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#11 of 39 Bar in Manama
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Bar, International, European, Pub, Healthy
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
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Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed May 25, 2020 via mobile

Was my first visit to the place. Went on a Friday for the soul food brunch. It was definitely good vibes with DJ Shortman and food to die for by Chef Keeta 🙏🏾 Hope to be back for the same set soon

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 19, 2019 via mobile

Came here with a friend for a nice one on one evening, I was pleased that there was a large amount of space available for seating. Unfortunately I didn’t try the food, perhaps on my next visit. Overall it was a nice lounge to kick...back in and enjoy some live music. The establishment was far from crowded which was nice and an added plus was how attentive the staff was as well. The live band was nice and did some good cover songs, the music was slightly louder than needed, yet it didn’t dampen the mood.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019

This was my first visit to Upstairs Downstairs and definitely my last one. The restaurant is in a prime location in Bahrain, and we were looking forward to a great ambiance, service and food. There nothing even close to average at this restaurant. The ambiance...was very mediocre, the staff was not courteous and we found them a little rude. The food was pathetic, absolutely bland and tasteless. For the price that one pays at this restaurant, atleast the food should be worth its price, but it was absolutely pathetic. There was a band playing some jazz but it was pointless as the restaurant was practically empty, and I don't even need to wonder why based on my experience. The restaurant is such a waste in such a prime location.More

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Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

What a dump!!!! If you’re looking for a quality take a pass. If you’re looking for a prostitute and this is your place. In the middle of the morning this place was like a nightclub. The music was so loud you couldn’t talk and the...food was disgusting. Not to mention the 20 BD price tag. The only thing this place is good for is getting drunk with a bunch of young men looking for whores.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 7, 2019

We celebrated a wedding anniversary here with my wife's brother and his wife, who are locals. They reccomended it, and what a good reccomendation it was. Simply superb. Each dish was a delight. Service was spot on. Happy memories.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2019

The Maitre D at Up Down knows us and warmly welcomed us on Tuesday night when we went in for an early supper. Our favourite smoked hammour pate to start and it was as good as ever. Followed by lovely fish and chips, a lovely...meaty fish in light batterMore

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

I used to go there with a good friend of mine on Friday evenings.The ambience,atmosphere,food,music and all was at that time relaxing and nice.When they've changed the management,into Egyptian management the restaurant became cheap,noisy and a prostitute place again.Women,girls are sitting there to catch customers...in the awful smell of Shisha,it became a real nasty filthy cheap place,not the place/restaurant where you would take,bring your family to.The music is awful Arabic music.Not recommended if you're a decent,polite person.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed January 11, 2019

Although the restaurant was quit, we had an excellent 4 course menu. Food is fresh and tasty. Great service.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Last week I was fortunate to be invited to a Brunch at Upstairs Downstairs. Not your usual brunch concept, but a version where the menu choice is restricted to a section off the menu rather than the usual buffet concept. Initially, I was concerned by...there being only one soup choice and therefore selected the pumpkin and ginger soup which was served hot, but with only two small croutons - perhaps that was the choice? I then ventured into a small chicken Caesar salad and Jackie had the Goats cheese which I tried and which I have to say was definitely more tasty than my choice. At this point I also tried the Hamour Liver pate which I really liked for its lightness, although I personally would have preferred less Lemon. The main course of Beef Medallions' was well turned out as expected although a tad sparse in the meat department and the Bushmills sauce could have benefited from a larger portion of Bushmills - still, what are we supposed to expect for 17 BD's per head. To finish up, I had the cheese platter and I was fortunate enough to be provided with an additional small bowl of ice cream as well. The cheese selection was fairly standard although I would suggest any cheese lovers should try the spiced cheddar which I found quite enjoyable. The drink selection was standard house spirits, so no recognisable named brands, but the staff did keep them coming. My Red wine selection landed me with Blue Ocean which was perfectly reasonable with the menu I had selected. The final round of shots was priced at the standard 2 BDs a shot and was additional to the agreed price. The young female singer provided a pleasant variety of current and modern pop classics and she was not too loud providing a pleasant audio ambiance - a welcome change to many brunch venues these days where the performing artists seem to think we don't want to talk with each other but are there for a concert and that we all suffer from acute deafness. The venue allows smoking - so if you are non-smoking eater - avoid. Upstairs Downstairs is an old friend, it has been part of the Adliya restaurant scene for many years, so it is a well known and established venue. It is good to see them trying alternative schemes to attract different crowds. My view is a Good established venue offering a limited but good value brunch option - Enjoy!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

We visited with our children on a Friday morning after coming over the causeway from Saudi. Great to have a real beer and real pork for breakfast! The fosters on tap is very well priced by Bahrain standards.

Date of visit: March 2018
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To my knowledge it's very much adults only whether they'll accept a baby. Bands vary from Jazz to Rock n Roll worth checking the Gulf Daily News for details on Wed. And yes I'm sure they do 'requests' even H Birthday! Their... More
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