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Borealis Grille & Bar

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Bar, Family Fare, Gastropub, Canadian
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1388 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-265-9007
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good lunch

Stopped in for lunch with a friend, reasonable lunch menu, service prompt and friendly, food good, reasonable beer prices. A good experience I hope I can repeat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
OntarioCanuck
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Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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guelph ontario
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Food was average,nothing special but it was good.when we got the bill it was over price.for the value .interior and service was good.patio was great.

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Canada
Top Contributor
688 reviews 688 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
532 helpful votes 532 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Stopped in for lunch with a friend, reasonable lunch menu, service prompt and friendly, food good, reasonable beer prices. A good experience I hope I can repeat.

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I had high expectations for Borealis and was excited to dine there. Nice looking restaurant. Food was average sadly. No one in our group of 4 was overly impressed with their dishes.

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Guelph, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We arrived on a fairly busy Thursday evening right before good Friday, so we sat at the bar for a few minutes while our table finished up. I like that the host's stand is in a separate area from the restaurant, and even the noisier bar section is separate from the dining room. We decided the bar would be nice... More 

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

Hello Thank you for taking the time to write such a fabulous review. I absolutely love our duck as well and just so you know the topping on the barley risotto cake is actually a cranberry compote. If you want to phone us before you come in next time we will be sure to always have a cheesecake available for... More 

Elora, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We had tried to eat here a few times but it was always too busy. This time we reserved online and were able to get in. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. She had my soup in front of me within 2 minutes after hearing how famished I was. It was a Carrot Fennel soup and was absolutely excellent.... More 

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

Hello What a lovely and thorough review. We are thrilled when people are happy with every part of their experience with us. The quinoa stir fry is an amazing dish and you are so right, it can be either a nice light dinner or with the addition of some protein a bit more filling, and both options are very healthy... More 

Petrolia, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I wanted a place that was not the usual chain restaurant. Checked out trip advisor reviews and chose this place. Staff was very welcoming. I personally found the seating area extremely dark considering we were there around 6pm. Actually had a hard time reading the menu. Not a big deal. We ordered a smoky bacon flatbread appetizer that was excellent.... More 

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

Hello Janet We are very happy to hear that you visited us and that you enjoyed your experience. The bacon flat bread and boar meatloaf are definitely two of our most popular dishes. We are however getting use to the sun setting later, and may have gone a bit over board dimming the lights, when you visited. It is something... More 

Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Things are fresh and delicious and it's a changing menu. Good for business, friends or couple. Love this place.

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

Hi Cookie Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We will be launching our Spring / Summer menu in the next few weeks. We hope to see you when you are back in Guelph. Cheers More 

Cambridge, Canada
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Five siblings meeting for drinks and dinner is a handful for any server!! She was very attentive but respectful of our chatting and catching up. Great wine and a wonderful selection of local beers on tap. Two of us had the turkey burger, yummy, goat cheese and hot pepper jelly brings out a tast sensation that is very unique, only... More 

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

Hi Gail What a wonderful review and comments! Thank you so much. We are over the moon thrilled that you and your siblings enjoyed yourselves so much. I have shared your wonderful comments on the food with our chef and your very kind feedback with our service staff. Thank you again and e look forward to welcoming your whole family... More 

2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I went here with my boyfriend for dinner to try something new in Guelph. We loved the service, our server was friendly and informative, the food was excellent too but the portions were really small and we left a little unsatisfied. I'd say it was a bit overpriced too, for such small portions. I will not likely eat here again.

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

Hi Allie Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the service and that you found the food excellent. Some of our dishes are smaller in size to accommodate guests that are not as hungry and are looking for a lighter dinner, however we do have a bunch of dishes that... More 

Port Elgin, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Lunch with family. Excelkent meal, fresh, well seasoned, good product prepared and presented nicely. Good service, delivered to the table hot ( except the salad - nice and cold) and quickly. Relatively quite and laid back. Good experience.

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

Hello Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed and that everything was nice and hot, except the salad :) We hope to welcome you back soon. Cheers 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 12 - 21
  • Cuisine: Bar, Family Fare, Gastropub, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

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