Modavie

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CAN$30 and under
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French
Top tags:
  • 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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M
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We decided to go to this restaurant for the live music, but the music was unbearably loud for the majority of dinner. Service was excellent, and service in English was good. The menu options were varied, with a large selection of cocktails, and excellent gluten-free options. All the sauces are gluten-free, and fries are fried separately from calamari to ensure no contamination. The lamb was delicious. The live band was way too loud, But if you’re going for conversation, sit in the non-music section.

OO
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and amazing service. I would come back again anytime.

OO
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and great food.

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

Everything was great.

t
Montreal
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Service and food was very good. Unfortunately,(not restaurant fault) , we ended up sitting besides a noisy group of 10 people. The live music was not that good. The live music started late. I was there to have "authentic" jazz music....guitarist was more of a "folk" singer. Acoustics were average. Waiter was very efficient and food was very tasty. Maybe larger groups of people should be seated in another are of the restaurant. Clearly all the other patrons around us were also bothered by this group's behaviour. Thomas

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Waiter was great. Food took long to come out. Kids chicken was dry. Niçoise salad was good, not excellent. Lamb was great

v
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lively atmosphere and we enjoyed the wine, food, and live music.

A
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

I can’t say this place is great but I also cannot say it was bad. It just was ok truthfully.
The band was very talented but it was extremely loud in the main room. You cannot talk while they are playing. We came for the music so we can’t complain.
Our waitress was great. Attentive and kind.
The food was where the ‘ok’ comes from. It was for sure edible but so generic and uninspired. If felt like because of the old montreal location, they didn’t feel like they had to have unique or great food to get people in the door.
They had a very large and varied wine list. By the glass or bottle and a good price range to accommodate every budget.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My parents were visiting, we wanted to bring them out for a treat. The foods were fabulous, our waitress was attentive and friendly.

VR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Great service, great music, great ambiance

MC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place, great service, food was delicious along with great music

L
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super belle soirée! Bonne ambiance et la nourriture était excellente. Service parfait.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friend visiting from us

GJ
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Muy buena elección para cenar en Old Montreal

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f
New England
84 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Modavie's vibe is exceptional. The music and the ambience are highlights.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

30rh anniversary

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour, Thank you for taking the time to write us privately those kind words about the impeccable service you received! We hope to have the pleasure of your visit again when you come back to Montreal!

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EL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner to celebrate our trip to Montreal

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour Ellie, Thank you for taking the time to write us these kind words! We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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EG
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food, great service, friendly. If you are in Montreal, this restaurant should be on your short list for dinner. If the trout is available, it is an outstanding choice.

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour, We appreciate all the kind words you took the time to write us and for the recommending the restaurant. We certainly enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your Expérience Modavie. Hopefully we will get the chance to serve you once more in the near future!

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OT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice place with good food and live jazz. We enjoyed our experience.

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour Dear Charleston guests, Thank you for the kind words, we hope to have the pleasure of your visit once more in the near future!

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P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The blues band was awesome. Great service and food!

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour Pegasus, Thank you for taking the time to write us these compliments! We hope to have the pleasure to offer you another flawless Expérience Modavie soon enough.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Accommodated us for last minute reservation for our anniversary
Excellent service by Marc our waiter
Delicious food at reasonable price
Even surprised us with special dessert for the occasion
Will be back

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour Lorna, Thank you for the great review of your recent Expérience Modavie! We work very hard to serve the best food in a great environment, we are glad to see those efforts pais off on your last visit. We will make sure Marc gets the recognition he deserves. Hopefully, we will get to serve you another flawless dinner in the near future.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sebastien the host was exceptional and generous with his time. He helped plan our long weekend including other venues. What a wonderful experience!

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour, Thank you for the great review you took the time to write us! It is a pleasure to see you felt very welcomed in the restaurant and that you enjoyed Sebastien recommendations. I will see that Sebastien gets the recognition he deserves. Hopefully you will make us part of your trip once again someday!

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LI
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely enjoyable evening!

The food was good!
Wine was soso.
But band was amazing!

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour, We appreciate the time you took to review your latest Expérience Modavie! Next time you come around, give our sommelier the pleasure to recommend you wine!

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G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our evening was wonderful. Lively restaurant with live jazz only part of the story. We were Greeted warmly by the host and seated immediately. (We requested a seat near the band and we were rewarded with a table near the action. While we sat close, we easily carried on a conversation. ) Wait staff was professional, responsive and entertaining. Last but not to be overlooked, the meal was very good. Our salmon dinner was prepared perfectly and was very tasty. Definitely a must see when In Vieux Montréal.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your last Expérience Modavie! We are very glad to learn that all the efforts we put in offering a memorable evening were fruitful on the night of your visit. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for an anniversary dinner. Food and drinks were great, loved the place. They even gave us a little surprise when they heard it was a special occasion! Would highly recommend this place, the music was great.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour, We are glad you enjoyed your Expérience Modavie and hopefully we made it memorable enough to have the pleasure of your visit once more in the near future!

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BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely evening, with gracious and professional staff, classic but intelligently executed bistro fare, and wonderful live music. A reliable, warm and welcoming venue in the old port.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour, Thank you for taking the time to review your latest Expérience Modavie! We are glad you appreciated all the work we put into making your evening a memorable one. We hope to see you again soon for another flawless dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Terrible took forever and when my lamb finally came (their signature dish) it was rare. No big deal it happens so I sent it back. 20 minutes later no still no lamb. My family already finished their meals so I cancelled my lamb and asked for the check. They removed my lamb from the bill but no other accommodation for either the initial long wait or the fact that the sent back dish never came back, so I spoke up and after complaining the manager came over and acted appalled. Keep in mind I had to balk at the check before the manager came over. When she did informed me that the general manager was also made aware and she was so sorry. After I said don’t be sorry make us an accommodation, pay for a round of drinks, do something. She finally took our drinks off the bill.
Let be clear I eat out a lot for both business and pleasure, the good restaurant would have taken the lamb off the bill offered free desert and delivered my lamb in a to go bag.
Will never go back and I don’t recommend you go at all.

