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Upper West

4.8
2174 reviews
$30 and under
American
Upper West's ever-changing menu draws inspiration from around the world while maintaining eclectic flavors unique to them. The bar offers Happy Hour Wednesday-Sunday from 4:30-7:00pm serving refreshing craft cocktails, handcrafted beer. The dinner menu is always evolving and 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 events 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2174 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLaura
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, the Templar Knight waiter was a bit … under-utilized. But, other than that, everything was Perfect!! The food, as always, was excellent. The service was outstanding. And the manager was able to rearrange our table location after a polite request. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Laura & Helen

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was romantic, dim, well decorated and classy and the food was really good and reasonably priced

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mojien
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely go back again. Great service and very fresh delicious food.

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viparjay
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have eaten there several times.
Patio seating provides a really nice ambiance .
The octopus , lamb and fennel flatbread , tuna tartar , chicken curry salad appetizers are all fantastic.
The flat iron steak is exceptional !
At very reasonable prices it’s a great value and great community restaurant .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal, favor rich dishes. I highly recommend.

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vipLAvisitor
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Short staffed but great people working the restaurant.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared Steak tacos with my gf, perfect amount of food and delicious. Menu is a bit pricey but the atmosphere is nice and the service is great.

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vipLuv2chew
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service was slow however, once our food was served, we were rushed out of the restaurant. Would not recommend.

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vipSlypenna
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! Great atmosphere

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JackF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food and drinks were very good but the traffic and street noise was terrible.

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AngelaE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here to celebrate my birthday. My first priority was to find a restaurant to accommodate a party of nine. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Upper West. The place is beautiful. The menu choices are great and the food and drinks really delicious. Service was friendly and prompt. Definitely hope to go back soon. Thanks.

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vipLAfoodie2
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we dine here is a culinary delight! The service is outstanding, and Fred is always making sure the diners are satisfied. The menu has offerings for every palate, and they are all so delicious! It can get a bit noisy, so we usually go before 7:00.
We highly recommend eating here!

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tinay
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the tasty food. I would definitely go back!

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vipSoledadR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibe

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all around. This was first time at this restaurant and will definitely make it a regular stop!

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vipKABA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner greeted us at the door and was so happy to have us as customers. The food was outstanding as was the service!

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vipsthayer44
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and ambiance!

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Tiff
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious. So much flavor. Try the el diablo margarita. Highly recommend.

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vipSpanky
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun and always great flavors. One of our favorite spots.

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DannyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tuna small plate is a swirl on anything I have ever tasted. It falls into the "must try" category and is worth the trip alone. Parking is a little rough and there is some road noise. But the service, food and decor is a welcome surprise for this corner of LA.

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KellyG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We requested outdoor seating, but it was a little noisy with traffic, but not bad. Super cool open air place with all windows open. Very lovely. Next time, I am going to request indoor. Happy hour prices were great! Cocktails were 8$ with a wonderful selection. I ordered the chicken sandwich from a friends recommendation and it was spicy and delicious!! A friend ordered the cheeseburger and said she had never tasted a better burger. Another friend ordered the steak tacos. They were a huge hit!! Wish I knew the marinade for that steak. Soooo delicious!!! This place is a must go to when in LA/Santa Monica.

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PeterM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fantastic. Period!!!
Gracious owner. Beautiful space. Everything is tasty.

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vipMiaS
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always delicious.

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Richard
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were on Vacation and one of the cities we planned to visit was Santa Monica. When we got to our hotel we began to think about dinner. We pulled up places and randomly choose Upper West. We made a reservation, which was also a bonus. We had the most lovely dinner. The place was full of laughter, everyone seemed to having the best time. We vacationed from San Diego to San Francisco and ate at lovely places every night, but this was one of our very favorites.

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Forest
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The veggie burgers are delicious as was the charred avocado. Thai noodles, tasty, but we would have liked more peanuts. A very pleasant evening overall!

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SWAKS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really missed going to Upper West during the pandemic and was thrilled to be back. I brought 4 people who had never been there and they loved the place and the food as much as I do.

It has a great atmosphere and a relaxed feeling. No one rushed us and the wait staff was friendly and helpful.

The host/manager was very attentive from helping with the reservation to checking to make sure everything was good while we were there.

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Good
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Off the bat:
1. Greeting was authentic, courteous, and inviting
2. The server was patient, attentive (but at some point another server came to our table, but no introduction was made)
3. I took my daughter but options for vegetarian kiddos were slim, and you have to really look at the main menu to see what options can be considered for kiddos at premium prices.
4. The appetizers were very good, the charred avocado was understated but full of flavor
5. The main entree steak was full of flavor but missed the mark on medium, tough, and on the end of the dry spectrum but the seasoning and sauce made up for it.
6. They did not recommend dessert, in fact, it took me to ask about it before it was an option to be considered at all.

Full bar and great ambiance, great for hosting larger groups.

It was great to dine at Upper West, would consider going again in the future.

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great date spot! Drinks are speedy but definitely worth it.

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CarlosC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food. With the service you never wait long all the servers will stop and ask if you need anything and the owner is really nice comes by and greets everyone.

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vipLark2000
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for drinks and shareable bites with friends!

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PQueen
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been dining at Upper West for a decade. The food, service, friendliness, are consistently fantastic. My favorite place to dine, I’ve introduced everyone I know to Upper West. Go!

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Speedmaster
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent cuisine, the best service you could ask for, and the feeling of an NYC establishment. Now that lockdown is behind us, if you feel ready for peeps, energy, close proximity, and yes…some noise, you’ll love it here. We’ve probably tried half the menu by now and nothing has disappointed. You may want to have the entree sauce on the side, as they sometimes go a bit heavy.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready when we arrived. Service was attentive. Food was unique in the best way.

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LeoraS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great ambiance, great service! The Ahi tuna appetizer and key lime tart were the best things we ate. Chill vibe and good for a crowd.

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DougM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite places. The dishes are varied and always excellently prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for Father’s Day. We were a party of 9 and the service was impeccable! Everyone was so friendly and attentive. The food and drink were delicious. I’ve passed by this place countless times and never came in. I’m so glad we came here. We all have a great time.

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vipBrentonG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food

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DoesNotPhotographFood
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Terrific food, service, and value... per usual! Had a large party and the server handled us like a champ, even when some of us (me?) were a little difficult.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great service and great food. Will definitely be back.

JC
vipJCCLACA
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone's entree was delicious. Pan roasted chicken, blackened salmon and flatiron steak. The flavor combinations are unique and very tasty. We also had Thai peanut noodles and spicy ahi crunchy rice. Both were a great start to the meal. Service is friendly, attentive and efficient. Very good cocktails as well.

FAQs

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

Upper West is rated 4.8 stars by 2174 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 bookings at the moment.

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