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Upper West

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Santa Monica
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3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2115 (1 block west of Centinela)
+1 310-586-1111
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Washington, DC and New York City
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upper West is one of those jewels not in the heart of Santa Monica by the ocean, but nor too far. It is known by all the locals but is much more than a neighborhood joint. It has in fact a first class kitchen -- creative, in proportion, familiar but inventive with a superb list of both outstanding and lesser... More 

Thank Christopher S
Santa Monica, California
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Love this place except the noise. Like to do reservation that helps. Also go early 6pm or 8pm for less busy and less noise. Bar area is noisy request to sit far away from bar or closed patio area. We rec comment the duck soup braised ribs with polenta. Has a little bit of a Mediterranean influence. Fun large changing... More 

Thank sodawater
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Decent place with better than average food and nice atmosphere. Would happily go back but not sure I'd make a point of it. Service was efficient and helpful so no issues at all. Just slightly lacking in quality.

Thank qualidad
Marina del Rey, California
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I have been to upper west several times recently and have been impressed by the menu and quality of the food. Recent dishes tasted include pork loin, hangar steak and salmon. All perfectly cooked and delicious. The happy hour menu is broad and there is generally a good crowd at the bar. Also tv for sports viewing Upper West supports... More 

Thank Steve P
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153 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Everyone else used the restaurant week menu but I ordered a la carte. Good menu with light items and entrees.

Thank mrh16
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We visited upper west 3 times during our honeymoon in California. The food was great ( the vegan options are amazing) , a fine selection of beers and whiskey , and above all, the service , the people and the vibe were just perfect. You must check this place out.

Thank Elad J
Los Angeles, California
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110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I went here for a friend's birthday and was pleasantly surprised. The food was good and the staff was nice and friendly.

Thank tiges88
Stockholm, Sweden
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went here with friends, for a Saturday night dinner. All of the food we ordered were amazing! Shared two starters, Ahi Tuna Crispy Tacos (This serving were three tacos and there were four of us, but they just added an extra taco to the existing portion.) and Octopus Carpaccio. The Ahi Tacos were my favourite, but the Octopus were very... More 

Thank Anders K
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I've been to upper West 4 times in the last month. It has become such a favorite neighborhood spot. The staff are always comfortable and welcoming, recommending the right wines and food. Love it

Thank Z2148NSlindaf
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I was visiting friends from NY who recommended we go to Upper West for dinner. Being from NY and someone who is very into quality food I was pleasantly surprised on my friends pick. This place is truly a gem. The food was phenomenal and the staff were warm and friendly but very professional! Highly recommend!

Thank MarissaBI

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 30
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2115
    (1 block west of Centinela)
  • Public Transportation: Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7 Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-586-1111
Upper West is Santa Monica’s newest dining destination, serving modern American cuisine that’s as familiar and comforting as it is original and inventive.Featuring an open complete kitchen, a full-service 27-foot bar, a sophisticated wine collection and a long list of tantalizing specialty cocktails - it evokes the feel of a TriBeCa loft with 28-foot ceilings and an urban yet rustic décor. In addition to the chicly lit extended bar with high-tops, couches and dining room, it offers regular seating in an 800-sqaure-foot patio.We offer valet parking for your convenience.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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