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Borealis Grille & Bar

4336 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
+1 519-219-9007
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Ranked #20 of 442 Restaurants in Kitchener
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: Gastropub, Grill, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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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English first
Waterloo, Canada
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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
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3 reviews 3 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
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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 

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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 

toronto
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

i find Borelis a safe place for lunch with business colleagues or friends. the food never disappoints and is always fresh. The last visit I was served a very disappointing salad dressing. In fact 4/10 of us did not eat the salad. Just a note to add dressing on the side. I am not sure how the bill was adjusted... More 

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

We really appreciate receiving your feedback and I'm glad to hear that you find our menu interesting. If at any point, you find something that you don't like, please let us know, we would be happy to come up with an alternative for you. We want to be as hospitable as possible! Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille &... More 

Cambridge, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Loved this place, lots of unique dishes. I went with my mom and sister - I had pulled pork, mom had beef medallions, sister had elk bolognese! All delicious

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

I'm so glad that you and your family were able to enjoy many different items from our menu, and all were well received. We look forward to taking great care of you once again the next time that you are in. Cheers, Neil Robinson Managing Partner Borealis Grille & Bar More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

This is my second time visiting Borealis, the butternut squash ravioli was divine along with Kambucha drink recommended by my very attentive server 'Luigi' who took our dining experience to a whole other level. Great food and fantastic service made it a great night out! Thank you Diana S

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

Hello Dsalaz33, It is amazing to hear when we hit all of our marks like we did for you on your most recent visit. Thank you for taking the time to let us know! The Kombucha is a great alternative to alcoholic beverages, and incredibly good for you as well. As far as we know, we are the only restaurant... More 

Waterloo, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My wife and I have been to this restaurant a few times, but our most recent visit was the best so far. Borealis has a great look, with rustic early 20th century charm and a variety of dining areas. The large dinning area upstairs has definitely been improved of late by woven area rugs on the original hardwood floors and... More 

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

Good Day farcloser, All I can say is wow! It looks like you have experienced what we try to do for each of our guests. When all of the items align, we are able to produce a truly hospitable experience. Thank you for your continued patronage to our restaurant, and a really special thank you for recommending us to your... More 

Kitchener, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the variety of the menu , service was great. Nice atmosphere family style. Great place to take family.

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

Hi 967skip, Our chef, John David is thrilled that you enjoy the menu so much here. We love the fact that we have relationships with the actual farmers and suppliers, not just the sales reps that sell us the products. We agree as well, with our kids menu, we try to accommodate all of our guests no matter how young... More 

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Additional Information about Borealis Grille & Bar

Address: 4336 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
Phone Number: +1 519-219-9007
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener
Average Prices: USD 8 - 24
Cuisine: Gastropub, Grill, Wine Bar

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