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About Upper West

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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We will be open Christmas Eve with our regular menu.

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Private Dining

The fun-loving atmosphere at Upper West welcomes all generations for large and small events. The restaurant’s energetic and modern atmosphere welcomes parties for every occasion, whether it is a rehearsal dinner, corporate event, graduation, birthday party or any other celebration.

Upper West Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Casual (28)
Fun (26)
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Good for Groups (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Happy Hour (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Business Meals (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Special Occasion (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (7)
People Watching (7)
Cozy (6)
Great Beer (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
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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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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have been to upper west many times for family and friends gathering and every time we were pleased with our choice. We love the ambiance, environment, decoration and most importantly the variety and creativity of the food. Their separate area is good for a private occasion. Highly recommend Upper West!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My husband and I went for a pre-movie dinner and the food was great! We shared two apps and an entree and it was the perfect amount. We had the burrata (delicious), the mushroom tortellini (loved the goat cheese on it) and the short ribs (simply perfection). The service was good, not too overly attentive or absent. My ONE complaint if I had to make one was that there was a table at the bar watching a football game on the TV and one of the guys kept yelling VERY loudly cheering at the game. Didn't bother us too much the first time, but 3-4 times in, I was surprised they didn't ask him to be more respectful of the restaurant full of people trying to enjoy their meals. He was very obnoxious and kept silencing everyone as they jumped in their seats when he yelled. This is a restaurant, not a sports bar, I wish the management had said something.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The owner and hostess and servers could not have been more welcoming, gracious and accommodating. We went for a 82nd year old's birthday and they acted like they were welcoming us into their lovely home.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Fantastic food and excellent service. But a lot of hard surfaces and loud conversation can make conversation difficult.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Maincourse and appetizers were terrific. Drinks were great, too. Desserts were less than successful. Our service was always friendly, but as the restaurant got busier, service slowed way down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A fantastic local spot with great quality, unique food in a fun atmosphere! I just learned they have happy hour from 5-7pm so I will be going even more often ;)

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food, amazing service and fun setting! The food was delicious. I found yummy healthy options (kale salad with monk fish or chicken is to die for!!) and outstanding less healthy options (the burratta is divine, ahi fish tacos are delicious, blue-cheese chips are smack-your-mama good!). Love, love, love this place!!!! And the best part is that they are always so super friendly and nice!!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great service, modern and interesting menu, great taste.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great service from Maria our server as well as friendly greeting by hostess. Food excellent as always.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great spot. Will definitely return.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Upper West is simply a very cool place to be. A good selection of food options and a tremendous bar list of some of the best brands of alcohol on the market. Fun, energetic atmosphere and some of the best employees of any restaurant / bar you will find. Always as expected.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I went to Upper West with my fiancee for a date night. We recently moved in down the street, and wanted to give it a try.

They were able to seat us early, at a nice table in the back with a view of the action at the bar. Our waiter, Rob, was friendly and informative, and made us feel welcome as patrons and as neighbors. He provided excellent suggestions, accommodated our food allergies, and provided excellent service all night long. At one point he brought over the owner so we could meet the proprietor of our new neighborhood spot.

It was a great experience, and we’re looking forward to going back.

The burger(veggie and beef) is out of the world, the pork belly wraps are to die for, and the drinks are sublime. I could drink the Honey Rye all night.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great new place that we look forward to coming back to often. Everything we ordered was amazing. Wine by the glass was to die for. Price is no bargain but worth every penny. We'll be back soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Highly recommend. Food was good and interesting. Ambience was great and service was very good. Happy hour is a great value and available every day. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very pleasant ambiance. Able to have nice conversation. Service attentive. Host very friendly. Had small plates. Octopus, Kale salad, Mac n Cheese, corn, ribs were good. Lamb taco, mushroom ravioli, and pork belly were ok. Overall, a wonderful dining experience that's quiet enough for good conversation.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We left it to our waiter to choose what to serve us , and had a fabulous meal, the right amount of food, wonderful choices, and great pacing. Such a great experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had dinner there before going to a jazz concert. There were five of us. We arrived during Happy Hour. One guest said the Craft beer he ordered was the best beer he had ever had. He asked the waitress to write it down. Food was great. The menu has lots of varied choices without being overwhelming. Some of us ate from the appetizer choices and others chose the entrees. Three of us shared the Mac and Cheese and it was amazing. Noise level was a little high, but not so high that you couldn't hold a conversation. The place was packed and it was a Wednesday night, so I imagine reservations are a must. Will happily go there again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Creative (Spicy Salmon atop a crunchy rice loaf) A nice sample of different dishes (chicken with Indian spices and chutney + seabass with tahini lemon and tomato). All at a VERY competitive price-point for an LA restaurant. Will be back!

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food! Very loud. Excellent service. Full of cigarette smoke from owner's friends who were hovering outside the front door smoking heavily

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Staff was Great
Food was Great
Location is Great
A little noisy during the dinner hours.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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