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.

Specials

Steak Dinner Sunday

Enjoy a 2 course locally sourced Steak Dinner on Sundays for $29.95. The Canadian Classic Caesar is only $6 as well.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-10:45PM

Ocean Wise Fridays

Not only does our Chef come up with an Ocean Wise recommended Fish Feature every Friday, we also knock $2 off the price of our Signature Cocktails

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Fri 4:00PM-10:45PM

Ontario Fried Chicken Thursdays

Thursday is the only day of the week that you can pick up our now famous buttermilk fried chicken. $5 Highballs make this the perfect day to visit Borealis

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:30AM-10:45PM

Date Night Wednesdays

Bring a friend along as 2 can dine for $49 from our Date Night menu on Wednesdays. You can also pair this with $17 half litres of VQA wines.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Wed 4:00PM-10:45PM

Pound & A Pint Tuesdays

Come in and enjoy our locally sourced chicken wings for $10 a pound, along with $6 selected Ontario Craft Beers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:30AM-10:45PM

2 for 1 Appetizer Mondays

Enjoy 2 for 1 Appetizer's on Mondays, and pair it up with select glasses of $6 VQA Wines.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:30AM-10:45PM

What 1148 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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
1 review
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
21 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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KF
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent meal, perfect experience. Celebrated my son’s birthday. Will be back for sure!

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

Thank you Karen! Happy birthday to your son once again and we can't wait to have you back!

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c
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried chicken Thursdays are always good. The best fried chicken in K-W.

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

Agreed! We love Fried Chicken Thursdays too! Will be sure to pass your compliments on to our culinary team!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great visit

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

Thank you!

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JS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, cute, attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, pretty, attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, cute, attentive. knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, cute and, and, and, and, and, and, and, and, and, and, so forth, and, unzuweiter, and, encore, and, and, ten more words, ten more words, ten more words, more ten words, words more ten, etc. 54 in all, I think!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 5, 2019

So happy you enjoyed your lunch John!

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JH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've always enjoyed ourselves at Borealis Kitchener, but this past weekend they outdid themselves. The weather on Sunday was miserable, and they had obviously had many cancellations, but when we arrived for our 9 pm reservation it appeared that they had kept the restaurant open just for us! And not only was Chris, our waiter, perfectly welcoming and attentive, but the kitchen did their usual excellent job as well. Thanks to all who made the evening so pleasant for us.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 5, 2019

So happy you had a great time John- I think the roads by then had cleared up quite a bit, we were happy to have you!

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Awkward server. Very loud. Drafty windows. ( yes, I'm familiar with the building!)

Fish in the tacos was WAY overdone, fish n chips were ... ok. Bread pudding dessert was FANTASTIC!

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

Thank you for the feedback! I apologize we weren't able to correct the issue with your fish tacos while you were still here, will be sure to make it a point with our team to watch especially for this going forward. So happy you enjoyed the bread pudding!

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Good value, good food, good service. Thank you. Would recommend and go again!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 5, 2019

We can't wait to have you back! See you soon!

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RV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was very friendly and ample time was given between appetizer and main dish. Quality of the food was very good, but should be a bit warmer when served. The music was nice and subdued in the beginning but later in the evening it became too loud which was disturbing. We were lucky to come on a night when there was a special for two which we took, so we loved the bill.. We will certainly come back another time.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Roelof!

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was very good, flavorful and well presented. Service was excellent but restaurant was noisy.

KK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a valued colleague for successful completion of an important project and we had a fabulous time. Food, drink and service were excellent - Luigi was especially attentive and entertaining!!

GM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
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 on November 21, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as usual !

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you!

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NG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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.

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