Two great experiences
I visited Against the Grain once for lunch and once for dinner, and was impressed both times! The selection of food is unique and it is nice to see some options that differ from usual pub fare. The selection of beer is awesome and the sampler is a great option. I really like the emphasis on healthy options and natural/hormone/antibiotic-free meats which are hard to find at most restaurants.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time there. Patio is
First time there. Patio is terrific. Menu eclectic but out of the ordinary. Caesar Sald delicious as was veggie and meat burger. Fries terrific but way too salty, Service upscale. Ambience great. I look forward to returning.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Much needed for Leaside East
Look forward to going again. Roof top patio intrigues. Friendly but not spectacular service (forgot items to complete kids' menu order).
Good beer and Ontario wine selection.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place, bring the kids and every
Finally a spot where you can eat well, take the kids and everyone have a good time at a fairly reasonable price.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Leaside has been rewarded ....
Leaside has been waiting for a great place to bring family and friends for a great dining experience. Against the Grain is a real reward.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Welcome to Leaside!
Finally a family friendly spot where grown ups can eat!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great evening for great friends!
Loved the ambiance; Fun and lively and cozy all at the same time.
Super service and exceptionally friendly staff.
Would return again and again!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The server was very knowledgeable
The server was very knowledgeable on the craft beers that were available and helped me select an amazing tasting flight of new beers that I have never tasted before. Food was very good and will definitely be going back!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food, but where's the beef???
Had the Brisket and Egg brunch item. It was overall quite good, but the brisket was non-existent. I would expect a more recognizable chunk of beef in the item. I was left a little hungry after my brunch.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Easy to please all diners.
When you have to please Grandma, a foodie, kids and a budget Against the Grain fits in for everyone.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
birthday nite out
We were celebrating a birthday last weekend. AGT let us book the table for six, didn't make us feel we had to eat and go and the service was great. We would all definitely come back.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, layout and feel.
Great food, layout and feel. The promise of live music, looks it will make a great spot for evening relaxation and entertainment. Should have a bright future.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
great spot for friends to meet , hang out, drink a good beer and have apps!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Please add the fish tacos/pulled
Please add the fish tacos/pulled pork/devils egg to the menu (mini burgers/calamari) - all that was at grand opening if not on menu. Very good
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Way to go Against The Grain!
Your grand opening was a lot of fun! Congrats to the chefs for the amazing appitizers, and to the whole staff who made the eveing festive and enjoyable.
Everything was top drawer.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Against the Grain-Leaside
It was a fun environment with modern décor. The weekend brunch had a lot of variety. I found it to be quite loud though as it was completely open concept. Bar stool are uncomfortable- would have preferred to be seated at a booth, considering we had reservations.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was outstanding
The service was outstanding and the food delicious. Try the fish taco's!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went on Tuesday for the buck a bone of baby back ribs...also had the baby spinach salad and Thai curry mussels! So delicious. Food is sourced locally so it is always fresh! I am always looking forward to dining here!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent birthday celebration
We had a group of 16 attend the Against the Grain restaurant in Leaside for a birthday celebration. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The waitor was professional, friendly, and always attentive. We had a great evening at this restaurant and would highly recommend it.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighbourhood Gem
From the decor to the food to the service, Against the Grain exceeded our expectations. We went to try the Summerlicious menu but ended up ordering from the a la carte menu instead. The food was fresh and flavourful. We will certainly go back again!
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were hoping for a patio
We were hoping for a patio seat but, unfortunately, our visit to Against the Grain occurred exactly at the same time that the city was hit with monsoon-like conditions....not fit for patio dining! However, the staff and food were fabulous. We look forward to returning in the near future to experience the patio!
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The beer selection and one of a kind choices made for a great dinner experience!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fresh and very good.
Food was fresh and very good. Summerliscious lunch menu is very affordable and you won't go hungry :-)
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
New place, making its mark!
Second time at this new tavern, and I again enjoyed our time spent there.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
came here for summerlicious lunch, sat outside. Service was great, food was pretty good. Very good value for $15 lunch. Will return.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A group of us enjoyed Summerlicious
A group of us enjoyed Summerlicious at this restaurant. Great atmosphere, service and food. As it was lunch the noise level was moderate, but I imagine when it's busier you wouldn't be able to carry on a conversation.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Place .....
It's no wonder why Against The Grain has become the place to be in Leaside.
Food is great thanks to Angel and his team. And Fraser continues to inspire his team to meet and exceed
expectations. Thanks again.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed my visit to Against
Enjoyed my visit to Against the Grain for drinks with my boyfriend on a Friday night. The place was quite busy, so luckily I had made a reservation. I had called to change my reservation to an earlier time, but they did not have it on record. However, they seated us quickly and even offered a booth. Our waiter was a bit spacey, but friendly. A bug flew into my drink at one point and he promptly replaced it with no issue, but we were charged for 2 drinks on the bill. This mistake was again corrected quickly and nicely. I really enjoyed the beverages I had. Wasn't expecting such interesting cocktails from what seemed like a predominantly beer place (the beer selection also seems great). A good place to go out when you want to stay uptown!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great group outing!
My husband & I had been here a few times before and now wanted to share this great new restaurant with our friends. So we ended up getting 13 of together for what was suppose to be on the patio, but of course, it had to storm. I had emailed them to see what happens in the event of poor weather and they responded the same day, they let me know we would have a table inside waiting.
