Nick is a genious
Nick (chef) is just an American food genious. His simple dishes made to the nth Degree are just amazing.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there this past Saturday night and it was really great. I was super excited to try it out and I was so happy that it was good! Good food, nice people, and great energy!
My friends and I started off with the tomatoe soup and I usually hate tomatoe soup but I was surprised to love it! Was craving it the next day. I got the burger for my entree and it was really good! It had goat cheese, arugula, sautéed onions and it was perfection! Can't wait to go back!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
DineLA dinner menu A+
Went to the restaurant with 2 other friends, all 3 of us got the DineLA choice. Since there were 3 of us and 3 DineLA options offered, we ordered 1 of each, that way we got to try everything on the Dine LA menu. The pork belly appetizer was amazing, so was the burrata, miso glazed duck and apple meatballs. The ahi tuna entree was ok and the braised beef shortrib was good too. We also ordered the lobster gnocchi which was A++++.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love This Place
This restaurant has great energy and the food is unique. I had the blackened Salmon which was cooked perfectly. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. I wish they had a bit more of an intimate setting with booths, but the scene is worth checking out. I know we'll be back.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of fun
seems like a great place for a big group. Was a bit loud for a quite dinner with my husband, but a small, well curated menu, great beer list, and something for everyone should make this a go-to happy hour spot
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
UW has been a mainstay for lunches and now I'm becoming a regular for happy hour. Tasty small plates and bar selections. A winner on all clients.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been wanting to try Upper West since the last few times DineLA rolled around and I have to say, I think it was the best DineLA experience I've ever had! Excellent food and service and generous portions! Nothing to complain about!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bit too noisy
Fits many groups and couples but a wee bit noisy. Nice ambience. Trendy menu. Could do with some regular bread, not soaked in butter. Friendly and attentive servers.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
Been here many times and each time is as good as the last. Reminds me of NYC. Friendly attentive service and tasty food. Great bar and yummy desserts. Highly recommend!!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another neighborhood favorite
Upper West has evolved a bit from a hipster hangout into a haven for food-loving mature adults. As is expected for a place catering almost exclusively to repeat business with high standards, its strengths are quality, consistency, and excellent service. The wines are well-selected but a bit price, but the beer selection of draft and bottles is outstanding. Always nice to come back to a friendly smile, great service, and excellent prepared food.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Nick and his staff are
Chef Nick and his staff are the best!
Creative food, drinks, and ambiance .
Thank you again for an amazing evening .
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where's the beef?
The food was really good and the burger was very tasty but it was really small. We asked if perhaps they had given us the burger off of the happy hour menu and they insisted they didn't. We then saw other burgers come out, some smaller and some bigger, they seemed to be very inconsistent.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The right kind of place prior to a late evening performance. We're a bit older so the lively energy in the restaurant certainly paved the way to the 10 pm music performance we were attending. The food and drinks were very good. We like sitting at the bar and our bartender was very attentive and friendly.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flavorful and Tasty
Upper West is a great neighborhood gem. Although the noise level is on the high side, the ambiance and the attention to service was great. We started with two appetizers. The pork belly had great flavor, just a bit disappointed that it was a bit too fatty. The carpaccio had nice acidic balance with the caper honey dressing and the cumin tzatziki. Very flavorful. the Roasted Filet Mignon was very good with it's accompaniments. Spiced Tuna Loin on top of wild mushroom quinoa salad, cilantro, kalamata & sweet corn relish. What a great dish. Perfect balance from tart to sweet. Wine list was very affordable. We settled on a Zinfandel which was a nice pairing with our dinner entrees. Can't wait to go back to try the other items on the menu.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun atmosphere but noisy
A really nice menu and great drinks. The food is excellent, the presentation is beautiful and the drink choices and the wine list are extensive. It's a fun place with lots of energy. We went with another couple and conversation was challenging. The fact that films were being shown on the wall behind us was distracting to the people across the table from us.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Needs some attention
