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Babelfish Bistro

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Seafood, Steakhouse, 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
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Most recent review
A Little Gem

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Glen T
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Guelph, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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

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
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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Senior Reviewer
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
Contributor
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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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 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, 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?