Skippa

4.7
115 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've never been to a restaurant where the service staff has been so attentive. To the point where they kept changing from chop sticks to cutlery depending on the food being served. Our waiter was the best and it was only upon paying did we find out we were his first table ever. Cudos to him. Best of all was the taste and freshness of the food was beyond compare. A restaurant I would certainly recommend to others.

Ron

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KL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and impeccable service but know that if you do (my recommendation) the chef’s preset menu be prepared to spend 2.5 hours at least on dinner. It was okay to alter my night’s schedule but I didn’t know to expect that much time to be spent there.

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We all think the soy sauce is too sweet, overpowering the taste of fish. Also ginger is too strong to eat between sushi, it takes long time for the taste of the ginger to go away before trying another sushi. These two items ruined the beautiful sushi.
3 things tasted way too strong than it should be: soy sauce, ginger and edible flowers. A little bit of adjustment on these items and it could be a lot better perhaps.
Servers were friendly and accommodating.

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EM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I got engaged and I decided to book a dinner at Skippa to celebrate. The staff went above and beyond to make our night feel absolutely special. The food was fantastic, as good as we remember eating in the best places in Japan, and the sake was delicious. Thank-you so much Skippa, we'll never forget your generous hospitality!! Truly one of the best dining experiences we've ever had.

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o
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time going for our anniversary. Service is great. Chef and staff acknowledged our celebration with sparklers and a Polaroid with dessert. Love how the veggies are focused on local Ontario grown produce and sushi sourced from Japan. I am so happy that their grilled maitake mushrooms are still on the menu. So good! This time around the highlights for me were the oysters from New Zealand topped with Ontario strawberries and the melt-in-your-mouth rosy seabass (aka mutsu) from Fukuoka. Thank you Chef Ian and team!

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O
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just the most yummy food!! So fresh and flavourful

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A
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Although generally what we ate was good, there was very little for the cost. Extremely limited menu

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NJ
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing, friendly, attentive....everything we wanted, including incredible omakase menu option.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place. Just make a reservation. The food is great and the fish is fantastic. Flown in from Japan and you can certainly tell its top tier product! Not an inexpensive place by any means but the price you pay is worth it.

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C
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had only the sushi preset for $50. Not a traditional sushi expert but I was disappointed. From the east coast so know my seafood. Not sure if all of the sushi was fresh. My dining mate loved her à la carte choices

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O
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love the food. So flavourful. And fabulous service

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SY
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawlessly incredible in both food and service. Skippa sets the bar for contemporary Japanese cuisine. Trust Skippa - always!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Toronto

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Ian is AMAZING what an experience!

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NI
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD! THE SERVICE WAS IMPECCABLE :)
I REALLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always magnificent! We are never disappointed when we dine at Skippa, and actually the seems to be getting even better each time.

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SL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the "trust Skippa" omakase! It's absolutely outstanding.

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j
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the "trust skipper" tasting menu is excellent. Don't expect straight traditional Japanese food. The dishes leading up to the sushi course are Japanese inspired fusion. Even each piece of bite sized sushi has a little twist to the flavour. Quality of the ingredients is beyond reproach. The setting is casual, and the service is excellent. Pricey has others have mentioned, but we have had equally expensive meals in town that were not nearly as good as this.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is absolutely sublime, with the attention to detail devoted towards the ingredients and plating being especially memorable. But the quality of service - while passable - has yet to reach the standard expected of a $120 tasting menu.

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food - tasting menu was epic! Great service too.

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GC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

On recommendations from a couple of friends, came to visit and ordered Trust Skippa. Was underwhelmed by the food-- tastes weren't particularly unique/aromatic/pleasing, ingredients not particularly fresh. They like to emphasize where the ingredients come from (some domestic, mostly international,) but the value is lost since distance of travel does not equal quality.

My sister who had been to Skippa previously mentioned that a prior menu was better, so maybe I just got unlucky with this menu.

