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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
245 Eglington Ave E
, M4P 3B7
phone: (416) 322-0723
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
British style plane pub. Lots of capacity and convenient mid-town location. Service was spotty and aimed at university aged crowd. Plain decor, no billiard tables or the like. Reasonably priced and lit. OK service. Pub fair food.
Only their own beers on tap. Samplers of 3 oz. was very helpful in having a tasting session. On the other hand, quantity and quick turnover is the driver, as we on a few occasions did not get what we asked for. Staff said dry hopped, but it was best bitter. Or said stout and get a peculiar.
12-23-2003 14:28:28 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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: 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: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
The Granite Brewery has great beer, with almost unparalleled freshness. I would recommend the Best Bitter Special and the Peculiar in particular. Several of these offerings are on cask. The food here is consistently good (they mean it when they say the hot wings are hot), and extremely filling. There aren't many meals I can't finish, but some of them have been here.
Unfortunately, I find the ambiance leans towards the sterile side. Part of the bar feels like a stuffy restaurant and the other half feels like a newly constructed attempt at an old looking bar. Still highly recommended for the beer though.
01-16-2008 19:28:59 |
More by bobsy
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: 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: 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: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice decor, and in a relatively easy to reach part of town. First area is the bar, which has an old english style pub type of vibe, and there are quite a few different rooms with different feels. In the spring and summer its very nice to sit outside. Very cozy. The Granite beers aren't my favourite but they are mostly solid, with some tasty examples on the menu such as the stout and Old Peculiar. I find the food is very good and at a reasonable price, I never have a problem going to Granite. They also have a license to sell growlers, and I believe they are the only place in Toronto with such a license. Good place to stop.
04-19-2006 01:41:35 |
More by Viggo
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3
The granite has a decent selection of beers on tap, the best of which being the cask bitter and the Peculiar. IMHO the Cask bitter is worth the trip out. The bar area is fairly small with tables on either side and a patio in the front and the back. The service was fairly prompt, although there weren't a lot of people there at 8:30 - 10:30 when we were there. I didn't have any food but my friend and fellow beer geek who we met there had some nachos that looked very good.
07-29-2003 04:01:28 |
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