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Cuisine type

  • Brunch,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Events,
  • Restaurant,
  • Bar,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
1008 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Joey Skeir and his wife Cherie Stinson don’t order meals when they go out. Instead, the two native Nova Scotians and coastal foodies make eating with one another a communal event.

That’s what their Leslieville restaurant is all about, sharing and a mutual love for all things that feel like home, turned up a notch.

Being from the east coast, they wanted to go with a nautical theme for their restaurant that was “not in your face,” says Cherie, who is a professional interior designer. In fact, you may have seen her on Restaurant Makeover.

The décor is quirky coastal with a slice of city; a wall of fish taxidermy painted black is a perfect example of that. The theme also shows in the restaurant’s signature drink, a bright pink rum punch with huge ice cubes served to guests in vintage bowls with individual ladles and quaint tea cups (they’ve been collecting these dishes for months before opening their restaurant in June 2013).

“The punch is very potent and delicious,” Cherie says. It’s a good take on a social drink, especially enjoyable at social hour every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Ratings & Reviews - Eastside Social

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chloed357910
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Fabulous oysters and really superb service.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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cste1211
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the service was aweful and the waiter was so disrespectful and rushed. The food was average and the prices through the roof. Skin and bones. Goods and provisions. Aft. The thirsty duck. Brooklyn tavern. All have it in spades over this place.

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October 13, 2019

Staff at east side social are amazing. Everything about the experience is great. Owners are there and engaged and between them and the staff it is a great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Oysters were fabulous and host, server and oyster shucker were all very nice, fun and kind to us.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

We had Rose as our server and she was absolutely lovely. Very efficient and very pleasant and happy. We loved our first experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2019

Amazing service! Amazing food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

We enjoyed the good food, friendly service and fun vibe. It was perfect for a bite out with friends.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Rose! What a nice lady. We had a great chat. All staff are friendly and attentive. We like ESS. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2019

Really loud Monday night for some reason. Could have been more attentive refilling water, but otherwise great friendly service and good food. 1/2 price bottle of wine is an excellent perk.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

Fun time! Staff is very friendly, very attentive, and fun to talk with, even though they were very busy. Very active place and has a neighborhood familiar feel to it that makes it easy to chat with the table next to you if you're so inclined, without feeling intrusive, should you get a sign they're open to that. The seafood is excellent and done right.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

Amazing food, wonderful service. Never disappointed!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2019

Always fun and great food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Funny wait staff,, made for a fun and lively evening. Good food, good atmosphere. Don’t go there if you want a “ quiet” dinner. Good all around.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 22, 2019

Excellent service and amazing food. Good night out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2019

Great dinner as always. Great service from lovely staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2019

Wonderful service team made us feel very much at home. We all had the scallops and found them to be fabulous. It's not a place to go for quiet conversation so just order a bottle and speak up!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2019

Marty is the best, so it goes without saying that Marty Mondays are the best night of the week at Eastside Social! The food was phenomenal as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2019

We had a wonderful meal on the patio - excellent burger and try the octopus. Our server, Martin, was a delight. HIghly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2019

Fantastic service, atmosphere and food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2019

Another great evening at the Social. The back patio is charming and the attentive service never disappoints. The octopus is first rate and that is one heck of a smash burger. I look forward to returning soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2019

Great value and consistent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2019

Fantastic food, impeccable service, refined and welcoming atmosphere. TO's best.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2019

Hi there... We sat by the window this time, under a speaker and it was so loud we couldn't really 'socialize'. We did ask for the volume to be lowered and it was - but it was still quite distracting. Otherwise a wonderful evening. M Chapman

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

We had a wonderful time. First time for our 4 other friends. We had great service from everyone from start to finish. Marty was exceptional.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Great dinner on patio. Server Marty always makes it special. Best bread around.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2019

Great spot. Like the menu, small but good wine list, and the service took it over the top. Fun. We’ll be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

Great night. Delicious oysters.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

good food, but too noisy inside, probably the patio is better. We didn’t stay for dessert because of the high noise level, but food and service excellent.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

Wonderful cocktails, oysters, dinner and service. Thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2019

That waiter is excellent and hilarious. We didn’t stop laughing! You know who I mean! I thought I was in a Seinfeld episode.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2019

Eastside Social is a neighbourhood favourite, I go there regularly and the food is consistently good snf the atmosphere is always fun and friendly

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2019

We have been meaning to try this place for a long time. I'm so glad we finally did. The food was really good, standouts being the the oysters and grilled octopus. My husband also loved the molasses bread as well. The service really made the evening extra enjoyable. We have added this to our list of local must go's 'more often'. Will definitely return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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