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The Upstairs Bistro

799 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 11am -3pm
Thursday: 11am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
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Phone number
(585) 394-7070 ext. 111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Laurence
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Please call 585-394-7070
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Cross street
NYS Rte 332 & NYS Rte 5&20
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Live Music on Fridays 6-9pm
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our Special Events team at 585-394-7070
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 799 People Are Saying
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vipDD11 (Charleston)
Dined on January 1, 2018

We are foodies and can say with assurance that this is one of the best food experiences in Upstate New York!

Lakelover (Philadelphia)
Dined on December 29, 2017

Our first time dining here and we were pleasantly surprised. Will definitely go back. Everyone in our party enjoyed what they ordered. Service was great. It was freezing temps outside, but the bistro is upstairs away from open doors so it was nice and cozy.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on December 28, 2017

It's a really classy venue with decent, if not exceptional food. There was a minor problem with a delay in bringing out an appetizer, but when asked the server explained the issue and brought out a complimentary cheese platter which was appreciated. My main problem was that lousy pop music was pumped in - loudly - which seemed out of place in an elegant setting. Classical music would have been more appropriate and if that would be considered too stuffy at least dial down the volume a bit. Also, I would like to see a slightly more varied menu or at least more frequent variation in what's offered. One thing thing that I particularly liked was the opportunity to taste a reasonably priced "flight" of wines - three healthy pours for $10. Unfortunately, the options for the flight were limited. Again - a lovely venue which could be improved with a little tweaking.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Marilynne (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.

vipcyclamen (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.

RussellH (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.

OpenTable Diner 
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.

OpenTable Diner (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.

OpenTable Diner 
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.