Boralia

4.7
198 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Boralia celebrates the historic origins of Canadian cuisine. Our menu draws inspiration from traditional Aboriginal dishes, as well as the recipes of early settlers and immigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Native American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Tables for 2-3 reserved for 2 hours; Tables for 4 or more reserved for 2.5 hours;
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Phone number
(647) 351-5100
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Wayne Morris
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Bruce Street
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Public Transit
Take the Queen Street West streetcar to Ossington, then walk north for 1.5 blocks.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 198 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a great experience Appreciate the effort to make creative vegetarian options

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service great food!

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Took a while to get there but great evening when we finally made it in!

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V
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Spectacular food, ambience and overall dining experience!

First time attending and we'll gladly go back again. However, we would sit near the front or middle of the restaurant. The only thing that annoyed us wad sitting at the back near the kitchen. There was a male and female chef who kept poking their head out every 10-15 minutes from the kitchen to look out to the restaurant. What were they looking at or for? If you sit at a table near the kitchen, this is incredibly annoying! Find another way to check on things or notify your waiters the food is ready to serve. Or at least smile at your guests so it seems less intrusive.

Prices are a bit high but food quality is worth every penny. Visit soon because you won't regret it.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The tasting menu was so amazing. Food quality was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favourite restaurant in Toronto, and that says a lot considering there are so many great restaurants in this city! Food is mouth watering delicious, creative, and prepared with great detail and thoughtfulness. We sat at the bar and service was great - everyone was very attentive and friendly. We will be back again and again and again.

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NT
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Everything we tried on the menus was delicious and the staff was friendly. We would definitely go back.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasting menu and reasonable wine prices on Wednesday

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a
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic- great food and great service!

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the dishes taste good

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W
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A warm welcome and a friendly, well-informed server greeted us and led us through the unique menu. Fantastic food prepared with care and attention to detail. Grounded in historical Canadian cuisine, this Chef puts a contemporary spin on all dishes. Servings are moderately small and meant to be shared, similar to a tapas-style approach. The Bison Ribeye with parsnip three ways stands out for me this visit. But not to be overlooked is the wonderful Pouding Chomeur for dessert! The maple whiskey sauce is mind-blowing! We’re already planning our next visit to this fabulous restaurant!!

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MC
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

simply WOW! Service and food amazing. vraiment extraordinaire!

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EK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I still have dreams about it!

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TK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A wonderful restaurant. I’ve eaten at Boralia several times and have always enjoyed a great meal. The tasting menu is a particular bargain—you get pretty much everything on the menu at a great price.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a Valentines Day date. Was fantastic. The plates were interesting and delicious. The Carte Blanche was a great choice, we were pleasantly surprised by each course.

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the mussels! Amazing!

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n
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great delicious food! And menu changes too, so always something new to discover.

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LE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great experience at Boralia for a birthday dinner. We did they carte blanche menu which was exceptional and delicious. You pay a flat 60 per person and they bring you a very in depth and extensive tasting menu. We were blown away by the staffs knowledge on the ingredients, and the stories that came with many of the dishes. Was a cool little add on that they put the dates of the some of the recipes on the menu (one was from 1604)! Overall would totally recommend for foodies who want a unique dining experience on Ossington!

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f
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are visiting Toronto and Boralia was recommended by a friend. It is a small intimate bistro serving a unique tasting/sharing menu created using historic traditional Canadian recipes as the start for their creative modern menu. The food was outstanding and the servers warm, welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable. Looking forward to the chance to visit again!

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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My husband were on vacation and I actually found this restaurant recommended in a travel guide. I was glad I made reservations because it was busy. We ordered five plates to share for the two of us (plus one dessert) and that was a perfect amount. We had the mussels from Vancouver Island that were the plumpest ones I've ever eaten, the mushroom salad that tasted so buttery even tho it's vegan!, the delicately seasoned trout, the pigeon pie that was so tender, and the venison that was also so tender and seasoned perfectly. Capped it off with a tawny port and the rustic cake. Perfect meal! Highly recommend Boralia!!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

absolutely incredible - the chef is awesome, and a really nice guy who came out to say Hi. Really appreciate what they're doing there from Farm to Table to making truly creative but incredibly beautiful and tasty food.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative and well-executed menu for food and cocktails. Not a single dish was a miss. Recommend 2-3 dishes per person. Definitely will return.

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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm service, great meal, cozy atmosphere. I wish every restaurant in this city could be as good as this one while executing this simple formula.

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K
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another great meal at Boralia! Favourites included the mussels and the mushroom salad

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N
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Unfortunately the food did not meet expectations - under-seasoned without nuance in flavor although plenty of creativity in presentation.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal! Tried 6 different dishes that were all amazing. Check it out!

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JL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is known for their non-conventional choice of meat and inspiration from old Canadian cuisine, and we were pleasantly surprised. We ordered the foie gras parfait and the pigeon pie, which are apparently afew of their signature dishes. The foie gras was very smooth (although we felt it was better to let it soften for 5 minutes after they served it rather than eating it immediately). Pigeon pie was fantastic, meat was not gamey at all. We are small eaters, so these 2 dishes were enough to already fill us up. But we will definitely return as there are more dishes that we wanted to try.

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OB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks all. Very enjoyable evening. Exceptional food and great service

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow wow wow! Amazing food - easily the best meal we've had during our trip to Canada. Don't even think twice - book a table and enjoy the amazing food!

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e
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Step through the velvet curtain at the entrance of Boralia, and into everything warm and twinkly! A small, quiet place where everything has a light touch and a delicate sparkle....from laid back but obviously knowledgable service from our servers to the light puffs of potato cake, oh mama the cod cheeks, the sweetbreads, and the cocktail/wine list, every single thing that was put in front of me was a gentle delight. Not show-offy, brash, or heavy-handed like too many salt/acid/grease heavy Toronto restaurants, Boralia is a delicate, almost perfect gem of a place, very Canadian of it. Love!

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CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazing culinary concept brought to life as advertised. Unique, delicious and amazing intimate atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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c
Toronto
60 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Decided to try this place out as my friend recommended it. I'm not the biggest adventurer when it comes to food but I checked out the menu online and they had items I would be interested in trying. They weren't that out there. Their menu is seasonal so there were a couple of items I wanted to try but not there (i.e. scallops and apricot dumpling). I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed most of what I ate. The live and fois gras was divine, the mussels were huge and tasty and the whelk was different. Would go back again and try other dishes next time as well as reordering the liver and fois gras and mussels.

Only complaint is that the servers need to be more attentive with delivering orders. One server (the bartender) delivered to the wrong table (on our left) and then another server delivered our food to another wrong table (on our right). The place is not that big, probably like 12 tables in total so why can't the server figure out the numbering system.

With that said, our server (didn't catch his name) was very patient and warm. I had a few questions and he was very diligent getting the answers and did not seem irritated by me, the curious patron with questions and requests.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place. I met the chef at the door and he was very welcoming and down-to-earth. The food was amazing and very beautiful.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fast exceeded our expectations! Tried about 8 dishes on the menu including the four gras which was heavenly and the best I've ever tasted! Would highly recommend and definitely return.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was delicious, service excellent. The Experience was somewhat marred by the boisterous hooting and howling at the table next; obviously not the fault of the restaurant but of the other inconsiderate diners. Serving sizes seemed very small for tapas and the price, in my opinion, but the food was also very rich, so maybe small servings were probably a good thing. Dessert lacklustre at best, which was a disappointing finish to an otherwise delicious meal. (Although the coffee ice cream I would buy by the gallon!). The duck was perfect, outstanding. An interesting and well thought out dish. Sweetbreads delicious but extremely rich; thank God for the bitter greens. Tea eggs nice but underwhelming. Mussels beautifully scented with a lovely broth, extremely fresh and satisfying. Overall a lovely meal.

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome. Every dish amazed both in presentation and taste. Can't wait to go back.

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l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My friend, who was visiting from out of town, loves to try new restaurants and loves food. We both loved our dinner at Boralia. Great ambience and service, Bustling but still intimate. But the food was the star--unique and beautiful dishes, cerebral but so enjoyable as well. My friend said she had never had anything like it and I felt the same. Our favourite dish was the sweetbreads and the mushroom salad, the fritters up there as well. But the whelk, parfait also delicious.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food! The ambience was cozy and relaxed while also being elegant. The services was exceptional, checking in regularly with us and being helpful with suggestions. The food showcased amazing flavours and creative executions. Would definitely come here again!

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had been to an event at Boralia before, so this was our first solo visit. They are a small dish place, and we found 6 plates worked well for 2 for dinner.
Each dish was magnificent! Unique and flavourful! Gluten issues were handled expertly, and service was generally very attentive. Will definitely return, and recommend!

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had enjoyed Boralia a couple of times before and took our son for an early Friday evening dinner while he was visiting from out of town. The three of us thoroughly enjoyed the diverse courses and shared almost everything. The restaurant was accommodating for gluten free diets though not many items were gluten free as set out on the menu. Eclectic mix of cocktails! Our seating was not very comfortable and they offered to move us but we'd have to leave earlier, so we declined. Overall a great dining experience with lots to talk about afterwards.

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