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Upper West

4.8
2063 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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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 2063 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
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vipSpanky
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always Innovative Dishes and a fun atmosphere with great service!

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vipwink
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Unique flavors and GF menu items available. Seating outside and inside open patio very safe.

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Bobbie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food... so many gold standards and unique creative dishes too... sooo hard to choose! Fun to pick a few plates and share. Cocktails shaken to perfection and wonderful wine list. Best of all, everyone that works at Upper West is kind, generous, and makes every customer feel special. Beautiful evening out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good wine!

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NikkiG1084
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From service, to food, to drinks, Everett was great. The flatiron steak and roasted chicken were both delicious, and my el Diablo drink - I could have had 5 of them!

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Covid friendly seating both inside (windows are so huge it is like you are outside) and outside. Feels like you are in a city, very vibrant.

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vipRichardA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful valentines meal. Service and food was perfect! Relaxed and incredible quality. Love love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In LA for Valentine's Day weekend, somehow managed to beat the rush and get a table here as soon as they opened for dinner. Wow what a pleasant surprise.
The food: quality ingredients, beautiful plating.
The service: amazing and intuitive, great staff.
The location: street side, not too many cars that go by.
The pro tip: order ALL the appetizers. Thank me later.

Definitely coming back here next time I'm in LA

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic time been there the last 2 weekends! The food is outstanding try the short ribs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Owner was rude. Said he would be with us and then he walked away and made a personal phone call

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Anthony
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific hospitality and food. So glad they are back open!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here! The staff is always great and Elad and Fred are always so hospitable.

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boilergirl
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Great food, and always outstanding and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at the upper west, and my date and I loved everything about it. The food and the service was amazing.

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vipFoodieLA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The sweet and spicy ribs are amazing. For dinner the short rib is definitely the way to go.

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JasonB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff. Have been going there for years for the veggie burger but everything is delicious!

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vipRichardA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
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 on November 20, 2020
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
19 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
131 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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vipEscondidoVisitor
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
12 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
5 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

FAQs

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 2063 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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