Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

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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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GW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Waiter was great, food was good. Very loud table next to us but not the fault of the restaurant. Nice meal, glad we went.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for choosing to support local this past weekend! We hope to see you again in the near future!

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V
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had an enjoyable lunch at Borealis Kitchener. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, served hot and in a reasonable time for a busy lunch hour. We were able to linger over coffee and continue our visit!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on March 11, 2020

Wonderful- thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback!

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WP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was fantastic. We had an early reservation (4pm) so we were seated in the lounge rather than the dining room. I would chose the dining room next time with a later reservation! But that choice was on us ! The food was absolutely wonderful - so we will be back again !! Service was also great ! Had some fun cocktails as well.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you Wendy! Let us know while making your reservation what your seating preference might be next time and we'll do our best to make it happen, cheers!

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We will be going back, it was great and perfect meeting place with our friends.

RO
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable....server in bar area exceptional! Will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great night. Everything was delicious, came out fast and the server did a great job. Would definitely come back.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food!

HB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Luigi, was absolutely brilliant and recommended us some great drinks. The food was superb and the atmosphere enjoyable. Great place and will visit again

J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

For a romantic Valentine's Day date on the day after, this was a total fiasco. There was nothing romantic about it. The room was way too bright, the noise level was deafening and sitting so close to others , was totally unappealing. Good thing is that we've been married 38 years and able to laugh it off. I felt sorry for the couple next to us. They were clearly not having a good time. They nearly dashed out of there after eating.
As for the food, it was "I've had much better" but certainly edible. The highlight actually had to be the appetizer corn bread. It was enough for 2, almost a whole meal by itself, it was moist, and combined with the seasoned garlic and herb butter and honey, it was quite good especially since that wasn't our first choice but, necessitated by the lack of brie.
My wife's pear and walnut salad was bland. The candied walnuts weren't fresh and left behind and the greens were fresh but, very one note. She also had the Pan Seared Salmon. The salmon was perfectly cooked but, the parsnips and potatoes were very "al dente". The mushroom broth was very confusing as it tasted like an Asian Pho Soup broth. Not at all what she expected and very unappealing to her.
I had the Steak Frites with a Parmesan butter. The fries with the butter were flavorful but, no other vegetable. The flat iron steak was edible but, tough. You really had to chew it. I also ordered it medium but, it came medium rare which I do prefer so they nailed the mistake.
As for the desserts we shared the Chocolate Bar which is not very sweet at all and hard to taste anything else but the dark chocolate and some salt. In contrast the Cherry Bourbon Bread Pudding was overly sweet especially with the ice cream. So, if we swapped between the 2, there was a good balance.
The star of the whole meal had to be the service. Our waiter was professional, attentive and friendly and he came over to check on us frequently enough. But, overall it wasn't a Romantic experience.

F
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Luigi was our server. He was personable and did a great job!

b
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Ordered the salmon entree, bit disappointed in the presentation & was quite bland. Our appetizers, drinks & dessert were amazing. Service also great. Will definitely return.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! We have a new Spring Menu launching at the end of March, and I'm confident that on your next visit we can help you find a dish more to your taste. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I loved the value and convenience of the valentine's menu and although the food was good l, the dessert was the shining star. Thank you for a great meal from start to finish!

IS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience1

Needs a makeover upstairs and better chefs but a great concept...

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Day! Great meal and staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

Enjoyed everything about the experience except that there was a draft about half the time we were there. I would say we were just being dramatic, but we watched all the tables around us putting their sweaters on and listened to them also complain about the draft. The fan on the heating system was clearly set to on all the time. If they could switch it to only come on when the heat kicked on it would be way better. The waiter was good with regards to service, however his attitude about the heating was off putting. When we inquired about the draft we were told “the building is a hundred years old so there’s nothing we can do about it, sometimes it will be hot sometimes it will be cold”. Well ok then.....

CK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Luigi was incredible. Friendly, informative, perfect timing, great recommendations etc.

EH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy our experience at Borealis Grille and Bar. We love the school room - the waiters have always been friendly and attentive. The service is actually quite speedy considering the good quality of the food. Everytime we have guests, we bring them to Borealis.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Luigi was our server. He went above and beyond for my family during a simple lunch. Can’t say enough about our experience. Definitely will be back again with a bigger group and will request Luigi!

J
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

The person who welcomed us was very rude.
Our server was good but definitely not the person who welcomed us
Menu items were ok
Our group was not really that impressed

P
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good! The bread pudding was outstanding. Please keep on the menu!

CV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous date night at your restaurant. Thank you! David was so friendly and kind. Was lovely to meet him!!! Thank you for making us feel so welcome! See you soon!!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you Carla!

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DL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Borealis is an average to above average place. The food is good but not great the prices are OK. I guess if you’re into wanting to eat local that would stand out for you a little bit more, but other than that there are many other restaurants that have better food quality for the same price. Our server did a great job though.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for the recommendation and for choosing local!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. Our first time there. We definitely will be back. Lived our waiter luigi

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 11, 2020

Wonderful! Thank you!

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a
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easily one our favorite restaurants of all time. We will head to Kitchener again in the future just to go here.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 11, 2020

WOW! Thank you Anita! Looking forward to having you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server, Luigi, was entertaining as always.

JH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Larissa and Luigi looked after us very well, and the food, as always, was excellent. The Tom Thomson room, even when busy, is quiet enough to allow conversations among 5 people -- those who want a quieter ambiance should probably specify that room rather than the schoolroom.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 2, 2020

Larissa and Luigi are a dynamic duo! So glad you enjoyed our Tom Thomson room space, it makes for a beautiful private dining area as well!

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KP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server, Allie, was outstanding as always. Very attentive to our needs, but not intrusive. Friendly, welcoming, and efficient - always willing to go out of her way to make the experience special.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 2, 2020

Alie has been a dynamic part of our team since day 1 and we are so lucky to have her! Thank you for sending up your feedback!

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TT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great family bday celebration and stayed to chat after our meal was over. We never felt rushed and thoroughly enjoyed our evening together. Borealis is our go-to place for a guaranteed great meal.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thank you for choosing to celebrate locally!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an interesting menu! The portion sizes were small for the price, but the food was very flavorful. Would definitely recommend for a special night out.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on February 2, 2020

So glad you enjoyed our menu! If you're looking for some extra bang for your buck, I'd recommend our Monday 2 for 1 appetizer special, or the Wednesday Date Night special where 2 can dine for $49! Looking forward to having you back soon!

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Luigi is the best! When you have a great server it really makes all the difference. We also loved that there are some unique menu items so it keeps the experience interesting (really liked the ginger spritzer).

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you Lacey! Luigi will be happy to know you had such a great time, and I look forward to sharing your feedback with our culinary team!

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V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Borealis. The food was good, and I noticed that the room was designed for a quiet atmosphere. I would definitely go again.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you Vera- we can't wait to have you back soon!

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KB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu, and service on New Years Eve! This was our second year in a row booking a New Years Eve dinner. We were not disappointed! The food and service are consistently excellent!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on January 5, 2020

Happy New Years Kathy! Thank you for your feedback!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience!! Great food and service! Staff were excellent!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thank you! Happy New Years!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The chicken tacos were basically hard deep fried rocks and tasted that way too. We got. Few orders of them too everything else was great.

AF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food and ambiance was good. Service was very slow initially. Took at least 10 minutes for someone to come to our table. It was not overly busy, so a little surprised. Otherwise, great food and overall good experience. We will be back.

NN
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Portion are too small. We left hungry, yet the prices aren't reflective of the smell portions

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Nelson. I'm disappointed you weren't fully satisfied with your meal, hopefully next time we're able to help you choose a different entree more to your preference. I'd also recommend visiting us on Monday nights for 2 for 1 apps, it's great deal and a way to try a couple different items!

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great tasting food! Busy busy place but the booths are tall and block some of the noise so if you get sensory overload I would recommend a booth. Pricy but worth it! Get the white sangria ;)

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 15, 2019

So glad you had a great time with us and that you enjoyed the white sangria- we actually use no citrus in our white sangria and have instead replaced it with our homemade sea buckthorn syrup! Sea buckthorn is a tart/sour berry that grows locally, so its the perfect substitution for OJ. Cheers!

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v
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a reservation, table was all ready for us when we got there. Everyone enjoyed their food and appreciated the wide variety while still appealing to various diet restrictions. Service was a little show although our server was wonderful; it was a work lunch so I may have felt more rushed but didn't voice our time constraint. Overall great and as expected, highly recommend

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you for your review- we appreciate you taking the time to share! Cheers!

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LW
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

If you are having salad ask for dressing on the side.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Laura!

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L
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Drinks were too large
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Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thanks for the feedback Lindsay!

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