Modavie

4.5
3026 reviews
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French
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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New England
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, ambiance, live music, service. Husband had lamb chops which he said were good. I had saffron risotto which was OK. For my bday waitress brought chocolate cake with caramel sauce with sparkler - fun! - and it was good.

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P
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Overall experience was positive. Menu was all moderately interesting but nothing exceptional. A good place to get food if you are visiting.

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SP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

My daughter and I made a reservation for dinner at 8.15. We were sat immediately, although right near the house band. It was very, very loud. Our waiter was very attentive and brought us our drinks right away. I ordered the Duck Confit and it was very good. A bit overcooked for my liking, but nonetheless, very delicious. My daughter ordered the Penne Bolognese and loved it. We both ordered dessert. I got the coconut creme brulee and my daughter got the caramel brownie sundae. Best creme brulee I've had in a long time.
I would absolutley recommend Modavie. Just request a table away from the band if youd like to have a quieter dinner.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Went for an 11:30am brunch - restaurant was just opening and thus very peaceful and quiet. The band started around noon and was a really great addition to the meal - lovely background music (not too loud). Our server was attentive.
My partner and I loved the fried calamari, enjoyed the cheese plate, but felt ‘meh’ about our entrees. I ordered the saffron risotto and it was pretty boring and tasteless. My partner found his lamb burger to be underwhelming. Loved the fries! Nice ambiance - especially in the early morning.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bachelorette parry

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IS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and the menu provided enough variation for the entire family to find something they liked. Great atmosphere too and the service was wonderful!

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DD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and excellent food as always.
Love going back to Modavie. Great atmosphere, especially enjoy the live Jazz (Sat a little too close to the band this time. Coversation was a bit difficult.)
Everyone at our table enjoyed their experience.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service & food!!!

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EM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

from the moment we walked in the greeting from the host / manager to the amazing food was one of the best dining experiences I ever had

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Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Gran confusione ma grande allegria e atmosfera; cibo buono e ben fatto ottima scelta di vini sia in bottiglia che al bicchiere! Ottima posizione al vecchio porto

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SS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for an evening out. The food is good, which combined with the great music makes for an entertaining and lively way to spend an evening.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service for a surprisingly reasonable cost. Nice light jazz music as well.

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TB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

I ordered a beef romanoff dish which didn't agree with me. The pasta was tough while the meat was stringy and overly dominated by a tomato based sauce. My dinner partner was more satisfied with their food. Service was good. Quite noisy with a lot of conversation. Live entertainment was good.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food. Loved the live music . Our waiter Rad was fantastic ! It was very busy but we never felt rushed .

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour, We are glad you enjoyed your evening. Thank you for the kind words, we will make sure Radouan gets them! Hopefully we'll get to amaze you on another occasion!

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TF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Live music was terrific and the lamb chops delicious

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour TeriF, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. We hope to have the pleasure to serve you again soon!

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time here where even though it’s in a touristy area it’s definitely not a touristy place. The menu selections are great and if you’re feeling brave order the beef tartare to enjoy some amazing local cuisine. The service was also wonderful as well. Ask to be seated in the live music section for an added bonus!

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YY
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place with great live music! Incredible service and tons of gluten free choices.

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour YumYumDonut, We greatly appreciate your feedback and are happy you found our menu enticing for food restrictions. We hope to serve you the Modavie experience soon!

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The overall experience was amazing. The only down was that we sat right next to the live music but he was good so it was okay. I would definitely recommend!

Modavie
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to advise us of your recent experience at Modavie!

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Super food great atmosphere nice place to visit in Montreal

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Joeri, thank you for taking the time to share your kind words! We hope to see you again for another taste of the Modavie experience.

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

Je n'ai pas aimé l'animation. il y avait beaucoup de distorsion dans le son, c'en était même désagréable. Tout le reste était très correct et le service était impeccable. Notre serveuse était vraiment très professionnelle. Merci.

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour Danielle, Premièrement, merci d'avoir pris le temps de nous partager votre expérience. Nous sommes désolé de lire que celle-ci ne répondait malheureusement pas aux standards du Modavie. J'espère que nous aurons ls chance de nous rattraper le coup au cours d'une prochaine visite!

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GF
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful dinner here in the old part of Quebec. They have a robust gluten-free menu and also delicious dishes on the kids’ menu (eg saffron risotto)

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour mplsGF, We are more then happy that you liked your experience at Modavie. We strive to make all guests feel welcomed through our menu and we are very please you took of your time to write about it. We look forward to serve you the experience Modavie again soon!

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M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food was great but service was poor. Waiter didn’t even come to ask if we wanted a second glass of wine. Ordered dessert and it took forever. The waiter walked by a long time after and had a look of “oops” when he realized it hadn’t come, Too many tables crammed together upstairs. The table we sat at made me feel like I was a bad girl and got sent to the corner.

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour Marmar, I would like to personally apologize for the series of unfortunate incidences you experienced here at Modavie. We continually try to do our very best for all our guests and are pretty sorry for the service you received. I will make sure we to address these issues in our meetings this week. We hope to be able to make up with an amazing service in the near future!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was all very good except our reserved table was next to the bathroom and kitchen pick up. The shredded lamb burger was great, and the jazz duet was excellent.

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OU
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I had late lunch in Modavie and it was really good experience! Very nice place!
Stuff is polite and attentive. Service was fast and food was delicious! I had shrimp risotto and it was the best I ever had! Will definitely come back!
Thank you Modavie!

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CN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was amazing. Love the ambiance and the energy within the restaurant.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited from Chicago with our two teenagers & loved the experience. Our wine, food, and service was outstanding. The jazz vocalist and band was excellent and my family enjoyed the entertainment while dining. After reading reviews I was nervous it would be too loud, but we did not have an issue with the noise level. The vocalist was incredibly talented- reminiscent of a true New Orleans jazz experience!!!

Modavie
Responded 5 days ago

Bonjour Tiger18, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on your latest experience at Modavie, it is grandly appreciated. We hope to have the pleasure to serve you again soon! - LÉA-T. GIROUX Maître d’Hôtel Événementiel

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i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Was very excited to go and eat there. Was seated quickly. Our server was great. Gave us a bit of history of the restaurant and the menu. After that everything when’s down the hill. Appetizers were ok but noting grate. Had SALMON GRAVLAX and HOMEMADE COGNAC FOIE GRAS TORCHON. Ordered Long Island ice tea and their version of mojto, tasted nothing like it supposed to. Main course was awful, tasteless . I had
UNIÇOISE SALAD and my husband had rack of lamb. Manager gave us 50% discount towarów main course. 50% off of The dish that was uneatable. It’s not like we eat half of it..... very disappointed. Definitely not coming back and will not recommend to others.

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Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and live music at this restaurant. The service was very friendly and attentive. The food was good but room for improvement.

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ME
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food. The jazz played during dinner was great! We loved it. A must place to eat when you’re in Montreal!

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HA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Could not really enjoy the Jazz as the room was a bit noisy, while the singer was performing.

Modavie
Responded 5 days ago

Bonsoir HelenA, Please allow me to offer my apologies for the noise in the room. We appreciate you took time to tell us about this issue and we will make sure the singer or music is the main sound our guests can enjoy. We hope to have the pleasure of your visit again. - LÉA-T. GIROUX Maître d’Hôtel Événementiel

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Merci à notre serveuse Victoria.....
Ne retourneront bientôt....

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

I got completely fooled by the large number of reviews and other websites. This place is awful . Avoid at any costs. It took over one hour to get our orders. And, between 6 orders we placed 3 of which were wrong orders. Believe me even if things were all right with our orders I would have not given them more than 1 star. The quality of the food was below average. One may ask how come they have got high rankings if the food is below the average and the service is poor. It's simple when you pay big, you would come up with all none-sense internal argument with yourself to convince yourself that your money worth it.

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e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had great food and had requested a table in front of the musicians. The food was very tasty and the musicians were very talented we went there twice during our stay in Montreal and would really recommend it. They also have great cocktails.

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D
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious and fun...our waiter was very nice but the kitchen took a long time for our food.

Modavie
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review regarding your experience at Modavie! While we are glad you appreciated our ambiance and our food, we sincerely apologize for the length of time you had to endure. Please know that we pride ourselves on a flawless experience in every facet, and it saddens us to know that you didn't get to enjoy it to it's full extend. We hope to have the chance to make up for this inconvenience during your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Unfortunately despite having reservations for 6 and informing the hostess and wait staff that we had tickets for an 8 pm show, we were still not served at 7:40. So we had to cancel our meal. We had a bottle of wine and shared fried calamari among 4 of us (calamari was good). So I cannot recommend this restaurant to others as the kitchen seems extremely disorganized. Also from the time we made our reservation, when we arrived, as well as the waiter informed us continuously that we had maximum 2 hours to eat and leave! If a restaurant says that and cannot serve within the first hour, what would they have done...given us doggie bags and thrown us out? Not professional.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Rude service and portion was small

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Our food was competently made and presented. However, we waited over an hour after ordering it to actually receive it. The restaurant was not full (it was lunch hour on a Thursday) and several patrons who arrived well after us were served before us. When we complained to our server, she said there was a " special event" taking place (as if that explained anything).

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service here, and good food as well. I would recommend the lamb poutine it was delicious! They have live music which is a nice touch too.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent wine great service

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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a lovely server. My wild boar osso buco was amazing.

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