Upper West

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Upper West's ever-changing menu draws inspiration from around the world while maintaining eclectic flavors of our very own. Our bar offers a nightly happy hour from 5-7pm as well an all-night happy hour every Monday that serves refreshing craft cocktails, handcrafted beer, and a unique array of small bites that can only be enjoyed during this time frame. Some of the local favorites happy small bites are braised pork belly lettuce wraps, sausage and goat cheese and quesadilla
Our lunch & dinner menu is always evolving & 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 reservations 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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BM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, but Robert, our server was one of the best! Thank you!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Revamped (and a little more expensive) menu, but the kitchen delivered. Lewis, who took care of us, was on his game. Delightfully impressed.

TP
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food
Good service
The team is awesome

d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

A meh and average dining experience. The staff were courteous but the food was very mediocre.

LR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch cooking was not as good as dinner.

PP
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was super packed with lively fun crowd... food is playful and tasty. go! Love it! Love the art on the wall and the movie playing on the wall... again super fun atmosphere!

FW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boo thang and I had an incredible evening at Upper West. The food was amazing - he had the pork tenderloins and I had the flat iron stead. Everything was delicious, mouthwatering and so tender. We both decided that we have to come back again and try more items on the menu!

VB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy my time at Upper West. Great food to share and fun ambience. Plus my favorite beer Allagash Curieux on tap.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service ,

WZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Santa Monica. Great for business lunches or an evening out. Also, a fantastic place to throw a private party. The staff is amazing and very helpful. Have the salmon....its fantastic!

DS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Go food but service was slow on a day with few patrons

F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food very interesting and overall service was excellent. Ahi Tacos were as advertised..great. Overall ambiance is elegant bohemian. It reminded us of some New York restaurants.

B
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Best food, ambience, service.

a
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. We went with 3 generations (from 13 to 85) after the middle-aged generation kept recommending it. Before i start on how much the adults love the food, let me say that they will scale back the complexity of items if kids want things a little simpler, e.g., leave the peppers and bacon out of the mac n cheese, or give them a simpler burger.
The food is complex in the sense of having many very interesting ingredients put together--and its executed very well. Our group also included a vegan and vegetarian who found plenty of good things to eat in spite of the high number of meaty dishes.
Our waiter was extremely accommodating and helpful. It's not a tiny place, so not hopeless to get a reservation (and on the Sunday night we were there a UCLA med ctr group was using the private room for a meeting. I can easily imagine wanting to have a group of 15-20 there.)

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an amazing time, food was amazing and services was super professional :)

R
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic and the service spot on. A little expensive for what you got, but really good quality. The noise level was very high in the dining room but we sat on the patio, so that was much better. We will be back!

LZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always consistently very good. ... and great atmosphere!

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour!! Good bang for the buck with cocktails and food menu!

SC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing for carnivore and vegetarian alike. The ribeye was to die for. Grilled avocado with pine nuts and other goodies was awesome. The octopus was savory and tender.

PA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and yet not the usual same old same old we find every where.
I have been going to Upper West for years and I keep going back.
The service is stellar and I love the ambiance.
I highly recommend this little gem which needs to be discovered and savored.

SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with a friend who wears a hearing aid so it was a little too pound since there’s nothing to absorb the sound. Other than that it’s a great restaurant service was excellent. Our waiter gave us time to talk without interruption.

BP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I come here somewhat regularly. The food is terrific and the menu is eclectic and novel. It's always an excellent experience. This time, the service was a little spotty (I think they may have been training new staff), but the owner worked hard to ensure we had a great time. Will always be glad to come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Food also great!

PT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best salmon I had in a very long time
Very nice atmosphere

DK
London
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here is consistently excellent. Great staff. Easy parking on the street.

AC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have such a great time at Upper West and this night was no exception. Our server’s recommendations were spot on and we enjoyed trying some of his suggestions. Crudo and baby back riblets were wonderful and my husband is planning to go back and have the short ribs again. Chef Nick is welcoming and we loved chatting with him about the menu. One of our favorite places

DL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burthday/anniversary celebration...waiter comped
Dessert! So thoughtful!

J
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends Birthday

FG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious. We all enjoyed what we ordered. We will be sure and come again.
Service was good.

LG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Santa Monica, Great food and service! Nic, the chef, the best! Elad and Fred, the owners, fantastic!

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like everything about the restaurant and am delighted with my visits. The food is outstanding and the service very good. Nick, the chef, always has delicious and interesting foods to try.

F
Los Angeles
161 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

For a space on Pico tucked under the freeway this is a surprisingly good restaurant with flavorful meals and a nice staff. A real gem in the blasted hellscape that is Pico between Barrington and the beach. Recommend.

GE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upper West has become our favorite restaurant. We made a point of booking a table for my wife’s birthday. We appreciated the flexibility when we had to shift a night because the birthday led us another direction.

The meal was wonderful. The staff struck the perfect balance of attentiveness.

Thank you,

N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The noise level is nothing energetic...it loud and a quite frustrating.

CH
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really top notch dinner Saturday evening. Our party of five share the grilled octopus, hummus and hunan chicken for appetizers. All were excellent although I truly enjoyed the hummus with pickled cauliflower and carrots on the side. For the main course I cannot speak highly of the special, the crispy whole branzino with succotash. A truly remarkable dish. I hope this remains on the menu at least on weekends. All in all, a really nice experience for my family.

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 12 for a family reunion coming from the East Coast. The food is excellent as always-prepared well and very interesting combinations. The wait staff was terrific and the owner a delight. This is the Fifth time I have been at the restaurant and if I lived a little closer I would probably go there weekly!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Food and service were awesome!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been before but it was a first for the others in my party and they loved it and thanked me for introducing them to Upper West!

LV
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great but the service was terrible. Food was slow and we only ordered appetizers. An order was also forgotten. Finally, we needed to track down the waiter to get the bill even though he knew we had somewhere to be at 730p.

l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to upper west either with big group of friends or family or even just me and my husband. Great food, service, ambiance and I love the variety of paintings they have. Highly recommend it to any size of people.

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