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Ouest Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ouestny.com
  • Phone: (212) 580-8700
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Tue: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Wed - Thu: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Fri: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sat: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sun: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Sunday Brunch: resumes after Labor Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wild Game, French
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Valenti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: BTW 83rd and 84th
  • Public Transit: m104 bus
    1 Subway to 86th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Central Parking Garage
    150 west 83rd Street
    between Amsterdam and Columbus Ave.
A word from Ouest
Ouest is a contemporary American Bistro, highly regarded on the Upper West Side and citywide. Executive Chef/Owner Thomas Valenti has created an oasis of fine dining and fine wines in a casual but sophisticated environment. If there is a special occasion (i.e. birthday, anniversary), please let us know if you would like a candle in dessert.

Corkage fee; $30. If you bring your own cake, it is a $3 per person plate charge.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My girlfriend and I had dinner at Ouest. We started at the bar where the bartender was very engaging and made excellent drinks. Dinner was excellent, the service was fantastic, and the price was reasonable. We had a very nice experience and would definitely go back to Ouest."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Restaurant week menu was great and varied and totally excellent. All around great meal with great service."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We went during restaurant week and was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful selection on the prix fixed menu. The service was wonderful they brought a dessert with a candle for my son's birthday. We had a great experience here. I would definitely go back, Even not during restaurant week."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My pork chop came out raw in the middle - twice! By the 3rd time it was put back on the heat so many times it would have been a better doorstop. An overpriced $30 waste. This place has gone downhill since opening.... Icing on the cake was manger did apologize but offer to comp. Mistake, big mistake."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Went Restaurant Week. Service was terrible and the food was not far behind. WAITED over 40 minutes for main entree. Several other tables in my section we verbalizing the same problems."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The barley salad was exceptional and the ravioli, superb! A warm, inviting atmosphere and excellent staff. Great place!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "What a wonderful restaurant. Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. This time I had the nicest waiter ever (not always the case) Someday Opentable is going to offer you the option of requesting specific waiters - think about how great that option will be. But regardless of who serves you this is a great place for a social dinner, or a business dinner. Never used it for a romantic dinner, but I bet that would work as well."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My wife and I are loyal, long-time customers. This time we brought another food-wise couple from outside the city, and they raved about the entire experience. The food was splendid, the service good and the noise level fine. Ouest has won two new friends."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My wife and I went here during restaurant week and had a very nice dinner. My appetizer, a lemon risotto with snails, and the entree, a river trout were both excellent. My wife had an excellent gazpacho and the river trout as well. The desserts were also excellent. The server was attentive but not overbearing. The overall experience was very good and I would not hesitate to go back next time I'm in New York City."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Been going here for years, since it first opened. Used to be a regular until the front of the house and staff changed and I moved a bit further downtown. Food is consistently good. Bartenders are always welcoming and professional. Wait staff not at all friendly and clearly were annoyed and impatient that we sat at 9pm on a monday night. Wanted us to order right away. Didn't seem to care at all that we were trying to relax. In the future, I wouldn't go back on a monday close to 9pm, too annoying."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Restaurant week prix fixe very well chosen; food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Live on th east side, food was ok, but probably won't be back. Too many better restaurants in NYC to return or try."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was a NYC restaurant week visit...Ouest offered more than the usual choices on their menu! All quite good and well presented. I live on the UWS, but it's worth the trip for others."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Considering the price the food was disappointing, much below the level of the last two times I dined at this restaurant. Our waiter was unfriendly, service was very spotty and very slow. It took about 15 minutes for our entrees to come after the appetizer, and when our dinner dishes were cleared away it was about ten minutes before anyone came to take our dessert order. By that time our regular waiter had apparently abandoned our table and another very pleasant waiter took over. In the past I have raved about the food here. Not this time."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "For many many years I have said Ouest is my favorite restaurant. Sadly, we ad a dissapointing meal there during restuarant week. it seemed like they were trying to create a less expensive menu and they disn't offer good options. Also, for the first time, we had a bunch of different waiters instead of one waiter. Not good."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "There was a time way back when I recall Ouest being one of the better places on the UWS. For restaurant week, we had an unfortunate combination of decent but not exciting appetizers and main courses. The desert might have been the highlight but nothing to write home about. Moreover, the waiter was inattentive if not rude and on top of it, credit card billing issues. I saw either a concierge or manager floating about but this person had not the sense to manage expectations let alone the staff. I really can't recommend someone dine here."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "SCENE: Fun red seating booths, nice interior. Older, local crowd or couples on dates. FOOD: Went with 3 friends for Restaurant Week - delicious wine, mixed reviews on the food: loved the gazpacho (amazing flavor), the raviola was a bit plain but not bad, the passion fruit dessert was out of this world (also tasted the steak entree which was ok, nothing special and the chocolate cake, also nothing special). SERVICE: Service was ok, 3/5 stars. Our waiter made a point to say he only had one more fish entree left and then he said he only had one more of one of the desserts left. We found this odd.. like he didn't want us to order it?! Otherwise he was fine.."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The appetizers were great, I had the gazpacho, my friend had the risotto. Then we both had the hanger steak entree, I never ate a steak so tough, both of us felt it was inedible. Normally, I would have sent them back, but my friend didn't want to wait for another meal. The deserts were both excellent, I had the panna cotta, he had the lemon tart. So, only the main course was a complete miss, which surprised me, as Quest has always been known for their meats!!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. The risotto appetizer was truly great, as was the hanger steak. The was the first time my wife and I have been to Ouest and it will not be our last. We enjoyed everything about the experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Ouest is a GREAT gem on the Upper West Side! We are NEVER disappointed!!!! Love this place!