About Boralia

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

Cuisines:
Canadian, Tapas / Small Plates, Native American

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;

Cross Street:
Bruce Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(647) 351-5100

Website:
http://www.boraliato.com/

Public Transport:
Take the Queen Street West streetcar to Ossington, then walk north for 1.5 blocks.

Executive Chef:
Wayne Morris

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Boralia Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (19)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (8)
Tapas (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Romance (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Group Bookings (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo-Friendly (3)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Child-Friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post-theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-Night Find (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

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!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 18, 2017

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

Tags: Organic, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Tapas
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very happy with the overall service and food was bite size, which was good to try everything on the menu. A good environment for a romantic night out especially they surprise my husband for a birthday candle on the dessert which we ordered, definitely will recommend others to dine at this restaurant. ;)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Love resto. Perfect for showing off Canadian product and skills

Food5
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

From the snacks, through dinner to the deserts, everything was just right. The pace of service was perfect. All the dishes we tried were stellar but if I had pick just one I would say you have to have the Grilled Mushroom Salad. Bon Appétit!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 25, 2017

All the dishes ordered was delicious and beautifully presented especially the grilled whelk, the mushroom salad and the pigeon pie. One friend said the mussels were the best he ever had and that this meal was one of the most pleasant and enjoyable. Service was attentive and knowledgeable and the ambiance was relaxed and casual. A great evening. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 21, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the country. The mussels and the mushrooms are a must try. MUST HAVE IT. Sooo good, I want more.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Loved the food and the service was amazing. Every dish was unique and delicious! Highly recommend.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great meal! Thoroughly enjoyed every single dish! We're pretty hard to impress too. Nice conversation with the owner. She welcomed our kids (11 &13) and encouraged them to keep on trying new good food. We agree!

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on August 13, 2017

I really wanted to like Boralia. It was unfortunately underwhelming, and portions were tiny for the price. Don't expect to be full, even if you order the recommended 2-3 dishes per person.
Some food was different/unique, but flavour was a bit mild for my palate. A lot of detail is put into crafting the dish, but when tasted, the complexity does not come through.
For a small plates style restaurant, I prefer Rasa and Byblos. Service was efficient but not personable.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 12, 2017

FANTASTIC meal, best I've ever had. Ambiance and decor is beautiful. I would come here for anniversary and special celebrations.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 11, 2017

Awesome food and service. Wish we could return again but since we don't live in Canada, it will be a while. Highly recommend all the dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance. Recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a fun night out. We will be back again soon.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on July 23, 2017

The meal was so good that my friend bought the staff a round of beers to say thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Would highly recommend for anyone in town or visiting

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Cannot fault in one way.
Was great Good, timely service with the drinks but didn't rush the food out. Everything was at a great pace and tasted delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on July 20, 2017

Loved absolutely everything about our dinner - the food was delicious and creative, decor is gorgeous, service was great. I will be coming back for sure!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 19, 2017

This is my second time at Boralia and both times have been absolutely incredible. This restaurant is perfect for any special occasion if you're looking to try something out-of-the-box. The staff is incredible, the food is even better, and I could go on!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great and creative food. Everything we had was amazing and everyone raved about the food. Pine needle smoked mussels with the bread are incredible. Will be back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was great, but portions were too small. The best were mussels smoked in pine needle smoke.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Amazing place. Evefy bite was a masterpeice of flavours you wont find anywhere else. Love love love!! If you want a fun but unordinary place this is it. Will come back again for sure.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Tapas, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries

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