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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July 17, 2017

Great food and service! Can't wait to go back and spend another summer evening on the patio.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

The service was overall fine, except when the waiter was a little pushy about the wine choice and tried to press for the more expensive bottle. He did let us try both but insisted we did it "blindly". The food was also overall fine, bread nice, fish tacos very good, chicken salad only OK because the chicken was VERY fatty and actual meat was almost non-existent. My husband was not dazzled with the pasta carbonara, only the scantest amount of bacon and a small portion of pasta. The atmosphere is nice both inside and out, the other staff were very friendly and jovial.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2017

I never review but the food was excellent and the service made the evening! I would recommend this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2017

Great patio.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 11, 2017

Great place! Fun and friendly service, great food. I will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2017

fabulous everything....our new favourite restaurant with the best caesar said in the city AND the bread!!!!The mussels and fries were delicious and the service was so friendly and warm and fun. We love this place and are telling everyone about it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 27, 2017

Marty is the best

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 27, 2017

It was our first time there. The waiters could not have been friendly, the service was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed the food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 25, 2017

Excellent evening. Our server Marty was attentive without being intrusive. had oysters, scallops, shrimp and octopus - perfect with our bottle of champagne. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2017

Marty is the best. He puts his entire self into serving you and making sure you have a great time. The food was phenomenal and the wine was awesome. Definitely go to Marty Mondays where bottles are half price. The chardonnay was amazeballs.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 3, 2017

The food was overly expensive and had extremely small portions. Not worth so much money. And not a great meal when you speak 90 dollars to leave the restaurant hungry

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

May 29, 2017

Love this place! Great food and service. I have never had a bad experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2017

First time there - great food great atmosphere - the service was awesome. Fun fun fun

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 25, 2017

We had a fun night out. Music was a little to loud but the dinner was very good. Oysters were excellent

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 25, 2017

Second time here for before-theatre dinner. Everyone loved it. Service was perfect and the food was wonderful. We'll be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 17, 2017

We love ESS ! Great vibe with energy but cosy &Service is the kind that make you feel as though you're a regular when your not . Amazing comfort bread made on premises .

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 16, 2017

This was a special family dinner to celebrate Mothers Day, my father-in-law's birthday and my boyfriend's aunt visiting from Hong Kong. Unfortunately the meal was a disaster. We had our two year old daughter with us and so we booked our table for 5:30, and hoped to get some food pretty quickly in order to keep her occupied. We ordered bread, which for some reason took 40 minutes to arrive at our table. Our mains took two hours to get to the table. By then my daughter was hungry and having a breakdown and everyone else was pretty unhappy. Our server mostly just tried to avoid us and did nothing to help us out or make up for the incredibly long wait for food. Frankly we were embarrassed to have brought our family here, and while the food was tasty, we all scarfed it down so that we could leave. We won't be returning anytime soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

May 15, 2017

Amazing food, waitress, service & ambience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2017

Amazing to find another Leslieville jem.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2017

Great vibe. Very social, but a little loud for us! Enjoyed food and everything else. We are not locals.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2017

Food is fantastic and service excellent. We loved the restaurant our only suggestion is to look at noise level as it is loud and things can be do E to reduce noise level. I will be back for sure and I already recommended restaurant to friends.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

Loved our server. Unfortunately didn't catch his name. But he was super friendly, very helpful with our food choices, very passionate about the food you were serving, and a very funny guy. What a legend. Food was awesome. Second time we've been. And we'll certainly be back. Cheers guys 👍👍👍

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2017

Amazing experience all around! Would recommend it to everyone. Marty was classic and we intend on going back on Mondays (I.e. Marty Mondays). Cheers!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2017

We had Marty as our waiter who is very entertaining and accommodating.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 28, 2017

Enjoyed our evening. 1/2 price wine was a bonus we weren't expecting. Food delicious and Marty was entertaining

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2017

Everything was fantastic. The homemade bread is amazing. Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

Very cool atmosphere and very cozy. The server was friendly along with the wait staff. As the night got busier, the servers had more to do. Food was exceptional. The bread was so soft and delicious. Followed with the flavourful clam chowder and shared the fish tacos and fish cakes. We weren't fans on the twist of the fish cakes. Too sweet and overpowering fish taste. Tacos were amazing. Overall for our first visit, it was great and will definitely be going back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 10, 2017

Excellent night, staff was friendly and good and drinks were fantastic

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2017

Wonderful service - our waiter was so much fun!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2017

a lovely neighbourhood gem. I'm planning to be a regular!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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