Good spotWe were a party of 10 celebrating multiple occasions and everyone seemed to be very happy with the food, wine and overall service. The appetizers were better than the entrees but the most notable was probably the flatiron steak.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good, serviceFood was very good, service as well. Four of us for dinner, all agreed the drinks had little to no alcohol in them. Had three martini's each, and felt as if had none - and two of us are known as 'real light weights' when it comes to drinking. Our bill was the only indication that we had drinks from the bar. If you are going for the food, I would recommend - otherwise stick to beer and wine, it's cheaper and you get what you pay for.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMmy go-to spotWe love coming back to this place! My bf and I always default to Upper West - love that's so close to our place.
Happy Hour Mondays are awesome. The food is great - and while the parking situation can be a bit of a drag - there is valet.
Luckily I always find a spot on the street.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife thought it comparedMy wife thought it compared favorably with Chez Panisse6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGood foodEnjoyed lunch. But the music was a little too loud. Would like to go for dinner but afraid I t would be too noisy. All hard surfaces nothing to absorb the sound5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible as usualThis is a neighborhood haunt that I frequent often both for lunch and dinner. The food is always terrific and consistent. This last visit we enjoyed the blackened salmon and chicken kabobs. Fabulous. Tuna tacos - amazing. Interesting wine list. Staff are always courteous, pleasant and knowledgable; never intrusive.
The one minor negative is the noise level. While we love the energy, it does make if difficult to converse.
We'll be back soon.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMMac 'n cheese is so filling,Mac 'n cheese is so filling, but delicious and creamy. They had a special scallop sashimi market app which was inventive and unusual and tasty. The veggie burger is one of the best I have ever eaten - flavorful, moist, and filling. It even convinced the non-vegetarians in our group. Beer list is inventive and the flight tastings are a deal. Ice cream cones are a fun treat at the end of the night. Overall, we are converts and will be back whenever we are in town again!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA fantastic neighborhood findWe were looking to try a different restaurant so we decided to give Upper West a try. Our server, sorry I forgot your name, was a sweet woman who was very attentive without being intrusive. We tried the ahi tacos and the broccoli salad to start. Both were had delicious flavors but probably a bit of a smaller portion than we had expected. I tried the whiskey/rye flight and it was great considering that my options were pretty vast. My girlfriend tried their spicy margarita. To her it was a little too spicy and I thought the flavor was a bit too vegetal, likely from too many muddled jalapeños. For entrees my girlfriend had the crab cake which she liked and I had the burger. Both entree options were very good and plenty of food for the price.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMVibrant gem with unique dishesWe went at 915 pm on a Saturday night and upper west was packed! The service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. They have a decent wine list. I was debating between 2 cabs and the waiter was nice enough to bring me over a tasting if both so I could decide. It was so sweet! I also had a lychee martini there (hard to find and one of my faves) but it was too syrupy sweet. I had the duck meatball ramen--really yummy!! I also tried the roasted corn soup-thick, creamy and very yummy.
I would definitely go back. It was a little loud but the food was yummy and excellent service.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat comfort food and serviceExcellent experience from beginning to end'
Comfortable place with great service and
very satisfying food.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMHappy Hour at Upper WestWe stopped in for a quick bite last Friday evening during Happy Hour. The service was efficient and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistent - InnovativeLove this place - seems to keep getting better with each visit. Innovative food, always tasty, great happy hour too.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMUpper West GemThis was a great Mother's Day outing for me and my kids! (teenage age). Everything was wonderful. My only criticism was when I took my last sip of my delicious pinot to get a mouth full of the dregs of the bottle (not a little...a whole mouth full). I mentioned it to our waitress who was so apologetic and offered me a fresh glass. I couldn't take her up on the offer since I had an hour drive. But I was a bit disappointed to watch her tell the manager, who I could tell, blew her off. Otherwise a perfect evening!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNice experienceGreat food, excellent service. Salmon, burger, and Ahi Tuna Appetizer, all good.
Veggie Burger okay.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceI love Upper West. I have a great experience every time. Join the mailing list to get incites to special tastings and menus.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this place! The foodLove this place! The food is great, the people are nice, the location is convenient, the prices are good. Will be back again and again.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMSelf park and save $6I both read and heard the place was "trendy," so I thought it would be just ok. Well, from the gentleman who sat us to the server and food runners I was wrong...it was more than ok! We really enjoyed the place and would recommend UW to anyone listening.
My only criticism is the Mac and Cheese was not something I would order again and the valet parking was $6.00 (it's against my grain to pay for parking, let alone $6!).4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was amazing. I triedThe food was amazing. I tried 5 people's food and they were all awesome. Mac n cheese was truly impressive and so were the braised short ribs. Also the salmon was great too. Good beer/wine selection as well. My first time there but will be going back soon.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for lunch or dinner.Great for lunch or dinner. Great bar selections and craft beers. A bit on the noisy side but that is part of the dining experience . At night they show classic movies on the wall in the patio section.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGood But LoudThe food was excellent. The service was helpful and good except our entrees came within minutes of our appetizers so that felt a bit rushed. It's got a nice ambiance and, at least the night we were there, all their bottles of wine were half off which made it easy to order one. But, given how full the restaurant was-- even on a Tuesday night-- noise was an issue and it made comfortable conversation difficult. So if you're looking for a happening place to bring a date where you won't feel pressured to talk, I'd say this is a great choice. If, however, you're interested in enjoying a good meal while catching up with friends-- and don't want to feel like you need to shout to be heard-- I'd look elsewhere.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMrestaurant staff was veryrestaurant staff was very helpful. Loved the corn soup and the lamb crepes.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe continue to love this restaurantWe continue to love this restaurant. Great food, good ambiance, terrific service and in general we always love it here.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent food and great service.excellent food and great service. portion size was just right for not being stuffed and still making it for dessert. the brioche bread pudding was outstanding. the mac 'n cheese was excellent, a really nice blend of cheeses used. they also had a very nice selection of beers on tap, especially those from stone brewing co.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe LOVE Upper West. EasyWe LOVE Upper West. Easy access off freeway (though street parking is sometimes a pain). I liked the older menu better, but it is great!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMA few round tables for 6/8A few round tables for 6/8 top groups that want to enjoy all the members of the party would be an step up4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visit, will return.First visit, will return. Service and food were very good. Would recommend4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMCrack friesChipotle sauced fries are amazing!!! Also, all of their cocktail are great! Been there quite a few times... never had a bad thing on the menu and we always order 1-2 orders of the Chipotle sauced fries for the table. They are too addicting to pass up.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!Been here a couple of times and had a great experience each time. The food is good, the restaurant and bar are always full, and the ambiance is great. I definitely recommend it.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMVery great ambiance for theVery great ambiance for the dining experience. The food was beyond exceptional, and there were plenty of great drinks to choose from! Highly recommended!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing place, great food,Amazing place, great food, impeccable service and great ambiance. Great place for a diner date or birthday parties.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI have yet to have a bad meal--orI have yet to have a bad meal--or a bad dish at Upper West. It's hip and fun with a terrific, eclectic mix of people of all ages.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWarm Goat Cheese Appetizer is OMG!Chef Nick's new warm goat cheese appetizer is off the charts! It's very rich -- good to share (though we each had our own without regret). I already knew when I walked in that I'd be having the flatiron steak and a cosmo martini, and so I did. HEAVEN. In some eateries when you order the same dish several times over a period of time, you find it may have changed or been prepared differently. But not here. The cuisine is not only divine but consistent, which is very important - especially for locals who dine here often and want their expectations met. For me, the flatiron steak (on a bed of warm bacon bleu cheese slaw) is completely addicting. Chef sent over some bread pudding in honor of my husband's 60th birthday. Murder at first bite.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMI was there for lunch andI was there for lunch and it wasn't crowded so it wasn't noisy.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMMy dinner experience at UpperMy dinner experience at Upper West would have been among the best were it not for the deafening noise, due to much-too-high music volume. All the dishes my guests and I had ordered were excellent. The staff was helpful and friendly. The prices for both food and beverages were reasonable. I'll go back again and I'll go back more frequently if they decide to turn the music down. I know I'm old fashioned, but I like to be able to converse with my dinner companions.....3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and FabulousUpper West has become one of our favorite restaurants. The cooking is creative and delicious, the servers are all really nice and helpful, and the atmosphere is young and a lot of fun. A great vibe. Everyone is happy there -- and they should be. Terrific food at reasonable prices. GO! You won't be disappointed.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat FoodFood was great. We got the filet and the burger, and they were cooked & paired perfectly with the sides...I especially love the bacon in the mashed potatoes!
Tuesdays if half off bottles of wine. Great deal.
Restaurant is a little loud, which isn't ideal if you are looking to have a quiet conversation.
Service was legit. Everything was coursed perfectly,and came out as expected, but it did not have much of a personal-vibe at all. Which is good and bad depending how you look at it. On one hand I am there to talk person/people in my party, but on the other hand I still want to feel like I'm not just another table.
In all, I am glad we tried it. I would eat there again, but with so many other choices in SM, it might be awhile3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome food, and super funAwesome food, and super fun and trendy atmosphere!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWith their tasty drinks, happyWith their tasty drinks, happy hour deals, and decadent fries, Upper West has all the ingredients of a successful restaurant in this part of town... but it's their bacon sandwich that I dream about. There are also great sides and vegetarian options. We've been twice in three days and are already planning the next trip. The service was stellar, but we got the same great waiter both nights so maybe it's just that Clay is awesomeness walking. Everyone else was friendly and welcoming as well, so it's more like this place has a great vibe and that always attracts good staff. Street parking under the freeway or by valet if that's all gone.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMNEVER Disappoints!I love this restaurant - it never disappoints! Food, service, atmosphere..all fantastic.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM