We Love Upstairs
Joined friends for drinks and dinner here after a movie, been here a few times, my wife a lot more, happy every time.
Wine list has gotten better, lots of interesting cocktails. Loved all our dishes, yes upstairs is pricey but worth it.
Love the hip NY vibe right in our hometown.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thumbs up for Upstairs
My husband and I have been fans practically since Upstairs opened. It has a funky elegant vibe, but the staff feel like family; a hard balance to strike. We haven't had anything that we don't like, but one of our favorites is the calamari, which is NOT breaded and fried. The pork chops are to die for and the seasonal changes in the menu are just right! Drinks are generously sized and mixed well. They keep the ingredients on hand to make my husband's favorite martini! They rock!
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't mind the stairs...
...because the small vertical climb is well worth it. The decor is a modern/retro-modern, Manhattan chic. The bar is sizable and is faux-ice glass. Liquor bottles are displayed in a way to add to the ambiance. Our food was excellent, with relatively unique items such as sunchokes, pickled wild mushrooms, etc. Food presentation was great. Our waitress was knowledgable, personable, and attentive. The wine, beer and liquor lists were also relatively unique for a NJ restaurant. The chef came by several times to ask us if everything was ok. The texture of the warm flourless cake was a little different, but it was also very good. Come for the food and the ambiance, but do not leave without experiencing the bathrooms...that's all I'll say.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent restaurant and service. Sitting at a table in the kitchen area was the best.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love Upstairs although I think
Love Upstairs although I think it is a bit overpriced. Food is good, drinks also good, but NY prices make it more prohibitive as a regular spot than it would be if prices were a little lower. That said, we really enjoyed it.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss this Montclair gem
Those in the area know how blessed we are to have so many fine places to dine, but this is a stand out experience. Love the small plate/ large plate concept. The menu is brief because everything is cooked to perfection with the freshest and most creative ingredients. It's not possible to provide food of this caliber and offer 20 different entrees. Serving sizes were perfect for us. We ate every morsel, nearly licking the plate. No one in my party likes being served more food than we can eat, in fact, its a turn-off. Think
France, finely balanced, well prepared food that's memorable. Been here twice and can't wait to come back. Extra fun to sit at the tables in front of the kitchen. It's a delight to watch such fine food prepared.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were there on a sunday night at 7:15. Only a few tables had patrons. Menu choices are limited but everything we ordered looked and tasted fantastic (other than the flourless chocolate cake). Our server was very knowledgeable, attractive and efficient.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful combinations of flavor and presentation. Perfect portions and excellent cocktail menu! Friendly knowledgeable servers and chefs.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem in Montclair
Upstairs may not be the easiest restaurant to find as its only street-level presence is a door leading to a blue glass staircase, but it is well worth searching out. The open kitchen turns out some of the freshest, seasonal New American cuisine and the bar serves up imaginative cocktails, a wide selection of craft liquor and beer, and a small but well chosen wine list.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like always at Upstairs, a
Like always at Upstairs, a great dinning experience!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
So glad we finally went.
Everything was absolutely delicious. Great cocktails as well. And both the chef and our server were extremely helpful when it came to accommodating a special diet. Can't wait to go back.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Take the blue stairs up to deliciousness!!!
Great drink menu crafted for the upper Montclair to Montvale taste buds!
Great appetizers just about ordered every starter. Cesar salad order two their delicious. Wait til you hear the special starter.
Get that also.
Everyone's meal was yummy fresh cooked and enough to take home
Can't wait to go back.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Scene-y, can see where the bar area will get loud on a crowded night - but the dining room has nice separation. Very precise food, excellent preparation, not large portions but did not leave hungry. A little hefty price tag for this area. Cocktail list great. Staff outstanding.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food, fabulous drinks
Fabulous food, fabulous drinks and fabulous service...what more can you ask for...
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aki knocks it out of the park
Since Aki took over the menu is terrific and the wait staff is on the money. Great job and great food
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant is beautifully
Restaurant is beautifully decorated. The bar is vibrant. It has a trendy feel. The food was great. We had 3 small plates and 1 large
plate. Everything was prepared well and tasted great.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls night out!
