Skippa

4.6
68 reviews
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Japanese
Please email info@skippa.ca for reservations on the Sushi Bar

Additional Seating options include:
- Standard – booth (4 seats)
- High Top – communal table (6 bar stools)
- Bar – 5 bar stools facing the beverage service area

Skippa is a seasonal Japanese restaurant inspired by Fukuoka Prefecture on Japan’s Kyushu island. We use fish carefully chosen based on seasonality + authentic binchotan charcoal.

Skippa offers two menus available at all seats within the restaurant:

Trust Skippa - seasonal tasting menu. Ranges from $100 - $150, depending on the availability of fish and produce.

A la carte menu - Bar style menu offering shareable plates and all of our sushi.

Please notify Skippa directly with allergies or dietary restrictions as our menu relies heavily on marination. Vegan, gluten free and vegetarian menus are available with 24 hours notice. The team is also very happy to work within your own personal budget for a tasting menu.
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was an experience. Truly amazing. Perfection.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

No value ... quantity very less

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DE
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i didn't really know that sushi could taste that sublime.

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server felt over attentive and intrusive at times. Food seemed overpriced and over-engineered. Dishes that featured notable and exciting ingredients were often crowded out by the accompanying spices and flavors of the supporting ingredients.

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AW
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skippa is my favourite restaurant!
My girlfriend and I went for the first time this summer and we've gone once a month since.
Every time we've come there are new great things to try but they always have our favourite: the maitake salad. I didn't know about this mushroom prior to Skippa and now am obsessed with it. I had it done tempura style last night and I hope its on the menu next time.


My girlfriend is vegan and I'm vegetarian and they have been great at creating options that work for both of us. While I haven't had the fish or beef all my friends who have all have loved it.
I enjoyed the atmosphere, never too loud which is great because their playlists are always fun, good mix or Japanese and non-Japanese tracks I enjoy.

They have someone in house in charge of all their desserts which like the food is all hyper local and fresh

I spent 3 weeks in Japan a couple years ago and all the food I've had is on par if not better than what I had there.
I'm already excited about going back at the end of Feb to see what new seasonal offerings they have in store.

Go tonight if you can get a table, if not get a table asap. The sushi bar is great to watch them all work/create really amazing dishes. If you just want to hang out and eat the booths are great.

I have no doubt that one day our monthly visit will turn into two monthly visits if not more and I cant wait :)

10/10 this place is Ichiban! ;)

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OM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the tasting menu, the presentation was very nice and delicate but having one piece per course was a bit small and not enough so it was very disappointing. The meal started with a broth it was tasteless this set the tone for the rest of the menu. The other dishes that follow where bland.
Overall a very disappointing meal.

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skippa is a rare find. Having been there multiple times, the experience never waivers from anything but perfection. The menu changes often to reflect the freshest in-season ingredients all expertly prepared by a small crew with a young talented and approachable chef, Ian Robinson at the helm. Service is casual, friendly and always spot on while the restaurant itself is warm, comfortable and inviting. I highly recommend sitting at the bar and striking up a conversation with the skilled chef. The excitement in his eyes along with the description of the dish he sets in front of you is alone worth a visit. The fact that every bite of every meal has been exceptional…well that’s Skippa!

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H
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time writing a review due to the amazing experience we've had at dinner. Everything on the tasting menu was delightful and made with love. The headchef Ian has a passion for the culinary arts and his desire to strive for excellence can be seen through the attention he pays to every aspect of how Skippa is run. Even though I had high expectations going into the dinner due to good reviews from friends, the entire experience was made special by being seated in what I personally find to be the best seat in the house (at the chef's table, right in front of Ian's work station) and conversing with Ian about the dishes (gave us a better understanding and appreciation of the food). Highly recommend this spot for a special night out, or when you're just craving a few bites of quality sushi made by a chef that knows his regulars by name and asks about their day. Reservation recommended.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We arrived 5 minutes early, our table wasn't ready until 45 minutes later.

Food was great, we had the tasting menu, and asked if they could do some sake pairings, they said they could. We asked for a price and they didn't give us a firm price, and said they would charge as we drink.

The sake pairing ending up being as expensive as the tasting menu.
Very disappointed in the service and experience, but the food was good.

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TD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skippa is a gem, and one of Toronto's top Japanese restaurants. The chef's passion for authentic Japanese cuisine is evident in every thoughtfully-composed dish that comes from him and his talented team. The menu includes not just superlative sushi, but cooked dishes as well, each according to the season. Incredibly fresh fish and other ingredients from Japan and North America, great sake selection, and friendly and attentive servers make for a very special evening. The booth seating is perfect for a quieter dinner for 2 to 4 people, but ask for sushi bar seating to get the full experience.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 3

for sushi,I wont recommend here,kind of izakaya,but dont pay $120 for omakase here

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MJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Skippa was truly exceptional. We sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed our experience so much.

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YK
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent quality at very steep prices with very frugal portions. Be prepared to spend at least $150/person In order to be satisfied.
When it was reviewed in October 2017 the Omaske menu was reported to be $40. On our visit it had climbed to $120.

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ZC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had heard the creativity and approach to Japanese at SKIPPA was extraordinary. Did not disappoint!

