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Skin + Bones

253 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

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Skin+Bones is a husband- and wife-owned restaurant located in the Leslieville neighborhood of Toronto. It is located inside of a century-old warehouse, giving it a sense of history and charm. From the decor to the plating, everything radiates a friendly ambiance that welcomes guests as soon as they set foot inside. Skin+Bones prides itself on being a farm-to-table restaurant and actively supports the local farming community by sourcing as many of its ingredients as possible from local merchants.

Many of the standouts on the Skin+Bones menu might be new to some diners, such as the grilled beef tongue or the pork and ricotta meatballs with a pumpkin seed and basil pesto. For an tasty experience, order the four-course, family-style meal. The menu of this unique offering changes nearly every day, depending on what the chefs have in store.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm;
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 524-5209
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luca Gatti
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Cross street
Carlaw Avenue
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Parking details
Paid street parking is available on the North and South sides of Queen Street. Free after 6pm.
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Public transit
501 Queen Streetcar at Carlaw Avenue stop
72 Pape Bus at Queen Street stop
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 253 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

The service here is amazing - very friendly, warm, and attentive. We did the tasting menu and it was great! I would definitely recommend this spot!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Wish we had known about this place earlier. The staff will do anything they can to make your dining experience a memorable one.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

The wine pairing added a special touch to the meal and helped make a birthday celebration even more special!

omnivore (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We had a wonderful evening at Skin +Bones. We had a last minute opportunity to get out without the kids & decided to re-visit this restaurant, as we'd seen many glowing reviews of its wine list. We chose the tasting menu & wine pairings,and had a wonderful meal with some truly intriguing wines. The service was friendly and helpful without being casual or hvering. The food was excellent in presentation, portion and tase. The only negative (which is common to many restaurants) is the noise. It was so noisy that it was difficult to hear the waiters explain the specials or the wines.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

Greeted with a smile and some good cocktails. Dinner, once ordered took a very long time (45min) and was blamed on a medium well steak. Waiter did not check in to say it was taking longer than usual. Once food arrived, no check in by our waiter to see how it was tasting or to ask if we needed more drinks. Food was very good but portions were small for the price.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

We had the four course meal, chefs choice. It was fantastic!! Would definitely go back

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

Food is fresh and local. Whiskey and wine selection well chosen. Service is awesome (Sit at the bar, Mike is great!)

vipemm1160 (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

We were very disappointed after seeing such good reviews. I had the pork steak; over cooked and tough. Vegetables were very undercooked, I couldn't d cut the Brussels sprouts as there were too hard. My friend has the gnocchi which he describes as ok.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

Great place all around. Highly recommended to everyone.

vipBman (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

This was our first time and Skin +Bones, and I completely understand all the positive feedback. We wanted some place nice to eat before going to the new Crow's theatre and this was just perfect! The roasted carrot salad was a huge hit, as was the octopus. Very friendly service and they got us out in plenty of time for the show. We will definitely return if we are in the area!

BrianL (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Food was excellent, particularly the appetizers. Our party had the oysters, the mousse, and two others ( which I cannot remember) all of which came out at once, beautifully presented and very tasty. The mains were also very good, with good-sized portions. Over all an excellent venue and a good choice for a birthday dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 22, 2015

The evening wait staff had raved about the Sunday brunch, so I thought I would give it a try. Where was the promised where to be found. Couldn't get the water hot enough to steep a cup of tea. Limited menu. Such disapppointment after so many wonderful evenings

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

Came here for a special occasion and ordered the chef's tasting menu. It was absolutely amazing - great food, service and atmosphere. The meal consisted of roughly 7 courses that were each more delicious than the last. The waitstaff was extremely attentive and friendly, which only added to the experience. Would definitely recommend Skin + Bones.

ToFeastOrNot (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

Came across this restaurant while driving down Leslieville. Googled it. Positive reviews and appealing menu. We especially enjoyed the feasting option where your table shared anything the kitchen served. Great concept and worth repeat business; even though, no one enjoyed the dessert choice and our one vegetarian guests got the short end of the meal. NOTE: We brought a cake and the $25 plating fee was nothing special. While our cake necessary for the occasion, it's not worth the hassle otherwise. $100 wine also didn't meet expectations. The host sent wine list in advance, and was very prompt in returning phone calls, however, being a table for 6 plus 1 joining later seemed to cause repeat concerns. Larger groups pose more issues at this venue - always call if OpenTable wont accommodate date/time/ppl. And, don't be surprised if you feel the pressure to keep your party 6 or less. Any more and it gets difficult to chat. The back was pretty noisy too, and not all tables were filled on a Friday night (despite expectations). Overall, the food was great, staff attentive, and I would definitely dine again. Next time, maybe just 4 of us... just because we liked the chefs and will never get tired of being fed by surprise!

huzzee (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2015

We've been meaning to try this neighbourhood gem for some time, and Skin + Bones did not disappoint! great food, service, and drinks selection explain why this place is always so busy - we will certainly be back!

vipBiBiTiTi (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2015

We went there for brunch because it is one of the few restaurants that will take reservations for brunch. When it is -10 outside, I don't want to be waiting in line outside. The restaurant is nice and the staff are friendly. Food was not bad either but the menu selection for brunch is very limited and not very creative. Probably a better place for dinner.

vipAshdb (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2015

My wife & I always go to Skin + Bones for brunch. They offer a buffet which is a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, cookies, scones, cake, spreads, yogurt, & preserves. I love the buttermilk pancakes they are to die for! I will keep coming back..

midgetsal (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2015

From the moment we walked in the door and were greeted warmly by the maitre d', until we left, the four of us enjoyed our evening at Skin & Bones.

The wait staff is courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. The food is great!

Special mention goes to the lemon dessert!

My one quibble is the wine list by the glass is, in my husband's and my opinion, expensive and overpriced. Oddly enough, the less expensive Spanish white that I enjoyed with my seafood stew was more delicious than the $23/glass Spanish red that I had before dinner

But we'll be returning. Great atmosphere, great food.

Foodlover (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2015

A perfect spot for a date night. Excellent service and understanding staff, when it came to food preferences. We were so pleased with the amazing food and hopefully can be back soon, and are telling all our one friends :)

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2015

Excellent restaurant, with great service and decent wine. They use seasonal ingredients so I'm always surprised and delighted by the menu. It's caught on in the neighbourhood so plan to wait a few minutes for a table on a Friday or Saturday night -it's worth the wait!