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Skin + Bones
Skin + Bones

Skin + Bones Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.skinandbonesto.com
  • Phone: (416) 524-5209
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Tue - Thu: 5pm-11pm
    Fri - Sat: 5pm-12am
    Sun: 10am-2pm & 5pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Luca Gatti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our warm, industrial space has intimate window seating, a 34ft hand-crafted bar, a harvest table for 16 (with a front row view of the kitchen action!) and an open, relaxed dining room with banquette or tabletop seating.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Clarke (877) 528-9469
  • Special Events & Promotions: Let Us Feed You!
    Sit back, relax and let our Chef decide. $35 pp
    Sun – Thurs | 5-10pm

    Skin+Bones Sunday Brunch
    Brunch Entrées and $14 Ploughman's Buffet
    *Kids 5 & under eat FREE
    *Add Buffet to any Entrée for only $3
    Sun | 10am-2pm

    Buck-A-Shuck & Drink Specials
    Sun | 5-10pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carlaw Avenue
  • Public Transit: 501 Queen Streetcar at Carlaw Avenue stop
    72 Pape Bus at Queen Street stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Paid street parking is available on the North and South sides of Queen Street. Free after 6pm.
A word from Skin + Bones
Skin+Bones is a casual neighbourhood restaurant serving local Canadian food inspired by the seasons, our farmers and a love of eating and drinking.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Diner Reviews
  • "This is the second time we've been to Skin + Bones for brunch - both great experiences. Buffet is a great value add-on, but would like to see one or two more options to make it a viable alternative to then main."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Loved everything we had. Service was good and attentive. Highly recommend it for couples or groups as an easy night out."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We've been here a few times and have never been disappointed. We had 4 different apps and 4 different mains, all were delicious and beautifully presented. Special food requests were met without any question. Met Daniel the owner upon our first visit and he has remembered us, visited us at our table every time since then and he is just lovely. Aside from outstanding food and cocktails, it is this kind of detail that keeps everyone going back. Next time, we will give brunch a whirl. One of Leslieville's gems!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I attended with three of my friends, and we started with the buck-a-shuck Malpeque oysters, which were fresh, briny, and juicy. The blood orange mignonette complemented them perfectly. Then we had the "Let Us Feed You" menu, which consisted of 10 different dishes, from apps to mains to desserts, that left us full and vowing to return. Standouts? Really difficult to pick, but I'd say the albacore tuna crudo with rhubarb and celery was a wonderful combination of flavours, as was the grilled octopus on purple potato salad. Of the mains, the gnocchi had us all raving - and I've been telling my vegetarian friends that yes, there is delicious food for them at Skin+Bones! The trio of desserts tied the evening up with a big bow."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was great; only complaint is the mains weren't hot by the time they made it to the table."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend after reading a review in Now magazine. It has been very hit or miss with the Now's picks, but this one was definitely a winner. We barely looked at the menu after seeing there was a Chef's Menu option. We were served three aps, two mains, and a dessert. All were mouth watering and we practically licked our plates clean. The strawberry mojitos were also yummy. Skin + Bones is definitely in my top 10 Toronto restaurant picks. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had brunch with friends from the neighbourhood who were skeptical of the place. I wanted to try it so we did. I had the eggs Benedict. Good size and full of flavour. We all loved the buffet, especially the terrine & strudel with grapefruit curd. Yumm. We will be back"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • " Great spot in Leslieville. Menu is creative and delicious. Excellent and interesting wine list."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience we had at Skin + Bones. The food was delicious, the wait staff was exceptional and I really enjoyed the well put together wine list and cocktails. The negroni was one of the best I've ever had! Thanks again!!! Will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "eventhough the food is good the portions are very tiny and we left quite hungry the place. I order a steak and it was no more than 150 gr, I got probably 4 bites out of it. Friendly service."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "After discovering that many restaurants and wine bars in Leslieville are not open on Sunday nights, I considered Skin + Bones for a late dinner and drinks. A foodie friend said he really liked the vibe here, which made me more confident. I made a reservation for two for 8:15pm, unsure how busy they would be. Thankfully they were not, as we arrived 20 minutes late. We chose to sit at the bar because we really liked the feel of it. We received attentive service from both the bartender and our servers, who showed themselves to be very knowledgeable about the menu and bar offerings. We thoroughly enjoyed our wine selections and the food we finally ordered, and liked the fact that we did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It was great to finally find a tasty tapas bar that wasn't a rip off. Most of the items we tried were delicious and colourfully prepared. The carrot salad was a refreshing change from beats and the fried gnocchi was superb. And, for once in this city, the portions were decent and the prices reasonable. Friendly wait staff and prompt service topped the night. Also, cocktails were excellent. Will happily and promptly return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our server was Chris. Efficient, charming, casual yet not familiar ( I don't like it when servers use Keg style tactics). The food was delicious. We've eaten at some of the best in the world so we know food. I'm also a Chef. We went to use a promo ( no corkage fee) from a wine club we belong to. Many friends said we must go but frankly, the name made me gag. I'm glad we found this place and will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and service! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Was a great brunch for Mother's day. This is my fourth time here, first time for a brunch, and was pleasantly surprised with the food. Service was quick, and the tables are far enough apart to feel comfortable chatting away."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Brought my family there for brunch recently. Great food. Had the Eggs Benedict and loved it. I would definitely go again. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food is great. The place is clean. The wait staff are awesome. The napkins are cloth! You heart may get broken when you get there and the place is packed and you do not have reservations, so simply make a reservation."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Pros: Really liked the room, the lighting, the bench seating, the bar. The service was excellent. Good wine list that's priced well. The terrine app. Sticky toffee pudding. Side fried potatoes. Pork steak. Cons: Noise level. Food - limited menu selections that could have used more greens and/or vegetables. Chorizo was blah. The branzino was tasty but heavy on the olive oil. The skirt steak was on the tough side. Pot de creme just OK. Portions small. I would return just for cocktails or a bottle of wine with some snacks. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "delicious. tuna, chicken , whole fish, terrine - all were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I like this place a lot. Service is excellent, the food very good, and great value. I only wish it were just a little more plush, but if you're there for the food -- it's terrific."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Found this establishment while on a walk. Found the menu and decor interesting. Booked a reservation a few days later. Overall great experience. Greeted at the door with a smile and assisted with our coats. Our waiter was knowledgeable. Service was efficient without any "hovering". Good wine selection by the glass and really good food. Note overly large portions - just right. Good value for the money. Will return really soon. This us a great "local" find."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Food was delicious - the Pork Cheek salad is not to be missed. Tables are a bit on top of eachother sadly, but the food is worth it!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I loved the restaurant and the food. Great time was had. Loved the decor and the food was delicious. The caesar salad is amazing. The Octopus was delightful. Yummy. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I can't comment on the good because we didn't eat - please do not use the "Fair" rating. Opentable - it shouldn't be a required field for wine bars. Service and wine list is great which is why I picked this place. We were seated in the back, right in front of the kitchen and amongst rather large parties (3-4 tables with 6+ guests). It was SO loud. My guest had arrived before me and had also asked if we could move to a quieter spot. He was told that was the only spot available. I did notice a few tables had emptied not long after wd arrived and certainly be our wine had arrived. It would have been great for the staff to be cognizant that we did ask for a quieter spot by letting us know when an alternate table had become available."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were completely disappointed with the food at Skin and Bones. It appeared they are trying, but missing the mark on all the many appetizers that we ordered. We decided not to order main courses. The bar drinks, however, were excellent. Service was only ok - at best. Atmosphere was nice."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I did Sunday dinner at Skin + Bones and left feeling satisfied and treated incredibly well. The service was outstanding, the food flavourful and the deals fantastic (buck-a-shuck oysters, $7 cava and $5 bottles of beer). The octopus main is probably the best dish of its kind I've ever tasted. Hands down. We HIGHLY recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Thouroughly enjoyed all aspects of our dining experience...service and food is bang on, executed with finesse and confidence. The space is fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went here on a Sunday for brunch -this restaurant is full of kids! It might be because free Ploughman's buffet is offered for kids under 5 or just the neighbourhood. I had the Corned Beef Hash and added on the Ploughman's buffet - both were very good. My hash had great flavour and egg on top was cooked to perfection. Loved the raisin scones and Saskatoon Berry Mini Mufffins. There was also great Blood Orange Marmalade and Blueberry Preserves served with these delights. Husband had the Porchetta Eggs Bennie and said was good but found Polenta to lack flavour. Overall was truly enjoyable and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Just went for the first time, four of us on Saturday night celebrating 3 birthdays. Skin + Bones made it a perfect evening. The food is excellent - fresh, interesting creations, cooked perfectly. The wine list has a variety of by the glass or bottle options selected by a consulting sommelier (we asked), and the cocktails are interesting and tasty. The menu alone makes the place very well worth visiting. But the service is what ups it to a must-go. Your water glasses are unobtrusively refilled before you even notice they need filling. Your napkin is refolded at your place when you return from the restroom. Our server was an absolute delight. This is a gem, and we plan to be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Server, Chris, was on the ball. He made some excellent recommendations including the order of the food, he didn't judge when we ordered whites with the steak and was ready for a good laugh. We had white fish (not overdone, really solid), had lamb meatballs (best choice of the night), and hanger steak. The lamb was the favourite and great to share for a starter. The bill took a while to come but I think they just didnt want to rush us. Overall ,a wonderful evening. Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good service always makes the food taste great. Our specialty drinks were just as enjoyable as our meal."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "BeNst poached eggs in Toronto, very good reg. coffee (decaf too watery)and truly excellent service--attentive, professional, and genuinely warm and welcoming. Casual decor, but hospitable and comfortable. $3 add-on Ploughman's Buffet is a great deal. Terrific granola (not overly sweet), lovely bread, cheeses, terrine, etc. Menu design is generally healthy, with good choices for special diets. Serious attention to cooking. Quibbles: Tables a bit too close together, if it gets crowded. Decaf coffee should be stronger. Some buffet items could be better: carrot cake exceedingly oily, and no flavour; yoghurt servings too small, tiny muffins not interesting. Wouldn't recommend buffet as stand-alone meal."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "What a great discovery, look forward to going back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Portions were beyond small. Food was cold. Expensive. Won't be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Right in the heart of Leslieville @ Queen and Carlaw, Skin &Bones is an excellent meeting spot for locals to have dinner after work or gather with friends on a weekend. The service is top-notch. Nice feature to have the menu change every day. Loved the option for $35pp to let the chef choose your four course meal. The waiter suggested the perfect wines to suit our tastes. We will definitely be back again and add it to the top of our recommendation list for friends."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Had a fabulous dinner starting with the grilled calamari bursting with flavour, followed by the most wonderful pork belly. My husband had the hangar steak which was also a great hit. The sticky toffee pudding is to die for! Good but limited wine list, my only complaint is the cost of the wines. Great that you can get either a 3oz or 5oz pour, but really, $12 for 3oz??"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Skin+Bones is our favourite spot in the neighborhood (Leslieville). The owners Lisa and Daniel are welcoming and friendly, will do anything to provide outstanding service; staff is courteous, personable and knowledgeable; chef and crew prepare divine dishes for all tastes. We've had only great experiences there - from a casual drink & snack, to a special date night or birthday dinner, to a get together among friends or a scrumptious brunch. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Wait staff was great and recommended some stellar wine. The food was hit or miss with some dishes being way too salty and the dessert was a little off-pudding. Overall, a good experience, but they should use less salt."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had a great time on a first date! The food and service were fantastic. Soooo good! Great cocktails! Service was personalized and amazing."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My first time here and I found everything to be almost perfect! The only downside was that the music was a little loud for most of my visit. It was turned down a little before I left which was still very audible but i could hear my date as well. All in all a good visit :)"
    Dined on 3/9/2014