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Against The Grain Urban Tavern
Ranked #5,613 of 8,899 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Queens Quay & Jarvis
Transit: Take the #75 bus south from Sherbourne subway station. Get off at Richardson Street and walk 59 meters to Corus Quay at 25 Dockside Drive. OR Take the #6 bus south from Bay St towards Queens Quay and Jarvis Via Ferry Docks. Get off at Corus Quay or George Brown College.
Description: Against the Grain is the latest concept bringing urban chic to Toronto's Harbourfront. Located in the Corus Entertainment Building right next to Sugar Beach, this Urban Tavern is perfectly situated within walking distance to downtown, allowing you to relax and enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Island.Against the Grain is a casual Urban Tavern where people gather to enjoy Maple Chipotle Baked Wings with a local brew, Pulled Pork braised in dark beer and molasses, Stone Baked Pizzas or traditional cocktails with a twist. All served in a sophisticated presentation and service.Unique local and European brews are tapped regularly along with interesting new and old world wines. Check out our rotating line up of Canadiana, Locals Only and the Traveller’s Tap – always serving you new and exciting flavours. Of course we can’t forget the cocktails including our own signature “Against the Grain” made with Canadian whiskey.The dark mahogany wood throughout the entire restaurant and warm dark wood bar with antique metal accents and a granite countertop add to the already comforting atmosphere of Against the Grain. The bar area with high top and banquette seating are warmed by a beautiful fireplace and overlook the dining room. You’ll fall in love with the stunning views of the Toronto harbour.
Reviewed August 9, 2014

This restaurant has two locations, one in a big box mall wasteland near Laird and Eglinton, and one dockside in the Corus building next to the waterfront campus of George Brown College, and just down the waterfront from "Sugar Beach" Toronto's artificial, but funky harbour side sunspot.
First of all.... getting there. Transit options are minimal, though once the Queen's Quay streetcar and roadway renos are done, it will be a desolate five block walk, The Jarvis south bus, frighteningly intermittent, leaves you with a two block desolate walk. Not dangerous, just dusty and boring. Or you can drive, and pay heavy duty parking fees.
But that may all be worth it, once you settle into the (industrial) dockside patio for a delightful beer and bite. None of that will be cheap (though 3-6pm drinks specials weekdays are very fairly priced and no doubt attract office workers from above and college professors from next door. The patio has an assortment of tables and lounge areas, the service varies from okay to good, and the slightly expensive (by downtown standards) food is well prepared and presented.
Basically, the decent menu (great burgers and a deft hand with local pickerel and also halibut) serves to compliment delightful drinks and a view of a couple ocean going bulk carriers, the Toronto Islands, sailboats (lots of them - there is a sailing school nearby) and the artistically brick paved walkway that is all that separates the patio from the harbour.
Inside... it's a somewhat upscale Keg/Joey's/Milestones/Etc., with a wall of windows and some large TVs. The patio is the deal. The excellent beer choices (locals identified on the menu for visitors) encourage conversation and relaxation.
Maybe not an everyday hang, but well worth a visit and a corner of Toronto even locals venture seldom. Dinner entrée and 2-3 drinks... $50-60 each.

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Thank gordonscott
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

The patio is definitely the highlight of this restaurant. It is fairly big, good layout, and great views as it is steps from the water. Located close to Sugar Beach and George Brown. The food is good, however slightly overpriced (as are the drinks). The service is pretty good - great spot for afterwork drinks.

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Thank CdnTravelGal79
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Came here on a nice warm Saturday eve for a family get together. Very busy but we got a nice patio seat after about a 30 min wait. We came here a couple of years ago and food and service were a bit lacking at that point and we hoped for an improvement. It wasn't to be however. 15 minutes passes between order and getting a drink. Food is by and large awful. Safest bet is Fish and Chips. One of us had a rice dish that tasted as though there was more salt than rice. Fries that came with the steak were soggy. Prices are high and overall this offering was very poor value.

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Thank Neil T
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

I ordered a classic burger with a side salad, and added a sunny side up duck egg. It was surprisingly good, and the salad dressing was very zesty! I wonder what it was, I'd love to make it at home.
And of course the view is amazing.
Drinks are pricy though.

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Thank LivO O
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

There's a ton of patio in Toronto but so many of them don't have a great view. Not this one. You look onto the water. There's a ton of seats. The beer list is huge. The wine list is fine, as is the menu.

If you want to have drinks outside with a view this should be on your list.

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Thank Catherine I
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