Definitely going back!!
We've been to upstairs bistro twice and have loved it both times. First was with my whole family including my son and the second time was for a date night with my husband. The service is wonderful and the food is even better. I plan on taking a couples cooking class downstairs too!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
creative and delicious
Menu is simple but food is creative and delicious with extensive drink choices to match including local wines and craft beers.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had a wonderful
My husband and I had a wonderful dinner for our anniversary. The service was wonderful and the location was perfect.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were excellent.
Food and service were excellent. Only negative was being seated to a large family group who were loud and boisterous. We had anticipated a quiet, romantic evening but found it difficult to converse at times.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We thoroughly enjoyed the quiet ambiance, the delicious food that represented NY so well and the attentive service.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely worth the trip
We did a beer and wine tasting prior to dinner. The person who handled the tasting was so enjoyable. She had a great sense of humor and we really enjoyed our time there. We had a wonderful dinner at the Bistro. You could not have asked for a nicer evening. We ate outside and absolutely enjoyed their outdoor eating area. The food was excellent. Service was a tad slow - but not excessive. We would definitely eat at the Bistro again and do another tasting - we had just a great time. .
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved our experience! Great food, excellent, knowledgeable service!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful location - great food.
I've been to the Upstairs Bistro many times. This was my first visit on a Saturday. We were hoping for sandwiches and salads. An upscale brunch menu was offered. I asked for a lunch type menu and it wasn't available. The food we had was very good...just a bit more than we wanted.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it here!
I brought my hubby here for Fathers Day and it was PERFECT! We sat outside on the patio so we could enjoy the scenery. It wa so relaxing. The service was a tad bit slow but they only had two waiters on so that was expected. Other than that, we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this place. Brandon was our waiter and he was EXCELLENT! He even went out of his way to have the bartender make me a drink that was not on their list and it was DELICIOUS! The chef also stopped by our table to make sure we liked our food. And we most certainly did! I had the lasagna and my hubby had the porkchop. Both tasted great! We will definitely be back. :)
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy to Make this a Regular Spot
Our semiannual weekend getaways to the Finger Lakes region always includes dining out at the Upstairs Bistro (part of the NYWCC). The restaurant never disappoints and is a welcome change from the less than inspiring eateries to be found in this area. The food is fresh, beautifully presented and always delectable. The knowledgeable staff expertly recommend the perfect wine pairing for your menu choice. The outside deck features very nice views of both Canandaigua Lake and the culinary center's beautiful gardens. I easily recommend this place for anyone vacationing in the area.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service. Every bite excellent; from the appetizers to the dessert. I highly recommend the Upstairs Bistro as the "can't miss" restaurant in Canandaigua.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quality was very good. Tasty, delicious food. Service was a little uneven. Very little to no dressing was put on the salad and no one came to check for long periods of time to see how everything was. Took a good 15 minutes to get some dressing for our salads. But it was good when it arrived. Lovely setting, attractive dining room.
I would most certainly return and recommend as well.
Prices were reasonable.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mid week Dining at the Bistro
Quite disappointed that you were out of some of the wines and beer that were on the menu. Also we paid with our $50. gift certificate and used our debit card for the tip. Our gift card was accepted as payment and our debit card was charged for the bill as well. The problem is being worked on by the manager of the Bistro as we did report it. These two items could be a deal breaker when someone might have enjoyed it enough to want to come back
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
As "seasoned" diners who travel a lot and thoroughly enjoy great dining experiences, we were somewhat disappointed in our experience with The Upstairs Bistro. Likely because we "expected" that a culinary institute training some of tomorrow's top chefs would have not only superb service but food that would stand head and shoulders above other dining facilities. While the food was "good" ... it was not to our level of expectation or hope. Our server, Dylan (Dillon?) was absolutely charming, warm and wonderfully engaging so that extent, we were very pleased. Dining outside provided a great view. The facility has much to offer and, in our opinion, could be so much more.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, shaky service
The culinary center is a local gem - worth a visit even if you are not dining. Beautiful new facility with cooking classrooms, catering hall, outside tent with live music, you name it.
Upstairs Bistro is a beautiful setting, outdoor terrace with the lake view which is unparalleled.
Service was left to be desired, to say the least - it took the hostess about 30 minutes to seat us even though we showed up 15 min early.
Then it took the waiter 20 min to bring bread rolls and butter. Then they skipped our appetizers (that we of course ordered) and brought the main course!! We cancelled appetizers then since we didn't want to wait another 1/2 hour. Food was delicious!
(And they took care of the check!)
