Modavie

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French
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
French bistro in a jazzy atmosphere

Seven nights a week, live local bands take the stage at Montreal’s hottest live music bar and bistro. Modavie’s spirited setting encompasses two intimate floors and sets the scene for a night of great tunes and top dining . The bistro’s far-reaching wine menu hits just the right notes and helps round off succulent lamb, fish, beef, duck and inspired pasta dishes.

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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Célébrez la Fête des Pères avec une formule originale avec leur musique jazz live. Que ce soit pour le brunch ou le souper, prenez place dans une ambiance chaleureuse et conviviale.
Celebrate Father's Day in an original way with Modavie’s live jazz music.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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MC
Bath
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having just arrived in Montreal, we walked around the city and then read reviews of the places we liked. Modavie won the challenge of being able to cater for me with my food issues. From the start, our experience was excellent and our server, Xavier, was just great. Friendly, helpful and went above and beyond to sort out my meal, which was super. We both thought how well managed the restaurant was, everyone we saw worked as a team, it all ran like clockwork. A really nice night in Montreal

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent wine list, good music and great service. However, the food was just fair.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, outstanding service and authentic atmosphere. The live music was an added bonus.

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D
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Best restaurant for us in Old Montreal. Great food, service, local entertainment at reasonable prices.

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MS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

I made a reservation here for my girlfriends birthday. We had tickets to the Cirque du Soleil and told the hostess we were running late so unfortunately only had time for appetizers and drinks. The hostess then wouldn’t give us a table or let us sit in the dining room because we weren’t having a full meal, even though she knew it was my girlfriends birthday.
Shame on you and horrible service!!!!!!

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MC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful special event dinner as always. Service and food were excellent.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Quickly seated despite being very busy. Sat directly in front of the musicians which we loved. Shared a lovely beet salad which was delicious. Steak Frites for my main course - steak was nice if a little undercooked - huge amount of fries! Felt like we were constantly being upsold but overall experience was very good!

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! Beautiful restaurant and location.

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UC
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We went to Modavie to enjoy appies, drinks, and desserts and to listen to a set of Blues music while out of town. We were refused service after we told them that we were not ordering a formal dinner (we had just eaten on the plane). The manager proceeded to inform us that it was against the law for us to be at their restaurant if we were not going to order dinner, and that we would have to leave. This was after we had called weeks ahead to inform them of our plans and to book the reservation. At no time were we told that we had to order dinner prior to us arriving. So, we had to order food that we didn't eat just so that we could stay at the restaurant.

Not only am I disappointed with the dishonesty (it's not against the law to only order appies, desserts, and drinks as opposed to a dinner), but the waiter went out of his way to ignore our table for most of the night.

Clearly, our business is not welcome, and we will not be returning the next time we visit Montreal.

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TD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reasonable priced bistro style restaurant in the old part of Montreal. Food was good, service friendly and prompt. They had a duo playing music upstairs which was very nice, would recommend.

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BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Trip to montreal

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B
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Experience a oublier! Menu abrégé pour la F1 ! le mentionner lors de la reservation aurait ete un minimum

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Usually love Modavie but the menu was limited for the Gran Prix and the selection was not that great. Our waiter was fantastic but we were in a room with a party of at least 20 women who were extremely loud.

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B
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Nourriture très moyen pour le prix. Bon service et bonne ambiance en général. Décor plus jazz serait un atout

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

The service is painfully slow. There is no sense of urgency and it is clear the servers are removed from communication with the kitchen, the runners and bus people.

Once the server takes the order, their job seems to be done here. Empty glasses left for over 10 minutes, and a different person presenting the food when it finally comes, just seems to be off from most severs who seem to take full responsibility of their tables.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Based on the reviews I have to say the place lived up to them. Service was great, the food was exceptional but the only downside was the noise

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed the restaurant. The food was very good. The ambiance was great and music was just loud enough to be able to still hold a conversation easily. We really liked our waiter too. Overall would definitely come again the next time we are in Montreal.

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NV
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good pop jazz/blues in main room started at 7 pm when we were there on a Wednesday.

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LS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner in the Vieux Port. Definitely recommend this place for a wonderful meal.

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FL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous evening to celebrate my daughters 22nd birthday our waitress was exquisite and Thank you too Lorenzo for the welcoming hospitality. looking forward to seeing you all again .

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CK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent from the moment we entered. We there for our anniversary. Service was amazing, fantastic food and great entertainment and vibe. Definitely go if in Old Montreal.

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OC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great, fun vibe but super loud in the upstairs lounge. We wished we had been downstairs where it was true jazz. Our meal of the mussels was excellent but took almost an hour to come out. All in all we had a great time, but would know what to ask for the next time we go.

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AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came to Modavie for a group of 7 girls for a Bachelorette Party. They gave us a great table next to the band which was fun for us! We had great service. Only complaint is that they kept telling us you only have 2 hours, you have to be out by 9 pm for the next seating. This may be a standard thing in Canada, but in the US, you can stay as long as you are ordering food/drinks. Because of this time cut off, we were not even able to order dessert, which was the bride's favorite thing! The waiter said, I'm sorry you don't have time for dessert - even though he spread the time in between apps and dinner. But overall, we had a great experience, food was good, dinner was good, and we were happy!

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and service were great as was the music. The price was right. The noise level from people talking, however, approached deafening. We will still go back.

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CC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service

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k
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Tres décevant
Repas pour enfant médiocre (présentions et choix)

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GL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waiter. He knew the food, took time to explain dish and recommend best wine for my taste. Best of all, they accommodated my food allergy. The live music was a perfect soundtrack for the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted some live jazz and great French food for our anniversary. This place had it all.

Food was great, live jazz band took it to the next level.

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MR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at Modavie, the service was bang on, our dinner, live music and atmosphere we loved. A must when visiting the great city of Montreal.

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v
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening! Our waiter was very personable and paced our food and drinks with relaxed timing. We enjoyed the lively atmosphere. The food was tasty and totally satisfying! We had the catch of the day which was Mediterranean sea bass and filet mignon.

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food was ok. I had the wild boar osso bucco. Meat was good, rice not so much. My wife had the shrimp risotto. Really just the same rice I had with a paltry amount of small shrimp. Nice location, good music, just don’t go there for the food

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cuisine was perfect, pleasant staff with lovely company and delicious food were made fruitful birthday evening.

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EG
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I can see why lots of people run into this place; it’s centrally located. We went here after reading many positive reviews. The staff is friendly & service was good. But, the food...The food was not good. It was bland & tasteless. The chicken from the kids menu was boiled & hard. The risotto was lumpy & tasted like nothing. I do not recommend this place.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was beyond excellent. The ambience was romantic but also loud with the live music. We didn't mind as he was amazing. Food was unfortunately not as great as expected.

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t
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had great service, the food was delicious, the jazz and atmosphere was just right for a romantic dinner

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great waiter, great music, great ambiance and great location. We can hardly wait to go back again! Truly!

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Came here with friends for an early dinner. The stand out dish was the lamb and seasonal veggies. Absolutely marvelous. Waiter was very kind and energetic. The appetizers were nothing special, but tasty nevertheless.

Roof was not open due to construction. A bit of a bummer because this is why we chose the restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and very attentive service. Good quality salads (beet and caesar) and very tasty lamb burgers with huge amounts of excellent fries.

Only complaint is the noise level in the music area that made listening to the music quite difficult.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent in all areas. Would go back again for sure.

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