Upland

4.7
2398 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.

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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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only disappointment was the ac was not working great and it was a very hot and humid night .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hot. The AC was broken!

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WC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

The restaurant had no air conditioning on a midsummer night. It was brutally hot and management made no accommodation whatsoever for its diners. The food was average, but the conditions were brutal.

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CW
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I visited due to “lunch with FT” article. I arrived early. My fault. The bar area was too crowded. Nowhere to put ones drink. Table was fine with ample room, which is often not the case. I would have liked a light starter - a freshening salad, but the waitress thankfully warned me that they were huge. I opted for shoulder of lamb. It was well cooked a very tasty. However, the plate was very ‘busy’ and the minty sauce too overwhelming. I enjoyed Uplands. Service very good. Maybe the chef is trying a little too hard. I would return.

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H
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was great. Food was good. She suggested we share so we picked three courses and dessert. It was perfect. Pizza is really good—we had the mushroom. I would definitely go again. It is noisy, however.

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u
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall our first visit to Upland is great. We like the space and much of what we ordered was delicious (especially the pastas). Format was ideal for sharing, which we like, and we appreciated that the server recommended that we upsize the crispy duck wing appetizer to four pieces so that each of our party could try one. Some glitches brought the experience down to a "pretty good" four from an ecstatic five - in particular our two rounds of drinks were both poorly timed, the second arriving after we were basically done eating. A side of shishito peppers was not blistered the way one would expect and it just wasn't pleasant to eat. Weird! But we still had a lot of fun and would eagerly come back.

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SC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing I will be coming back! The food was amazing and the service was amazing

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We were 6 people for lunch. Food was good overall, except for the salads. Waiter was pretty bad - had a real attitude. That spoiled the experience. Would not go back.

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

Amazing all around
Never disappointed
Food is exceptional
the caccio e peppe never disappoints

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The waiter was excellent but the manager is rude. The cacio pepe is usually great but has been very peppery lately!

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FC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space is warm and beautiful, with curves and wood and beautiful flowers!!!
Our Sommelier, Nicolas was charming, extremely knowledgeable and helpful in pairing wines with our food choices- The Steak Tartare being a standout for me, and the crispy mushroom and Branzino were also very delicious! Our waiter, Jake, was also wonderful! Wonderful staff, great service and food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checked in late but they were accommodating to get us seated in a timely manner.

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JP
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I liked the restaurant and it had a great buzz. It is not for a quiet dinner. I was disappointed that my artichoke was too hard to eat. I was also not pleased to receive my main course before I finished my starter.
I was given a pudding as a compensation for the hard artichoke. It was lovely but I could have done without eating it as I had already had enough food and did not want a pudding.

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a
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Consistently delicious! Service was just OK this time, but we were there on the later side...

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three of us loved the cacio e pepe and the crispy duck wings! I will definitely come back for more. Thank you for the great food and service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

I used to love this restaurant, but my recent experience was very disappointing. Ceasar salad was extremely bitter, and the chicken wrap tasted like something I could make at home with little effort. Mostly just lettuce and shredded chicken- nothing special at all. It almost felt like cheap fast food :( The bucatini was delicious though. We also had the sundae which was also meh. So underwhelming and unimpressive for a restaurant at this price point which used to be so much better.

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p
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party of three had a great meal and an enjoyable evening on the Saturday night of a Holiday weekend. Friendly unpretentious setting and delicious food. Can't wait to return. I can specifically recommend the pappardelle, monkfish, and kale pizza. Would pass on the carrots but so much more we want to try. Minor quibble was that it was an extremely hot and humid evening and the ac in the restaurant couldn't keep up - it was very warm in there. Most guests and definitely the waitstaff were sweating. We might have stayed for after dinner drinks/coffee/dessert but we were just too hot.

