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  • Atmosphere Cafe

  • 3.5 stars
    (70 reviews, average rating: 3.8/5)
  • Cuisines: Cafe
  • (519) 824-0430
  • 24 Carden Street Guelph, ON N1H 3A2
  • Neighbourhoods: East
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Kevlin
1 Review
2012/05/30
  • Best Spot In Town!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 5
  • LOVE this place! The food is always fantastic, the 'atmosphere' is Euro-hip, "are we in in Belgium, Berlin or London Soho??" SO not typical Guelph.

    The staff don't start with a Big Box "hi my name is ..." and frankly, I'm happier to know that when they do stop to chat (it's a busy place sometimes and they're pro) it's an honest conversation.

    Classy, creative, delicious, and won't break your bankroll.

    Best date spot in town, bar none!

    Late night DJ vibe is cool, and an excellent warmup to a fantastic night on the town.

    GO!

  • Order: Awesome Salads, group appetizer plates, the girls loved the fancy martinis
 
daisy
1 Review
2012/03/31
  • deuces sit way, way in the back
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • Seating at the front of the restaurant is fun and lively, taking in the kitchen & bar vibe. However, seating at the back, way back ... up the wheelchair ramp - near the washrooms - where service lacks - is simply depressing ... for a 'two person' night-out, I'd highly recommend elsewhere.

  • Order: nothing, chose to go elsewhere
 
Afi
1 Review
2012/02/07
  • Definitely a good place to go and relax, they...
  • 5.0 stars
  • Definitely a good place to go and relax, they have great food and drinks are good too, and the restrooms are pretty Kewl too! Which stall will you pick?

 
Donny
2 Reviews
2011/07/30
  • I have been to Atmosphere a couple of times...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • I have been to Atmosphere a couple of times. Couldn't really remember too much about my first visit - neither good or bad. My visit today really didn't do much to change that either. It's not a bad place to eat, it's just not nearly the best place Guelph offers to eat. It's not even the best place in it's small stretch of Carden Street. They have a well stocked bar, and the exposed brick decor inside is quite nice. The service was quite good - friendly, polite and prompt. The main issue was with the food.

    Today's appetizer was tasty - a rice paper roll with Vermicelli noodles, carrots and mint inside. Problem was that they were clearly not freshly made. The rice paper was rubbery, and a couple of the rolls were still frozen in the centre. IMO, there is no excuse for not making something as easy to prepare as a rice paper roll fresh upon ordering. This was disappointing.

    The Pizzas we had as our entree were good. They are sized "just right" and flavourful - although table side seasoning was needed (salt/pepper).

    If the number of dining options in Guelph were limited, I would return without question. The reality is that there are many other choices I prefer, so I'm not sure when, or if, we'll return.

  • Order: Vermicelli Rolls Appetizer, Ratatouille Pizza, Chicken and Bacon Pizza
 
LorenzoB
5 Reviews
2011/06/03
  • fantastic~!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Pizza was phenomenal, service was great! will definitely return! Even the bathrooms were really nice! I think next time I go willl try some other dishes :)

  • Order: pizza
 
eGirl
45 Reviews
2011/05/12
  • Several visits - early 2011
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I have eaten at Atmosphere 3 or 4 times now.

    The crepes they serve on Sunday afternoon are quite nice.
    The pizzas actually are pretty good. Prices are reasonable, service is good.

    Based on my first three visits, we went back on a Sunday night and ordered full entrees. I had a salad with cranberries and pears and the Pork Tenderloin and my husband had a savoury salad (I forget which one) and the lobster and brie stuffed chicken.

    The salads were good, but the entrees were very boring - not much flavour at all. I dislike polenta, so wasn't surprised to dislike the polenta on the side of the pork, but even the veggies were pretty disappointing. The chicken came with sweet potato puree and veggies. All pretty flavourless.

    I would definitely go back, but will stick to the pizzas and salads for dinner and crepes on Sundays.

    Nice atmosphere and nice service, if not always totally efficient.

  • Order: Crepes, pizzas, salads, pork tenderloin and stuffed chicken.
 
SushiMePlease
3 Reviews
2011/03/17
  • TASTY FOOD, Disappointing Service:(
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • I love Atmosphere cafe, their food, the location, and the menu. However I'm really growing tired of their lack-luster server. My husband and I frequent there at least 2-3 times a month, and we are really easy-going people to serve... We understand if they're busy or what not, but this one female server of theirs with dark hair needs.to.go...Now. We usually 'hope' that we don't get her when we go in..but we always seem to.

    Last week we went on a slower evening, and she usually recognizes us as regulars. Out bills are usually quite high because we like to eat a lot and have a few drinks if we do frequent this restaurant. My husband, to a fault, can almost tip TOO much at times because he feels for 'service staff' as we both worked in the industry. We never complain, and we're always patient with the service.

    We're always kind to her, and tip her well, yet why do we get inconsistent, rude service? It puzzled us so much our last visit, we almost felt like writing them... We were 1 of 3 couples in the whole place..yet she just slumped around, forgot our drinks..and texted on her blackberry by the bar for most of the evening. Then she just left us for a cool 20 minutes where she went...well..I don't even know where she went. Dirty dishes were lingering on the table as out mains came..we had to awkwardly ask if we could have our wine...and never without an apology?

    I shared our experience with our friends and they too, have had very similar experiences. I know the owners probably want a hip vibe and all with their service staff, but they really need to ride their staff a bit more. We almost didn't want to return after this experience...With a recession and a slew of eager workers out there, I just don't know why they don't hire happier, more empathetic workers. Sad. Because it IS a great place.

  • Order: 2 pizzas, bottle of wine, cheesecake
 
StephanieB
9 Reviews
2010/08/10
  • Went here with a group of people and we all...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 6
  • Went here with a group of people and we all really enjoyed our meals. I think we all ordered pizza and it was really memorable. Nice quiet spot with a good "atmosphere" (apologies for the pun).

  • Order: pizza margherita
 
LasVegasFoodie699
1 Review
2010/06/10
  • Best place in Guelph!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • Best place in guelph,hands down! The food was cooked perfect-service was great and the atmosphere is fitting to its name.I always love to bring people from out of town here,to show them how cool guelph is.

  • Order: coq au vin,confit of duck,lamb shank,wild salmon
 
mimi
1 Review
2009/09/22
  • If you are interested in visiting the restaurant...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 5
  • If you are interested in visiting the restaurant with more than two people be prepared to wait. A small group of friends (5) met for drinks and dinner after work. We waited for a seat, our drinks, dinner, drink refills, plates to be cleared, our bill we dare not wait around for dessert. The restaurant wasn't busy why did we have to WAIT. Beware if you are on a tight schedule

  • Order: beer,martinis, variety of pizza
 
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