Upstairs
Upstairs

Upstairs

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://upstairsmontclair.com/
  • Phone: 9737444144
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Trevor Perkins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellevue Ave
  • Public Transit: NJ Train, Upper Montclair Train Station is steps away from our back entrance. NJ Transit bus number 28 and the DeCamp 66 bus both stop in our rear parking lot for commuter convenience.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a metered parking lot in the back of the restaurant (off of Bellevue Ave) and there is street parking on Valley Road.
A word from Upstairs
Upstairs is a modern American cuisine establishment which offers its guests a full bar and extensive liquor and wine list. The cocktails are exciting and the dishes are artfully created. There are three dining experiences at Upstairs, our bar/lounge seating, kitchen seating (next to our open kitchen) and our dining room for a more intimate experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Upstairs reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (19)special occasion (13)hot spot (12)romantic (10)late-night find (8)notable wine list (8)good for groups (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Creative & delicious
    rollo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    And the staff was very accommodating for one of our diners with allergy issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A group of us (4) had dinner at Upstairs on Saturday night. The hostess was very friendly and accommodating. We were able to have a drink at the bar before sitting down for our meal, it was very nice not to be rushed to sit down. The menu had some very interesting items on it, the specials were seasonal and tasty. I had the scallops which were cooked to perfection and my husband had the duck which was also cooked perfectly. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    Born2chop
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went here upon a recommendation. The specialty drinks were delish but could only have one bc they were strong. Not an extensive menu but we opted for the Tapas. They were just the right amount and so good. Definetly will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommend
    marblack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Upstairs several times. The food is always very good. The cocktail menu is creative. The staff is very friendly. I always have a good experience there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Drink!
    markp
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Upstairs never fails to serve great food along with a perfect wine selection. Since their menu will change with the seasons, you know there will be new items to found every few months. Plus the bartenders make great drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect local spot
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved our dining experience. The food is delicious and the service was very attentive. One drawback is that the portions are small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little gem
    MicDenBurVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our second time eating here and found the food and service better than average. The atmosphere is a little drab, but well lit and pleasant. The portion sizes are generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I always struggle to find a suitable place to eat with my mom... My tastes are very eclectic and I love places that take risks with flavors, mom, not so much. Here the food is so good that we both can find something that is truly enjoyable. If I lived locally, I would eat here all the time!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing dining experience!
    MissPeach2
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What an incredible evening! The bar is the most unusual and inviting bar I've EVER seen, and although the restaurant was unusually quiet on this summer, Tuesday evening, the food was superb, unusual, and just plain outrageous! Our waitress, Jessica, from Brazil , made everything special! Oh yes, I dare not fail to mention the WARM, toilet seat that goes up and down at the opening and closing of the bathroom door!!!! Can't wait to return!!!! I'd LOVE to know how they make those scrumptious brusel sprouts!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually excellent, But.........
    DD35
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our waiter was friendly but not very informative and they had no specials which was disappointing. The cheese plate was good but the waiter had a hard time naming all the cheeses. The Duck was fantastic but the hanger steak wasn't very good. In fact my wife found a hair and then the meat was tough and chewy so my wife barely touched it. When another waitress cleared the table it was evident that my wife didn't eat her food. The waitress didn't say a word and just took the plate without asking if she wanted it wrapped or if there was something wrong with the food. On a positive note My Wife and I enjoyed our cocktails and they had an amazing Beer on tap called Rossabi. We are not complainers so I wish the waitress was more aware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed
    Mosaa
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was creative and interesting, but the food arrived very slowly and the server did not seem very on top of things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but...
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was excellent, no specials... Service was ok, not great... Ambiance is lacking, the 2 windows they do have in the main area are covered so no light or anything. Just is lacking the feel of a nice dinner out... But again the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Uncomfortably warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good food but it was so uncomfortably warm that everyone was sweating. I mentioned it to the server twice, but she seemed unable to talk her manager into cranking up the A/C. The bar area was much cooler, if I had to do it again I would have eaten at the bar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The cheese plate and brussel sprouts were my favorites. There are 3 choices of seating areas - at the bar (very bright and a bit noisy), adjacent to the open kitchen (quieter but warm from the oven) and a more formal, quite dining room at the rear.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place
    TheRuckus
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is the second time I've been to Upstairs. The first time was so great, I felt like it could have been a fluke. But I was wrong--the second time was just as good. Everything from the predinner cocktails to dessert and coffee was just perfect. And the wait staff is friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. As the back dining room fills up, it can get a little loud, but not distractingly so. I recommend the seared duck breast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Good atmosphere and terrific food. A bit pricey but a very good overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small and Large Dishes
    Upstairs
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Upstairs has an upscale feel at reasonable prices. The decor is modern and inviting. The menu features large and small dishes. The servings are perfectly sized to better represent gourmet versus too much. The bar menus is extensive and the service was very good. This restaurant is a quality opportunity to enjoy a great meal made special by it's owner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • outstanding food
    njfoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    the owner visited each table and spent a few minutes talking...nice touch !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    When you go you must order the gnocchi and shrimp small plates, they are out of this world! Expertly prepared and perfectly seasoned. Highest quality ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, okay ambiance
    GetFitz
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was awesome. Try the small plate Brussels and large plate salmon, very tasty. Nice portion size. Very attentive staff. Small but cozy. Ambiance is nice, but not romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    oscar2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great spot. Beautiful bar, food is very good. A little bit of Manhattan in Upper Montclair. Tables available by kitchen, great energy and viewing of chefs. As you can tell, we really like Upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upper Manhattan Meets Montclair
    MontLife1289VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Excellent food, professional staff, perfect drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for girls night out
    Inna
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Upstairs is cozy and stylish with delicious cocktails and scrumptious appetizers. The portion size is perfect, whether you're ordering for one person or would like to share and try a few.The flavors are delicious and sophisticated. The service is easy, friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is vibrant for a night out, but quiet enough so you can actually talk. Will be definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN BAR AND DELICIOUS FOOD
    Luvs2NotCookVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    LOVE COMING HERE FOR A PRE-MOVIE OR AFTER-MOVIE DRINK AND FOOD. SOMETIMES JUST GET THE STARTERS OR SIDES. CAN'T GO WRONG! Great wine list and cocktails, and fun to watch the Open Kitchen prepare your meal. Or sit in the Dining Room (the only part I don't truly love about this place as it seems too sterile and small compared to the bar area). We generally like to sit at the bar or the high counters stools. Celebrated after-wedding party there, too and it was FUN!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Upstairs reviews archive.
  • Wendy1VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We've been to Upstairs many times and always enjoy our experience. Tonight, though, the magnificent pork chop was overcooked and somewhat dry, not succulent like it usually is. And the salmon over an enormous, cold mound of wheatberries and raw onions was a loser in my book. Hangar steak was great as were the scallops. Brussels sprouts awesome. Please change the menu though from time to time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limited menu
    dinner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Food was great. Very tasty. great place for our monthly dinner with friends
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great as usual! Enter using magical color lighted steps!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • njkara
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    lovely drinks but limited food menu- needs to expand appetizer options
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Less Sparkle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Good but not as good as in the past. This place has lost its shine and sparkle. Portions on the cheese plate were noticeably smaller than the last time we dined. Menu has also fewer choices, although the chicken was very delicious, it was a very small portion and A LOT of vegetables to fill up the plate. It's overpriced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Great as usual! Aki has created a wonderful restaurant once again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    mctrevor
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was the first time we tried lunch at Upstairs, and absolutely every dish ordered was incredible. It had the finesse of their dinner fare in portions for for lunch. We all picked at each other's plates to taste everything and we all left satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food here is to die for
    Darlingdiner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had the fried okra- was like candy! We also had the shrimp, the beet ANC goat cheese salad, the salmon, and a very good chilled pea soup. The food here is really transformative! I recommend it wholeheartedly. Also had the strawberry rhubarb cocktail, delish!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place. City vibe. Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent service. Everything we ordered was delicious. Nicely prepared, simple and all good. Bar scene was hopping which is nice to see in the suburbs! Owner/Maitre'd was very accommodating. We celebrated an anniversary, and received a little extra attention - which was greatly appreciated. We will return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food -- slow service
    BriancccVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We went to Upstairs early on Friday (6:30PM) and we were the second table seated in the dining room. By the time we left at 7:45PM they were quite busy. The menu is fairly limited with a selection of small plates and a selection of mains. We shared two small plates - the Brussels sprouts and the ramen noodles and one main - the scallops. All were just excellent especially the scallops. Our waiter was courteous but the service was noticeably slow. It took quite some time to get our drink order which seemed odd since they were not that busy when we arrived. The pace of the meal was also fairly slow. It seemed like 1 or 2 people were missing and they were struggling to keep up. The food was certainly good enough to warrant returning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Amazing
    Sonfield
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    As talented of a kitchen as I have ever come across. The group is young, experimental, creative, and achieves new levels with the dishes they create. We are proud to call ourselves regulars. Also, brunch is a great new twist.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CobraVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We took a shot on a new place and was pleasantly surprised. The menu is very interesting. Everything we had was very good. We sat At the bar and was served by Brian. He was great. The other servers who helped out were great also. Everybody was friendly and on top of there game. We will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real gem in montclair
    OTdiner
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    One of the few restaurants in town that has a liquor license. Very hip decor -- you could easily forget you are in the suburbs! Have been twice for dinner and good has been fantastic both times. Our new fav place in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    KidNikki
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic. We had fried brussel sprouts in a honey, ginger, siracha glaze and a ramen soup with pork belly that was out of this world. The complexity of flavor in the ramen broth was beyond words! We had the duck (which was so tender it just melted in mouth) and scallops (seared to perfection) for an entrée. For dessert we had the 5 cheese plate, again absolutely amazing with the perfect accompaniments for the cheeses provided. Their cocktails were 5 star and although we ate in the dining area, the bar area looked like A LOT of fun! We will definitely be going back! Also, the waiting staff was great! Very sweet and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pros and cons - Upstairs/Downstairs
    twinbieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Have been to Upstairs often but find the back room somewhat claustrophobic and noisy. This past Saturday night when we entered, there was faint smoke/kitchen odors in the air which lingered throughout the meal. This was unpleasant. There were boisterous tables around us which made it hard to have conversation. With respect to the meal, the beet salad was quite bland with little cheese. The halibut special special was delicious - fresh, white, and flaky; the duck was also excellent. Pre meal wish: that bread was offered without asking for it
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Manhattan hip in Montclair attic
    PaterFamiliasVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I was prepared to be underwhelmed, as I have been at many of Montclair's overcharging but under-delivering venues. But Upstairs rose to the occasion. Three well executed starters (although my wife thought the wheat berries were the wrong side of al dente), a tasty main and a surprising dessert. Prices are no bargain but the restaurant had a happening vibe and a ultra-cool bar scene that gave it a bit of secret discovery air given its second floor disguise. Nice to see an Upper Montclair option for those looking for an adult's night option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.