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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 73
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  • 78
    Very good
  • 35
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  • 15
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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
Locally sourced near Guelph is very good

It was a tasty delight to go to Borealis in Guelph on our way home to central Ontario. My wife and I have been looking for a restaurant that serves local, fresh, and well prepared food at a reasonable price. When this is coupled with local Ontario wines and freshly prepared cocktails, at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
robert3360
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Ontario, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

It was a tasty delight to go to Borealis in Guelph on our way home to central Ontario. My wife and I have been looking for a restaurant that serves local, fresh, and well prepared food at a reasonable price. When this is coupled with local Ontario wines and freshly prepared cocktails, at a reasonable price, all is right in... More 

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Maryland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The food was really excellent, the wine we chose was very good and reasonably priced (the $31 bottle of Pinot Noir). Not inexpensive but good value. Good service. Acceptable noise level - on a busy Saturday night it wasn't quiet, but we could converse at our table and there was not an extraneous soundtrack raising the decibel level. Would definitely... More 

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

Hello and thank you for the wonderful review. We are very happy that you and your guests enjoyed your Saturday night with us and a wonderful bottle of Ontario Pinot Noir to top it off. Next time you can hopefully sit on our patio, it is definitely a popular place. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Food is tasty here but I was very disappointed with their Mothers Day Bruch!! Nothing special at all! In fact I think they just threw the menus together with various selections from their main menus ( not sure) No fruit dishes or salads offered. I had a crepe with apple pieces(maybe 2 or 3 pcs) it was thin like a... More 

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

Hello and thank you for taking the time to tell us about your Mother's Day experience. We are very sorry you were disappointed with the menu selections. We do use items from our regular menu including a few of our signature salads and a few brunch items our chefs create for the day. I have shared your suggestions with our... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The wings are great! Service and atmosphere very good. We have been there several times and the restaurant remains very consistently good.

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

Hello! Our wings are definitely the best around. And if you didn't already know we offer them 2 for 1 on Monday's and Tuesday's. We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for the review. Cheers More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Nothing special, but I like the outside tables. I was there for a meeting with my friends last summer

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

Hello We are happy to let you know that our patio is up and running again for the summer season. We are also launching our new menu this week and are confident that there will be something there that will elevate us to the "something special" category :) We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers More 

Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We have been here a couple times in the past and have found it a very nice dining experience. The food is very good and reasonably priced. We recommend this restaurant for your next dining outing

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

Thank you very much for your review and your recommendation to others. It always makes us very happy when our guests enjoy their experience and want others to do the same. Thank you again and we hope to see you back soon. Cheers More 

Campinas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I was disappointed with the food. The hostess and the waitress were excellent, but when my salmon arrived, I realized something was not right. It was the first salmon I've had in the world with that characteristic smell of fish... it was too grilled and not juicy, and, unfortunately, I wasn't able to eat it. The mashed potato, however, was... More 

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

Hello and thank you for your review. While we are very happy to hear you enjoyed the service, we are very sorry that you were unhappy with your salmon. Usually our salmon gets great reviews. I am unsure if you told anybody that day but we will always replace your meal if you are not enjoying it and get you... More 

Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Lunch here this past Sunday - travelling through the area - so pleased to have found it - almost drove by it with the name "Borealis" being a tougher one to remember/make-out! Excellent menu of farm to table and locally inspired foods and beers on tap. I had Elk Tacos - my wife fish tacos. Fresh and well-presented some of... More 

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

Hello and thank you for your wonderful comments. We are thrilled you were able to find us and that you enjoyed your dining experience. We do have live music every Thursday. Our patio is a huge hit with many of our guests, it is so nice to be outside after this winter! The fish and elk tacos are definitely some... More 

Burlington, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We made reservations for our family of 8 for dinner. Turns out it is only 1/2 hour from our home and very easy for the kids to get to off the main highway. Drinks for all after they sat us in our own room near the back. I had the Cesar back infused vodka which was excellent. Next the main... More 

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

Hello! Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your Anniversary Celebration. So great that you are so close, you will have to come check out our patio this summer. Thanks again. Cheers! More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Been to Borealis a few times and what I love is not only the food is farm fresh but their menu is quite different from any other menu. There's quinoa, beef, turkey, elk, duck ... so many dishes that you would never find on another restaurants menu. The service is always great, very friendly. It does get a tad loud... More 

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

Thanks for the awesome review. We love hearing that our guests enjoy their experience here. I have passed on your recommendations for some carb free appetizers to our chefs. Also we have a fabulous salad menu and all of them are available in smaller sizes for a great appetizer. We can't wait to welcome you back. 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 - 20
  • Cuisine: Bar, Family Fare, Gastropub, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?