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Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

1254 MacKay (Sainte Catherine), Montreal, Quebec H3G-2H4, Canada (Ville-Marie)
514 931-6808
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Ranked #228 of 4,451 restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Tapas, Continental, Grill
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
Description: The Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill is a blend of unique concepts. We blend great live jazz, tasty food and friendly service in an intimate atmosphere. Our goal is to provide you with a unique and memorable montreal experience.
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83% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We were eager to experience the Montreal jazz scene and decided to hit the Upstairs for some music and eats. There are a few tables outside the door that lead to steps bringing you downstairs (thus explaining the upside down sign). The interior reminded us of a smaller version of Jules Bistro in the East Village of NYC: laid back,... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wonderful, intimate jazz club, which serves good food. We went along without a reservation on a Wednesday night & were lucky enough to get the last table. Great musicians, very relaxed & friendly. Excellent & discrete service, which does not spoil your enjoyment of the music. We were only in Montreal for 1 night, I am so pleased we chose... More

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Waterbury, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The setting is a quintessential jazz club, but the food was so much better than we expected. the setting was intimate and romantic. We were able to sit in the back of the room with an excellent view of the stage. We both had the filet which was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of black pepper on... More

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Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our Montreal friends made reservations to bring us to this cozy little bistro during the height of the jazz festival. Despite the crowds you would expect on a busy Saturday night, we were seated promptly, at a great table, and looked after perfectly by our waiter, Octavio. All of our drinks, starters and meals were excellent and reasonably priced. Somewhat... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Here's a tip - you can attend the last set of any evening free! I did so at 11:30 PM and heard some of the best jazz I've experienced.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Good location, somewhat affordable drinks, very good music and a very welcoming service. If you like jazz this is the place to go.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

If you like live jazz music and cocktails, this is a very good place to go. Sure, this does not come for free since there is an entry fee (it was C$16.5 per person for a Saturday evening - not excessive). All in all, the music was good, the service (at the bar) very friendly; we had 2 cocktails, 2... More

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Montreal, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Mcgill students were playing the Thursday night we went there. The atmosphere was very smooth and easy going. Our meal was excellent, I had the tilapia and my girlfriend had the duck. Great value for your $$. Good service, very friendly staff. Will definitely return to listen to some great jazz and eat good food.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We really liked this place and went twice in one week. Reserved a table both times. Saturday night was really busy but still great food and service. The whole atmosphere was good. It is small and a bit dark but that added to the ambiance (and the waiters managed to find the right tables with the right food). People are... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

For a place that claims to encourage, promote and lift up jazz artists, should be less profit oriented. The place is almost impossible to cross without bumping into someone or something, tables everywhere you can imagine. While you are eating your own food, you can smell the food from two other tables; even if you whisper, those two other tables... More

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