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Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 184
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
245 Eglington Ave E
, M4P 3B7
phone: (416) 322-0723
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3
I visited this establishment during a beer/baseball trip last summer. The decor and atmosphere was very nice, but that was just about the only good aspect of this brewery. After sitting down out on the patio we proceeded to order a sampler of each of their beers. Every single beer tasted watered down and lacked any distinctive characteristics. In fact, the Red smelled and tasted like a dirty old sock. The beers were so bad that we decided to drink bottled Molston. I won't get into how the night manager proceeded to belittle us by saying that we didn't know what a "hoppy" beer tasted like (see Chappy052's review). All in all, good atmosphere, decent food, bad service, and terrible beer. If I'm ever in Toronto again I'm heading over to C'est What?.
02-04-2004 16:31:43 |
More by KingSlender
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3
Nothing special here IMHO. Tried the casked Best Bitter and IPA. I preffered the Best Bitter, the IPA was very light and rather weak. Food was good as was the service. Small bar area, but large dining room.
04-19-2002 11:34:00 |
More by John
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
British style plane pub. Lots of capacity and convenient mid-town location. Service was spotty and aimed at university aged crowd. Plain decor, no billiard tables or the like. Reasonably priced and lit. OK service. Pub fair food.
Only their own beers on tap. Samplers of 3 oz. was very helpful in having a tasting session. On the other hand, quantity and quick turnover is the driver, as we on a few occasions did not get what we asked for. Staff said dry hopped, but it was best bitter. Or said stout and get a peculiar.
12-23-2003 14:28:28 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was the first stop on a weekend of exploring TO and finding it's beer bars. I'm glad that I don't believe in first impressions.
I was expecting something absolutly amazing given the previous advertisements in the Brewing News. The beer was extremly toned down and watery. The extra hoppy IPA was at best a marginal example of an American Pale Ale. (This was repeated at our hotel bar, I ordered a IPA from another Canadian brewery and it tasted like a Pilsner). The ESB was decent. Cask improved the initial taste, but it fell apart towards the end. I honestly felt like I was drinking beer flavored water, though 500 times better than the beer flavored water at the Distillery in Rochester. The nest stop was Mill Street. The beers there seemed watery to me. Maybe it was my mood, maybe I was comparing their beers (Granite ESB vs. Middle Ages Beast Bitter, IPA vs. Hop DEvil etc.)
The food was above average. The bartender was very chatty and liked the Bills.
04-21-2005 21:18:49 |
More by wailingwench
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
We traveled quite a ways from our hotel near the SkyDome to get to the Granite Brewery. It was the biggest disappointment of the entire Toronto beer scene. The Granite Brewery beers were weak and tasted watered-down. We each tried the 8-beer sampler they offered, hoping to find some really interesting tastes. My hopes were on the IPA, which is usually my favorite. But that was a major disappointment too. When it came time to order a pint, the four of us ordered a bottled Canadian beer, which drew the attention of several staff including our two waitresses, the manager, and another waiter who specifically wanted to know why we didn't like their beers. I hated to do it, but we went as far as to tell the waiter the IPA was not hoppy and had no real flavor, at which time he pointed to the beer menu and said, "It's hoppy. It says so right here." But the food was delicious.
01-02-2004 06:29:54 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Nice layout and good atmosphere, at least when I visited. There's room for a few tables on a small patio out front (it was a little cold in January and these weren't available). Inside, the first thing you see is a large, attractive bar. The front of the pub is divided into two sections as well. On the bar side there was a large TV screen for those into sports. The other room was more cozy with wooden bookshelves (and books, of course), and it was a little quieter with no TV's, etc.
The food was decent pub fare at a reasonable price. Burgers were preformed, but fair and ribs and wings were pretty good, but the calamari was a little overcooked and chewy. Still, not bad. The service was decent as well, and our server didn't mind at all that we ordered sets of samplers of their beers even though he was understaffed at the time.
