Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 205
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by cratez:
3.4/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
EDIT - Feb. 2012: on my latest visit the food was underwhelming (lukewarm crab cakes), the service a little bristly, and my growler of Hopping Mad tasted like a mild English pale ale (not the US IPA that it claims to be). I’ve lowered my score as a result.
2009 Review - My girl and I had a lovely time here while visiting Toronto. The free underground parking is a nice bonus, particularly in a city where you can't park anywhere without paying $35.
Old fashioned, rustic decor with a Cheers-style bar and quiet, relaxing ambiance. Admittedly a bit drab, but I like it. Our server, Kevin, was quiet but competent. He explained that Granite's been operating in T.O. for 18 years and told us about the recent relocation of the Halifax brewery.
Beer selection is all of Granite's offerings, about 12 brands in total, with the Best Bitter Special on cask. I grabbed one growler each of the Keefe's Irish Stout, Gin Lane Ale, and Hoppin' Mad, as the beer store fridge is located right beside the bar. The food is a real treat. I had the Stout Drunken Burger and veggie soup; my girlfriend enjoyed her chicken souvlaki and Lemon Lust cake. Everything was well presented and affordable.
If you can make the trip just north of downtown Toronto, Granite is worth a visit. High quality food and beer, great service, inviting atmosphere. I would love to come here for an event, or in the evening, when there's more patrons.
12-31-2009 19:23:20 | More by cratez
More User Reviews:
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
02-14-2014 05:58:22 | More by boszormeny
3.56/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Nice restaurant. Excellent pub food and their beers are plentiful and outstanding. Growlers to go at the end of the night.
English pub food all the way and done well. Regular item rotation and something "new" all the time. Pretty good change from the every day.
Good service and pricing. Ask for a sample or two before selecting to ensure you want what you get... some of these home brews are not exactly for everyone. Myself.... I like 99% of what they brew.
I had the fish and chips.... excellent!
Thx for reading!
11-18-2013 02:46:43 | More by DaveBar
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
02-20-2012 13:59:13 | More by trxxpaxxs
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Another example of an excellent brewery paired with an average restaurant. The beer is fresh and tasty and they have an on-site store selling growlers. The underground parking is free. But it's definitely not somewhere you would want to bring a date. The food is unimaginative, the decor is tired and faded, it even smells a bit musty. The bar in front is passable for watching a game. There is a outdoor streetside patio in front at a busy intersection & a quieter back patio. I have fond memories of coming here with my single buddies but now it's impossible to convince my non-beer loving wife to make this restaurant a destination.
12-27-2010 03:37:09 | More by Matt1516
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
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.
08-26-2010 13:43:02 | More by kwjd
4.35/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
12-18-2008 14:24:45 | More by Tut
4.28/5 rDev +20.9%
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
Granite Brewery & Restaurant in Toronto, ON, Canada
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.