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“Disappointing” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Borellis Wine Bar & Grill

Borellis Wine Bar & Grill
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Ranked #19 of 126 Restaurants in Farnham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$25
Cuisines: British, Wine Bar, Grill
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Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Situated in the center of Farnham in Surrey. Borelli's is a contemporary Wine Bar and Steak Grill set in the beautiful historic Borelli Yard, being one of the best locations in Farnham, near to the central car park. The olive green and white walls, polished wood and tiled floors create a warm and welcoming space at night, while the big windows let in plenty of sunlight during the day. Dining alfresco during the warmer weather in the spacious courtyard is very popular. Borelli's lunch menu offers a wide selection of wraps, baguettes and jacket potatoes and a range of heartier options from £9-95. The a la carte menu offers seriously good chargrilled beef and chicken dishes. Chefs specials menu changes every week. The relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant, great bar scene and music, friendly service and a comprehensive wine list with many wines available by the glass. Saturday nights are very popular with an 80's night and a Comedy Club every month.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2011

My girlfriend and I arrived here as we had been recommended by the hotel we were staying at and heard many good reviews both online and from local people saying it was a little more upper class in terms of food choice. As we arrived into the busy wine bar area we were directed up the spiral staircase to the restaurant area that was fairly quiet for a Friday night. We both ordered starters of king prawns and scallops and thought to ourselves for the price we are paying (just shy of £10 for a starter) this better be decent - and it was, scallops were generous and cooked to perfection with the prawns exploding with taste. Sadly, this is where it ended and continued to go rapidly down hill. We both then went on to order a medium rare sirloin steak with fries. The service was sharp but sadly the steak knife provided wasn't and it immediately became apparent that we were hacking at our steaks to get a mouthful. However, it wasn't the knife that was the issue - for an establishment that prides itself on butcher cut meat I was appalled by the quality of the steak, it was thin and unbelievably chewy despite opting for medium, rare? It looked and tasted incredibly cheap. We returned our steaks to the very polite and more than helpful waitress.

She then went back to the kitchen (to see what she could do) and returned saying that she could offer us both the rib eye steak and hope it's better for us. To start with, this is a lesser cut of steak and was cheaper than the sirloin we had originally gone for - leaving us both puzzled and slightly embarrassed as a couple that NEVER sends food back. She then returned in good time with the steak that was remarkably better then the awful meat we had first time round - it was twice as thick and equally as juicy. We then proceeded to ask for the bill thinking before we have to ask perhaps they will have made a small deduction, gesture of good will to our bill for the inconvenience, she had charged us full price £71 for 2 people and for the price of the sirloin cut! All in all, we left gutted, slightly ripped off and massively dissapointed. My advice - go elsewhere.

  • Visited June 2011
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Lahti, Finland
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“Excellent lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2011

My friend and I had excellent lunch at Borelli´s. I made reservation by e-mail and table was ready for use although we were some 30 mins early. We both enjoyed our meals. Thank you!

  • Visited March 2011
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