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“Nice views and disappointing food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of New York Wine & Culinary Center

New York Wine & Culinary Center
800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
+1 585-394-7070
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Ranked #21 of 97 restaurants in Canandaigua
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: NYS Rte 332 & NYS Rte 5&20
New York City, New York
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31 restaurant reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Nice views and disappointing food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The relatively new Canandaigua Wine & Culinary Center is, according to Wegman's (one of its sponsors) a "not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 to educate visitors while showcasing New York’s dynamic agriculture, wine and food industries." It is located on what used to be an amusement park on shores of Lake Canandaigua. From the Upper Bistro, you get nice views of the lake, especially if weather allows you to sit outdoors. We were indoors and enjoyed views of the water from the windows. The service was friendly and professional, the atmosphere very pleasant.

The food, well...., what do you say about a kitchen that sends out food of wide-ranging quality? The menu looked encouraging with artisanal cheeses, a range of salads, sandwiches, seafood, meat, and vegetarian entrees, and a lovely selection of wines, including gold medal winners from the New York Wine & Food Festival. The three of us ordered lobster bisque, French Onion Soup, pastrami and chicken sandwiches, glasses of wine, and sticky toffee pudding and dark chocolate trifle for dessert. Well, the bisque, sandwiches and toffee pudding were good, but the onion soup lacked flavor and the trifle was so dry it bordered on being inedible.

Bottom line - acceptable as a local alternative but not worth a detour.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fall River, Nova Scotia, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Promoted as local then use local!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

On our first night in Canandaigua we decided to try the center as we had noticed rave reviews on Trip Advisor. We were seated promptly inside but were surprised that the windows were too small and we could not see the beautiful lake which was 500 ft away. The restaurant is on the second floor of the centre so the view would be amazing had the windows been more open. The waiter was prompt and very quickly told us all ingredients were local and everything was prepared on site. So far so good but then he told us the special was red fish which is not indigenous to the Finger Lakes. We thought this was a bit odd after just being told everything was local.

We ordered and all was well. Then our bread came and I asked the waiter if it was made on site. Nope...brought in from Rochestor. Bread ...the absolutely easiest item to make on site. We had French onion soup which was good but the base broth was canned. Then we shared a beef salad which was also good.

In summary the ambience is nice but could be amazing. The food is good but staff should stop saying everything is local and prepared on site. I felt we were duped by these declarations.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, New York
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A drink before dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

For my husband's birthday we planned on going to the resort town of Canandaigua for dinner. We were early for our reservation so decided to stop at the NY Wine and Culinary Center for a wine tasting beforehand. It was late afternoon and completely empty so we had the whole tasting room to ourselves. The young woman who waited on us was very knowledgeable and helpful. Some of those in our party did a beer tasting and the others did either a wine or spirits tasting. She answered all of our questions thoughtfully and had a great sense of humor. I'm so sorry that I didn't get her name.
We hadn't been there in awhile and were pleased to see some of the recent changes to the facility. I think I may check out the upcoming cooking classes and demos.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Lovely ambience overlooking Canandaigua Lake.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Inside has an all wooden motif which is gives a warm comfortable appearance which is enhanced by a nice view of the Lake. Menu is somewhat limited but the choices are great. Steak and fish, salmon, mussels etc are prevalent and delicious. Wines are plentiful and appropriate for the dishes.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Syracuse, NY
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“Cafeteria Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We attended their summer barbeque buffet which turned to be more like a visit to a cafeteria. The three meats offered (beef, chicken and shredded pork) were absolutely tasteless. .Beans were undercooked and veggies were non-descript. Food was served to you (only two out of the three meats allowed – which was a difficult choice, because none of them looked appealing). The beans and veggies were served by a cafeteria lady. No “seconds” were allowed, which was not a problem since we had no desire for more. The “free samples” of beer turned out to be in shot glass sized cups poured from gallon jugs of beer covered with towels to keep them cool. The live band playing oldies was way too loud. Overall, the experience left us wanting – wanting to leave and not return.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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