Modavie

4.4
2450 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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 jazz bar and bistro. Modavie’s spirited setting encompasses two intimate floors and sets the scene for a night of great tunes, top dining and generous pastis toasting. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Lunch and Dinner

Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: noon - 11:00 pm
Sunday: noon - 10:30 pm

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Phone number
(514) 287-9582
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
Seven nights a week, local bands take the stage at Montreal’s hottest Jazz bar and bistro.
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Private Party Contact
Patrick Bourbonnière: (855) 730-5016
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
St. Laurent
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Parking Details
Parking is available year-round on the street or behind the restaurant in a public lot with no affiliation to us.
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Public Transit
Metro Place D'armes
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Entertainment
Live music every evening starting from 7pm!
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Special Events & Promotions
We are available to receive your small or large group of up to 100 guests.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 2450 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

My pet peeve is, after I have finished my meal, to wait and wait for the bill and then wait even longer for payment to be taken. No matter the great food and (up to this point) great service, this dampens the whole dining experience. Apparently the staff was monopolized by a large group at the expense of some other diners :(
The staff were a joy and we felt very welcome. The onion soup was delicious (a tad salty). The mussels had a wonderful flavor, the frites good and crispy and way too plentiful. The filet was also well worth trying and good for a “meat and potato” person.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place, food and service!

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

Upon entering the manager Lorenzo greeted us warmly and seated us near Sam the musician as we had reserved based on previous posts. Good that we did, place was packed for a Tuesday evening. Food was good as well, steak frites and moules frites were our choices, all good and wine selection was plentiful. Ambience was amazing, Sam helped make the meal memorable. We will be back on a Tuesday for sure !

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d
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambiance,but food gets mixed review. Onion soup was great and so was the main course from hotel dhote menu, but other main and dessert were very poor. Cool food and unpleasant dessert. Too much $$ for such average food

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DW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our best night in Montreal. The live music was very fun (Sam Orsini played) and Lorenzo was such a character, making us feel like we were VIP regulars. Food was also great. We shared some cheeses, a Niçoise salad and grilled lamb. We loved it all.

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

We loved everything about our meal here! Get the French onion soup as an appetizer and the cheesecake tarte for dessert. Our entrees (pork cheek and filet mignon) were outstanding!

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

My boyfriend and I traveled to Montreal from Massachusetts and after looking up places to have a special dinner out at, we chose Modavie. The host and waitress were attentive and advised us that lamb was their specialty. We eat and cook lamb all the time and we’re extremely disappointed. My boyfriend had the grilled lamb chops, although cooked well, they were flavorless. We could have made better at home. I had the butternut squash cavatelli, also flavorless. I was adding salt (which I neve ever do) just so the meal was edible. Our special night out was ruined by mediocre food, we both left hungry and grabbed a quick bite to eat at McDonalds where we were more satisfied. Was so excited to try Modavie but did live up the the hype

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IB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at Modavie. The service and friendliness of the staff was top notch. The food was very good. I ended up getting the lamb as that was recommended by our waiter. What really made the place stand out was that they had nightly performances by local Jazz and Blues artists.

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T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Went late on a Sunday night which is a quiet night in Montreal and it was a great atmosphere. Food was very good and music was nice.

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

This restaurant was a treat to find in a great location. Delicious food, friendly staff and enjoyable live jazz made for a great dining experience. Highly recommend the french onion soup, lamb and filet mignon.

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TL
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had three starters and a bottle of bottle of wine. All were very good!! Vickie, our server, was very friendly and courteous. She switched to English after realizing that we couldn’t speak French. Modavie has an extensive wine list, so if you are looking for wine in Old Montreal, this is the place to go.

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OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service, it’s loud and kinda crowded but right in old Montreal. It’s worth it!!

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Hugely dissappointed👎 We were a party of 4 and each ordered lamb, but the meat was not cooked to any of our requirements. One of group received her dinner after the rest of us had almost finished eating. Very poor value for money.

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

Wonderful live music

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

Ce qui nous a déplu est le fait que nous avons été pressés par le 2e service. Nous aurions aimé conserver notre table pour étirer le dessert et le digestif et écouter davantage les musiciens.

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

We went for dinner on our anniversary and final night in Montreal. Service was great without pressure. Food was great. The jazz trio balanced loud enough to be enjoyably present without being at all intrusive. A nice night on so many counts!

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AH
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and vibe

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DR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The five of us were seated in a back room as a band was playing in the dining room. We had a lovely experience at Modavie. The lamb chops were so tender, the cassoulet was flavorful, and the salmon filet and mussels were fresh. I highly recommend this Montreal restaurant.

