Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay

Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://corusquay.atgurbantavern.ca/
  • Phone: 6473441562
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 11am - 9pm
    Tuesday: 11am - 9 pm
    Wednesday: 11am - 9pm
    Thursday: 11am - 9pm
    Friday: 11am - 11pm Kitchen closes at 10pm
    Saturday: 1030am - 11pm Kitchen closes at 10pm
    Sunday: 1030am - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, International
  • Executive Chef: Josh Wortly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering in the Corus Entertainment Building is available with space for groups of 6-1200. Whether you are looking to cater a breakfast, lunch, dinner or a BBQ on the rooftop, Against the Grain Urban Tavern can help you with your catering needs for your next meeting or event
  • Private Party Facilities: Against the Grain Urban Tavern is a unique place to gather with friends, family and business associates. We feature internationally inspired foods, locally supplied ingredients, unique beers and tempting cocktails - all served in a sophisticated presentation and service. Whether you are hosting a private dinner or cocktail reception we specialize in groups of 15-300 guests. Take advantage of our private event space, meeting rooms and prime patio seating allowing you to relax and enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Island.
  • Private Party Contact: Aleasha Gilpin 4165338368x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Queens Quay & Jarvis
  • Public 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.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: You may park in the lot directly underneath the Corus building, and pay at the machine. Public pay and display parking can be found in parking lot, located North of the Corus building.
    There is also street parking available on lower Jarvis and surrounding side streets.
A word from Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
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 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. Of course we can't forget the cocktails including our own signature "Against the Grain" made with Canadian whiskey.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (76)scenic view (66)good for groups (35)great for lunch (35)great for brunch (23)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (15)hot spot (13)special occasion (13)fit for foodies (11)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great place for brunch lunch or dinner .... good for groups or just 2!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Student
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Beautiful outdoor patio. Very friendly staff. Very tasty appetizers but mains lacked creativity and flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wonderful Sugar Beach hot spot with delightful servers; if only the food were as good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely goes against the grain!
    KilroyWashere
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife and I have strolled past this waterfront restaurant several times, and each time suggesting we should stop in and try Against The Grain down by the Corus Entertainment building. What a disappointment! The service was decent, the amibience was fine, but the food was well below our expectation for this place. We ordered the ribs, and thank goodness we had a sharp knife as they were anything but "fall off the bone". They were tough, cold, and seemed to have been boiled and just dipped in this thick sugary BBQ sauce. This is the first time I have never finished a rack of ribs. If you are out just for drinks and with friends, this might be the place to go, but if you actually want to eat good food, you might want to look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor view
    LoveItalianfood
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I liked the view sitting on the waterfront. Service was good. Food was good. Menu had reasonable options for most people to enjoy. It was very busy and for the outdoors quite loud Enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Fantastic patio - overlooks the lake. Food is consistent. The service is great. The only issue is that it is a bit out of the way - the walk to/from is unappealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since You're asking
    JMZRN
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The steak was pretty dry but I'll send a message to the restaurant below.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fresh food, excellent and friendly service, gorgeous location, even on a very hot night the breeze is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How do you screw up a salad?
    Tawlgerl
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I will start with the positive. Beautiful location looking out on to the lake. There was literally 1 waitress for the entire patio which was a lot of people. She did say they were understaffed but this was ridiculous. No fault of hers but it was really bad. We were rushed to order, asked her for a recommendation based on food restrictions and she recommended their Pop & Top salad? Wow, if I was a gerbil maybe. Who puts popcorn in a salad? We were so rushed and were never asked if we wanted chicken on it. There was absolutely no taste to this salad at all. We ordered chicken from someone clearing because we were desperate. They came back with 1 order. We just laughed. Ridiculous at that point. $15 salad?? I think not!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only okay
    clucky
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I would recommend to dine on the patio; great view of the lake there. The food, however, left a little to be desired. Portions and flavouring was so-so. I had steak frites, and asked for a medium rare. My steak was definitely not a medium rare; it was overdone. I was in a rush and did not have the time to request a new one, but even if I did have the time, I wouldn't ask for another steak. It was terrible, with gristle and all; really bad cut. They do not do anything special for birthdays, which really sucked. I was hoping for, at least, a message on the menu or something nice. My server was polite. She literally perked up when ordering, but other than that, she neglected my table. Water was never refilled.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great date
    YoungTorontonian
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the asiago kale dip as a starter was amazing, and came very quick, the server was on his game, had great posture. one of the only restaurants on the water so it provides a great atmosphere. there is not a lot of passing traffic so it is more romantic and private then competitors restaurants. we did not stay late only till 9:30 yet the bar was empty, possibly it fills up later? overall a great experience and will take groups of friends back and reserve date nights with my girlfriend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whitecat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great view, but food very ordinary..no healthy options. Definitely nothing special except for the location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The only reason I'd go back is for the view. The food was alright and service should have been better. Waitresses could have smiled more and paid more attention
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice patio
    Tash
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is a good spot to have a few drinks because of the patio and location, but the food and service left something to be desired.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was great - no complaints although my son though the burger was a bit lacking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view by the lake
    Simplepleasures
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is ok but they could raise the bar. Great location to sit by the lake.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service and view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This place was recommended to me and what a recommendation! I've actually been twice now with different people - both were for work, one being a little formal and one very relaxed - the experience was great both times. The food is very good, I drink beer and they're supplied by Mill Street Brewery (a favourite of mine). The location is idea for summer patio dining, but I imagine that it'd be good to be in there any time of the year as it's right on the docks/lake and a little off the beaten track. The serving staff were very attentive, friendly and fun. They're not-in-your-face but a great mix of engaging and courteous. The girls on the reception desk called us a cab as we were leaving too, nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Janni
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Took. My Mother, Great Aunt, Aunt and Uncle for lunch at the location at Sugar Beach. We had a wonderful lunch and so enjoyed the patio looking out at the lake. This location is also fabulous in the evening. Check it out. The service was also fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive service!
    Houstons
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was attentive and aware. Very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tvnatole
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152570009097812&set=a.10151705041882812.1073741825.740927811&type=1&theater
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location but pricey
    4girls
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    quality good but be prepared to pay a premium for the setting! Not a big selection of dinner entrees and food and drink prices higher than comparable restaurants (without the view!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, poor service
    Mike
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Interesting and tasty drinks, decent food, but very slow and unresponsive service. There were numerous times we had to seek out our waitress and we would go 25-30 minute stretches without seeing her.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food . amazing Ontario beers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    After a busy weekend, we were seeking a restaurant with a great views and the ability to dine outdoors ... The service was outstanding and with food to match .... I recommend making reservations, as we were quickly escorted to out table with an outstanding view of Toronto Harbour.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great waterfront views
    1drmom
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Good food and service. We sat outside on a nice evening. Fish in Paper, fish & chips & burgers were great!!! Didnt get a chance to try the craft beers. Next time. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Ambience 5, Service 3
    vickytherobot
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Service was a bit slow at the time we went (Sunday brunch). It was really crowded, and our server was a bit all over the place. The eggs Benny was a tad over cooked, but it was still very tasty. Unfortunately our server dropped a piece of potato on my back while cleaning the table behind us, and she didn't even realize it until I showed her what she had done. She did apologize, but it made the whole experience a 4 out of 5.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a spectacular view
    driv3n
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service was second to none and the food was really good for brunch. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to friends and family .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food