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DV
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second visit to Skippa. The noise level was higher this time than I remember from my first visit.
Service was great although a little distracted at some points. Will definitely return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Top to bottom

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OT
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Skippa about 6 times in the last year. Every time I go, Skippa is amazing! The service & food are excellent. I order the Trust Skippa menu. The menu changes every few weeks. There may be 1 or 2 small cooked dishes that are just ok but every dish can’t be amazing. I’ve dined at 3 star Michelin restaurants & every dish isn’t amazing. Skippa is one of my favourite place to dine. It’s like the best kept secret in the city. I’ve attached a few photos.

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NN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! The list of Sake is impressive. Can't wait to go back.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, service & atmosphere. We let them surprise us with a tasting menu & it was outstanding.

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SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Wayyyy overpriced for what it is. 300 for 2 ppl and I wasn't impressed by it. Basically paid for the plane ticket for the fish from Japan.

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DF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is anaz

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S
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. All the dishes from the chefs tasting menu were great. Only regret was being too full to eat more!

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S
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasting menu is good. Only thing is you have to be quite hungry. It comes with lots of food...

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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W
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Can't fault the quality of the food. Definitely excellent. But the service wasn't top notch. We kept having to ask for refills on tea. We ordered a lot of food which comes out whenever its ready. By the time we had been there half an hour we had ONE oyster and that's it. By the time we had been there 45 minutes we had shared a small bowl of soup as well. (I guess that's why we kept drinking our tea). By the time we left, we had spent over $100 per person not including drinks (two each) and gratuity and we were still hungry. Total bill before tip was $256. Maybe it's more of a lunch place. Or maybe not a good idea to come hungry. Then we would have been better able to appreciate the creative presentation and unique ingredients.

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D
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were looking for a new dining adventure and a vibrant atmosphere for our date night - and Skippa did not disappoint. A warm and inviting staff welcomed us and took good care of us throughout.

We sat at the bar, as we like to do and highly recommend. And since adventure was on our minds, we let Skippa choose our meal. The best way for me to describe the food is that it was so good, I even enjoyed the selections with mushrooms - and I very rarely eat mushrooms. I should add that the server did ask about our likes and dislikes, but I chose not to mention mushrooms and glad I didn’t (see, dining adventure).

The atmosphere is vibrant and as warm as the staff. The sake selection is quite good. The sake we chose was some of the finest we’ve had.

Lastly, we spent a good portion of the night debating how best to make use of their large round table. It’d be great for an evening (or celebration) with small group of friends. Which we plan to do.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fresh, delicious and creative.
We loved every dish.

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KR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great night out - Skippa is now on our favorites list. Staff were engaging and professional and made us feel like guests in their home. I highly recommend this gem of a restaurant!

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NM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

There was an initial problem with our reservation - we had specifically requested a seat at the bar and were given a seat at a table far from the sushi action. That was quite a mistake, however the management proved helpful, found a compromise and offered us (great) sake.
The service was kind and friendly but they forgot 2 orders - one was later given, the other simply forgotten (we did not ask for it again, since we were pretty full by then). For the quality of the food and the price you expect a bit better.
Still, the food is spectacular. The chef is histrionic, and his creations are incredible. Not a single dish that I could fault, some will be just a memory impossible to forget (especially the wagyu and the sea bream with olive oil and lemon compote.
All together is an an incredible place, not cheat but still good value for money for the outstanding quality of the food.
I will be happy to go back.

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AC
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu is unique and surprising. Staff is knowledgeable and attentive. The evening's bill renders this place a very special occasion spot.

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SR
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was absolutely amazing. Recommending to everyone!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not much to say. It was fantastic. Just go

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just incredible. Freshest fish. Every detail was spot on. Service was lovely, attentive but not intrusive. The fish!!!

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RJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this table on a whim last minute. All my friends have been and raved about it. I was blown away by the service and food. I was seated in prime spot so I could see all the action on the pass. Chef Ian served me personally and thanked me for dining. Amazing experience for sure, I’ll definitely be back

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KG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, the best sushi I’ve had in a very very long time.

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ET
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go! Just go. Food, service, ambiance - it was all amazing. Such a creative and refreshing take on omakase.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the waitress returned every few minutes to refill our water and tea. Once the dishes were finished, they were whisked away within seconds and replaced with the next course shortly after. We ordered Skippa's Choice and we did not regret it, I appreciate them taking into account our hunger level out of five so that we didn't leave hungry/too full by the end of the meal. We were there for around an hour and a half, it was very nice to sit there and have a nice chat with one another while we waited. Loved the overall ambience and decor choices. Would definitely recommend people try at least once.

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A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive. Masterful. Delicious. Conscientiously sourced. A top chef and top and top team working creatively within a tradition they know cold.

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B
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive & excellent.
Food was delicious with delicate flavour.
Price was reasonable for such high quality food.

Thank you.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent opportunity to select the Trust Skippa chef creation off the menu. Sitting at the chef bar we had the privilege of watching and speaking with the Chef. What a great personal touch. The food was excellent, fresh and created in front of us. We were able to ask questions about the ingredients to understand the wonderful flavours. We were also offered instructions on eating and dipping the sushi. The service was beyond excellent. Thanks for a wonderful memory-we will be back!

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