The Backyard at The W
The Backyard at The W

The Backyard at The W

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebackyardw.com/
  • Phone: (310) 443-8218
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilshire
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Backyard at The W
The Backyard captures the essence of California living with fresh salads and classic sandwiches using farm-to-table ingredients. Blending the comforts of upscale-casual dining with creative dishes and stylishly casual design by Thom Filicia, The Backyard brings a visionary fusion of extraordinary food, invigorating signature cocktails and a vibrant outdoor scene.

Listen to lounge music while you chat with friends and colleagues in the open air of this poolside hidden gem. Take a seat by the all-open bar on lime-green and chocolate-brown benches and tables under canvas umbrellas. Surround yourself in California palm trees and experience the ultimate relaxation while enjoying light bites by the pool.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Backyard at The W reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (13)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (3)fit for foodies (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)special occasion (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Absolutely Fantastic!
    FP2626
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is an amazingly gorgeous place with great food, great service, and a place to mingle with friends and enjoy a wonderful outdoor/indoor experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good lunch spot
    ribitlady
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Delightful lunch on umbrella covered patio with sounds of the waterfall. Good place to visit with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine for casual burger and beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    If you want a good wine list, excellent service and fancier fare this is not the place. To be fair it is right by the pool area and very casual. I wouldn't seek it out but if you're at the hotel already or near by it's satisfactory.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely place for an outdoor bite
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you stick to the simpler items on the menu, the Backyard won't disappoint. Good drinks. The salmon was not so good....farmed salmon, with a weird smoky tomato grit side dish that didn't enhance the flavor. The spinach and tomatoes, which would have been a nice addiction, we're over powered by dehydrated garlic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pets loved it!
    Parkerpullsnopunches
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Backyard at the W is a perfect setting for a lazy brunch with a pleasant staff, a great spicy bloody mary and a fun little menu for our little dogs. The omelette I had was fairly average but tasty and my husband had a breakfast pizza which was a better call. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • W is for winner
    winoVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A lovely pool adjacent outdoor venue for lunch. Food was very good; service after they noticed us was also. Not a great value frankly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What Happened to The Backyard
    robinVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This has always been my go to place to meet friends for lunch. We were there on Saturday, and it was terrible. The service was poor. We ordered Chopped chicken salad, which you would think has chicken. The salads arrived without any chicken. When we inquired, we were brought a small bowl of schredded chicken to mix ourselves. I was astonished that there was no apology, nor did they take it back to the kitchen to make properly. Another guest ordered an omelet, which was so small, he was still hungry. We waited a 1/2 hour after we ordered, for our dessert and coffee. Fortunately, it was a social lunch and we were not in a hurry, but I'm not sure I will return anytime soon. In the summer, it should be tops!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unhappy Hour
    Katgat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A friend and I went to the "Happy Hour" which had extremely limited and very pricey drink and food menus. The Happy Hour cocktail list included one drink: a rum punch that had a slight aftertaste of coconut dish soap (or what I would guess what coconut dish soap tastes like). We were told that the happy hour drink rotates nightly...they basically have a drink-of-the-day. So if you don't like the selection, you are left with their regular drink list (very pricey). There were also three happy hour generic wines. The food options were equally disappointing. Considering it was a busy night at the Geffen, you'd think the W would try to capitalize on the theater crowd by offering a better experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 49 reviews are from the The Backyard at The W reviews archive.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    An abysmally incompetent waiter ruined the evening. If there was a trained wait staff coordinated with the kitchen, then perhaps the courses would have been served in the right order and the food would not have turned cold. The Hotel patio is pleasant but the management is blowing it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quintessential California
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Lovely, outdoor California dining experience, poolside, surrounded by lush landscaping at the W Hotel in Westwood. Very trendy and elegantly casual. Nice menu selection including pizza, sandwiches, salads and several beef, chicken and fish entrees. A delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service needs to improve!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    So disappointed in the service at The back Yard at the W in Westwood. Had my daughters college graduation dinner party there. It took forever to get drinks and appetizers served. Then we sat at or table and no one came to take our order. Kept on having to ask for heaters, drinks, food. Spending $1000 on dinner and drinks I expect way better service. never will go there again!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I will be going back soon! I went her with my family to celebrate a graduation and a birthday. The staff was great and even the manager came to check on how everything was! We'll be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NewyearsVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were very disappointed. Even the furniture was raggedy. My husband ordered a chopped chicken salad. It arrived with no chicken and none of the advertised oranges. But the real topper was that there was smoking allowed right next to our table! There were 5 men smoking as we ate.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The boys and I took Mom out for a belated Mother's Day and we had never been to the backyard. It definitely exceeded our expectations. The outside venue is set up really well and our hostess and the manager were fantastic. The variety as well as the quality of the food was excellent as were the prices. We are definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great again!
    JudgeJoeVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our second celebration meal at The Backyard and it was a great time again, as it is an oasis in the city and worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    GreatFoodSlowService
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My friends and I were very sympathetic to the fact that only one waitress was staffed, but it was a Saturday night and it was busy. This meant our drinks did not come with our meal, and by the time our waitress checked on us, we were finished with our meal and she informed us that the beer we had ordered was out. She did not offer us another selection. It then took another 30 minutes for her to bring us our check. The food was great, but the service was some of the worst I have experienced.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    luvLAeats
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Love this place for happy hour - the pool and patio area is perfect for the summer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Atmosphere was quiet and relaxing for outdoor lunch. Food was good and server was pleasant. The timing of the food was really off though with all appetizers and entrees being brought out at the same time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Backyard find in our backyard
    JudgeJoeVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Having lived in Westwood for 35 years it is always a pleasant surprise to find that there is another indication of why this neighborhood is special. The W Hotel has been in the area for years, but we had never eaten in their restaurant until this past week, when a family celebration took us to the Backyard for lunch. It was beautiful, the food excellent and the service first rate. We will be back as the summer warms!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ambience and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The ambience and service were phenomenal. It was a lovely afternoon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining when
    Krilldette
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Great outdoor dining when it's warm. During the winter months, there's a see-through tent with heaters, which helps with the cold air.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not W caliber restaurant
    jessicaVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    We went for lunch and only the Backyard is open for Lunch, FYI. But really, they should have dining options inside the hotel restaurant downstairs as well. Like us, many tables were business diners, and people just don't want to sit under a tent for lunch with very little shade (the tent is clear). The food was ok (I got the salmon burger and would not get it again--too flat and very bland). The staff seemed overwhelmed. There were not enough tables and there seem to be too few servers. Our server was nice, but none of the staff was dressed very professionally. To me, if you pay that much for a hotel, you would think they would "up it" with the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When the weather is nice,
    EZRider
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    When the weather is nice, there's no better place to have breakfast, lunch or brunch in Westwood. Informal, yet elegant; the food is tasty and not too expensive. Do try their specialty cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the backyard
    Allie
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This was our third time at The Backyard and it's always good. We love the atmosphere and food. Our most recent visit on Saturday evening was the best service yet!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    TheHostess
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Pleasant suroundings. Arrived early and had a couple handcraftd drinks that were very nice. Menu suited various tastes. Memorable. Would definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • super wait staff and ambiance
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    the food was "ok"... pricing was a little high, but expected for the area. Friendly, prompt wait staff....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mini vacay
    Anni
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    I felt like I was on vacation. Waterfall, palm trees, lovely outdoor breeze. A great place for fabulous drinks, delicious food and friendly relaxed service. I will be back again this weekend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need more vegetarian options
    NiceVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Everything was great, I wish they had more vegetarian choices in food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't recommend this restaurant..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I do not recommend this restaurant because in the face of a bill of $ 112.27, I have been charged to the credit card € 100.88, much more than the official rate. When I asked for explanations put forward excuses not acceptable. I reserve the right to block payment of the amount charged in most.
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  • I'm reluctant to encourage . . .
    DeborahInLA
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    I'm reluctant to encourage people to eat here, because it is such a gem, with limited seating. The seatting is idyllic; it's hard to believe you're in bustling LA when you're up there. Just magical!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Well... you would expect more from a W Restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive Lunch with a pool view
    Chopped
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Obviously with Hotel Dining you can expect an upgrade in pricing due to the nature of the business. Expect to pay $50 for a meal and 1 drink at the W. It's worth it to experience a bit of an oasis during the workday, however you pay a hefty price for what you get.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pool "restaurant"...
    CurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    casual, not certainly a place to "dine"; but the food is good, the surroundings pool-like (look, you're eating at a hotel pool, not a restaurant), the service fine - though it is pricey for all that... A nice place for a summer lunch ...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    Taos
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I stayed at the hotel for the weekend. The restaurant stated that this was a sunday brunch. The menu was exactly the same as every other day of the week except adding Mimosa's to the list. Was a dissapointing fathers day...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Take a vacation for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Beautiful outdoor setting by the pool. If you're doing a business lunch in Westwood, why not feel like you're on vacation at a chic resort?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    We had a great birthday lunch and the menu selection was diverse. Service was excellent by all. Nice outdoor vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Tired menu that needs to be updated. Waitress used the kindergarten "we" which drives me nuts. Fir example, "What are we having today?". To which I replied, are you dining with us?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fancy Pants
    WestSidE
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    This is definitely one of the more grown-up and chic scenes in Westwood. The dishes I had were a bit salty, but nothing a beer or happy hour cocktail couldn't straighten out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Price
    FirstCustomer
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The quality of the food doesn't justify the price. I expected something more elaborate / meticulous.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mom was impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We were trying to find something out of the norm for Mother's day and we found success. Mom enjoyed herself. The food was great. We really loved the whole atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.