A bite to eat & lounge-y near The Docks. But not The Docks.
Me and my friend's are going down to The Dock to do some Go-Karting for a friend's birthday.
We need some help in where to go afterwards for food, not a huge meal and also a couple of drinks. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I've been a couple times and was not impressed. The food was basic pub food, not done well, and the service was atrocious. I definitely don't recommend it.
It's not far from The Docks to Leslieville (Queen Street East) where you'll find places like Toast, Joy, Barrio, etc. Lots of choices. Also not far to Front Street and King Street where you've got lots more.
we tried waterside last friday, and while the view and chilledness is good, the food was pretty bleh. they were having a giant party tho, so it could have been mostly a resource shortage. that said, i'd go again just because you feel like you're out of the way...
I can't remember the place right by the PowerPlant (southside of harbourfront) with the loungey patio furniture, overlooking the water, but that might be a good option too.
The Keating Channel is pretty much as described but they do have consistently good wings and a nice patio overlooking the channel. Service can be spotty but the servers are very nice and it's very close to The Docks. It's definitely not lounge-y though.
The Keating Channel also has a large selection of beers on tap.
The Waterside Bistro patio is a great setting. The food is perfectly edible. There is nothing wonderful or special, but it isn't likely to actually offend. They have burgers, salads, pastas, and general pub grub. You aren't there for the food, but you won't barf either. You will not want to sit indoors, so avoid if it isn't patio weather.
The Boardwalk on Lakeshore near Ashbridges Bay is similar. There is nothing wonderful, but it isn't awful. The menu ranges a bit wider than Waterside's. The outdoor setting is less idyllic than Waterside's, but not bad. The inside is much better.
If you are looking for higher quality food, you should probably head to Leslieville (POP, Bonjour Brioche, Joy, Barrio).