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  • Cafe Insomnia

  • 3.5 stars
    (44 reviews, average rating: 3.6/5)
  • Cuisines: Italian
  • (519) 837-9889
  • 649 Scottsdale Drive Guelph, ON N1G 4T7
  • Neighbourhoods: South, University
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64% of voters recommend
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Guelphist
1 Review
2012/04/18
  • Great Food
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Great food, quality ingredients and a pleasant atmosphere. Good place for dinner, and lunch, their sandwiches are all great mid day treat. It has become a regular for us, and their website reservations feature makes it all the more easier.

  • Order: Pasta!
 
nbc
22 Reviews 1 Helpful
2011/11/18
  • Don't get the appeal...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I have visited Cafe Insomnia three times now in order to give it a chance..as the atmosphere and service are superb. It is a cosy place, and our server last night was very pleasant as was all of the staff that we spoke with. The problem for me is the quality of the food. The caesar salad was below par - lightly dressed to the point of why did they bother, and although my main was nicely cooked (tilapia)....the dollop of tomato sauce and a few capers with the sub par salad is not worth the $17.00 I paid for this menu item. this is not the first time that I have felt this way. The tiramisu which I had for dessert was really good as was the beer :)
    So to recap - service great, atmosphere great - too bad about the food.

  • Order: tilapia, rotolo, caesar salads, beer, wine and dessert
 
jill
22 Reviews 1 Helpful
2010/08/02
  • YIKES!!!!!!
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 5
  • It was really bad, party of five and shoved in the front window. We all ordered different food but ta-da it all came looking the same.....just a place we would never go again

  • Order: salmon, chicken, no apps, no dessert
 
Esh
1 Review
2010/04/27
  • Guelph's Best Kept Secret
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • What a hidden little gem! Wonderful live music on Friday and Saturday nights. The staff is so friendly and owners are on site every night to greet their many loyal customers. The food is fresh and plentiful. We enjoyed our experience at Cafe Insomnia and are counting the the days till our return!
    A must when you are in Guelph.

  • Order: Antipasto platter, veal with pasta, salmon and tiramisu
 
sssssssss
21 Reviews
2010/04/06
  • Food was okay thought Zestys was better but they...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 4
  • Food was okay thought Zestys was better but they are closed and for the prices charged and the size of the entrees I think they think they are in Toronto

  • Order: Veal Pasta Caeser Salad etc
 
2011/02/08

Recent Comment by: GuelphFoodie580

This reviewer owns Squirrel Tooth Alice's. Hmmm?

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jessun
3 Reviews
2010/04/04
  • great little place
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 6
  • I just move in town, and this place is sooooo good. nice, quiet and great food. I will have to control myself so that I don't go there too often! their Greek salad was so good that I finished my peppers! the girl there was very friendly and she told me the daily special , and too long for me to remember, I ordered something like, veal stuffed pasta with vodka souse , was really good. and I had the light but satisfying dessert.

  • Order: Greek salad, veal stuffed pasta with vodka sauce, essprso. caramal pudding.
 
ananaamour
4 Reviews
2009/11/10
  • What a fantastic little café. I had the...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • What a fantastic little café. I had the stracciatella soup, and it was very authentic and delicious...The panini...don't even get me started. I dream about it sometimes, it was the ultimate sandwich experience. The bf loved his ravioli, and the small bite he allowed me was very good.
    Everything is fresh, simple, delicious...the epitome of Italian cooking really, nice vibe and good services. I appreciated that the server used tongs to put lemon wedges in our water....but that is just my inner germaphobe.
    Loved it.

  • Order: 2 stracciatella soups, prosciutto panini, cheese ravioli, wine
 
Koda555
2 Reviews
2009/08/22
  • Never been disappointed! My husband and I have...
  • 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
  • Never been disappointed! My husband and I have had many dinners at Cafe Insomnia over the past few years. The staff and owners are very friendly and attentive. The cafe is small, probably holds less then 40 people, so if you are planning a dinner or lunch making reservations would be helpful as they are usually very busy. A small menu that changes daily or weekly, but a nice balance. We really enjoyed the new "menu sampler" that they had just introduced, we were able to share a 5 course meal that included coffee for an extremely reasonal price. And we were full! Friday night dinner also had live dinner music/singers, they might also have this on Saturday nights. They only serve dinner on Thurs, Fri & Sat as it is a small family run business. Nice atomosphere...perfect for a night out with friends and without the kids! Take the kids to a loud chain restaurant!

  • Order: soup, ceaser salad, lemon shrimp, medalion pasta, mushroom pasta, salmon, chocolate mouse cake, bottle of wine
 
BackinGuelph
2 Reviews 1 Helpful
2009/03/11
  • My husband and I are back in Guelph after...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • My husband and I are back in Guelph after 10 years in Ottawa where we LOVED DiRienzo's and their amazing sandwiches and entrees.

    Here at Cafe Insomnia we were disappointed with the amount of toppings on the sandwiches (particularly meats and cheeses) for the price ($6 plus).

    Everything was fresh but did not leave us counting the days until our next visit.

    Also because we got there before 12:00pm the pasta was not ready so we were limited to sandwiches.

    So we are still looking for our Italian deli in the Guelph-KW region.

  • Order: 2 panini sandwiches, one with side caesar, san pellegrino
 
wilsun
2 Reviews
2008/11/21
  • It's a pleasant restaurant with an unpretentious...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • It's a pleasant restaurant with an unpretentious atmosphere. The penne was al dente. The chicken in the chicken cacciatore was slightly soggy, but basically fine, but I found the tomato sauce lacking in complexity. The selection of vegetarian items wasn't huge. The coffee was good. .

 
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