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

Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://corusquay.atgurbantavern.ca
  • Email: corusquay@athurbantavern.ca
  • Phone: (647) 344-1562
  • 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: International, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
  • 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 (416) 533-8368

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Great spot for hanging out for drinks and being social. The food on the other hand was disappointing.I had the fish and chips entree and it was nothing special -the fries were soggy. I ordered dessert - chocolate cake with creme Anglaise, there was hardly any creme Anglaise and there was more frosting/icing than cake. Would not go for the food but atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Excellent as usual. Great service staff ... just the right amount of attention"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant while searching on the internet for a brunch place that wouldn't be too busy on a Sunday. The view was so nice, it's right beside Lake Ontario! Everything was spaced out nicely, light was great and bright, felt very open. Variety of places to sit; high chairs or normal. The food was delicious! I was very pleased with how well cooked everything was. The house made bacon, to die for! The green salad on the eggs benedict plate were the best I've ever had, the dressing was so delicious. I will definitely be coming back many times to try the whole menu out. I like that it wasn't so busy."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My husband and I recently ate at "Against the Grain" at Corus Quay. The food was very good. I had pickerel on a bed of Israeli couscous with onions, beets and nuts. The fish was perfectly cooked. My husband had the sandwich of the day which was a very large roast beef sandwich which he enjoyed. Will definitely go back. The patio looks like it would be great in summer with a beautiful view"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We found it hard to get to. Sort of hidden at the far corner in back of the lobby. Parking was too expensive. $9.00 for 11/2 hours ...but the view was wonderful and the service perfect. I've been the the ATG on Laird and like this much better but at Laird there's free parking, no view but the same menu."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This place offers a great view of the lake front. The food was just okay. The service was quick. There was plenty of room. We were there for brunch. Tons of empty spots. It's definitely a destination location."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I attending Against The Grain for our valentines day dinner and it was absolutely outstanding! The food was incredible, and not to mention the lake view. I definitely recommend this restaurant to people, you won't regret it! Check it out!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ok, so the Olympics were on and there was way way too much intrusion from overly loud televisions, but the food couldn't have been better; well prepared, well presented and best of all it tasted as good as it looked. The staff was friendly and gracious and our waitress performed her job with good cheer and efficiency."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I don't often compliment a restaurant for the steak I order as I all-too-often ask for it to be cooked medium rare and receive a steak cooked medium, sometimes medium well. Well, this time I ordered my steak medium rare and received a steak that was very nearly rare. It was exquisite. The rest of the meal (off the Winterlicious menu) was also great. I really appreciated the ambiance of the restaurant as well as the attentiveness of our waiter. I would gladly dine at "Against the Grain Urban Tavern" again."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "the food is always hit and miss. unfortunately, this time it was a MISS for me. how could a clubhouse go wrong? when you load the turkey with fat and skin in the sandwich. pretty gross."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food didn't have much flavour and was pretty average."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Waiter was a little ambitious at first but slowed down when we told him we were not in a hurry. Winterlicous has a good menu. Only down side was the park. So many spaces but all expensive 24 x 7. They used to credit the parking against the bill but no longer do that. Also the parking machine is confusing and charged me $20 for the night instead of $10. Used to be a good deal when they credited the parking but having to pay makes the location a little expensive. They didn't rush with the bill which was great, hate to get the bill in the middle of the meal. Had to asked for it which added to making the night out comfortable."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Against the Grain's Winterlicious menu was some of the best I've had! I highly suggest trying this place out. Maybe wait until the summer so you can enjoy the patio, though."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It was just right for our group of 11 on Thursday!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Had a group for dinner and were provided a private room. Made for great conversations. Beautiful location and I look forward to going back in warm weather. They have an outdoor patio and provide blankets for chilly summer nights. Lovely view of the lake last night even though is it frozen. Dinner was fabulous. Went for WINTERLICIOUS. Great choice of beers! Delicious food and Caitlyn was a wonderful server. Great food, great service, can't complain about a thing. Look forward to returning for a lunch on the patio this summer. They have underground parking - enter on east side of the building. Great for our cold winter weather. Elevator up and everyone is warm and dry."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Our server was very good. He came when he was supposed to, without bombarding us with questions about how was the food. The atmosphere was friendly and relax. Good value for the amount of food. I am planning to return in the summer when we can sit on the patio. Thank you. Lina Di Carlo"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Went there for Winterlicious 2014 on Saturday for Lunch. We were seated promptly, and our waitress was very quick and kind. Our food was served pretty quickly, we didn't have to wait too long. The place was unexpectedly very quiet, not to many people for lunch time, it was great and the food even better! I had the cauliflower soup to start, and the squash with pasta as my main, which was just perfect, not to heavy but filling and the taste was on the sweeter side which I enjoyed. I ordered the fudge brownie for dessert, nothing out of the ordinary but still good. Overall, I would definitely return as they have more healthy and gluten free options for anyone with any kind of restrictions."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Against the grain is an excellent spot for a group dinner. The noise level is great....you can talk to people at the other end of your table without feeling like you are yelling! Great beer and cocktail selection and the winterlicious menu was excellent."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food was acceptable but the service was average to below average. Would not consider going back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have taken a co-worker for a retirement lunch ... although cold the view of the lake was outstanding!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I have been to ATG-Corus Quay several times. The food is consistently good, the service is always friendly and efficient. And there is nothing lovelier than the view over the water to the eastern end on the Toronto Islands. In any season, it does not disappoint. I have been to ATG for lunch and brunch on many occasions and it is always enjoyable. At dinner (indoors), I find the restaurant to be excessively noisy which detracts from the overall experience for me. Otherwise, a great choice."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "This place is a little out of the way but we were meeting friends attending a concert at The Sound Academy so it was a perfect location for us, the patio is great in the summer however we opted to sit inside as it was a chilly fall evening. The food was good, my friends loved the pulled pork nachos. My fish and chips were really good, my boyfriend was not crazy about his Steak frites. The wine by glass options are a little steep in price...it would be great to have some more reasonable options . I was not happy that alothough I chedked in with the hostess, she found the reservation but I was still given a no-show with Open Table. Luckily it was all straightened out in the end."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "What a great location ....on the lake, great seating, lovely fireplaces. Now...if they can only work on the food and the wine list! The food is upscale pub cooked by students. The flavours are not subtle. The wine list is amateur and, in many cases, dosen't even show the Vintage. Who would pay $122 for a bottle with no vintage? Some work to be done.....but can't beat the location and decor."
    Dined on 7/22/2013
  • "I came across Against the Grain through Summerlicious menu. Unfortunately it was very confusing that only one location was participating and not the Corus Quay. Nevertheless it was quite a pleasant experience. Waitress was very friendly, pleasant and quick to bring us some water and then our drinks. We ordered Spicy Lobster Tacos and Lemongrass and Brown Sugar Smoked Rainbow Trout (from Share Worthy section of the menu), and Kale and Citrus Salad. I would not call eitehr of the dishes, except for salad, share worthy, they are quite small. Salad was very refreshing, although it did not have enough dressing, tacos werent spicy at all and trout was dry and seemed like canned fish."
    Dined on 7/16/2013