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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Canadian
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Table Service
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All reviews noodles scallops tomato toast custard pie duck tagliatelle limited menu old house smaller side beautiful meal table upstairs fresh and local ingredients complimentary bread wonderful food great dinner mains chanterelles
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Reviewed 4 September 2022 via mobile

We were unable to get a reservation online, but when we appeared at the door they were quick to accommodate us. We were served water and complimentary bread immediately with a lovely sweet/savoury butter. They have a limited menu, but everything we tried was truly...delicious! Menu selections are creative and fresh - a truly pleasing culinary adventure for this foodie! Do yourself a favour and try the Chantelle tart! It is Amazing! We opted for the three-course dinner special, choosing an appy, an entrée, and a dessert for a set price. The appies we chose were both incredible - the chanterelle tart previously mentioned, and the scallops which were fresh, beautifully presented, and delicious. My husband and I both ordered the duck, which was cooked to perfection with interesting sides, and a delicious sauce to compliment it perfectly. Dessert was likewise beautifully presented and delicious! Wait staff was friendly and efficient and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit! We Whole heartedly recommend Boreal Diner to anyone visiting Bonavista!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

Great Food, a quaint environment and very good service. Given the ingredients, the operational cost and rising prices for everything, I believe the prices are fair for a quality dining experience. A wonderful addition to the dining options in Bonavista. I would have given 5...stars except the server omitted to ask if we wanted drinks before the meal or a beverage with dessert. Bon AppetitMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2022

This was our second visit to the Boreal Diner. We had previously visited a few years ago and loved it, at that time we felt the food was great and reasonably priced. The second time we visited in August 2022 and felt the portions were...very small for the amount of money you spent. The flavours and quality of the food I will say was quite good, however I think they are a bit out of touch with pricing. We ordered the Kale pasta with duck, the celeriac “steak” and the beef kimchi bowl. I will say we were hungry afterwards and actually went elsewhere for more food to Little Dairy King - which we recommend. Service was also hugely lacking and I would say it was not overly busy. We never got a water top up and were never visited after our mains were delivered. The one plus is that the Wine prices are reasonable. I would not go back based off this last visit nor would I recommend this restaurant to others.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 24 July 2022 via mobile

The food is good. I felt it was overpriced for what you get. I had a rice noodle dish with beef. The amount of beef in it would fit on a piece of Melba toast. My husband had a mushroom gratin which he loved. The...atmosphere is very charming. An old house with wooden floors and exposed beams. Mismatched tables and chairs. It was lovely.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

The meal was utterly delicious! My friend and I were impressed by the high quality foods and the creative outcome of our chosen dishes. They offered a small and great selection of dishes, including super yummy vegeterian options. The staff was so kind and very...helpful all round. They accommodate our desires with ease. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

We just ate ate at this beautiful restaurant. We had the scallops and tomato toast as an app, absolutely amazing. Kimchi noodles and mushroom gratin as our mains, so so good. And then finished off with rhubarb pie and molasses custard pie, both were delicious....Super happy. The servers Lukus & Riley were sweet and very attentive. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

Amazing setting and ambience, especially with a table upstairs. Food was delicious, well plated and unique offerings. We had the three course meal which was great value. Some of the best food we had on our trip to Newfoundland!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 22 June 2022 via mobile

Physical location is awesome. Building restored beautifully inside. Love that all tables are eclectic mix of actual dining room tables and don’t match. DOH and I shared the asparagus appetizer. I don’t even like asparagus and it was delicious. For dinner we had to he...vegan Thai curry and the duck breast with mushrooms and puree (I think artichoke). We cleaned our plates of both but ran out of room for dessert. Menu changes frequently, but I suspect most everything is good.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 20 June 2022 via mobile

One of the best meals we had during our trip to NL. All the dishes were inventive and beautifully cooked. And staff were very friendly. Definitely recommend eating here.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 June 2022

Wonderful food in a heritage house, would recommend to anyone looking for an upscale meal in Bonavista!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 June 2022

Wonderful food and a fantastic atmosphere. Please don’t miss out on this one. Everything was very fresh and local ingredients

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

We adored the Boreal Diner, ate there three times during our stay in Trinity East. Top quality food in unfussy surroundings with an emphasis on personal service, this restaurant for us was a definite reason to return to the area. Lobster Pasta a stand out...dish, so was the Key Lime pie. To be honest, everything was amazing!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 29 November 2021

My wife and I had a beautiful meal at The Boreal Diner during our visit to Bonavista in August. The scallops and tomato ricotta salad were to die for. It was a breath of fresh air to have a well cooked and interesting meal after...several days of deep fried food. Service was also excellent.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 25 August 2021 via mobile

On Saturday night we had scallops with fennel, Italian sausage tagliatelle pasta and fresh warm bread to soak up the sauces. Fantastic meal….5 * On Monday night my wife and I returned and ordered the same dishes. The scallops were still good but a little...light on fennel and sauce. The bread was stale. The sausage tagliatelle lacked zip and flavour. Disappointing meal…..1* I can’t explain the difference except to suggest that there was a different chef in the kitchen. If booking I would suggest you check which chef is on duty!!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

I don’t quite understand the bad reviews. This restaurant is a gem. The plates are in the smaller side but all are homemade and super tasty!!!!!! I would prefer paying for quality vs quantity. Ps the pork stir fry with homemade yudon noodles was probably...one of the best I ever tasted! Love the atmosphere, decor and everything!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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The Boreal Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4