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4.5 stars 49 reviews

Babelfish Bistro

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80 MacDonell St
Guelph, ON  N1H 2Z6

(519) 826-6709

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One of the Best
April 14, 2014

Outstanding service, exquisite food and intimate setting, what more can I say. Heard a lot of good things before my wife and I went there, and they weren't exagerating. Our first visit we were treated like regulars and the food was absolutely outstanding. If you go to no other restaurant in Guelph, you really should go here.

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Never disappointed
April 14, 2014

We've enjoyed dinner several times at Babelfish, every time our meal has been excellent and our server is always attentive but never in your face. We revisited again in early March and we love the Tuesday night "no corking fee" so we can bring our own wine for dinner!
Perfect place for date night or out with some friends!!

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a hit
March 24, 2014

Place is a little small (holds aroud 35-40 at most) but if you book, you will be rewarded.
Lobster bisque is exquisite, escargots too. Staff are pros. A definite hit.

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One of our top choices in Guelph
March 10, 2014

Small restaurant downtown, can be noisy when crowded but food and service is always excellent. The food is consistently good and creative. Tuesdays you can bring your own wine with no corkage fee. We have been with friends for dinner here on several occasions, and Babel Fish has never let us down.

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Fine Dining in Guelph
March 03, 2014

Excellent food, service with an intimate decor is hard to beat. We have never been disappointed with our dining experience.

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4.5 star rating
Excellent service
February 18, 2014

Went to the Babelfish bistro last week, and was pleasantly surprised. Wait staff was excellent, loved the escargot, also had the shrimp bisque for an app, was a little more tomato-y than creamy, but still good. Small place, but will go back.

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4.5 star rating
As good as they say it is
February 11, 2014

Small restaurant downtown with lovely décor and attentive service. The food is consistently excellent. We have taken various out-of town friends to dinner here on several occasions, and Babel Fish has never let us down.

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4.5 star rating
Escargot is a GO
January 06, 2014

Having dined here several times I can say that Babelfish has the finest cuisine around town. The incredible ribs and my wifes favorite is the escargot. I especially enjoy the fresh bread and maple butter to start off the night. If your lookig for a well priced excellent meal, Babelfish is the one!

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4.5 star rating
New Years Dining
January 06, 2014

We decided to go out with a few other couples for an early dinner on New Year's Eve, and made a reservation at Babelfish. It had been years since I had been there and will certainly be back sooner this time. I don't normally order salmon at a restaurant, as I usually find it too dry, and it seldom comes... more

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4.5 star rating
Group amazement
January 06, 2014

It has been several years since we ate at the Bistro. Three couples get together quarterly for a nice dinner. We were not certain how we would rate Babel Fish as none of us had been there for some time, but we left collectively convinced that we had just had one of the best dining experiences we have had in... more

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4.5 star rating
Superb
January 03, 2014

Went for a New Years Eve meal with some friends. No wonder this is the #1 rated place in Guelph. The food was perfectly prepared and the staff were friendly and accommodating. It should be noted that this is a small place (maybe holds 40 people max) so you may want to make a reservation. Needless to say, we'll be... more

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4.5 star rating
Always a winner
October 28, 2013

This is one of Guelph's best (un)kept secrets. Babelfish Bistro has an amazing cosy atmosphere that is perfect for couples. Great food and excellent service. We go at least once or twice a year for romantic dinner.
Our wait staff was extremely friendly and courteous without being over bearing. They helped with us with our wine selection and were patient... more

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4.5 star rating
Always Great Food and Now a Reward Program
October 08, 2013

My Wife and I returned to Babelfish for a meal before we caught a show at the Guelph RIver Run Theatre to see Mary Walsh. This restuarant is in a great location in downtown Guelph close to the River Run theatre, Sleeman Centre (OHL Guelph Storm play here) and more.
Again this restaurant never fails to disappoint. Always fresh and... more

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4.5 star rating
Wow - hidden gem in Guelph
September 25, 2013

This is a very small restaurant and would not be good for a large party. With that said I would highly recommend giving this little gem a visit. The food was fantastic! I had the daily appetizer of mussles in a lovely cajun cream and it blew me away. I just wanted to drink the suace when I was finished.... more

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4.5 star rating
Good, suitably priced experienced
August 31, 2013

Small and cute, good for those special occasions. Good wine selection, accompanied with good food which quality fits the price tag for those higher end evenings. Private conversations are hard to come by with the close proximity of the tables, but the atmosphere is fitting for the space.
Been several times, winters are tough due to the set up when... more

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4.5 star rating
just because
July 25, 2013

it was a three-some dinner date with my hubby and my daughter. the food was delicious...I started with steamed mussels and smooth beautiful red wine (i think it was France) devour the catch of the day fish with lemon and butter on top of 3 coloured rice and a variety of steamed veggies, of course finish off with wonderful bread... more

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4.5 star rating
Our "go to place" for special occasions
July 11, 2013

My husband and I made the Babelfish our "go to" place to celebrate special occasions. We have enjoyed many meals there - my husband loves their mussels. I have never been disappointed by the food or the service.