This is definitely a terrific local gem. Had a delicious dinner with friends. BUT the service was very inattentive unfortunately and a big drawback! We were seated immediately when we arrived (early) which was great, but then sat for over 15 minutes with no server, no drinks, no appetizer while we waited for our friends. When we eventually met our server she was very pleasant and informative. Finally ordered drinks and it was another 10-15 minutes! It was not overly busy, either. Really good food, will give it another try, however if the services remains poor, there are other equally good restaurants that respect their customers more.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is one of my top 3 on the westside; if you want to have amazing food, great ambience, in an intimate or large group setting - this is the place for you. They have a fantastic wine selection also, that is always evolving.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
TRY THIS PLACE
So, I drive by here all the time and finally made reservations. What a good call!!. THe food was outstanding and the portions are more than generous for the price. Great Cocktails TOO!. We tried several appetizers but I would have to say that the best thing we ordered was the key lime tart dessert. TRY THIS PLACE
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us had dinner so we had a chance to sample a number of dishes. Cocktails were tasty. Solid experience
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprising Little Find
The menu is very interesting. I chose Upper West because of another review that said that the veggie burger was great. it did not disappoint. But there were so many other items on the menu that looked interesting that I am compelled to go back to sample more. The Green Iced Tea was great for those of us that have to drive a ways to get there, however, I did see a few wines that I would have liked to try.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the last two visits very much. The short ribs are outstanding and I don't usually eat beef. Had to order them again.
Excellent waiter who remembered the type of wine I like the second time I came.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upper West Rocks!!
First time at Upper West...really like the cool neighborhood vibe. But the food is the star of the show! We started out with a delicious creamy burrata and flavorful beef carpacio! The pan fried filet mignon on a creamy potato puree was so good I wanted to like the plate clean LOL! Veggie burger was good. Service was friendly and efficient! Our waitress recommended a wonderful Pinot Noir by Alfaro. Bread pudding was so good and I don't even like bread pudding...LOL!
We will be back!!!!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We tried Upper West because of its location and were pleasantly surprised. We were seated right away. Everything we ordered was very good. We shared the burrata, which was nice and creamy. I had the chicken tawook with chana masala, which was tasty, but needed a side dish. My husband had a veggie burger; he knows his veggie burgers well and rated this top notch. We would certainly return.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got all small plates, and the raviolo was definitely the highlight. The whiskey sampler is also a must. Can't wait to go back and try some of the entrees.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Right from the start as the
Right from the start as the hostess greeted us & led us through a large party that was arriving....warm & friendly & no attitude. She gave us a choice of tables and made us feel right at home. The service here was excellent. We were never rushed and ended up staying for 3 hours. We are wine drinkers as a rule, but tried the cucumber martinis and stayed with that. Delicious and refreshing! The veggie burger was wonderful, my friend loved her steak. Vegetarians need to be watchful....some items sneak in some bacon (ugh) & so you need to read all those ingredients listed carefully. Loved everything about this place & look forward to going back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still Bringing It
I was happy when Upper West moved into the neighborhood as it was still the beginning of the gastropub scene in LA. Lots of similar places were emerging from Venice to SiLa. But Upper West, while making changes to it's menu to reflect new culinary creations, remains at the top of the heap. Wonderfully projected films on the walls, sliding glass walls to bridge inside and outside space, the romantic strings of little white lights, and the changing art on the wall, all give the sense of a curated space. And such care is shown as well in their dishes and cocktails. If the bar gets busy, the drinks do suffer so it's best to stick with the wine when it's packed. But indulge in the swordfish appetizer, burger, salmon, or great salads.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
monday happy hours
Upper West has great happy hour cocktails and food items that go on until 10pm on Mondays!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, very noisy
My husband and I are in our early 30s and still find this place really loud. But that will not stop us from coming since the food is outstanding. We've never eaten or drank one bad thing. Try the raviolo appetizer, flat iron steak for sure.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Being a pretty unadventurous foodie I made a reservation at Upper West
Because it got good reviews and it was in close proximity
To a concert venue that I was attending after dinner.
