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Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay

Against the Grain is the latest concept bringing urban chic to Toronto's Harbourfront. Located in the Corus Entertainment Building right next to Sugar Beach, this Urban Tavern is perfectly situated within walking distance to downtown, allowing you to relax and enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Island. Against the Grain is a casual Urban Tavern where people gather to enjoy Maple Chipotle Wings with a local brew, Pulled Pork braised in dark beer and molasses, Stone Baked Pizzas or traditional cocktails with a twist. All served in a sophisticated presentation and service. Unique local and European brews are tapped regularly along with interesting new and old world wines. Of course we can't forget the cocktails including our own signature "Against the Grain" made with Canadian whiskey.
23 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
(23 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 23 reviews
5 stars
(4)
4 stars
(6)
3 stars
(11)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(0)
Food 
3.2 / 5
(Very Good) 3.2 / 5
Service 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Ambiance 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • scenic view(15)
  • great for outdoor dining(10)
  • good for groups(8)
  • great for brunch(6)
  • great for lunch(5)
  • neighborhood gem(4)
Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay Reviews List
Review 1 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 01/09/2014
 2010
Dined on 01/09/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 01/09/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 2 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 31/12/2013
 2011
Dined on 31/12/2013
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 31/12/2013
 2011
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Review 3 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 06/09/2014
 2009
Dined on 06/09/2014
 2009
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"It seems they don't know how to cook steak."
Dined on 06/09/2014
 2009
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Review 4 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Slight step up from typical pub grub, with a view

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The menu and food aren't mind blowing, but as far as pub food goes, it's more interesting and consistently prepared. The main draw for me is the patio seating in the summer! Great view by the water."
Dined on 27/06/2013
 2010
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Venue for the After Work Crowd !

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"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."
Dined on 13/03/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, notable wine list
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Review 6 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Go for the patio

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Dined on 25/02/2015
 2009
Dined on 25/02/2015
 2009
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"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."
Dined on 25/02/2015
 2009
Special Features: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 7 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Way better than big franchise in every way

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"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!"
Dined on 14/02/2015
 2012
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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Review 8 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Valentines Whim

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We went on a random whim for valentine's dinner. Never been, but would definitely go back!"
Dined on 14/02/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"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."
Dined on 24/01/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay
Based on the average of (14) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
10 out of 14 recommend this product
Food 
3.1 / 5
(Very Good) 3.1 / 5
Service 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Ambiance 
3.4 / 5
(Very Good) 3.4 / 5
Noise Level
2.7 / 3
Energetic