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Reservoir Lounge

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Address: 52 Wellington St. E, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C8, Canada
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+1 416-955-0887

This perennial favorite is a modern-day speakeasy. The cramped space -- it...

This perennial favorite is a modern-day speakeasy. The cramped space -- it seats only 100 -- is below street level, yet feels intimate rather than claustrophobic. Live jazz, whether Dixieland, New Orleans, or swing, belts out 6 nights a week. The epicenter for the swing dance craze in Toronto, this is still the place to watch glam hepcats groove.

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Jazz Gem

When you enter the venue which is below street level, you feel that you have been transported to a dimension when jazz was king. Tables are adorned with white table cloths and... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, ON
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Met friends here for drinks and dinner and had a great time. Awesome atmosphere, great music, great drink selection and good food. A great night out!

Thank McGras_Family
Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for late Friday night cocktails, but am looking forward to going back for dinner... I like that there's different bands different nights in rotation. The cover was only $10.... a deal for live music! The place is underground and not one you'd likely happen upon without searching. The service at the bar from the girls was excellent, the... More 

Thank Suzy D
Hamilton, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to listen to jazz and enjoy a night out. Tried the charcuterie board and it left something to be desired. This was like throwing food I could find at No Frills onto a platter and charging $35. It was so uninteresting that I ordered nothing else. The place is full of middle- aged women that can't read the menu... More 

1 Thank Mapleglow
Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

When you enter the venue which is below street level, you feel that you have been transported to a dimension when jazz was king. Tables are adorned with white table cloths and candles that set the mood. We were seated at a table that had a great point of view, since we arrived early. The food arrived in a reasonable... More 

Thank mrscolnik
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136 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I went there recently for a large party. I was not familiar with this place and was impressed with the overall vibe and music of this place. It is so eclectic - everyone fits in. Our waitress Violet was super attentive. Food was good.

1 Thank Profmomwithgirls
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This place has an interesting vibe and a cool atmosphere, but is very small. There isn't a lot of room to stand, or move, and I was elbowed several times in the shoulders by bar backs and bus boys. I know they have a job to do (I used to be a server and a bartender) but a simple nudge... More 

1 Thank VacationJess
Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Some people will not be interested in my big long rant, so I will keep it simple for those who do not want to keep reading - I have never been treated so rudely and chastised in a service establishment in my whole life as I was at this place. My complaint rests on the door man who was the... More 

5 Thank ashleyantoniuk
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The food is tapas so alright the music wonderful.unfortunately we were seated next to the stage.when the music starts all the people get up and band in to while your seated and they don't consider your personal space.i complained to the management and they said too bad.ruined a good evening

1 Thank scrim1112
Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I was really surprised by this place; didn't know they still existed. Great drinks and a nice selection of starters, Tapas, Pizzas and Sandwiches. It also carried a band and played really cool and soothing jazz music. It wasn't a restaurant of such and the prices weren't bad. My only issue was that it was way too dark to read... More 

Thank 155019Michael
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The Reservoir Lounge is a great little underground jazz venue which is often packed with standing room only. As soon as you walk down the stairs, into the dimly lit lounge, it feels as though you have stepped back in time. The live lounge bands never fail to entertain and their menu is both satisfying and reasonably priced. Tables are... More 

1 Thank Boni R

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