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Review of Upstairs Bistro

Upstairs Bistro
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Ranked #10 of 103 Restaurants in Canandaigua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: NYS Rte 332 & NYS Rte 5&20
Description: Relax, taste & enjoy at the fun, high-energy Upstairs Bistro overlooking Canandaigua Lake. It is the perfect spot to gather with friends in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor lake view seating. Experience the innovative bistro-style menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients and exclusive New York State beer, wine, spirits & specialty drinks. Sunday Brunch served 11:30am - 2:30pm. Regular menu resumes 2:30 - 9pm.
Geneva, NY
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105 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Wonderful food in beautiful setting. Their steak is the best around. They add a special touch to everything they serve.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank NYBelle
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Cleveland Ohio
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188 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Dinner in the Upstairs Bistro was excellent. Wonderful menu selections”
Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Our group made the short walk across the parking lot from The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua to The Upstairs Bistro which is part of the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Everyone enjoyed salad or soup appetizers. Soup was either manhattan fish soup or butternut squash bisque. Both were excellent. Scallops were fantastic, lightly grilled and served over mushroom risotto. Risotto was made with barley not rice so it was a bit strange. I had salmon served over pasta alfraldo. It was a huge portion and wonderful. Service was good to. I recommend this restaurant. It can be a little loud at time because of wood floors and ceiling. The full bar is separate from dining area by a hall way. We brought our own wine which they served at no extra charge. We had a group of 9 and they added at 18% tip to our bill. Total came to about $35 each for our meals. Not unreasonable.

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1 Thank getsmart
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great for Wine Tasting, Dinners”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Servers are always knowledgeable and nice. Love the woodwork and interesting food. The food and wines change a lot, but if you tell them what you like, they will find something like it, or better!

Visited February 2013
1 Thank IrishDancerNY
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Food was good, service even better”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Food was alright, not mindblowing or even very good, but it was better than average. Especially the side for the main dish was a very interesting and novel experience, the cook obviously had put just as much thought into that as the 'centerpiece'. The service was excellent, very attentive, knowledgeable about wines (they service all locally produced food and wine), and he was able to advise us well on a reasonably priced local wine. It's the only restaurant with a bit of an ambiance; all others were crowded with families coming back from the ski slopes and hitting the buffet-style dining rooms.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank WFHB
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Rochester NY
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“On the uptick”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This has always been a great showcase for NY wines, but the restaurant has had its ups and downs. It was was wonderful when Dan Martello was the chef there, but went downhill after he left to open his own place [Good Luck Restaurant] getting terrible reviews from a local paper not that long ago. Luckily, it seems to be recovering. We had a great lunch therea couple of months ago.

Visited December 2012
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