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T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Server was nice. Music was great. Never have I seen such passionate musicians!

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AC
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance, service, food, quantity and plating, along with the live music were very good. We would have liked our meal hotter. It's the single element for not giving a perfect score. It is given as a constructive comment.

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E
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, good service, the live band is wonderful but it was too loud. Had a hard time hearing what the waitress was saying and each other on the table!

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GG
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for our 6 year anniversary. The food was phenomenal, the music was great and at a perfect level, and the wait staff were polite.

My only complaint is that the tables were a tiny bit too close. I personally dislike non booth dining, but it was a very minor complaint.

This was an excellent choice, I highly recommend it. Try the lamb burger, it was unbelievable.

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice ambiance with tasty food and excelent service combined with pleasant jazz music

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MB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Enjoyed the french onion soup, mussels and steak and fries. Everything was cooked well and excellent flavors. Wonderful and kind wait staff..

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F
Montreal
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Les repas n’était pas à la hauteur des attentes. Et le service était au mieux moyen.

Ce restaurant m’avait habitué à mieux pendant les heures de lunch. J’y vais souvent le midi et j’apprécie toujours.

Malheureusement, en plus hier soir, les musiciens ne semblaient pas capables de ne pas jouer très (trop) fort. C’était vraiment trop fort.

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PC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a group of 6 women on a weekend to celebrate milestone birthdays. We loved the ambiance, jazz upstairs & the food. The steak frites & pulled lamb were particularly good.

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OT
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great location, excellent service, and wonderful atmosphere

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NZ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was there for my birthday. The atmosphere was great, staff was very friendly and food was delicious. The presentation was nice as well.

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TW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointed with this venue. Typical tourist restaurant with no culinary idea.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

That was a great experience, it's really clean and nice. Live music was good too not too noisy. I didn't get chance for the happy birthday cake but my waitress did something nice to me and they say happy birthday to me. They forgot to put some bread on the table. But actually i was happy for the moment that I spent there. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
Of course i will be back soon!

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Good food. Reasonably priced. Great ambience. Food came quickly; however, service was slow.

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JM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We made a reservation at Modavie for the last night of our trip to Montreal with the intention to enjoy the live music and hopeful that it would have the ambiance and food quality we sought. Modavie exceeded expectations! They are known for their lamb and the spouse devoured the lamb chops. I went catch of the day. It was delicious. Tender sea bass, slight crisp to cooked vegetables. I added a beet salad as well and found the crisp quinoa topping a nice contrast to the creamy goat cheese. Our server was wonderful! She was so friendly, easily switched to English since we spoke no French, and made a great wine selection based on my limited description of preferences (spicy, dry red). The music was the highlight though. We requested a seat near the music when placing the reservation through Open Table and they seated us at the ideal spot.
They were also flexible with us staying through two sets because we loved loved the Monday night jazz vocalist, Kathryn Sammam. Her lovely, playful voice gave a new sound to Light My Fire! Loved it. She did not disappoint with favorites All of me, and Crazy, and surprisingly All About that Bass. We would definitely be regulars if we lived in Montreal!

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I
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

Je ne recommande aucunement ce restaurant. L’ambiance est décevante, la nourriture est decevante en plus d’être excessivement cher, il n’y a que le service qui est bon. C’est au point où je n’y remettrai jamais les pieds.

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall good food and service. Prices are resonalble for the meal and great amibiance and cozy inside! I recommend this place to anyone whos looking for a new resturatnt to try in the heart of the old port!

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had one of our best meal experiences ever. Cocktails were wonderful, service was amazing, meals beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The blues band just made the evening even more special. This restaurant is a must to go to in Montreal.

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AM
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Overpriced for what is was. Food was mediocre at best. We ordered the pork cheek and the chicken special. The pork cheek was overcooked and served with gummy saffron rice. Live music was ok. Service was the only shining start about the restaurant. I would not go back.

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SM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Live music was excellent - great food!

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RE
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

As tourists in Montreal, we were looking for jazz and a tasty meal. We were not disappointed. Ambience and service were outstanding. There is nothing negative we can say - and the bread was a terrific appetiser!

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great. The ambiance was a lot of fun. I made a reservation and expected a dining room table. We were sat in a high top table in the bar area which was okay with me. But later I realized our server was also the bartender. Since it was a busy night, we had to wait on her a few few times. Overall it was good and I would recommend but I would suggest a table int he dining area instead of the bar area.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Un endroit deja connu!
Nourriture tres bonne et ambiance joviale. Peut-etre un peu bruyante...
J'y retourne assurement!

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