Pure Spirits

4.4
1893 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Please note we can not guarantee indoor seating in the event of rain. All people entering must wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth, and chin. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum. For more information on our health and safety practices please visit https://distilleryhospitality.com/health-and-safety.

Recognized as one of the best places for seafood in Toronto, Pure Spirits is located in the Distillery District. Nearly 100 years ago, when temperance societies and prohibition ruled America, it was from this very room that the whiskey barrels began their clandestine journeys across the lake and around the world. Today, while more refined spirits are served up, people come for the ambience and amazing food, particularly the fresh fish and oysters flown in from across North America and abroad... everyday!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1893 people are saying
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CharlotteS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and service and atmosphere! Highly recommend

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JDBD
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We celebrated my moms 79th birthday at pure spirits, they where so accommodating. We requested a quite table and they sat us in a great quite spot, my mom was cold they brought her a blanket, 3 people in our group where celiac, lots of good choices for them and the squid was tempura gluten free, it was delicious. Very happy

Pure Spirits
Responded 2 days ago

It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your family while you celebrated your moms 79th birthday, JBDB! We're over the moon hearing that our entire team was super accommodating and made your experience extra special. We'd love to welcome you and your family back again for another amazing experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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ArleneS
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good.
They were out of a lot of things from wine list and cocktail list.
Could have used a few more servers I think, but the service was pretty good.

Pure Spirits
Responded 2 days ago

Arlene, thanks for coming to see us! We’re happy to hear you had a great time at our restaurant. Thank you for your feedback and we are looking forward to welcoming you back again. All the best, Stuart K.

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CarolB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice place but very expensive. Service was excellent, food was alright, a bit expensive for what u get. Beautiful ambiance and lively vibe.

Pure Spirits
Responded 2 days ago

Carol, thanks for taking the time to leave your review! We're thrilled to had excellent service and enjoyed our beautiful ambiance. While we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself! All the best, Stuart K.

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MaraR
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was lovely but it was hard to talk over the music which was bit loud.

Pure Spirits
Responded 2 days ago

Mara, it was a pleasure welcoming you in. We're glad you have a lovely dining experience with us and hear your feedback regarding the music. We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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RichardH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Highly recommended!

Pure Spirits
Responded 3 days ago

Richard, it was wonderful welcoming you in for a lovely meal. It's great you had 5-star service from our entire team. We thank you for your support and hope to see you back our way soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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CasualDiner26
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had the chef’s special small plate (anchovy tacos) and large plate (white fish). Tacos were unique and yummy and the white fish was the tastiest meal I have ever had at Pure Spirits. Server was friendly but could have been more attentive throughout our experience as we kept having to ask for water top ups.

Pure Spirits
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for stopping by and being a regular here at Pure Spirits! We're thrilled you enjoyed our chef's special and had such an incredible, tasty meal. Our guests deserve only the absolute best. We look forward to welcoming you in again for another delicious meal and for the outstanding service we're known for and you deserve. All the best, Stuart K.

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Owlday
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service welcoming, and the ambience perfect.

Pure Spirits
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the phenomenal feedback! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for an evening of the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. It's great that our ambiance was the cherry on top of your experience. We look forward to your return. Until then, Stuart K.

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GoodCustomer
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. We use to come here for special occasions but recently visited and the menu had changed so much and lacked all the options they previously had that we ended up leaving after having a bottle of wine and a couple oysters. Waiter seemed annoyed and definitely lacked customer service. Wouldn't come back here again. If you want good oysters and service, go to Richmond Station.

Pure Spirits
Responded a day ago

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. It is disappointing to hear that your experience fell short of the standard you expect and deserve. We fully understand that there is no excuse for service that misses the mark, so please know that your feedback has been heard. We would love to welcome you back for another visit and hope you give us the chance to show you the experience you deserve. All the very best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oysters and creme brûlée *drools*

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled our oysters and creme brûlée hit the spot. We hope to see you again soon for more drool-worthy dishes. Until then, Stuart K.

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MauiSteve
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great lunch outside on the deck to celebrate my niece’s birthday. Great service and delicious food!

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 14, 2021

Steve, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed our lively lunch scene celebrating your niece's birthday! Thank you for taking the time to review us and we'd love to welcome you back soon for excellent service and more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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RICHARDB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are enjoying finally eating at restaurants. We are not so comfortable dining indoors. pure Spirits has an amazing patio with oversized umbrellas.
The food is always top notch. Oysters were great. Drinks were great. The Salad Nicose was generous and tasty. parpedelle with shrimp delicious.

Great spot…. We went late afternoon and also had fun people watching.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 14, 2021

Richard, thank you for stopping by and joining us for an amazing meal. We are so grateful to have such an amazing outdoor patio, making our guests feel super comfortable. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed dining on our oysters and delicious drinks. We hope to see you back our way soon. Best, Stuart K.

