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Upper West, Santa Monica, CA

Upper West

4.8
4.8
2590 Reviews
$30 and under
American
**Contact us today to schedule your next event! We can accommodate parties of 10 to 150 guests**

Upper West's ever-changing menu draws inspiration from around the world while maintaining eclectic flavors unique to them. The bar offers Happy Hour Wednesday-Sunday from 4:30-7:00pm serving refreshing craft cocktails, handcrafted beer. The dinner menu is always evolving and includes ingredients sourced locally from the Santa Monica Farmers Market as well as local farmers such as Weiser Farms and Niman Ranch. Upper West is the perfect place to book large events for 20 or more guests and is an excellent private party venue for hosting corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday festivities, rehearsal dinners, and more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 586-1111
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nick Shipp
  • Catering
    Prefixed or customized buffet and seated menus, with full bar service.<br />We can accommodate off site or personal home catering as well.
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    1 block west of Centinela
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7<br />Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
  • Entertainment
    12 foot projector screen featuring movies, shows, and sports events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,590 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    American

  • Westside

    Best Overall

  • Westside

    Best Value

  • Westside

    Lively

  • Westside

    American

2,590 Reviews
  1. StephenB

    Atlanta Metro

    127 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    127 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Invitingly energetic warehouse-like space. Lots of varied food choices including for vegetarians. I would describe the food as leaning towards the comfort food side - tasty but not super refined.

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  2. JMann

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    An imaginative menu and excellent service make this a good choice for the hungry diner

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  3. MichelleL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was top notch and involved everyone from the host to multiple servers all making sure we had everything we wanted. The food is absolutely delicious, especially the grilled artichoke appetizer! Overall it was great!!

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  4. Jayneh

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always eat here before McCabe concert. Food and drinks are great! Service is wonderful!

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  5. FarahB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and reasonable. Ambiance was very pleasant. The service was remarkable.

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  6. carolc

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always feel at home when I eat out at The Upper West. The salmon. To die for.

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  7. foodfanatic

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Subpar compared to past times. Food was meh. Ambiance sad. Nice servers.

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  8. Felicitas

    Hamburg

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sehr schönes Restaurant mit interessanten Kombinationen beim Essen. Leckere Weine schönes Ambiente, sehr netter Service.

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  9. JD45

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love Upper West's food and service. Good for apps, dinner, drinks.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I celebrated my birthday and it was amazing. Thank you so much for making my birthday special.

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  11. Victor

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered Sea Bass and Steak. Excellent flavors and quick service. Even ordered cocktails and they were delish.

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  12. LeslieP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Delicious and exceptional service.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was warm, attentive and caring. Food was very good. A place you want to share with friends

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  14. LAGumDoctor

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure eating at Upper West. Fred and his team greet you with hugs and handshakes and our server goes beyond serving with appropriate banter and good will! The food is tasty and you leave with a sense that you will return soon!

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  15. lyssi

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time at Upper West! We came as a larger party for a birthday and the staff was SO accommodating and SO welcoming. The drinks and food were phenomenal. The ambiance was SO cute. Definitely booking with them again!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fred is a warm & friendly host. Great ambience!!!!

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  17. LaurieBF

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the warm welcome at Upper West! Food is excellent as well. My favorites include the Sea Bass and the Chinese Chicken salad.

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  18. BRIANL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appetizers were plentiful and delicious. The service was fantastic and the seafood entrees were incredible.

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  19. AndrewW

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot that feels both upscale and like a family-run neighborhood gem.

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  20. Upscalehealthynatural

    Los Angeles

    441 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    441 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and cocktails. We loved the blue cheese chips especially.

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  21. BradleyM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Enjoyed everything we got there. Owner is a real nice guy and stops by the table to say hi.

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  22. Lily

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff, food was delicious and prices are super reasonable.

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  23. ShaunR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place, vibe and food at this restaurant. Highly recommend. I am local to it and go often!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific service by Fred and his team. Food is consistently excellent with diverse options. Upper West has become our go-to restaurant for all occasions.

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  25. Cathy

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in all of LA consistently delicious, great menu, super friendly and attentive staff, terrific value and always beautiful interior. Valentine's was crowded and bustling, but still nothing was left out and my friends were all very pleased! Will always return here its a hidden neighborhood gem!

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  26. DonnJulie

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, excellent service, busy at 7pm on Friday. Five stars across if they had parking.

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  27. SamiM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most amazing drinks, food and service. Every dish was better than we could have asked for and definitely will go back on regular basis. Also the deserts and bread pudding are an absolute must .

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always consistently delicious, and the owner always makes you feel special

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Highly recommended to everyone. Amazing food. Professional staff. Lovely atmosphere. All 💯perfect

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place . Awesome owner. Friendly staff. You can just sit there and close the place down kind of restaurant

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  31. Upscalehealthynatural

    Los Angeles

    441 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    441 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sea bass was delicious as was the baba ghanous but I wish there was a bigger portion of the baba ghanous. The barbecue ribs appetizer was also delicious. The chicken sandwich was fantastic.

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  32. Farnaz

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I could give more stars to Upper West, I would! I choose this restaurant, randomly, for my father's birthday, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. The food was as creative as the ambience, and the service was exceptional. Our server, Alfredo, was so thoughtful. He brought not one, but two complimentary dessert for my dad. And the manager, Fred, made us feel so welcomed. He came over to our table to talk to us and congratulate my dad. I'm glad I chose this restaurant for my dad's birthday. It was definitely worth the rainy drive from Orange County to LA.

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  33. Iliketoeat

    Portland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely food and friendly service but too noisy. Pinot list cd stand improvement,

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  34. mojganl

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to go to this restaurant. Fred the owner is so caring and kind. He checks on every table and makes sure all customers are happy. Great food

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  35. Nikki

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in LA. Food is consistently delicious. Service is always great. Creative cocktails and great wine. Fun energetic vibe. Love this place 😋

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great wine, impeccable service. We really enjoyed our experience.

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  37. HealthyEater

    Los Angeles

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is consistently good at Upper West, as is the service. The owner adds a special touch by greeting and seating you, taking your order, and saying a farewell and thank you as you leave. He also checks on you several times during your meal to see if everything is satisfactory and if he can do anything for you. Highly recommend!

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  38. Dori56

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attention service. Food always good. Parking is the only downside.

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  39. JMD92

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Upper West! My partner and I went there on our second date and just went for our 4 year anniversary to celebrate! We save this as a go to date spot for us for celebrations. We tend to get the same entrees each time because we like them so much - the short ribs and the flank steak. We change up our appetizer each time - this time we got the muscles and they were very good! My partner said a few of his were a bit fishy tasting but the broth and the bread that came with it were amazing! I didn’t notice any too fishy tasting personally. We try to go on Thursday for their half off bottle of wine - such a great deal with delicious food! Looking forward to going back the next time we have something fun to celebrate together!

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  40. Chrisv

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was great. The dining area was very cramped and loud. The staff was polite but disorganized.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Upper West using the Order Online button. Upper West also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Upper West also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 586-1111.

Upper West is rated 4.8 stars by 2590 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Upper West

3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Additional information

  • Cross street
    1 block west of Centinela
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nick Shipp
  • Entertainment
    12 foot projector screen featuring movies, shows, and sports events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 586-1111
  • Catering
    Prefixed or customized buffet and seated menus, with full bar service.<br />We can accommodate off site or personal home catering as well.
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