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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GM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place for casual dining, local food and a good variety of beer. One of my go to spots.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service as usual !

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you!

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NG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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 .

FD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

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.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

Yum! Great choice on the turkey burger! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you Janet! We look forward to having you back soon!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

Wow! We can't wait to share your compliments with our culinary team. Thank you!

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CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

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!

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you Dave for taking the time to send us your feedback.

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D
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

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!

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BC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

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.

RG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 :)

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Very good food and value with the date night promotion. Temperature of the room was yo-yoing the whole time though.

AR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb experience!!

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l
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

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

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 12, 2019

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!

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FL
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

PM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was quite good, but the overall experience was somewhat diminished by how incredibly loud it was.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal, excellent service, great place to go

S
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and historic building. Food is fresh locally sourced. Delicious. Neighbourhood gen!

WT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

AY
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

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.

WB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

LB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

RK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food, wine and beer choices.
Lots of local options.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on October 13, 2019

Thank you RetiredKit for the feedback!

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

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.

LS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great lunch with friends! Love the fresh food and excellent service.

l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I found the music too loud and if so next time will mention to staff

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on October 13, 2019

Thanks for the heads up- we're happy to accommodate personal preferences where possible. Please let us know next time!

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M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always. Never a disappointment going.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on October 13, 2019

Wonderful! Thank you!

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W
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on October 13, 2019

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!

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SS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and wonderful food! Look forward to returning.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on October 13, 2019

Thank you Sandra for the 5-star review!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on October 13, 2019

Thank you John! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience so much! Cheers!

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal with my girlfriends. Borealis never disappoints!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on September 30, 2019

Yes! Thank you Janice- love hearing that!

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CF
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you Caroline for supporting local and for your 5-star review!

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It’s was a lovely place to have dinner.... would go back again for sure!!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you Deanna, it was lovely to have you join us for dinner! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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j
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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

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!

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