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Upper West

4.8
2216 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.

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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 2216 people are saying
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SharonW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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!

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vipHeidiB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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JenB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
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!

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

The food is excellent! Great atmosphere! Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !! Great place. Hidden gem

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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.

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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.

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

Food was amazing!!! And great vibe

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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
20 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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BobC
Los Angeles
1 review
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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vipChrisW
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time back since the pandemic and the food and feel of the restaurant has not changed. It was good to be back!

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vipRobertE
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing grilled artichokes and striped bass

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

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Nicholas
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend getting a new job

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Puggy1
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We feel like family here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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vipdatenightdiner
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Very attentive wait staff. Food was great. My Paloma was only okay. Seemed a bit watery. Would go back again.

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vipkmgsteelers
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love the steak tacos and creative bar selections. The staff here cares that you have a good experience and have created a warm environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal!! Found on open table and amazing spot! Drinks where also amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner here! Staff is wonderful and food is tasty.

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LarryW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in all aspects. Highly recommend to anyone for either just a quick bite or a full dinner.

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436Rugby
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Hour delay for food because their “printer broke down”. …….

Way too much noise, street noise from passing cars is unbearable.

Amateur operation, would not go back

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Ballen
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upper West is our go to restaurant.
Always good and last night was no different.
some wonderful new items since last we went.
Burrata Cheese was the best.

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VDACEO
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went looking for a restaurant near the Getty and saw this one was very well reviewed. And no wonder. The food was uniformly fantastic, the staff were all super friendly, and the ambience (music, decor, etc) were great. I wish I lived closer; I’d be there all the time.

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SweetDorris
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a a reservation for my son’s 15th birthday dinner. The service was exceptional and attentive. Everyone was so welcoming and extremely accommodating, to our large party.

This was first time dining, and it won’t be my last.

KK
vipKarlaK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place we bumped into. This is definitely a hidden gem! The food was excellent and so was cucumber martini. Will be returning soon with friends.

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vipMarkmaven
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

JA
vipJAM2
Los Angeles
403 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everyone was very solicitous. We ordered a few things to share like the potato chips with blue cheese, artichoke hearts, fried chicken sandwich and macaroni and cheese. Everything was very tasty but potato chips and macaroni and cheese are very rich. Delicious. The fried chicken sandwich was also really good and fried crispy. The french fries were also very well done

MS
vipMiaS
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our dinner here

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vipAndreab
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. Tried the chicken sandwich for the first time and it was delicious. The crispy tuna is amazing and the blue cheese chips never disappoint.

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vipJorgeF
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Attentive staff, but they seemed to be tripping over each other a bit. Twice we asked if wanted to order drinks; after we had already, and we asked if we desired dessert three times after we had already put in our order. Great food food though; recommend the curry chicken salad and the salmon.

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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 4.8 stars by 2216 OpenTable diners.

Upper West does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1552/the-upper-west.

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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