronto.
Rodney’s Oyster House can be found on King Street West, just west of Spadina Avenue and a stone’s throw from both the Financial and Entertainment Districts. Since 1987, Rodney’s has been one of the most popular oyster spots in the city, in addition to being an important importer and wholesaler.
Located on Adelaide near Jarvis and Queen East, the menus at Pearl Diver cover your seafood cravings for brunch, lunch, and dinner. This homey restaurant offers classic chowder, oyster, and calamari options, along with fish and chips, burgers, and much more.
Honest Weight is the place to head to in The Junction when you need to get your seafood fix. The menu at this lunch counter and fish shop changes based on whatever seafood is freshly available, with standbys including chowder, shellfish, Ontario shrimp, and okonomiyaki. You can wash it all down with house-made sodas too.
Diana’s Seafood is one of the top seafood stores in the city, if you’re willing to take the trek east into Scarborough, and located right next door is the affiliated Oyster Bar. Offering lobster club sandwiches, clam chowders, grilled salmon, calamari, and, naturally, plenty of oysters, Diana’s also caters to hotels and restaurants throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Oyster Boy, located in the Queen West neighborhood, is one of Toronto’s most popular oyster houses and seafood restaurants. They also supply fresh oysters to restaurants throughout the city, offering wholesale and catering options. With their Shuck U program, Oyster Boy even offers informative two-hour workshops about buying, shucking, and presenting oysters.