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Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

4.4
4.4
2255 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (519) 219-9007

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Kitchener

  • Cross Street

    King Street East & Sportsworld Dr. (Maple Grove Rd

  • Parking Details

    There is a large lot that can accommodate all vehicles and has wheelchair access close to the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    We are located at Sportsworld Drive in Kichener. Bus route 52 (Fairview Park/Ainslie St. Route).<br /><br />Here is a link to the transit map.<br />http://www.grt.ca/en/routesSchedules/resources/2014transitmapKW.pdf

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Wednesday Date Night

    Multiple dates available
    On Wednesday evenings two can dine for $59.95. Includes 3 courses, with multiple choices for each course!
  • Foreign Affair Wine Dinner

    $85.00 per person

    Jun 15, 2023 only
    Exclusive to the members of the Foreign Affair Wine Club, enjoy an evening on the patio at Borealis Kitchener with wines from the team at Foreign Affair, and a 5 course locally sourced tasting menu from Chef Mitchell Graper of Borealis. This event will be moved inside if weather does not permit patio seating.

Offers

  • Thursday 1/2 Priced Bottles

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Thirsty Thursday for Wine Lovers. Get 1/2 off bottles of wine all day!

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What 2,255 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KimS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a nice time enjoying our food and connecting with friends. We arrived near the end of the lunch crowd and the room was filled with conversation. Once larger groups departed it was easy to hear others around our table.

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  2. AndreasK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was amazingly attentive. Would recommend.

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  3. MLMLML

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    I believe we just caught the kitchen on an off night. I have been to this location many times and always really enjoyed the food but tonight everything was bland, my wifes steak was WAY over cooked and everything just felt sloppy. I will be back to give the restaurant a chance to prove this was just an off day.

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  4. NickO

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We hadn't been in a while and it was one of our favourite. The restaurant was moderately full but the staff seemed disorganized; upon entering we were not greeted warmly and made to wait despite a reservation; it took a long time to be served once seated. Once served the wait staff apologized for not being able to be in 10 places at once. The food was ok, not as amazing as it used to be

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  5. JoanT

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lots of choices, including vegan. The featured chicken fettucine was very tasty.

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  6. HungryDiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Salad was missing an ingredient, the nachos was basically a bag of chips with a sauce on top. There was maybe two tablespoons of cheese. Server was great, space is nice.

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  7. MandyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice evening to sit on the patio, the food was delicious! Service with a smile. We will definitely visit again

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  8. JacquieV

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Although our food was good, the service was exceptionally slow. We were at the table for almost 30 minutes and still no one ca me by to take our drink orders. I finally flagged down a server who had come in from outside and asked if we could order drinks. That individual went and brought us a server so we could get a drink. Once we ordered dinner, it took 50 minutes for our meals to arrive. (Two salads, one special, one small salad and one chicken dinner). The food tasted good and our server was friendly but I just don't think that a meal should run that long. We didn't stick around for dessert as a result.

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  9. Mariah

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic. We came to celebrate our anniversary and Luigi, our server, made it very special! At the end of our meal we got kombucha in champagne glasses 🥂 and a nice little gift card. We will definitely be back!

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  10. JodyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Everything was great including the service. The 3 star rating for service was simply for the speed of service. It took 45 minutes for our food to come out.

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  11. SamK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I ate at Borealis for a work lunch and it was great. Food was fantastic, the employees were exceptional and it was a nice relaxed environment to eat and chat. I will definitely be back.

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  12. NigelC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner on the patio with my husband and mother. Our server, Luigi, was excellent!

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  13. EdwardO

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    When I booked, I somehow had the expectation of more or at least a mid to high end restaurant. What I saw was unfortunately less than this. We were given a table upstairs where it seemed nobody else was dining which resulted in poor ambience. (Downstairs did not seem busy) Service was slow and whenever we needed anything, we needed to ask. (And not asked). Food was OK but overall, I expected more. We were thinking of holding a milestone birthday here but will now rethink that decision.

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  14. CherylM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate in the old school house room - so beautiful! Our server was so patient & helpful answering questions, helping with food sensitivities & choosing a beer which was delicious!

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  15. JillB

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious and served very promptly. Our server Patricia was very attentive and friendly.

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  16. Stephanie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was mine and my husband's first time at the Borealis Grille, and it won't be the last. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. You could tell they put a lot of love and care into our dishes. We both had the grass-fed beef and pork burgers and they were probably the best burgers we have ever eaten. They really do use local quality ingredients and it is an added bonus that they are a carbon neutral restaurant. You can guarantee that after the first bite your taste buds will not be disappointed!

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  17. MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was excellent. We loved our server, Luigi. I'm a bit of a cheapskate, so I didn't like the prices, but they were comparable to other establishments. I appreciate Borealis' focus on sourcing local, and we had a great time overall.

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  18. MichelleW

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Borealis. Efficient service, food was delicious! Will definitely be back!

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  19. LizB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice lunch. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was tasty and good value for the cost.

