Upstairs at '21'

4.8
161 reviews
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Acclaimed as one of the most romantic places to enjoy dinner in New York City, Upstairs at '21' is an elegant 32-seat restaurant in an exquisite salon-like setting framed by vivid murals of New York in the mid-1930s. Located within '21' Club, the Upstairs at '21' offers fine American cuisine, a Grand Award-winning wine list and unique, historical surroundings. Our chef’s culinary creativity delivers an array of mouth-watering dishes reflecting the past and present '21' in a sumptuous four course tasting. DRESS CODE: Jackets for gentlemen; no jeans or sneakers, please.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely environment, this is a restaurant within a restaurant. If you want a romantic quiet dining experience, then this is the place. If you want vibrancy and the chance to mingle with stars, eat downstairs in the main restaurant

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w
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great food, service and ambience. We'll go there again.

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DJ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest evenings we have ever experienced. Such a great atmosphere with great professional waitstaff to make our evening perfect. Each course was better than the next and ending with a great dessert. It was so upscale and elegant yet not stuffy and very comfortable.It was a great dining experience and will be on our list for the next time we visit NYC.

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NN
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow what an incredible experience from start to finish. I'm mad at myself for not coming to the 21 Club sooner (as a NY native). We enjoyed expertly crafted cocktails at the bar (thank you, Jason!) before heading upstairs for our intimate dinner. Every staff member made us feel so welcomed and special--which really made the whole experience so memorable. The food was divine and there was a nice selection of wines by the glass. I cannot wait to come back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Very good food. Outstanding service. Everything was excellent. From the door man to the hosts,the buser,server and everyone was fantastic. Did make a video on my YouTube site for this. Was impressed with everything. Thank you for your time.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fully satisfied, in every respect. There was not an aspect which was lacking.

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l
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stephen and John were fantastic. It was a great experience

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A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The nest meal we ever had. Service was the BEST. Treated you like you were the only ones they had to wait on. Everything we asked for they provided from the cocktails to the Caviar to the Chateau De Pape to the Venison
Everyone should dine here at least once

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MG
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very quiet with very little atmosphere unfortunately. The food was good but felt overall quite stuffy and over priced. Service however was excellent.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful,the food was amazing and the service superb!!!
We will come back again soon.

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AL
Calgary
41 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent as was service. Had the fois gras, lamb Bolognese and Dover sole and cheesecake for desert. All Tasty and good sized portions. The only thing I didn’t care for was that the dining room is exclusive and private. Great for a very romantic and private dinner but would have been more fun with more than a few other couples in the room. As I was with my daughter out for a nice dinner.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

John the person bussing was thoroughly enjoyable!!

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M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS! An elegant and wonderful spot for a romantic dinner. Great food and super attentive service makes for a great dining experience. Can't beat the Martini's and the Frank Sinatra sound track. Can't wait to go back!

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r
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food and service. Very private.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed my meal especially the goat cheese ravioli and cheesecake.

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j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Everything about it is wonderful. The Dover Sole is probably the best I have ever had. Service was perfect

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KG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was outstanding and food was amazing we will be back.

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PB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Both Stephen and John provided great service and fun dialogue. It was a great night, with great food in an historic and fun atmosphere.

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BS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The maître d was so personable and so was our server. They really personalized our experience so that two sisters were thrilled to be in the famous 21. I'd love to do it again because it was such a stellar experience. I would highly recommend it to my foodies friends. Thanks for a memorable time.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service in the upstairs room! Excellent dining experience with great food

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiters and exquisite food! A lovely evening had by all!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Lovely room although there were no windows so it felt like you’re in a generic hotel ballroom. No real ambience at all, only 8 tables in total, and there were only 2 other couples there while we dined which made the meal feel a bit awkward like we were in someone’s house. Very nice music, but slightly louder than it should be. Pre-fix menus are always annoying and never wanted by the patron.

