Skippa

4.6
27 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
Skippa is seasonal Japanese restaurant inspired by the Fukuoka Prefecture on Japan’s southerly island - Kyushu. Seafood is mainly sourced from the Kyushu island and organic produce from local farms, when possible.

The first side of our menu is vegetable focused appetizers. The second side is our sushi menu. We offer a ‘Trust Skippa’ option that includes: sashimi, nigiri, a handroll, and tamago – all at market price and also available a la carte. We suggest to order from both sides of the menu to complete your meal.

Please notify Skippa directly with allergies or dietary restrictions as our menu relies heavily on marinating. Vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian menus are available with 24 hours notice.

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

Please email info@skippa.ca for reservations on the Sushi Bar – 6 bar s
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of Operation
Thursday - Monday: 5:30-11:30
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Phone number
(416) 535-8181
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ian Robinson
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Cross Street
Ossington
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Kosher, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
What 27 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious but portion wise not filling

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Magical!!!

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Sat at the sushi bar. Had the omakase "Trust Skippa". Very mediocre, nothing special. Got served the exact same food on the menu - what's the point of omakase anyway then? I could have just ordered a la carte off the menu. Way too much cooked food served. We had a total of about 6 pieces of sushi, not a huge variety of fish. Had to ask for 2 extra pieces as they were not even part of the omakase and I was certainly not full. Not sure if it lives up to the hype but I am not going back for sushi. There are better places to go for sushi.

Also a bit annoying that the nigiri sushi had to be served on a new plate every time. That means a server had to come after each round of sushi to collect the plate. Very disruptive, especially when the sushi bar is quite crammed. A lot of high end sushi places are simply placing the sushi on a plate in front of the customer and wiping it down every now and then. It will be much less bothersome and disruptive.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food were very fresh and very tasty! Loved every single dishes on the tasting menu.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Would have preferred more variety with the sushi. Flavours were a bit more intense with the appetizers.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Amazing culinary experience, delicate and seasonal flavors.
Great service and clean kitchen, the seats at the bar are the way to go, watching chef and his team preparing the dishes was really untirtining.
Well done!!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Everything was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Amazing!! Definitely will be back again. Refreshing, relaxed atmosphere with delicious flavours and creative combos of tastes. Everything was awesome. Thank you to the Skippa team for an excellent night!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Best of all time!! Awesome vegan salads and avocado rolls (best sushi rice ever!)

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Menu can change daily so it’s will always be a surprise.
The chef is great at explaining where the ingredients come from and is really creative with the menu.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Ian and the Skippa team are incredible! Not only is the dining experience amazing, but the food is outstanding, delicious and creative. A must go place in Toronto!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Very authentic and delicious traditional Japanese food in a cool setting. Extremely efficient and attentive service. The main downside was that it was quite noisy (could hardly hear the servers tell me about the food). Also it was almost $250 for two people all in which I consider quite pricey considering we just ordered “trust Skippa” plus uni, one dessert and a couple of glasses of sake. The sushi was excellent as was the shishito. However the mushroom salad was just okay (similar flavors as the shishito), and the uni was tiny considering it cost $19 per piece!!

I recommend Skippa but only for a special occasion. 😊

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Incredible sushi. Beautifully seasoned dishes

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

I had been to Skippa once before and I loved it. The food was amazing and authentic. The ambience is peaceful with a minimalist design a lot of natural wood grain keeping in line with traditional Japanese decor. The staff is welcoming and remain attentive throughout the meal. Each piece of sushi comes with instructions on whether or not to dip it in your soy sauce.

Recently, I returned to Skippa with fond memories and high expectations. This time I sat at the chef's counter. I was blown away. Not only was the food even tastier and more complex than I remembered, but we got to watch Chef Ian and his team prepare each item on the menu with such care and precision. It's a pleasure to watch Ian clean the fish and prepare the sushi with a clear passion for what he's doing. I made two more reservation while I was sitting there enjoying my meal!

If you haven't been I highly recommend a visit, and try and sit at the chef's counter late on a Sunday night when the rush is over. You'll be impressed.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Creative cuisine, very fresh fish, extremely tasty dishes

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

One of the best restaurants these foodies have ever had in Toronto. The attention to detail, the first rate ingredients and preparation, the incredible service and a truly spectacular tasting menu. I can say pretty securely that the chef is a genius.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Skippa has the by far the best bang for your buck omakase in Toronto. For $40 the trust me sushi menu always impresses - with most of the fish flown in from Japan it is more unique and better quality than almost anywhere.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had a lovely dinner in comfortable surroundings. The staff clearly love their food and giving customers a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This very unique Japanese tapas-style eatery is a hidden gem lodged just away from, but in between 2 restaurant district,s (i.e. Harbord further East, and Ossington further south) that will gently push your taste buds to places they haven't been before. Perfectly paced out punches to the palate. Although, we would have liked to linger in the ambience and just soak in the aaah of the meal, because of the demand we were restricted to a two-hour sitting. I could imagine just having a craving and wanting to drop by Skippa for a few pieces of their succulent sushi, (using very fresh and organic ingredients ) but, because of the very high demand reservations have to be made often weeks in advance.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere without being ostentatious. I can definitely see this being a neighbourhood gem. Great value for sushi with unique varieties of seafood, mostly flown in fresh from Japan. Sat at the chef's table and had a great time interacting with the chef. Vegetarian dishes are lovely, fresh and all locally sourced in Ontario. Incredible desserts, too: Still dreaming of the green tea and pistachio ice cream as well as the strawberries in mascarpone. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Excellent food. Better pacing than previous reviews. Fun staff

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Cool neighbourhood and expected atmosphere. Service was nowhere close to fine dining but cost of food warranted that expectation. Food was slow to arrive and had long gaps between courses. Our meal was over $400 between 3 people and would have expected more.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great place... Nice fusion :) whioe still very Japanese ;)

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

If you go and you should please reserve at the sushi bar and interact with both the chef and the crew. If you have an interest in food beyond merely putting it in your mouth and tasting, you will be treated to both an education and sublime entertainment. Oh yes, the food is marvelous

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food and professional service - I was frustrated that my meal arrived one piece at a time over an hour-and-a-few-minutes’ span. I really would have liked all my sushi pieces on a large plate. I am not a slow eater; that is why I will not return to Skippa. I’m sure high-end restaurants in Japan probably serve a meal this way: slowly and spread out, but it was far too slow for my liking. The fish was definitely fresh; that was obvious; however, I left with this weird sensation of sort of being full but needing to eat something soon after. All my respect to Chris Robinson, though -

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