Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener

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1019 reviews
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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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KS
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve been here on 3 separate occassions and every time it seems to disappoint. For the price there are so many better options out there. I would not recommend, or go back.

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DH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place and awesome server. I believe his name was Ernesto. He was awesome!

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T
Northern MI
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved that is all local
Great service and food

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Strange server, not very helpful with menu recommendations. Ordered the red pepper dip and the duck confit. Tasted ok, nothing spectacular.

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JH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted warmly, seated right away, and enjoyed the warm and efficient service of Ashley, who has served us before as well. The food was excellent as always, and the team did everything to make our evening enjoyable.

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JF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very Disappointed with Dessert menu.
Zero selection of any chocolate items.
If you’re a chocolate lover, don’t come here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food!

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KF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The BEST Caesar salad I’ve ever had while eating out. Bruschetta linguine was perfect and turkey burger SO FLAVOURFUL! Only thing that took away from the experience was the potato carrot soup which was not even lukewarm upon arrival at our table.

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m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love going here, such a warm and welcoming restaurant. One of my favorites! Food was amazing, so fresh! Service was really great as well. The waiter went beyond to ensure that we got everything we needed and more.

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BB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, locally sourced and a nice vibe all around. We picked it because it was close to Landmark Cinemas but were pleasantly surprised with our dining experience. We will definitely be back, movie or not!

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AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so excited I finally got to try the Brunch menu at Borealis and am I ever glad I did!!! It was so delicious! I especially loved the Apple Fritters, they were the best I've ever had. As usual, Borealis did not disappoint and you guys have the best staff ever. They're always on the balls, super friendly and really make you feel welcome. Thank you for the wonderful Mother's Day brunch!

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LL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was very good. Some dishes were good and some were very mediocre. The food can be tasty, but it is dependent on what dish you order. We tried a few dishes since there were 6 of us. I recommend the seafood bowl, the burger and the seasonal cobbler. People in our group liked the bison (market special) and the pie. The burger was juicy but nothing special. The creme brûlée was warm but it did have tea infused flavour.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Quiet and great food. Attentive server.

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food service was exceptionally slow. We were there over 2 hours and had only ordered 1 appetizer and main course each for a party of 4. This was at 3:00 pm on a Saturday when there were only 4 or 5 other tables occupied. The kitchen clearly couldn't work out timings. Most of the food came to the table cold or luke warm at best. Overall a very disappointing experience and certainly would expect much better quality and service given the pricing. Certainly won't return.

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PT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

It was far too noisy for a nice visit with my mom. The food was not up to par, service was ok, but a bit slow. The server did what they could to accommodate our issues and try to make the experience a good one.
I would recommend to friends but I would tell them that it is super noisy.

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TZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Two of us had the fish and chips, I had a burger with fries. They were all fine, no complaints. My sister had the sausage bowl and thought it was fantastic. Our server Luigi lived up to all the other posted reveiws ! He was very attentive and social. I was expecting the entire place to be a bit more upper end but happy all the same.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Everything was great, amazing, different (from most other places) food and outstanding service. Nice size meals (not too big, just right) and REALLY tasty.

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Need more dairy free options. And fix the error on your gluten free menu. The red pepper dip on the gluten free menu doesn’t say it has cream cheese in it. Please fix this as my sister is gluten and dairy free and though that would be a good starter.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Been here many times functions include, casual dining, lunch,anniversary party, birthday party and dinner with family. Always outstanding service and food. Highly recommendable.

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JS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server (female) was delightful, knowledgeable and helpful as we asked questions and opinions!

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KD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love having a restaurant to eat at that knows how to cook for vegetarians (not just a salad). The food is quality and they change it up so keeps it fresh. Servers are friendly and atmosphere is pleasant.

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C
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and were very impressed with the service we received this evening. They went above and beyond and made it a wonderful celebration for two. Even though it was quite loud in the room they made sure they gave us the quietest spot possible. We appreciated the special attention and special touches they gave us thorough out the evening. Thank you so much! We will be back

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C
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luigi is always a pleasure and makes the total stay amazing It was a pleasure as always.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service with s great menus selection and great value for the date night special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luigi was a phenomenal server. Really made our evening.

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EL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service are exceptional. I do find the restaurant generally loud but it depends on the clientele at the time which no one can predict. I have had quiet dinners which I appreciate.

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N
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food and service were not as good as in previous visits. Food took a long time to come out and server kept telling us it is coming soon. When the food arrived, the chips part of my fish and chips were cold. Another member of our group had no utensils and server was no where to be found. After about 10 minutes server came back, but the cold food and no utensils became non-issues, as we were 1/2 half finished our meals. Chicken tacos were a big disappointment! Barely any chicken. We will try the restaurant again, but things need to improve

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebration

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JR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was an altogether pleasant experience.
There were too many patrons for the available service staff.

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CM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing!!! Love the staff, food, and atmosphere!

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend Borealis to others. I can’t wait to visit again and to share the experience with others.

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JN
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you. We enjoyed our time there. The food was good. It was a bit noisy but that was just one young man who had a loud voice that carried across the room. I have been there many times with different friends. I do miss the veggie stir-fry that you used to have on your menu. I started eating salmon after having your pumpkin seeded crusted salmon. One comment would be to ask patrons if they would like a coffee refill. We had to ask. Other than that, enjoyable. Jane

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
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 on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great selection of locally sourced food.

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
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
5 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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