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Borealis Grille & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Canadian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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1388 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-265-9007
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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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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food is excellent. Great selection. The atmosphere is nice. Staff is very friendly. The food is fresh and delicious.

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Thank Jasper1821
Ontario, Canada
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family went to this restaurant for dinner for the first encounter and we immediately noticed how friendly the staff and the manager/owner were - they made us feel very comfortable with our first interaction. In terms of ambience, like some of the comments on TA, the place is cozy and comfortable and they pride in using locally grown foods,... More 

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Thank Canadian_Vacationer2
Ottawa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When visiting Guelph to drop our son off at University, we lucked out with a visit to Borealis. As a result of other patrons raving about the fried chicken, my husband ordered two pieces and I made a special request to have one added to my quinoa/arugula salad (request granted!!). It was delicious!!! The salad was also fantastic with just... More 

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Thank TMPerry
Kitchener
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most menu items are from locals farms and breweries, while there are a few things listed that have come from slightly further. Not quite a fine dining restaurant, but not quite a pub either. It's definitely somewhere in the middle. Some of the food could be considered more on the pub side, but some of it is a bit on... More 

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Thank VelvetsAB
Toronto
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although I had been visiting Guelph for a few years, I had managed to miss out on this place, yet it is the restaurant that everyone always recommends first. Now I can see why. The menu is creative, the food is good and the beer selection supports the local breweries (which are very good in this part of Ontario). We... More 

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Thank COBWEBAgent
Guelph, Ontario
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely restaurant locally managed and owned, serving delicious and attractive recipes, primarily based on locally available ingredients. We recently took a friend to lunch there, her choice, as a thank you for looking after our home. We had a pleasant lunch, were seated in area where we could chat casually and have a relaxing meal. Everyone was... More 

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Thank akerstreamj
Guelph, Ontario
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Borealis needs to figure out if it's fine dining or a pub. The staff dress and act like it's fine dining, the decor says fine dining, but the food is pub worthy, even less than that.

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Thank AngiG
Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our go-to place in Guelph, in other words the place we go to most when dining out. The food and beer/wine is mostly local (Ontario map in restaurant shows distance the ingredients or beer/wine comes from) and the menu features good variety without overwhelming the diner. Food tastes great, atmosphere is cozy (wood decor with Tom Thomson prints)... More 

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Thank Steven_Rosalind
Ontario
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Borealis Grille and Bar is located in Guelph (original) and between Cambridge and Kitchener (newest). It is NOT a chain restaurant and it prides itself as being locally owned using locally grown and also Canadian produced food for the most part. Unique menus, great atmosphere, specialty products like venison, Bison, etc. as well as the traditional fare. The Friendly Atmosphere... More 

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Thank agritravlr
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Our second time visiting this restaurant, ask for our previous server and were lucky enough she was working. Blown away by Dora's memory. She not only remembered us but remembered small details from our previous visit. Once again, food did not disappoint and the service was above and beyond.

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Thank nofrills11
BorealisGM, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you nofrills11! It is always so nice to have familiar faces back into the restaurant. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to Dora! There are many new items on the winter menu we just launched, hopefully you were able to try one of those! We hope to see you again soon! Feel free to request... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $19
Cuisine
American, Bar, Canadian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 pm - 10:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1388 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, 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?