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Babelfish Bistro

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80 Macdonell St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
+1 519-826-6709
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Guelph, Canada
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Purchased a VIP package at the river run Centre which included dinner at the babel fish bistro. The meal was excellent choice of salt or soup I had the salad, entree choice of chicken or salmon preferred the vegetable with the chicken however wanted to have the salmon. They were very accommodating and made the switch. Dessert was choice of... More 

Thank 0daisy
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great menu, if you are making reservations see if you can ask for Rich as your server, you will have a much better experience. Great local spot

Thank Josh B
Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back again for my annual visit and, as always, I had a wonderful time. I was disappointed that there were no daily specials, but the menu had been changed since my last visit and had a good variety of new, and interesting, options. My Salmon Nicoise was delicious! I absolutely loved the Artichoke Hollandaise sauce. Oh, and my Bloody Caesar... More 

Thank DnE_Canada
Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service good, entré tired and tough. Seemed to be rewarmed, and not very well. Bistro ambiance doesn't work.Very poor value. Not recommended.

Thank AndyN43
DTRB55, Owner at Babelfish Bistro, responded to this review

Hi AndyN43, I'm not sure when you dined with us because you didn't bring up these concerns during your visit, otherwise they would have been addressed at that time. We guarantee our product and the experience we provide. If for any reason it was unsatisfactory, you would not have been charged and we would have done anything possible to remedy... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We really enjoyed our meals and the service was terrific. Although a little expensive, we would go back to enjoy their meal choices, again!

Thank Dale M
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We had heard good things about Babelfish but for some reason,never made it in until "date night" last Friday. We regret not going sooner. We hit the restaurant on the first night of their new menu and we're torn as everything sounded great. Our server, Heidi was EXCELLENT. She was attentive, informative and welcoming. We ordered the escargot and the... More 

Thank fizzandzackimama
Guelph, Canada
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243 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

With a new charcuterie chef and some new items on the menu, including some dry duck confit, ho hum desserts, this place continues to underwhelm … Time to get a new executive chef if you want to play in the big leagues … $60 pp not unreasonable if food is good to great; at last, it is at best mediocre.... More 

1 Thank ric i
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80 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

With the feel of Guelph. The shrimp appetizer was excellent with just the right amount of spice. Our group of four had the Pickerel and the Salmon dishes and they were very good. Our waitress Heidi was top notch, answered all of our questions and managed the table well. We did not have dessert, but what was offered looked very... More 

Thank James E
Guelph, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016

Babelfish Bistro has been around downtown Guelph for over 22 years for good reason. Their menu has been steadfastly delicious all this time and now they've added charcuterie, in-house baked bread and more to bump things up another notch. Taste deTours and I visit them weekly on our food tours and are treated to exceptional service, insight into food preparation... More 

Thank Lynn B
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

Many people recommended this restaurant to us and finally, after 4 years in Guelph, we gave it a try. Overall we were disappointed and felt that it doesn't live up to the hype. The food, although far from bad, was nothing exceptional and not worth the price. I had the duo of duck, sadly the meat was dry and not... More 

Thank Daleen L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$17 - $38
Canadian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Macdonell St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: +1 519-826-6709
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 our web page up to 14 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?