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Jul 25, 2006 03:20 PM

Best restaurant for a great dinner in Guelph

Hello all,

I will be visiting Guelph this weekend and would appreciate any advice on the best restaurant for a great dinner....price is no object. Most important criteria are: really great, 'gourmet' food experience, a reasonably-priced wine list, and an intimate, fun and non-stuffy ambience.

The ones I've read about and are considering are:
Bin 23
Babel Fish Bistro
Bistro Six

I read somewhere on this site before about Georgian Creeds too, but it sounded more traditional and less innovative than what I'm looking for - but please correct me if I'm mistaken! I wouldn't want to miss a great meal based on an incorrect perception of something I read.

A recommendation for a more casual meal (if we can fit it in) would be great too. There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Carden Street Cafe.

Thanks everyone!

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  1. I haven't been to the others on your list, but theres also a restaurant called Parallel which is owned by the same people as Babelfish. I know you can find both of their menus online if you search long enough.

    Personally, I don't like Carden Street Cafe at all... I went with my friends after one of them got a gift certificate, and personally, it wasn't even worth the free meal. I can't remember exactly what we had, but they seem like a place which is trying to be hip, especially with Asian Fusion, but what they come out with, to me, is quite low quality. Atmosphere is also "interesting". Definitley not a place to go for gourmet food.

    here's a site I found with reviews on the restos in Guelph, not sure how quality the reviews are though..

    1. The Other Brothers downtown Guelph on Yarmouth Street is one of Guelph's best fine dining restaurants

      Also near Guelph is the the Aberfoyle Mill. Also great fine dining.

      Parallel is a great spot always had a great meal there.

      1. personally i love carden street. the mushroom pate is wonderful. the hummus is really great. i've gotten a few different things there, but i always seem to come back to a curry (chicken or lamb, depends on my mood) with roti, don't expect a west indian wrapped roti, it's a different, but still tasty, kind of thing. the one thing i will say about carden street though is that it is not a place to go for a fast meal. service is always slow there. also, tough to get a seat on a friday or saturday night, generally you need reservations. and i would also agree that it's not a fine dining establishment. for fine dining i highly reccomend bistro 6, the food is fabulous. if you do a search for guelph on the board there are quite a few threads on here.

        personally i prefer bistro six over parallel or bablefish, but it's about the food not the atmosphere. not that the atmosphere at bistro 6 is bad, it's lovely, clean lines, but the atmosphere at the other two is certainly funkier.

        i've never been into other brothers, fairly traditional, always felt a bit over priced for what you got, but again, it's all about personal preference. i felt much the same with my experience at aberfoyle mill, it didn't blow me away.

        i used to love latino's, and i still do go back, but i think it's gone a bit downhill of late...

        the longest thread on guelph seems to be

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          1. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Manhattan's on Gordon just south of the University of Guelph. THey have a marvelous selection of pizza and everything is of a superb quality. As I recall their beer, wine and liquor lists are all excellent as well. My favourite pizza to try: smoked salmon, red onion, capers, tomatoes, artichokes.

            Hope you have a great weekend in Guelph. If that doesn't work for you, travel to any of the smaller towns in the area:Erin, Elora, Erin, Fergus, or Erin for some more options.