Skippa

4.7
124 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Japanese

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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 ow
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!!

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vipChoosiefoodie
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I held out on a visit to Skippa until an important milestone came around and my husband's birthday was just the right one. He's tough to impress, holds everything (especially food) to a high standard, and does not like a fuss for this birthday. Also, side note, we will be travelling to Japan in a few months, where he says he's looking more forward to the food than anything else (big statement from an architect). So it was with that in mind that I booked Skippa- an unassuming, small culinary tour de force, in an equally unassuming stretch of Harbord Street. Upon arrival, we were greeted and seated along a table by the window which was fashioned from a cross cut of a huge tree trunk- a marvel indeed and an instant inspiration for a conversation. The menu featured a Chef's table option called Trust Skippa- which at $120 per person was a hard to pass up given that it included $47 worth of sushi along with pre and post courses that sounded scrumptious. Each course was presented with the details of the dish, the source from the super friendly, proud and knowledgable staff, and was followed by another meticulously lated item that beat the last one in execution and flavour. We were so ecstatic that we ordered a bottle of wine more than halfway through our meal. And the dessert was just the thoughtful, beautifully executed end to a beautiful journey. The atmosphere was casual and unpretentious with everyone clearly respecting food and the art of making it. It will be hard to beat this experience in Toronto. I'm looking forward to treating myself for my birthday in a couple of months...as unoriginal as the idea may be at this point!

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JohannaT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Exciting food, with the quality and love shining through. Really nice!

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Maria
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the most special places in Toronto or elsewhere. The food is impeccably prepared, with precise attention to the smallest details. The staff is warm, genuine and extremely attentive. It’s a place that leaves one feeling nourished, both in gustatory and emotional terms. Each gesture, presentation of food and drink, and interpersonal interaction is so thoughtful, loving and nuanced.

I can not recommend this place more highly! If you interested in people who pour their heart, soul and creative spirit into their craft, this is the place to be.

I will come here again and again. It leaves one feeling more expansive and realizing what a true love of one’s work can do to make everyone feel welcome and deeply valued. That’s more than just about food— but the food is also divine and surpasses many Michelin star restaurants I have been to across the globe. This place deserves such a standing in the coming years!

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PrettyBoyLarge
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Between learning about here all the fish and products used comes from and the added history of other items it made for an awesome experience. I recommend the Omakase as it says on the menu Trust Skippa

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MOAM
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome tasting menu with lots of variety.

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GraydenD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incomprable sushi experience. Anyone who appreciates sushi and the true dining experience that surrounds it; there is no comparison.

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Ronk
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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KLee
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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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MAYY
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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MaraS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really wonderful place for dinner. I’ve enjoyed every visit, so much.

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EmilyM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ophiuchus
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOnecent
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just the most yummy food!! So fresh and flavourful

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viprandiA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

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NickJ
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bunner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Ceviche
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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vipOnecent
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely love the food. So flavourful. And fabulous service

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SYoon
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Toronto

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Ian is AMAZING what an experience!

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NINIL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JackieP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SLandy
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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jnmke
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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ScottP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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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RichardS
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GrazC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarkS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great stuff!

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vipTunanZ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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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alyssaelle
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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gabriellar
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SushiKing
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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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IsratS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience...

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brinksman
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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AngeM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing service and food! Will definitely be back!

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Skippa is rated 4.7 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.