We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good But Not Great”
Review of Upstairs Bistro

Upstairs Bistro
Reserve with OpenTable
Upstairs Bistro is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #9 of 108 Restaurants in Canandaigua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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 11am - 3pm. *Please note the Upstairs Bistro hours differ from the Tasting Room hours*
Reviewed 17 October 2017

A good but not great overall experience; this was our second visit to the Upstairs Bistro for lunch. Our group of four ordered for lunch one quiche and three salads topped with chicken or salmon. No major disappointments with the quality, preparation or presentation of the dishes, only the lack of depth of the offerings on the menu. Our expectations for a menu of several imaginative dishes went unfulfilled. For those with limited budgets be advised that wine servings are a bit pricey ($10-$11 per glass of wine), as are the prices of the main entrees, which ranged from a low of $14 for the quiche to a high of $21 for the salad topped with salmon. For our group, the culinary highlight was the fresh-brewed, deep-flavored coffee served at the conclusion of our meals. It was good to finish our meal on high note.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank johnmZ8720PS
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (433)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

9 - 13 of 433 reviews

Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had lunch here as part of our visited to the NY Wine and Culinary Institute. Service was slow on this Tuesday and, as another reader mentioned, the soup came out with the entrees. The outdoor dining was great, the meal on par (though less costly) with the Culinary Institute of America (dined there a few weeks earlier) and, as expected the wine list was wonderful and varied.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Finder10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Slow service. Soup came out with entrees. Pretty view. Not a very exciting menu for being in the wine and culinary center. Just average. Not horrible but did not come close to what I expected. We would not go back nor recommend it to anyone. Lots of better choices in the town

Thank Rebecca S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This place has so much to offer. We did the wine tasting downstairs then headed up for dinner. WOW! Outside seating overlooking the lake and 2 of the best meals we had during our stay. Next trip we're going to try one of the cooking classes.

Thank shill77
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We went to the upstairs bistro for lunch after doing a wine tasting downstairs. There were five of us for lunch. Service was slow....and the waitress seemed pre-occupied with other things...she was polite, but not really attentive...my wife and her sister ordered the open faced grilled beef steak with wedge....it was a few small pieces of beef over a piece of bread, a couple of mushrooms and a few pieces of shallots....the beef tasted okay, but it was tiny for $18...don't expect to leave satisfied with that...my mine ordered the FLX burger...it was fine...not bad, not great, middle of the road burger....but have to knowck it way down on price...$15 for a fairly average burgher on what seemed to be a store bought bun...by far though the worst thing was the Porchetta sandwich I ordered....it was the same store bought bun with a few pieces of porchetta on it...and I mean a few pieces...it was tiny, bland and frankly I should have sent it back....a complete and utter rip off...I left hungry and vowing to never waste my money there again....only reason I'm not giving it 1 star is it's a nice location, and the table next to us ordered salads which actually looked good...so maybe not everything is terrible....

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Eric B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Upstairs Bistro also viewed

Canandaigua, Finger Lakes

Been to Upstairs Bistro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing