Upper West

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2035 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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talarD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Amazing drinks! Fantastic service! Great ambiance!

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alans
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the squid ink Cioppino preceded by flatbread.Wife had Bronzino. all was excellent. Large beer menu. Outdoor and patio seating was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was superb

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MarkH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Nick knocked it out of the park again. The charred avocado salad (a newer item on the menu) was delicious-our tweens said they could just eat that and cancel their dinner, until their short ribs came-which they also loved! My flank steak was perfectly cooked and the gorgonzola slaw provided a savory contrast to the carmelized glaze on the meat. The mixologist made a fantastic spin on a manhattan and the diablo margarita was aromatic and just spicy enough. Overll, an exceptional experience, and one we have come to expect as they always deliver! Can't wait to go back!

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vipAdonisC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at this location was excellent. Everyone was so friendly from the time we arrived there until we left. The food was unique and amazing. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food. The key lime pie was amazing as well. I definitely recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. I’ve always enjoyed it. There is a small dining area with windows that open all the way. So you feel like you’re sitting in a dining room. Can’t wait to be able to dine inside once again. There is a lovely dining area and an even vibeier bar.

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vipSpanky
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A fun time with great unique food and a nice atmosphere. We go there often and were it not for COVID and the slightly reduced number of menu choices, would probably go more.

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jacob
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistent delicious food. The charred avocado and chopped salad are fantastic!

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vipAndrewHammond
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Upper West normally has great food, great service, and a great vibe. On this visit they missed the mark on service and ambiance. The server did his best to make it right and that is appreciated. Will go back and expect the usual great all round experience that Upper West provides.

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SashaV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I’ve been to Upper West (during the pandemic), it’s my cup of tea! The staff is attentive and food selection is broad. Drinks are varied and delicious! The small disadvantages are street parking only and it can be a little loud during normal business hours for outdoor dining. After 6-630pm however, you’re in the clear!

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vipSara
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. Chef Nick fried avocados and sweet potatoes are my all time favorite. Trust the recommends of the staff. You can’t go wrong!

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DelosW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great, attentive service. Chargrilled Avocado app was fantastic. We both had fish dishes which were wonderful.

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PeymanY
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was really good, noise level high, probably not a good choice for a quite and romantic evening

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WestsideDiner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great place. Food was excellent. Oddly very slow service with 60+ min wait for entree to be served after ordering.

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Rachael
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Every staff member we interacted with was super friendly. The food and drinks came out super fast and was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time and the food was amazing.

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MaddieG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved the charred avocado and chopped salad! Also very accommodating for gluten free

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DrCristyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing and the service is personable

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KenB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a fan of the giant movie projected over my parties head. I'd have liked to not have the distraction. But the food and service were good and I had a nice time.

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vipNini
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food. Interesting menu and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience1

The food was disgusting...usually never write a review, but this is 1 of the worst foods I’ve had ever in a restaurant.

The chopped salad was trying to be too creative w/ the fruits & feta along w/ the bulgur & the Spicy Tuna was like a runny paste instead of chopped on a chewy Crispy Rice.

Smoked Blue Cheese chips is a novel idea & was excited to try, but ended up too blue cheesy.

The steak had too many sinews...only redeeming dishes were the Thai Peanut Noodle & the Charred Avocado.

Service however was very good...unfortunately, the food did not match the service.

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vipMajordoc
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always. Only reason for the 4 rating on ambiance is the outdoor street side table setting. Well worth it, though to have a great meal during the pandemic. No loss in service or tasty food despite the smaller menu. Owners take great pride in what they do here, so more time to chat with them due to the smaller number of patrons than pre-COVID. One of our favorite restaurants before, and still a favorite now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is great and the people have always made sure every one of us feel special. So good to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff were very welcoming and friendly.

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vipdynamite
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

great neighborhood spot for food and drinks, very consistent

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat. Hands-down, best in town!

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AlexandraK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, delicious drinks, and the dessert is to die for. I highly suggest the bread budding and short ribs

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vipSandie
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great price and great social distancing area to dine.

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KellyM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The drinks were a bit inconsistent so I’m still not sure what we had.
The food was amazing! I had a food allergy and they did not omit it from my avocado appetizer and I pointed it out. Then for dinner it was in another dish and they did correct it quickly after serving it but I ate a little already. So a little scary and thank goodness I did not get sick.

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vipamandac
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the seating arrangement! Food came out quickly and was delicious.

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DougF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It is one of my favorite restaurants, obviously things are different now, and I don't get to have the pleasure of sitting at the bar right now, but I will keep supporting them through the crisis.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upper West is my favorite restaurant, hands-down a true winner! Get the chicken sandwich and avocado with toast. It's excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Ten out of ten each and every time!

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Betty
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ventured out for our first "date night" romantic meal since the start of the pandemic and our county's slow re-opening. First up, Upper West is well set up to follow all the protocols for social distancing and safe food service. We made a reservation and sat on the patio. It was lovely! Breezy but not cold. We ordered cocktails, shared the octopus appetizer, then he had the short rib while I ordered the salmon. Everything was delicious, fresh, and chef-driven. The service was friendly and attentive (in full face shields!) As a special treat, our server brought us a delicious dessert, on the house! We lingered over a glass of bubbly, the evening out was that pleasant. Highly recommend. Support a local restaurant!

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Smiles
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service & ambiance🎉🎉

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining- sat buy open window so felt safe & distanced

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vipLisat
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice way to break quarantine. Very friendly staff delicious food will be back soon

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Smiles
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Highly recommend

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OrvinC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Mother’s Birthday with family gathering of 10 people. They were super accommodating when we had a plus one and our party became a group of 11. The server was very attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious, chicken kabobs tender, the mash potatoes the best, the cocktails were great and the food portions were fair considering it was a lil more upscale restaurant. There was an error on one of our orders but the server quickly rectified it, comped me a cocktail and didn’t charge me for the dish at the end which was nice of him. The Ambience is nice although it can be a bit dim at night. Overall a great experience and one of the few places to re open up for large groups and meet most safety guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Such great food and great ambiance!

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You can order delivery directly from Upper West using the Order Online button.

Upper West is rated 4.7 stars by 2035 OpenTable diners.

Upper West does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1552/the-upper-west.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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