Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

4.5
917 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Healthy
  • Good for Birthdays
Borealis Grille & Bar serves the very best of locally crafted foods and beverages. We bring "The Taste of Ontario”, the highest quality of fresh products from Ontario farmers, breweries and wineries to our guests each and every day. We carry a great combination of lunch and dinner items to chose from, with an assortment of 20 Micro Brews on tap and a selection of Ontario's top wineries. This combined with a deep respect for local heritage and craftsmanship and an unwavering dedication for sustainability has given us an award wining recipe.
There are 5 things we consider when we choose what goes on our menu:
1)Taste. Superior quality, taste and freshness from buying local.
2)Health. Whole foods are more nutritious, period.
3)Environment. Less transport, less waste, lower carbon footprint.
4)Community. Trusted relationships with local farmers, brewers and wine makers.
5)Economy. Buying local supports, strengthens, and diversifies our regional economy.
What 917 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Only issue is that it's a little cold both times that I've gone.

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AM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very relaxed, and our server was excellent. Good local beer and awesome food.

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C
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Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Positively 5-Star ! The wait staff were timely, friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and the beverages. They contributed to the experience. The food arrived exactly as ordered and was very good. No complaints about anything. We will be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service was very slow, we got there at 6:30 got our appetizers at 7:30, meals around 8:15, other than that, super good food, enjoyed it

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything you want in a nice night out. Our server provided good insights into the menu and wine. Perfectly cooked steak. All around wonderful.

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NR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Luigi is the best server that I have been served by 1,000,000,000 percent. He has charisma and very knowledgable. Every restaurant needs a Luigi.

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C
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time tonight! The food was outstanding and you were able to fill our seating request which was very appreciated. Our waiter Luigi was proactive and brought everything we needed without us ever asking.

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Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would definitely come back. Lots of menu options. Good value.

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MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful experience at Borealis. Food, service and price exceeded my expectation. Thank you

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! I'm a very picky eater and I ate everything on my plate and wanted to order another! The steak was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. The vegetables were absolutely amazing as well. I was able to try a bite of the bison and it was delicious as well. Even the kids chicken tenders and fries were outstanding. Can't wait to be able to eat there again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Great food but server was inattentive. The table beside us ate 3 of the 4 courses between the time we sat down and the time we received our first course. Was not provided cracked pepper or follow up check-in that every nearby table received. Also every nearby table provided New Years swag, but not us. Probably one two many tables given to the server and we drew the short straw.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a party of 6 adults and a child under 3 for dinner on New Year's Eve and were lucky enough to be seated in the smaller lower level and amazingly we had it all to ourselves so it was great for the little one as she could move around without disturbing any one else. The special 4 course menu had enough choices of amazing local food to suit us all. The service was friendly, prompt and efficient although we did wait a little for the appetizers because of a large party who arrived before us. We already recommend this restaurant to all our friends and this experience surpassed our expectations yet again.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The New Years Eve menu was incredible! We were impressed with the food, service, atmosphere, New Years décor etc! Food is always good, we are never disappointed, but this was above and beyond our expectations.

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H
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed that one of the menu items was no longer available for our 7:15 reservation. Otherwise it was an ok experience.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, and our waiter was absolutely amazing. Price was onpoint. Appetizers right through to dessert were amazing.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is continuously one of my favourite places to go. I love the food and the atmosphere, although the portion could be a TAD more for an entree at dinner. Always friendly and accommodating

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CD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! We went for a birthday and I just said in my reservation to do what they normally do for birthdays. They discretely let our waitress know without telling my guest. She pulled out all the stops including, sparkling Chardonnay, a candle on the cake, a card with coupon and a nice note on the receipt. What an amazing night, you have secured two loyal guests moving forward!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed an excellent lunch - service was outstanding

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great. Food is great. Bring back the crusted goat cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place for birthday celebration!

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BW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Met a friend for lunch. The service was pleasant, food came quickly. Overall great experience. Plan to go back.

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FF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful waitress!! Delicious food, grand atmosphere!!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very good. The server was knowledgeable and shared information about the history of the location.

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MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Borealis is a great place to get together one to one or with a group. The menu is quite fascinating. There are many local growers and food producers featured and the menu is quite varied. My spouse is glutten free and had many choices from which to choose. The atmosphere of the old school house is charming and fun. Will definitely return and recommend it to friends.

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Borealis is consistently an amazing place to eat and spend time with friends. The staff is friendly, warm, and extremely attentive - you never have to ask for a refill of water, too! The best part about this place is that you can feel good about spending your money here, as they are carbon-neutral and source their food locally when possible.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We will definitely be back to to dine again. Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The reservation was ready on time and menu offered several entrée selections. Did not receive my meal as ordered. Staff did correct the issue, but I had to wait while others in the party dined. No discount or free food gesture was offer for their error.

The atmosphere was nice, but the noise level was very high. Not the place to go for quiet conversation.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We've been to both the Kitchener and Guelph location many times. This time the food was average, if not comparable to a cheap and cheerful diner experience. Except the price wasn't cheap. We both got the coated fish sandwich daily special and it was really basic. And I never understand why nicer restaurants use frozen fries like at McDonald's. The sever was really nice and very helpful, but the food was a disappointment. We'll be back but will probably avoid their "daily special".

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DJ
Toronto
57 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great spot with many food and beverage options - the food was wonderful - the service was great. It was a great spot to catch up with friends.

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was wonderful. Knew the menu inside out. Was very knowledgable about how the dishes were prepared and gave us lots of time. She was attentive but gave us lots of time to talk and enjoy ourselves. We were definitely not rushed at all.

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Borealis for several meals and every time it was a great experience. This time our server was Heather - outstanding.
The whole staff is very friendly and welcoming and polite.

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T
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and great food using local ingredients. The food was creative, authentic, delicious, and the portion sizes were good. Nice atmosphere. Prices were reasonable. Highly recommend it.

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CD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great meal at Borealis. Would say that portion sizes are smaller than other places, but food is wonderful. Waiter was a little bit pre-emptive when it came to taking orders and we felt a bit rushed. Aside from that, service was good.

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OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great home cooked food lovely waitstaff highly recomeded

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Borealis and we can't wait to go back. Food was amazing. Atmosphere was pure nirvana and the staff went over and above to make sure we were well looked after. The best dining experience we have had in a long time!

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n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

enjoyed an evening with friends. food was great and enjoyed the Borealiis highlight beer.
will no doubt visit again in the future.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing !

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MM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always seem to celebrate big moments at Borealis. I love that the menu changes every time. It’s always delicious, the service is always great! This time around we had Kellie as our server and we could not have been happier with her. 10/10 will always recommend Borealis.

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WM
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Solid lunch offering. Good service.

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