Upper West

4.7
1859 reviews
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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.
What 1859 People Are Saying
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FG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious. We all enjoyed what we ordered. We will be sure and come again.
Service was good.

LG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Santa Monica, Great food and service! Nic, the chef, the best! Elad and Fred, the owners, fantastic!

M
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like everything about the restaurant and am delighted with my visits. The food is outstanding and the service very good. Nick, the chef, always has delicious and interesting foods to try.

GE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upper West has become our favorite restaurant. We made a point of booking a table for my wife’s birthday. We appreciated the flexibility when we had to shift a night because the birthday led us another direction.

The meal was wonderful. The staff struck the perfect balance of attentiveness.

Thank you,

N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The noise level is nothing energetic...it loud and a quite frustrating.

CH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really top notch dinner Saturday evening. Our party of five share the grilled octopus, hummus and hunan chicken for appetizers. All were excellent although I truly enjoyed the hummus with pickled cauliflower and carrots on the side. For the main course I cannot speak highly of the special, the crispy whole branzino with succotash. A truly remarkable dish. I hope this remains on the menu at least on weekends. All in all, a really nice experience for my family.

B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 12 for a family reunion coming from the East Coast. The food is excellent as always-prepared well and very interesting combinations. The wait staff was terrific and the owner a delight. This is the Fifth time I have been at the restaurant and if I lived a little closer I would probably go there weekly!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Food and service were awesome!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been before but it was a first for the others in my party and they loved it and thanked me for introducing them to Upper West!

LV
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great but the service was terrible. Food was slow and we only ordered appetizers. An order was also forgotten. Finally, we needed to track down the waiter to get the bill even though he knew we had somewhere to be at 730p.

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to upper west either with big group of friends or family or even just me and my husband. Great food, service, ambiance and I love the variety of paintings they have. Highly recommend it to any size of people.

NB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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a
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best ahi tuna tacos in the land! I think it's combo of the freshness of the fish, the sauce and those plantain taco shells. Divine!!

J
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent menu. Love their ginger cosmopolitan!

H
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had lunch. Cauliflower side dish was very nice but the chopped salad was too rustic. Dressing was ho hum

a
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious, great menu. Cucumber martini is delicious. Love the corn fritters, crispy rice, Curry chicken salad. Everything is great.

JG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

I got called into work so I didn’t get a chance to eat but the server was amazing

T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed another fine meal at Upper West. This is our go-to place before shows at McCabe’s. Standouts this time were the Wedge salad (big enough to be a meal in itself, and dried cherries were a great addition) and Crispy Glazed Chicken (lots of flavor, perfectly cooked, and the mango and fennel made for a nice finish).

SM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

the air con wasn't working and that was a big bummer.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We ordered from the Dine LA menu. We were confused why it was taking so long to receive our appetizers. Someone brought out our main dishes before the appetizers were brought out and our glass of wine was never delivered (it was also not on the check).

DM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Great service and the octopus and cauliflower (2 separate dishes) are both good enough to dream about!

CB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food and service even better than we had hoped, but wonderful personal care was greatly appreciated. My wife has hearing impairment on one side and so I had requested in making my reservation a table that would be as quiet as possible. When we arrived, the hostess very discreetly and appropriately took us to one table, and very soon after said: “I have an even quieter table available if you like.” All was offered without a hint of condescension and in such a genuinely kind way. We were there to celebrate a double birthday party with special friends, and on our way to the theater afterward, and our waiter was so understanding and timely in bringing us the three courses of our delicious meal. We will most certainly make this a top choice restaurant whenever we are in Santa Monica.

OT
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit to the restaurant. I had viewed the lunch menu on line as I do have some food issues and found it to be inviting. My friend and I arrived, were greeting warmly and seated right away. The tables were a little close together so the noise level was not perfect. I would not want to be there when it was super crowded. My friend had been there multiple times and always enjoyed it. I ordered a BLT sandwich and what I received was not what I expected. The sandwich was HUGE. Very thick bread, too much bacon (yes, there can be too much bacon) and a very strong dressing that took all the flavor away from the BLT. I did not enjoy it, so I took most of it home for my husband. He didn't like it at all and won't eat but a couple of bits. I informed him that every dish I saw delivered to patrons were piled high and the sandwiches were oversized. This could be a great restaurant for someone, but not for me. Sorry.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent foos! Creative and delicious. It service was quite slow but overall we had a great dinner.

V
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attractive restaurant with a NYC vibe. Plenty of food and wine choices for all palates. Succumbs to the scourge of most restaurants today -- too noisy for having a meaningful conversation.

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything: the drinks were delicious, the food for DineLA was amazing, and the ambiance was perfect! Thank you for sending over the birthday shots!

DK
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit and both times were excellent. I had Chicken Tawook, I have never had such perfectly cooked chicken in my recent memory, fabulous dish.
The burrata salad was delicious and refreshing. The iced tea was clear and fresh.
I can’t wait to go back.
Well done.

IO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

When I booked the table, I noted it was our anniversary, so I would have expected some kind of attention paid to that, and perhaps not been seated between the bar, and a party of 30. I wasn't expecting a quiet candle-lit dinner, but I could barely even hear our server, and that was BEFORE the party arrived. Despite that, and having to shout a bit to be heard, the food and service were good.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The food, the vibe, the space, the people. All great.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upper West has great food and drinks love the location and the decor. Curried chicken salad and crab cake sandwich are delicious. Sangria could use a little work but they have a full bar and cocktail selection both virgin and alcoholic.

TP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff, friendly, prompt

A
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Reservations were honored. The food and service were great.

JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, wonderful variety of foods not found at every place so you can experiment and surprise your taste buds. Wonderful selection of beers and wine.

t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 27th Anniversary dinner and Upper West was wonderful. My wife had the blackened salmon and I had the pan fried sea bass and they were both fantastic. My wife even ate a lot of asparagus which she would never previously eat because of the delicious sauce that was served on it. All in all a very pleasant evening with a very cordial waiter who made sure we had whatever we needed. They even brought out a desert of coconut ice milk with a candle on it . Delicious!

M
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food. amazing service. i would highly recommend

FF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have dined at Upper West many times. The food and ambience is usually great. The Ahi Tuna Tacos were amazing as usually, however, the baby back ribs were not great. The ribs were not tender enough and the barbecue sauce was too tangy. There also was a large group in the main dining area that were using a microphone so it was a little distracting.

L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at Upper West several times and have always been impressed with the excellent food and beverage choices. In addition, the wait staff and owners are always cheery, helpful and accomodating.

ML
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently enjoyable meals here!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, drinks, prices.

GB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was Excellent ! 👍🏻
Food was above parr and was dependent on individuals taste .
Fish tacos were excellent.
Their Hamburgers looked very appetizing!
Will go hack !

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