For the most part, the beer is a little uninspired. Their taps were understandably their own beers and claimed a decent range of styles. They also make their own root beer, which wasn't bad. Beer flavours were mostly muted and weak, while the body on most was quite thin. The IPA had none of the hop character expected for that style and the lighter ales lacked any character at all. The stout was thin and not very assertive, while the best bitter had more flavour on tap than cask conditioned (the cask version was also a little on the slick side). However, the Peculiar was decent and I ended up ordering a pint of it with dinner.
01-31-2005 02:58:26 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Another example of an excellent brewery paired with an average restaurant. The beer is fresh and tasty and they have an on-site store selling growlers. The underground parking is free. But it's definitely not somewhere you would want to bring a date. The food is unimaginative, the decor is tired and faded, it even smells a bit musty. The bar in front is passable for watching a game. There is a outdoor streetside patio in front at a busy intersection & a quieter back patio. I have fond memories of coming here with my single buddies but now it's impossible to convince my non-beer loving wife to make this restaurant a destination.
12-27-2010 03:37:09 |
More by Matt1516
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
EDIT - Feb. 2012: on my latest visit the food was underwhelming (lukewarm crab cakes), the service a little bristly, and my growler of Hopping Mad tasted like a mild English pale ale (not the US IPA that it claims to be). I’ve lowered my score as a result.
2009 Review - My girl and I had a lovely time here while visiting Toronto. The free underground parking is a nice bonus, particularly in a city where you can't park anywhere without paying $35.
Old fashioned, rustic decor with a Cheers-style bar and quiet, relaxing ambiance. Admittedly a bit drab, but I like it. Our server, Kevin, was quiet but competent. He explained that Granite's been operating in T.O. for 18 years and told us about the recent relocation of the Halifax brewery.
Beer selection is all of Granite's offerings, about 12 brands in total, with the Best Bitter Special on cask. I grabbed one growler each of the Keefe's Irish Stout, Gin Lane Ale, and Hoppin' Mad, as the beer store fridge is located right beside the bar. The food is a real treat. I had the Stout Drunken Burger and veggie soup; my girlfriend enjoyed her chicken souvlaki and Lemon Lust cake. Everything was well presented and affordable.
If you can make the trip just north of downtown Toronto, Granite is worth a visit. High quality food and beer, great service, inviting atmosphere. I would love to come here for an event, or in the evening, when there's more patrons.
12-31-2009 19:23:20 |
More by cratez
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
This was my first time visiting the place; I have had the Beers before but never visited the brewery/restaurant.
The atmosphere was nice and cozy. It was smaller than what I thought it would be. There's a bunch of old books on the shelves that give the place a "homey" feel. One bad thing I noticed was that the carpets were dirty and needed shampooing.
Some of the Beers were good and some were just OK. I would suggest the Best Bitter Special (dry hopped) on cask if you are going there.
The food was alright. I had the jerk chicken and mango wrap with a salad and a half pint of the IPA (cask conditioned). The wrap and the Beer were good, but the salad looked and tasted like they were using old veggies.
They had about 10 of their own Beers available plus they had a bunch of other beverages to offer, but I didn't even bother to check what else they had... why would you? The (food) menu had a little something for everyone.
They sell growlers too.
07-23-2007 02:01:12 |
More by BrewSomerville
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited this place for dinner, and partook of a few of the beers. There's a bar area up front, and the back is a more restauranty sort of place. We had a spot next to the fireplace, which was nice. Pricing is reasonable, and the food appears pretty good, though not remarkable. I had the burger which was quite tasty, but a touch too tall. Seemed to be a touch classier of a joint than your average pub, but was still relaxed. Service was decent. My impression was that the restaurant portion at least wasn't particularly beer oriented. Lots of wine drinkers around and I even saw a bottle of Molson Canadian (not to bash macros or anything, but serving Canadian in a brewpub strikes me as odd)
I had 4 of the beers, 2 of which were cask conditioned. Overall impression was that they were well crafted, but the cask ales were a little too clean I think. Both were poured crystal clear, and the yeastiness was a little muted.
01-15-2008 23:49:40 |
More by allergictomacros
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