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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Featuring a la carte Brunch items for the person that provided the best advice, and wiped away the odd tear. Join us for Brunch from 10AM to 2:30PM on Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 986 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our evening. The waitress was friendly, the atmosphere was great and the food was even better.

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KS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great locally sourced food. Lot of Gluten Free options. Food is delicious

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B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great selection of locally sourced food.

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to get delicious food to eat! Just enough food served so that we could enjoy a dessert! Our server, Luigi, was wonderful, friendly, informative and attentive to our needs!

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CF
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Borealis with my friend for years and this time we celebrated her 40th birthday with friends. The service was awesome, all the staff were friendly and attentive, the ambiance was fun and the food was amazing as always. I had my favorite, chicken tacos and I never get tired of it. Had the brie for starters which was absolutely delicious and the creme brulee afterwords which was perfect. All in all, another great time from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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JH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luigi's service was the best part of the meal. We have been to Borealis many times and have never had a bad meal, but this visit was still one of the best. Our friends, new to Borealis, said that they will be sure to return.

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IM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, wonderful, warm, unique atmosphere in a historic school house (original walls and floors!). Thank you for a great lunch experience

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with an interesting history. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic :) I've never had such crispy chicken!

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s
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the arugula and quinoa salad . Felt so healthy

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Borealis is always our go-to, it's been our favourite for a long time and it never disappoints. The service is wonderful, food is phenomenal and always delicious. We absolutely love it there!

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BV
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took the time to make a reservation for my birthday. We were put in a room with many children. I then asked if we could be moved. They moved us to the larger dining room which was lovely but quite noisy. Our server Mike was outstanding. Food was delicious. A great experience after we asked to be moved. (I was a little disappointed that I took the time to make a reservation and was not given a good table.)

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S
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great, but felt the plating/presentation lacked a little. Would still highly recommend.

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly service, good value and food quality was excellent

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V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only complaint is that it was very noisy because there was a large group of women occupying most of the upper floor. Very difficult to carry on a conversation or even hear .

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely server and very attentive. There have been some changes to the menu and enjoyed some different and familiar options. Loved the Brie! Tried the house ice tea. Very yummy. I haven't been upstairs since they added the sound buffing panels on the ceiling. Great idea and considering there were a number of large occupied tables the noise wasn't a issue. We will be back!

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DD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Neat place decent food

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HH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I'm undecided about my experience at Borealis - Kitchener.
We had the date night special.
First - my pasta was overly greasy and way too much sauce.
I sent it back.
We got our bill before our dessert.
Then, we found out after that the steak with the date night is $8.00 more.
The steak meal was not worth $32.50.
I was not happy. I was going to call but after I sent my meal back I thought wow.....I am still complaining.
I let it go.
Helen Henderson 226-341-1088

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LO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dinner there
We were celebrating my sisters birthday

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MU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again another great dinner at Borealis.
The food was awesome and our server Luigi was fantastic... Couldn't ask for a better experience..

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WB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. It did take a bit long to get our main dinners but overall very good evening.

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DM
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Borealis consistently meets our expectations. The food and service are always good and we love coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was absolutely amazing and so funny.

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KP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and server Ernesto was great. Only disappointment was to see classics like the turkey burger changed along with other popular menu items. Why fix what isn’t broken?

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M
New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good experience. Server was excellent.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Menu was trying too hard to be something- not sure what. Strong local efforts but when I visit Kitchener it screams comfort food- which was lacking. What we had was a timid effort highlighted by a very strong server. May try again is I hear they up thief game

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DG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wait staff had no problem serving our table of 7 on a busy Saturday evening. Impressive beer selection - the 1.5 litre size comes in a rather unruly maison jar. Wine list is mostly Ontario. Appetizers ordered were disappointing. Mussels arrived barely warm with serval unopened shells (waitress offered to bring more). Brie was served with very salty and overpowering bacon. Sweet potato spread had a very unappealing (curry?) spice. Main courses were much better- bison, lamb shank, duck leg - each very nicely done. The bowls (both veg and meat based) were quite delicious and very filling. Nothing out of the ordinary on the dessert menu, but everything was good that we tried. Noise level was high when the room was full, but not uncomfortable. Upper dining room is charmingly decorated to match the nostalgia of the original school house, right down to the impossibly uncomfortable wooden chairs.

