#24 Joso’s

Joso’s

Of all the places to eat in Toronto, why do people still flock to Joso’s? It’s sure not because of the old school dcor, the red tablecloths, incredibly cramped tables and ubiquitous chatchkas. Or the faintly ridiculous paintings and sculptures of large-breasted women… But the fish is superb. There is no better grilled octopus in Toronto — see sweet, so tender, so zinged by warm black olives and tiny capers. No better seafood or squid ink risotto. They show you the daily fresh fish on a huge platter: There are orata, John Dory, three kinds of bass, octopus and shrimp, clams and squid, so fresh they emit the sweet smell of the sea. The kitchen grills it all perfectly with a light benediction of olive oil and sea salt. Two tips: Reserve a table downstairs, that’s where the buzz lives. And go for a birthday: They turn off the lights and get everybody singing.


  • Joso’s
  • 202 Davenport Rd., Toronto (map)
  • 416-925-1903
  • www.josos.com

  • Chef: Manuel Moreno
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Cost of dinner for two: $150
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 100+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Can rent out main floor
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no debit)
  • Parking: Street parking available, parking lot nearby
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