Upstairs Restaurant

89b Acre Lane
London SW2 5TN
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About Upstairs Restaurant

Upstairs Restaurant is a chic, unpretentious restaurant tucked away upstairs in a Victorian corner house on Brixton's Acre Lane. With soft colours, open fires, reclaimed wooden floors and leather banquettes, Upstairs Restaurant has the ambience of an intimate local supper club. Frequented by low-key celebs and designers, the understated restaurant was recently awarded the seal of approval from Michelin with a Bib Gourmand. Upstairs is ideal for discreet meals and private parties, with a bar located on the first floor. The short, Francophilic menu changes fortnightly - but signature dishes include grilled sardines with provencal vegetables; steak tartare and melon with port; and the traditional English apple crumble.

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When someone told me there was a good French restaurant in Brixton I didn't entirely believe them so decided I had to visit and see for myself. I'm glad I did as we had a lovely meal. All the dishes we had were interesting, beautifully presented and tasty. The service was excellent and the atmosphere stylish but understated. I definitely recommend a visit.

I'd read somewhere that Upstairs, Brixton has an air of the speakeasy about it. And that's certainly what I thought as we ascended the narrow stairs to the dining room on the second floor, having had to press a bell outside to be let in.

Staff were friendly & attentive, never hovering but quick to whisk empty glasses & plates away (maybe a little too quick). Every dish was carefully explained, beautifully presented & delicious. I would've liked more choice of wines by the glass. Fab evening

What a little gem in Brixton! From start to finish the whole experience was faultless, from the food to the setting and service. The waiters explained the menu without being patronising about it, we weren't rushed and were able to buy wine by the carafe even though not specified on the menu. As noted by other reviewers the portions are tiny, but after 3 courses, wine and coctails I was plesantly full. Go after dark to take advantage of the candle lit ambience. Great for special occasions.

Very pleasant experience indeed. Relaxed, friendly and efficient service, and one of the best meals I've had in a long time. Wish we'd checked it out years ago! £145 for 3 courses for 2, plus shared cheese, 2 cocktails, bottle of wine, and two glasses of red with the cheese.

Really nice place and service. The food is also good but nothing wow!

The cocktails (in particular the Helsinki Lifter) must be tried

Lovely food, attentive and friendly staff.

Nice little place off the beaten track.

Upstairs was exquisite food and even better service. I think one of the best restaurants in all of London!

Lovley food and great service

Exceptional find in Brixton - intimate, candlelit restaurant with excellent service. Food was wonderful, great flavours and textures.

We had an excellent meal at Upstairs in Brixton; nice personal service from all the staff, lovely ambience even with only about 10 tables (all of which were full), great starters (beetroot salmon gravlax & cured beef), amazing mains (halibut & miso duck) & an excellent cheese board. Great taste, service & portion size - would thoroughly recommend for a special occasion or date night.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the owner of the restaurant - really friendly guy, who went out of his way to make us feel at home. We were escorted to our table (best table in the house!) and soaked up the relaxed and warm atmosphere. The menu, although (understandably) small was delicious and beautifully presented. The portions were just perfect.

Would definitely recommend to friends, great service, amazing food, outstanding night.

Gorgeous setting, unexpected for Brixton. So happy there is a French restaurant here! Food and service fab too! Will definitely go again

Excellent food with an intimate setting.

1st time. Very nice food, you could tell the ingredients were superb.The lamb was wonderful although the portion size as a main was on the tiny side.The ambience was really interesting, we were there early and it was a bit like visiting someones house, but then it got really busy and buzzy which for a Wednesday is impressive.

Entrance is very well hidden (no sign, just a door & a bell) Upstairs Restaurant is essentially a very beautifully converted townhouse. The restaurant spans 2 floors and feels special and intimate. Service is very attentive - food is presented on immaculate white plates but portions are a little mean and for me in terms of taste, I have eaten tastier food elsewhere. Not cheap either - bill was £175-ish for us between 3 people with wine...but may come here again for a romantic celebration

I cannot thank the person who told me to go to Upstairs, Brixton, enough. The food was perfectly prepared and just the right amount. The staff were friendly but not over bearing and the price was amazing considering the excellent quality of the food. The dining area is compact, but the experience still felt very private, perfect for a quiet dinner for two. We will be going back again and again now we have found this little gem. Maybe I'll see if there's room tonight.........

Been meaning to try Upstairs in Brixton for ages now - gutted I left it so long! Such a lovely place, the waiting staff are lovely and friendly and the informal setting helps you to really The food is far from informal though - three courses of exceptional food (with an amuse bouche and fab wine too!) that wouldn't be out of place in a central london restaurant. Hunt this place out, we'll deffo be back!

Food and service was excellent.

Great place, unpretentious atmoshere attenative service. Would reccommend to anyone

What a wonderful meal at Upstairs Restaurant in Brixton. This is the perfect place for a romantic meal for 2. The venue is small and the tables are quite close together, but with the candlelight and the fire burning in the hearth, it had a lovely atmosphere. There were only 3 choices of starters, mains and desserts, but the food was absolutely delicious. The service was also fantastic, the waiter was friendly, attentive, and he recommended a lovely wine for us so we could try something different