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d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

One of our party ordered the arugula/quinoa salad which was usually a looked forward to selection. However, this evening the salad was heavy on the greens and light on the quinoa. The fish bites was rather disappointing too. No longer a favourite. The turkey burger and the beef burgers well well enjoyed though. A cheesecake was ordered which was as expected. It was more of a pudding consistency and rather watery.
Although the server was friendly enough the service was rather slow. We waited nearly an hour for the server to return and ask us if we were ready for our cheque. This was after all the dishes had been cleared and no coffees ordered. Too long to be forgotten.

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JH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back because of the quality of the food, but the service is also uniformly good in our experience. A good place for a celebration dinner, a date night, or just to lift your spirits in midwinter.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Right off the hop our server wasn’t having a good day and took it out on us. The girl that brought our food was nice. Food wasn’t bad but wasn’t special either. The atmosphere was really nice but other than that I don’t see myself returning unfortunately. I’ve heard the Guelph restaurant is better, I’ll give that’s try.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Venue was very nice. Service was amazing! Mike was very knowledgeable of the menu and had a great attitude! Very nice, kind and attentive! Food came fast and was mouthwatering! The pan seared salmon was a to die for!0

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DK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable evening out. Good food, good atmosphere.

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NB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed to find that the grille has discontinued it's free corkage. This was a very attractive option and does impact whether/how often I will return to dine.
Also my meal (salmon) was excellant in flavour but not warm enough and I did not ask to have it returned as
my companion's meal would have been cold should she have waited on me.

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RO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Dani was awesome! She was funny, attentive and knowledgeable!

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner out to celebrate a promotion. Our server was fantastic, she came and checked on us just enough to make sure we enjoyed everything! She filled us in on the history of the building and all the details! Food was fantastic from appetizer to dessert. Will definitely be back

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing local food with impeccable service. Truly a gem find!

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JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit slow - I was there for a business lunch and it took longer than expected, and had to rush back to the office for another meeting. Turkey burger was great as usual and another at our table had a burger which he enjoyed. Everyone enjoyed the soup of the day. The two others at the table had fish tacos and commented that they likely wouldn't order them again...somewhat bland. Maybe offer them with a hot sauce option was the thinking, or a tastier sauce which was tartar I believe.

Otherwise great experience, and a very nice restaurant...I'll be back.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Jeff! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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BJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was my first time visiting the restaurant and both my girlfriend and I were looking forward to it. Both the atmosphere and the service were good.
Unfortunately the food was not up to par. I ordered a salmon dish which sounded good on the menu. I had expectations for $27 or so. What came was a small, dry piece of salmon, on top of a bed of what looked and tasted like bland coleslaw. Mixed in with the coleslaw creation were small chopped up chunks of parsnip, served cold. The texture was almost like eating an uncooked potato. Not only was the piece of salmon small and dry, the dish had little to no flavor. There were no sauces or marinades to give any of the food character or taste of any kind. Truthfully I almost sent the dish back to the kitchen a few bites in, which is something I have never done before. I probably would have, if I had not been on a date. As a result, I am not sure I will ever return to the restaurant, when there are so many other restaurants delivering much better food for the price point.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.
Great food
Waitress was friendly and accommodating

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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent local and ethically sourced food. Friendly service and well-coordinated team delivery. We really enjoyed our time at Borealis in Kitchener.

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CF
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As my go-to restaurant when I come to Kitchener, I am never disappointed. We had the pesto linguini and chicken tacos which were both excellent. The service was quick, friendly, courteous and accurate. The meals were perfect and the cranberry mule cocktail was super yummy. We had a sampling of 4 desserts at the end which was the perfect way to top it off before laughing at the comedy festival afterwards. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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