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Borealis Grille & Bar

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Gastropub, Grill, Wine Bar
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4336 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
+1 519-219-9007
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Borealis Grille & Bar is a restaurant that serves the very best of locally...
Borealis Grille & Bar is a restaurant that 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. Combined with a deep respect for local heritage and craftsmanship and an unwavering dedication for sustainability. Our Borealis location in Kitchener is set in a restored 19th century schoolhouse, that is showcased in the great Harvest Lounge at the entrance. We look forward to seeing you!
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
We love Borealis!

This restaurant is our go-to place for an environmentally conscious, healthy and family friendly meal! We have always had a 5 star experience at Borealis and frequently recommend it to friends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
a_cleverley
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Cambridge
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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English first
Cambridge
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is our go-to place for an environmentally conscious, healthy and family friendly meal! We have always had a 5 star experience at Borealis and frequently recommend it to friends.

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Kitchener, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It was my birthday today and out of all the restaurants in Kitchener I chose to come here. Thats because their food is high quality and tastes real and flavourful. The head chef randomly came to check up on us and asked us how the food was. He found out that it was my birthday and then gave me a... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing us for your birthday. It always makes us proud when people choose to celebrate special occasions at our restaurant. I'm also happy to hear that our Chef John David made your day even more special. We can't wait to see you again - probably for Wing Night! Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Waterloo, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We've been frequenting Borealis in Kitchener since they opened 4 years ago. We were enchanted with their 'obsessively local' food and drink menu, as well as their commitment to restaurant energy reduction and even kitchen scrap recycling. Since then we've been proud to watch them rack up awards for their earth friendly endeavours while introducing as many friends and family... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

This is amazing to read, and it brought a smile to all of our faces today. We understood that we had some limitations to our space when we originally opened, and always wanted to make things better. We had the opportunity to do so, and we took it. We agree totally that now our surroundings are more in line with... More 

Kitchener, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Borealis has a very interesting and soulful menu of really good food. I have eaten here several times and can recommend anything on the menu. Everything is cooked to perfection, presented well and served by competent and capable servers. Recently, i held a party at this restaurant ... the service was excellent and entertaining. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Great menu... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

I'm so glad you took the time to let us know about your experience here at Borealis. Our Chef works hard at coming up with items that you don't see on a lot of menus. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Windsor, Canada
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My wife daughter and I stopped for dinner on a Saturday night on our way through Kitchener. I've been to the Guelph location of this restaurant and loved it. I was not disappointed at all with the Kitchener location.similar menu, same great food! I had the fish tacos which were fantastic. The food is great, the service is great and... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello MikeH, I'm glad to hear that you decided to drop by our restaurant with your daughter. I'm especially ecstatic to read that everything was great during your time with us. I will pass along your kind words to our team here, and at our Guelph location as well. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner More 

Waterloo, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I've been hearing about this restaurant on the radio and have driven by it many times. My husband and I finally had a Friday date night so we thought we'd give it a try. It looks good from the outside and there is plenty of parking b/c it's in a shopping complex. The decor is OK but...you can see where... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving your feedback when it comes to your experience with us, and I'm disappointed to hear that we didn't make you fans. I am truly sorry that you didn't enjoy your time with us. I couldn't agree with you more that some improvements need to be made to the room that you were dining in. In fact,... More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. They have a delicious fresh menu ... Cooked it exactly the way we ordered. Service was wonderful... Absolutely no complaints and mountains of praise!

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Wow! We're blushing! I'm extremely happy to hear that you recommend us to everyone that you know as well. I will be sure to share your comments with the entire team here at Borealis. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Kitchener, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We went to the Borealis in Kitchener for our anniversary meal. The choice of food is excellent, the waitress serving us was very attentive. All the meals that we saw coming out of the kitchen looked very good, you do pay a little more but we thought that this was well worth it for a special occasion. The only downside... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving your feedback on Trip Advisor. We really appreciate hearing when our guests feel that we provide value in the experience here at our restaurant. If you're looking for a cozier atmosphere, please don't hesitate to request one of our booths, as they feel a little more intimate for sure. We look forward to taking great care of... More 

Cambridge, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Expect an all-round excellent experience at the Borealis Kitchener. The food was tasty, well portioned and presented, off an attractive menu. Our server, as well as all the other staff that we encountered, was attentive and professional despite being busy with a nearly full house that evening. Although some other reviewers advise that this restaurant is over-priced, this was not... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello Margaret, Thanks for thinking of us for special occasions. We're always quite proud when people want to celebrate with us. I'm also incredibly happy to hear that you feel that our menu is value based. Like we say, "Local Tastes Way Better". Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I've been to Borealis seven or eight times and I find almost every time, the portions are lacking. My wife and I go to dinner every Friday night. we have for years now. I have no complaints with the service or atmosphere. Because of the cuisine one does expect the prices are a little higher than average restaurants. But to... More 

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Neil R, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello Terry, Thank you for providing us with your feedback regarding your experiences at Borealis. I would also like to thank you for being such a regular guest! When it comes to the portion sizes, we try to ensure that we provide value to our guest not only with the quantity but also the quality of the ingredients and service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4336 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener
  • Phone Number: +1 519-219-9007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 24
  • Cuisine: Gastropub, Grill, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

Description

Borealis Grille & Bar is a restaurant that 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. Combined with a deep respect for local heritage and craftsmanship and an unwavering dedication for sustainability. Our Borealis location in Kitchener is set in a restored 19th century schoolhouse, that is showcased in the great Harvest Lounge at the entrance. We look forward to seeing you!

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