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Upper West

4.7
2234 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2234 people are saying
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DonaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great! Will definitely be back!

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vipCindyL
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Try the popcorn ice cream!!!! Creative food recipes and all were delicious

GE
vipGot2Eat
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the big family to upper west the night be fore Thanksgiving. We had a great time. The food, drinks and ambiance were wonderful. The wait staff was especially cheerful and improved the experience.

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vipyum2
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant! We came on a busy Saturday night and the staff were attentive and welcoming. The food and cocktails were amazing and well prepared. There were four of us and we ordered six shareable plates and they were just enough to satiate our appetite. I highly recommend the blue chips, grilled octopus and crunchy rice Desserts were equally delicious! We live in Orange County and will definitely return next time we're in the area.

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vipFoodDude17
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed eating here. It was our first time and I was already thinking about the return. I didn't know if this place but I became interested when I saw it on OpenTable. They have a nice ambiance, the food and service was excellent.

We started with the Spicy Ahi Tuna crispy rice and the chargrilled Avocado. Both were great starters and were indicative of the quality of the food and presentation. Because of our apps we decided to keep the mains a little simpler with a their Flannery Beef Cheeseburger and the Fried Chicken Sandwich. As before we enjoyed our food. The presentation of everything was so nice that diners at the other table ordered similar dishes to ours based upon what we had.

The staff was attentive, the music was nice. We look forward to returning and if you're reading this I definitely suggest you see why Upper West should be called Upper Best.

JC
JenniferC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

It was just as much of a mess as it was when we stopped going 7 years ago. Really a shame because it used to be one of our favorite restaurants.

We got sat near the walkway and before we got our drinks there was some time of birthday celebration where everyone got up around us, singing, and crowded our table. The person who sat us (maybe the manager), had to come ask us after we’d been seating for 15min what the name was on the reservation. Our appetizer order was placed incorrectly, so we received one incorrect item. After our apps were cleared the same person that sat us came by and asked if everything was good and if we wanted dessert… we politely indicated we’d wait for our entrees to arrive first. I got the chicken sandwich, which was so tough and grizzly I couldn’t eat it. A shame because it had a great crunchy coating and good spice in the slaw. My husband ordered the salmon rare, and was served medium well. Overall super disheleved, loud and messy.

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Eliza
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. The staff were also very friendly.

JP
JulieP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really upbeat atmosphere- good food and service. We always enjoy our meals there.

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vipMonalikesgoodfood
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great place to go, especially for appetizers

We love this place. The blue cheese chips, the fried octopus, the spicy tuna on crispy rice cakes, the steak tacos - you couldn't ask for better food. The food has actually gotten better.

Our waiter was very friendly and nice, but we were out of water for long periods of time, and waited a long time for some of our food. We asked up front for 2 separate bills (we were 2 couples dining out) and they brought us one bill. This was quickly corrected, but it's nice to have people pay attention to these sorts of things.

PLEASE PLEASE play better music. The horrible thumping bass in the background that started around 7 or 7:30 PM was dreadful, and definitely depressed my review in the ambience category.

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Letseatnow
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very gracious hosts and excellent service. The chef takes a highly seasoned approach to familiar veggies like cauliflower and artichokes. There might be a bit too much creamy sauce on some of the items but the fish, chicken and pork were all beautifully cooked.

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RobC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic establishment. They put together a beautiful cocktail menu and some wonderful tasting food items. Going to be a more regular spot for date night!

RO
RORO
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food continues to be excellent and the service thoughtful. You will enjoy your surroundings as well as the fully stocked bar.
Every time I eat here I go home with a big smile on my face and have enjoyed everything I have ordered from the appetizers to dessert......

FP
FP2626
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent restaurant including their stellar menu, great ambience, fantastic service, and great bar.

SW
SharonW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might be my second review but this place is absolutely amazing!! The flavor of the food is so fresh and you can tell it’s seasoned with real herbs and not just out of a bottle fully. I can taste every herb and flavor type in my food and EVERYTHING is freaking delicious!!!

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PaulaO
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food excellent!! Everything amazing. My new favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catered to our group perfectly!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Drinks were great, atmosphere is good. Got the flat iron steak, was covered in sauce and extremely salty.

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Turner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there and I will definitely return. Everything was great. I appreciated the very open space and windows which made the traffic noise a bit much, but I can overlook that for the fresh air.

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vipGreg
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious food that is unique and special. The outdoor seating is partícularly good for these Covid times and the service is always attentive.

FP
FP2626
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. No Happy Hour Menu any more :( Items on the happy hour menu, including their amazing bar burger and other goodies are greatly missed.

LW
LarryW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful surprise getaway. Great for a relaxing dinner or just a quick bite. The food is outstanding and prepared exactly as requested. The hamburger is one of the best in town. The Barrada is scrumptious and the popcorn ice cream is outrageous. It actually taste like popcorn.The place was definitely happening not only at the Bar but it felt like the entire restaurant was humming. Just go and enjoy.

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SharonW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally did not expect the food to be this good, Don't know why but it was absolutely delicious. When my husband likes something he says it about 10 times over and over and I heard how good the food was all night, Lol! We will be back Sunday to try the salmon. We had the mac and cheese, OMG! and I finally found a veggie burger that I really love. The customer service was top tier. Thank you for an enjoyable night!

HB
vipHeidiB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

JB
JenB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Upper West has consistently been one of our favorites for years. You can't go wrong here.

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Ladyluck
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and ambience - and great, distinctive cocktails. Pricey - but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, friendly environment. Our go to

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had dinner at Upper West this week for a birthday. Drinks, food and ambiance was great, however I felt rushed by some of the staff. There was a feeling of anxiety and “rushness” in the air. Too quick to ask us for drink orders (before even having a chance to look at menu) and too quick to take our meal order (hadn’t even ordered drinks yet, let alone looked at the dinner menu ). The restaurant was full but not packed and I can understand that they want to turnover tables but there is a fine line between allowing patrons to experience a nice meal for an hour and half when they are spending close to $200 and pushing them along through the meal too quickly early on. This happened to me on another occasion at this restaurant, so this isn’t the first time. This tells me it is more of a management style. I will be back but I hope management takes notice and relaxes a bit. Overall very nice time, great food and exceptional cocktails. Highly recommend the cucumber martini!

SW
SandiW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent! Great atmosphere! Great service!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !! Great place. Hidden gem

KR
KenR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. A food was amazing and the staff and management were super friendly and attentive. Highly recommend.

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LawrenceP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit based on Yelp reviews and we weren't disappointed. Seated promptly on a Friday night, prompt and friendly service and a fun menu. If you are looking for a neighborhood joint with good food you will love this place. Pretty casual, but a fun crowd. Our only complaint, and it is minor, is that it was quite loud because of the hard floors. On the other hand, that just means that everyone was having a good time. You could easily make a meal out of the shared appetizers, but my wife loved her burger and the pork tenderloin was divine.

HG
HiGregHi
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The interior atmosphere was great. I asked for outdoor dining but was seated inside where the wall was moveable glass and was open. So we were 2' from actually being on the sidewalk and the best of both worlds and I would recommend it. My dish was exceptional -- Curry vegetables -- my guest wasn't as happy with the Sea Bass because the plate was covered in potatoes. But the Sea Bass was very good. The price of everything was higher than I expected but they somehow survived the pandemic and I figure that's the least of my issues and would definitely recommend it.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!! And great vibe

PM
PhyllisM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sidewalk table with a few too many people walking/biking by.

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144whit
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating out at Upper West reminded me of why I used to love eating out--they made use feel safe in this COVID times, but also allowed us to relax and enjoy good food and friends and service. Thank you!

JD
vipJD45
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always so enjoyable and delicious. Wonderful service too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday! Was great

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Bobbybiggo
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food was excellent with an enticing variety of choices. There were several very creative appetizers. Service was slow, but they comped us with a key lime pie dessert that 4 of us voraciously shared. They only downer was the noise level which perhaps has more of an impact on us senior diners than others.

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marr
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our visit started out well. We got a table on the sidewalk for pandemic reasons and there were more tables next to large open windows as well. The restaurant is very pleasantly decorated and has a nice ambiance. We ordered a variety of sharing plates which were all quite nice. We were well looked after in the beginning and the food came quickly (maybe even a little too quickly). Our cocktails were not a success. We ordered a basic Gin martini, and sent it back since it tasted strangely bitter. The olives were cheap. The second one was worse and we sent it back. The replacement was exactly the same. Did we contract Covid 19 and lose our sense of taste? For a restaurant which sports a martini glass in its logo, this was pretty disappointing. They must be using very cheap ingredients while still charging LA prices. We had to walk inside the restaurant on several occasions to get a server's attention, and finally had to walk the check up to the bar ourselves. Time to leave. Afterward we went to the Wellsbourne to get a proper martini and they delivered without a fuss. With so many other superior dining options on the westside, we probably wont' be back anytime soon.

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ValerieL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly staff with attentive service! I love that they still have Happy Hour as well. The only thing that was not ideal was the noise level...my friend and I sat at the bar to eat between 6-7pm and we practically had to yell to hear each other even thought the bar and restaurant were not full. Not sure why. But the noise level might be much better if you sit in the restaurant area. Still, I love this place and highly recommend it!

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

Upper West is rated 4.7 stars by 2234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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