Borealis Grille & Bar - Guelph

4.5
435 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
Borealis Grille & Bar is a restaurant that serves the very best of locally crafted foods and beverages at everyday prices. 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. Combined with a deep respect for local heritage and craftsmanship and an unwavering dedication for sustainability and the environment, Borealis represents the embodiment of our philosophy and values.

Special Offers

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: 21 June 2019

Ends: 22 June 2118

Availability: Fri 16:00-23:00

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: 27 June 2019

Ends: 28 June 2118

Availability: Thu 11:30-22:45

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: 26 June 2019

Ends: 27 June 2118

Availability: Wed 16:00-22:45

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: 25 June 2019

Ends: 26 June 2118

Availability: Tue 11:30-22:45

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: 24 June 2019

Ends: 25 June 2118

Availability: Mon 11:30-22:45

Steak Dinner Sundays

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: 23 June 2019

Ends: 24 June 2118

Availability: Sun 16:00-22:45

What 435 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok, and I'm sure we will be back, but it wouldn't be the first restaurant I'd chose to recommend at this point. We love the neighbourhood group, and frequent all 3 restaurants. My steak was quite chewy, although the flavour and how it was cooked was perfect. I found the meat not to be great quality for what you are paying.
My husband enjoyed his burger.

Thanks

SH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely weather to eat on the patio!

MG
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great! The food was awesome.
Server was lovely:)

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came for the food day Canada menu and it did not disappoint - we had all three courses and not a complaint about any of them. The goat cheese appetizer was outstanding, the ribs had an amazing BBQ sauce, and the chocolate mousse was so rich! Our server Pheona was great! She was polite and kind, was not overbearing which really let us enjoy our date, while still attending to all of our needs - very happy with our service! Overall great experience, will not be able to stop discussing how amazing the goat cheese was for days!! Thank you for hosting us!

KM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch on the patio. The fish tacos were so delicious!!

AC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very friendly and efficient. The service she provided was on point , she wasn’t intrusive, but always had her eye on us , checking drink refills - which I appreciate.

RM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great and service friendly and attentive! Easy reservations online too! Nice selection of wines and beers on tap to compliment the menu. The clam linguine special was excellent with fresh greens and a tasty sauce.

BR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was really good, I had the salmon which is very tasty. My husband had the Cornish hen which he really enjoyed. Our waiter was amazing even though he was so busy! The app we had was the soup of the day which if I wasn’t so full I would have had seconds!
Unfortunately we chose the patio on a hot day and during rush hour, not much the restaurant can do about that!
Overall amazing date night!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great with a very understanding waiter

TW
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good experience. The server was especially helpful and pleasant.

KM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent local food with a seasonal menu and super friendly server! Had the virgin kombucha sangria and it was incredible! The sausage bowl was so tasty and filling.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fathers Day

C
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good as usual. Detour no longer on tap, which was a disappointed, however the Mcleans IPAwas ok. Would prefer Detour.

MD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The special was fried chicken and it was amazing. Local, fresh ingredients make the difference. My daughter is graduating from the University of Guelph so we won't be in the area much but may have to make the drive for dinner!

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service! One of our favorites.

FT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love bringing the family for dinner on the patio.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a wonderful lunch. Loved the chickpea tacos, everything was great. Will definitely come again.

GT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While our server was well-intentioned, she was very intrusive and interjected herself into the conversation with queries and comments. Our party was there to discuss matters, not for light social banter, so her too-frequent interruptions were unwanted and she seemed annoyed by our lack of enthusiasm for them. Clearly, she did not pay attention to the details of the order either . . . water, no ice, with lemon instead of cucumber came as water with ice. Minor point, but with all of her visits, perhaps she could have gotten that one right? She was rather older and it is possible this was her first time as a server.

BC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Were disappointed in the chicken sandwich with the rhubarb relish I think you called it. 3 of us ordered it and said we would not order it again. I have heard reports of people not happy re their food at times 😐

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and ambiance

DP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service - thank you Katie! Lovely setting

MC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We went to Borealis for Mother’s Day dinner. We were given a very small table for two at the front of the restaurant by the windows. My sense was that the table was just put there to accommodate the number of people. It was by the door to the main entrance and it was freezing. My wife had her coat on the entire time. Nothing worse than going out for a nice meal and being cold. Food was good as it usually is but do think it is a bit pricey. I had the sausage entree, very good but some bread with it would be nice. Of course being Mother’s Day it was noisy but that’s to be expected. Our server was excellent. Unfortunately because of where the table was and how cold it was it was a very quick meal🙁

DW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked it but would have preferred more steak options, but the steak I had was delicious

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

Mother’s Day

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service! I appreciate the fact that everything is as local as possible and yet reasonably priced and very tasty. We came here for mother's day and it was a great choice. Our service was very nice and it was a pleasant experience, although due to acoustics it ends up being quite loud!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New menu item of Brushetta Linguine was very tasty, light and a great addition for summer

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

We had a very good experience at Borealis. We were seated in a quiet area which only became noisier as more people were seated - which was to be expected. Our server, Portia, was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. She was also very personable and attentive but also gave us privacy. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The decor was rustic but chic and made us feel welcome and comfortable. There were vegan and vegetarian options for some of the members of our party. The meat entrees also received the seal of approval from the meat eaters in our party. Also, the washrooms are on the main floor which was good for one in our party who was visually impaired. I would highly recommend Borealis as it is reasonably priced for quality food and has a nice ambiance. The menu has something for everyone.

JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious take on your favorite entrees. Local sourcing is a nice angle.

JG
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and food was different and delicious full of flavour.

OT
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Salmon linguine was a little fishy. Pork loin chop was very good. A little noisy for a Friday night. Excellent and courteous service. Good wine. Overall good.

BC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a date night for 2 at Borealis on Wednesday. Our server Brad was very nice and friendly. We shared the roasted red pepper dip which was delicious! We both decided on the steak for the entree and were not disappointed. The steak was delicious, especially the garlic aioli. And cheesecake for dessert. The only criticism is that we both love a Graham cracker crust with our cheesecake and would recommend doing a crumble on top. Overall great dinner and restaurant experience!

TS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great salad greens with no meat burger.

Suggestion- ask customers how they would like their burger cooked.

Great service and delicious food.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food did not have much flavour. I had duck that was tough. My husband had pesto linguini and said he could barely taste the pesto.
The server was good, helpful and polite.

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

Excellent service!

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SH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the service!

LB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was great just wished she would have filled are waters more

H
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Had to wait in crowded front room for extended period of time to be seated.
Finally, another customer went to get someone.
Waiter was excellent!
Treating our elderly parents for dinner..music was far too loud; could barely have a conversation.
3 of 4 food entries were tasty, cornish hen was not (barely any meat, slimy veggies).
Creme Brulee was FANTASTIC...will come back just for this, but not with people we want to talk to, music too loud).

EF
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Servers were lovely and made the dining experience very enjoyable. Food was great as always, and it came out fast which is always appreciated. Really happy with my experience.

DS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A good family place focused on local food fair with a relaxed atmosphere.

SH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the service!

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