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About The Upstairs Bistro

Special Note: Monday September 18th we will be open from 11-2 pm for lunch and then closed for the remainder of the day for a private event. The rest of the center will operate as normal. Thank you.

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.

800 South Main St.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11am - 4pm

Cross Street:
NYS Rte 332 & NYS Rte 5&20

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(585) 394-7070 ext. 111

Website:
http://nywcc.com/upstairs-bistro

Entertainment:
Live Music on Fridays 6-9pm

Catering:
Please Call 585-394-7070

Executive Chef:
Gary Parmelee

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact our Special Events team at 585-394-7070

The Upstairs Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Casual (13)
Seasonal (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Healthy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (7)
Great Beer (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Live Music (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Superb. Excellent experience. Can't wait to get back to this exceptional restaurant and culinary experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Organic, Great Beer, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious brunch, made fresh and delivered by delightful people.
It took longer to prepare than we expected, given we were there during a quiet time.

Coffee was on the weak side, but I prefer bold/robust so maybe I'm being picky.
My Boston bibb salad was a few tender leaves with sparse dressing. Tender and crunchy both.

Save room for dessert. We had THE cookie. Not going to spill the beans here, just to say it's worth it even if you don't save room!

Nice destination location . We'll be trying dinner there soon.
Not sure it's accessible since the Bistro and bar is on the second floor.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Overall the food was quite tasty, but we were surprised and disappointed (that at the Culinary Institute) that the pork chops were all way over-cooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This is one of our “go to” restaurants. The Menu changes seasonally and features locally sourced items. Good NYS wine and beer, I essentially love the cheese plate for dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went to Upstairs Bistro for Veteran’s Day. I ordered the beef special, which was completely bland all around. I’ve worked in fine dining years ago, and would be embarrassed to see someone furiously shaking salt and pepper on a meal I had prepared. My wife ordered the sweet potato gnocchi, which she could not eat as it was deep fried and way too sweet. Gnocchi should be light and pillowy, but this was like eating sugary deep fried dough balls with syrup. The 5 onion soup was OK, though I wasn’t sure if this was meant to be similar to French onion soup because it looked as though there was a piece of cheese burnt into the croutons on top. I did not ask what this was supposed to be. I was also surprised to see that we did not get any bread, especially for an $80 meal before tip. The price was incredibly high for the quality of the food we got. My wife and I have really wanted to like Upstairs Bistro, but after this and a couple other bad experiences during New Years and Valentine’s Day, we definitely won’t waste anymore nights out here. I am not a picky eater by any means, and have only sent three plates back in my entire life, two being at this restaurant on Valentine’s day for being completely inedible. I don’t usually write reviews, but had to share this last experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I met after a week apart. The Bistro is a part of the Culinary Institute, which is often very active. We spotted a friend and had a quick chat. Fare is on the lighter side (flatbreads) but well made and friendly service.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My taste buds had an adventure with the white bean appetizer. Very creative with the flavors in the hummus itself as well as the grilled veggies.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Absolutely fantastic, we arrived with high expectations and our expectatipns were surpassed......the ambience, food and staff were wonderful....the only down side was the rainy weather which prevented the views of the lakeside but as a plus the rain made the inside feel warm and cozy !!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

First visit for us. Our experience was great. Service was prompt and friendly. Nice menu options, although the special was sold out at 8 PM. We would visit again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Do not go to this restaurant. DO NOT GO. We ordered cheese as an appetizer. I never saw such hard cheese. Seriously, you needed a lot of strength and a huge knife to cut it. We complained but it didn't make a difference. We ordered a chicken and pasta main course (to share). It came. Cold. No kidding. So we called over the waiter and he took it back to the kitchen. He returned with it. Cold. Unreal. Also, it was quite spicy and I mentioned to the waiter I did not like spicy food. He never suggested this was spicy. Finally, I asked the waiter to send over the manager and I told her about the hard cheese and the freezing main course. She apologized, of course. When we got the bill we were charged for it all. I was shocked by that! Normally restaurants show how sorry they are by cutting the bill. Not this place. So bad food not well cooked and an apology that really isn't one. What can say? Save your money and go somewhere else.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Menu was different from online, and very limited. No specials because of "the new menu". Expensive. $30 for a pork chop. The lights kept flickering the whole night. Very annoying. Building was very nice.

Tags: Waterfront, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food very good- well prepared. Excellent view of lake. Service- so- so. Not crowded, but wait staff brought out soups and entrees at same time- we requested soups first. Brought ou three identical soup orders several minutes apart.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful meal! We stayed with wine flights and tasted some excellent New York wines and had an appetizer of local toasted veges local feta and a farro pea salad, then we had the pork chop and the steak, locally sourced meats very well presented and cooked perfectly!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Was hoping that our visit to the NY Culinary and Wine Center would be better that the last...It is such a beautiful spot, but the food and service are fair (at best). It was not busy, and had to ask waiter twice to refill water, please take our order, get the check, reheat soup served cold, etc. My salad was supposed to have seasonal fruits...apples were mushy and lettuce did not seem fresh. The restaurant needs to up it's game...could be a great destination for people in the Finger Lakes, but major improvements are in order.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Took two 90 year old women and a baby to the Upstairs Bistro and couldn't be more delighted with the ambiance, accessibility, friendly service and delicious fresh and local food! We ate outside watching the boats on Canandaigua Lake--beautiful day and no trouble having conversation in the quiet environment. I will return happily with various groups!

