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.

Special Offers

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.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 26 June 2019

Ends: 27 June 2118

Availability: Sun 16:00-22:45

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: 26 June 2019

Ends: 27 June 2118

Availability: Fri 16:00-22:45

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: 26 June 2019

Ends: 27 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: 26 June 2019

Ends: 27 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: 26 June 2019

Ends: 27 June 2118

Availability: Mon 11:30-22:45

What 1103 People Are Saying
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WT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the flat iron steak, which was delicious, tender, and perfectly grilled, served with an interesting variety of seasonal vegetables that were so good I ate every bite. Everyone in my group enjoyed their meal and had a very nice evening.

AY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Thanksgiving dinner and it was delightful. Two of us had the special thanksgiving turkey meal and one had the turkey burger. We enjoyed them all, mine was adjusted well for gluten free. We did the 2 for 1 appetizers, baked Brie with bacon jam and honey corn bread. The waitress brought me Barrie's nacho chips so I could enjoy the baked Brie which was delicious. The turkey dinner was so huge I had leftovers for two lunches. Thanks for a great thanksgiving!

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

I have been to the restaurant multiple times and never had a problem but on this occasion I was introducing my parents to the restaurant and when our food came it was cold. Tasted amazing just cold, my mother being the person she is wouldn’t let me complain. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant before.

WB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a very good experience at the Borealis. Food was good but the portions, on the price fixe and the steak special were a little small for some appetite's. Overall, a very good evening. Service was excellent.

LB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating an anniversary, so we tried the Wednesday Date Night Special, and it was not only delicious but a great value. The food was well-prepared and flavourful, from the flatbread appetizer to the salmon and cornish hen entrees. Some unusual greens with the salmon, but they were tasty. The desserts were amazing, topping off the night perfectly! Our server Luigi was very energetic and helpful with questions. All in all, a special date night!

RK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, wine and beer choices.
Lots of local options.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you RetiredKit for the feedback!

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DL
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Server was very rude . When ordering wine I stated what I would like, she seemed confused and impatient, so I pointed to my selection on the menu to clarify and her response was “ you tell me obviously I can’t read that from here”.
Unacceptable. Many many restaurants in this region and I would rather spend my money where I will be treated with courtesy and respect.

LS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch with friends! Love the fresh food and excellent service.

l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found the music too loud and if so next time will mention to staff

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the heads up- we're happy to accommodate personal preferences where possible. Please let us know next time!

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M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. Never a disappointment going.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 6 days ago

Wonderful! Thank you!

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W
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

A very good restaurant for offering their patrons whole food and food supplied locally. It was our first time and we picked this restaurant because of the good reviews we read on line. The food was presented lovely. I had the fish bowl with curry. I was hoping for a spicer dish. I found it rather bland. It looked nicely presented though. Our server was very attentive. We (there were 2 of us) were given a table right beside another table with 8 other people. The restaurant wasn't that busy so we wondered why we placed so close to another table.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Wendy, thank you for taking the time to send us your thoughtful feedback. Our curry can definately be made spicier, please ask and we are happy to accommodate! Sometimes it's hard for us to know what type of seating preference a guest may have, let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs. We hope to see you again soon!

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SS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and wonderful food! Look forward to returning.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Sandra for the 5-star review!

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JW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Borealis is a restaurant that sources it’s food locally. As such you might not get a certain food you really like... HOWEVER! don’t let that dissuade you from eating here.. this restaurant gives you a chance to try something different. My wife and I had a great time. Food was delicious!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you John! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience so much! Cheers!

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with my girlfriends. Borealis never disappoints!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 30 September 2019

Yes! Thank you Janice- love hearing that!

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CF
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited this Borealis location many times. It is my go-to when I am in Kitchener and it never fails to meet my expectations. The food is always outstanding and so is the service. I had my favorite chicken tacos and shared a bruschetta, both were excellent and so was the Riesling from Cave Springs. I love supporting local food producers which is another reason to love Borealis.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 22 September 2019

Thank you Caroline for supporting local and for your 5-star review!

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DL
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s was a lovely place to have dinner.... would go back again for sure!!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 22 September 2019

Thank you Deanna, it was lovely to have you join us for dinner! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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j
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Chris the waiter was great ! On top of everything we wanted and very willing to help with choices
Loved the ambiance
We will be back

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 18 September 2019

That's awesome Jack- thanks for sharing! Chris is a newer addition to our team, and I know he'll be excited to hear your feedback. Cheers!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Borealis had the perfect ambience and the service was prompt. The waitress was very friendly and polite. It was my birthday and since I didn’t order any dessert she gave me a gift card for $10. That was very impressive! Will definitely recommend the restaurant to my friends.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 17 September 2019

Wonderful! So happy to chose to spend such a special occasion with us- cheers!

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ET
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for a girls night out, before my friends wedding. The staff was amazing and the food was delicious!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 17 September 2019

Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate with us!

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LS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance, service and food. Local - fresh. Customization for food allergies. Great gluten free menu selections. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 17 September 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are fortunate to have a very talented and dedicated culinary team who strive to make sure all food requests are accommodated as best we can. Cheers!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good meal options. Service was outstanding. Great flavour, reasonably priced. Louder than I expected.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 11 September 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us!

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R
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing professional service combined with fresh local/ Canadian innovatively prepared food. Our number one with friends and out of town guests!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 11 September 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! Cheers!

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WM
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service.
Perfect for a family get together but a bit loud for a dinner amongst adults only

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 11 September 2019

Thanks Will! If you're looking for a more intimate dinner with a group, be sure to check out our Wine Cellar private room. It's not just for birthdays!

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KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food, great service! Ordered fish & chips, given option to have pan seared instead of battered and fried. Fantastic! Love the house Pinto Grigio. Really cool that it is on tap.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 11 September 2019

Wow! Thank you Kathleen! We appreciate your kinds words and commitment to choosing local food and drink- can't wait to have you back soon!

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KV
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I've been there before and loved it. My husband's fish & chips were great. I got the cornish hen which was a ridiculous size portion for $25- had maybe 6 small bites of chicken. I had declined potatoes and didn't ask what the vegetable was. It was Brussels sprouts, which I don't enjoy. When the waitress inquired, I said that I should have asked. She offered to fix it and offered me broccoli, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, it wasn't really being kind because I was charged an extra $5! Ridiculous when I was already paying so much for a very small serving.

AD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. It's tasty and fresh. Cooked when you order it and the desserts, made in house. Even the biscotti on the side of creme brulee is made by the chef. So so so good all around. Best of all they focus on local suppliers. Love. I

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 4 September 2019

Wow! Thank you Aurora!

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was excited to have dinner at Borealis as it has been a favourite of mine in the past. However, this visit was not my best. The food was good, but not great. For the price, it was disappointing. It wasn’t busy so it wasn’t very loud. In fact, it was really quiet and not even piped in music to set the atmosphere. It was a very average evening.

N
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed catching up with 3 friends over a delicious meal with great service. Everyone was accommodating and we had a wonderful experience.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 2 September 2019

Wow! Thanks Nicole for your kind words, we're delighted you had such a great time with friends!

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TS
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. We enjoyed our "date night" and the service was quick and courteous. We will definitely be coming back again!

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you Trinda! We can't wait to see you again soon!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Yes except the Ceasar salad was very soggy and not fresh at all

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 2 September 2019

Our apologies Ken, we aim to consistently deliver great product for every guest. I'm sorry we missed the mark on this occasion. Next time, if any part of your meal is not to your liking please let us know, we want to right that wrong and ensure you're leaving satisfied!

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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch experience and the server was very helpful.

S
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great environment to bring people to see. Historic building with a variety of main level and upstairs spaces to enjoy a meal. Food is good, place is casual and easy to get to from the local highways or in town.

Borealis Grille & Bar - Kitchener
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you, Sharon! Your feedback is most appreciated!

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BH
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on the patio.....great atmosphere....potted herbs on the tables....menu has great variety..local ingredients and well prepared and presented. Well worth the trip!

DM
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and the price is reasonable for such a fresh and amazing meal. I had the turkey burger - so good! A must try!

SL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

My wifes chicken was burnt and dry and salad was wilted and flavorless!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service a bit slow
Fish and chips greasy

BB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Borealis for my brother-in-law’s 80th birthday, 6 of us in total. Absolutely amazing lunch menu selection, food and service was excellent and we really enjoyed the ambience of the restored school house.

Ernesto was our Server and we were so impressed with his friendliness, knowledge of the menu and suggestions. Absolutely the best Server that I have ever encountered, A+++ in every regard. We were there for over 2 1/2 hours and he was there for us at every moment.

Definitely will return.

GT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday night is 2 for 1 appetizers. We tried the Brie and the red pepper dip appetizers, both were delicious. The Elk and Pork Tortiere was very tasty. It sits on top of a bed of greens and small potatoes. Highly recommended. Friendly and professional service...well done. The building is old and has a lot of history so it is always an interesting topic! I come here frequently and I'm never disappointed! Thank you, a lovely evening!

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Unless you’re sitting on the patio or upstairs it’s like being in the cafeteria in high school. We waited 30 minutes between the time we were seated to the time we finally asked our waitress for a drink menu. And then another 40 minutes for our drinks. Simple drinks gin and soda, a gin martini, a lemon drop martini and a rye and Coke. The restaurant did not seem that busy. That should Chaucuterie board that was supposed to come with a variety of meats and cheeses Came with three tiny wedges of Bree a whole pile of apples cut up to look like they were cheese right next to the cheese, and about seven slices of salami. There is absolutely no variety and was hardly worth the price. It was if they ran out of food and figured people would not know any better if they added filler instead of telling us they were low on product. I really hope that that’s not what they normally serve. A variety of cheese would imply more than 3 tiny wedges of brie. And a variety of local needs would imply more than just salami. Once we ordered our meals and appetizers, everything came in a timely fashion. The fish and chips are amazing. My husband didn’t like the steak option.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I booked using the app. Indicated it was our anniversary. Restaurant didn’t mention or offer anything.

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