Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
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.
Great place for casual dining, local food and a good variety of beer. One of my go to spots.
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Excellent service as usual !
I’ve been going to this location since it opened, was a bit disappointed with the food on Saturday, I don’t know if the kitchen was out of vegetables but to give your side with just a bunch of cooked onions is pretty unacceptable considering the cost of the meal.
I will say that they did bring me another side after I let them know .. I still wasn’t a huge fan .
Very nice place to eat. Just don't go when you are hungry. Not a lot of food for your money... I literally had one piece of broccoli with my steak.
Our family went to Borealis restaurant in Kitchener. For a birthday lunch and we loved it. The service was excellent and also the food. We will definitely be back for more. The best turkey burger ever. Thank you
Yum! Great choice on the turkey burger! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!
Borealis is my favourite local restaurant.
I go there for dinner with friends on a regular basis, and my husband and I enjoy lunch there.
The food is always great, and the staff are very friendly.
Would recommend giving them a try if you haven’t already.
Thank you Janet! We look forward to having you back soon!
The food was excellent. . The Cornish hen was very tasty. My wife said the bread pudding was the best she ever had. I almost swooned over the chocolate bar desert.
Wow! We can't wait to share your compliments with our culinary team. Thank you!
We had dinner in the bar area and the noise level went up later in the evening, but we could still have a good conversation. The staff was great and so was the food, the Charcuterie board was my favourite.
Glad you enjoyed your dinner with us! We have two other dining rooms for you to try out the next time you're in. Our Schoolhouse and Tom Thomson dining rooms both have unique qualities. You'll have to figure out which one is your favourite!
We had 3 diners there for lunch. The fish and chips was reported as good, but the fried chicken sandwich and the chicken tacos were a disappointment. In both cases, the chicken was deep fried, not pan fried. Never ever put breaded chicken inside a bun or wrap. It's just plain lazy. A little taragon, perhaps some fresh chives, a bit of olive oil would have made all the difference.
And avoid if at all possible, cooking chicken in the same oil as fish. The taste transfers, and spoils it.
Thank you Dave for taking the time to send us your feedback.
Prompt attention to our concern about “warm” soup. Thank you. The food mix up apparently with another table meant our wait was long but when it arrived everything was good although the order for my daughter arrived without sauce! Everything was subsequently corrected. Thank you.
Thank you David for your patience and understanding during your meal. We try our absolute best, but unfortunately sometimes we do still make mistakes. I'm you gave us the opportunity to correct this! Cheers!
We really want to like Borealis, but this was our second time coming and both times we have been disappointed with the food. Nice ambiance, nice menu, but the food just doesn't deliver.
It was an awesome experience. My wife and I had not had a date night in a while so this was a special treat. Amazing food, service was great, get the wine, and order the Chocolate Bar...you're welcome :)
Very good food and value with the date night promotion. Temperature of the room was yo-yoing the whole time though.
A pleasant surprise in a new town. We went on a Monday and their special on Mondays is 2 for 1 appetizers plus a glass of wine for $5.95. We got the appetizers, thinking we would order dinner afterwards, but we had no room. The food was great and our server was very attentive. The restaurant was very charming. We ate upstairs, 1/2 flight. The bar was downstairs.
We indicated that it was a special occasion when booking but we were seated in the lower level where it was dark and several customers in addition to us sat with our coats on because the room was cold. First time in this part of restaurant- very different from the upper level
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! Next time please let us know your dining room preference and we'll do our best to accommodate!
We arrived at 8pm and even though we reserved their daily special on Open Table, they were out when we arrived (we did get a coupon for next visit to mitigate disappointment). The cornbread was sweet but very good. The burger was average and the flat iron steak was tender and cooked as requested as well as being flavourful although the accompanying onions in the vegetable medley were very under cooked. Wine was overpriced and my 9 ounce pour didn’t reach the 9oz line on the glass. Desert was good. Wait staff was friendly but we had to ask for water and the main course arrived before we finished appetizer, for which there was quite a long wait. Lots of upwelling going on. Not a bad place with a nice gastropub atmosphere. Might return when next in the area. It far exceeds the quality of the chains, and I appreciate their premise of being hyper local in their supply chain, which together with the tasty food would be the driver for subsequent visits.
Great food and enjoyed a leisurely dinner with friends. Borealis staff was accommodating after we realized we were the last table left, but didn’t rush us out.
This is our go-to restaurant. As far as we are concerned, no one in K-W can match it! My birthday is coming up in November and I can't wait to come back! Thank you to everyone at Borealis for giving us a little piece of paradise.
The food was quite good, but the overall experience was somewhat diminished by how incredibly loud it was.
Easy online reservation.
Vegetarian Burger was excellent.
Husband had the Brusheta Pasta, he was still hungry when we left.
I was disappointed my requests I had outlined online under "special requests" was not accommodated
Excellent meal, excellent service, great place to go
Great service and historic building. Food is fresh locally sourced. Delicious. Neighbourhood gen!
I had the flat iron steak, which was delicious, tender, and perfectly grilled, served with an interesting variety of seasonal vegetables that were so good I ate every bite. Everyone in my group enjoyed their meal and had a very nice evening.
We went for Thanksgiving dinner and it was delightful. Two of us had the special thanksgiving turkey meal and one had the turkey burger. We enjoyed them all, mine was adjusted well for gluten free. We did the 2 for 1 appetizers, baked Brie with bacon jam and honey corn bread. The waitress brought me Barrie's nacho chips so I could enjoy the baked Brie which was delicious. The turkey dinner was so huge I had leftovers for two lunches. Thanks for a great thanksgiving!
I have been to the restaurant multiple times and never had a problem but on this occasion I was introducing my parents to the restaurant and when our food came it was cold. Tasted amazing just cold, my mother being the person she is wouldn’t let me complain. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant before.
Always a very good experience at the Borealis. Food was good but the portions, on the price fixe and the steak special were a little small for some appetite's. Overall, a very good evening. Service was excellent.
We were celebrating an anniversary, so we tried the Wednesday Date Night Special, and it was not only delicious but a great value. The food was well-prepared and flavourful, from the flatbread appetizer to the salmon and cornish hen entrees. Some unusual greens with the salmon, but they were tasty. The desserts were amazing, topping off the night perfectly! Our server Luigi was very energetic and helpful with questions. All in all, a special date night!
Great food, wine and beer choices.
Lots of local options.
Thank you RetiredKit for the feedback!
Server was very rude . When ordering wine I stated what I would like, she seemed confused and impatient, so I pointed to my selection on the menu to clarify and her response was “ you tell me obviously I can’t read that from here”.
Unacceptable. Many many restaurants in this region and I would rather spend my money where I will be treated with courtesy and respect.
Great lunch with friends! Love the fresh food and excellent service.
I found the music too loud and if so next time will mention to staff
Thanks for the heads up- we're happy to accommodate personal preferences where possible. Please let us know next time!
Great food and service as always. Never a disappointment going.
Wonderful! Thank you!
A very good restaurant for offering their patrons whole food and food supplied locally. It was our first time and we picked this restaurant because of the good reviews we read on line. The food was presented lovely. I had the fish bowl with curry. I was hoping for a spicer dish. I found it rather bland. It looked nicely presented though. Our server was very attentive. We (there were 2 of us) were given a table right beside another table with 8 other people. The restaurant wasn't that busy so we wondered why we placed so close to another table.
Hi Wendy, thank you for taking the time to send us your thoughtful feedback. Our curry can definately be made spicier, please ask and we are happy to accommodate! Sometimes it's hard for us to know what type of seating preference a guest may have, let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs. We hope to see you again soon!
Outstanding service and wonderful food! Look forward to returning.
Thank you Sandra for the 5-star review!
Borealis is a restaurant that sources it’s food locally. As such you might not get a certain food you really like... HOWEVER! don’t let that dissuade you from eating here.. this restaurant gives you a chance to try something different. My wife and I had a great time. Food was delicious!
Thank you John! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience so much! Cheers!
Great meal with my girlfriends. Borealis never disappoints!
Yes! Thank you Janice- love hearing that!
I have visited this Borealis location many times. It is my go-to when I am in Kitchener and it never fails to meet my expectations. The food is always outstanding and so is the service. I had my favorite chicken tacos and shared a bruschetta, both were excellent and so was the Riesling from Cave Springs. I love supporting local food producers which is another reason to love Borealis.
Thank you Caroline for supporting local and for your 5-star review!
It’s was a lovely place to have dinner.... would go back again for sure!!
Thank you Deanna, it was lovely to have you join us for dinner! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Chris the waiter was great ! On top of everything we wanted and very willing to help with choices
Loved the ambiance
We will be back
That's awesome Jack- thanks for sharing! Chris is a newer addition to our team, and I know he'll be excited to hear your feedback. Cheers!