After a long graduation ceremony, or a long exam, who doesn’t enjoy a celebratory meal with family and friends?

We’ve compiled a small directory of places you might consider for your post-graduation meal. Included are some pricier options–because you’ve earned it–as well as some more economical options if you have a larger group.

Regardless of your choice, rest-assured that these are are all some of Guelph’s most solid choices for family or group dining, and will leave you feeling like the satisfied young adult that you are.


Bread Bar

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A newcomer to the Guelph restaurant scene, the Bread Bar has a varied menu featuring a variety of shared plates, vegetarian options and of course.. bread.

Buon Gusto

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Located in the historic Victoria Hotel building in St. George’s Square in Downtown Guelph, the atmosphere of Buon Gusto is warm and casual. A wood burning oven made in Italy is used to prepare their famous pizzas. Fresh and seasonal ingredients and traditional Italian cuisine are the specialty of head chef Dave Manno.


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Considered the most elegant for fine dining in Guelph, the modern decor of Bin23 and their delectable cuisine will make you feel like an adult in no time.

Babelfish Bistro

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Serving upscale comfort foods in a urban setting, Babelfish Bistro is another independently owned Guelph restaurant that is known for their Continental-style cusine and lavish meat and seafood dishes. This space is small, so call ahead if you can.

The Ox

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With excellent pizzas, burgers and daily specials, the Ox has quickly become a Guelph favourite since opening 3 years ago. The numerous out-side-the box pizza varieties on the menu will open your eyes and taste buds to the road ahead of you.

North End


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A casual Mediterranean eatery located at the corner of Speedvale Ave and Elmira Road in Guelph.

Café Greek Garden

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Old-world charm can be found at this long-time favorite of many Gryphons. Casual dining for the loud and large. Opa!

South End


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A mainstay for classy local eats, Borealis is sure to please a variety of palates with their seasonal menus. Choose between the more formal dining room, pub-side, or outdoor patio.

State & Main

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Including a gluten sensitive menu, the up-scale pub fare of State & Main is warming and hearty, and served in a classy atmosphere. They also have a patio so you can sit outside.

The Keg

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A classic choice for celebratory dinners, the newly opened Keg Guelph is a great option for the steak enthusiast.


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This bistro and music club is an independently owned Guelph favourite that boasts a unique dining experience featuring live music almost every night of the week. Perfect for convincing your parents that your tastes are now refined after graduating. Make sure to arrive early or make reservations, as space is limited.

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