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Jul 11, 2011 02:18 PM

Patio by the water

I have a friend coming into town on Wed and I would like to take him for drinks/dinner somewhere on a patio that overlooks the water. We are open to all types of food and the price range is not an issue. The food should be good, does not have to be unbelievable. It is more about the location.
Any suggestions?

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  1. Hi - two places come immediately to mind. Against the Grain which is part of the Corus building and Lusso which is close to Queen's Quay Terminal.

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    1. re: Georgia65

      I just looked up Against the Grain and it sounds perfect. Have you tried their food?

      1. re: north_yorker

        I haven't had dinner there but I work in the building and the lunch food is surprisingly good and definitely a notch above what I was expecting. It's high quality, refined pub food.

        1. re: jamesm

          Had dinner at Against The Grain a few weeks ago - this was just after they opened, so things might have changed. I ordered the salmon curry, which had perfectly cooked salmon and a great flavour, but the curry was so soup-y that the waitress offered to bring me a spoon.

          I'd definitely go back though and give them another chance.

        2. re: north_yorker

          I haven't been but I have friends who have been and they really liked it. It is now on the "must try" list for the summer.

        3. re: Georgia65

          oops... posted in wrong thread...

        4. Queen's Quay Il Fornello. Food is decent, and the location matches what you're looking for.

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          1. re: Full tummy

            Thanks for all your suggestions. I guess I will have to make a few trips so I can visit them all. I am just wondering if Queen's Quay would be better if we decided to go for a walk after dinner. I am not too sure what is around Against the Grain. Is there some type of boardwalk or is it just the restaurant?

            1. re: north_yorker

              Sugar Beach on one side and Sherbourne Common on the other side (past the George Brown construction), but that's it. You'd have to walk along Queens Quay, past Redpath Sugar, the condo construction site, the Westin hotel, and Harbour Castle condos before you get to the Harbourfront boardwalk area.

              1. re: north_yorker

                While the Against the Grain looks like the dining might be better, and the pictures (or are some of them artist's renderings) I saw in their website gallery looked great, it is a less convenient location. Il Fornello, sometimes described as meh food-wise, sometimes worse, is not too bad, if you go in with reasonable expectations. I have been to this location a number of times, and members of my group have enjoyed the pizzas, pastas, mussels... It is not fine dining, but the patio has a good view of the lake, and, if an after-dinner walk is in order, you need only exit the patio, and... there you are. Lots of people watching. The food does get cold quickly when you're out of doors, so eat fast--unless you don't mind...

                Here is the website information about that location:


            2. Thanks again for all your help. I think it will be something by the Harbour for this dinner but I have put Against the Grain on my must try list.

              1. If you don't mind the short drive to Burlington, you can't beat this IMO: