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Borealis Grille & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Gastropub
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1388 Gordon St, Guelph, Ontario N1L 1C8, Canada
+1 519-265-9007
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 pm - 10:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We celebrated my son in-law's surprise birthday party at Borealis Grille & Bar. The staff were very helpful in helping us to set up everything and were very attentive to the guests requests. The food was top notch and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.

Thank counsellina
Guelph, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My first visit will not be my last to Borealis Grille and Bar in Guelph. The menu selections were great --- many choices and seasonal. The food was very good and original. The waitstaff was excellent. We ate inside, a pleasant ambiance and I would try the patio when I go again as it too was inviting.

Thank sandini2011
Milton, Ontario, Canada
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's worth the trip to Guelph to eat at Borealis. Fresh, seasonal and local ingredients make every dish yummy and original. Friendly service and a warm atmosphere add to the appeal. We tried the corn fritters which were excellent. I highly recommend the specialty lemonade. We also appreciated the local beer and cider on tap.

Thank Angie D
Cambridge, Canada
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My friend and I went there for an evening out and we ordered from the date night menu. Appetizer, main and dessert for $49 for both of us. It was a great price and the food was amazing. We each had the steak and it was melt in your mouth good. We sat out on the patio and while there... More 

Thank Gerry733
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Gerry733! We are so happy to hear you were able to enjoy date night here at Borealis on our patio. Be sure to check out our other weekly specials too as we hope to see you again soon! Cheers! More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is not special for what is charged and what you are getting. I like the local fair, but believe that this should be cheaper, not more expensive. If you are buying direct you are cutting out the whole layer of distribution that other restaurants have.

Thank debbiep607
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi debbiep67, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and let us know some feedback. I'm sorry to hear we did not exceed your expectations on your last visit or that you did not receive value for what you paid for. We have always priced our menu to give guests value, even when our local organic... More 

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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really want to like Borealis more than I do, I would love to give it a 4 because of its local fair. However there are a few problems that I find seem to happen again and again when dining here. The craft beer selection could be much larger and feature a lot more of the many local breweries. The... More 

Thank Johnathan Atwal... P
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan, Thanks for taking the time to write to us on TripAdvisor. We are always looking for ways to improve so your feedback is very much appreciated! We love to try and feature our local breweries on our mainstay taps as well as our rotating taps. We wish we had more space to add more lines! I have passed... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is excellent but very small portions and very expensive. Servers are super friendly but I find that they are always short staffed.

Thank Stephnie S
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Stephnie S, Thank you for your review and the feedback. We do try to provide good value to our guests with a good portion of food and fast service. If you are able to provide me with some more details of your visit, I would love to learn from it on how we can do better; kristen.borealis@gmail.com. Thanks again! More 

Ancaster, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent, the waiter Harley was friendly, attentive, fun to talk to and part of the very pleasant experience of eating at Borealis. There were four of us and not rushed and in fact since we were there to catch up on stuff, told we could take all the time we wanted.

1 Thank Lloyd2222
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Llyod, Thanks so much for the kind review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience here at Borealis. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a first time visitor, I was excited to have lunch here. The food was average. Service was good from our waitress, but the owner seemed to be bothered when someone spoke to him. Not sure if I will go back.

Thank L8098EN
BorealisGM, Owner at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thank-you for taking the time to write a review and give us (me) feedback. This is Aldo; one of the owners of the Guelph Borealis restaurant emailing you today. I am very sorry if I offended you. Another message was sent to you with the hope to learn more about your experience and a chance to make it up to... More 

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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for dinner last night and had the Friday night special, fried chicken with sides. The amount of food was good but overall wasn't totally impressed with the chicken. It tasted alright but was expecting better after listening to another customer raving about it! Will go back but most likely will not order the chicken again! Our waiter was Ok... More 

Thank Daydreaming
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Daydreaming, Thank you for your feedback! We have shared this with our team as it is always our goal to exceed your expectations when it comes to our food and service. We do often get amazing reviews of our Fried Chicken so I'm sorry we somehow missed the mark with your particular order. I would love to hear more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $19
American, Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 pm - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1388 Gordon St, Guelph, Ontario N1L 1C8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: +1 519-265-9007

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?