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Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay

508 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (831)
  • Scenic View (822)
  • Good for Groups (510)

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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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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 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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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.
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.
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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3.7  based on all time ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tawlgerl (Toronto)
1.0  Dined 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!

clucky (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 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.

YoungTorontonian (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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

Whitecat (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2014

Great view, but food very healthy options. Definitely nothing special except for the location.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 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

Tash (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 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.

lovetoeat (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

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

Simplepleasures (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on August 1, 2014

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

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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.

Janni (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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.

Houstons (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2014

Service was attentive and aware. Very pleasant dining experience.

tvnatole (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

4girls (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 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!).

vipMike (Denver)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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.

vip1drmom (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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.

vickytherobot (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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.

driv3n (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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 .

HeadsUp (Toronto)
2.0  Dined 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.

ptysia (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 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.