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About Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

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.

4336 King Street East
Kitchener, ON N2P 3W6
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Canadian, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
King Street East & Sportsworld Dr. (Maple Grove Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(519) 219-9007

Website:
http://www.borealisgrille.ca/

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (27)
Healthy (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Business Meals (21)
Romantic (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Cozy (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Authentic (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great Beer (13)
Organic (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Vegan (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed the food and the beer. Take advantage of the special promotions. Service was a bit slow, but friendly.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was great!! Waitress was wonderful., allowed us time to visit uninterrupted. Two orders of salmon arrived not hot, but warm.
We were placed in bar area and it was abit noises. But in all fairness there was a part of 80 upstairs and that may have been why.
Overall very enjoyable evening!! We will return!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was awesome and had great timing for everything. We got the jalapeno cheese dip which wasn't spicy really, just had the flavor of jalapeno. The Nachos were excellent. For mains we got tacos and the duck, which were all really good. For dessert we got the flapper dessert as it was on special, it very delicious.

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

I’ve been to borealis about four times since I moved to the area and I have had wonderful experiences each time. 10/10 would recommend to any one

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was our anniversary. We were presented with champagne. We received a gift certificate to come again as s gift for our anniversary. An item in the bill was corrected due to my misunderstanding. Outstanding service and care.

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great local food, creative menu, great service, nice atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent tacos, the rest of the food was amazing too. Best part was the service, Luigi was fantastic.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fixe Prix menu for New Years Eve was outstanding. Great choices and all delicious.
Early reservation meant noisy kids, so go after 8:00 pm

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our first time visit. Food was amazing and the service was incredible!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, great service, great environment. Love the local touch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Organic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was excellent, as always. Wait staff were attentive, friendly, fun and very helpful.
Dining room was not noisy and we could enjoy visiting. Never felt rushed
Most enjoyable pre Christmas lunch with old friends.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Went for the Southern Fried Chicken - just a bit overdone -been several times and usually love it

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food and service. Luigi was great! Thanks for a good night with great food and drinks

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

It was a very busy night. They were understaffed. We waited 20 mins, past our reservation time to get our table. It was very drafty so we had to wear our coats. Food was poor and service was limited. Not a good night for them or us.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food, friendly service. What more can you ask for?!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Can’t say anything bad about Borealis. Both the Guelph and Kitchener location have been a 10/10 each time. I had gone there to celebrate my engagement with my fiancé and the staff there made it feel so absolutely special!! We got the fish tacos and salmon as mains and the flatbread as an appetizer. It was delicious and cooked to perfection! Will go back again and again and again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and wonderful menu. What a delight to see some of the photos from many years ago on the walls as well

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Asked for a booth while booking and while there and they still gave us a table. Many booths were available. It was my wife’s birthday and I noted this in the reservation and they did nothing special. Was very disappointed. The hostess was rude and never smiled... she is definitely in the wrong business. Just my first experience there... so was being honest.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Reservation was on time (important as we had recent knee surgery person in our party). Server was friendly and on point. Our party did not feel rushed ever though busy Chrismtas Friday night.
Beautiful ambiance.....kitchen staff super friendly. Food was wonderful as always.

We are regulars and will continue to be so.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was just passable. We had to flag him down several times although he seemed to pay a lot of attention to other tables.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Nice atmosphere and very good food. The staff was super pleasant!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Two of four meals were cold. Both the bean burger and sweet potato fries were under cooked.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have always really loved Borealis and considered it my favourite restaurant. We were away in Vancouver for several months and so I was very excited to go again. However I have to admit I was a little disappointed to learn that they had removed my favourite meal from the menu :(