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4.5 star rating
Great experience
June 01, 2013

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary here in January and had a great time, the service was excellent and the food and wine was delicious.
My only complaint is that every time someone opened the door a cold draft came in straight to our table...the decor was nice but it's hard to be cozy when you're cold

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4.5 star rating
A real treat
May 06, 2013

It was a last minute decision when my husband took me to Babelfish Bistro to celebrate my birthday - my pick, of course. We both enjoyed our first visit and will not be the last time either. I loved the artisan bread and the whipped butter with maple. We started with escargot and mussels and they were delicious. But most... more

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4.5 star rating
Another hidden gem in Guelph
April 26, 2013

It was a first time for as at Babelfish Bistro. We were looking for a comfortable restaurant with good food and atmosphere for an evening out with friends prior to a concert at RiverRun Centre.
A first for me, was the ability to make a reservation online through their website. Very convenient.
Babelfish did not disappoint.
The servers were prompt,... more

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4.5 star rating
Unsure
March 14, 2013

I'm unsure about the history of this restaurant's menu success as I have only lived in Guelph for 3 years. Having said that, I must chime in here with the reviews to rate it as a mediocre experience. My most recent visit was on Valentines Day for the prix fixe menu and I came away from the dinner underwhelmed. My... more

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4.5 star rating
Awesome First Impression
March 14, 2013

By husband took me to Babelfish Bistro back in September and it was a real treat! We are always looking for new places and we tried it based other trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed.
We shared a spinach salad which was delicious and my seafood pasta was fantastic. Generous portions, great atmosphere and friendly staff.
Well worth a... more

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4.5 star rating
AAA beef tenderloin experience
March 08, 2013

Me, my wife & son had a great dining experience with escargot, mussels, AAA beef tenderloin dinner at the Babelfish Bistro tonite...will definitely do it again.

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4.5 star rating
Excellent restaurant in the downtown core
March 06, 2013

We have been to Babelfish a few times, and each time throughly enjoyed our meals. Everything is hot, well presented and the fish melted in my mouth.Staff and owners are very friendly and attentive. A very romantic setting and great for couples! Nice selection of wine, we will be again soon with more friends!

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4.5 star rating
Excellent Evening
March 04, 2013

First visit to Babelfish with friends. We were very impressed. The wait staff were very attentive and ensured we understood the menu choices and specials. The food was delicious and the portions were good value for the money. We will definitely come back again!

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4.5 star rating
Great food!...but tips not pooled
March 04, 2013

We visited the restaurant for the first time and it won't be my last. The food was hot, perfectly cooked (steak) and fast service. The waitress was friendly and prompt. Atmosphere was very welcoming.
My only caveat was when I was leaving and quickly asked the waitress if the tip would be shared among the chef and sous chef? She... more

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4.5 star rating
Superb eatery
February 15, 2013

OMG WOW UNBELIEVABLE Bistro.Food was amazing;even had dessert which was fantastik!!!Atmosphere was great and the staff v.attentive.We loved it soo much I think we found our heaven.We will be going back again and again!!!!Hats off to the Babelfish Bistro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4.5 star rating
Great
January 09, 2013

It was a great restaurant with good food. The waiter seemed depressed but it was nice he wasn't bugging us every two seconds. I would reccomend this restaurant but I'm not in arush to go back.

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4.5 star rating
Good
December 20, 2012

Nice dinner was good, not great, atmosphere was good,not great, service was excellent would go back if in the area

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4.5 star rating
Always been the best
December 15, 2012

I have always loved this restaurant! Great food! Great value! Excellent service! Owners who care. Definitely worth a visit.

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4.5 star rating
First visit
December 01, 2012

Tried this restaurant because it was rated number one. It was a nice restaurant but the service was slow. From the time we sat down and ordered our first wine/beer it took ten minutes. After forty minutes our first drinks were done and with empty glasses on the table it took another ten minutes to get our second drink. Food... more

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4.5 star rating
Great Experience for Our First Visit
November 13, 2012

The food was very good, portion size matched the value. The atmosphere was very nice and quaint. The wait staff was very attentive and the service was exceptional. The food was delivered to the table hot and the wait was very reasonable for the entree ordered. The lighting was a little too dim but not a breaker. I highly recommend... more

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4.5 star rating
A Very Pleasnt Stay in Royal City
October 28, 2012

My wife,sister law, and I spent a very pleasant evening here last Friday prior to a show at the Riverrun Theatre. We went there because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. Everything met our
expecttations,the food and the exceptional service..

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4.5 star rating
Our favourite restaurant in Guelph
October 25, 2012

My wife and I eat here more often than in any other restaurant in Guelph, and have never had a disappointing meal. The service is great.

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4.5 star rating
One of the best in Guelph
October 17, 2012

Although the location is not the best, once inside everything is fantastic, good, atmosphere and service are all top notch.

