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Mon, 4/23
Time
11:00 PM
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Upper West

4.7
1558 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am to 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 586-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Shipp
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Catering
Prefixed or customized buffet and seated menus, with full bar service.
We can accommodate off site or personal home catering as well.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1 block west of Centinela
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Public transit
Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7
Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
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Entertainment
12 foot projector screen featuring movies, shows, and sports events.
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Special events & promotions
Private room accommodating up to 50 people, the main dining room can accommodate up to 100 people, and the entire restaurant can hold up to 170 including the bar.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The festive dining experience at Upper West is now available for private parties, celebrations, and business meetings. Upper West is the perfect Santa Monica private party venue to host any of your corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners and more.

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What Insiders Are Saying

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 1558 People Are Saying
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4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Food here is great. Fun atmosphere. Waiter was a bit clueless - spilled a beer on my friend and didn't offer a freebee - which is what would happened at any other nice restaurant. Also, 2 of the party of 6 were brought the wrong beers. Not professional.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed personal attention from the minute we walked in. Although a busy Saturday night, we were seated immediately and libations, excellent appetizers and wonderful dinner soon followed. (The Beet Salad is an explosion of flavor!) Everything was great -- including Blackberry Pie Gratis for the birthday boy. Seeing a show at McCabe's? Schedule a stop at Upper West before and/or after the show.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I had a birthday dinner here for a good friend of mine, and I was blown away by the service, the overall attitude of all of the servers and staff, their willingness to help me set up my table, and to accommodate me with my decorations, the cake I brought, and even flowers for our table. Our server was wonderful, and the owner, Fred, was more than kind, checking in on us, and being very attentive. And the food was absolutely delicious, very creative, and definitely the cherry on top for the whole experience! I will definitely be back and will be recommending Upper West to people I know!

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Upper West places more value on marketing than food. The food descriptions sound amazing but certainly don’t live up to the taste. The grilled octopus is so charred that it leaves a truly bad taste in your mouth. Beet and kale salad are both drenched in the same dressing that is way to acid and prevents you from tasting anything. Spinach Ravioli were simply put, a little bland and boring, so they were drenched in tomato sauce that was not interesting. The cauliflower appetizer was the only dish out of 4 that was tasty, but not incredibly inventive. Generally all the dishes lacked imagination and seemed like they were put together very fast. It just kind of pains me to fork out about $140 with tip for two people for for something that doesn’t live up to your expectation in terms of food and ambience. I wish the chef and the staff would take their work more seriously and not assume that having a cool name and a restaurant in Santa Monica gives them a permission to take advantage of their customers. I was very excited to try this place, but unfortunately got very disappointed.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Friendly service from the entire establishment, a great menu with several options for vegetarians, great drink menu, and a good environment overall. Some of our group members had been there before and had never tried dessert. Four were ordered and not a single crumb or drop was left behind.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always great!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place I like it, food was good, service was good too.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My friends and I had the best time! The restaurant is one big room that doesn't feel massive. It has an intimate, European restaurant vibe. The food. THE FOOD!!Everything we ordered was delicious. Unfortunately, I wanted more than I could eat. Regardless, my friends and I left very satisfied and vowing that we would return very soon. The staff was friendly and the owner was very welcoming. It almost felt like you were in his home than his restaurant. This is a good place to try out.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The burger continues to be excellent as are the fries!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great discovery. The food was great. Very inventive menu and good service.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Too noisy to have any dinner conversation. The crab cakes also had shells in them.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Dining prior to play, great service, friendly staff, excellent food....cant wait to return and not have a dead line to leave...highly recommended

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Everything I’ve ever had at Upper West is absolutely delicious. It’s become quite a bar scene, so can get noisy. But the food is so good, it’s worth it.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Always a solid go to. Good food. Reasonable prices. Very good service. Still packed on a week night after all there’s years.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great private event in the front room - Fred and staff were lovely to work with. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Ever consistent and yummy. The 1/2 price bottle of wine Tuesday's just adds to the excellence. Fun, tasty and always pleasant. My go to spot.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

There were two of us and we arrived at 6pm and were one of the first few for dinner. They sat us in the outer portion (party room) and when the party arrived at 7pm, i felt all of our service disappeared and there were people from the large party standing around waiting for us to leave so they could add our table to the group. (this was a work related dinner for myself so it made it feel very uncomfortable). The room then was extremely loud so we could hear each other talk. I was very disappointed in choosing to eat at UpperWest.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

amazing experience however the kale side dish was too salty.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My wife had been here once before, this was my first time. She had an excellent experience her first time here but it was for a birthday party in the glass enclosed front room.

