First visit, but not the last!
I was having lunch with a client and took a chance coming to Against the Grain, as I had never been before. I am so glad I did. The young woman at the door greeted us with a smile, took our coats and showed us to a nice table by the window with a view of Toronto Island. The young lady who served us was a real treat - polite, friendly, attentive and thorough. The food was very good and reasonably priced. I will certainly come back and I will recommend Against the Grain to my friends and colleagues.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
This is definitely the best
This is definitely the best waterfront dining view in the city. You have to be very deliberate in going there as it's not in a location you'd just stumble upon, but it has good food, great ambiance, fantastic service. We went on a weekend, which I imagine is their slowest time to go. As it's in the Corus building, I would imagine it has a more vibrant feel during the week. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to go there again.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, good service, great
Good food, good service, great decor, excellent location and views. It is wonderful to be able to sit right by the water overlooking the Toronto harbour and the Toronto Islands. The restaurant kindly provided helium balloons and a complimentary dessert for my sister's birthday, which helped to make this a special event! We'll be back.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was terrific!
Everything was terrific! Food very tasty, our table had a great view and the service was perfect. We lingered for some time after we finished our lunch and had no one trying to hurry us out. Couldn't ask for more.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
tops on the waterfront
Against the Grain has a fantastic, unobstruceted waterfront view and patio on the new Bayfront section of the Toronto Waterfront. Lovely! The staff are super obliging and the food is surprisingly good. Interesting textures and flavours and not too heavy on the salt. It is definitely one of our top neighborhood favourites and a place we like to take out of town visitors to show off our new waterfront. We love it!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice and relaxing - staff
Nice and relaxing - staff is friendly and accommodating - always have nice specials on th go
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great time at Against
We had a great time at Against The Grain... good beer and good food, and our service was great! I mentioned that it was my husbands birthday, and they gave us a nice seat by the window and a nice dessert. Very thoughtful. Will definately return!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, staff work as
Great food, staff work as a team and an awesome view.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A tucked away Gem of a restaurant. Easy parking but EXPENSIVE. Sometime they will rebate your parking, but you have to ask
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and location.
Great food and location. Will definitely return once the summer is here, if I can get a table!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & drink selection, but service need improvement.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Patio and Service
If you're looking for a patio with a view the Against the Grain has it. Located just outside of the Toronto City Centre, ATG offers a very large, very comfortable outdoor dining space complete with comfy couches and fire tables. This up and coming hot spot provides a not-to-noises atmosphere overlooking the lake with a view of the sailboats passing buy. Staff is friendly and helpful which adds to the diverse selection of meal options. You won't be disappointed. We weren't, and we're not easy to please ;)
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Lake View
Great lakeside eats at this restaurant. Who knew it was there, south of the Corus building? Poor signage from the street, but otherwise this place did not disappoint.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impress your out-of-town visitors
The lake view patio makes dining a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Even in inclement weather, you can sit outside protected under the building overhang. My friend were most impressed with the excellent steaks and selection of craft brews. Being offered a sample beer as we entered the patio was a plus.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to move nearby!
I've been to ATG about 6 times - always good. The water side patio is large and welcoming. I can't wait for my new condo to be built - just around the corner. Hopefully Against the Grain will still be in full swing in 3 years!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great dinner with friends. Sat outside beautiful view. Food was excellent fast friendly service. Attentive. Heater as it cooled down was appreciated. One issue is parking. Not clear that you must park under the Corus building for reimbursement (not the building that has a huge public parking sign!) ie: turn right to park not left to the George Brown College building. Otherwise a truly amazing gem! We need more waterfront restaurants!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a view
This is truly a gem in what is lacking in a waterfront dining experience for a city set on a lake. The view is spectacular and if you can score a table on the patio you will be rewarded. Lovely service, setting and the food was good. Would have been nice to get a bit more fish in my dish for the pricing ($25+ for one piece) but what was served was great.
Would definitely return to this summer hot spot, especially when treating those from out of town.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first time going here was
My first time going here was on Friday, and it definitely isn't my last. Great staff, great food, beautiful view outside on the patio, and live music was a plus. Our server was great, very attentive and had great suggestions on the menu. I had the Spicy Lobster Tacos and the Pork Riblets - both tasted great, and served as great appetizers. Also had a taste of the Artichoke Flatbread; although it wouldn't be my first choice - because I love meat - I would recommend it to veggie lovers. Great experience overall. If you're looking for an outdoor patio with a scenic view, Against the Grain - Corus Quay is the place to go!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The outdoor patio is fabulous;
The outdoor patio is fabulous; nicely located by the lake with plenty of ambience.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great patio by the lake
I took 5 friends to the patio after work for 3 pm drinks and we stayed until 9:30 pm
The food is great as is the service and atmosphere.
There is a huge patio and it is not noisy at all. A great place for a group to gather in Toronto
Don't park in the pay parking out front $15 as the restaurant will validate your parking if you park
in the underground lot !
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would have loved to be in
I would have loved to be in the patio, but it was too cold (in August). But nevertheless, we had a good view. Next time, when it is warmer, definitely the patio. The server was friendly and fun. Food was very good.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time on an outdoor patio
Great time on an outdoor patio looking out on the Toronto waterfront.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a very nice place to have lunch with some close friends. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the view was lovely.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Atmosphere/food, Service okay
I made a reservation at Against the Grain, for dinner with my husband because I had been their last year with a couple of girl friends and remembered their beautiful patio, which is the perfect place to be on a hot summer night. The atmosphere was lively for a Monday evening - a lot of groups and several couples. We were greeted at the front door and immediately led outside to a table that hadn't been cleared. I was a bit concerned having read other reviews about service here. We were interested in their Monday special - $5 beers and 1/2 price appetizers before 7 pm. Our server swiftly ran off to input this order so that we could get the deal. We followed this with a nice dinner. I would go back again, to enjoy dinner on the patio.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met most of my expectations
I arrived, wait about 5 minutes and nobody came to seat us so we sat ourselves. Had been looking forward to trying this place for a while. The waitress nice and attentive once we had sat down. The view is fantastic and the awesome weather made it even better, we were about 5 meters from the lake. I had fish and chips and my friend and I shared some wings. The wings were pretty good but the fish and chips were really grease. prices were a little high but I guess you paying for the location.
I will definitely return for drinks. They have $5 pints and half price appetizers on Mondays. They had buttermilk chicken on the menu, id be interested in trying that.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place to go to
Had an amazing time at this place. I would definitely go there more often.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Be careful when checking in.
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.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great view
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.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM