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Borealis Grille & Bar

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Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian
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1388 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-265-9007
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 40
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A little expensive but so worth it

Upon arrival we were greeted with smiling faces and seated right away, minutes lates our great server arrived and offered drinks and some help choosing menu items from their farm to table, local cuisine. The food was great, the atmosphere is nice, the local stone and wood interior are really nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
SunWorship46
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Guelph, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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English first
Arthur, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the fun waitress, the food, and the atmosphere. We went here for our small company Christmas dinner and were not disappointed. The tenderloin medallions were grilled perectly. The vegetables were so flavourful, and the mix was like a symphony of flavours!

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Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Borealis was one of the first restaurants I ate at after moving to Guelph. I have to admit that it was a wonderful experience. I had the pasta with elk meatballs, and my wife had...some sort of burger. We ended up sitting at the bar, which isn't as bad as it seems when you consider that there are actual booths... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I loved the burger! One of the best I have had. They don"t make the meatloaf any more so I wasn't sure what to get. I decided on the burger and was pleasantly surprised. The burger is not cheap ($17) but so yummy and worth it.

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Guelph, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

There are some unique items on the menu so not the place for picky eaters. That said my meal was really just okay.

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Edmonton, Canada
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I like the idea of local ingredients...the cucumber slices in place of lemon wedges for the water make the point. Food was good but in my own personal preferences, are too lightly seasoned. I guess it tasted "healthy" haha. I am not saying this is a bad thing...a lot of people think restaurants over season so I guess they would... More 

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BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello, We appreciate that you took the time to provide your feedback on Trip Advisor. We take great effort in trying to use as many local ingredients as possible, and we're glad you noticed the use of cucumber instead of lemon. I have passed along your note about seasoning to our culinary team to ensure that we are following our... More 

Guelph, Canada
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Upon arrival we were greeted with smiling faces and seated right away, minutes lates our great server arrived and offered drinks and some help choosing menu items from their farm to table, local cuisine. The food was great, the atmosphere is nice, the local stone and wood interior are really nice, it was clean, everything came fast. Great job, we'll... More 

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BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

It sounds like you really enjoyed the brand of hospitality that we provide. That makes all of us incredibly happy. We source out the best quality ingredients that we can find, and our motto is that we should only go as far as we have to, to get them. Sometimes that means paying a little more, but we are willing... More 

Guelph, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

we have eaten here several times - love the food, great staff, interesting decor - BUT I dread sitting in the middle of the dining room... it's just too loud and crowded. I suggest the booths in bar area or dining room - or patio - since it's summer!

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BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

As you mentioned, similar to many restaurants, there are some areas that are more conducive to a quieter experience. We do need to have the flexibility to seat groups of 8 or larger, which is what the area of the room that you described allows us to do. Thanks for mentioning the quality of the food that you received. We... More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It's a shame that the outdoor patio is so close to the road, but the food is great- worth trying something different.

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BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

It is incredible to read when our guests love the food here. It puts a smile on the face of our hardworking Chef. As the summer goes along and the garden fills out around the patio, you will find that you don't hear the traffic as much. More 

Ontario
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We visited for a dinner with a business client. Were seated quickly and brought water while we waited for one more in our group to arrive....then we waited, and waited! Finally after having no luck catching any of the wait staff, I asked what was up at the front....manager was very apolgetic, another server took our orders, first server apologized.... More 

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BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

While it would have been great if we hit all of our marks right from the beginning, I'm glad that we were able to recover your service experience. I'm sure that on your next visit, things will be much more seamless. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great food prepared well excellent service would definitely go again and also is a community oriented restaurant

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BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

We love to hear when people recognize the hard work and pride that our culinary team puts in to the food that we serve. It makes us even happier when our guests notice our commitment to the community as well. We look forward to taking great care of you once again upon your next visit. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1388 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: +1 519-265-9007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 19
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business

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