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Eating Occasion
What can I say? Food was excellent -- no superior. Service was great. We had a relaxed occasion with friends. Interesting and varied menu. Everything combined to make a fabulous eating occasion. We'll go out of our way to come back again.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative and delicious brunch
Our party had two adults and two children and so we ordered a number of entrees to share, including the croissant french toast recommended by our server. Everything was delicious and I am glad we were able to enjoy a variety of dishes.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Bistro hunting
Food was excellent. Service was great. We just stopped in on a road trip from Philly to Niagara Falls. A gem found on the way.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
absolute great meal (lunch) with excellent service.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice for an Anniversary Dinner
Great Meal! Brandon was a great waiter. Dinenr: the scallop appetizer was to die for, pork chops =outstanding. chicken=a little dry, no sauce which was surprising based on menu description, tho the boursin/spinach stuffing was very creamy. The meal did take a while to come up, reflecting previous reviewers comments. We were not in a hurry, however, and the night was excellent, overall.
Drinks at the bar during "happy hour" were a bit disappointing, due mostly to the service. We felt ignored, despite empty seats at the bar. we had to flag down the bartenders to get our questions answered about the "happy hour" deal and then again to order our drinks.
Overall we will certainly return and look forward to our next visit.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My dinner was excellent (blackened
My dinner was excellent (blackened salmon). Varied menu selection-my party was very happy with their selections (trout, lamb and beef). The view is beautiful-very relaxing to dine outside. Our server was very nice and attentive. Definitely plan to eat there again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been many times great
We have been many times great food. Good wine and beer selection and pairings.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great and the service excellent. We had an 830 reservation but arrived early and were able to be seated. Wait staff attentive but not overbearing. Would definitely return!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three friends and I attended lunch at the Upstairs Bistro this past week. We each chose a different menu item. I had the special which was a delicious roasted rosemary, garlic lemon chicken with excellent veggies. The Waldorf Astoria Salad chosen by one gal was "fabulous" She absolutely loved the wheat berry and one gal had the sammy pork sandwich with the pepper jam which she said was out of this world. She thought the chef should bottle that and sell it. At any rate we had wonderful service and a great experience and I can't wait to go back again.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved everything about our dinner here and I am kinda hard to please. The food was unique, great flavor, perfectly cooked, great presentation. I had the flounder with wheat berry salad & macaroon for dessert. Our waiter Brandon was very knowledgable, accomdating & friendly. View was very nice too.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great job-our 2nd time there in two years--from Buffalo area--took friends this time--they loved it too! Was great for tasty, chef type food--quality steaks were served--desserts were awesome- berry cremeboule and candied beets ice cream--very good even to non-beet eaters1
One negative--web site said stores were open until 10--they closed at 9 and we missed the opportunity to shop!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner and drinks at the Upstairs Bistro...the building itself is gorgeous! Wood work thru out the interior - the view of the Canandaigua lake from the outside dinning area is breath-taking....food delicious, but the service was a bit slow - they were understaffed for the night - not sure if this is a constant problem, but the servers were very helpful, just spread thin.
The interior of the building has shops, wine/beer tasting rooms, and a culinary classroom - two actually. Wish we were close enough to take a class or two!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a special occasion. Food was excellent, got a taste of my wife's lamb and it was very tasty and I don't like lamb. Well trained wait staff. Reasonable prices. However, for the type of restaurant it is and the quality of the food, I think the tables should have table cloths.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second dining experience at the Upstairs Bistro was as wonderful as our first. The food was very well prepared and an epicurean delight! The friends who joined us were as impressed as we were by the attentive service, delicious meals, and wine selection. Would definitely recommend as a memorable dining choice.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - service lacking
We ordered 2 appetizers to start and entrees. The empty appetizer plates were cleared. About 10 minutes later our server stopped to ask if we wanted to order dessert. The restaurant was very, very busy so service was slow and the wait staff had to do everything---set and clear tables, refill waters, bring additional silverware and that meant that we were always waiting for something-- water, silverware to eat our entree. Really enjoyed the food, and we would return, but wait staff needs help because the service detracted from the food.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again had a great meal at the Upstairs Bistro. Sat outside and enjoyed the view of the lake as the sun was setting. Waiter was very good at suggesting a wine for my wife and a beer for me based on our tastes. the wait staff has always been impressive with their knowledge of the wines, beers, and the food. Food was cooked perfectly and although it was fairly busy, we did not feel rushed at all. This will probably our special occasion visit for some time to come.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something for everyone
The restaurant--and the entire NYWCC--is a real treasure to have in our area. The menu changes depending on seasonal availability, and the local/regional wines & beers make great pairings. With its outdoor seating, views of Canandaigua Lake, wine/beer list & sophisticated menu, my husband & I have enjoyed romantic dinners here. Most recently, however, we enjoyed a weekend family brunch with our 6 year-old daughter. She especially loved the lobster mac-and-cheese. With something for just about everyone, The Upstairs Bistro is great for many types of occasions.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food - beautiful setting
