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Babelfish Bistro

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80 Macdonell St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z6, Canada
+1 519-826-6709
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at Babel Fish 15-20 times and have never been disappointed. Service, food quality, and setting are all outstanding. It is the best food in town.

Thank Mike A
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered lots of food on a rare night out and loved every dish that came, lots of excellent choices from very well made and unique specials to very flavourful everyday menu

Thank derks3030
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7 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Expensive, not as Fine Dining as portrayed. Paper napkins, wrong silverware, Decor was renovated a number of years ago but hasn't been kept up needs updating. We were expecting a classic restaurant and didn't get it. Very disappointed. Food was okay but nothing special, wouldn't go again.

Thank Sheila R
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

I must say that babelfish is one of my favorite restaurants. The new menu is fantastic!!. The one thing I miss is there cashew chicken dish. I've tried to duplicate it. It's not the same. Other then that. Nothing but great food and service. My husband and I have been going to babelfish for over 10 years now. Keep up... More 

Thank amywhetstone
Guelph, Canada
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

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 September 25, 2016 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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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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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

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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
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?