About Skin + Bones

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.


980 Queen St East
Toronto, ON M4M 1K1
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Carlaw Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 524-5209

Website:
http://www.skinandbonesto.com/

Parking Details:
Paid street parking is available on the North and South sides of Queen Street. Free after 6pm.

Public Transit:
501 Queen Streetcar at Carlaw Avenue stop
72 Pape Bus at Queen Street stop

Executive Chef:
Luca Gatti

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Skin + Bones Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (4)
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People Watching (1)
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 (Toronto)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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

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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·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!)

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Great place all around. Highly recommended to everyone.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·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!

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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·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 buffet.Oysters...no 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

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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·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..

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·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 :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·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!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2014

Two of us had a great meal here; we ordered the "Let us Feed you" Chef's tasting menu which provided a good portion of food and a trial of several menu items. The heirloom beet salad was very well done and the braised beef short rib was a standout. The menu had mostly things that are pretty standard with the past few years' crop of restaurants but everything was very well done, making this a good go-to place in the neighbourhood. Service was very pleasant and attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2014

Our inaugural experience at Skin & Bones. Best thing about this restaurant is the food quality followed closely by the service. Also easy to park. Wine value and options was the only issue experienced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2014

The atmosphere and service was great. Drinks and wine list was good. Food was tasty but not all that exciting. Very satisfied. BUt restaurants need to stand out a little bit more these days. I would frequent more often if I lived in the neighbourhood. Otherwise, would likely not travel to revisit. I would recommend to friends.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2014

The short rib and appetizer were really good. The remainder of food was OK but not great. The space itself is very nice and warm but the music was too loud.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2014

We're met at door by friendly Aussie maître d , who without prompting sat us exactly at the table I had asked for ! Great intro ! Waitress was initially ok, but did not come back to check on water etc. after the food had arrived, she didn't come back either during dessert to see if we wanted a top up on coffee. While my spouse's dish ( gnocchi ) was great, my main ( pork), although tasted great ( as did the veggies) , the meat itself was 50% gristle and tough. I told the waitress who took me through the prep work done for the pork, but I know pork- this was tough and there was more gristle than meat. We'll go back as our first experience there was a good one, but unless we see a change in the meal service+ food ( consistency) , it'll be our last.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2014

We ordered the tasting menu. The food took FOREVER to come, annd not once did the waitress provide an explanation, or at least advise us it would take a while. Thhe food was very mediocre. And they even forget to bring us our side altogether. In the end, we just asked for the desert to go. The manager did the right thing and only charged us for one meal (instead of two), saying "it's not usually like this", but in my view, there's no reason to go back, since even the food was nothing special.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 6, 2014

Small portions, over priced, looooong wait time. Friendly servers.


Booked reservations for 4 people at 6:45. Arrived right on time, our table was set in the front of the restaurant beside the bar.

The one thing I can say is that all of the staff that we encountered that night were awesome, accommodating, and pleasant to deal with.

We ordered a bottle of win that ended up being $67.00 for an average wine that three of us shared and a pint of steam whistle for the other.

We ordered an appetizer about 15 minutes after we settled in when we ordered our drinks. ( The grilled octopus) Took about 25 minutes for the appetizer to come out -- ended up being on octopus tentacle on a couple cubed potatoes with a marinara type sauce. While it was good, possible a little over grilled/charred on the end. Finally were able to put in our main meals and waited 'til about 8:05 when we finally received our food.

As a courtesy for waiting over an hour to receive our mains we were given a class of wine/pint to hold us over. My partner got the special - a cheese ravioli. total of 9 small ravioli's. My friend and I both ordered the mushroom Gnocchi, while the taste was decent, the portions were extremely small for the price and amount of time spent waiting for the food to be prepared and the presentation was not over the top. Her boyfriend ordered a pork/cheese (appetizer) and a salad as his main, the appetizer pork/cheese stick was very good, had only three pieces about an inch and a half long.

As this was for a birthday celebration, we had two small desserts, some sort of chocolate cake, that was very dense and not very flavorful.

All in all, the service was the only part of this that was enjoyable...we paid $224.00 plus tip for something that did not hold us over, as we went out to a bar afterwards and had to eat because we were still so hungry....

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 4, 2014

Service was nice and we love the space. This is my second time here and we enjoyed it the first time a lot more. A few of us found 2 of the dishes too salty. The caramel dessert was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2014

Although we attended only the brunch so far, it was an enjoyable experience. The food was excellent and the staff pleasant and polite. The overall condition of the restaurant was clean and very pleasing. At present I can not comment on the evening dinners at this time but if it even comes close to the brunch I am sure it will be a delight. I had a good time and I will be going back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2014

This place has been consistently great after several visits for dinner and brunch. The friendly and (understated) professional service takes it to a higher level.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Highly recommend getting the "Chef Feeds You" for $38/pp. Great value! Great service! A great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2014

Skin + Bones turned out to be a lovely Sunday date night though I'd come back again on other nights. Didn't try the tasting menu- that's for another time but we did enjoy the buck-a-shuck and the cocktails! The bartender made me a drink off the menu because I wanted to try something else. Every course was perfect and the service was impeccable. Dare I say I love this place?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2014

One of the restaurants that is leading the regeneration of the area, friendly good service. We had the sampling plates which is paired to the impressive the wine list. Very good lots of food almost too much one course too much but we finished it all. The short ribs excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2014

I go to Skin & Bones for special occasions! I have gone for my anniversary dinner and two birthdays now! I go for the impeccable service and knowledgeable staff. Not to mention the great wine list, amazing foods and really fresh ingredients and flavours. Even the coffee is delicious. The owners and staff really care about your dining experience and your tastebuds. I am a vegetarian with allot of allergies and they accommodate me EVERY time with a smile and have done the same for my VEGAN friends that I have brought in the past. So don't let the name fool you anyone can eat there!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2014

We found this place on the internet .. came in from out of town for evening reservation. The whole experience exceeded our expectations. Food was great, service was on time and helpful and vibe was very cool. Would totally recommended this place and will go back next time we are in Toronto.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2014

On the day they arrived from Vancouver, it was a chance for my parents to try one of Toronto's east end restaurants.
I chose Skin + Bones based on the recommendations put forth by a few people.

We were not disappointed. Huge space, warm atmosphere, hip ambiance.
We chose the Chef's menu and each dish was beautifully balanced all the way through.
Prosciutto Croquettes, Lamb Merguez Sausage, Pan Seared Cotechino, Wild Mushroom Gnocchi, Pork Steak, and Chocolate/Chèvre Cake.

Very happy with the meal.
Only one thing - descriptions of the dishes by the wait staff we fraught with errors.

All in all, a great night out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 31, 2014

Our first time to Skin + Bones and we were so pleased with the excellent service. Our servers were so polite,very professional and very very willing to explain our drinks and dishes. We chose the Chef's Menu , in short, a variety of dishes that the restaurant has on the menu. Every dish was fantastic down to the dessert and brewed coffee!!! We left full and very satisfied :) . We are definitely going back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2014

We booked at the last minute on a Thursday night. The food was delicious and the prices very reasonable for the quality of the food. Will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Out table of 4 enjoyed our evening, but felt that the Chef's Menu, for the price, could have been more generous. Many of the main items had to be divided in order to share - we had 2 pieces of mozzarella between the 4 of us, 6 meatballs (why not provide 2 each?), and 2 beef ribs (again, why not 1 each?)....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2014

We came into Toronto to see a concert at the Opera House and researched some restaurants near there and found this one. It was outstanding, The portions were a bit small but we loved each and every bite. To be honest, we love food so we will eat whatever is put in front of us. That said, we left satisfied but not overstuffed. The lamb sausage appetizer was by far my favorite, followed by the baratta salad and the short ribs fell of the bone and FULL of flavor. Great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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