Upland

4.7
2136 reviews
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Contemporary American
Built around a California-style culinary philosophy that takes heavy cues from the seasons, Upland balances a familiar rusticity with a smart global approach, all enhanced with a New Yorker’s eye for detail. The restaurant offers an artful array of starters, entrees and sides, each plate accented with chef Justin Smillie’s enticing and urbane touch. The wine program, overseen by beverage manager Chantelle Pabros, matches the excitement coming out of Upland’s open kitchen, with a worldly 500-bottle list and a clever by-the-glass selection that’s remarkably food-friendly.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2136 People Are Saying
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

This is a trendy place to eat what is essentially overpriced bar food.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for being seated in the ‘tourist section’ near the door on a cold wintry day, lovely place to land after just arriving to NYC by train. Nice that we could easily check our small overnight bags with our coats. Great service, charming decor, delicious fresh straight forward menu, can’t wait to go back

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfy but special. All dishes were simple and the flavors of each component came through

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter could not have been more rude. In addition, the manager barely made an apology for the waiter’s behavior. Not to mention the food, which was ok at best.

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New York Area
336 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great venue. Energic staff, professional. Food supurb.

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d
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Smoked duck was amazing, pasta done perfect, sauces outstanding.

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FR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. We were seated right away at a great table! We were there on late side of brunch but the menu incorporated both breakfast and lunch items. It was warm and cozy with the perfect amount of activity. The kale pizza was incredible.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at Upland. I found our waiter to be slightly pretentious (eg. when you ask for hashbrowns on the side, don't say "we don't have hashbrowns," instead say "did you mean the side of potatoes?" and i also would prefer they seat incomplete parties. we would have ordered drinks at our seats and given our waiter more $ instead of being uncomfortable at a crowded bar not ordering drinks on principle. Otherwise, DELICIOUS food. I'll be back.

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OA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We wanted to try a weekend brunch, the place was completely full, the people were professional and friendly enough and the food was very good. I loved the apple cinnamon desert

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1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to Upland for a date night. Service was great, food was delicious. We ordered the Cesar, Tuna Crudo, Lamb and Scallops and loved all of it! So yummy. I would definitely recommend Upland for a date night!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good service . I ordered the porchetta sandwich which was very tough and fatty. Others in my party really enjoyed their choices . Server was very efficient and courteous.

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MO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was tasty enough and our waitress was very nice. Sadly, the kitchen seems to struggle getting the food out on time. We ended up canceling our last dish as it took too long to arrive and I ate all the bread waiting for it. I don't think we will return.

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner! We had a fabulous server and sommelier too. Every suggestion was terrific. Their signature ciappino was delicious and authentic We will definitely return.

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. We eat there often and are never disappointed. The Gem salad is one of our favorites.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I thought the salmon entree was noticeably small portion. Also the wine by the glass special was a noticeably small pour.

I am a repeat guest at upland. Perhaps this was an aberration.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is awesome. Don't miss out on the estrella pasta or the five lettuce caesar salad. Service was a little awkward at times but certainly didn't take away from a 5 star dining experience.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband for his birthday - it was excellent. The service was perfection.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good and the salad was fresh.
The Margarita pizza was perfect and the salad had fresh basil. The bread was very tasty.

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JD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Rushed meal service, otherwise great.

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KT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

1st server never noticed us, and it wasn't until we asked who was our server did she come to the table and greet us. The server that ended up finishing the service was much more attentive and customer service focused.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great ambience, food was fresh and delicious-
this place has a great vibe - there are many healthy food options

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration with my family, and they brought us a dessert w a candle! Much appreciated

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

BRUNCH!!
As a NY’er, I’m always on the hunt for innovative and delicious cuisine.
Upland achieves that winning combination with a fun and vibrant atmosphere as a backdrop.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience - from the bar, to the table, to the staff, to the amazing food - loved it!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very well prepared; the fish, pasta and ingredients were all fresh - and the presentation / serving size was spot-on!

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New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid choice every time. Amazing food, and there's something for everyone - even picky eaters.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times and it is always excellent

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The chicken was under cooked and we got sick from it the next day. The servers rushed us through our meal and cleared our food and drinks that we were not even done with yet. Terrible experience !!!!

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JC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed st the hotel giraffe right across the street. Ordered the branzino for 2. Delicious and memorable though salty as is to be expected. Little gem salad was delicious ( we shared). Would go again.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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RW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend for excellent food & cocktails. Just wish it was easier to get reservations!

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KB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service at Upland is usually amazing but this time we got a server who was not interested in helping us decide what to order. I have been to Upland many times for dinner but never brunch. Our server seemed very annoyed with our questions and gave clipped answers to very run of the mill questions (what do you recommend? how is that dish prepared?).

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I always love the food at Upland. I had a creative salmon/rice/brussels sprouts dish for brunch that was fantastic. The service is a bit hit or miss, however - the quality is high but they tend to be a bit cold which can be a turnoff. However sometimes the server has been just lovely!

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a great restaurant on all points. Not only is the space beautiful but service and food quality met my already high expectations based on reviews. Although I was a single diner arriving near closing time I was never made to feel rushed. I will definitely be back soon.

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LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful environment and food. My friends and I had the best time!

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BC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal, but the restaurant needs to get its reservation system better under control. We arrived a couple minutes late for our 11:30 brunch reservation. The staff asked if we wanted to check out coats. We did. Then we were asked if we wanted to wait at the bar while our table was prepped. I would guess it was at least 20 minutes after that before our table was ready. As a consequence I felt a bit rushed through our meal by the wait staff. They kept trying to clear things I was still eating. Making up for lost time before the next reservation arrived?

The pastry basket was outstanding and our craft cocktails, too. The roasted porchetta sandwich was half porchetta, half cracklins-- not what the menu led me to expect and not what I wanted.

The shortcomings are not enough to keep me away, but I do hope that management addresses them.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great lightening. Lovely staff.

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AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was below average.... was quite disappointed

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DH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at Upland. The food, service, and atmosphere were impeccable. Thanks especially to Jay!

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