The menu is not average in the sense that all the dishes have creative flair.
I had a chicken kabobs marinated in a tomato based sauce with garbanzo beans and peaches.
Flavored with mint and pepper relish.
Sounds unusual eh??
It was incredibly good.
My date had a spiced grilled crab cake flat bread and home made Saratoga chips and she loved it as well.
The service was excellent but it being Emmy night they weren't very busy.
A word of warning. Park legally in the area. Lest you want to pay $63 ticket:-(.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Family Birthday for 6
My husband and I have been in for several happy hours the last 2 or 3 months and have loved the wines, even house wines and the appetizer's are very tasty and some are happily different than the usual appetizers to be found locally. Our daughter's and husbands also were very happy with our dinner menu and the very generous and delicious bread pudding for the 'Happy Birthday' wish/song. We sang in a whisper.
It won't keep us away, but noise level is pretty high for trying to converse at dinner. I continue to be mystified as to what the thinking is behind this, and it seems like it's derigeur?
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A sure thing
My husband and I tend to get into a rut by returning to the same restaurant. However, when we return to Upper West we are always delighted. Their menu is so varied we can always find as little or as grand a meal as we chose, healthy or not. Their service is prompt , efficient and charming. It is our favorite pre movie dining. We are so glad you are local- WHAT A PLUS!!!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, WAY TOO LOUD
The menu included lots of interesting choices and the kitchen really delivered. Everything we ordered was outstanding. However our meal was ruined by the fact that it was so difficult for us to have a conversation while we ate dinner because it was so noisy in the restaurant. I don't understand why people have to yell across the table to speak to one another, but my friends and I do not like to yell and we eventually gave up trying to talk to one another during dinner. It is a real pity that the noise level cannot be controlled because I don't think I want to return to the restaurant and leave with a headache again as I did on this occasion.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything ordered was excellent
All food items, including the flat bread, mac and cheese with side salad, and flat iron steak were excellent! The service was excellent too!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met a friend for dinner with 6:30 reservation. The staff were absolutely spectacular - as the evening went on (we sat, ate and talked for 3 hours) the server never rushed us, but on the contrary made us feel like welcome guests. I ordered the seared duck breast and my friend had the filet mignon - both dishes were outstanding.
The wine list was very exciting, lots of options, and again, I can't comment enough on how knowledgable and welcoming the staff are at Upper West. The maitre'd came by each table throughout the evening just to add a personal touch, and to again, make every one at this VERY busy establishment feel like they were the special guest of the evening.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu with exceptional presentation. They even make grilled cheese and tomato soup seem like a gourmet meal. Servers and hostess are friendly.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We truly enjoyed the inventiveness of the menu, from the blackberries on the burrata to the apple-duck meatballs. It was late, so the place wasn't full which was a break 'cause when it is full, it can be too loud to enjoy the ambiance with alll the hard surfaces and check to jowl seating. Tonight, we could hear each other speak, the service was wonderful, and the menu it's usual amazing self.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our server - Israel! He was extremely attentive and an excellent waiter. Made our experience THAT much better!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meals for all six of
Great meals for all six of us. The burger is phenomenal. Check out the happy hour (food and drinks) menu if you're there before 7. Great deals!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great time at Upper West. Got the BLT- Amazing! Defienitely recommend.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Upper West. Server was very friendly, knew the menu well and the wine list and offered some great suggestions. The blackened salmon was delicious. Happy Vibe. A bit noisy. We never felt rushed and I loved that they had a movie playing without sound against one wall. I would go back.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having a great time the first
Having a great time the first time, great. But a great second? Awesome. Not only that, our server overheard a birthday toast and brought dessert with a candle. Over-the-top would have been comp-ing it, but still VERY impressed that he took that initiative (no, there was not a special occasion mention when I made the res.) Can't wait to test the menu further!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
From out of town, enjoyed our meal
Had to cut across town battling the traffic as a result of LAX shooting, but got to Upper West on time and had a great meal. Had the spicy ahi tuna tacos, pork belly, and wild mushroom raviolo as starters, wound up getting the fresh corn starter as a mis-order but we're glad we got the "gift" as it was actually better than we thought. Our party had the Duck Meatballs, Pork Tenderloin, Short ribs; all were very good, the short ribs was fall off the bone, the tenderloin cooked to perfection. Desserts were OK, thought the key lime tart shoulda been a little more "tart" but the peanut butter cheesecake was good. Would definitely return!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
I was thrilled to see the kale salad on the menu, the tuna tacos and lamb burrito were very good, the mussels delicious.
We ordered the burger, tuna loin, pork and fillet and all the dishes were very tasty. Loved the bread pudding and carrot cake icecream sandwiches for dessert.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Party of 10
Came here this past Sunday and was able to make reservations for a party of 10 online, unlike some places that require any party over 6 to call and speak with a mngr. It was the first time for all 11 of us (we had a late addition to our reservation & they accommodated with no hassle). I chose this place specifically for their everyday happy hour that inc. craft cocktails and delectable eats. I was a little disappointed to find out that despite being on the menu, they were not serving lamb or short ribs that evening. I highly suggest the lychee martini, cucumber martini or picante margarita and for bites, I really enjoyed the crispy glazed chicken. Our server, Maria, was attentive and polite. Luckily it wasn't one of their busier nights.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were both
Food and service were both very good and worthy of another visit.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always the best
Upper West is definitely one of my favorite places in LA. Everything I've tried in my many visits have been nothing short of amazing - Lobster Gnocchi, The Burger, Grilled Cheese, Veggie Burger, Burrata, Ahi Tuna Tacos...the list goes on. By far, the best desserts I've ever had at a restaurant! Just tried the Peanut Butter Cheesecake, with a roasted marshmallow on top that was just the perfect amount of gooey. Not to mention the peanut brittle on the plate for crunch.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
My New West Side Fave
What a beautiful restaurant with amazing food! We started off with the Braised Lamb Crepes, which were phenomenal--the raisins and curry sauce were really yummy. For mains, the Miso Glazed Duck & Apple Meatballs was delicious! Yes, it comes with ramen, and yes, it makes the dish that much more awesome. Two of my colleagues ordered the Lobster Gnocchi, and I definitely ate as many bites of that as they would let me. For sides, we got two orders of the Roasted Sweet Corn with Avocado Butter & Cotija Cheese. Let's just say... we should've made it three. To finish up, we got the Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwich as well as the Brioche Bread Pudding. Beautifully served & scrumptious!
Wine to try: The Imposter -- a fantastic Petit Syrah/Zin blend.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious, the
The food was delicious, the staff was friendly, the Ginger Martini was refreshing and wonderful. My only complaint was the server. He was not attentive, he forgot our salad, we had to ask for for water refills. He did not stop our table to check if we needed anything. We had to get his attention. He brought us our check before he offered us coffee and dessert. We ordered coffee and latte, he delivered 2 coffees. The restaurant was fairly busy, he was working with an assistant. So pesos he was having a bad day.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lot of fun
This restaurant is a lot of fun. The food is very good, and the scene is energetic without being frenetic. The space is dramatic, with interseting art on the walls and exposed polished beams overhead. We were there before a movie, and the servers did a wonderful job moving our meal along so we did not have any time pressure. I will definitely go back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Come early stay late
We came in for an early dinner and were surprised to find happy hour going on! An added bonus. By the time we left, the place was packed yet we were still able to converse without yelling over everyone else! Great food, good prices, friendly service. What else could you ask for, especially for a local, neighborhood place. Easy parking too.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM