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Babelfish Bistro

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Steakhouse, Seafood, Bistro
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80 Macdonell St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
+1 519-826-6709
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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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Wonderful restaurant!!

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!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
123Karen55
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Guelph, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Elora, Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been there with a business group and as a couple with my wife. I was always pleased by this restaurant

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

According to Tripadvisor this restaurant was rated number 1 in Guelph. It was my son,s 25th birthday celebration so we were excited to try the restaurant. Upon first arrival the atmosphere was disappointing, with acceptable decor. For such a upscale restaurant the interior was small and rather simple. The dinner music was music from the 80,s, Fleetwood Mac, I think.... More 

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Guelph Ontario
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Was here with a large group of friends for dinner. As always the service and food were excellent. The wine selection was also very good. This is a small intimate restaurant with a nice atmosphere. A jewel in the city.

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Guelph, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

quaint but classy dining experience. service & food was excellent. very nice meal with my spouse to celebrate his birthday. can't wait to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Babelfish Bistro is small but not cramped, intimate but not stuffy, friendly but not overly - the kind of neighbourhood treasure you are happy is in your neighbourhood. The food is always excellent. We have never been disappointed.

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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 28 - 41
  • Cuisine: 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?