Upper West

4.7
1838 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies
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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 1838 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not only was the food and service even better than we had hoped, but wonderful personal care was greatly appreciated. My wife has hearing impairment on one side and so I had requested in making my reservation a table that would be as quiet as possible. When we arrived, the hostess very discreetly and appropriately took us to one table, and very soon after said: “I have an even quieter table available if you like.” All was offered without a hint of condescension and in such a genuinely kind way. We were there to celebrate a double birthday party with special friends, and on our way to the theater afterward, and our waiter was so understanding and timely in bringing us the three courses of our delicious meal. We will most certainly make this a top choice restaurant whenever we are in Santa Monica.

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OT
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

This was my first visit to the restaurant. I had viewed the lunch menu on line as I do have some food issues and found it to be inviting. My friend and I arrived, were greeting warmly and seated right away. The tables were a little close together so the noise level was not perfect. I would not want to be there when it was super crowded. My friend had been there multiple times and always enjoyed it. I ordered a BLT sandwich and what I received was not what I expected. The sandwich was HUGE. Very thick bread, too much bacon (yes, there can be too much bacon) and a very strong dressing that took all the flavor away from the BLT. I did not enjoy it, so I took most of it home for my husband. He didn't like it at all and won't eat but a couple of bits. I informed him that every dish I saw delivered to patrons were piled high and the sandwiches were oversized. This could be a great restaurant for someone, but not for me. Sorry.

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V
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very attractive restaurant with a NYC vibe. Plenty of food and wine choices for all palates. Succumbs to the scourge of most restaurants today -- too noisy for having a meaningful conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent foos! Creative and delicious. It service was quite slow but overall we had a great dinner.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything: the drinks were delicious, the food for DineLA was amazing, and the ambiance was perfect! Thank you for sending over the birthday shots!

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DK
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second visit and both times were excellent. I had Chicken Tawook, I have never had such perfectly cooked chicken in my recent memory, fabulous dish.
The burrata salad was delicious and refreshing. The iced tea was clear and fresh.
I can’t wait to go back.
Well done.

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IO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

When I booked the table, I noted it was our anniversary, so I would have expected some kind of attention paid to that, and perhaps not been seated between the bar, and a party of 30. I wasn't expecting a quiet candle-lit dinner, but I could barely even hear our server, and that was BEFORE the party arrived. Despite that, and having to shout a bit to be heard, the food and service were good.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. The food, the vibe, the space, the people. All great.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upper West has great food and drinks love the location and the decor. Curried chicken salad and crab cake sandwich are delicious. Sangria could use a little work but they have a full bar and cocktail selection both virgin and alcoholic.

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TP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, friendly, prompt

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A
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Reservations were honored. The food and service were great.

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JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive service, wonderful variety of foods not found at every place so you can experiment and surprise your taste buds. Wonderful selection of beers and wine.

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our 27th Anniversary dinner and Upper West was wonderful. My wife had the blackened salmon and I had the pan fried sea bass and they were both fantastic. My wife even ate a lot of asparagus which she would never previously eat because of the delicious sauce that was served on it. All in all a very pleasant evening with a very cordial waiter who made sure we had whatever we needed. They even brought out a desert of coconut ice milk with a candle on it . Delicious!

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M
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent food. amazing service. i would highly recommend

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FF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have dined at Upper West many times. The food and ambience is usually great. The Ahi Tuna Tacos were amazing as usually, however, the baby back ribs were not great. The ribs were not tender enough and the barbecue sauce was too tangy. There also was a large group in the main dining area that were using a microphone so it was a little distracting.

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've eaten at Upper West several times and have always been impressed with the excellent food and beverage choices. In addition, the wait staff and owners are always cheery, helpful and accomodating.

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ML
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently enjoyable meals here!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, drinks, prices.

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GB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was Excellent ! 👍🏻
Food was above parr and was dependent on individuals taste .
Fish tacos were excellent.
Their Hamburgers looked very appetizing!
Will go hack !

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LV
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Appetizers were way better than the actual entrees

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LA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoy The Upper West — a great place for casual/elegant dining in Santa Monica. The food is creative, tasty and presented with flair. The setting is open and airy — perfect for a date or for a group from work. Prices are moderate — a great bargain.

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LG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!...food, service, owners made us feel very welcomed! I highly recommend!

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LD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have not been here in a while, but I still love everything about hits restaurant! The only negative is that it is a little loud, other than that, it is the perfect restaurant! The owner greeted us and remembered us form my 50th Birthday party, and I just turned 58, so it has been a while. :-)

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R
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been to Upper West several times and always enjoy trying new appetizers and enjoying some of my favorites like the roasted cauliflower. I look forward to the next visit.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great—noisy neighborhood place with awesome food and tremendous service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I ordered the short rib it was quite good, it is a crowded place especially for dinner but has a nice ambiance

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DT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not cheap, but worth it. Mussels were to die for. I’ll be back for those.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal!!! Food was excellent across the board!

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LG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We’ve dined here in the past and was reasonably pleased overall, but I think it’s lost something. The food was very mediocre, and the service was incredibly poor.
Our flatware was never replaced after it was taken twice!! And when our coffee came well after dessert, it was cold, and the server blamed it on the fact that they had a large party at lunch and it must have remained from that!!! So we were served coffee from lunch!!! Not returning any time soon.

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G
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were looking for a restaurant to take some out of town relatives to at the end of June. A couple co workers and friends recommended Upper West. Wanted to try out before bringing them. This is my favorite new restaurant
and am looking forward to having the experience my husband and I just had. Thank you

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic! We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday girl had a fabulous time.

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K
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had dinner here for my girlfriends graduation. Great food, would definitely come back.

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KL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable dinner! The service from the minute we walked in until we left was perfect. The entire meal was delicious, cooked perfectly and all plates were served at the same time in our large party. We've been to Upper West before, and it just continues to get better each time we go. They helped to make our family celebration one to remember.

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f
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the food, the energy, the cocktails and the prices of this place. Always buzzing and always a great experience.

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

ahi taco appetizers were great! It's fun to get an IPA and a bunch of appetizers. Easy metered street parking.

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food, my husband said it was the best salmon he's ever had. Loved my Wedge salad. Good vege and wine selections. But TOO LOUD !!! The noise level will keep me from returning. And yes, I'm old.

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M
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoy eating at this neighborhood gem. Great drinks, sides and appetizers. Very noisy though. Bar scene very lively.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love it here. Consistent. Tasty. Would love to see the Moroccan chicken russo go back to white meat!

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SB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A BD lunch for a dear friend. Four of us in the group. Wonderful food. Great staff. Nice ambiance. Love Upper West!

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is good quality and different from other restaurants! Very creative combination of food. Loved the paintings on the wall which changes from time to time. Service is great and drinks are creative as well. We go there often either with family or friends or even business meetings and it has always been good experience.

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