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Upper West

4.8
2045 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRichardA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were spectacular!! What an absolute gem. Awesome chef

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could eat there every day, and maybe get the same thing. This is my absolute go-to when I have friends in town.

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CASSENDRA
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased the restrictions did not limit the same outstanding experience! Thanks.

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vipTommyBlaze
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elad was great and the avocado and sticky rice apps were delicious and more filling than we expected!

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vipPattyL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We are regular visitors to Upper West. Since COVID, we have been ordering take out. Our first dine in. Good experience. Eat outside, always hard as you share the sidewalk with people walking by but the service and the amazing food out shined any cars passing by on the street. The pork tenderloin is a star here as well as the butternut curry! However, you can't go wrong with anything you order!!

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EmmaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute restaurant, great staff and great atmosphere. They had old black and white films playing on the wall (on mute) which we thought was so cool. Drinks were awesome (our fav was the Paloma) and we ordered a wide array of dishes which all did not disappoint! 10/10 will be returning. Went for a friends birthday and they provided desserts on the house which was very nice (and delicious).

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is our new favorite in LA. We are living in SD. We loved the food , they are doing their best at this difficult time. Highly recommend

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Lior
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Ambience, would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice people. Trying to do the best they can with their outdoor space. We will go back

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Tylene
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as usual. Sitting on the street outside is a little loud as expected but safety first. A truly lovely evening out.

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talarD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Amazing drinks! Fantastic service! Great ambiance!

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alans
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the squid ink Cioppino preceded by flatbread.Wife had Bronzino. all was excellent. Large beer menu. Outdoor and patio seating was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was superb

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Nick knocked it out of the park again. The charred avocado salad (a newer item on the menu) was delicious-our tweens said they could just eat that and cancel their dinner, until their short ribs came-which they also loved! My flank steak was perfectly cooked and the gorgonzola slaw provided a savory contrast to the carmelized glaze on the meat. The mixologist made a fantastic spin on a manhattan and the diablo margarita was aromatic and just spicy enough. Overll, an exceptional experience, and one we have come to expect as they always deliver! Can't wait to go back!

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vipAdonisC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at this location was excellent. Everyone was so friendly from the time we arrived there until we left. The food was unique and amazing. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food. The key lime pie was amazing as well. I definitely recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. I’ve always enjoyed it. There is a small dining area with windows that open all the way. So you feel like you’re sitting in a dining room. Can’t wait to be able to dine inside once again. There is a lovely dining area and an even vibeier bar.

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vipSpanky
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A fun time with great unique food and a nice atmosphere. We go there often and were it not for COVID and the slightly reduced number of menu choices, would probably go more.

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jacob
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistent delicious food. The charred avocado and chopped salad are fantastic!

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vipAndrewHammond
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Upper West normally has great food, great service, and a great vibe. On this visit they missed the mark on service and ambiance. The server did his best to make it right and that is appreciated. Will go back and expect the usual great all round experience that Upper West provides.

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SashaV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I’ve been to Upper West (during the pandemic), it’s my cup of tea! The staff is attentive and food selection is broad. Drinks are varied and delicious! The small disadvantages are street parking only and it can be a little loud during normal business hours for outdoor dining. After 6-630pm however, you’re in the clear!

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vipSara
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. Chef Nick fried avocados and sweet potatoes are my all time favorite. Trust the recommends of the staff. You can’t go wrong!

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vipDelosW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great, attentive service. Chargrilled Avocado app was fantastic. We both had fish dishes which were wonderful.

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PeymanY
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was really good, noise level high, probably not a good choice for a quite and romantic evening

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WestsideDiner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great place. Food was excellent. Oddly very slow service with 60+ min wait for entree to be served after ordering.

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Rachael
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Every staff member we interacted with was super friendly. The food and drinks came out super fast and was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time and the food was amazing.

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MaddieG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved the charred avocado and chopped salad! Also very accommodating for gluten free

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DrCristyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing and the service is personable

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KenB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a fan of the giant movie projected over my parties head. I'd have liked to not have the distraction. But the food and service were good and I had a nice time.

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vipNini
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food. Interesting menu and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience1

The food was disgusting...usually never write a review, but this is 1 of the worst foods I’ve had ever in a restaurant.

The chopped salad was trying to be too creative w/ the fruits & feta along w/ the bulgur & the Spicy Tuna was like a runny paste instead of chopped on a chewy Crispy Rice.

Smoked Blue Cheese chips is a novel idea & was excited to try, but ended up too blue cheesy.

The steak had too many sinews...only redeeming dishes were the Thai Peanut Noodle & the Charred Avocado.

Service however was very good...unfortunately, the food did not match the service.

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vipMajordoc
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always. Only reason for the 4 rating on ambiance is the outdoor street side table setting. Well worth it, though to have a great meal during the pandemic. No loss in service or tasty food despite the smaller menu. Owners take great pride in what they do here, so more time to chat with them due to the smaller number of patrons than pre-COVID. One of our favorite restaurants before, and still a favorite now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is great and the people have always made sure every one of us feel special. So good to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff were very welcoming and friendly.

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vipdynamite
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

great neighborhood spot for food and drinks, very consistent

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat. Hands-down, best in town!

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AlexandraK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, delicious drinks, and the dessert is to die for. I highly suggest the bread budding and short ribs

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vipSandie
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great price and great social distancing area to dine.

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KellyM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The drinks were a bit inconsistent so I’m still not sure what we had.
The food was amazing! I had a food allergy and they did not omit it from my avocado appetizer and I pointed it out. Then for dinner it was in another dish and they did correct it quickly after serving it but I ate a little already. So a little scary and thank goodness I did not get sick.

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vipamandac
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the seating arrangement! Food came out quickly and was delicious.

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Upper West is rated 4.8 stars by 2045 OpenTable diners.

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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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