Modavie
Responded on September 5, 2019

Bonjour, First and foremost, we extend our apologies once more for the terrible experience you went through. This is totally unacceptable for you not to have received the lamb at all and even worst that you were not compensated before you made your point. We hope to have a chance to make up for all our "faux pas" in the future and trully wish for you to give us a second chance.

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OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Steak frites came out cold... Took a long time to get servers attention and request new... when we did, they just microwaved food and brought back out... steak was then well done and not medium as ordered. Server was able to have new order prepped and sent out which tased good, but the date was curtailed. The restaurant seemed short staffed or the server was just overloaded. Finally, my second old fashioned never arrived... first was good and no issues, but server was too quick to stop and go he must have forgotten.

Modavie
Responded 6 days ago

Bonjour, First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to write an honest and detailed review. We are extremely disappointed in the substandard service you experienced that evening. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the steak frites, but it should have been right and done right the first time. Also, rest assured we never microwave any food at all! Hopefully, you will give us the chance to make up for our "faux-pas" on another visit.

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Popular local restaurant with live jazz nightly. Lively atmosphere. Food was very good. Definitely would recommend.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour Liliam, It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to maintain and indeed, when necessary, improve upon the experience that we provide. We hope to have the pleasure of your visit sometime soon!

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FI
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent atmosphere and great service...so good that we dined here twice while visiting town. And would visit again.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour, We grandly appreciate the time you took to write us those kind words. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of serving you another flawless Expérience Modavie sometime soon!

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Jazz music was listed but changed in last minute to rock ! Next time I will try another jazz restaurant.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour Tamer, Thank you for the kind words and the time you too for sharing your latest Expérience Modavie! It is great to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we hopre to have the pleasure of your visit once again.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food took almost 2hrs to be served. Service was ok, food was good.

Modavie
Responded on September 5, 2019

Bonjour Cesar, Thank you for taking the time to review your latest Expérience Modavie! While we are very glad you enjoyed your meal we are pretty disappointed it took so long for your food to arrive to the table. We pride ourselves in serving an amazing food quality in a reasonable time. We deeply appologize for the delay you had to endure and hope you will give us the chance to make your evening or lunch one to remember.

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent repas et que dire de notre serveur,je ne connais pas son nom mais il est grand avec une grande barbe,je pense un européen très gentil,nous avons adorés notre souper 🥘

Modavie
Responded on September 5, 2019

Bonjour Daniel, Merci d'avoir pris quelques minutes pour partager votre impression sur votre dernière Expérience Modavie! Nous sommes enchantés que vous ayez apprécié votre repas ainsi que le service de Patrice. Vous pouvez être rassuré, vos douces paroles se rendront à ses oreilles. Au plaisir, de vous servir à nouveau!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Restaurant is systematic about seatings and time allowed at the table (2 hours). It seemed a bit like a factory... they seated us and the appetizers and drinks came quickly, but then we waited over an hour for the principal plates. They came and were underwhelming. The menu is quite good, but the food that arrived was meh. Service was good, and server was very attentive and apologetic about the delayed mains. A great selection of wines by the glass, tiny dessert menu.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour, First off, thank you for your honest feeback! Our busy time is not an excuse for the problems you experienced and we strive to create an ambiance that is above and beyond expectations. I hope you'll return again for a flawless visit, improved from your most recent.

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L
New England
99 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The brunch was very good,and the music was lovely but started later than we had been aware.
We would have come a bit later if this was clearly stated.

Modavie
Responded on September 5, 2019

Bonjour Libbby, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your brunch at Modavie We are sorry to hear the time of the musical performance wasn't clear and was misguiding. I will see to our advertising concerning the hours. WE would be please to have the chance of serving you with a live music brunch sometimes soon.

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r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Food took over one hour to arrive and was just mediocre.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your latest visit! The lenght of time you waited for and the quality of the food are totally unacceptable and not what we strive to offer to our valued guests. We hope to have the chance to serve you a flawless Expérience Modavie on another occasion.

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MD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with great food and entertainment. Staff is amazing.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour Marc, Thank you for your kind words and compliments! We hope to have the pleasure of renewing the experience for you in the near future.

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KE
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Popular place in great location, we had reservation and it was needed. Service, food and atmosphere were all excellent, had the lamb and would recommend it. Would like to try the cassoulet next...

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour, Thank you for the time you took to review your latest Expérience Modavie! We work very hard to serve the best food in a great environment, and we are glad to hear those efforst paid off on your visit. We hope to serve you again soon.

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JM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time visiting Montréal! I’m glad we picked a great restaurant.

Modavie
Responded on September 5, 2019

Bonjour Johnny, Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed your Expérience Modavie and hope to see you again soon for another flawless time!

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PC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Went looking for French cuisine, didn’t find any. It’s really more of an international style restaurant for tourists, not a traditional French food place I was expecting. Food was ok, not great, I had Penne Bolognese and my wife had Osso Buco. why? Because there’s nothing French in the menu!

Service was good though. Overall in Old Montréal, there are many better restaurants.

Modavie
Responded on September 7, 2019

Bonjour Peter, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your latest Expérience Modavie. We are sorry the many French items on our menu did not suit you and we would have been pleased to help you with your choice. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of your visit and get the opportunity to serve you one of our French speciality.

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