Our table was next to the open chef station...which was fun to watch, and the cooks were very friendly!
If you are not into that, there is an intimate dining area in the back....if you want more liveliness the bar area is
gorgeous and very chic.
The food was excellent, and presented beautifully. Catch of the day was superb! A lovely seared crispy outside, and tender and
moist on the inside. Perfectly done! One of the girls got scallops, and they too looked delicious! The mains are not huge, but having had an appeizer before hand, we were all very full.
Our waitress was very attentive.
A great place for a girls night/birthday celebration.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Upper Montclair
Food is so delicious and always creative and seasonally inspired. We are never disappointed when we eat here.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and friendly staff, cool place
Easy to make online reservations. Quickly greeted upon arrival. My friend and I were early, so we sat at the cool bar for an hour. The bartenders are friendly, helpful, and fun. Bar has comfy stools with a hook for your purse...thanks to the male bartender for pointing them out. No issues transferring our tab to our table. Our table was literally two steps from the bar, so not sure how the main dining area is like.
The waitress was equally friendly and fun. No issues with waiting for our food to arrive. The portions are NYC small, especially for the price. However, everything was very tasty. We did not feel rushed to leave, but also did not feel ignored.
Overall a very fun experience for a girls' night out!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little place. Super attentive staff, from host to waitress to manager.
Quiet rainy Sunday night in late July only reason the place wasn't more crowded so noise level was especially low, even in cool bar area. Decor was fantastic. Modern, European feel to it.
Small plates recommend the Toast anf Calamari. Had NyStrop...wonderful. Wife had scallops, loved them
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the reasyaurant. The
I loved the reasyaurant. The food was excellent and service was great. We love the small plates so that we were able to share.tw
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very cool restaurant visually.
Very cool restaurant visually. The food is well prepared and imaginative. The farro dish, which I generally wouldn't order thinking that it was just necessary to have a vegan dish on a menu in Montclair, was superb. Both steak dishes that were tried at our table were excellent, and I loved the scallops.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Surprise
As you walk up the stair to this restaurant, you notice that it is going to be a hip and cool place. And no question that it is. What was surprising that the food was so good. We had the stir fry farro which was excellent. It was so flavorful, Also had the skirt steak which was a generous portion of steak cooked to perfection. Only negative was that it was a little warm in the restaurant. The A/C was not working properly.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Hip Hot Spot;Upstairs
This place was hard to locate but the magical lit stairs were spotted through the glass door once we matched the address w the place. The staff are lovely and helpful and made our visit more enjoyable. The small plates were delicious and filling. We drank top shelf liquor which of course was superb but very high priced for small drinks. One bartender was definitely a better mixologist. I recommend this cool hidden spot for groups or intimate dining.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only getting better...
My wife and I love this place/We have been going for years-- The food has been consistently good and the wine list is terrific-- Most importantly the service level is extremely high-- The staff is extremely friendly and accomodating--The menu recently changed for the better-- The only real drawback is the fact that the menu is limited in choice--and the noise level is a little bit over the top but then again we always choose to sit at a hightop in the bar area-- best for people watching and it is an eclectic bunch
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The presentation, quality and taste are excellent. I've been there
a few times and it is always consistently good.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative minimalist menu
Servers must earn their money at Upstairs as the menu is so minimal in its descriptions you would never know what you're ordering without server assistance. Service was friendly and the menu knowledge was there.
The dish of the night was a side dish of smashed and smoked fingerling potatoes. The pork chop was nicely cooked. The large chop gets a brine and smoke treatment before being grilled. I found most dishes to be lacking salt, so the brined chop was perfect.
Menu changes seasonally. Ambiance in the dining room is cozy. Half way though the meal the table next to us was sat and all privacy was lost as the tables are on top of each other.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Little Hot Spot
Great neighborhood hot spot. Food was excellent and the service was too. If you are going for dinner, rather than the bar, make sure you reserve a table in the dining room. Even then, the only problem is noise from the other diners. Bar scene looked to be jumping.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Could have been perfect
We arrived at Upstairs and we were greeted immediately by the host. Our table was going to be a couple minutes so he told us to get a drink at the bar. There was no room to inch in to order without bothering the other quests. Another host/maybe the owner noticed this and signaled the bartender to come from behind the bar and take our drink order. Our waitress was excellent all night. The food was amazing!! I loved the short rib and gnocchi also the pork belly . For dinner I had the rack of lamb that was cooked to perfection. The timing from the kitchen was borderline terrible though. We would of had desert but we had to get home for the baby sitters. I will definitely go back again. I will chalk the timing issue up to a Saturday night.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been coming to Upstairs
We've been coming to Upstairs 2-3 times a year. The food is reliably very good (the ricotta toast with fig spread was delicious), as is the service. For each of the last couple visits, however, the noise level in the dining room has been deafening. These have been Saturday nights, and a little later, and the acoustics in the room with a low ceiling aren't great, but it's to the point that next time we'll look for a table by the bar and eat there so at least we can hear ourselves!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice monday night
unique décor, very friendly, great wine, very good small plates!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have only been for lunch (twice). Sat in the bar. Very trendy, nice wine list and nice menu. Food was very good, portion sizes not overly large (which I like). Will definitely try for dinner.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun with very good food and
Fun with very good food and variety of choices with excellent and helpful service. Try to sit in the back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service and atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highly recommend Upstairs. With very little "storefront" in downtown Upper Montclair, it can be easy to miss. After this experience, it will become one of our top five area favorites! Great bar atmosphere, the service was exceptional, and the food was full of flavor and surprises. It was a perfect experience!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
On a par with Rare
For a long time, Rare was the only top-notch steakhouse anywhere in the Montclair area. But J&K is as good as Rare, maybe better (depending on one's individual tastes), and it is much closer for those of us who live in Montclair.
Just to make it clear - I also highly recommend Rare - it is top-notch.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place. It's like a chic NYC restaurant in Upper Montclair. The entire staff is friendly and they are knowledgeable on what type of drink to pair with the food. Sitting at the bar, you get an education about all liquor from Brian, who is amazing. The food selection is great, the flavors and combinations cannot be beat. I love that there are small and large plates. The waiter never rushed us and had great suggestions. I've been here four times already and have sent friends there as well. So happy I found Upstairs
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was great- the food was amazing. Small menue but varied and unique. Prices are fair, drinks are good, service good - restaurant is small so I think that helps keep things running timely- and food is seriously good.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice new option for real dining
Had the sword fish special...the fish was sushi grade great. Our waiter, Matt, was helpful, welcoming and knowledgeable about the wines. It's so nice to see Upper Montclair adding another restaurant that doesn't require a trip to the city to get this experience.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small menu packs a big punch
All of our choices were very good and the pork chop was one of the best ever. Juicy and soooo tender and tasty. The only disappointment was in the drinks. The three items that came in a standard stemmed martini glass were filled only to about 1/2 inch from the rim. When I pulled out the three olives in mine, the level was about 5/8 inch down. A bit chintzy I thought and mentioned it to the waitress who completely ignored my comment. When i eat there again, I'll mention this at the time of ordering drinks and will see what happens.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food great, service not so great!
My husband decided to try Upstairs after hearing about a slight buzz about the place. I made reservations for 8:45pm and we were seated promptly. Ordered a bottle of wine and app. Our waitress was ver nice, but the service was terrible. We waited forever for our food, so long that the people that sat next to us 15 minutes after we were seated, were already eating their dinner and almost finished. By the time we received our dinner, they were on desert. The food was excellent, no problem there. I requested the remainder of my steak to be boxed to take home (it was huge) and when I got home, I realized the waitress never brought my steak so I $30 later I came home empty handed. If not for the poor service, I would say this was a great dinner.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went back to upstairs after not having been for a while. The food did not disappoint, clear flavor expertly combined, excellent wine and friendly efficient service. A perfect place for an excellent dining experience
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, quick service.
Excellent food, quick service. A bit loud in the dining area, but still worth it. I'll definitely be back.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM