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.View Private Dining Details
Great surprise, right off the freeway so a good meeting spot. Good food, great service and a fun atmosphere!
Our friends enjoyed the food and drinks . Will probably try again.
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.
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!
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.
Love the food and service at Upper West. The hospitality is excellent.
The food and service were excellent. I enjoyed the varied menu and would highly recommend the restaurant. I hope to go back soon.
Great manager! But service was a bit slow and we waited a long time past our reservation time.
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!
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!
Waitress was great little issue with the order she took care of it great customer service
A friends Saturday night dinner with great food and service and a fun vibe! would highly recommend.
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.
Never thought to try it because of its location but it was a wonderful surprise
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...
Everyday meals are creative and innovative. I highly recommend this restaurant for its service and excellent food.
I really enjoyed this place it was my first time there and there was a happy hour from 5 to 7 which had really great choices and prices on it. I tried the tuna tacos which were delicious. I was there for dinner so I ordered off the regular menu and had octopus salad appetizer and a pasta. I will definitely be back.
The food was great. Everything we ate was delicious. It was busy and kind of loud, but we enjoyed the meal and could hear our conversations so it wasn't too loud.
Amazing. Delicious food, great waiter.
Upper West is Orchestra Santa Monica's go-to place for our after-concert get togethers. We always have a great time. The Happy Hour menu is perfect for us. The staff is very patient with our large group!
This restaurant never disappoints. The chef himself comes out and discusses his food with guests which makes it very personable. The owner is always so accommodating and mindful of what his customers needs are. A real gem!!
Valentine's Day is a busy night but you cannot serve cold food, there's no excuse. We believe the establishment was understaffed that evening and it had a big impact on the experience.
Our favorite restaurant, great food and drinks, friendly personnel
Went for Valentine's day special 4 course dinner. The crab cake appetizer and main course fish were outstanding, as was the dessert. The soup was very good; our least favorite was the duck for the main course. Great service. Considering the restaurant was full, the noise level was acceptable. A most enjoyable dinner experience.
Great place for group dining. Buzzy but not too loud . Menu is varied and can suit most diets. Service was friendly and attentive
I have been Dining at Upper West since it first opened for both business lunches and get together dinners- whether large or small groups the service and food is always excellent, and they treat you like they are truly happy to see you and appreciate your being there- Aldo is the best!
Their service was unbelievable, especially for a big party. They also confirmed with me by phone twice before the date which I really appreciated. They were organized and ready once the generous majority of my party were available. Food was excellent, moderately priced. Great date night, not necessarily intimate or romantic. Good for nice date.
Great service along with exceptional food, again!!!
Monday’s is a great deal because you can order off the happy hour menu until 10pm!
Had a business lunch at 12:45 on a weekday. Was a nice day so elected to sit out on patio which was great. Each of us ordered a salad and both were very good. Would return again as it was easy to have a conversation and conduct business.
Food was quite good and had lots of options to choose from. Loved the fish and the cauliflower appetizer was very good, though it may have had a bit too much tahini. Steak dishes looked fantastic and would probably get that next time. Will go back!
Excellent service, fantastic menu and great value. We will be back, must try everything on their menu!
POSITIVE, UPBEAT, DELICIOUS, PRESENTATION, SERVICE - all 5 stars!
Never disappointed at Upper West. Vibrant atmosphere in a comfortable, casual setting. Hostess, manager, server chef are all extremely friendly and professional. Cocktails are made well. Food is outstanding. Last nights menu items: salmon on crispy rice, ahi tacos, short rib, pork tenderloin. we would order all of these again.
Give this place a try.
Loud crowd. Good food. Fun photos in the bathrooms.
Everything was just fantastic! My friend and I each ordered from the Dine LA menu, then we shared. We were not disappointed! Our favorites were the salmon tartare on sticky rice, the coffee - crusted pork tenderloin and a tie between the chocolate mouse crunch cake (with peanut butter ice cream and roasted marshmallow) and the carrot cake ice cream sandwich. Not to mention the happy hour priced blood orange mojito (with watermelon juice too) -- yummy! Plus, really wonderful service!
Excellent food and outstanding service. You have more options if you're omnivores as we are, but there are a few options for vegetarians. Liked the music, upbeat but not distracting. We arrived early and enjoyed the quiet, but were relieved to find that as the place got crowded we could still hear each other talk. We'll definitely go back, and have already recommended it to friends.
As always food wonderful and great service. My place to stop in before show at McCabe's.
Great. A little noisy. Great wait staff.