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The fish was delicious, but a tiny portion on a plate heaped with mediocre coleslaw and undercooked fries. Even the replacement order they brought me wasn’t fully cooked. Nothing special about this place except the setting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A little on the noisy side but again there was a Christmas party going on. The service was great and the food was very good, I will dine there again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always enjoy a meal at Borealis ! Table was in great spot for an evening of ‘catch up’ with a close friend. Even though restaurant was busy, we did not feel rushed in anyway.
Server checked back just the right amount of time and was very pleasant. Enjoyed our surprise welcome from Luigi as well.
Thank you

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great spot, great food great service. Not much more I can Add!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Not my first visit, but may be our last. Upon arrival, our hostes showed us to our table, which was directly next to the server/order entry station. There was an empty booth further away that we asked to be seated at instead, however the hostess rudely stated "that table belongs to a different waitress". Another group was then seated at that booth a few minutes later, and we had the same waitress as they did. We then had to put up with waiters/waitresses gossiping loudly inches away from us, consistent clattering of cutlery prep, and multiple staff members reaching over our food to adjust the thermostat for the room throughout our visit. Kind of ruined what was supposed to be an intimate date night.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Just fun good experience

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We were there on a Friday night. Reservations recommended. Great atmosphere, but noisy. We were in a booth an I kept getting jostled around by the folks behind me, but overall, good value. The food and wine list were reasonably priced.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Borealis is top draw and reasonable pricing. Confirm your reservation by calling them as the Open Table link did not work. When we arrived there was no record of our reservation, even though I had a confirmation. Fortunately it was early and they had room. The Elk/Pork meatliaf was spectacular. My guest had the Jalapeno Mac and Cheese and commented it was not spicy enough. Nice selection of local wines. I liked it some much I am having my corporate Christmas party there.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Healthy, Vegan, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food and always impressed. We try different things each time we go to Borealis and we are never disappointed. The Waiter was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our food was fairly good, a bit on the dry side. Also, very noisy.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service and food.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was our first experience and we weren't sure what to expect . Our waiter was very friendly and very professional and kept the dishes coming without having a long wait for each . The menu was different and very interesting . We quite enjoyed our choices --- Duck , Steak , Mac and cheese with bacon, and the chicken special of the night . We topped it off with cocktails and wine followed by desert and coffee . Everybody enjoyed their choice and it was a fun evening . We will certainly return . Our guests from out of town said it was an excellent choice . We never felt rushed and had lots of good conversation and excellent food and really enjoyed our get together .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is one of my favourite local restaurants and I took my sister this time who had never been before. I was a little disappointed with my entrée though. It was a vegetarian curry dish and although the flavors were good, it was so saucy it seemed more like a soup. There was no starch such as rice or bread to soak up the sauce. I explained this to the waiter and asked for bread and then noticed I was charged $1 for it on my bill. Only a minor thing but it seemed petty to charge for bread when it probably should have been included in the first place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were really excited to eat here as we have heard great things and we had a gift card. The appetizers were good; we had chicken wings, antijitos and the cheddar jalapeno dip. The chicken wings were a very small portion, but delicious. We ordered 2 burgers and fries and unfortunately the burger was mediocre and the fries were pretty bad. One of us got a meatloaf and it was still frozen on the inside. The other meal was a mac and cheese and it seemed to just be ok as well.

Our waiter was amazing and management took great care of us with regards to the meatloaf situation. We were all really impressed how they rectified the mistake and the only reason we'd go back is because of this.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a great time and the food was amazing. Our waiter Luigi went above and beyond for us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolute culinary delight. Great ambiance and excellent service. Loved it. Will go back again. Worth the drive!! A gem of a place!

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tapas, Authentic, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Overall we enjoyed our dinner, service was great. Ambiance is also very good, nice soft lighting and you can still see your food! My husband's steak was a little tough and my coleslaw was too heavy on the dressing that tasted like'mircle whip'. As we had a starter salad which was fabulous, I left the coleslaw alone. Must say that the meatloaf was very 👍 good. Our server was very attentive and had Allan's steak taken off the bill. This was our 3rd time coming to Borealis and won't be out last. Great spot!😉

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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