Service, however was attentive enough. Someone in my party made one request (allergy, avoid adding specific ingredient to any of her dishes,) which was forgotten on the first course... But one of the chefs brought a new serving, apologized, and the remainder of the courses were served observing her request. Tea was always topped, each course explained upon service.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Omakase. Overall the experience was fantastic from start to finish. Thank you very much!

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MS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great stuff!

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TZ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The sushi only looks like authentic edomae style sushi, but taste is no match to other authentic sushi restaurants. For the price being set at such level, the sushi should be a lot better. Only has the look but not the taste, it is easy to have the look, but hard to be the same inside too.

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it continues to be one of the absolute best meals in Toronto.

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g
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ian and Kati take care of each customer to the fullest, we did the the "Trust Skippa" and were not disappointed. The amount of dishes was generous and was a full experience as they described the plates. While I wish we were able to sit at the high top I'm sure I'll be back and request seating there.

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The fish was top quality but the chef lacked knife skills. The fish wasn’t cut properly and the nigiri rice didn’t hold together. It crumbles as soon as you pick up the nigiri. The sushi rice WAS NOT prepared by an expertly. With Sushi, quality ingredients need to be matched with quality knife skills or it’s pointless. It’s like eating A5 Kobe beef well done in the microwave. The service was good but not great. The sake was great but pricey and the room is very lacklustre. The chef should focus more on the cut, cure and rice instead of guiding us through the sushi eating process like we’re school kids who’ve never eaten good sushi...

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IS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Not worth the price at all. I picked the trust skippa option which was 130 per person, included about 10-12 bite size meals which includes 6 sushi and 1 handroll.
I expected the sushi fish to be of better quality for the price. I also expected a higher quantity of Sushi given the price - 6 is just not worth it whereas other Sushi Omakase serve around 15 different kinds of sushi for the same price and tastes better and quality is better as well. The rest of the courses served were okay but not worth the price - specially considering the vegetarian courses. The food is also not enough so dont be surprised to leave the restaurant with not a full stomach even after paying 450 for two people!
We were seated at the far left of bar which is really close to the stove and temperature was uncomfortably high and we became all sweaty.
There is only one sushi chef, so you really have to wait for the food because one person is basically serving the whole restaurant.
Server's service was exceptional and she helped us find an awesome Sake to go with our meal.
Overall, will not return as I can get better and a higher quantity and variety of sushi for the same price at Kaji or Saku.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

It’s exceptionally expensive and there’s a good chance you’ll still be hungry after. The sushi IS delicious but it’s worth snacking beforehand

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience...

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. We dine out everywhere we go. Skippa tasting menu ranks in the top 5 meals we have ever eaten. Ever. Go there and sit at the sushi bar and brace yourself for an ethereal experience.

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing service and food! Will definitely be back!

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HE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, Skippa is the best restaurant in Toronto. Sit at the chefs counter and you will not be disappointed. I will be making this a regular spot.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, but very overpriced for what it is... We got the Trust Skipaa our bill was $440 (2 ppl) and we left there hungry... Sorry but I won't be coming back.

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C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Trust Skippa tasting menu and it did not disappoint. Very memorable dining experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skippa was an amazing omakase experience. We got the pleasure of sitting right in front of the Chef making our sushi and prepping our dishes. All the seasonal fish and ingredients were of the highest quality and resulted in a memorable, delicious dinner.

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J
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and a bit different, but no WOW factor!

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The course menu was amazing and we enjoyed the services provided by the waiters and the team.

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FK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our second time to Skippa, first time was over a year ago so understandably some things changed. We ordered the sushi tasting, and a couple additional dishes to share. The sushi was delicious, the wasabi a bit harsher than expected only in one (although that may be by design, I am not an expert), others were perfect. I loved the mackerel sushi.

We got bar seating and were looking forward to watching the sushi making activity. It was underwhelming because we were actually seated on the side where no action happened, other than the pouring of tea.

Overall a very enjoyable dining experience.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best food experience I have had in Toronto this year.

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