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Upper West

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3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (1 block west of Centinela)
Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7 Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
+1 310-586-1111
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Upper West is Santa Monica’s newest dining destination, serving modern...
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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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Upmarket neighbourhood gem

Busy, noisy but great atmosphere. We were staying locally and there were not many restaurants in the immediate vicinity. We noticed Upper West was very busy mid week and thought we'd give it a try. Good choice - host made us feel very welcome, great food, good service, friendly staff. So much so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Busy, noisy but great atmosphere. We were staying locally and there were not many restaurants in the immediate vicinity. We noticed Upper West was very busy mid week and thought we'd give it a try. Good choice - host made us feel very welcome, great food, good service, friendly staff. So much so that we went back next night! Only... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review, so glad you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again! Thanks! Jennifer More 

Pleasant Hill, California
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189 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We selected this restaurant from the map, trying to find something close to our Airbnb place. We met friends there for dinner and had one of the best meals ever! The flank steak was done perfectly, the wine selections were just right and the service was in tune with our pace. The major problem for us was the noise level.... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner. Sorry for the noise level we have installed sound breakers unfortunately some nights might still get too loud. Hope to see you back here at Upper West. Jennifer More 

New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Despite it's somewhat surprising location (almost under the 10) the food here is creative and excellent. We shared several dishes and each one was a delight. We look forward to going back often.

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Jenelle Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad you enjoyed everything.. Our menu is always changing! Hope to see you again soon! Jennifer More 

Ventura, CA
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96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Attended a pre wedding dinner at Upper West. Appetizers served were unique, appealing & delicious. Very crowded & tight but staff was very friendly. Dinner was equally delicious. My blackened salmon was done perfectly. Atmosphere was the typical CA bar scene. On one wall the were projecting a movie from the 40's which added to the conversations. My only complaint... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your pre wedding dinner.. The bread pudding for prefix dinner is a bit smaller than our normal serving.. Thanks Jennifer More 

Temecula, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We love dining at Upper West when we are in Santa Monica. The cocktails are imaginative and yummy and the food is always fresh, delicious and presented beautifully. They are always busy, yet servers and host take great care to ensure you are satisfied and happy. They also have special dinner nights occasionally, so check their website or get on... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, we are so happy you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!! Thank you, Jennifer More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is a trendy spot with interesting California foods, seemingly geared toward young adults. It was rather noisy but the food was great!

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Susan, Hi.. Thank you for your nice review.. So glad you enjoyed your dinner.. Hope to see you again soon! Thank you! Jennifer More 

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388 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I had lovely dinner here while visiting friends in Santa Monica. There were tons of options at varying price points and sizes on the menu - it was difficult to choose! All of the food our group ordered was delicious. The chicken wing appetizer in particular was a standout. There were tons of craft beers on tap, as well as... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review.. We're glad you enjoyed our beer and cocktail selection along with dinner. We hope to see you again soon at Upper West! Thanks! Jennifer More 

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We got a reservation from our conceirge the day of! We arrived early for our reservations and they accomodated! Appetizers were awesome, had the cold Thai Peanut noodles and cripsy glazed chicken!! Both were great! Dinner - wow .. i am still craving the Grilled Cheese!! I want another one! Yes i went all the way to LA and had... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you April for your wonderful review of the Upper West. Our service strives to give each guest the best experience possible. We are happy you loved your grilled cheese as well as your tomato soup shot. Please join us the next time you're in LA! More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I'm in L.A. three or four times a year and always stop by the Upper West. Whether it's for dinner or happy hour the food and drinks have always been very good. They have some great cocktails and beers, and the bar food in particular is really good. Unlike the other couple who felt too old to be here, I... More 

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Jennnifer F, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great review! We pride ourselves on our cocktail, beer, and wine varieties. We are proud to be your go to place when you visit LA. See you soon! More 

Pine Island, MN
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This restaurant was located across from our hotel and the menu looked interesting so we thought we would try it. We are in our 60s. We look good, but can't say that we are among the "beautiful people" and, frankly, we were greeted at the door with the attitude that we could eat there but shouldn't stay long as we... More 

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Additional Information about Upper West

Address: 3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone Number: +1 310-586-1111
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 30
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    (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
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-586-1111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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