Upper West

4.7
1748 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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The Infatuation
7.4

Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A little too loud for meetings. The waiter checked on us very few times. We had to get up 3 times to ask for him to come service us. Food was amazing. Parking easy.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just fantastic. We shared 3 appetizers and a main dish. We started with the ahi tuna tacos - small, but deliciously satisfying. Our next was the grilled octopus. Moist, full of flavor and grilled to perfection so the octopus was tender and not chewy. Those two courses were so good I was expecting a letdown on the third appetizer - muscles in saffron broth, served with 4 pieces of sourdough. Unbelievable! This course was so good.
The full plate order (which we shared) was the striped bass. The server was great at spacing out the courses so we could enjoy each on its own. After the muscles we were both pleasantly sated and would have canceled the striped bass if we hadn't ordered it early. Mostly, we had such a good experience with the appetizers that we were fearful of being disappointed with the striped bass.
Based on the first three courses we should have known better. The striped bass was perfect. When we were done we both felt it was one of the best meals we have ever had (and we dine out frequently and do not worry (much) about costs).
The price was as expected but quite a value for the quality and presentation. Most of the restaurant was devoted to larger parties (6 people and above), so there was moderate noise but we were able to carry on an intimate conversation without straining to hear so it wasn't a distraction to the meal. We will go again as soon as we are in the neighborhood. Thank you, Fred

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place! Food was delicious and the place is so cute inside. It was a smidge loud, but we are old farts. And that’s the mark of a happening place.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Upon arriving was told to wait to be seated. Waiter was not the most welcoming and hardly checked in to see how we were enjoying the meal. The food was good but the noise made it difficult to have a conversation with our friends. The restaurant is always crowded when driving past which made it a reason to try it. Not sure if I would return.

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, very busy place. If you want a booth, ask in advance. Good happy hour food and drink.

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DB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Terrific food & service. A bit noisy in the beginning, but then the restaurant cleared out.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a really nice time and dinner. Will go back. Good cocktails. Nice vegetarian options.

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Y
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, fantastic service, best. Berger. Ever.

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SR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upper West food is outstanding! Excellent value for your money and always a great experience. Love that place!

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f
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

Really like the experience. It was really cold outside, and their heating system couldn't overcome it, so we ate with our coats on.

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DJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Upper West - for lunch, happy hour and dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Waiter forgot to bring our appetizer. We were told the kitchen was closing at 9, even though it was a holiday weekend

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Steak was amazing and service was impeccable.

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DM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. The server was polite and attentive, but did not have a great knowledge of the drinks and food.

Did not sit at the bar, although it looked like a vibrant and fun atmosphere. Will come back for happy hour there.

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ZG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing apps!!! We ordered a bunch of smaller dishes to make up the full meal, and were very pleased! Great wine and cocktails, lively bar atmosphere, incredible Key Lime dessert...who could ask for anything more! Perfect date restaurant.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is almost always very good to excellent and the attention to overall quality of experience for patrons is quite evident. The owner/manager even advised us on how to get the best value for the Valentine's Day special we ordered. There are not very many places that are as warm and welcoming as Upper West. It is no surprise that it is almost always pretty full.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff, and good ambiance! The food was all spectacular. We highly recommend the crispy salmon appetizer and the cauliflower side. The short rib entree melts in your mouth.

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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

1st time to Upper West. This is also my first review on any restaurant. Long story shorty, came to Upper West for Valentines Day. I made a reservation two weeks in advance. My friend recommenced I sit in the outside area. I called and asked. They said they’d do their best to accommodate. Got there and they said they couldn’t. Then I asked if we could sit in one of the center table areas and they said they were reserved ( thought I also had a reservation, so why couldn’t I also have a center table). So they stuck me near the wall basically sitting on top of tables next us. Then the server came back asking if we wanted any drinks, we ordered drinks. Then after it seemed like forever he came to take our order for food. Then our ahi tacos came out, which were pretty good. Still waiting for drinks. Then my drink came out and then second appetizer. Girlfriend was still waiting on her wine. Shouldn’t take a long time to pour a glass. Then our main courses came out. Girlfriend finally received her glass of wine. Food was cold. Basically, I expected better service and food on valentine’s day when you’re spending close to $200 with dinner and drinks. No apologies even after I expressed my frustration. Just excuses. Didn’t have the energy to be a buzz kill and ruin the night asking to speak to a manager when we were clearly squeezed between people and didn’t want to make it awkward. The older gentlemen who sat us was very nice. He was the only positive part of the night. Down hill after that.

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OT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Valentine’s Day, but this could be for any night out! The drinks were fantastic the service was outstanding the food was Excellent in both taste and presentation!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food but extremely slow in getting the food out during a business lunch.

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AT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food . If I were a big drinker I would be in heaven because of the variety of fine beers, wines and cocktails.
It is a true gastropub like those in the UK. Great food and great drinking! They must treat their staff well as the waiter that served us was there 10 years and counting. Getting a bit pricey but not at all expensive especially for the quality and quantity of their food. Both comfort food like Hamburgers with fries or their version of Mac & Cheese and varietal dishes like Chicken Tawook or curried chicken salad. The seating area is large and comfortable but it is noisy.
One of my favs.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, the service gracious and attentive. A little noisy as all hard surfaces, but a wonderful meal. I can’t wait to go back.

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AO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall pretty good

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was fine and the waiter was attentive. However, I was appalled when the manager interrupted our conversation and asked us to leave because he had another reservation waiting. So incredibly rude. I will never go back.

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TP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant! Waitperson was very helpful with my wine selection. Was given the second glass on the house because it took too long to deliver to me. Noise level is the only issue, we were lucky to get a table in the front area that is better to have a conversation. My wife and I liked the old film being shown in the area we were eating.
Pleasant night out and great meal.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both great. For the price though, portions of food are very small.

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food; nicest people running this restaurant!

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BS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food as always, but way too loud. We couldn't hear each other over the din!

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e
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this warm neighborhood place, which always feels celebratory. The cold Thai noodles are the best this side of the Hudson River. And we love the wine and drink selection, too. Can't go wrong anywhere on the menu. Service is very friendly and attentive.

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JD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was dining with my vegetarian son. I had the veggie burger and it was the best I have ever had. The burger was crispy and charred on the outside and had a great texture on the inside. My son loved the grilled cheese. Both were excellent options for vegetarians.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food throughout. Wonderful service. I’ve never had a mediocre meal here.

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H
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It is always a pleasure. Food and service are always outstanding.

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun for happy hour every day! Delicious food and drink.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Fabulous service. Terrific ambiance! The server made wonderful recommendations.

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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to Upper West has been incredible. Their food and drinks are all delicious and incredibly well priced. I've tried the burrata, fish tacos, steak, crab cakes, burger, and salmon and each one has been delicious. My wife and I also hosted our rehearsal dinner at Upper West and every single guest absolutely loved the venue and the food. Highly recommend for a dinner with friends or hosting a large event

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JM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upper West is always an amazing culinary experience. And the service is the best a diner could want.

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H
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food lots of choices excellent desert the service was very good and acomedating
We celebrated a birthday and the desert was on the house
Defenetly going back

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty crab cake sandwich, delicious—and rich—blue cheese chips. Attentive service. Overall, a very good experience.

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GQ
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the smaller glassed-in room in front of the restaurant, which was slightly quieter than the rest of the restaurant. They had a vintage Gene Kelly and Syd Charisse movie projected against the wall- nice touch! We took advantage of the Dine LA menu. The food was excellent- salmon cooked very nicely, flat iron steak as tender as can be, and desserts were wonderful. Great experience.

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