    HeadsUp
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The only thing going for the establishment is a great view from the patio. unfortunately it's devoid of sun by 530pm and being beside the lake makes it chilly. But don't worry, the patio has heaters...oh but both near our table didnt seem to work... The menu is very limited, definitely not fine dining. Food wasn't good yet over priced and terrible.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Patio
    ptysia
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I came to 'Against the Grain' with some girlfriends for dinner and we enjoyed the patio seating and waterfront view. It felt like we were in a completely different city! The food was good, not revelational but perfectly adequate. I ordered the Tuna Nicoise sandwich - the bread was dry and hard to bite or cut into and it made things messy. The ambiance of the patio made up for it though! I would come again for drinks and to enjoy the view with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go again
    LOVEROFFOOD
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It is a little overpriced but the view, the service, and the food make up for it. We were seated fast. Our waitress was great. Very knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and each of her suggestions was spot on. The food was delicious. I had the turkey burger with sweet potato fries and it had a new twist that I really enjoyed. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice patio, bad food
    foodie2
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The patio was lovely and service was great, however the food is grossly overpriced for what you get; I ordered the Cobb salad and it was all lettuce! One hardboiled egg and some cheese but mostly lettuce! I'd expect way more ingredients givent the price - I totally could have made that salad at home. I will not be going back simply because the food was so weak.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food disappointing
    Jeff189
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Cob salad was a ton of iceberg lettuce, too much blue cheese dressing and bacon was hard. Lots of cheese though was a plus. Just not as interesting as expected. Friends steak came not very hot, overdone and with fries instead of salad ordered. They were kind however to adjust the bill. The view is great of course. Need to fix the fire pit however as flame kept going out. Servers were very attentive and attitude was right. This was my first time, I might try again but would order something else. Good spot for a drink and appy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    AnneMarie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I celebrated my birthday dinner there and it was awesome. Must return soon. I was looking for a brunch spot for Sunday and the menu also looks great but ends at 2pm....a little too early for Sundays. I'd recommend at least 3pm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrating
    diningdiva
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My daughter chose this restaurant for the view of the waterfront. The server we had upon hearing that we were celebrating some important milestones brought out a special dessert for us on the house, which was a very nice gesture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Against the Grain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great Beer selection. Had the Steak Frites for lunch...very good. Great for client lunch. Nice view of harbour and great patio for warm dayss
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and great food
    Allycat
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Had a fantastic lunch at Against the Grain, on a beautiful day which helped! But regardless of the weather, the food was outstanding and received very friendly service, will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 436 reviews are from the Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    small portions but food was good this was at brunch on a Sunday
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time won't be the last !
    Durbster
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were meeting friends who were visiting from the UK and chose ATG as it was close to their hotel and near the water. Although those were good reasons for opting for this place a better one would have been the food !! We had the Smokehouse Club Sandwich and ATG Signature burger both of which were great. The burger was juicy & tasty and the sandwich large & delicious and prices were not 'Toronto-High' ! We will definitely be returning for another meal in the not too distant future (the ribs looked good and are next on my list !). It was a busy Sunday lunchtime and at times service was a bit slow (this was not too much of an issue for us as we were having a leisurely lunch but if you had somewhere to be you may have been late !).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service disappointing
    Scenic
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This is a place to go to for drinks and bar food only....nachos, wings etc. The menu looks interesting but when it arrives, big disappointment. I had a kale, quinoa, falafel salad which sounded really interesting until I had to cut the big huge pieces of kale in the bowl.... My son ordered an artichoke flatbread which had Italian dressing over the top, why? It was rich enough.... Service was slow - it was a cool evening and we were outside - it wasn't until the end that the waitress told use she could turn the heater towards us. Delivered our entrees before taking away our appetizer plates and without cutlery - we had used it for the nachos and they didn't replace without us asking. The view is outstanding, too bad about the food :(
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accessible Dining with Great Food
    Dinahdm
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Lovely dinner to celebrate a birthday. Server was attentive and helpful with suggestions for food choices for our food intolerances. She also offered to check with the chef for us. One of our party had a walker and we were seated in a place where the walker was close but unobtrusive. Washrooms were close and accessible. We definitely will go here again. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DefinitelyAgainsttheGrain
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant many times, the patio view has always been more of a draw than the food, but this time even the view couldn't make us return. The bacon and egg breakfast that several of us had wasn't even close to the presentation, quality or quantity of your local EggsSmart. Daughters stir fry noodles was over powered with oyster sauce and there was no sign of the Asian vegetables listed on the menu. Bok Choy seemed to have been replaced with romaine lettuce and a few grated carrots.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate