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Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

#135 of 4,625 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Bar, Canadian, International, Grill
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1254 MacKay, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2H4, Canada
+1 514-931-6808
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

1) cool atmosphere upstairs with a rockin friday night band, young and energetic 2) relaxed crowd 3) decent beverage selection Enjoy !!

Thank Faizal B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to say that the live music and general atmosphere is absolutely amazing. The food and service is really good too. One thing to note is that if you plan to use the parking as seen on the site, the price is if you enter the parking after 5pm. Otherwise better find a parking in the street. And the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

I found this place on Trip Advisor and I expected it to be nice, but not this impressive. I was honestly blown away and this doesn't happen often. The food was good but what really impressed me was the ambiance, the kind wait staff, and the top-notch music. I feel the music was better than almost all recordings I've heard.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Reservations is a must to get a table for the dinner and show. We enjoyed the food. A decent selection was offered. Interesting decor. Live jazz started around 8pm-11pm. There is parking in the garage across from the restaurant: you ask your server to give you a ticket that gives you a parking discount. The place was packed, so service... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

We found this little gem, for my family to celebrate NYE. The food was excellent and the service was awesome!! Music was also amazing. We will definitely go back!!

Thank Jonathan P
Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing night out at the Upstairs Jazz Bar! The food was good, the drinks were good, and out waiter took care of us very well. The music really was exceptional! A nice intimate setting and we lucked out with some truly fantastic music!! I wish this place was back home!! Next visit to Montreal we will definitely... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Went on a weekday evening. The place was crowded but still had a few tables left. The menu had a good variety. Our orders were taken promptly and received our appetizers after about 10 min. The nachos were good, in line with what I would expect at any restaurant. The black beans option is definitely more unique and contributed to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I work near upstairs. I eat there regularly for lunch and have recommended it to many. The food is always good, the prices are affordable. A good sign is that the Chef has been working there for 20 years or so. A must! At night, jazz bands are live and have been for 21 years. Go to their site, and... More 

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Joel G, Owner at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your positive comments. Juan, our Chef, has been working with us for approximately 19 years. His passion for the kitchen is a major part of our consistently tasty food over the years. Being open for lunch also gives Chef Juan the opportunity to try out new dishes which are not on our regular menu. Hope to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

After reading about this on TripAdvisor and loving jazz we went for an evening. It was so worth it. The service was great, the wine and food delicious (we both had a burger - yum!) and the music --- well!! The music by Latin Jazz was fabulous. Such a wonderful evening....

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I enjoyed the enchanting jam sessions of various young and mature artist while snacking on a favorite dessert. Don't be surprised when you find upstairs is downstairs. I did not have a meal, but the burger platter looked appetizing. The waiter was kind and attentive.it was a fun and affordable night out.

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Joel G, Owner at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review our club. The fact that we are downstairs yet our name is Upstairs makes many people smile:) The Jam sessions are a great way of seeing the different generations of musicians perform together. Hoping to see you again in the future. Best, Joel More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $23
Bar, Canadian, International, Grill
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Validated Parking
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1254 MacKay, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2H4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Centre-Ville (Downtown)
  • Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
  • Phone Number: +1 514-931-6808
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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