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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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    Very good
  • 47
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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
Great food, great atmosphere - worth a visit

We really enjoyed our meal here. We are visiting from the UK and this place is definitely different. The staff - very friendly and helpful The food - a great choice and tasted great The price - we found it to be very reasonable The location - from the outside it looks nothing but a great interior... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
pwood006
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Chesley
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The service was good--polite yet non-intrusive. The food is always fresh and locally sourced. We ate on the patio. The atmosphere was pleasant. Always a delight to go to Borealis. We travelled two hours for our meal as we were meeting family in KW region.

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello Cynthia, I'm glad you were able to enjoy the patio season while it lasts! We are flattered we were first in your thoughts for a restaurant choice, especially travelling so far. That's great! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Katherine White Manager Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Kitchener, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have been here a handful of times with family and as a couple. We have had a great experience every time we go and our family has enjoyed it too. We love the old schoolhouse that has been repurposed and how all the food is from local Ontario farms. Ask to sit in the old schoolhouse section for the... More 

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello Courtney, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your evening in the school house. They have done an excellent job restoring everything, from the original floors, to the wooden stairs and old chalkboards. The tin ceilings are not original, but done by a crafty tinsmith named, Brian Greer. He did a great job recreating a tin pattern from one... More 

Chesley, Canada
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We met our kids here for lunch today and the food was great. The service was also very good from the time we arrived until we left. I had the breaded pickerel and fries. The fish was cooked perfectly and the fries were the best I've had in a long time. Verey nice being able to have a nice leisurely... More 

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Mmm, Fish and Chips...great choice! A great lunch item, made with lots of love, with the lake Erie Pickerel, house made coleslaw and tartar sauce. I'm happy to hear we satisfied your lunch craving and gave great service. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Katherine White Manager Borealis Grille & Bar More 

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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely setting, friendly staff and authentic food from local ingredients. We really enjoyed our visit for my wife's birthday.

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine with us for such a special occasion! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed both your food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Katherine White Manager Borealis Grille & Bar More 

Richmond
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Introduced to this gem by my daughter, I have made it a point to request a return visit every time I come to Kitchener. Great atmosphere. Love the idea of eating local. Great food.

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello Cedric, A big thanks to your daughter for the recommendation and a big thank you for joining us. Whenever you're in the area again, I'm sure we will have something new and exciting for you to try. Chef, John David, and his team are always coming up with new features using ingredients from farms in the area. We hope... More 

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our meal here. We are visiting from the UK and this place is definitely different. The staff - very friendly and helpful The food - a great choice and tasted great The price - we found it to be very reasonable The location - from the outside it looks nothing but a great interior and atmosphere We... More 

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

What an honor to be one of the restaurants you visited on your travels, thank you! If you happen to be in the area in the future, we would be delighted to serve you again. With the seasons changing we are expecting some fresh new fall vegetables shortly. Enjoy the rest of your travels! Cheers, Katherine White Manager Borealis Grille... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Went once for dinner. The building they're located in is beautiful, and it can accommodate large groups. The food is great, and their drink selection is out of this world. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hello Sharla, I'm so a happy to hear you enjoyed evening with us. The Neighborhood Group of Companies has done an excellent job restoring this historical school house. I'm glad you can see that and appreciate it! We take pride in our beverage selection, with locally crafted beers, VQA Ontario wines and an assortment of premium cocktails. We have a... More 

New Hamburg, Onario
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We booked the private room for my parents 25th anniversary. We had seen the room in a few pictures online, but the room was even better then expected. Beautiful and very private. We are a large family of 15 and the room was a perfect fit. The food was great as it always is, which is nice to see as... More 

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

I'm so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your evening! Our Wine Cellar is a very beautiful room and they have done a great job at restoring it and keeping many of it's original features, such as the support beam. Cassie is one of our newest family members at Borealis and we are happy to have her! I'm... More 

Kitchener
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great food & great service. Always delicious. Great atmosphere! I bring my clients here regularly & they are always impressed with the food & the friendly, caring service

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

I am elated to hear that you have been enjoying your time with us! Even more elated that you have recommended us and are enjoying more Borealis experiences with your clients. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Katherine White Manager Borealis Grille & Bar More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I recently ate at this restaurant in Kitchener with friends. They never disappoint. The food came out quickly, was delicious and the service was excellent.

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Katherine W, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Michele, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Borealis with your friends! Our staff enjoy those evenings just as much as you do, and we love the feed back. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Katherine White Manager Borealis Grille & Bar 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 - 23
  • Cuisine: Grill, Pub, Wine Bar, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, 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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