Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

4.6
1598 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.

Support Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1598 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Our server Luigi was excellent!!! The ambience and atmosphere was lovely. Due to the high ceilings it can be very loud. There were only a handful of people in the room we were in but if one table burst into laughter you could not hear anything at our table. Some of our group enjoyed their food more than others. I have been to Borealis a few times and I have never “loved” the food. It’s good but I have had better and this time was no exception. Great location and great service and perfect for large groups.

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1Foodie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place, great ambiance. We had the specialty burgers, they were a good size and very tasty. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and great food!

PM
PatM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

burger of the day was very tasty, along with a salad, no room for dessert.

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Andcg
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great good, value, atmosphere, and friendly staff

KS
KenS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent and the servers were very polite

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Sarah
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We had a reservation but when we arrived there were no tables. So right from the start it was not very inviting. The service was not that great. The food was good. They did not remember the special occasion.

MM
MelanieM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

As always this was a pleasant experience. The only issue was the dining room on the main floor. I lacks the charm and character of the space upstairs.

SJ
vipSusanJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Mike is an excellent, attentive server!

BM
BlakeM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply excellent! Everything was as expected and delicious!

CB
vipChristineB
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a salad which was really good and shared a peach/ricotta/basil flatbread. It was just a bit overbaked. Other than that, no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food at a reasonable price!

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Lavanya
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mike was very kind and helpful. Great service and food.

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Anon
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

For no fault of its own, the restaurant doesn't feel like a restaurant any more. The social distancing of the tables and the complete lack of atmosphere are really sad. Luigi our waiter was terrific.

Hopefully when the pandemic is behind us Borealis can get back to being the great restaurant it was in the past!

VB
VaiaB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meals were delicious and our waiter was fantastic.

DP
vipDeniseP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good experience

EE
ExcellentEvening
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good. Burger was a little salty and ceasar salad was too heavy with croutons but overall good. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was good.

NM
vipNicoleM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat on the bar side, had amazing service and the nachos are the best! Great beers too

YP
YvonneP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Caesar salad great - nachos good - linguini with trout tasteless and had to pour hot sauce all over it to give it some flavour

TC
TranquilChaos
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Our server was quite pre-oocupied with the table of ladies beside us. It made for great drama however our drinks did arrive until our food did. Although the food was probably faster than usual. Overall it was a fun experience with fantastic food.

JC
JanetC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. 🙏. Happy to show our vaccine status 😊

DG
DennisG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice setting for the area, feels like you’re out of the city.

BC
BobC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great as always... Accomodated table location request

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Judy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent meal on the patio, which was a little chilly, but they turned on and positioned heaters and we were very comfortable. The food is always tasty and the location is very convenient.

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vipRoland
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had the trout special and it was excellent. The dish arrived hot, was nicely seasoned and cooked to perfection. This is one that I would highly recommend.

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Aylacat
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was wonderful, food was fantastic! A little pricey but overall great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, fresh food and great service!

GG
GlennfromGuelph
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Our waitress Connie did a really great job and was put in the awkward position of having to apologize for the kitchen forgetting to make our order. The food was good, once it arrived. For a dinner out, the value is good. The ambience kind of suffers due to the COVID restrictions.

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and great tasting food. It seemed like the portion sizes were a little small. But that could just be the food that we ordered.

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Lovintheoutdoors
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is fresh, local, and very tasty. Fried chicken is the best I've ever had!

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Ace137
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and Luigi (our Italian waiter) was very passionate about the food!

JP
JoeP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was very friendly and professional. Food was very good but had to send one order back due to lots of fat and gristle on short rib. No issues as another piece was brought out quickly.

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ColleenC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Borealis never disappoints! Always fantastic food and amazing service.

MC
MelissaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend. Great food, great service! For all age groups

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buttercup
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Hello.I am pleased to have this opportunity to comment on last night's experience.In the past few months I have been very pleased with the service and food. Last night was not pleasurable. Our waiter was boredering rude. I asked if I could have lemon for my water. His response was, it is not local, I will check. I have celiac disease which means I have a serious allergy soasked if the cider was gluten free. His response was abrupt and said "I have no way of knowing." I was close to walking out because of his manner, but we had persuaded our friends to go to Borealis instead of Montanas because of the exceptional food and service. I was hesitant to ask if the gluten free chicken breast in the sandwich (gf bun) was gluten free as I didn't know what response I would get. I paid thru debit and my friends paid cash. She placed her cash n the table. He said I see you have cash and left after I paid via debit. He never did return to ask if she wanted change. And she did need change. She scrambled to get the appropriate $. We finally left. I will likely return to your restaurant as past experiences were so positive. However, it will be awhile. My friend was prepared to have dessert however it was too cold in the room to sit any longer. The date we dined was Sept 14/21 6pm reservation. We were at table 102. Thank you for the invitation to express our experience. I hope we have an opportunity to show our friends a more pleasurable dining experience at Borealis. Kind regards.

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StewartL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food as usual. Lots of choices on the menu. Patio overlooks a parking lot but is safer than inside. Building is based on a century old schoolhouse. Will be great to dine inside again when the pandemic is finally over.

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Jbird
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely lunch. The appetizer Ricotta with caramelized onions and honeycomb is spectacular. Order it with the gluten free option asparagus chips. So yummy. As the room is so large, there is a lot of back ground noise. Tough for people with hearing aides.

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KathleenS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Renee was a great server. Covid protocols were followed very carefully from the moment we arrived. Food was very good; could have been a tad hotter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Small menu but all great options, the food is fresh, local and delicious! Tables indoors are well spaced for physical distancing

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Francesca
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time I eat at Borealis grille, I'm always happy with the pleasant tastiness and satisfying freshness of my meal. Utterly delightful!

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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (519) 219-9007.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener is rated 4.6 stars by 1598 OpenTable diners.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://anycard.ca/store/neighbourhoodgroup.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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