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to 21 many times but this is the first time Upstairs at 21. We were very happy with everything although at first we were a bit concerned since we always are downstairs. The room is beautiful, the service was beyond expectations, the menu a fantastic sampling of the main menu made especially to order. The mood and vibe was just perfect, it was our anniversary and it felt like we were at a private dining room. There were other diners but compared to downstairs it was quiet enough to have a conversation and enjoy the background music. The wait staff were friendly and very attentive and made us feel very comfortable. All in all a perfect visit, we had drinks downstairs first and went to dinner at 5:45 and were on our way to the theatre at 7:15. Highly recommended and we will certainly be back!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas visit to NYC from StL

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn’t have been treated any nicer.

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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LV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we love belmond, it's a brand that never disappoint.

great food and awesome personal service!

it's 4 courses, large portion.

all the appetizers and pasta dishes are great! escargot was a bit heavy and needed acidity. main courses were huge. the sole was pretty much the whole fish, needed seasoning, squash noodle was good but salty. steak cooked perfectly. dessert was good, a bit sweet tho. coffee was good too.

great wine selection.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I love to visit New York! This time we wanted to enjoy one of its dining icons. The servers were especially outstanding—very professional, very attentive, and yet very friendly. The food was superb and the atmosphere sophisticated and cozy.

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h
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's really an awkward tiny room upstairs of the big bustling restaurant 21. It has a fixed menu that was not impressive. It's like a private dining room that serves you out of the same kitchen as 21. I wanted to be downstairs where it was packed and more lively. I would say save a few bucks and just go down stairs. The service was ok but just really stuffy atmosphere.

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CK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to this NYC institution as a bucket list item, and were not disappointed! We started wth drinks in the famous downstairs bar, then went upstairs for dinner. Stephen and John McD provided excellent service. The prix fixe menu had so many wonderful options, it was difficult to choose. We hope to return some day.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Stephan and John were entertaining and helped make our Anniversary celebration special.

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OT
Memphis
74 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time back after it was reopened, and we were amazed at the decor, the food and drinks, and the fantastic service!!! We felt like royalty!!

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S
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Class dining experience

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Give yourself plenty of time. An hour and a half is not enough to get all four courses no matter what the waiter says.

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MB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you're looking for an elegant,civil, quiet, intimate dining experience with wonderful food this is a great choice. Service was superb, friendly but just a bit removed but attentive. The room, which is windowless with a few lovely NYC murals, high ceilings and banquet seating, was all but empty. Tough to rate the noise levels as it was all but silent. I had a wonderful center cut filet mignon, probably about 6 ounces (just right for me). My wife had rack of lamb which was perfectly prepared. Downstairs is more of a 'scene'. Upstairs is a different experience altogether and one I'll look forward to repeating.

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VG
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived and promptly seated upstairs. Small but very attractive dining room. Pleasant service staff, great timing between courses. Impressed with presentation. Special anniversary presentation for the desserts which was a nice touch. Definitely the place to take someone special.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. They are very attentive and the food is wonderful. Everyone should go there for a special occasion.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious - the presentation was very nice. The service was excellent. The ambiance was great.

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HF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We spent over $400, and were served bland, cold food (from a prix fixe menu with very ho-hum options with little description), were overcharged $20 for our wine selection, and had to tell our waiter to please make sure our entrees (lamb and Dover sole) were served hot. The sole and lamb chops (not the rack of lamb as stated) were warm, but the accompanying mashed potatoes (not asparagus as described by the waiter) and scalloped potatoes were not. We were given a complementary sorbet, since it was our anniversary dinner. It was the only item served with any actual sense of presentation. We are midwestern foodies who were looking for a classic fine dining experience in an iconic setting. Our "intimate" dining room was mostly empty on a Friday at 8:00 PM; with only two other tables of patrons (one so loud we could easily hear every word of their conversation). Disappointing, on all counts.

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NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. From the service to the food to the presentation. The Upstairs at the 21 Club has quickly become my go to place for special celebrations, and now whenever I go to the city. Quiet and serene, you are pampered by Stephen and Jon, the very best there are. Only about 8 tables so it is extremely personal service and I love it. Tuna Tartare (with a nice glass of Schramsberg Sparkling wine), Lobster Ravioli, Filet Mignon with wild mushrooms (and a glass of Honig Cabernet), upside down peach pie, trio of Creme Brûlée. It was an anniversary celebration and a memory we will have always. Kudos for being spot on each and every time.

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