Upper West

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$30 and under
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American
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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Ring in the New Year with Upper West. 1st Seating 4:30-6:30 pm Regular Menu (Limit 2 hrs seating). 2nd Seating 8-10:30 pm 4-course prix fixe dinner with champagne toast $90 per person ( plus tax & gratuity). DJ, Dancing, Balloon Drop, and Times Square Countdown after 11 pm.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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4.7based on recent ratings
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GB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food.
Try the butter milk chicken for a flavor explosion.

AW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the Westside - 5 stars!!!
Food, service & value...outstanding!!!!

SS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether for larger groups (e.g. corporate events), date night, or a happy hour, Upper West has never failed to offer good service, food quality, and a great atmosphere. Thank you for accommodating us so excellently.

GB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the great food topped it all off ! 😋😋😋😋

J
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always. Because it was the Sunday before thanksgiving the restaurant was. It crowded and we could hear one another talk!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Waiter didn’t come by much we had to flag him down several times

GO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great. It was very loud and congested. Service was ok not great

B
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Food and drinks fabulous! But the deafening noise level distracted from the experience. Tonite the service wasn’t great; however I’ve been many times and had terrific service.

RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Upper West Side is where to eat when a cool unassuming ambiance for a decent price is being considered.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as usual is fantastic and chef Nick is a wonderful host! Thank you for a excellent dinner!!!

PN
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We always enjoy dinner and drinks at Upper West. This time the restaurant was bustling with several large groups, including a party in their glass-walled private room in the front. But the service was still good and the food was delicious, especially the spicy salmon and crispy rice appetizer, the crab cake sandwich and the perfectly cooked burger and fries. The waiter and manager were very gracious when we presented our Open Table dining reward, crediting our tab without a fuss. We look forward to another meal there soon.

AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a big group and Upper West was able to accommodate all of us. It looked like there were several other large groups there that evening, and the wait staff was very efficient and professional in handling all of the large parties. Food was great, cocktails were great, service was great!

BC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hamburger I have ever eaten. Great salmon crispy rice appetizer

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most excellent dinner!! Everything we ordered was fantastic - we especially enjoyed the chef-delivered dishes and his attentiveness to our table. It was very apparent that the kitchen truly cares about the diners' experience:
APPETIZERS -
Ahi tuna tacos: so fresh and delightful - truly a perfect little bite!
Smoked blue cheese chips - these chips will change your life for the better. They FEED YOUR SOUL!
Octopus: perfectly smoky yet tender.
Lamp crepes: very flavorful, even for those in our party who didn't love lamb!
SIDES -
Wild mushrooms: delicious!
Grilled corn: the lighter of our side dishes, but equally enjoyable
MAINS -
Ribeye: amazing flavor, Philippine inspired dish - we LOVED it!
Sea bass: so crispy yet flaky and a true delight to eat!
Coffee crusted pork tenderloin: decadent and perfectly cooked.
COCKTAILS were on hit! Wine and beer list were great too!
DESSERT - we ordered 2 key limes and we regretted NOTHING about that decision!

SM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time and can't wait to come back again.

L
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and drinks doesn’t disappoint us at all! Every time it’s better than the last time! Love everything about this place!

J
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I very much enjoyed the overall experience at Upper West. Really easy to find location, the service was great and the food was super yummy. Will definitely make my way back here!

MM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and nice lunch menu. Parking a challenge with only street parking (no valet) but ample meter parking at lunchtime.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The hostess was scattered and unorganized.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server and delicious food. Our party of 5 enjoyed the opportunity to sit in the outside room, where, on a Sunday night, we could hear ourselves speak! I think we would all return!

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely fantastic. Excellent food, excellent service, hip and trendy ambiance. Drinks were great! Owner stopped by all tables to make sure guests were enjoying their evening. I will definitely be coming back

LM
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely menu - and to begin with service was very efficient however we were somewhat disconcerted when our check was presented to us straight after desert. No offer of coffee or awareness that we still had wine to finish. We felt a bit rushed to vacate our table. Other than this, give this restaurant a try - the food was good.

S
Los Angeles
105 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall they made accommodations for party of eight on Saturday night and healthy gratuity added. My sea bass was over cooked, very sad. Everyone else enjoyed their meals. The sweet potato side dish rocked! Will consider returning, but not in the near future.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, took really good care of us on our birthdays and food was geat

CG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a fantastic time!

p
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It's one of the loudest spaces around, tables packed in cheek to jowl. We had the misfortune of being seated next to a large party with unruly children on a Friday night, I guess the hostess didn't like us because it was punishment. Good food as usual.

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is great, great service and good ambiance.

X
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Maria was the perfect balance: attentive yet unobtrusive. Provided hospitality and personal warmth. This is our “go to” place whenever we go to a McCabe’s concert. Reasonable ($20) corkage fee.

K
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This bar and restaurant is a great spot for happy hour, date night, small or large celebrations or just a cocktail. The food, wine, liquor and cocktails are some of the best on the Westside. One of my favs!

FV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot every time I visit Santa Monica. Food never disappoints - great wine selection- ambiance fits all occasions - date night, intimate dinner with friends or family, etc.

DB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Upper West. Doesn’t disappoint!

g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome birthday night thanks to the staff at Upper West

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love going to Upper West for dinner -- and it's even better when I'm in the neighborhood to see a show at McCabe's Guitar Shop. I enjoyed the honey rye cocktail -- so good! I order the ahi tuna tacos every time I come here and they are consistently amazing. My husband wanted to split the macaroni and cheese with me but I told him it was too good to share and he needed to get his own. :) Thanks for another outstanding dinner.

E
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would definitely recommend Upper West but it's quite loud so it's not a good place for intimate conversation. The food and service are terrific though.

CN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Thursday night. Very attentive service. Relaxed server who didn’t give we were not rushed and a great atmosphere but quiet enough to enjoy conversation.

BM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food
Good service
The team is awesome

d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

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

LR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lunch cooking was not as good as dinner.

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