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About 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.

608 Valley Rd
Montclair, NJ 07043
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:45 pm

Cross Street:
Bellevue Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 744-4144

Website:
http://www.608upstairs.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Eon Vieira

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Upstairs Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

3.8

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Romantic (1)
Authentic (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love the bar. Friendly staff and good service. Food was excellent! Did not feel rushed and the food came out at a great pace. Everyone talked about the cool bathroom (heated toilet seats) but for me the food and drinks will bring me back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great as usual. Never a disappointment . We have been there several times. The bar scene and food is excellent. The servers are very attentive & give the customers undivided attention.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was amazing. Took a long time to get drinks or the waiters attention. They accommodated a candle in dessert for my wife but didn't clear the table before serving the dessert. Overall good experience. I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We last ate here right after they opened a few years ago, and weren't wowed enough to go back. Decided to give it another try, since they were still in business, so we figured that maybe they had improved. We had an absolutely horrible experience. Wait-staff is nice, but very poorly trained (i.e., not sophisticated, given the type of restaurant -- would be better suited to an IHOP-type quick-service restaurant). We ordered a few appetizers to share between the two of us. About halfway through we decided we wanted to order an entrée as well, and another cocktail. 35 solid minutes later (with our dirty dishes from the appetizers still in front of us), cocktail still hadn't come, and entrée still hadn't come. (We checked our watches -- not exaggerating here about a 35-minute wait.) And one of our appetizers from the initial order never came at all either. We asked the waiter, and his response was, "Yeah, things are coming out slow. I'd be upset, too." [The initial cocktail order was "slow," but not 35 minutes. When they were served, the waiter said "sorry these took like 5 years to come out."]

At that point, we canceled the order and asked for the check. Check came, and included the appetizer that we never got. Had that removed, paid, and left. No apologies, no "let me get the manager for you," no nothing. We won't be back.

[FWIW, the dining room also has a very weird vibe -- very different décor than bar area. Both areas are pretty shabby. Bar floor was sticky near the entrance when we arrived -- more appropriate for a college bar, not a nice bar/restaurant. Ceiling in dining room was visibly patched with mis-sized materials, with paint missing and nail heads showing.]

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food tasted great but it took a long time and was cool when it arrived.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was good but expensive and the service was awful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Drink list was quite extensive however the wine list was somewhat disappointing. Service was good.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The waiters seem overwhelmed. There is no sense of urgency towards excellent customer service. The food is ok. I would not go back. Please do not take a date here - you will be disappointed.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Consistantly delicious! Service and staff are friendly and attentitive. Always look forward to going there -

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Vegan, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was good but the drinks were so overpriced. $12-$14 per glass of wine and we had to ask them to give us a normal pour. They tried to get away with half a pour. Three people and we only ordered 3 entrees and drinks and spent $103/ pp.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food to say the least was AMAZING. Loved the decor as well. Overall had a wonderful experience.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Just as excellent as always. Never had a bad experience here. Will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was terrible. Server never gave us the dinner or dessert specials. Got lost during our dinner. Had to chase him down for check plus never checked our reservation through open table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

This was my umpteenth return to Upstairs. They just about never disappoint. I have to say that on this occasion, though the place was practically empty when we got there (early reservation; it totally packed up later), for some reason, they couldn't get my hamburger order right. (Black-and-blue--what's not to understand--came to the table medium rare--and the waiter even acknowledged that he thought I asked for medium-rare. That would not have been problem--mistakes can happen--but it took about 10-15 minutes to catch his attention to get the mistake corrected. As I said, there was only one other couple in the dining area, so it's not like he was overwhelmed. Even the french-fries were a shade off from crispy. No excuse for that. So the food was definitely NOT up to the standards set by previous visits. I still like the place, and no one rushed us to leave when we were finished eating, so I'd go back one more time--mainly for the ambience and the bar (I am so not impressed by the no-choice options of BYOB places). If it happens again, though, I'll find somewhere else to get a good blue hamburger.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Pleasantly surprised. Food was unique and delicious. Service was great. We sat by the kitchen - a bit noisy but not so bad, was entertaining to watch. Host/owner was great, stopped by twice to make sure everything ok and was entertaining himself.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The 2 star rating is mostly on value for money. After 3 visits I decided not to come back.

The food is good but not worth the charge. There are plenty of places around with better food and several are even less expensive.

1) reservation. Tried a 7:00 but was offered 6:30 as closest. SEVERAL tables were still empty when we left around 8:00. The same happened last time we went.

Service was very nice but for sure just learning. No knowledge and still learning how to handle the plates.

Prices are crazy. $15 for a Margarita and $14 for a glass of house Chardonnay which retails for less than $9 a bottle. $38 for the sea bass...

I like the bar setting but please be reasonable.....

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

In all respects that matter, Upstairs is a dining experience that everyone would enjoy. I've been there before, and I'll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great and fun atmosphere in the bar. Open kitchen. Very lively but on the other side quitter and a bit more romantic. The food is creative and delicious!!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was amazing as was the service. However, they did not honor my reservation with Open Table and did not reward the points I was supposed to receive.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The only thing I didn't like was there was a bug in my boyfriends drink, but they took care of it. We received the drink free and everything else was lovely.!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Get the Brussels sprouts they are amazing

Mac n cheese was good as well

No late night full service although the took the reservation (small plates only).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

A first time visit for Father's Day celebration. Fairly high priced but food was well-prepared and enjoyed most dishes we had. Server did not ask how salmon was to be prepared so unfortunately too rare for our taste. Beet salad was very good with generous goat cheese and both red and yellow beets. A nice touch that the burger, which was juicy and flavorful, came with salad as a side in lieu of fries. Fried chicken also nicely prepared. Dad's favorite dessert - key lime pie was a hit. Overall a good experience. Would come back for a date night or perhaps cocktails and small plates (appetizers) with girlfriends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Appetizers, gnocchi with mushrooms, and endive salad, were great. Fried chicken dinner was superb (taste and texture) and Catch (of the day) was Wild-caught Chilean Sea Bass, served with grapes, sauteed kale, a wonderful sauce. The food was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Sports
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We got one of every small plate for our group of six and couldn't have been more pleased

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

First - the food was very good. We started with the Shrimp app and the 3 cheese plate. For entrees, I had the pork chop and my girlfriend had the scallops and the vanilla creme brûlée for dessert (fantastic). Everything was flavorful, well seasoned and cooked well. No complaints there. The service, though friendly, was off. The staff seemed very young and inexperienced. When the waitress ran down the specials I had to ask which item was an app or an entree. She had actually listed them entree first, so it was confusing. When picking the cheeses there was one we'd never heard of and we asked her to describe it and she couldn't. They also brought our entrees out while still finishing our apps. Now, I know this is nit-picky, but for $200+ for 2 people, I would expect a little bit better service. Also, the cocjtauls at the bar were $17/ each. We weren't blown away by the drinks or the bar itself. It looked like something from the early 2000s.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This was my 3rd time there, one being for my birthday dinner, and it is consistently delicious!! Price point is perfect and drinks are delicious - love the whole vibe of the restaurant. A great find!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

They got our order wrong. They overcharged on the bill. The drinks are way overpriced.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

This was our second visit for an empty-nester, relaxing date night. It was just as good this time as the first. The ambience is quietly chique. Appropriate attire would include business casual, dressy jeans, or date-night chique. My husband opted for 2 small plates (mac and cheese and the Thai shrimp) and I had shrimp spring rolls with a small salad and the scallops for my entree. It was all so very good. The spring rolls were packed with shrimp and had just the right amount of spice. The scallops were perfectly prepared: soft and tasty, not chewy. Both of us had specialty cocktails; I loved my "impearment" which reminded me of my favorite cocktail: French 75. We were both full without having dessert, but we'd definitely go back just for dessert. The service was good; the servers were nice and attentive. We loved the quiet ambience: most tables had couples or 3 or 4 people in quiet conversations. I'll add Upstairs to my list of Montclair favorites along with the Pig and the Prince (which is more for foodies than Upstairs and has a less intimate, cozy ambience than Upstairs). We're more likely to go to Upstairs for a small plate and a drink than the Pig and the Prince.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Service was great !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The service was great! They accommodated our party very well! The tuna burger was awesome! I had a bite of my friends beef burger and it was cooked to perfection!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

It's very expensive, compared to other restaurant in the area, and though the food is good, it's not worth the cost. Also, wine by the glass is overprice - $14/glass - again, higher than other restaurants in the same area. And last, the back room where we had dinner is like an afterthought, décor does not match the bar area, which is considerable more 'chic'.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Both the food and service at Upstairs were excellent. Good selections on menu, flavorful dishes, all courses (appetizers, main courses, desserts) had quality ingredients combined in interesting ways. Service was attentive and although music was playing in the background, we were able to hold a conversation at our table of four at normal voice level. This was our first time at Upstairs, we will be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Nice place too chill an talk have a great time.. being there

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

lol the service was terrible don't go here. Worst experience of my life.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Delicious food as usual. Waitstaff are friendly and attentive. Warm and cozy ambiance. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Definitely going back!! Everything was perfect! Food was amazing!! Service was on point!! Our servers Mark and Jordan were the best! They recommendations were perfect! The Brussels sprouts were amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Enjoyed my birthday here very festive atmosphere..fabulous martini and delicious food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Upstairs is a notch above a lot of Montclair restaurants. Great Bar and nice to eat directly across from the open kitchen.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent the owner Aki was an awesome host!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Creative menu with urban flare. Cool ambiance with a quiet area in the back for romantic meals.

Tags: Hot Spot
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