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Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

#141 of 4,538 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Bar, International, Grill, Canadian
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1254 MacKay, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2H4, Canada
+1 514-931-6808
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
All hours
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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Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Andre H
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 

Bonne Bay, Canada
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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....

Thank 13Sharon
Brooklyn, New York
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Official_Travelnista
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 

Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently visited Upstairs on a visit from Winnipeg. I accompanied my wife to Montreal on business, and we decided to head over to Upstairs on a Monday evening. The food is good, but not great. The music, however, was outstanding. Jim Doxas and his trio run the Monday evenings. Throughout the course of the evening, other musicians joined them on... More 

Thank zachmcdonald84
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Suggested by concierge at our hotel. Great venue, waiter excellent, antipasto pour deuce a good choice Good cocktails and drink recommendations. Prices reasonable but best of all entertaining performance by chanteuse Myriam Phiro and her virtuoso jazz band. Wonderful ambience and excellent value night out.

Thank Greg054
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The club is in the basement .. hence the reason the Upstairs sign is upside down. We just had appetizers and stayed for two sets of the jazz pianist / the staff very helpful and ran their feet off the night we were there. The mussels were extremely good and in looking around at other tables (2 feet square at... More 

Thank Wendy M
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Friendly service , very nice jazz and good food creates a very nice night at Montreal.vegetable nachos and salad very nice.You can find enough different country wine list.

Thank Nazif Can K
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Excellent... great ambiance lovely food excellent staff..couldn't rate highly enough worth a visit but come early to get a good table and soak up the atmosphere

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

Hi, Thank you for your great review:) We hope to see you again in the future. Best, Joel More 

Montreal, Canada
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Went Upstairs on a Saturday night, I was really looking forward to it. I love live music, specially jazz. I had read the reviews and most people talked about how great the food and performance were. But unfortunately I was really disappointed. The food deserves 1 star, we asked the waiter what was good and popular on the menu, he... More 

Thank Sanaz80
Joel G, Owner at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Hello, I want to apologize for not meeting your expectations on Saturday night. It is my personal commitment to try to exceed people's expectations and we obviously fell short with you. The waiter recommended dishes that are quite popular and do get very positive reviews. I have spoken with our Chef and we are exploring why they did not satisfy... More 

Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

I've been here several times over the past couple of years and it's always been a delight. The Monday improv nights are particularly fun, with seemingly half the bar consisting of eager young men and women waiting their turn. Most of them turn out to be surprisingly good - surprising since mostly they jam with 3 or 4 other musicians... More 

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

Hello, I want to sincerely thank you for your positive review. It is a great compliment that you said we have been consistently delightful over several visits over several years. Jam sessions have long been an important tradition in jazz clubs. I agree that our Monday night Jams are a great way to celebrate Montreal Jazz. We look forward to... 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 - $22
Bar, International, Grill, Canadian
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
Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
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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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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