Ouest
Ouest

Ouest

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ouestny.com/
  • Phone: 212-580-8700x
  • 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: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Starting Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • 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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Ouest reviews from OpenTable diners
172 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (101)fit for foodies (80)special occasion (65)romantic (46)notable wine list (26)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (21)great for brunch (11)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Disappointing. Early Sunday evening they were already out of two main dishes. They had no specials. After my kids ordered the soup of the day, the waiter came back claiming he made a mistake and the soup had changed. Left us scrambling to reorder. I ordered the soup anyway and had to return it because it was cold. Not a great experience.
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  • UWS "go too" place
    SkipBuzzVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Reliable UWSer with outstanding, uncomplicated fare. OK wine list but a bit pricy. Inviting ambiance. Very Good, friendly service. When in the area and in doubt this is the place!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamaskiVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food is always so good. A pleasure to return to time and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst dinner experience
    Alfresca
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We have been to Ouest many times in the past, at one time it was a 'notable' neighborhood joint. We opted to go for our wedding anniversary because it was a Monday night and we just wanted a low key but delicious meal. Were we disappointed!! Something has gone quite wrong over there. The snails appetizer were mistakenly served on rice, the salad watery and wiltedly overdressed. My steak was gray and dry not pink and juicy as requested. I sent it back but by the time it was redelivered I was done. The dessert would have been better in a diner. But the worst was the service, inattentive and uncomfortable, a bored waiter and a maitre d' who never once came to our table. Luckily we are so in love after 24 years, nothing could spoil our night!
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  • over priced
    susanVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was good but it is over priced and VERY noisy.
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  • Ellis
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always have a good experience at Ouest. Waiter was particularly professional and effective. Food quite good, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • starfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Even though we once loved Ouest, reality has set in and for what they are charging, one should get more bang for the buck. 3 sea scallops for $34? Ouch. $29 for chicken. An overpriced wine list. $15 for a relatively skimpy martini. I don't believe we will be going back any more (almost $200 for an early dinner on a Sunday for two - too much!).
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    fit for foodies
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  • A Classic
    Beanball
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The reception and service at Ouest are warm and professional, and the atmosphere is elegant and relaxing. The food is very good, including the roast salmon, roast trout, ravioli in broth and the seasonal mixed greens with a lively parmesan dressing. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit tired
    eaterly
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had heard that this was the best on the UWS. What we found was uninspired cooking. The Roqufort and endive salad was limp, the marinated beet salad was just diced beets on sour cream, and the double cooked pork chop was both too thick and undercooked. When we left I thought that we would have done better in the hamburger joint next door.
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    romantic
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  • upper west side winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    always a terrific meal at Ouest. The restaurant was busy but we never knew - the staff was attentive and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful celebration dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The short ribs with cavatelli was lick-the-plate delicious and the creamed spinach was so good. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ed in the Apple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent French inspired cuisine, spacious, considerate service, fairly priced, lovely evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • picky6VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Unfortunately our order was quite delayed and although we were given complementary wine and dessert it did not make up for the hour delay. Something is terribly wrong in the kitchen and needs to be fixed.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good meal
    Westside4dinner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Good food carefully prepared, especially the skate. Pleasant service and a good atmosphere. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Wonderful experience
    doitagain
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent
    jayb123VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Restaurant week menu was great and varied and totally excellent. All around great meal with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Son's bday dinner
    AstronginVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • under cooked and under impressed
    UWSguy
    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.
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  • Terribly Disappointed
    DeDeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
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  • Wonderful experience
    foodluvr4
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The barley salad was exceptional and the ravioli, superb! A warm, inviting atmosphere and excellent staff. Great place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Love this place
    JTNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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  • Ouest is the best!
    mmediaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty dinner, nice ambience
    Dhahran1980
    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.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • NoisyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Restaurant week prix fixe very well chosen; food was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Review of Ouest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Louise87
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
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  • Not so great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Went Downhill
    GpinNYC
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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  • 4/5 stars
    uesdine
    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..
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • We had the restaurant week menu
    Ciao
    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!!!
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  • Great UWS experience
    foodfeedback47
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Ouest is a GREAT gem on the Upper West Side! We are NEVER disappointed!!!! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On top of it!
    AidenVIP
    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!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good restaurant great ambiance
    Nick
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    YoYemiO
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was great, waiter was delightful. I'm pretty sure anything you order will end up delicious.
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  • Ouest
    Voracious
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    abogos79VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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