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Borealis Grille & Bar

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Grill, 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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Good for:
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 18
    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
Free Night Out

Great food and the atmosphere was fantastic. We had a coupon for 2-3 course meal so we thought we would try.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Margaret G
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Great food and the atmosphere was fantastic. We had a coupon for 2-3 course meal so we thought we would try.

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ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A large group of us has been going to Borealis in Kitchener for several years now and have enjoyed the delicious menu and the service of Luigi and friends - Luigi is a constenious server who easily makes long time friends and makes any occasion special -

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Kitchener
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We love this restaurant. The food is always amazing and the portion sizes are perfect. Love that it's local food. Wednesday is date night and for $49.99 you get appetizers main and dessert for 2 It's like getting the appetizers and dessert for free. Then there is the beer selection. You need to see for yourself.

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Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

My wife and I took out her parents for a thank-you dinner for something that they had done for us. We ordered drinks and had to send my wife's back as it wasn't made as what she ordered. we ordered a couple of appetizers, my mother in law a salad (dry) and my wife goat cheese( this was mediocre). For... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Dined at Borealis tonight with another couple from our family. I loved how they converted the old school house and their "buying from local farmers" concept. The menu is well planned to appeal to most with reasonable pricing. Servers were generally polite and timely without being intrusive. The three reasons for giving this a 3 are these. First, the appetizer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Last night was my first time eating here, & I'm sure I will be back. My boyfriend & I got the share platter which was absolutely delicious!! Then I got the ginger chili chicken tacos & he got the pickerel & chips. Both were quite yummy, although the tacos should be on a plate (or a deeper wood board), as... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My first time here was this evening. Our medium sized group all had excellent meals, fantastic service, and we never felt rushed or ignored. I will definitely come again. My pulled pork was delicious, served with purple cabbage, carrots, coleslaw, toasted bread triangles and mashed potatoes. It was a very filling meal and the tasty dessert was just the right... More 

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

Wow. We're so happy that you made your first trip here to Borealis. The pulled pork plate is one of our best sellers, and always hits the spot. I have passed along your message of thanks to the team here, but would also like to thank you for letting us know about the wonderful time that you had. Cheers, Neil... More 

Top Contributor
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42 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I've only ate here once, but I was very happy with my visit. I really like that they get they stuff locally. The service was very good, and the food was tasty. Also for a somewhat upscale place the prices were very reasonable. I plan of visit again one day.

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

It is amazing to hear when people enjoy what we do at our restaurant. We are inspired every day because we feel that we can make a difference by providing an incredible experience using the product from our own back yard. Thank you for noticing, and we look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille... More 

Waterloo, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We have visited the Guelph and Kitchener locations on multiple occasions and have always enjoyed the experience. Their emphasis on local ingredients including local craft breweries may be trendy but they deliver. Most recently we went with the extended family over the Easter weekend. A number of us had the various steak offerings and everyone was satisfied. Others ordered the... More 

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

Hello WaterlooFrank, We're so glad to hear that you have been to both our Guelph and Kitchener location, and you have enjoyed both. We have been doing the "local" thing since day 1 at our restaurant (over 4 years ago now). Our sister restaurant, The Woolwich Arrow in Guelph, has been doing this for 25 years this summer! We can't... More 

Kitchener, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Dissappointd with the food again. Love the atmosphere , service is good but the food is just awful. We had a huge party and every appetizer was poor. How can you go wrong with Nacho's even ,they were awful. We try this place in hopes the food is like the first few times when they first opened but it is... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that the food that you had did not meet your expectations. We have received some incredible comments about our menu, especially the Nachos as we use asparagus chips that we have sourced locally from Barrie's Asparagus Farm. I hate to hear when people will not return, as we try to ensure that each of our guests... More 

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Restaurant Details

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 - 25
  • Cuisine: Grill, Wine Bar, Gastropub

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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