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Borealis Grille & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canadian, Bar, Grill, Gluten Free Options
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4336 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
+1 519-219-9007
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Toronto, Canada
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229 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The first time I visited Borealis, the service and food was really good. This time round while the service was decent, the food was pretty poor. The fries were under cooked and the fish was just poor. While they did go ahead and try to "fix" the fries, overall our experience was extremely disappointing.

1 Thank Dinesh R
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Celebrated my husbands birthday lunch here. Food and service were excellent. Luigi was our waiter. He was amazing as always. My son and I had the mushroom and pesto fusilli. It was the best. My husband had the chicken taco and salad. He loved it as well. My mother in law had the fish and chips. She said it was... More 

Thank Mary Ann H
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We picked the Borealis after realising it was right across the road from our hotel. But we would have driven miles to get there as it was such a great place. It was a busy Saturday night and even though we were a bit early for our booked table, it was fine. Food choice good (some staples but with a... More 

Thank paul_michele_smith
KevinBorealis, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for checking us out and booking a table! We really appreciate the feedback and your kind words! Cheers! More 

Waterloo, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a variety of items - some from the fall menu and some from the regular one- and everything was delicious! It is wonderful to have local, fresh ingredients that are special but not overly frou-frou. The price and quality of the desserts was also rare. Our server, Katie, was just solicitous enough and a breath of fresh air.... More 

Thank melbudd
Kitchener, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Host at the door named Stefan blew us away! There was a slight wait for a table, however he made us feel welcome, gave us a good laugh, and thus convinced us to stay for a drink and wait for our table! Cracking jokes while he brought us to the upstairs dining room (which he explained was an old school... More 

1 Thank lzdremtan
Kitchener, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was excellent, service could have been little quicker. The menu had a good and varied selection. Presentation of entrees was appealing. Portion sizes were sufficient and prices were reasonable. Would not hesitate to visit again!

Thank cr00056
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went on a Saturday night 6pm-ish with no reservation and there happened to be a Wedding Party in the Bar. Was told approx. 30min wait...not bad but to our surprise we got texted within 10min - TABLE READY!!! Atmosphere was awesome, All staff we encountered all greeted us and we were seated in a booth on the 2nd floor; it... More 

Thank Monika V
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was good, but was same menu from 6 months ago thought the menu was supposed to change with the seasons but it was exactly the same . So that disappointed me

Thank Cheryl H
KevinBorealis, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Cheryl, Sorry to read that you were disappointed. We opted to do our Fall Food Festival Menu series this October which features change weekly. We will be selecting some guest favorites for an up and coming menu. Please message me the next time you plan to come in. Thank you for you patronage. Best, Kevin More 

Cambridge, Canada
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Borealis location in Kitchener for an early dinner Sunday. The atmosphere is friendly, interesting, and inviting. Staff were friendly and helpful with quick service. We found the menu very interesting, with lots of fresh, local choices. Pricing was as good or better than what we would expect for the food and venue quality. We will certainly return.

Thank BirdBrain2011
KevinBorealis, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Looking forward to your next visit. Thanks for helping spread the word about our service, valued selections and atmosphere! Cheers! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very tasty food , good service- knowledgeable staff, and good drinks. We had a big table and they accommodated our large group. Excellent menu choices and options for those who have food allergies. Good atmoshphere.

Thank GoodLife1993
KevinBorealis, Manager at Borealis Grille & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Goodlife1993 for pointing out our Group dining. We can accommodate and impress large groups due to our dynamic unique building which lends us the opportunity to carry multiple parties at once. I am glad to hear we took great care with you and your guests. Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $19
Canadian, Bar, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4336 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 3W6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener
  • Phone Number: +1 519-219-9007
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?