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Borealis Grille & Bar

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4336 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
+1 519-219-9007
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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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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  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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Kitchener, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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Kitchener
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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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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Kitchener, Canada
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76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We dropped into Borealis for a late Friday dinner. I had the strip loin and my wife ordered the flatbread and salad combo. Our server was on the ball throughout the evening, even after what had likely been a busy dinner service. We always enjoy Borealis as it is a cut above your standard chain fare and the price point... More 

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

I'm happy to hear that you joined us on Friday night, and even happier to hear that you enjoyed the experience as much as you did. We can't wait to see you again. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Toronto, Canada
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76 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Simply loved it. Food was great. Especially since it was local. Even the beer was local. The fact that the restaurant is now in an old school was also quite impressive. Great way to connect to the past. Finally staff was very nice and professional. Great place in Kitchener.

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

Wow! Thank you! A big part of what we do is our connection to the past, and we agree, the school house is a major component to that. Thanks for noticing. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

1st visit and was impressed. Interesting menu with local ingredients such as great lake fish and elk along with some different takes on more standard dishes. Had the grilled pickerel, was cooked perfectly and delivered great flavor Good selection of local brews. Nice change from the chain restaurants. I'll go back and try the other entries

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

It's so nice to hear when we make a great first impression. We feel that our restaurant stands apart from the crowd due to our commitment to doing things the right way by supporting the people around us. We look forward to taking care of you once again upon your next visit. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille &... More 

Cambridge, Canada
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I love Borealis' commitment to "fresh and local". The menu is outstanding - eaten here many times and I've never been disappointed with the service or the food. I've only been there for dinner.. looking forward to trying lunch there soon!

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

Here at Borealis we feel that Local Tastes Way Better. We are proud of the relationships that we have developed with our suppliers who are the farmers who support our region. We love to hear when our guests recognize this as well. Regards, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We have visited Borealis twice now since May and have unfortunately been disappointed both times. As previous fans and daily patrons of Borealis Guelph we assumed the amazing food and standout service received in Guelph would carry on to the Kitchener location. First visit we ordered the crusted goat cheese appetizer, duck confit, and pulled pork plate as mains. The... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that the experiences that you have had in Kitchener have not met your expectations. I would feel the same way if I had the same experience as you. I spend time at both the Kitchener and Guelph locations. The next time that you are in Guelph, please ask for me. I would like to talk to... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We stopped into this place for dinner and drinks. They had an enticing selection of local and import beers to grab our interest. The food that we had all ordered was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting to be decent, but it surpassed my expectations. The place was very busy while we were there, but the service remained... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed the food that you had at Borealis on your most recent visit. I will be sure to pass along the kind words to our culinary team. I noticed that you mentioned Import Beers - I'll give you Quebec or British Columbia, but none of our beer is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Visited Borealis for dinner about a month ago with my wife and had one of the best restaurant experiences to date! The goods: the food! It was all local and tasted delicious! My wife had the turkey burger and I had the meatloaf. Both were cooked and presented well but some the sweet potato fries were not cooked the greatest.... More 

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

Wow - I'm so happy that you chose to dine with us. I will be sure to pass along your extremely kind words to the culinary team, along with our host Dylan. One of the initial training sessions that we do with all staff is teach them about the history of the building in which they work. You can almost... 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 - 24
Cuisine: Grill, 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 - 24
  • Cuisine: Grill, Wine Bar, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine

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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