Borealis Grille & Bar - Guelph

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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 451 People Are Saying
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r
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Make sure you follow your servers suggestion. I pointed to the "bowl" I wanted (chicken and sausage) and she suggested a different one. I persisted with mine and it was truly awful.

GD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful for a special night out with family. Amazing food and drinks!

TL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very fresh food and great selection or dishes . The service is always excellent. Servings are small especially the Thanksgiving Special.

FR
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Thanksgiving dinner at Borealis with our family. Great food and great service. Our waitress, Dora, was amazing, as usual!

LW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful dining experience. Extraordinary food and service was excellent. (Tamara) We will be back!

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

First time visiting the Guelph location. Flavours were disappointing compared to previous experiences at Borealis Grille in Kitchener.

DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were very disappointed with the food. It was of poor quality and absolutely no flavour.
The music was very loud especially for a lunch, and very difficult to have a conversation with work peers.
The restaurant was not busy, and still it took a while to get our food and the service was less than average. Sorry Borealis, we so wanted to enjoy, but was very disappointed.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

App and entree were great, but we got some pressed canola cake for desert and it tasted like bland cornbread.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portia, our server was amazing! Super friendly, knew the specials, the wine list and everything else we asked her! We came in a group of 8 and everyone was trying to think about the next time we can come back! Thank you.

s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, albeit new, was fantastic. He made some great recommendations and was very friendly. The turkey burger that I got had very little seasoning so it was very bland - not something I enjoyed. Everything else - their salmon fish cake special and the chicken bowl was delicious, as were all the desserts we tried (i.e. most of them)

AN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service staff very friendly and accommodating. Ambient noise level much better than typical road house/sports bar establishments. Pickerel and chip servings were very highly rated by two diners. Sadly, the duck confit was a disaster - cold, tough, needed some kind of carb side. Very disappointing. Cornish hen was well received.
Menu prices about 15% higher than comparable restaurants - acceptable if it were not for the duck fiasco.

SH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall a very nice meal, however service was quite slow. Perhaps not enough servers for the number of patrons that were there at that time.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great menu with many choices even for picky eaters. Everything is local including the wine selection. The deserts are fantastic. We’ve been here 4 times and will be back. My only complaint would be the noise coming from the TV’s in the bar side spilling into the dining room.

CF
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been to Borealis in Kitchener many times and figured I’d try the Guelph location. I was not disappointed. The food and service were great. We started off on the patio and then moved inside when it got cool. It’s a bit noisy with the road right next to the patio but that’s unavoidable.

I had my favourite chicken tacos and they were perfectly prepared. Juicy, crispy bites of deliciousness! I would come back and would recommend it to anyone.

ER
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food what else can you ask for.

ST
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and Tamara our server was excellent. Service was very fast however it was 7:30 pm when we arrived so not a lot of customers there
to serve.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The waiter was over booked in a packed room that she had to serve alone. The Risotto was very far from being anything I would of called a Risotto. It was extremely dry and tasted horrible. I have included a picture, where you will see it looks like barley or even quinoa. Due to the waiter being over booked she was unable to check on our table until after we were just ready to leave having shared the other main ordered. The steak was not as expected by the description on the menu and was over cooked. The drinks were also not that great and in the end found out the one I had ordered was being tested out. A heads up would’ve been appreciated that they were still testing the drink out and different ways to make it good. I probably would of avoided it all together.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
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
3 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:)

MD
Toronto
3 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

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