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Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay

3.7
508 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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International
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Groups

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About

Against the Grain Urban Tavern at Corus Quay in Toronto, Ontario is an original concept restaurant that offers diners a unique urban tavern experience. The restaurant focuses on balancing traditional tavern cuisine with new bold flavors. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor waterfront dining and offers multiple flat screen televisions for watching the big game.

Against the Grain Urban Tavern at Corus Quay serves lunch and dinner daily with an additional weekend brunch service and offers delivery services. Specials featured at the restaurant include tavern burger, mac and cheese, fried chicken, tavern smoked ribs, pan seared Lake Erie pickerel and traditional roast dinner. In addition to the food, Against the Grain Urban Tavern at Corus Quay also features a full service bar with 16 types of craft and seasonal beer on tap.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
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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
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Phone number
(647) 344-1562
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Drew Anthony
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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.
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Private party contact
Aleasha Gilpin: (416) 533-8368
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Queens Quay & Jarvis
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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.
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.5
food
3.6
service
4.0
ambience
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 13, 2015

It was pre-St, Paddy's Day and The Staff was gearing up for a Party.

Great Food and Great Service. made it all worthwhile.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2015

The patio is what makes this place. Their brunch/breakfast menu is pretty good and the prices are not crazy expensive. On the flip side, I went a day in February and the turkey burger I had was dry despite a heavy slathering of cranberry sauce. And the $2 up-cost for a Caesar salad is hardly worth it. Go and eat outside. The mistakes are magnified inside.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Excellent services from the server and the manager, totally flexible and friendly.

Better menu selection than big name restaurants on appetizers and mains, and better food quality. Didn't check out the desserts though.

Great choices on local beers, cocktails and wine.

It's finer dining experience than many of the fine dining restaurants I have been to before!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We went on a random whim for valentine's dinner. Never been, but would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

It was truly the staff and service that made this experience a stand out! They were amazing! Two people in our party enjoyed the 'flights of beer' - a great way to sample local craft beers! I would definitely go back in summer to enjoy the scenery and atmosphere from outdoors as well.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2014

I had dinner with a friend of mine on a Wednesday night in November. She was staying at the Harbour Castle Hotel, so this restaurant is just a short walk along Queen's Quay. Surprisingly (given how packed the patio is in the summer time), the restaurant was nearly empty, so service was immediate and excellent. Loved the Lobster flat bread! I'm sure the noise level elevates with more patrons, but we'll definitely go back and try the patio in the summer.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2014

I keep returning - service is great, people are super friendly, views are amazing of the water AND the food is smashing.

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2014

Against the Grain has a modern "comfort food" menu and a great selection of beers. We were surprised that it wasn't busy in the fall (it has been very busy in summer when the outdoor patio is open), but the fact that you have to pay a minimum of $10 to park (and there is not easy public transit) perhaps explains this

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2014

I had brunch here on a Sat. The location is great. Beautiful view of the lake and islands. I saw some outdoor fireplaces and outdoor furniture that would likely make the restauarant good for evening cocktails. My "Against the Grain Benny" were cold. Not cool but cold. My husband had a delicious burger. 1 for 2. Not worth going back if it didn't have the spectacular location. Expensive to park in the area.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2014

We went for an impromptu dinner on a Friday night around 7:30. The restaurant was veryyyy quiet, as in very few tables. Service was friendly and competent. Food was okay - I enjoyed the kale and quinoa salad with shrimp and my dining companion had the italian stallion flatbread which was weird. The dough had an odd taste and it just fell flat.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2014

Great place for brunch lunch or dinner .... good for groups or just 2!

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3.0Dined on September 17, 2014

Wonderful spot for summer outdoor dining, always friendly caring service, but food quality has been declining with each visit to the point of not wanting to return. Lobster and cheese flatbread this visit was completely without flavour, consisting mainly of crisp canned onion bits or some such (not really sure what they were), a scarcity of lobster or cheese. Sad to see a once excellent kitchen suffer such a painful death.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2014

Beautiful outdoor patio. Very friendly staff. Very tasty appetizers but mains lacked creativity and flavor.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2014

Wonderful Sugar Beach hot spot with delightful servers; if only the food were as good.

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2.0Dined on September 6, 2014

It seems they don't know how to cook steak.

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1.0Dined on September 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.

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3.0Dined on September 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.

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4.0Dined on August 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.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2014

The steak was pretty dry but I'll send a message to the restaurant below.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2014

Fresh food, excellent and friendly service, gorgeous location, even on a very hot night the breeze is wonderful.

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1.0Dined on August 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!

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3.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 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

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2014

Great view, but food very ordinary..no healthy options. Definitely nothing special except for the location.

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3.0Dined on August 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

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3.0Dined on August 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.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2014

Everything was great - no complaints although my son though the burger was a bit lacking.

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2014

The food is ok but they could raise the bar. Great location to sit by the lake.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

Service was attentive and aware. Very pleasant dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2014

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3.0Dined on July 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!).

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3.0Dined on July 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.

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4.0Dined on June 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.

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4.0Dined on June 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.

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4.0Dined on June 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.

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5.0Dined on June 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 .

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2.0Dined on June 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.

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3.0Dined on June 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.

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