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4.5 star rating
They've got the equation right
October 03, 2012

Service, atmosphere, and of course the cuisine are in perfect balance at Babel Fish.
While it's on a dodgy block, the restaurant holds its ground (well over a 12 years) and once inside, you're able to forget the outside world. Seating is comfortable and spread out enough that you're not on top of any other guests and their conversations.
Menu... more

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4.5 star rating
Not to be Missed
September 27, 2012

Every time we eat here we are thinking about how soon can we come back again! My wife and I love this place and is our go to place for a nice meal and/or to celebrate a special occasion. We have brought friends here to and the instantly love it. The service is great, friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is... more

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4.5 star rating
Fantastic dinner
September 20, 2012

I was there for dinner tonight and it was a fantastic meal. If I could write a sonnet about their pork tenderloin, I would. It was a dish that makes me want to go there for dinner tomorrow night and maybe the next night too. There's a bit of heat to the dish but it's not overpowering, just a nice... more

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4.5 star rating
Great place for a celebratory meal
September 17, 2012

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Babel Fish and it did not disappoint. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We each had a salad and shared the baked brie with raspberry. Our entrees were nicely presented and my beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked, tender and flavourful. We hadn't eaten here in a very long time and... more

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4.5 star rating
Hubby's Birthday
September 10, 2012

I booked a table on the 11th August, it happened to be the day after my Husband's Birthday. when I made the reservation I happened to mention to the person on the phone that I was pleased to get the reservation as we would be celebrating my Hubby's Birthday. We had an awesome meal and after the Entree we decided... more

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4.5 star rating
Great food. Excellent service. Upscale-Cool yet funky atmosphere
August 01, 2012

Based on the excellent Tripadvisor reviews, we ventured downtown to find the Babelfish Bistro while staying in Guelph. We are very happy we did.
I had the pistachio dusted atlantic salmon with maple~teriyaki glaze and sesame vegetables. This was quite possibly the best salmon dish I have ever had. My wife had the fish special (cannot recall the specific white... more

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4.5 star rating
excellent
July 12, 2012

I have dined twice at babelfish and was completely happy with my meals both times. Wonderful service and a nice menu to choose, well cooked and beautifully served dinner

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4.5 star rating
Fantastic service, fantastic food
June 14, 2012

I must have walked by this restaurant a thousand times while living in Guelph and never noticed and I wish I had discovered it sooner! The service is fantastic, we never ran out of water or drinks, and she was pleasant and helpful. The food was prompt and so so good. They offer a small menu with many good choices... more

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4.5 star rating
Perfect spot for a girls night out
June 13, 2012

I was born and raised in Guelph and recently returning back to the city to live met a couple of friends for a dinner out to celebrate my return home and upcoming birthday. I have always heard wonderful things about Babel Fish, but am ashamed to say I had never been there to experience it for myself.
That has all... more

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4.5 star rating
Wonderful
May 28, 2012

Another great evening at this restaurant!
Although I would not describe Babelfish Bistro as a family restaurant, our party of 7 included 2 children. They were completely welcome, as was the small child at the next table. The ribs were the food of choice for the kids and they loved them. No leftovers for the rest of us!
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4.5 star rating
Great dining experience
March 26, 2012

I had not been there for many years and our friends invited us out... so glad we went. Food, atmosphere and service was awesome. We will be going back again soon.

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4.5 star rating
Guelph's Most Enjoyable Restaurant
March 24, 2012

We have been patronizing the Babel Fish restaurant for many years. It is without a doubt one of Guelph's most enjoyable restaurants. A great evening starts with a sophisticated, quiet, and intimate atmosphere. No noisy, large volume, food factory-type experiences when you visit the Babel Fish. The food at the Babel Fish is always high quality and it is well... more

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4.5 star rating
Delicious, delightful, dazzling
March 22, 2012

Best restaurant ever! Superb! A perfect evening!! After reading reviews for many Guelph restaurants, I chose Babelfish Bistro for a very special occasion, and was delighted beyond any expectations!! The salads, entrees, and desserts we had were all exquisite in taste and presentation. Excellent service was provided by a sweet waitress and by the owner himself. The owner, Rich, provided,... more

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4.5 star rating
Excellent food, great service great atmosphere
March 15, 2012

We like going on a Tuesday evening, that's the night you can bring your own bottle of wine and there is no corkage charge. The food is delicious, the service is great, the owner also serves as a waiter, he is very knowledgable about wine selection and regularly recommends different wines to us. I would recommend this restaurant to all... more

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November 24, 2009

Great food , quaint atmosphere,downtown.

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4.5 star rating
May 14, 2006

This is a very different type of a place that is always interesting when you go.. its small enough that they can offer many different items on the menu that change daily...and its all good...give it a try

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4.5 star rating
February 26, 2005

Very pricy! The food is different but good if you are into trying new things! The service here is quite good too!

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4.5 star rating
July 25, 2000

Small menu that changes almost daily. Very unique fair. Great for that someone special who appreciates fine gourmet food. Priced right for what you are getting

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4.5 star rating
February 02, 2006

Consistently a great experience. One of the best spots in Guelph.

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4.5 star rating
June 06, 2003

What an amazing dining experience. Excellent wine menu, superb food, and attentive, knowledgeable staff. Hat's off!

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Business Description from the Web
English
August 24, 2013

Babel Fish Bistro offers these services: restaurant, caterer.

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March 14, 2013

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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