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

i usually love upland but the dish that i ordered was not up to par. i USUALLY get the bucatini or the caesar first and then share the bronzino for 2 -- all of which are delicious and generously portioned. this time, i ordered the salmon which was TINY and the side salad had very strange flavors that did not mesh well with fish

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have been here before and it is always good service, but this time something went wrong. It was a table of 3 for brunch and the order was an egg tortilla, eggs benedict and the quiche. For some strange reason the egg tortilla came out first and we figure the next 2 item will follow behind. After about 2 minutes we get our waiter and ask her to take back the tortilla till everything is ready. For a 3 top, it took awhile for out whole order to come. We're surprise for a restaurant of this caliber that this happened.

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S
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly charming restaurant with fabulous food and attentive service!

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SS
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I have absolutely loved having brunch here, however, my dinner was not the best. The ambiance is incredible, the cocktails are good, and the staff is lovely. The menu is very seasonal, so I recommend looking in advance to see if the offerings suit our taste for that time of year.

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B
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Upland several times- only this time was with family and kids. The ambiance and decor is stunningly beautiful. It has a mid-century /mod industrial chic design which is very cool. The bar experience is fabulous and the mixologists are no joke. They do make the experience of having a drink quite lovely. Eating experience is just as lovely. From the home made bread - (yum) to the pastas, pizzas, steak or salmon it’s a home run! Caesar salad is not your traditional salad- no creamy dressing- definitely different. Dessert was lovely as well and the sommelier was quite helpful. Love love love this place for its consistency and overall unique experience.

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C
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The attitude was really bad, they try to gave us a table very bad , and they were no nice service, except for the two Mexican guys, but everyone looks in a bad mood. Maybe is the relationship between all of them. Cacio e pepe was good, but don’t deserve to go there to have it, when you have a lot of places in nyc that they make it.
We are not going back.

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food and ambience were very good. However, the lack of air conditioning on an 80° plus evening truly took away from the experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Steak was too salty. Almost inedible. Waitress was aggressive and judgmental of our order.

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RC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Italian influenced cuisine. Staff were friendly, efficient and fun. Food was absolutely amazing.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love it, consistently very good food ambiance and service. Nice and spacious and elegant without being stuffy.

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HS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as I remembered. The food was so good. Next time, I will have double orders of the duck wings as my main course. So delicious.

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Little attitude at the front of the house and grilled bread entree was never grilled. Clearly a mistake and handled promptly and properly. Have dined her a lot and will continue to do so.

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S
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful! Service was warm and friendly.
The cheeseburger is a must. One of the best cheeseburgers I have ever had. Baby gem salad was also exceptional.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I loved this place but two things consistently happen when I’m there: food takes FOREVER to arrive and it’s so super loud I can’t hear my guests. Sitting at the bar alleviates a lot of these issues. Food is simply delish. I always get the kale sausage pizza & little gem salad!

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience. Great food and atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Hostesses were rude, we had a 9pm reservation they sat us at 9:40pm. Our server was lovely.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Pretty restaurant, pretty much all I can say.... food was very disappointing compared to the price & portion. Everything was drenched with salt, a lot of salt. Seemed like the chef was not present or lost his/her taste bud....Ordered pappardelle and couldn’t even finish it as I was full from drinking too much water due to saltiness. Ordered gem salad, it tasted like it was drizzled with fish sauce, yuck! It wasn’t mentioned on the menu! I told the server about it and he was nice enough to offer to a different salad, but didnt take it. Ordered sausage+kale pizza, also salty (less salty than the pasta). Lastly, ordered beer, 1/3 was foam in a small glass... I’d recommend to a friend only to experience the ambiance, but that’s it. Sadly, can’t see myself going back, even though I live only 2 blocks away.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love this place but we we’re placed at a table kind of jn no mans land in bar area right next to a water/register station. First round of dishes came out too quickly and all at once, then a long wait for the main (a shared bronzino dish). Food was quite good - little gem salad and cacio e Pepe pasta were best, fish also really good with bright vinegary flavors. Mushroom was a bit soggy and the crudo a bit too sweet. Love Upland but have had better experiences there in the past. All good, will still be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved having a booth: food and service excellent as always

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