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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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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Babel Fish Bistro

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
ShannonFrizzell
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Hamilton, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
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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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14 reviews 14 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
72 helpful votes 72 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This tiny bistro, in this quiet city is amazing. I booked it on recommendations from TA and was not steered wrong. There were 6 of us and although the restaurant was busy our server Rich was great...attentive and informative. The soup of the day, was delicious, as was the Brie for two. The main pasta and chicken dish was had... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I haven't been to Babelfish in quite a while, but decided to go out tonight and weren't disappointed. I had the Tomato Basil soup and my wife the Caesar salad. For the main course, my wife had the beef tenderloin and I had the Waygu Beef with pasta. I was embarrassed to order pasta special here, but... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I recently returned from my annual visit to Guelph and it's never complete without a night out at Babelfish. In advance of our reserved evening, my mouth was watering for the ribs, but the pasta special sounded too good to pass up. In fact, it was a wonderful choice. Penne, with tender bites of beef, spinach, red pepper, and more,... 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 29 - 41
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?