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Skin + Bones
Skin + Bones

Skin + Bones Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.skinandbonesto.com
  • Email: info@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
  • 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), 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

    Happy Hour
    $4 Pints, $6 Cocktails, Complimentary Bar Snacks
    Fri | 5-7pm

    Late Night
    $4 Pints, $6 Cocktails, Late Night Snack Boards and HIP HOP music!
    Fri, Sat | 11pm - 1am

    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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Would go again for cheese plate and wine list but skip the mains."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "...and the food is delicious. Chris and the other staff were very friendly and had great recommendations. Looking forward to going back!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I can't speak highly enough about my experience Sunday night at skin + bones. It was a make up night for missing Valentine's Day on Friday and we had an experience that made up for it and then some. From our welcome at the door to a personal hello from the manager, not to mention our server James who looked after us with aplomb. Yes, I haven't mentioned the food yet - mainly because the memory of the evening seemed so personal. We felt like we were at a friends home who just so happens to serve a wonderful meal. From mushroom sides, to pork bellies to a divine sticky toffee pudding the meal was an experience throughout. Definitely will be back again. And again. And again. Amazing."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Skin + Bones with dinner and drinks. Since it's classified as a wine bar, we choose to start with a glasses of their reds which were both very good. The dinner menu is very simple and not to complicated with enough variety on the menu in the starters and entrees. We ended up starting with a cheese plate which was delightful and tasty, then moving onto entrees. The meats were excellent and super tender, definitely cooked with perfection by the chefs. We ended with a chocolate brownie dessert which fabulous. All in all the food and service was excellent. Though we don't live in the neighborhood, it's definitely a place we'd come back to if we were in the area again. Definitely check it out!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Delicious food but portions are small so don't go starving. Otherwise very courteous staff, drink orders took awhile but nothing too long to seriously complain about."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "But I would imagine if you were you'd like this place. Food was fantastic, service was even better. The only thing was that it was a little on the expensive side: Valentine's day dinner special prix fixe menu + wine list starts just shy of $50 (other options on the menu to make it a more affordable night though). That may be fine for someone else though. The staff were really great though and we'll be back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic. Out server James was a delight - and the food was fantastic despite what the name of the restaurant suggests. ;)"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great spot for a quick bite on a weekday or as a weekend spot. The staff are extremely firendly and knowledgeable about the menu, wines, and the neighbourhood. Great food and wine selection. I always have a great experience at Skin & Bones. It's on my top 10 go to list, for sure."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Excellent food. The servers and everyone there were very knowledgeable and really were helpful and passionate about making our experience a memorable one. Will recommend it highly to anyone who asks."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Everything was fine, but that was it. The food was nicely prepared and presented; however, they were out of the one dish we wanted to try. I think the service needs to be improved, as the wait staff is attentive, but overly attentive. Each time the waiter would show up at the table, whether it be to bring food, top off waters, or clear the table, it was done in a way where our entire conversation was disrupted. I will say that I really did appreciate the fact that they offer carbonated water at no additional cost as it is made in house - a nice perk. The restaurants atmosphere was also really nice and fits the neighbourhood. Overall, I was disappointed. Unfortunately, I think that for the price, the city has much more to offer."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Fantastic service, excellent wine, great food, but very small portions."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The Skin in Skin and Bones refers to wine and there is a great wine list. We complemented that by bringing one of our own bottles from home as they had a free corkage special for the weekend. It's a large loft-like space with a lively bar at the front and larger tables and some booths at the rear. Food is good with a lot of creative use of umami-like flavours. We'll definetely go back as it's just down the street!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We loved it the first time and we love it even more since going for a second time. What a fabulous restaurant! Everything worked - the friendliness of absolutely everyone who worked there, the nice,not too big menu, the lovely local wine and the most yummy and beautifully presented food! Wonderful, worth every penny and a place we will return to and recommend to everyone. Can't wait to go back. Thank you, Skin and Bones."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Everything was good but the large dinning area almost made you feel like you were dining in a cafeteria."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Service was very good once we broke the ice with our server asking her lots of questions about her favorite foods and wines. She was Very knowledgable about the wine list and made good suggestions. Pork belly meal was excellent. The duck was good but not excellent. A little tough. Cheese plate was very good. Scallop appetizer was very tasty."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great food, ambiance and place to grab a few drinks with friends. But DON'T expect great service. Service is slow (took 20 mins for someone to even come to our table with water once we arrived). Took an hour to order food"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "My fiancé and I always drive by the place and meet stop in. This time we decided to go for my birthday:) and what an awesome treat it was! Our waitress was extremely attentive but not over bearing and she took the time to figure out what would work for us in terms of wine and food. We had fresh oysters, the bone marrow ( um yum!?), the octopus and chorizo stew and the pork belly. I HIGHLY recommend the octopus... Tender and full of flavour. Going there again with my girlfriends this week and I can't wait:)"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Went with a girlfriend - neither of us had been before. Started well as parking is free after 6 - a rarity in Toronto these days! We shared the scallop starter and the radish salad - both were delicious and neither was overly filling. then we had the hanger steak and the octopus and chorizo. The octopus was particularly good - although the dish was much heavier on chorizo than octopus which was a bit surprising. For dessert we tried the sticky toffee and the ice cream sandwich. While we enjoyed them (couldn't finish them though), neither was particularly exciting. While I would absolutely go back, I wouldn't order dessert next time. The service was lovely throughout - attentive without rushing us or being overbearing."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Finally a delicious resto with a great wine list- affordable and great service. we'lll be back!!!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Food and wine are fantastic. Service is OK and the place can get a bit loud. Only complaint was price: very expensive for what you get."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Haven't been since it ooened and brought a group. Food and service were amazing as always. A great place for foodies and people who appreciate great service. Lots of kids there also, so surprisingly fit for families and not snobby. Great experience as always."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The service was great, the food was delicious, the wine list varied, the space was interesting. The catch? All those hard surfaces bounce sound & you end up yelling at your date across the table. Fix that & we will be back."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Some wonderful surprises - like happy hour on a Saturday, And a fabulous radish dish. Really, radishes. Excellent oysters. Will be back"
    Dined on 11/16/2013