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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.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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
1 block west of Centinela
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
12 foot projector screen featuring movies, shows, and sports events.
Prefixed or customized buffet and seated menus, with full bar service.
We can accommodate off site or personal home catering as well.
Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7
Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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