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Babelfish Bistro

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80 Macdonell St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
+1 519-826-6709
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Babelfish Bistro features “upscale comfort foods” served in a cozy urban...
Babelfish Bistro features “upscale comfort foods” served in a cozy urban room, accompanied by excellent service. Compliment your meal with wines from our exceptional selection, followed by decadent house made desserts. We are the perfect size for private gatherings of 25 to 40. Reserve online with the "Reservation Widget" on the bottom of our home page up to 5 days in advance!
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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very good food

The service was excellent and everything we ordered was very tasty Definitely will come back Fish was very fresh and well prepared

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Lana R
Good for:
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The service was excellent and everything we ordered was very tasty Definitely will come back Fish was very fresh and well prepared

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Love the ribs! Jack Daniels sauce! Great quiet dinner spot in the centre of it all in Downtown Guelph!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is one of my favourites in the city. The food is always fresh and the menu varies constantly. You are intended to enjoy your meal so sometimes service can be a bit slow but food is always good! Would recommend a reservation.

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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

As the best resto in Guelph, it is a little underwhelming. Food and service are so so, the decor is dated, ambiance poor, but the prices are good. The food lacks creativity. Dirge continues...

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North Bay
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

First time at this restaurant tonight and it definitely won't be my last. I looked up the menu on line through Trip Advisor and was hooked by the sound of the roasted chicken with the cashew honey cream sauce. I was not disappointed! Very good food and very good service.

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Elora, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

It seemed a bit overhyped. The mains were predictable: a steak, a supreme of chicken, grilled salmon, etc. Nothing to complain about except perhaps the prices seemed high for food that was fine but nothing I couldn't do just as well at home.

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Went there last night for the first time...I liked the atmosphere, it was quaint and comfortable, I liked the server, very knowledgeable and had a great smile:) The meal was to die for....so delicious and generous amounts....we cleaned up our plates.....I'd go back again tonight if I could!!!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have been to Babelfish several times and have always had an excellent meal with very good service. We usually go on a Tuesday so that we can bring our own wine. I have always had the pistachio crusted salmon (delicious) but this time tried their pasta special with Italian sausage...really good. The place is very small so I would... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Fantastic food, great service, great atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant to couples out for a romantic dinner

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We dined here the other night for my wife's birhday. This restaurant certainly lives up to its reputation! The service was top notch and very attentive. And the food..,I had the Asian pork tenderloin, and it was terrific. Likely one of the best meals I have ever had...the meat was done perfectly, with a nice spice to heat things up.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 80 Macdonell St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: +1 519-826-6709

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 38
  • Cuisine: French, Steakhouse, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Babelfish Bistro features “upscale comfort foods” served in a cozy urban room, accompanied by excellent service. Compliment your meal with wines from our exceptional selection, followed by decadent house made desserts. We are the perfect size for private gatherings of 25 to 40. Reserve online with the "Reservation Widget" on the bottom of our home page up to 5 days in advance!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?