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Borealis Grille & Bar

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Grill, Pub, Wine Bar, Gastropub
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4336 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
+1 519-219-9007
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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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  • 84
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Date Night- nap time.

My girlfriend took me out for a date night. Borealis has a date night menu for Wednesday. Wow. Our appetizer was the Havarti and jalapeno dip- and it was so tasty! The chips were from an asparagus farm, and have me wanting more. She had the steak ($5) more, and I had the chicken. By the time we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Troy M
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Kitchener, Canada
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  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went on a Tuesday and were so happy to find out the special was 'Pint and a Pound'! You get a pint of beer and a pound of bone-in wings for $15. The beer choices were AMAZING! We are from Wisconsin, so we are always looking out for a good microbrew, and Borealis delivered. The wing sauces were excellent,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I ate here a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the choices in food and craft beer. The atmosphere was great. I will definitely go there again if I'm ever in town.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Finding this place was a blessing; I was staying at the Hampton Inn because it was near Kitchener-Waterloo Airport, and wanted a decent meal within walking distance. Borealis is right across the street. The organic greens salad with 5 oz strip loin was delicious, as was the glass of sparkling chardonnay. Total cost before tip was 32.10 CAD. Servers were... More 

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Port Perry, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Our son and now daughter-in-law suggested this restaurant as a possibility in our search for a venue to host their rehearsal dinner at. We tested Borealis out ahead of time and were quite pleased with the food and service so we booked that night. The rehearsal dinner was fixed menu but there was something to make everyone happy. The food... More 

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

Hello Tracey, I'm glad you were able to check us out, and even happier that you booked the rehearsal dinner for your son's wedding with us. It makes us proud when people choose us to celebrate such monumental occasions. I'm even happier to hear that you'll be back again. We look forward to seeing you. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner... More 

Port Elgin, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Absolutely delicious arugula and quinoa salad and a creme brûlée to die for. Service excellent. Gorgeous patio. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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

It makes us incredibly proud and happy to hear that we have made a guest an ambassador for our restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again on your return visit! Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Elmira, Canada
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1 review
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Really nice wait staff and nice place, but I guess we were disappointed since we went in with high expectations due to a recommendation from a friend. There were four of us and the food ranked from a 1 to 7. You might have a better meal depending on what you order.

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

I'm really sorry to hear that your experience with the food that you ordered didn't meet your expectations. We often receive compliments about many of our dishes. If you should ever feel disappointed in any part of your experience, please feel comfortable in knowing that all of our staff want to know this, and will do anything in their power... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great concept of fresh local (at least Canadian) food and beverage. A number of distinct areas to create different ambiences. Nicely presented plates and reasonable pricing makes this a worthy stop

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

Thanks for choosing us for a light dinner, and thank you for noticing many of the things that we try to do. Having distinct areas for a different feel was something we wanted to do right from the start. We agree, definitely a worthy spot! Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Kitchener, Canada
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My girlfriend took me out for a date night. Borealis has a date night menu for Wednesday. Wow. Our appetizer was the Havarti and jalapeno dip- and it was so tasty! The chips were from an asparagus farm, and have me wanting more. She had the steak ($5) more, and I had the chicken. By the time we had finished... More 

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

Date Night Wednesday is a great time to visit us. I'm glad to hear that you chose us, and the food that you had was able to fill your appetite! Next time I'll bring along a pillow and blanket so that you can stretch out and take that nap :) Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Kitchener
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is one of our favourite spots to eat in KW. Great local menu options, and local beers on tap. The apple and brie flatbread starter was delicious!

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

Thank you for making us one of your favourite destinations here in the Waterloo Region. It always makes us proud when we hear that our guests enjoy the food and atmosphere that we provide here at Borealis. It just goes to show that "Local Tastes Way Better". Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Waterloo, Canada
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2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place has an interesting atmosphere, and strives to provide locally grown foods. The food was okay, the service was okay, but I wouldn't be in a hurry to return.

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

I'm sorry to hear that your experience was just OK. There are a lot of places out there that provide that type of experience, and we do whatever we can to differentiate ourselves from the crowd. Obviously we weren't successful doing this on your visit. Please feel free to contact me at the restaurant. I'd like to find out a... More 

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Additional Information about Borealis Grille & Bar

Address: 4336 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
Phone Number: +1 519-219-9007
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener
Average Prices: USD 8 - 23
Cuisine: Grill, Pub, Wine Bar, Gastropub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4336 King Street East, 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 - 23
  • Cuisine: Grill, Pub, Wine Bar, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business

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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