We went for brunch, and all five of us liked our selections. We will definitely be back for dinner.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside and between the four of us, each ordered something different from the dinner menu. Two fish entrees and two meat entrees. All of us were very impressed with the food. Service was fine, but not overly refined. We were pleased with the selection of New York State wines at the bar.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in the Finger Lakes
We always make it a point to eat here when we're in the area. Great place that showcases local food.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great from start to finish
This place was fabulous. There is no other way to describe it, it was just fabulous, and this meal broke into our personal top 5 list! The food was delicious, from the locally sourced wines, meats and cheeses, to the special of the night (poached salmon with candied bacon, anyone?), right on into dessert. We got to enjoy the late summer evening on the deck and dined with a great view of the lake. So glad we decided to go, it made our anniversary much more special than it would have been otherwise. Go! Go now!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sunday night dinning
Great Food and the best view of the lake for a late summer/ early fall dinner!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is delicious, as well as being unique and creative. Foodies will appreciate the menu options, and the local wines and beers are a most wonderful bonus! This is a great place for a special occasion, or "just because." It's also a great option for taking visitors to our area, to show off Canandaigua at its finest - superb view especially in evening.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a very good experience. My wife and I found the tasting room with a staff that was very informative and friendly. The meal and wine pairing suggestions were spot on. It was raining so we couldn't take advantage of the outside dining.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth checking out
We had never been, wanted to see what the Center was all about. Smaller overall place than I expected. Food was pretty good-we had the confit duck mac and cheese for a side, brought out as an app? Was delicious-better than the dinners! We ordered the rainbow trout special, good not amazing. Also, the braised beef short ribs. Pretty good but again, nothing too crazy to brag about. Service was exceptional. Somewhat quiet for a warm Fall Friday night. Glad we went for something different and will go again, just will try other yummy things on the menu!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
UPSTAIRS BISTRO -TASTE OF NEW YORK
I just discovered this lovely Bistro 2 weeks ago upon the recommendation of a friend, and I have already returned for a second visit.
I loved everything about it! The service is wonderful... friendly, courteous and concerned with making your dining experience the best it can possibly be. The food is exceptional! A smaller selection of gourmet choices, rather than the run-of -the-mill menus in most restaurants, and signature drinks and coffees in addition to the wines and beers offered. I highly recommend this Bistro for those seeking a unique dining experience that will leave you highly satisfied in every way.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gateway to Finger Lakes
This was our initial Friday lunch stop on a weekend visit to the Finger Lakes. The entrance is warm and lodge-like with impressive views of the first floor chef-training facilities. The upstairs dining area has remarkable views of the nearby lake and a wrap around deck for outdoor dining. The menu offered light lunch options and we enjoyed our cheese bites and ravioli selections. My Riesling was comfortably uncomplicated and well-chilled. Service was timely and our server was engaging and pleasant. Our experience was the perfect relaxing and satisfying lunch after a 4 hour drive. A visit to the ample gift shop and craft beer bar and sales area gave us a jump on holiday shopping.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Regular Stop in the Finger Lakes
The bistro features upscale dishes made from local area ingredients. We cannot visit the Finger Lakes region without dining here at least once. Great ambience and even greater food. Can't wait to go back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wine, almost
Great food and wine, almost all from New York state!! I just brought my parents from North Carolina and they loved it!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Upstairs Bistro at the New York
Outstanding restaurant in every way. A must stop for any foodie traveling through the Finger Lakes
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I ordered the salmon and it was the best tasing salmon dish I have ever had! My husband had the portiobello mushroom sandwich and he said it was good. He is trying to eat more vegetarian type foods so if he says it was good that is a high rating for a meat lover.The service was very good and the waiter was very attentive.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant has a very
This restaurant has a very pleasant decor and atmosphere. The staff were friendly and the food was well prepared and unique. A definite go back to site!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
After spending days preparing the holiday dinner, it was WONDERFUL treating my daughter and her new husband to a great post-holiday lunch. The food was terrific, great service and love environment. My son-in-law LOVES craft beers, my daughter prefers cider, while we enjoy our wine. It's was great having an environment were we could each enjoy a great selection of all! Even the pasta special got a huge thumbs up from my VERY critical old school Italian critic ;)
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic experience and food
If you want the perfect place for great atmosphere, service and food, this is the place to go! Choices at the Sunday brunch were such that it was hard to make a decision. However, my choice of the specialty French toast proved to be correct. Drinks were perfectly mixed and the service beyond excellent. I had a hard to please 10 year old in tow and our server made the extra effort to insure the he too was pleased. Could not have asked for more.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable evening with friends. The steaks were done perfectly with tasty sides. Our sides were filled with very fresh greens and delicious dressing. It was a busy night so the time for the meal to arrive was a bit delayed, but our server was polite, accommodating and conversational with out being overly so. Our group has already decided that we would make the trip back to the Bistro in the future!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM