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Upper West

3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405-2115
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Ranked #9 of 564 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $30
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
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 1 block west of Centinela
Transit: Santa Monica Blue Bus line #7 Bus Stop Pico & 33rd St
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.
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Plymouth Meeting, PA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I ate here with my husband and two kids (18 & 20) on vacation. It has valet parking, very convenient since it's on a busy shopping street. Each of us raved about our choices. I had grilled butterfish with sesame babaganoush - the fish was so tender an flavorful but not so much spice to overpower the delicate fish. We... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

It gives us so much pleasure to read positive feedback and reviews from our customers. Thank you for taking time out of your trip to visit Upper West and for writing us a review on Trip Advisor. Our Chef and staff are dedicated to bringing great dishes and service to our customers. We hope you enjoyed your stay and are... More

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

As a reward after a long day shopping, and to end our 7 week holiday on a high note we decided to eat at Upper West. We called ahead and booked a table. As we weren't able to make it home to change first, we explained over the phone that we would be dressed a little casual. This wasn't a... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Hey Aron, thanks for coming out and ending your holiday with Upper West. We appreciate you taking the time to write us a positive and detailed review. Our mission at Upper West is to provide an exceptional experience that is rare to find, which is what we'd like to think makes us special. Thank you again, and don't hesitate to... More

Shropshire
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Stayed at the Travelodge just 5 minute walk away, the hotel recommended this place and we weren't disappointed. We weren't expecting it to look like it did inside, it was very nice with a fully stocked bar. Service was excellent and the food was fantastic. Would highly recommend if anywhere near Santa Monica.

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thanks Shropshire_sun for taking the time to review us on trip advisor. We're glad your hotel was able to recommend Upper West, and hope that it was everything you expected and more. We also hope to have the pleasure of having you again on your next trip. Until then safe travels and see you again for some more Upper West... More

Santa Ana, California
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243 reviews 243 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It was my birthday and our friends asked me to find a spot where they could treat me to a special dinner. From doing some reading, I chose the Upper West, and we went there after a day of touring some of the tourist spots in Los Angeles, arriving about 5:30 in the evening without reservations. The hostess said that... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you for your consideration in choosing Upper West for your special night and we appreciate you taking the time to write us a review! We consistently work with our staff to give our customers the best dining experience possible in Los Angeles and are always looking for ways to improve. We need and appreciate our customers feedback but are... More

Atlanta, Georgia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Upper West. . .what a find. . .sit in the front room and enjoy the view (of every direction.) and the pleasant early evening cool down of the Santa Monica breeze. This is off the beaten path and avoids the crush of traffic and crowds of Main St. and the 3rd Street Promenade. But the selection of food and the... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy that you enjoy our meals and service. We hope that you will come by again and enjoy another meal with us soon. More

Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed at the Travel Lodge close by imagining that we would have to go some way to find a decent restaurant - not so, as Upper West was excellent with a very varied and unusual menu at prices that seemed a lot lower than the busy coastal area.

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us. Please come back and see us soon! More

Malibu, California
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230 reviews 230 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My first visit and I gotta admit how surprised I was. I tend to avoid "happening & in" restaurants. i'll return, cause it's quite good. Although it's a bit loud and younger, the service is excellent and the menu is eclectic and way tasty: Lamb crepes, blue cheese chips, short ribs all were terrific and the lime tart dessert was... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, and for giving us a chance! Though the atmosphere is a bit lively at times, we do indeed make sure that all of our customers are comfortable and taken care of. We also are happy to hear that you enjoyed our food selections, and look forward to having you back soon. Thanks again! More

Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Great local restaurant quality that keeps me coming back. You can't go wrong with Upper West. It has everything you want. It's the first place that pops into mind when some says "let's go out".

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! It's always great to hear that we are considered the go-to spot for our customers. We pride ourselves on our service, as well as our food and drinks, so hearing that you enjoy the experience is wonderful. We look forward to seeing you many times to come. More

Santa Monica, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Upper West last month. Delicious food, great wine selection, cool atmosphere and fantastic service. Upper West is also one of my favorite places for work lunches in Santa Monica and for meeting my mates at the bar. Very happy hour, very hip, reasonable prices and always good food (locally sourced from... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing such a kind review! We are so happy that you and your husband enjoyed your special night here with us. We hope that you both come back to see us again very soon! More

Dunedin, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We dropped in absolutely starving..a bit loud inside, but the food and service were top notch. Great selection of beers ... we had the sandwich style meals (can't remember the names ... mine was a spicy crab mixture and hubbys was a stea). We both enjoyed very much. The waitress chelsea was friendly and attentive ... a great first meal... More

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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal and our service. We hope that you stop by again very soon if you are in the area! More

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