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NancyS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Indoor experience. Appreciated our mature, professional server. No “you guys” and no “no problem”. She was friendly

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 13, 2021

Nancy, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! It was a pleasure welcoming you in and delivering the outstanding, professional service you deserve. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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chrisw
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Staff were friendly and quick. Food was OK, but for the pricing I would have expected a bit better. The Miami ribs were alright, but lacked depth in the sauce and the meat was a bit chewy for braised ribs. The parm fries were great, as were the baked oysters, haven't had that for a long time so was pleased with them. The Cali bowl was a bit disappointing though. The eggs were cold, the charred tomatoes weren't charred and were cold as well and it was underdressed. The server was kind enough to take it off our bill though. It would be worth another shot maybe, but the prices are pretty high for what you get.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for giving us a try, Chris! We’re happy to hear you had friendly service and enjoyed our baked oysters. However, we’re sorry that we didn’t knock it out of the park for you when it comes to our other dishes. We want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals and we wish we could've given you this impression. Please know that your feedback has been heard. We hope you'll consider us again for a drink and a delicious meal sometime in the future. Best, Stuart K.

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Mmmmm
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere..great patio.. food ok, enjoyable, little pricy .. you pay for the patio ..oysters were ok

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for reviewing us and providing your feedback! It's great to hear you loved dining on our patio, although, its disappointing that we didn't quite hit it out of the park when it comes to flavours. We hear your feedback regarding the oysters and it will be passed along accordingly. We encourage you to let us create a better experience for you in the future. Until then, Stuart K.

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PamelaM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Food was very good as well.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Pamela! We are thrilled you chose us to enjoy amazing food and have impeccable service. We look forward to welcoming you in again soon for another exceptional experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately they were sold out of mussels which was the reason we came here. The food otherwise was good but not great. The waitress had too many tables.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! While we're delighted you enjoyed our ambiance, it's disappointing to hear that you didn't get the chance to have your favourite dish. We apologize for this item being sold out and hope that you will come join us again soon to enjoy our mussels. All the best, Stuart K.

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Pennsylvania
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

food reading primarily for the smallest size tenderloin I’ve ever seen… like EVER.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you for providing your feedback to us! we're happy to hear you enjoyed your overall experience and appreciate the feedback regarding size of the tenderloin. Hoping to welcome you again soon to try more of our menu items All the best, Stuart K.

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FOODme
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 9, 2021

Everything from our atmosphere to our tasty dishes will leave you amazed! Thank you for leaving your review. We'd love to have you join us again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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AnneL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and good time overall. But I think they were short staffed on the Friday night labour day long weekend so food took a while.

We had an wonderful waitress. And we enjoyed the amazing oysters especially. Would come again. One of our favorite dining spots.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Anne! It's absolutely amazing to hear you had impeccable service from your server. Your support is greatly appreciated, especially your understanding of the staff shortage in the industry right now. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again to dine on our incredible oysters. All the best, Stuart K.

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Tyler
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal from start to finish.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 8, 2021

Tyler, we're so glad you could stop by! Thank you for reviewing us. It is wonderful you enjoyed the five-star experience we're known for and you expected from us. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner with my best friend was amazing. Our service and the food was outstanding I would recommend anyone to go as well as we will be back.

Two days later we were still taking about how great the oysters were.

Thank you so much for having us!

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for the phenomenal feedback! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you and your best friend in for an evening of five-star food and service for such a special occasion. Thank you for the incredibly high praises about your experience, especially the oysters! We'd love to welcome you back to dine on more of our incredible oysters! All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service was pretty average. The server was nice but not super personable since they were very busy which we understand. The food was pretty good. The only issue was the
broccolini that was paired with the halibut was extremely bitter and both guests at our table who ordered it couldn’t eat it. The actual halibut was very good though.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate your feedback regarding the broccolini. Your feedback is very important to us. We hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. All the very best, Stuart K.

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szczecin1
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visited you place with three of my girlfriends... all of us we truly enjoying the place, the food, the service, the atmosphere... would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about spending a nice evening at your place - Pure Spirits....
Thank you all !!!

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a wonderful evening with your friends! It was a pleasure welcoming you in for exceptional food, service and atmosphere. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. So accommodating, and the food was delicious.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 1, 2021

Thank you for the phenomenal feedback! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

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MichL
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall we had a great experience at this restaurant. We had not seen our family in over a year due to COVID and we had a reservation for 10 on the patio. The food was good, attractively displayed with ample space for social distancing from other tables. I particularly would recommend the fish dishes.

Pure Spirits
Responded on September 1, 2021

Mich, it's wonderful to hear you had a lovely experience for such a special family gathering. We are so grateful to have such an amazing outdoor patio, making our guests feel super comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional experience in the future. All the best, Stuart K.

