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Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Granite Brewery & RestaurantGranite Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.55/5
Based on:
20 Beers
224 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

245 Eglington Ave E
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 3B7
Canada
phone: (416) 322-0723

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @granitebrewto

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Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SchoonerNS
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SebD
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of boszormeny
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for a quick bite and to try some new beer. We were greeted quickly and told to sit where we like. Chose a seat close to the fireplace. Service was friendly and beers came out in good time. Tried a flight of four beer, an IPA, black IPA, a pale ale and cask conditioned IPA. The beer were all tasty, but only average. With the great atmosphere inside I expected more from the beer. In the front there is a bar and seating area and then the back opens into a large seating area and there is a patio out back. It is warm and inviting. Staff had a good knowledge of the beer and could answer any questions we had.

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Nice restaurant. Excellent pub food and their beers are plentiful and outstanding. Growlers to go at the end of the night.

English pub food all the way and done well. Regular item rotation and something "new" all the time. Pretty good change from the every day.

Good service and pricing. Ask for a sample or two before selecting to ensure you want what you get... some of these home brews are not exactly for everyone. Myself.... I like 99% of what they brew.

I had the fish and chips.... excellent!

Thx for reading!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I stopped into this brewery/restaurant on a recent visit to Toronto.The atmosphere seemed decent (it's basically you're typical Irish style pub). They had about 10 different beers on draft and/or cask. Again, I really appreciate the cask considering I don;t find cask beers all to often in Buffalo.

I opted to try the standard IPA, on cask, and the Hopping Mad IPA. Both offerings were very enjoyable. There is also an attached area to purchase beer-to-go. The prices seemed a bit steep for one liter fills, but I seriously considered buying some bottles to bring back to the US.

I would recommend this bar to anyone who happens to be visiting the area.

Photo of Matt1516
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

The front section feels like a bar, where in the back it feels more like a restaurant. Really nice back patio when it is warm out. Not really a night life place (at least on weekdays) as it seems they are closing up by 11 or something like that. It may be better on weekends, but I usually stay downtown then. Food is just typical pub food, which isn't vey good.

For the beer... I really enjoy several of their beers. I usually shift up what I drink, but don't touch the Summer or Ringwood (or their Ringberry). Others are all good. I don't get the growlers because I live closer to Duggan's and Mill Street, but they do sell them there as well.

Photo of cratez
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Tut
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Several friends and I have been visiting Toronto regularly for over ten years. We have long considered The Granite one of the best pubs in Toronto and love their real ales in particular. As for the several complaints in previous reviews that their beers are weak and watery, and lacking hoppiness -- The Granite brews English style beers that adhere closely to that tradition. As a CAMRA member who has spent many months in Great Britain, I can assure you that Granite's real ales could hold their own at the Great British Beer Festival as well as in any good pub. I suspect those who make these complaints are hopheads who's taste in beer has been shaped by overhopped American versions of classic English styles and other extreme types of ales common in the US. If that's your taste, fine, but don't condemn beers that don't conform to it. A British IPA will seem a little weak compared to an American version, but that doesn't mean it's a lousy beer. If you're not experienced with real ale that might be another factor. Cask ales offer subtle nuances that don't overpower your sense of taste like some of our beers do.
Ron Keefe takes great care to brew quality beers and those considering a first visit to the Granite Brewery should trust the many positive reviews here and enjoy their beers.

Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.
Good value.

They sell growlers too.

Photo of nekronos
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

VEry reasonable in price, a little boring in ambience, maybe because it was quite early, but they have a pair of dolls of Hardy and Stanley playing chess in the hall. THe beers they have are good, not the same all of them to their brother in Halifax. The food is good, and the owner is friend of the ONtario's beer community, I met him and was very friendly, a friend took me there and explained me a lot of thins about the place. They give you samplers with all their beers at the moment, but it is a little far form downtown.

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is fast becoming one of my favorite Toronto bars. It has a very cozy yet open atmosphere with lots of dark stained wood surfaces. Lots of fresh air and breeze comes in from the open front of the bar. The selection is limited to their 6 beers. Fortunately their beers are very good. The IPA, Bitter and Special (dryhopped) bitter are all cask conditioned. I find the quality and freshness of the casks to be top notch. Very rarely have I gotten a bad pint at Granite.

The food is good pub fare and reasonably priced. I recommend the House Burger. The spicey beer shrimp pasta is good too. The service is hit or miss. One server didnt know what I meant when I asked if they had cask ale (even though its written everywhere in the bar) and service can be really slow sometimes.

They also have a beers store with a Growler fill station. for 15.50 you can get any beer in a growler (that includes a 4 dollar deposit for the growler). Its a great deal and the only place in Toronto that fills growlers.

Overall this is a great beer bar. One of the best three in Toronto for value, quality, and selection.

Cheers!

Photo of wailingwench
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of KingSlender
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
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?.

Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of fattyre
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Granite Brewery & Restaurant in Toronto, ON, Canada
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.