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About Upper West

*** Monday Night ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR/ Tuesday Night 50% off All Bottles of Wine/ Wednesday Night Build your own prix fixe meal for only $36****



A rising star in New American cuisine, Chef Nick Shipp has earned dozens of rave reviews for his market-driven seasonal specials and his solid menu of top hits. His ability to put an innovative twist on classic bistro dishes made Sophie Gayot admiringly term him, “The Mad Scientist.” At Upper West, Chef Nick’s food takes center stage in the TriBeCa-style loft that blends the sexy girl/boy bar style with a service-driven, popularly priced, contemporary restaurant, and a comfortable all-weather patio.



Upper West offers a full-service 27-foot bar, a sophisticated beer and wine collection, a long list of tantalizing specialty cocktails, and valet parking for your convenience.

3321 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Global, International

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

Cross Street:
1 block west of Centinela

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 586-1111

Website:
http://www.theupperwest.com/

Entertainment:
12 foot projector screen featuring movies, shows, and sports events.

Catering:
Prefixed or customized buffet and seated menus, with full bar service.
We can accommodate off site or personal home catering as well.

Public Transit:
Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7
Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St

Executive Chef:
Nick Shipp

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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.

Upper West Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Casual (20)
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Happy Hour (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fun (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

First time visiting, great little happy hour bites. Happy hour goes til 10pm on Mondays, and til 7pm every other day, including weekends! Wife is very critical of food and even she was impressed. Chicken Tawook had excellent Lebanese flavors. We went during off-peak hours, don't know how this place holds up when it gets busy

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Was our anniversary and I put that in the reservation, but the restaurant never acknowledged it. Service was ok.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Not much effort put into DineLA food executions. Menu looked great, but food was mediocre. Regular dining experience there is pretty good, but DineLA is clearly not a priority.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to the Dine LA. and were surprised at the quality of the food as well as the gorgeous plates. (art)

Good venue

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Four of us decided to try a "new " place. WE had a terrific dinner, good wine and excellent service . We will definitely be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was fantastic. Nice cozy place.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Unfortunately the chef (whom we love) cut his finger that night and I believe the food we ordered was cooked by someone else. It was not as good as the many times prior that we had had dining there.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food. Creative dishes. Great atmosphere. Great staff.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Healthy, Fun, Spicy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Very good food. Will definitely return.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food and service were very good. it was Xmas eve and the place was packed, but all was well. Thought it was a bit pricy, but it was a holiday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Office Holiday lunch. Everyone loved the restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food and service was great. Great menu for sharing. I came for dinner with a friend to catch up and it felt like we had to yell over the noise a lot to hear each other.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great experience

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

One of our favorites in Santa Monica
Big parties there when we were there this weekend yet service was quick and perfect
Food yummy as alwaysp

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent meal served promptly in a lovely cheerful environment

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Had a going away party for a co-worker and the space and food was top notch. Very attentive server on a busy night. Was a wonderful evening. The food is very good.Ive eaten here before with another friend and from large groups to small, Upper West doesn’t disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Took two of my colleagues here for a business dinner. Our meal was delicious., and our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The place was nicely decorated for the holiday. It was a little noisy to try and have dinner conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent food and service. Priced reasonable. But extremely noisy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

My family and I had a great time. Great food, great drinks great service. The place looks great too.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

excellent service, love the bartenders. and the food stop. the tuna tacos are ridiculous. everything about this place is on point!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

A terrific spot for dining before or after an event at McCabes, just a couple of blocks to the west. Excellent wine list and creative menu. Don't miss the spicy salmon/crunchy rice appetizer, or the roasted cauliflower.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I thought everything worked well. Our service was great, really paid attention to us.
I wish the noise level could be worked on, seemed to have extra noise from voices bouncing off the glass wall (could be wrong).

Food was great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very noisy but great food. My steak was incredibly tasty and not too expensive.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

always excellent, server was great, 1//2 wines on Tuesdays is worth checking out.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server was good, the food was good and wow that place is loud!

Probably will not go back. Enjoy talking too much.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I highly recommend The Upper West. Interesting menu and energetic ambiance made this spot unique.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved the food, the excellent service, the energy of this restaurant! Took my 25 year old son with a couple of his friends, and we enjoyed every dish we ordered. The wait staff was super attentive and friendly, and I/we enjoyed watching the baseball game out of the corner of our eye. Not quiet! but good food and lively. Recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Sports
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of our best LA dining experiences EVER. Awesome.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was so noisy that we could not wait to get out of there. Terrible. My friends and I went hoarse trying to be heard above the caucophony. I will never go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I had the salmon on Israeli couscous with a red pepper sauce, delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Four of us loved everything we ate. The chef came out and walked around and spoke to us. Nice touch. He is charming. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My cocktail was maybe half the size it should have been and watered down, The fish was a bit dry. The mac and cheese was ok but my mother's was easily twice as good and she fed the whole family for maybe $2 per serving. This was Kraft with various cheeses and bacon.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was really good, ambience is nice and relaxed. Only complaint is that our waitress brought drinks then disappeared for over 30 min before coming for our food order.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good food and service. It's pretty noisy and can be hard to hear table conversations.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I always enjoy eating at Upper West. The ambiance and food is always good and service is great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I usually love dining at Upper West, but his time I was very disappointed. The service was very extremely slow. In addition, I ordered the swordfish special and when I placed my order, I asked the waiter to make sure the fish would be cooked all the way through. He assured me that it would, but when it finally arrived, it was only half cooked. When I got the waiter's attention registered my complaint, he said that this was the way the chef wanted it prepared. If he had told me that at the outset, I would have ordered something else. As it was, I had to send the plate back, but then there was another inordinately long wait to get my meal. By then, I had filled up on the vegetable dish we had ordered for the table, and my dining companions had finished with their meal. This was awkward for all of us. We always go to the restaurant early before it gets too noisy, but this time the service was so slow that the noise level was deafening before we finished our meal. I love the menu and the food at Upper West, but I'm not sure if we'll go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love the food and the service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was my first time here and was surprised to learn that you have been open for seven years! What a fool I am for never knowing this!

Will definitely definitely be returning very shortly. My husband and I and our friends have put this in our rotation of restaurants

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a great time with our family and kids! Drinks and food were incredible. It was super busy and the service was still delightful. Very accommodating for us and our small children which was great. Didn't make us feel like we were sticking out too much from the adult crowd :) DELISH and execution was superb!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Every time we go (Business) The comment is.."I forgot how good the food is".
Excellent food

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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