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“Very rude service and attitude” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reservoir Lounge

Reservoir Lounge
Ranked #6 of 266 Nightlife in Toronto
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Owner description: This perennial favorite is a modern-day speakeasy. The cramped space -- it seats only 100 -- is below street level, yet feels intimate rather than claustrophobic. Live jazz, whether Dixieland, New Orleans, or swing, belts out 6 nights a week. The epicenter for the swing dance craze in Toronto, this is still the place to watch glam hepcats groove.
Toronto, Canada
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“Very rude service and attitude”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We went to Reservoir Lounge for the first time yesterday, wanting to try somewhere new for jazz. When we arrived, the guy at the door said that we could sit anywhere that didn't have a reserved sign.
We found two stools along a ledge with a good view of the band. A few minutes later a waitress came and said we would have to move since the seats were being given to someone else. We asked where we could sit and she pointed to a table in the corner with no view of the band. We weren't very happy with this and said that the doorman said we could sit anywhere without a reserved sign.
We waited for here to come back and let us know when the other people were ready to move, and then the guy at the door came and said that his manager wanted us to leave the restaurant. We were shocked. Clearly a huge miscommunication and very poor customer service. We should have left right then, but decided to stay for the rest of the set since the band was good and we didn't want to let rude management ruing the evening for us.
The customers were mostly 30-50 year old guys in suits who were there to get plastered after a day at the office- you know, the ones who go crazy when a band plays Hot, Hot, Hot.
Don't think we'll be going back there. There are lots of better places in Toronto without all that attitude and rudeness. Too bad, because the band was good.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank LInda W
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great music if you like jazz/swing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

A few girlfriends and I went here on Saturday. Arriving early (9:00) all the tables were filled with later diners, so we went across the street for a drink before coming back at 10:00. It was now packed and the band was playing. It is a $10 cover and don't expect to get a table. This place is tight, which adds to the ambiance. The crowd definitely skews older - like 40s, so it was great as I felt like a spring chicken. The dance floor is tiny but you can get right up to the band. The music was lively and very good - though I don't really care for jazz, I appreciated the talent! Drinks are not astronomical - I paid $7 for my cider and wine started around $10 a glass.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Megan M
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“Feast for the ears, if not the stomach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We reserved in advance on a Saturday night and had a table right in front of the stage. I was put off initially by having to pay a cover when (four of us) were ordering dinner and drinks, but the jazz band was so good that I also bought the singer a beer after the first set. We also liked the look and feel of the lounge.
Our server was attentive and pleasant; no issues regarding service for us. The food was a disappointment: sub par pub food. Drinks were pricey, but that was expected. And a woman sitting at the table beside us was like a wind-up toy; she just kept yapping and yapping loudly and did not shut up for even a second while the band was playing (her ignorance, of course, is not the fault of the lounge, but her parents: shame on them).
Go for the music and ambiance, but eat first.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Mr_Weston
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“Great little live music venue for the over 35 crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

. Great little lounge on basement level. The night I was there had a great soul nite band called dee dee martini. Great singer, lots of fun, good crowd from age 35 to 50's
You can get up to dance, fun night out. Best to call and reserve a table .

Visited September 2013
Thank Leanne G
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“Rude servers in basement hovel.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Occasionally we try this lounge with the hopes that perhaps it's improved but we are constantly disappointed and won't go back again. The staff is incredibly rude and seem unhappy with their jobs. Music is always great but there are many better venues in the city. Not worth the effort.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank DowntownAlice
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