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About Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
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.
Toronto, ON M5A 0B5
International, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
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
Queens Quay & Jarvis
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Aleasha Gilpin: (416) 533-8368
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
Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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