Upper West

4.7
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2002 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Upper West's ever-changing menu draws inspiration from around the world while maintaining eclectic flavors of our very own. Our bar offers a nightly happy hour from 5-7pm as well an all-night happy hour every Monday that serves refreshing craft cocktails, handcrafted beer, and a unique array of small bites that can only be enjoyed during this time frame. Some of the local favorites happy small bites are braised pork belly lettuce wraps, sausage and goat cheese and quesadilla
Our lunch & dinner menu is always evolving & includes ingredients sourced locally from the Santa Monica Farmers Market as well as local farmers such as Weiser Farms and Niman Ranch.
Upper West is the perfect place to book large reservations for 20 or more guests and is an excellent private party venue for hosting corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday festivities, rehearsal dinners and more.

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What 2002 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Betty
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I ventured out for our first "date night" romantic meal since the start of the pandemic and our county's slow re-opening. First up, Upper West is well set up to follow all the protocols for social distancing and safe food service. We made a reservation and sat on the patio. It was lovely! Breezy but not cold. We ordered cocktails, shared the octopus appetizer, then he had the short rib while I ordered the salmon. Everything was delicious, fresh, and chef-driven. The service was friendly and attentive (in full face shields!) As a special treat, our server brought us a delicious dessert, on the house! We lingered over a glass of bubbly, the evening out was that pleasant. Highly recommend. Support a local restaurant!

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Smiles
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service & ambiance🎉🎉

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice dining- sat buy open window so felt safe & distanced

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vipLisat
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice way to break quarantine. Very friendly staff delicious food will be back soon

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Smiles
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great service! Highly recommend

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OrvinC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated Mother’s Birthday with family gathering of 10 people. They were super accommodating when we had a plus one and our party became a group of 11. The server was very attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious, chicken kabobs tender, the mash potatoes the best, the cocktails were great and the food portions were fair considering it was a lil more upscale restaurant. There was an error on one of our orders but the server quickly rectified it, comped me a cocktail and didn’t charge me for the dish at the end which was nice of him. The Ambience is nice although it can be a bit dim at night. Overall a great experience and one of the few places to re open up for large groups and meet most safety guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Such great food and great ambiance!

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FrancesG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious and service was great. Hope you have a more tended menu soon.

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UpperWestFan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

All was good--and we will go back, for this is, to me, the best restaurant in LA. They have service bugs to work out, especially related to table attentiveness and wine pouring in light of social distancing. (E.g., keep pouring the wine so that tables do not have to have embarrassing conversations about whether and who at table might do it.) The same goes with water. Nobody wanted to touch the water container to pour themselves water, out of fear of worrying fellow diners.

If you have not been to Upper West, you owe yourself a visit! It is amazing, despite my notes above.

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BigFisch
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent. I ordered a dish that was vegan and asked it they could add Chicken, and of course I got "no problem" instead of grief. Very good ! Easy to recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A very cute place with a cool enclosed patio showing classic movies.
The food was decent, however they did charge us twice for the same meal, so check your bill before handing over your credit card!

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boilergirl
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Monica. Food, service, and wine/cocktail list are perfect.

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vipdynamite
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great salmon, perfect service, observant of Covid rules, Fred is the best!

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vipSCLadies
Sacramento
59 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A quick trip to LA this past weekend uncovered a new hidden gem! Upper West is doing a fantastic job meeting the new CDC guidelines and I will definitely be back.

Service-servers attend to all tables, which is amazing. You don't have to wait to find one person for a drink or to order additional food.

Food- Burrata is heavenly...slightly acidic and sweet balanced in each bite. I also ordered the avocado chopped salad and added spiced grilled chicken. It is amazing! I rarely take leftovers to the hotel, but I absolutely wanted to enjoy this again in LAX.

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JaimeC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is fabulous. We had the duck and the short ribs, highly recommend it.

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gramiko
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I would definitely recommend Upper West. We had a super meal--everything was delicious. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The fresh corn dishes were particularly good, as were the mussels.
We will definitely be back.

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vipdinearound1
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always delicious! Service was great.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was probably the best meal of my life! The wait staff was super friendly and the food was just off the charts. Thank you, Upper West! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love Upper West. It is our go to. Wonderful people, wonderful food, wonderful neighborhood feel

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vipfuntoeatout
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Our server was amazing. we celebrated a group birthday and had a great night.
everyone loved the food and the dessert was compliments of the house and yummy.
It was a bit too noisy to talk, however.

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vipwaldo
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alway a great dining experience.... Chef Nick is amazing!

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vipDebraB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and festive environment! Enjoy eating here and bringing family, friends and business associates.

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vipholidaydoll
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice place & good grub.

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vipDJDG45
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the consistently best restaurants on the Westside. Service, food, drinks are all top quality. Love Upper West!

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ChadZ
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot. Food is reasonably priced, creative dishes, and helpful staff. I'll be back!

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MaruP
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent service by Israel. food was great i wish for more vegetarian dishes
Love it !

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MarlaM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in all areas! And there are very few places that are fantastic, with great food AND you can make a reservation for 11 people the day before online.

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CristenP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Really great food- recommend the salmon chips and the cauliflower, and the chocolate crunch cake! service was a little slow but still a great experience

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NickA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing! Short Rib pasta special was probably the best of the items we had. Also, the salmon crunchy rice and grilled octopus were both great. Service was also very good.

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vipJdsearcher
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Actually the food was unique and very well presented. The seating was kind of divided into two areas and luckily we were seated in a quieter area where we could hear each other while we watched a classy film projected on the wall. All in all a fun evening with great food and good service.

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vipJoeV
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Met my lady here 10 years ago, and we went back to celebrate Valentines.

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ipierce
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service was very good. We definitely plan on going back.

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Gmez
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is excellent. The service was great, just a little too rushed.

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FrankS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and romantic atmosphere. We were seated immediately upon arrival and we’re delighted with the food and seating.

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jang
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as usual

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auburnfan
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I love this dining room - high ceilings, high windows that let in lots of light. Unfortunately, it is VERY noisy. My friend and I had trouble hearing ourselves and the waiter. We chose simple soup and salad -- the sweet corn soup was delicious, but the sandwich did not appeal to either of us. We felt disappointed. Clearly a popular place. Might try it again at a quiet time of day.

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vipVictoriaT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Oscars watching party. They screwed up our food order and my dad had to wait for his entree for a long time while we were done with our entrees. Table was so so, a little far from the screen.

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vipMelP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Points were not issued by Upper West for this reservation. I would greatly appreciate points being honored for this reservation that was fulfilled. Many thanks, M.M. Pillar

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DeniseS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

Wanted to love this as much as Border Grill, but it just doesn’t compare. The food was good- but not worth the $$

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vipalto
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

interesting menu... varied and appealing. service very attentive

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Upper West does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Upper West is rated 4.7 stars by 2002 OpenTable diners.

Upper West does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1552/the-upper-west.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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