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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: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Comfortable atmosphere, Absolutely superb food!

We hadn't been to Babel Fish for 5 years and we finally made a point to go tonight...SO glad we did. While we loved their old, standard and predictable menu, we absolutely delighted in the new menu - it was difficult to decide what to choose! My husband loved the new lamb dish and I really enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tragoc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We hadn't been to Babel Fish for 5 years and we finally made a point to go tonight...SO glad we did. While we loved their old, standard and predictable menu, we absolutely delighted in the new menu - it was difficult to decide what to choose! My husband loved the new lamb dish and I really enjoyed the vegetarian curry... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So who would've thought that a Canadian restaurant would know how to make absolutely stunning ribs. Not just fall of the bone tender, but smooth and velvety. I can speak to this, in case you're wondering as I've had some the best ribs down south in the USA. Well, the Chef at Bablefish did just that this past Friday. Trust... More 

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Thank Tosh S
North Bay
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

There is apparently a new chef since my last visit and the menu has changed. Sad to see that the incredible cashew chicken is gone. I lobbied hard to get them to bring it back! On my latest visit I had a perfectly sized Caesar salad with a decent dressing (obviously not the commercial bottled stuff). I opted for the... More 

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Thank Petvet069
Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Haven't been for a few months, but always have a great meal. Highly recommend. Good wine list and don't be afraid to bring your own on Tuesdays.

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Thank Travellers401
Guelph, Canada
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Had a lovely meal with friends to celebrate a birthday. The new Chef at Babelfish is doing a great job of introducing us to local ingredients prepared with his own brand of flair. The sauces and seasonings were fantastically appropriate ... our table of four tried appetizers, mains and dessert ... we were not disappointed in anything! We had ceasar... More 

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Thank Marilyn A
Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

The new menu is excellent and the cook very friendly. An enjoyable meal and a delicious desert that followed at the end.

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Thank R F
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

This was my first time at Babelfish and it won't be my last. Waiter was great. Food was fantastic! Had the pork tenderloin that was amazing followed by the New Orleans bread pudding. What a fantastic meal! Can't wait to go back.

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Thank L R
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I was really excited about trying out the new menu and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the pork tenderloin dish. It was perfect! The new menu is a departure from the old one. It was a mainstay for many years, so some people may find that their favourite dish is now gone. However, I look forward to trying another new... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Always a lovely, intimate setting, dimmed lights and a former of perhaps Latin instrumental music, followed by Otis Red ding, followed by the Guess Who played over the P.A.. followed by Sadé, I Ordered the steak med rare at 619pm food delivered at 643pm. Steak was perfectly cooked. The potatoes tasted exactly like bacon potatoes. The spinach was garlic-buttery and... More 

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Thank MacVandal
Guelph
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Interesting menu which is changed frequently. Long history in Guelph so they have a good reputation.

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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 25 - 36
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood

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?