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10 GTA restaurants to shell out at on Oyster Day

Monday , April 20th , 2015

Oysters are culinary delicacies that offer shellfish lovers a briny taste of the sea, and can be prepared cooked or served raw. Oysters Rockefeller, for example, is a classic dish cooked with spinach, butter, breadcrumbs and fresh herbs.

When served raw on the half shell, oysters can be dressed in a variety of spicy cocktail sauces, tangy mignonettes or – for traditionalists – a sprinkle of rock salt and spritz of lemon to bring out their flavour.  

People who love fresh oysters devour them by the dozens. And since shucking oysters is an art, and a frustrating one for novices, it’s often best to leave it to the culinary artists at the below raw bars and restaurants:


A near institution in Toronto, this oyster house shucks to order from a selection of nine to 26 varieties available seasonally, and sourced from its own…


The oyster is your world at this Queen Street West seafood hub, where reasonable prices mean the magnificent mollusks, and all their juicy secrets, are…


Hailed for bringing East Coast flavours to the shores of Lake Ontario, this Toronto restaurant offers buck-a-shuck oysters from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,…


This Distillery District oyster house flies fresh oysters in from around the world daily, including Malpeques, Kumamotos, and meaty Fanny Bays.


Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill in Scarborough is an offshoot of Diana’s Seafood Delight, a reputed seafood wholesaler that has raised the bar with the…


This Queen Street East local keeps food and drink simple and affordable, and specializes in Irish oysters.


Located on College Street, fresh oysters are always on the menu at this casual pub, and are priced to market and shucked to order.


Order oysters by the piece, half-dozen, or dozen from the ever-changing chalkboard menu at this Adelaide Street East oyster house.


Rated among Canada’s top new restaurants in 2014 by enRoute magazine, a seafood experience at this Temperance Street raw bar is always a memorable one!

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