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Dave
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful and very accomodating

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dave, we're so glad you could stop by! Thank you for reviewing us. It's wonderful you experience 5-star service and had very accommodating, friendly servers. We welcome you back for another amazing experience. Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 30, 2021

We're so glad you could stop by! Thank you for reviewing us. We'd love to welcome you back again for amazing food and exceptional service. All the best, Stuart K.

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Romantic
Naples
37 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently delicious each and every visit. I would give them a ten star rating.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 31, 2021

It's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious, 5-star cuisine. Come back anytime for another exceptional experience! Best, Stuart K.

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vipVanessaH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always happy with the service from our servers. It was slow yesterday but they clearly were trying. Our biggest issue was the quality of oyster shucking which we’ve not experienced here before. Our BC oysters (Torpedos) we’re completely destroyed. There were so many shells in them. I almost sent them back. It was equivalent to just throwing the ingredients of a dish on a plate. The person shucking had gotten their knife into the oyster so they were all ‘gutted’. It was not appetizing at all. The oysters were very slow to come out so they were clearly rushing but not an acceptable result.

Other than that, everything was great as usual.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 31, 2021

Vanessa, thank you for being a frequent and loyal guest. It's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit the mark this time around when it comes to the quality of our oyster shucking. Please know, your feedback has been heard and already been passed along accordingly to ensure this doesn't happen again. We apologize for this missed experience and welcome you to join us again to show you the Pure Spirits experience we are proud and capable of. All the very best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Delicious food and great service. Will be back again for sure!

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DenB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had the Yellowfin Tuna Niçoise salad and it was light, but but satisfying. Fish was great. I also had the Betty White cocktail which was grapefruity and stiff :) We had a great family dinner on the patio under umbrellas.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 30, 2021

It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your family for a lovely evening on our patio, Den! It's delightful to hear you enjoyed food and drinks with us. Thank you for leaving your review and we'd love to welcome you back again for another amazing experience. Until then, Stuart K.

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MaggieA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely to sit out on the patio and people watch!
The food was great! We had mussels and burgers. Delicious! The fries are a must!
And our server was adorable and very attentive.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 27, 2021

Maggie, it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed dining on our patio! Thank you for your kind words about our space. Everything from our delicious entrees to our fries will leave you amazed. We can't wait to see you again soon for another exceptional experience. Best, Stuart K.

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ChrisL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top-notch. The food was delicious. The patio was beautiful.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 30, 2021

Nothing beats fresh and flavourful food, Chris. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your experience, especially the service and our beautiful patio. We hope to have you join us again for some more top-notch service. All the best, Stuart K.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Mistook this venue for Cluny and made the wrong reservation! Server was doing her best but had been working outside in their uniform for an extremely hot day. Crowds on the patio were loud and there were a lot of children.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 24, 2021

We're glad you had the opportunity to dine with us! Thank you for leaving your feedback. It's wonderful you had excellent service and do hope that you will choose to visit us again to show you the all around 5-star experience you deserve and we are capable of. All the best, Stuart K.

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DamienM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I honestly don't like the food and the price doesn't deserve these food quality. I'll never go back to this place and I would not recommend it.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 24, 2021

Damien, we’re sorry to hear you weren't a fan of our flavours. That said, our chef puts a lot of care and consideration into using the best, fresh ingredients and cares deeply about sharing cuisine that is authentic. While we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. It would be our pleasure to host you again to show you an experience we’re proud and capable of. Best, Stuart K.

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Epidemik
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pros:
This place was really good, been here in pre-COVID times and it's exactly like I remembered it.
Servers were friendly and accommodating.
Great atmosphere

Cons:
Charging extra for sauces/condiments when ordering oysters - This should be included given the price point.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 26, 2021

We're delighted you enjoyed our atmosphere and had friendly and accommodating service! Thank you for providing your valued feedback to us. Please know we hear you and it will be passed along accordingly. We look forward to seeing you at Pure Spirits again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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MarkC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing oysters. Also really enjoyed the tempura squid. Delicate and light as air tempura with perfectly paired sauce.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 25, 2021

Mark, we're thrilled you hear you've enjoyed oysters with us many times! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We hope you'll join us again soon for more delicious seafood. All the best, Stuart K.

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StephanG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Value for dollar was not what I expected. Food was OK at best.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 23, 2021

Stephan, we are sorry to hear that you weren't a fan of our flavours. That said, our chef and his team put a lot of care and consideration into using the best freshest ingredients and care deeply about sharing cuisine that is modern and authentic. Our prices reflect the quality of the ingredients we use and the labour required to pay those who make and serve it fair wages. Saying that, we hope you'll choose to visit us again to try more of our tasty menu options. Best, Stuart K.

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ClarissaG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a casual outdoor meal! Food was tasty - steaks were cooked correctly as requested and service was quick, efficient and friendly.

Pure Spirits
Responded on August 24, 2021

We're so glad that you enjoyed the steak while you were here, Clarissa! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in and delivering 5-star service. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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Pure Spirits is rated 4.4 stars by 1893 OpenTable diners.

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