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Babelfish Bistro

80 Macdonell St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
+1 519-826-6709
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Ranked #1 of 321 Restaurants in Guelph
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $28 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Bistro
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Guelph, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Having been to Babelfish numerous times, both as a couple and in a group setting, the food and service have been consistently great. The menu offers variety and there is always a special dish that is available if you're looking to try something different from the usual great fare. The ambience is quiet and the setting is unique in it's... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have been to Babelfish a number of times over the years (as well as other restaurants in Guelph) and it is hands down my favourite place to go for a delicious meal! Every time we have been the service has been excellent, very polite and well trained staff. The food is absolutely amazing! On our most... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I dropped in last night where at last minutes we had planned to meet friends. The restaurant was empty so I knew my friends were not there yet. I was met at the door and told in no uncertain terms that because i did not have reservations it was not the right restaurant for us! I believe it wasn't the... More 

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DTRB55, Owner at Babelfish Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Ellen B, I don't know who you spoke to on Saturday evening but I apologize if you were turned away at the door in a rude manner. In the event that we are fully booked we make every effort to be courteous when relaying this message to potential guests. We also try to recommend restaurants within walking distance of... More 

Guelph, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Never had a disappointing meal at Babel fish. Friendly, professional restauranteur Rich. Limited but excellent menu. Serene atmosphere. Cozy. Well trained staff. Just go.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

My family have frequented Babelfish on three separate occasions, one of the times was for our 17th Anniversary. Each time has been a superb experience! Food is always cooked perfectly and awakens the pallet. Service is quick and always professional. Wine list doesn't disappoint, especially like the corkless Tuesday deal where they waive the cork fee - brilliant! We'll definitely... More 

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Toronto, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

My Fiance and I went her on our anniversary and we fell in love with this place! The food is unreal! So good and the restaurant itself is so charming! We loved our experience here and will be sure to come back for any special occasions we have! there isn't a specific dish I would recommend because literally everything coming... More 

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Kitchener, Ontario
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The food was delicious - I had escargot for appetizer and Thai curry stir fry for main. It is difficult to find restaurants that have escargot on the menu and that prepare the dish well. But the escargot at Babelfish was very good! Also, the Thai curry was done well as well. My husband had spinach salad which was good.... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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308 reviews 308 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I question those who think this is a great place. Maybe they have not travelled outside of Guelph. The service is ok but the food reminds me of a place that my grandparents went to for their Sunday dinner after church. The food is fine but nothing special. It feels like the food has not changed for years.

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DTRB55, Owner at Babelfish Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Mindful_Travels, I am sorry we are not your cup of tea. Feel free to give your review of our restaurant but please keep your condescending remarks and assumptions about our guests to yourself. Sincerely, Rich Brown Babelfish Bistro More 

Waterloo, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This bistro is classy yet casual with excellent service. We had the mussels to start -one of us had them with the thai coconut sauce and the other with the tomato/garlic/wine and both were delicious. My roast chicken with honey cream sauce with cashews was wonderful and the flavours worked well together plus the garlic mashed potatoes were very good... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have had more than few meals here and no one has been even slightly disappointed. The fish specials have been the best I have ever had. The prices will not strip you nor will you disappointed with the service and atmosphere. Enjoy.

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Additional Information about Babelfish Bistro

Address: 80 Macdonell St., Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
Phone Number: +1 519-826-6709
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
Average Prices: USD 28 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Bistro

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