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  • Address:
    2311 Cotner Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    West Los Angeles
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

UPSTAIRS 2 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.upstairs2.com
  • Phone: (310) 231-0316
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Todd Barrie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: UPSTAIRS 2 has been providing catering services for groups from 4 to 1000. Service can be provided to your home or other locations. The menus are customized to your taste. Few caterers talk about their ability to provide the correct pairing of wine and food so that your wedding, anniversary, birthday or special event is the hit that you expected. UPSTAIRS 2 also has a program for corporate lunches.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tennessee & 405 Fwy.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the roof where the restaurant is located. Street parking is generally available.
A word from UPSTAIRS 2
Upstairs 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Los Angeles, is pleased to announce that we’ve won a 2012 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award for Top 100 Wine List. Determined by more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners over the last year, the Top Wine List honorees each bested more than 15,000 restaurants.
"Our passion at Upstairs 2 is to provide our guests the best dining experience possible. We are always changing our food and wine pairings to keep the restaurant exciting to both new and repeat guests.We offer 40 wines by the glass on our ever- evolving wine list."says Sommelier Marilyn Snee
Thanks to all the diners who have helped Upstairs 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar earn this accolade in the U.S. and in Los Angeles. Be sure to reserve in advance, now that the word is out. Your table is waiting!

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "My best friend and I took our significant others on a double date here for restaurant week. We all ordered similar foods, we tried the crab cake appetizer, sirloin steak, veal, bread pudding and sorbet. In addition we each went with the wine pairing for an additional $20. Pros: Ambiance was very nice, it is a small restaurant so it feels intimate Wine pairing--I am not usually a pinot person, but the choices were excellent Staff--our waitress was very friendly and attentive Sirloin--I really enjoyed my steak and I think others did as well Bread pudding--It was rich and tasty and exactly what bread pudding should be Cons: The crab cake was good, but I wouldn't go back just for that Spicy Marg, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't that special"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They served poorly made cheap food, obviously trying to make money on DineLA instead of building their reputation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We go to Upstairs 2 about every month or so. Every other time we have been there, the service has been outstanding, the food delicious and the wines superior. This time, we were very disappointed - waited a long time to be served. We had to send the wine back, the food was dry and had no flavor and our friends who were there for the first time with us were underwhelmed. The parking lot was packed and they resorted to a valet, I understand, as a result of Dine LA. Perhaps that was the issue with the food - too many people and not enough time to tend to the flavor. We will give them another chance as we really like the people and have loved the food in the past."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had a terrific experience at UPSTAIRS 2. Our waitress, Morgan, had great suggestions for our menu selections. She was professional, as was the rest of the staff at the restaurant. All of the small plates that we tried were delicious and the Dine LA menu is a terrific value, especially with the wine pairings. The desserts were mediocre. We will return."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for a birthday dinner date. We are early 30s, and when we arrived the place was packed with people easily twice our age. We were the youngest by a mile. The ambiance is nice and the setting/furniture is modern, but the restaurant seemed stale overall. The food was average, the service was nice and attentive, but lacked polish. Overall, the night was average. Nothing was bad, but nothing was memorable. This is a cute spot and the promise of wine pairings is fun, but the menu and the clientele need a makeover to turn this into an in-demand spot. We likely won't go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "While visiting the Wine House downstairs I always wondered about the restaurant upstair. Food was excellent. Out waitress made a few mistakes but she was so nice and friendly all is forgiven. Could use table cloths."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Birthday celebration last Saturday night was so special. The lobster BLTs, elk, bison, and lamb were outstanding. Sommelier Marilyn picked the prefect pinot noir. Impeccable service. Our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I went to an early dinner (6pm) here before a movie. I don't want this to come off the wrong way but we were the only diners under 70 for the majority of our meal. I know it was an early dinner but it didn't add to the experience. Regarding the food... The crackers that came with the cheese plate were stale, our mahi was over cooked and with the exception of the mushroom ravioli everything else tasted average and the presentation was uninspired. Additionally, our server didn't seem to know much about the wine which is pretty shocking for a restaurant that groups their food by wine pairings."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Chef Barrie knows his clientele - always something new and interesting on the menu in addition to old favorites. And the same with the excellent wine list.I would walk from the Santa Monica Pier just to have his Dungeness crab roll and sea bean salad."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My friend and I was going to see a play so we wanted something close by. This was an amazing place. Food was unusual not the run if the mill Very good and have already suggested it to my sister and brother in law. Oh you have to try the chocolate Milton cake and the sticky Carmel pudding. You will fall in love!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Canceled our reservation after we had already taken a cab to the restaurant. Paid for the car and didn't even get to eat there."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This restaurant serves some of the best food in L.A. Serves small portions so you can sample many things and match food with recommended wines if you wish. We go early and it is very pleasant, service very friendly and excellent. But from about 7:00 it's too noisy for conversation, like so many places in this city. Tables are too close together for the most part, but at least they have made efforts to quiet the noise: drapes, soundproof ceiling, carpet etc. Go early and enjoy some of the best food & wine anywhere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "great wine selection and its nice to see that the menu pairs the wine and food together. An older crowd (+45)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I like to let the chef make my menu decisions for me, and this particular Thursday night "Chef's Whim" was wonderful. The staff is friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable so the whole experience was a good one."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food is great (although crab roll was "unusual") but everything else excellent (the BBQ ribs are terrific as is the elk). Wines are very reasonable and the Achaval-Ferrer Malbec a steal (and terrific). Homemade sorbets (more like granita) are tangy and tasty. A keeper!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This warm and unpretentious restaurant is a little gem in West LA, above the Wine Merchant. The grilled artichoke, bison and elk were excellent. The portion sizes are small...like large tapas and the prices are moderate. Easy on the wallet and the digestion! We stopped in for dinner before a movie at the Landmark on Pico...worked out very well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Love all their food! Always have a great time there and the service is personable and fantastic."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Not a bad experience, the bison steak was incredible...but that was the only notable thing I liked on the menu!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is our second visit. We made a reservation 30 mins prior to arriving for 7:45. We were surprised to see that they still had a table as this place is usually packed. Unfortunately, we had to wait over twenty minutes past our reservation time (plus we arrived ten minutes early). They did give my wife a free glass of champagne for our troubles which was much appreciated. We ordered several dishes that were incredible and one that was just pkay. The mushroom ravioli, the scallops with white corn, serrano wrapped dates and dungeness crab cucumber roll were SO GOOD!!! The rib eye was somewhat flavorless and more medium than the medium rare I ordered, and the sides were solid but nothing special. The sticky toffee pudding was awesome."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great service, great food and drink options. I liked that the ambiance was romantic and laid back. Definitely will be back"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Smart, with a New York feel. Excellent sommelier. Portions just the right size. Now open Friday and Saturday, too."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The best thing(s) about Upstairs are the chef and the sommelier. So you know the food and the wine are excellent. Friendly, efficient service is a plus. It's freeway adjacent, so the view isn't pretty , but who cares when you're eating and drinking the best?"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Loved the prix fixe menu and wine pairings - food was sublime."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Unique menu with wine pairings. I really do like this place. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The location is odd (by freeway), but they did a good job of making it comfortable. We love the small plate selections. Good service and relatively reasonable Yum"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times. For awhile it was variable but now our experience was great. Service was great and the lo corkage enabled us to bring our 2009 Flora Springs cab "Holy Smoke." Ribs were terrific and chicken egg roll like things were very tasty. All in all a great meal."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food and service good. Wine not so much, disappointing and very expensive. Would bring my own or buy a bottle downstairs next time."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening here. The service was attentive and the wine list exceptional. This restaurant is not much for beautiful views or scenic settings, but if you're focused on the food and the culinary experience, you won't be disappointed. Their wine list had all the wines I have come to know and love for a special night out. Their mark up is a bit high comparatively, which is odd considering they have one of the largest wine stores downstairs. You'd think with all that purchasing power, their prices on wines by the bottle would be more reasonable in the restaurant. So come prepared to feel gauged on the wine costs. But the food and service makes it worth it, mostly. For cocktails, we were disappointed. All else was great!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is a very noisy venue with tables set close together. The service ranged from good to bad, especially bad when we were trying to get the attention of the waitress to ask why our food was so delayed or to ask about the check. The small plates are very small. The food was fair to very good. The ham wrapped dates, tri tip and ribs were quite tasty but the scallops were bad. The remainder of the food was acceptable but not great. The wine by the glass selection was not notable. This restaurant is upstairs from the Wine House and they are related so I expected a much better wine offering. Further, I assumed that if you brought a wine from the Wine House (and proved it) there would not be a corkage fee - wrong - the fee is $10.00. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a restaurant of surprises. Wine experience is unique with out-of-the-box selections, careful thought and the ability for diners to experiment or not. The food is always interesting and innovative, and the portions are more ample than most small-plates-places, plenty to share. I took very sophisticated out of town clients here intentionally and it didn't disappoint."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Everything was as great as our last visit. Server made some great wine recommendations that worked well alone and with the food. The smaller item amounts allow all to sample a wide variety of tastes in one visit."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Upstairs 2 is a lovely neighborhood gem. Wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The Chef never disappoints."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Went back for second time with another couple. Had tasting menu with beverage pairing we were delighted, wowed, tantalized and intrigued. Every course delish and beyond creative - we are very experienced and critical cooks/eaters but we could never dream up or begin to prepare any of the magic. Will return!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is our second time back here. They have so many great small plates of food. They make it easy to pair wine with each. The service is Friendly and prompt to any of our needs. We love coming here we try something new each time but the standout items we cannot do without are the bacon wrapped dates and the cucumber crab roll. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great place first time I've been there and would definitely go back. We only had the small plates and they wetter excellent..next time we will definitely not fill up on the small s and save room for the larger parts although the small plate are all worth ordering.everything on the menu was very tasty I really liked the stuffed dates and the bbq Perl ribs...this place is s must try....."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have been here several times in the past. Usually, the food and service is great. The service was very slow. We returned a main course as the meat was too tough too chew and the mushroom ravioli was so salty we did not eat it. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "What a nice surprise! While the room is nothing special, and it's on a street that one wouldn't expect a nice restaurant to be, the food, drinks, and service were superb. We will be back! Such a nice selection of both small plates and wines by the half and full glass. Terrific attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "To celebrate their 8th anniversary, THEY treated US to a food and wine dinner that at $50/person was worth twice the price. Champagne and caviar; the best swordfish I've ever tasted with a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay called Journeyman that was delish, duck with a Chateauneuf, filet mignon with a Napa cab, topped off by a salty caramel pudding to die for--all brilliant and delicious. They also "forgot" to charge us for 2 cups of decaffe. Great chef, knowledgeable and friendly wine staff and excellent service in a comfortable setting over the Wine House in WLA. Too bad you missed it, but go anytime and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places. we eat topas style which is always fun. The problem is the menu does not change and the options are limited."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Excellent food & wine! Great service! Fun for special occasion!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014