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Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay

3.9
460 reviews
CAN$30 and under
International
At Against the Grain Urban Tavern, we are committed to exceptional food, hand-crafted
cocktails, and genuine service – alongside breathtaking lakeside views. Here you’ll find globally
inspired dishes, as well as traditional tavern offerings exceptionally prepared with fresh, local
ingredients.
Enjoy Happy Hour every Monday – Friday from 4p-6p & 9p-Close and try one of our 7 Daily Taps,
an indulgent cocktail, or a crisp glass of wine while you watch the sun set over Centre Island.
Weekend warriors fear not – Against the Grain also offers a mouth-watering brunch every
weekend from 11:00am-3:00pm.
So, whether you’re looking for an after-work escape, intimate date night or weekend brunch,
Against the Grain serves up the best of what the Toronto waterfront has to offer.

Offers

  • Lakeside Happy Hour 2021

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Thu 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Fri 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    What better way to end a long day than relaxing lakeside? Pull a plush leather stool up to our bar or take in the stunning views of Lake Ontario from the warmth of our dining room and sip on a variety of our favourite offerings. Enjoy everything from the daily $6.75 local craft brew and $10 select cocktails to $9 house wine pours. Feeling peckish? We're serving up $2 Buck-a-Shuck Oysters too!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 460 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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Food
3.9
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipKarenC
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place

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JackieB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience with the service and the food. The food was incredible and the bubble was fun for my toddler. Great value for the experience. Would definitely do it again.

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Noel
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good especially the cheese burger. Others in the group loved the jerk chicken.

Good offering of hops:)

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ShakilaE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was very happy with my experience. The view was fantastic and unmatched in all of Toronto. The staff were so friendly and the vibe was amazing (like the knew me somehow) the food was soooooooooooo delicious and fantastic, came in perfect timing as well. I had the leak and potato soup and the mushroom risotto because I’m vegetarian and they were both very very delicious but my fiancé had the steak and he said it was very juicy and tender. Over all amazing staff, excellent food and amazing service. 100% will go back.

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ShonaS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great cocktails and food was amazing.

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Stephan
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This dinner didn't happen... they apparently had a private party and never thought of calling us to tell us the couldn't honour our reservation.

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vipFindingDiner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made a reservation and when we arrived , we’re told they were closed for a private event. Hard to find an alternative on a Friday evening ! We live nearby and are regulars .
Not even an apology

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MacKenzieB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant.
Great space, great service, great atmosphere and lovely food and drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed this venue. The food was great and lots of gluten free options.

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ShariW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Wonderful location, elegant and comfortable decor with reasonable service. Our meals were so-so. I noticed that the menu was limited in plantbased options and I don’t mean more salads. These days, there could be much more, equally delicious vegan options. Right now, you are the only game in town by the Immersive Van Gogh, this is a great opportunity to impress.

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Adam
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation and they closed without telling us it was cancelled.

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CarolinaK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Didn't even get to seat as was asked to leave after waiting 10min+ at the door

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Brianna
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for accommodation and nice atmosphere! It's one of my favourite places🤩

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Maria
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

Service was bad. They brought us our food but forgot the cutlery. We had to keep asking for them for around 30 mins which by then our food was cold.
A friend of mine asked for Sprite and they brought her water. Until we were able to change it, it was like 1 hour later.
Wouldn’t recommend it at all!

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vipTHE19THOLE
Toronto
314 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2015
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

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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JC50
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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firey1
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

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

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BirthdayCelebration
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2015
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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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FoodyGal
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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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vipKitkat
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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SueH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2014
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

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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Yummy
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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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vipEmilyD
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2014
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2014
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

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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Student
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2014
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2014
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2014
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

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

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vipKilroyWashere
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2014
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

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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Shar
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2014
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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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vipAMG1
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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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JMZRN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

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

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JudithA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2014
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

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

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Tawlgerl
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2014
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

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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clucky
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2014
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

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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YoungTorontonian
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2014
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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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Whitecat
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2014
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

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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Tash
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2014
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

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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Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 344-1562.

Against the Grain Urban Tavern-Corus Quay is rated 3.9 stars by 460 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.