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Upper West

4.8
2093 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2093 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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RYANP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Definitely going again.

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vipYummy
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and tasty we dined on the enclosed terrace and felt safe, attended to and almost like normal. We look forward to our next meal at Upper West.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Overall disappointed. Had high hopes coming in and was seated "inside" which had a window that had a table to my back, felt crammed, they didn't have their happy hour anymore or items on their website. The host was pushy. We tried a drink and app and decided the menu didn't look good and the vibes were off so we left.

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DougF
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to go back to our favorite restaurant after a long hiatus.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite dinners I’ve had since moving to LA. Highly recommend starting with the tuna crunchy rice.

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Cynerama
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re all vaccinated and slowly emerging from our cocoons so it was great to go to our neighborhood restaurant and feel as if nothing had changed! Still not ready to dine indoors but we were in the room where the big windows are open to the street so it was as if we were outdoors. Felt very safe, all protocols were followed and everyone seemed happy to be back! Can’t wait to go again!

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vipDayleK
London
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food.

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GEOFFREYS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food by an amazing chef. Great atmosphere indoors and extensive bar if you just want to grab a drink. Try the bread pudding, it’s unreal!!

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vipRichard
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was sublime!! Friendly service, amazing food. It’s like home but so so much better!! This is my favourite place in the area.

JM
vipJMann
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is one of our go-to restaurants on the westside. It never disappoints!

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Maxwellk
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and cocktails

j
vipjonathanc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great visit after "lockdown" Unique wine list and diverse menu with something for everyone.

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vipTraceyB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Pretty big portions. Fun cocktails. We had a group of 7 and were seated well away from other tables. Would definitely return.

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vipfoodie
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

spare ribs too spicy....everything else, great! Fond memories of this place, just the best.

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vipRichard
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is literally the best. amazing food, lovely owners. Great drinks and perfect safe environment!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant great service love this place so much!

JD
vipJD45
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy that Upper West has survived the past year. It's one of the best restaurants and a top favorite.

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vipPB12
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful team. Felt very well taken care of by everyone. Food was outstanding, too!

JD
vipJD45
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be there -- folks enjoying being out and delish eats.

JC
vipJCCLACA
Los Angeles
224 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time to Upper West and we will definitely return. We had chilled Thai peanut noodles to start. Flavorful with a light peanut sauce. For entrees we had Pan Roasted Pittman Farms Chicken, actually more like a stew. The flavors were amazing. The Squid Ink Spaghetti with shrimp and sausage was delicious as well. The ciabatta that came with it was so good. Service was friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED this place!! The ambiance and the food were amazing!! We can’t wait to go again!

MC
vipMaryC
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent- neighborhood gem

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food and cool ambiance... Will definitely return. But the menu on Open Table says Happy Hour is daily until 7. We made our reservation at 6 so we could have time for that but when we arrived they told us it ends at 6. Not happy with that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing and pleasing ambiance. Best veggie burger I have ever had !!! Definitely going back when I visit LA again

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PatrickA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is exceptional. One of best restaurants on the west side.

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vipMonalikesgoodfood
Los Angeles
105 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A delicious, fun night out

Even sitting on the sidewalk, with lots of traffic whizzing by, it was tremendous fun to enjoy our appetizer of sinfully rich blue cheese potato chips, our delicious cocktails (I had a raspberry lemonade gin concoction, from which they kindly eliminated the basil at my request; my husband had a dry gin martini); the sweet, tender special pork loin, the iron flank steak, and a piece of chocolate cake. The staff was very nice about a requested substitution of a vegetable for the goat cheese mashed potatoes that came with my pork, and let me have asparagus instead. (They gave me multiple vegetable choices.) My husband's steak was perfectly cooked. The staff was very friendly and solicitous.

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annm
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back after a year. Service was great and the pork chop and chicken salad was yum. This is always the best place on the Westside for food, atmosphere and service😎

JM
vipJMann
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is one of our go to restaurants. So glad to be able to dine comfortably with them again, although sitting close to Pico does create a lot of background noise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously had to eat outdoors, but there was an excellent portable heater. Everything was excellent from start to finish.

LH
vipLeonH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to return to this gem after so long away! Always brilliant!

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vipSpanky
Los Angeles
132 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always Innovative Dishes and a fun atmosphere with great service!

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vipwink
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Unique flavors and GF menu items available. Seating outside and inside open patio very safe.

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Bobbie
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food... so many gold standards and unique creative dishes too... sooo hard to choose! Fun to pick a few plates and share. Cocktails shaken to perfection and wonderful wine list. Best of all, everyone that works at Upper West is kind, generous, and makes every customer feel special. Beautiful evening out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good wine!

NG
NikkiG1084
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From service, to food, to drinks, Everett was great. The flatiron steak and roasted chicken were both delicious, and my el Diablo drink - I could have had 5 of them!

MS
MaryS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Covid friendly seating both inside (windows are so huge it is like you are outside) and outside. Feels like you are in a city, very vibrant.

R
vipRichard
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful valentines meal. Service and food was perfect! Relaxed and incredible quality. Love love this place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In LA for Valentine's Day weekend, somehow managed to beat the rush and get a table here as soon as they opened for dinner. Wow what a pleasant surprise.
The food: quality ingredients, beautiful plating.
The service: amazing and intuitive, great staff.
The location: street side, not too many cars that go by.
The pro tip: order ALL the appetizers. Thank me later.

Definitely coming back here next time I'm in LA

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic time been there the last 2 weekends! The food is outstanding try the short ribs!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Owner was rude. Said he would be with us and then he walked away and made a personal phone call

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Upper West using the Order Online button. Upper West also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 586-1111.

Upper West is rated 4.8 stars by 2093 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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