Our experience at Upper West was at best "OK". It was extremely loud although we were given a "prime" table in the corner of the restaurant. My wife and I were literally yelling at each other the entire evening so we could be heard despite her sitting less than a foot from me. Our service was very slow, our server was either not very responsive to our questions or on occasion he provided misinformation (which was odd).

Most importantly the food was nothing that would bring us back. We had the burrata appetizer, the roasted cauliflower appetizer, the tuna taco appetizer and we split the filet entree. Of all of these the burrata was perhaps the best. The filet was well prepared although did require some garnishing with the horseradish whip for much needed flavor. It was not as tender as we would like for a filet.

I truly wish I could provide a more hearty recommendation of this restaurant but, despite its obvious popularity, we found no reason to return.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Table was over an hour late. Waiter was inattentive.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food. Very noisy in front room. Drink service a little slow. Bathroom counter always wet.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I just love Upper West! Always such a good time here and good food. Management is also super kind and helpful!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Homey and convivial, the staff casual and attentive, the food lovely, delicious and unaffected, the martini just what the doctor ordered.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great surprise, right off the freeway so a good meeting spot. Good food, great service and a fun atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Our friends enjoyed the food and drinks . Will probably try again.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had a wonderful evening at Upper West. It was raining outside and the hostess was very sweet about us leaving our umbrellas at the front door. We started with the Mac & Cheese as an appetizer - delicious! There were four of us and we each had a different entree. The pork loin was incredible and the burger was cooked exactly the way I asked. Topped the night off sharing two very yummy desserts. Would definitely recommend and plan to go again.
There was one small snafu regarding our order but our server was very professional and made everything right.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

This was our third visit to Upper West. It has been consistent and quite tasty. Our most recent visit was on a Monday night and it was quite busy. It can be a bit loud, but the food is great and the service great too. Would definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Friendly fun at Upper West
We've come here with friends and alone, plus my husband threw a small surprise birthday party for me here. I've fallen in love with the highly decadent blue cheese potato chips and the raw ahi tuna tacos. On our most recent trip, my husband and I ordered and then shared the delicious hamburger and the crab cake sandwich, which came with wonderful, spicy, marinated vegetables. Both the hamburger and the crab cake sandwich were large and very satisfying.

We were mopping up the leftover sauce from the potato chips when our server asked if we would like some bread - and brought us absolutely delicious slices of sourdough. They are very friendly. The beautiful and colorful art on the walls is a big plus, too.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Love the food and service at Upper West. The hospitality is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food and service were excellent. I enjoyed the varied menu and would highly recommend the restaurant. I hope to go back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent!!!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great manager! But service was a bit slow and we waited a long time past our reservation time.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We've been twice and will go again for sure. Next time on a Monday with all night happy hour.Love that they take reservations!

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Love this restaurant and have been many times. Salmon with couscous is fabulous! The homemade chips with blue cheese and bacon are an amazing appetizer and the cucumber martini goes very well with them. Service is always friendly and professional. Lots of people at the bar as well. One of our favorite spots on the West Side!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Waitress was great little issue with the order she took care of it great customer service

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A friends Saturday night dinner with great food and service and a fun vibe! would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This venue was chosen as a meeting spot by our friends with whom we get together every couple months to catch up. When our party reduced from 6 to 4, the proprietor was more than amenable and still put us at a nice table. The food is always good; not over the top and too trendy, and there are enough staples AND creative new dishes to keep things interesting. The service was excellent, not pushy, very informed, friendly but not overbearing. It's an easy recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Never thought to try it because of its location but it was a wonderful surprise

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I have been here a few times. The food and cocktails are excellent with a decent price. The service each time is bad. They have no idea what they are doing as far a serving staff. It is so loud in there that the servers can't hear and have gotten my cocktail order wrong twice. We wait a long time for things too. I had a bday dinner there with my sisters, told them on the res & over the phone all 3 of us were celebrating. They missed it and did nothing. I go back but never in a rush or expecting superb table service. Host & manager are always nice & helpful, but they are unorganized in order of service...

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Everyday meals are creative and innovative. I highly recommend this restaurant for its service and excellent food.

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