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

There was an event downstairs while we had dinner the music was blasting and ruined any ambience the place had

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Atmosphere and service were lovely, were very excited to taste the cuisine and found the main menu very basic...sadly, I’ve made stuffed zucchini better at home, dessert was very good though.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went for an adult Sunday birthday lunch. The waitress was very nice and responsive. The soup was great, the sandwiches were good. They kept the cheesecake we brought refrigerated until we were ready for it. We moved from the outside porch inside as the wind was cold and there was no issue.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our waiter Sean was terrific as usual. We miss the manager error who has been there for several months as he was very engaging with us and always wanted to assure that we were satisfied. Please bring him back.

Sean is very polite, engaging and right on it for anything that we would like. The best that we have ever had for wait staff. Please let him know how much his terrific service means to our group.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend. Only downside was we were outside and when the sun went down it was very dark near our table. Other areas seemed to have better lighting though. Don't let that stop you from going. It really is a most wonderful restaurant with amazing fresh ingredients.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Me and my sister chose to have brunch here to enjoy the live music during brunch as listed on web site. Unfortunately when we arrived we were told it was over for the season. Food was overall very good but not perfect. I had the macaroni and cheese with a peppered orrichetti. I didn't see or taste any pepper at all, and that bite would have completed the otherwise delicious dish. No buttermilk dressing was available for the salad. The Riesling dressing was very good however and the salad nice and crisp. I also ordered a specialty drink with blueberry vodka, blueberry, seltzer water and a hint of lavender. I tasted absolutely no lavender, as a matter of fact mostly I just tasted the mixer. My sister ordered the tomatoes Benedict which she said she enjoyed. Overall a good experience but I was hoping for perfect given the fact that the establishment also offers cooking classes. Would go back, the ambience is very nice. Hoping for improvements the next time.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food and service are outstanding and highly recommended. We sat outside on the terrace with a view of the lake at sundown.

Unfortunately it turned out to be less than satisfactory. There was a function/party downstairs and people came outside to smoke. The smoke carried right up to where we were eating and ruined the meal. We spoke to our server several times and he did the best he could to get the smokers to move, but he was ultimately unsuccessful.

I understand that some people need to smoke, but management needs to find a designated smoking area away from diners.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were disappointed in our evening. We were seated outdoors and there was loud music below us from a wedding. We like music but not not the standard DJ wedding music that was blasting our way. We should have asked to be re-seated because the music went on the entire time we were dining. My dinner was supposed to be stuffed zucchini and it was another squash (patty pan, I think) and the squash was under cooked. The service was slow, although the waiter was apologetic and very friendly. Given the prices vs the food quality, the ambiance, the food and the service. We won't be back again.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was slow. Ordered soup- but was never brought to us. Had to remind waitress to remove from the bill. Was done immediately. Food very good. Nice view.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Delicious food and great local beer & wine selection. My steak was a little over done, however it was delicious. My wife's dish was great

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Delightful setting, pleasant room and very personable yet professional service. Only problem was the food. One dish was inedible, one side was inedible and the other main looked unappetizing and was not very well conceived - too many things tossed into what should and could have been a simple, tasty dish. Such a shame as it would be good to support the culinary institute but I think the head chef must have been off that day and the students need a lot more experience!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The staff was very nice and well informed. We sat on the outside patio under string lighting and enjoyed the fresh air. This was our last meal at a conference and we were all on our own to choose where to eat. Several of our group presented in two large reservations and the restaurant handled us well. Would definitely eat there again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic, Tapas, Seasonal, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Another great experience at the Upstairs Bistro. Last year we visited in October, and so we expected a similar fall menu this year. Not so! Completely new options with innovative textural and flavor combinations. Creative choices on the cheese board appetizer. A fair bit of redundancy on the wine list and lack of listed vintages makes it difficult to make a well-informed choice using anything but producer name; this could be improved. However, prices and quality are very good on both the wine and food menus. We recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our meals were well prepared and beautifully presented. My crab cake was one of the best I have had. My husband's salmon was moist inside and crisp outside. Service was attentive except at the very end of the meal. Portions were adequate without being overwhelming. Would definitely return and would save room for dessert next time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful lunch outside on deck. Great wine list. Our server Jamie was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. She recommended a nice wine.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is a great place for all different occasions. Beautiful views, excellent food and awesome selections of wine and beers. Highly recommend this dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I felt the menu to be limited and overpriced. Our waitress was not friendly and forgot my friend's main dish. She never brought it out and we just didn't ask. The wine I had was really good (Heron Hill unpacked Chard).

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I may be in the minority, but I was underwhelmed, overall. The food was good, not great. I'm not looking for truck stop- sized portions, but my meatless dish was pretty small, and no sides were included. It also seemed somewhat pricey for what was actually served. The atmosphere is great, though, very nice view of the lake!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great location, Good food, Friendly atmosphere, Attentive staff.
A little pricey, but overall not too out of range.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was very good, not quite awesome, but solid. Band in the bar was good, very good beer wine and cocktail options. It was an authentic culinary school dining experience. The steak was very well prepared. Crab cakes were just ok (had way better, just sayin...). Desert was kind of disappointing, the Apple cobbler was weak, and the tiny spoonful of ice cream they put on it was laughably inadequate. Creme brulee was excellent. I guess the disappointing Apple dish being the last thing we ate might have tainted it. All in all, very good. I will go back there at some point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Live Music
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

The food was beyond fabulous! And the service was wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I took my dad out for a father-daughter night, and everything was absolutely wonderful. Our service was exceptional, and the food was great. I will definitely be returning!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We came for dinner at the Upstairs Bistro and had a perfect table outside overlooking the water. Unfortunately, that's all I can say for our dinner. We showed up 5 min early for our reservation and were promptly seated outside. After 15 min of being ignored by wait staff we had to leave. In that 15 min no one stopped by our table to introduce themselves, offer water or any other beverage or take an order. As we left, we advised a hostess about our dissatisfaction and she just look confused, and didn't even try and fix the situation.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was too spicy and all orders were not delivered at the same time.

Tags: Waterfront
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