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Against the Grain

Posted by Staff / Listed on June 11, 2011 / review policy

Against the GrainAgainst the Grain Urban Tavern is the new restaurant that just opened in the Corus building near Queens Quay and Jarvis. This relatively undiscovered Harbourfront spot has a killer patio, with fire pits and lounge seating; and the menu features plenty of snack food (shrimp tacos, vegetable tempura, mussels) as well as larger plates. They also have big wines by the glass, lots of beer on tap and $3 Caesars during weekend brunch.



Moore / July 23, 2011 at 05:08 pm
Agree that it's a great view and chic patio. Go for that, and order beer. Don't do anything else if you have food aspirations. The menu is bland upscale pub food. The food is prepared poorly. The service is the worst.
Val / August 10, 2011 at 08:01 pm
Patio is large and has a great view. The staff seem to be genuinely friendly and eager to please. However, it goes downhill from there. Service was dreadful as the food and drinks took forever...and ever. White wine was like warm p*ss. Food was cold and bland. Plus it drove me crazy that management forces the patio wait staff to wear black poly uniforms in the 30+ scorching heat. LONG SLEEVES for the guys and PANTY HOSE for the gals. Incredibly cruel.
Finally, they have really irritating music piped up from beneath the patio.
Perhaps just some growing pains that will soon be worked out. In the meantime maybe just order beer and hope for the best.
Allan / July 19, 2012 at 01:30 pm
Food is simply passable and the "din" from Sugar Beach bothersome. I was amazed at how confused the staff were with respect to orders, but they remained friendly and courteous. I tried the grilled ahi tuna sandwich and it was okay, with a side of french fries, although nothing on the menu suggested it came with fries. Good selection of beers and on a hot night, beside the water, it's a nice place to be.
Tara Whelan / August 14, 2012 at 11:59 am
Agreed, poor food and absolutely desperate service. Not to mention overpriced. Tried to pay with a debit card, that is fine in a million other places, but here I was told I'd have to use the ATM to withdraw cash. At a $2 charge. Won't be returning any time soon.
Annie2000 / September 2, 2012 at 09:23 pm
Poor service, confusion over orders, no apologies, food simply okay. I won't be back.
Marko / August 31, 2013 at 04:18 pm
absolutely desperate service. Been there the second time to give it another chance and nothing changed. Great view but i would not recommend it.

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