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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.
Canadian, Native American, Tapas / Small Plates
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;
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Take the Queen Street West streetcar to Ossington, then walk north for 1.5 blocks.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
Boralia Ratings and Reviews
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Another great meal at Boralia! Favourites included the mussels and the mushroom salad
Unfortunately the food did not meet expectations - under-seasoned without nuance in flavor although plenty of creativity in presentation.
Absolutely delicious meal! Tried 6 different dishes that were all amazing. Check it out!
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.
Thanks all. Very enjoyable evening. Exceptional food and great service
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!
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!
An amazing culinary concept brought to life as advertised. Unique, delicious and amazing intimate atmosphere. Highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awesome. Every dish amazed both in presentation and taste. Can't wait to go back.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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. ;)
Love resto. Perfect for showing off Canadian product and skills
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!
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.
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.
Loved the food and the service was amazing. Every dish was unique and delicious! Highly recommend.
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!
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.
FANTASTIC meal, best I've ever had. Ambiance and decor is beautiful. I would come here for anniversary and special celebrations.
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.
Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance. Recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a fun night out. We will be back again soon.
The meal was so good that my friend bought the staff a round of beers to say thank you!
Outstanding food and service. Would highly recommend for anyone in town or visiting
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
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!!!
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!
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.
Food was great, but portions were too small. The best were mussels smoked in pine needle smoke.
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