Against The Grain Urban Tavern - Harbourfront

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Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,
  • Wine Bar,
  • Pub,

Cuisine type

  • Continental,
  • Asian,
  • Canadian Cuisine,
  • Indonesian,
  • American Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Fish,
  • Barbecue,
  • Breakfast,
  • Grill,
  • Hamburger,
  • Sandwich,
    • Seafood,
    • Dessert,
    • Vegan,
    • Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • more...
  • less...

Features

  • Take-out,
  • Restaurant With Party Services,
  • Bring Your Own Wine,
  • Oyster Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,

Products and Services

  • Cuisine Contemporaine,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
25 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B5
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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linoluison022885
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Food is consistently excellent. Our waitress, Natasha, was awesome - friendly, efficient, and attentive. This is why we keep going back for an affordable but tasty meal.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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shan7644
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The view is beautiful but the service was absolutely awful and the food was only average. The drinks are good though. Good place to just come for a drink and enjoy the view.

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August 8, 2020

Nice setting, tables well spread out due to Covid, and the staff were all terrific. Food was good at average price

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 26, 2020

I felt like there was a lot of confusion and delay at the host station. I think when you are waiting in front of the host station they should at least acknowledge you and say “Good afternoon, we will be with you shortly.” We stood there for over 10 minutes in front of the desk with many working there looking at lists, taking phone calls and coordinating tables without acknowledging that we were waiting

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 26, 2020

I had read the recent reviews and was hoping that by now the service issues would have improved. Unfortunately this was not the case. Although all servers were very pleasant, since all servers were working together, they seemed uncoordinated. Not sure this is the best approach, especially in light of the current pandemic situation to have multiple servers attending to you. Our starter took 25 minutes to arrive, and there were only 3 other tables that were occupied (for lunch), and within minutes our main courses arrived. Very frustrating. The food was quite good, however, and the ambience being by the water certainly makes this a great place to go to.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 12, 2020

Apart from the rain, it was a good time. We love coming back to this place! Our server was very friendly. I was not impressed with the fact that I had to reach out 3 times and received no response back regarding the nutritional menu ahead of time due to dietary restrictions.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2020

Fantastic patio by the lake with lots of space for each table. Very good service and all felt very safe and following the rules, wearing masks etc. The food was about a 3 or 4 out of 5 depending on what you ordered. The fish in the fish and chips was hard as rock, the chiken burger got rave reviews, hummus and fish tacos good. Would go again just for the location, space and service. I agree with a past review that the busker playing electric violin right next to the patio is too loud.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2020

Very impressed with the way COVID protocol is being handled. Good spacing at the outdoors tables made it possible to feel "safe" and enjoy the beautiful Lake Front atmosphere on a lovely Toronto summer night. Our waiter handled the busy place well and tried his best to be friendly amidst the heat of his mask. The food was good, although the sauces were somewhat excessive, masking the natural flavours of the vegetables.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 8, 2020

All things considered, it was amazing to be outside, with people we love, eating good food, with a terrific Toronto island view. What could be better?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 6, 2020

Love your patio...very happy to be able to enjoy it again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2020

Server most keen and engaging, although a bit "hurried"...odd that our dinner, while pushed out timely, arrived a few minutes BEFORE our drinks....need to get the bar better aligned as that delay inexcusable

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 5, 2020

Service was polite but confused, drinks were great, food was average pub fare and there was no special effort made to sanitize anything (we had brought our own disinfecting wipes anyway), but we chose the restaurant solely for the incomparable location and patio and were highly satisfied in that regard. It was a great time, and we will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 5, 2020

Perfection all around. Only small issue is the buskers that are allowed to play beside the restaurant. The electric violinist was too loud and many customers were wincing. Our server said it sounded like dolphin calls - accurate!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2020

We were told at 9pm there would be about a 30 minute wait. At 9:50, we returned to ask how much longer we would need to wait and it was clear the host (who we had spoken to initially) had forgotten about us / lost us in the system. She finally apologized when I pressed her a bit on the subject. If she had simply apologized it wouldn't have been quite so frustrating. We also waited over 10 minutes to pay after we were given our cheque.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

July 6, 2020

The staff were very friendly and accommodating...the food was very good...managment does a very good job carrying out their buisness ..would definately recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 4, 2020

Staff and service was great. The weather was perfect to cap off the experience. It was nice to see the staff practiced covid terms and the seating was laid out as well as could be expected.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 2, 2020

The ambiance was really nice, the patio is right on the water. Our waiter was nice, although extremely lax. It was hard to tell if that was just his vibe or he just didn't care. I ordered a burger and my boyfriend ordered the chicken sandwich. My burger was borderline under cooked, but it was beef so I wasn't too concerned. The bun was brioche and it must have been left sitting too long because my bottom bum was soaked with juices ad sauce that it was legitimately falling apart. My boyfriend had the same issue. We had to eat without the buns which was inconvenient to say the least. Other than that, everything was good and served in a timely fashion!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 2, 2020

Took forever to get our drinks. Your servers need to be wearing their masks properly. Some were good but others were down below their nose. Maybe masks were too small?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 30, 2020

Food was limited but due to the virus; food was good and service pleasant; setting is gorgeous.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 29, 2020

Pretty half hearted approach to COVID precautions compared to some other restaurants - no hand sanitizer for guests, regular drinks menus (not single use), hostess with huge fingernails - completely unsanitary in the situation and our server walked around with a mask on that didn’t cover his nose. Food was good, service wasn’t very attentive. Our second round of drinks never arrived and so after 20mins we settled up and moved on.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

June 28, 2020

Great service! I love this location. The waiters are amazing :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 28, 2020

So glad to see it opened but need some work on the food quality and menu. Also need more attention to sanitizing the washroom for Covid compliance.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

February 15, 2020

Awesome awesome everything

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Fantastic service. Fast, friendly, professional. Food was great and we had a lovely view of the lake, with a fireplace right beside us. Perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Exceptional location and amazing service ! One of my favorite place to take my clients, with a beautiful lake view.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2019

All excellent, even though we were having lunch very late.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 19, 2019

We were disappointed that the first cider brought to the table was flat . The server was ambivalent about changing it although he did . The food was OK although the wings were not hot. We wouldn’t go again unless it was summer and we wanted to sit outside.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

October 18, 2019

waited over 90mins for food. fries were cold wrong order recevied and one item missing from order

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

October 12, 2019

After the food was served, the waiter disappeared and never came back to see if we needed anything. That was for about an hour. I noticed that it was the same for the other tables. And it definitely was not a busy night. In the end, we even had to go and find the waiter and ask him to bring the cheque.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

September 23, 2019

Took over 10 minutes after being seated to get water. We ordered drinks right away and also lunch. 15 minutes' later our lunch came, no drinks. Wasn't that busy on patio on such beautiful day. Got strange attitude on paying. Will not rush back here.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

September 16, 2019

Great setting, attentive service, delicious food and beautiful music!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

The waiter was sweet and so good. Great location and very good food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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