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  20. CaronW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luigi was a great waiter. We really enjoyed our time out.

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  21. JoeM

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, nice service, pleasant space. Would go back.

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  22. SharonM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was great and our server so helpful without being intrusive. Thanks for allowing an early member of my party to be seated on arrival.

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  23. Kinger

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place supporting local, providing very good food, whether lunch or dinner for a reasonable price. Date night is something to do at least once. Our waiter...spot on, providing great attention to our needs and sharing his story with us. We will be back...and will bring friends.

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  24. Michelle

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Borealis never disappoints! The food is always excellent and the ambience is relaxing.

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  25. AmandaA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Amanda, was fantastic. She was great when engaging with our 4-year old. We have never had a server who was so great with him.

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  26. GlennfromGuelph

    Toronto

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good evening at Borealis in Kitchener for Mother's Day. Restaurant was busy as expected and the noise level was elevated but not terrible. Food and service were good as always

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  27. Mothersday

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We went for a Mothers Day lunch. I want to give a shout-out to our server. She was very attentive and friendly. When my elderly Mom didn’t like the flavour of the dish she got, our server brought her something else and didn’t charge us for the first dish. She went above and beyond to make our experience pleasant. I wish I would have gotten her name. Thank you for a lovely Mothers Day lunch!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took my mom for a Mother’s Day lunch. Drinks were great, Food was incredible. We all loved the salad dressing on the house salad, we did ask our server if they sold it there - she informed us they don’t, but offered to look into if she could get some for us as a one time thing. We declined the offer but it was amazing she offered it to us at all. Would have loved if there was maybe more music or something like that for background noise, but honestly that was minimal and didn’t change our experience.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a pleasant meal with the family. The food was great and the service was great.

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  30. ColinG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice decor and great service. Will definitely return.

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  31. Koko

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We attended during mothers day. The service was quite good. We were greeted in a friendly manner, seated promptly, and our server was attentive and friendly. The food is just fine. 2-3 stars overall. I realize there's a focus on local, but so much of this just felt like I could have / should have made brunch at home. Eggs benedict with under-cooked whites on the poached eggs. Not sure what the bacon was... looked like crisp panchetta or something, but it didn't stand out. Hollandaise was fine, nothing special. My home fries were on the order of what you could expect from any diner. REALLY underseasoned and plain. My wife had a quiche with the same sort of feedback. It was fine. Dry in places. Our starter was a Fior D' Latte which and tomato... something or other, with pieces of bacon stewed in it. Menu wasn't much description, and what arrived looked like a tomato sauce with minimal nondescript melted cheese and a few pieces of somewhat chewy bacon, served with some toast. Feels pretty amateurish honestly. I really do mean that the service was great, and overall experience was fine, but definitely let down by the food. I really want this place to be great. Great concept and our city needs somewhere like Borealis... but it needs to up it's game.

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  32. MarkG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place for great food, ambience and good service. Will be back.

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  33. JeffR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, exceptional food and service.

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  34. MichelleW

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Borealis. Excellent service. Food was delicious. Great ambience. We frequent this establishment often and will definitely be back (again and again).

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  35. RobinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, wouldn't change a thing! Love that you use local products!

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  36. JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent good. Quality ingredients with a good variety of choices for people with varied dietary conditions. Excellent local beer. Superb historic building.

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  37. JonS

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We have been to Borealis a couple of times and sadly the quality we have enjoyed in the past was not there on this visit. The kale ceasar lacked flavour, I would not have know it was a ceasar dressing if the server hadn't asked if I would like the kale ceasar as a side. The fried chicken sandwich came out and the chicken was dark brown in colour, it was dry and the bun was something I would expect from the "day olds" rack. Executed properly and it would have been a killer sandwich. Service was OK, there was a large party that arrived half way through our meal which I believe flustered wait staff. For the price, I would expect better.

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  38. KatieH

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Always been happy with the food here until this visit . Very disappointing especially these days when it’s pricey to go out for a birthday celebration etc

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  39. KatieH

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    My food was good. My husband's tasted good but I was concerned about the cook on his burger (looked quite under done). Took 15-20 minutes to have someone come to ask about drinks and an hour to get food (and we ordered food while ordering our drinks). Food was good, service left quite a lot to be desired.

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  40. FRDonkey

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service is friendly, drinks are interesting, and we love that the food is mostly sourced from Ontario. It's a great way to celebrate our own products.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener using the Order Online button. Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (519) 219-9007.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener is rated 4.4 stars by 2255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

4336 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2P 3W6

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    King Street East & Sportsworld Dr. (Maple Grove Rd

  • Neighbourhood

    Kitchener

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is a large lot that can accommodate all vehicles and has wheelchair access close to the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    We are located at Sportsworld Drive in Kichener. Bus route 52 (Fairview Park/Ainslie St. Route).Here is a link to the transit map.http://www.grt.ca/en/routesSchedules/resources/2014transitmapKW.pdf

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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