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Against The Grain Urban Tavern- Leaside
Against The Grain Urban Tavern- Leaside

Against The Grain Urban Tavern- Leaside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://leaside.atgurbantavern.ca
  • Email: atgleaside@fabconcepts.ca
  • Phone: (647) 748-2840
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm -2:00 am; Sunday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Angel Sevilla
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Jazz Performer Friday Nights from 9pm to Midnight.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Esander
  • Public Transit: The Laird 56 TTC Bus stops less than a 10 minute walk from our restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking in the adjacent lots in the Leaside Village shopping complex.
A word from Against The Grain Urban Tavern- Leaside
Against The Grain brings urban chic to the heart of Toronto in Leaside. Located on Laird Drive at the Leaside Village shopping complex, ATG Urban Tavern offers a sophisticated, warm dining environment spread over two floors and, in the summer, both a main floor and second floor patio. Our focus is fresh contemporary American cuisine with a twist - think braised beef nachos, lemongrass-cured trout or crab and szechuan shrimp penne. We also offer fresh oysters, an extensive salad selection, steaks, sandwiches and much more. If you wish to join us at one of our three bars, we offer 18 unique local and international draughts, rotating cask ales and an extensive list of wines and cocktails.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Six of us had lunch, four adults and two young children. Everyone tried something different so we had a good selection. The turkey clubhouse, burger and chicken sandwich were quite good but the fish tacos were very small and lacking in flavour. They were okay to eat but certainly not something I would order again. The children's menu was fine but at $12 each, pricier than elsewhere for what it was. Service was attentive and atmosphere good, with lots of light from the large windows. The patio looked inviting albeit not for yesterday!we will try that in warmer weather. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The hostess staff here were disorganized and slow. He atmosphere is good and it's kids friendly. The food if you do anything outside of a burger is very weak. And they charge high prices -- so you feel over charges for what you get. There are so many good gastro pubs in toronto with amazing food. This is not one of them."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Beautiful place from top to bottom. Loved the decor and mood. Very pleasant and KNOWLEDGEABLE server (Cody). A fun place to relax."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Pleased to have an interesting lively place in Leaside but the service needs to improve. Our three orders included the Pickerel, Pork Chop and Signature hamburger. The Pickerel was good and arrived as ordered. The other two meals were incorrect and had to be returned. The manager was very attentive and the mistakes were addressed as quickly as possible - which was good. Will definitely try the restaurant again and hopefully things will be better next time."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We have been going to Against The Grain since it opened. They have an amazing selection of beer. They also bring samples of beer which is a great way to taste new beers."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful family brunch for 5 people, the eggs benedict was excellent as was the burger entrée. Three of us had been to dinner here previously and enjoyed the pickerel dinner as well. The ambience and service was very good as was the table set up and noise levels. There was enough privacy to have conversation and the energy in the restaurant was lovely. In addition to enjoying the food so very much it felt good to know where it came from."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Met up with 3 work friends for a casual dinner and drinks. Everyone pleased with the beer selection. Would love if you could get Stiegel Radler for the warmer months. French onion soup and calamari enjoyed by all. Singapore noodles and pork flatbread a little tasteless but the ribs and fried chicken both very good. Shared the bread pudding and cheesecake and those were great. Server was lovely and attentive and we would return again!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "the food was delicious and the service fantastic! our table consisted of 2 families of 4, including 4 kids. they are very family friendly and so is the menu."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Good food and a great beer list. Pleasant surroundings."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Just a two of us on a Sat night. Got there for 6:45pm for dinner. The place was very busy and very loud. We were seated but had to wait. They said our table was being set up for us. But the table we got had been empty and ready to go while we waited, we could see from where we were standing. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. We ordered, drinks and apps arrived on time. Entries were late, had to be prompted by attentive waiter, and a bit cooler than I would have liked. The smoked ribs and baked beans were very good. The mango salad side was, meh. The Jerk Chicken, good chicken, well cooked but not jerk or spicy by any means or definition. The sides of broccoli slaw and coconut rice were again, meh. An okay venture in Leaside."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "food were generally pretty good. a tad on the salty side though. the alberta 60 days aged steak was very tender."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went for a group to celebrate bday and had an amazing time. Great food, great wine and they had good entertainment on Fri night. Would return again!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was good, but took a long time to arrive at the table. The sunday prime rib was 'sold out' @ 7pm, which was disappointing. The piped-in music was annoying at times, with 2 different sound systems playing at the same time, in different areas of the pub. I think the prices were a little high for pub fare, compared to other places."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We went there for lunch on Family Day - the food was pretty good and the service was fine. It was very busy in the restaurant but over all it seemed to work in terms of noise level etc. I would go back for a lunch or family meal."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Server was nice and checked in with us appropriately. Food was delicious. Not the most romantic scene though."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant with a wonderful ambiance, great food, and a place that I highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Been here several times. Nothing has disappointed me with the exception of not having Lambic beers on the list"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I found the place excellent overall. Food was fantastic. The wine list left a lot to be desired. Not due to lack of variety, but with only 3 bottles under $50, keeping dinner for 2 under $100 can be tough. The bottle I ordered was poor, despite its $35-$40 price tag. Moral of the story: order a beer. All will be well in the world."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have eaten here 4 times and only the last time was I totally satisfied. On a busy night, the noise level can be disturbing. The service has always been attentive without being intrusive. The Thai red curry mussels are disappointingly bland, with no zip at all. Why call them red curry if there is no spice? The stout braised short ribs are tasty and filling. The pork ribs are nicely spiced and tender but the sides that come with it are far too small. The pulled pork is nicely smoked. Frites are a little above average. The cheesecake served during "summerlicious" was so sweet it was almost uneatable. There is a good selection of draft beers but they are somewhat on the expensive side. A pretty good place but could be better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our experience was not great. We had high expectations and were let down. The food is overpriced for what you get. I ordered a flaxseed burger and it was like wet paste. It was oozing out of the bun and was a mess. Very unenjoyable. The wait staff are great, very friendly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was ok. They had a good value menu - $25 for a small appetizer, main entree and desert. Food was excellent, particularly the ribs and the chocolate cake desert."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Ate at Against the Grain (Leaside) on Friday night with friends. As someone who tries to eat local/fresh/organic when dining out, I found this spot to be a great option. Food was fresh, simple, relatively healthy and delicious. Only area for improvement would be in respect to the service we received. We were seated at booth near the kitchen and were passed by for a good 15-20 mins before our order was taken."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I had booked in open for 1PM and asked for a quiet table as this was a business meeting I arrived before my guests,. As soon as I arrived and told my name she escorted me to a quite booth was already set up. Very much appreciated. My guests arrived soon after we ordered lunch and began our meeting. The server was attentive but not in our face nor interrupting. Just watched as we ate lunch and talked, Excellent service Will do it again and my guest said they would be back Signature"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "wonderful selection of beer and servers who can describe their taste"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Good spot for dinner. Reservation are a good thing. Good service. An enjoyable evening all round."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Not worth it! 3/4 people we were with hated the food. The bacon was so overcomes it disintegrated and tasted like ash. Gross."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I went with a group of nine others and the restaurant was nice and spacious. The music was at just the right volume (loud enough to be there and not too loud so that you couldn't have a pleasant conversation), there were families dining, and the food was excellent. I would highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This is a pretty standard tavern with some interesting beers. They do their own and they have some unusual cocktails made with the beers. That makes it a bit different. Good ambiance and decent service. Menu is reasonably priced and has some good offerings -- the pulled pork flatbread was very good. If you are grabbing a casual meal -- you can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 7/7/2013
  • "Gastro pub extraordinaire. Modern pub with tuned up grub. Prime rib special on Sundays! Large selecton of beers on tap. Multiple flat screens, yet family friendly. Go for it!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We chose Against the Grain for our company Christmas dinner and everyone was happy. The waitress was knowledgeable in the alcohol menu and beer suggestions were accurate and appreciated. The food was hot, fresh and very tasty!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Have been to ATG on several occasions and while it was very good in the past I find that the food and service are suffering of late and the music played is so loud that it is difficult to have a conversation. Our waiter was very friendly and did his best as he also had to tend bar. Overall a fair- good evening that could have been better. Perhaps it was an off night. BTW, great chocolate cake."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "I made a reservation for a group for 5 pm. I arrived early with friends and we were able to sit in the bar area. We got served our drinks quickly, but after that the service slowed down. After several minutes, I had to flag down a server so we could order some food. The restaurant was very quiet at that time and not busy at all so I'm not sure why the service was sub-par. Later we moved to our reservation table. I had requested a quiet spot, such as a booth or corner in the restaurant, but we were seated in the middle of the restaurant. This made it somewhat difficult for my dinner group to hold our meeting. Dinner service was ok, but desert was slow to come and one member of our dinner party had to wait a very long time to get her coffee."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Great way to book reservations, and enjoyed the experience and knew that our reservation was done, thank you :)"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We had a post-church lunch on a Sunday with a family group. Nice atmosphere, the wood motif in the decor was interesting. It was a bit noisy at the centre tables -- I would try a booth with a smaller group. The service was on the slow side --- a total of 45 minutes before the food arrived --- but the meal was tasty and imaginatively presented. Good range of choices for kids looking for blander choices and adults wanting more robust flavours. Looking forward to going back to sample their draught beer menu."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "I've been here once for dinner before and everything was great - service, food, overall experience. However, when I returned for brunch last Sunday, the service (or lack thereof) was horrible. Took 10 minutes for water to arrive, and we had to flag our waiter down 15 mins later. I think he was just upset we didn't order alcohol at 11am. Then when the food came out, it looked like it came from a school cafeteria. Brutal. Will never go back. Best part was when the hostess attempted to clear my plate when I was about to take a bite of fruit... Seriously? Don't bother, it's a waste of money."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Easy to book, easy to deal with and great service. Private room upstairs made the experience exceptional. Good times all around!!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Good food, many unique beer choices, especially for local beer."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I came here for lunch on Saturday with a friend. The day time atmosphere is different than the night time dining experience. Its a great bar and dining restaurant at night. It is the perfect place for a meal in the neighborhood. I had the chicken sandwich and my friend had the burger. The food was great and the service was excellent. I would come back again."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Perfect service...couldn't ask for better. Food was great, and portions were pretty generous. As a "urban tavern" you would expect a good selection of beverages and ATG does not disappoint."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I love my Leaside Tavern. We really needed something like this in the area. I look forward to my weekly trips there."
    Dined on 11/5/2013