So when we got there, our table was ready upstairs and had an amazing server named, Alex. Our food and drinks were amazing as well, and our friends loved the selection. It was Summerlicious and for $25 the value was great!!
It is definitely a great place to take a group or a nice dinner for 2! Looking forward to trying the bunch soon :)
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
There was 5 of us who went for the summerlious lunch and only one of us did not have the summerlious menu. We were expecting small portions were very surprised on the size of the meals. They even opened their reserve 3 layer chocolate cake for us.
Would go back there again. Our waiter was joyful and went out of his way to accommodate our requests.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Lunch !!
It was a pleasurable experience and we felt we were away from it all with the separation of the plaza from the restaurant. The waiter, Alex Simmonds was superb and always seemed to be at the table at the exact time we needed him. Catered to us exceptionally and very polite.
We will definitely return and wish the restaurant well in the future at Leaside Village.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went for the Summerlicious menu and received awesome service by a very knowledgable waiter. The food came quickly and was delicious. I'll definitely be back soon! I also loved the wood decor. The only slightly negative thing I could say is the cocktail menu is pretty small. I suppose their extensive variety of beers makes up for this though. Overall, great experience!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for lunch
Small menu, relax atmosphere. Appetizers were nothing special and no hidden gem. We had sandwiches and they were good but the tuna open face sandwich was tiny, hardly a meal more like a one person appetizer. Their boneless chicken sandwich was great.
Will try them again and decide if we will return then.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff knowledgeable, easy
Staff knowledgeable, easy going when customers not sure of their choices. Food and beer were great! Didn't feel rushed to have them turn the table.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Leaside Treat But Make Reservation
This was our 3rd visit. Love having such a cool restaurant/tavern in the neighbourhood - we can walk or use the free parking. We were just there for our daughter's 25th birthday - she loves it. The atmosphere & decor are great. We haven't yet eaten outside. The 1st time, the patio was full; the 2nd time it was too hot & the 3rd time they forecast rain so didn't want to chance it but we will some time as the patios are lovely.
We are not keen on the high tables though - I've sat at these twice & they aren't that comfortable as you have to dangle your feet or put them on the chair rung. It's a bit noisy inside so perhaps not good for a romantic dinner.
We enjoyed our food particularly shareworthy items like the charcuterie & mussels.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thrilled to have this restaurant
Thrilled to have this restaurant in the neighbourhood . I loved the outdoor patio - felt like I had escaped the city and was on vacation! Everyone at the table was pleased with their food...there was a good amount of variety on the menu. The service was great - we didn't feel rushed at all our server checked in regularly to ensure everything was going okay. The only downfall was the the prices on the appetizers seemed a bit high for the portion size.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Against The Grain
My wife and I were pleased with our first visit to this newer resto in Leaside. I enjoyed some cold rolling rock beer (good selection) and the pleasant waiter helped my wife select a nice California white wine by the glass. We decided to go with a selection of appetizers and the waiter was quite helpful in arranging to have the food brought out in suitable parings. The ample amount of mussels were on the small side, but very tasty indeed with some crusty bread, a nice broth and some veg. The wings were good, smoked trout pate was refreshing. fish taco's were awesome and the duck confit tostadas were a bit overpowering flavour-wise, but still interesting. Good vibe in general and the patio options look excellent. We went on a wet day.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gastropub adds excitement to hood!
Great restaurant for interesting food, interesting selection of wines and beers and you won't break the budget! A great add on in the neighbourhood!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Rooftop Patio
Had a group of 11 people and they gave us the roof top patio. They even brought a personal server for us since we were the only ones up there.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sunday night family dinner
Celebrated a birthday with the family on a Sunday night. We had quick and attentive service. The food was delivered at a good pace. We shared the fresh oysters, pork belly sliders and wings for appetizers which were yummy. The mains including the steak and lamb shank dishes were the highlights. We'll definitely come back to ATG for a fun night out with great food!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow. This is a great find
I read about you on some social nedia site. Remembered you when i wanted something different and special
Awesome experience. The decir is superb. Food amazing and best coffee ever.
I love the patio.
I will be back.
Leaside.....you are blessed
Come build one in Hamilton. :)
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been here many times and never disappoints!!! There was an added bonus on Friday when we got there, live music & the guys was great. Thanks again for a great meal & evening :)
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Return Visit
This was our 4th visit here and this time we brought some out of town friends who were surprised to see this kind of restaurant in Leaside. One friend raved about the steak frites, the other was a little disappointed with the cabbage rolls as they were a little too different from what he was used to. My husband and I tried the Oktoberfest sausage special which was very good but very filling.
We like the shareworthy items and again had the tasty charcuterie board. The service was friendly and good and we do like the ambience there.
We will be back.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Venue is very nice. Food is
Venue is very nice. Food is pretty good (a little over priced for what you get) but still fresh food. Atmosphere is good, nice place. Will return.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful time and the Caesars were just the right kind of spicy hot.
Will definitely be going back to explore their dinner menu.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Gem in the Hood
I love my Leaside Tavern. We really needed something like this in the area. I look forward to my weekly trips there.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great location, great food
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch on Saturday
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots of Beer Choices
Good food, many unique beer choices, especially for local beer.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy to book, easy to deal
Easy to book, easy to deal with and great service. Private room upstairs made the experience exceptional.
Good times all around!!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM