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About Upper West

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.

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, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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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Private Dining

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.

Upper West Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (32)
Fit for Foodies (26)
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Fun (23)
Good for a Date (23)
Business Meals (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Romantic (6)
People Watching (5)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Our favorite restaurant, great food and drinks, friendly personnel

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for group dining. Buzzy but not too loud . Menu is varied and can suit most diets. Service was friendly and attentive

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service along with exceptional food, again!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Monday’s is a great deal because you can order off the happy hour menu until 10pm!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service, fantastic menu and great value. We will be back, must try everything on their menu!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

POSITIVE, UPBEAT, DELICIOUS, PRESENTATION, SERVICE - all 5 stars!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Loud crowd. Good food. Fun photos in the bathrooms.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

As always food wonderful and great service. My place to stop in before show at McCabe's.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great. A little noisy. Great wait staff.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Upper West was a customer recommendation for a lunch meeting. Great call. the food is very good, service is prompt. No unnecessary fluff, which I appreciate.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Well, we didn't realize it was the tail end of happy hour so it was very crowded and loud. The service was efficient, but we could tell the server was stressed and we felt rushed and didn't want to ask her for too much. The Mac and cheese was the best I have ever had. The grilled cheese, which sounded amazing, was mediocre at best. Thought about sending it back but didn't want to trouble the server. They do have a great happy hour menu so I could see why it was packed.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The menu had many unusual spices and ingredients and when we questioned the waiter he was not well informed about the food preparation. After notifying him of our food allergies he correctly told us when we ordered was fine and then after dinner was prepared and delivered he informed my husband he could not eat his dish. He left two meals on the table and returned two to the kitchen to prepare different meals. We had to ask to send everything back to keep it hot and they again brought back 2 out of 4 meals, when all were not prepared. We spoke to the manager who was less then charming, barely apologized and when the bill came they took just 10% off the total and never said another thing . We thought the food was excellent but would not return because of the attitude and how they handled things poorly. Serving food you are allergic to and serving meals at different times is not Ok when you charge these prices!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

First time visiting, great little happy hour bites. Happy hour goes til 10pm on Mondays, and til 7pm every other day, including weekends! Wife is very critical of food and even she was impressed. Chicken Tawook had excellent Lebanese flavors. We went during off-peak hours, don't know how this place holds up when it gets busy

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Was our anniversary and I put that in the reservation, but the restaurant never acknowledged it. Service was ok.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Not much effort put into DineLA food executions. Menu looked great, but food was mediocre. Regular dining experience there is pretty good, but DineLA is clearly not a priority.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went to the Dine LA. and were surprised at the quality of the food as well as the gorgeous plates. (art)

Good venue

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Four of us decided to try a "new " place. WE had a terrific dinner, good wine and excellent service . We will definitely be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was fantastic. Nice cozy place.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Unfortunately the chef (whom we love) cut his finger that night and I believe the food we ordered was cooked by someone else. It was not as good as the many times prior that we had had dining there.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food. Creative dishes. Great atmosphere. Great staff.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Healthy, Fun, Spicy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Very good food. Will definitely return.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food and service were very good. it was Xmas eve and the place was packed, but all was well. Thought it was a bit pricy, but it was a holiday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Office Holiday lunch. Everyone loved the restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food and service was great. Great menu for sharing. I came for dinner with a friend to catch up and it felt like we had to yell over the noise a lot to hear each other.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great experience

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of our favorites in Santa Monica
Big parties there when we were there this weekend yet service was quick and perfect
Food yummy as alwaysp

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent meal served promptly in a lovely cheerful environment

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Had a going away party for a co-worker and the space and food was top notch. Very attentive server on a busy night. Was a wonderful evening. The food is very good.Ive eaten here before with another friend and from large groups to small, Upper West doesn’t disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Took two of my colleagues here for a business dinner. Our meal was delicious., and our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The place was nicely decorated for the holiday. It was a little noisy to try and have dinner conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent food and service. Priced reasonable. But extremely noisy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My family and I had a great time. Great food, great drinks great service. The place looks great too.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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