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner on Sunday. We've been there several times. The restaurant is excellent, reliable and quiet. We had the Restaurant Week Menu. We had the lemon risotto with snails, the ocean trout and the deserts, which were very tasty. When we arrived, the hostess seated us right away. The service is very well organized and efficient. The waiter was very nice and polite."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Escargot was great as well as my skirt steak. I asked for a high chair when I made a reservation on opentable and they had it all set up! Surprisingly, most restaurants forget about it and you have to remind them when you get there. But at Ouest, they were on top of it!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food is quite good. At a lower price point, it would get 5 stars but for $30-$40 per entree the expectation is quite high and the food nearly delivers. Presentation is very nice, and the flavor and technique are at a high level. Everything we had was quite good - the barley salad was fun and tangy, the escargot were very nicely prepared, pork and steak were very nicely done and presented. The desserts were rather small and disappointing, though, except for the cappuccino sundae which was excellent. Ambiance is great, feels like an old-timey place with red leather benches, but also definite modern feel with the fixtures. Overall, I would recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was great, waiter was delightful. I'm pretty sure anything you order will end up delicious."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I've been here many times, but this was my first Restaurant Week experience. My friend and I started with lemon risotto with escargots, which we agreed was delicious. This was followed by a smoked pork chop entree and a hanger steak entree. Both good, not great. I'm not usually a fan of prix-fixe meals, and this confirmed my feelings. I love this restaurant, and would much rather choose from their regular menu which does not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was very good, and the ambiance is great, the service however was really slow. 6:30 reservation and did not leave until close to 10pm. For ex. ordered bottle of wine, the server presented bottle but did not return to pour for twenty minutes. In addition, the hostess assumed our long-winded dinner was due to our conversing, as she came over at one point and asked us to relocate to the bar because she needed the table--she did offer to buy us drinks to make up for the fact which we said no. At that point we were actually trying to leave and waiting for the server to charge our credit cards so it was upsetting. The host should have checked with the server about the table and would have learned that we were trying to settle our bill."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Dined for the first time at this restaurant during restaurant week. Had looked on the website at the menu and decor. The red leather booths and atmosphere were mentioned. Had an early reservation at 5:30 pm for two people. Restaurant at that time was almost empty yet we were taken upstairs to an area with wooden square tables with table cloths. As the restaurant began to fill up, there were several tables downstairs with the red leather seating where two people sat at one end and another party was seated a few chairs away. The dining venue wasn't what I expected; however, the food was delicious and portion sizes larger than other NY restaurants. The lemon risotto was outstanding. Very convenient location for dinner before Beacon Theatre."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Red leather banquettes and mellow wood paneling lend grown-up sophistication, a rare pleasure on the kid-friendly UWS. Food is consistently solid and worth the price, especially the prix fixe option. Unfortunately they had run out of the featured rose and warm-weather gazpacho by 8:30 when we ordered dinner. Other pleasant choices were found, so hardly a disaster. But still a small disappointment on an otherwise lovely evening."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Ate there pre-concert. The food was divine! Soft shell crabs with a rice corn side, nothing was left. Martini was best ever!. Beautiful red leather banquet seating."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The ambiance is comfortable, the decor is soothing. The noise level is energetic. The star of the evening was the food, all of which is highly recommended, especially the gazpacho, the pork chop and the hanger steak. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The seafood salad was excellent, and the restaurant helpfully split it for us to share. The octopus was good. Restaurant let us order corn risotto -- an accompaniment to another dish -- as a side order by itself. It was delicious. The hangar steak was also very good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, our meal (gazpacho, skate, crab) was excellent. But the service went beyond attentive into "we want you out of here as quickly as possible." Plates were cleared as soon as knife & fork touched a plate; dessert menus were placed even as plates were removed. In addition, the room was exceptionally noisy. Based on previous visits, we expected a more relaxed experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We saw Ouest when we were walking down the street so I Yelped it and the reviews sounded interesting. It was great. The server was knowledgable and nice, the food was delicious and approachable. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Tried and true. Food and service are always excellent."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a pretty good meal here over Fourth of July weekend.they had prix fiix special which included soft shell crab-"sandwhich:which was nice-also oyster stew. the seats in bar were dark and not the most comfortable...,but i didnt realize there might have been a choice.perhaps sitting in the restaurant proper would have been a much more pleasant experience.may try that..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. So much food!!! All 5 courses were wonderful with one exception - the skate was way too salty. We didn't bother telling the waiter and ate it - our mistake as I'm sure he would've done something about it. I've done tastings at other restaurants and I've never seen such large portions! The wines were perfect with each course. One in particular was so good that I asked the waiter to write the name down for me. When I researched it at home, I discovered that it was a $12 bottle - a true find! And lastly, the waiter was so professional and friendly - so much so that the dining experience was enhanced by him."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food was ok (not great) but they jack-up the cost for inferior cuts of fish (skate, sea trout)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, the table (on the landing) lovely and quiet. The service, however, was erratic - my dining companion ordered a before- dinner drink and it came right away. I ordered one, and it did not arrive until after the server had collected our salads. The salads arrived very shortly after they were ordered - then he brought my before-dinner drink - then the entrees arrived, almost too soon! Overall, a great place - just wish the service had been more calm and orderly."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everyone will love this restaurant. The service is amazing but also the employees the bartenders are great and talented we had Seth great drinks. The bus boys are wonderful my server was perfect. The Hostess we friendly and charming. Besides all that the food wonderful just wonderful. Rack of lamb, hanger steak, fried chicken all great I could go on but get dessert cappuccino Sunday yummo. Perfect"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were celebrating a special occasion, and Ouest is a very good choice for us - good location, good food, reasonable prices. Waitstaff very good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014