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“Tasty and Reasonable Prix Fixe Menu (LA Restaurant Week)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Upper West

Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)
+1 310-586-1111
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Ranked #31 of 513 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
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.
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Tasty and Reasonable Prix Fixe Menu (LA Restaurant Week)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Met with some friends recently for a dinner. Valet parking was available for $ 6 USD but if you time it right (right around 6 PM), there are a lot of free street parkings on the side streets. We happened to hit LA Restaurant Week so most of us ordered the prix fixe dinner. I started off with signature cocktail lychee martini and finished off with coffee at the end of the meal (not part of prix fixe), burrata for appetizer, lobster gnocchi for main dish and triple chocolate tort for dessert. Everything was tasty and well proportioned. My share of the bill came out to $ 50 USD including tax and tips which is pretty reasonable for a full course meal with a cocktail and coffee. Service was decent - the place became busy while we were dining and the server became distracted.

The only drawback for me was the ambient around the restaurant. There really was none. There's nothing nice in the area to stroll around after dinner. Just a very busy street with most of the shops nearby closed for the evening.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you for writing a review for us, and for participating in Dine La. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal, and hope that you will come back again soon.
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Santa Clarita, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Interesting Lunch Choices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The food choices are really interesting. I had the best veggie burger that I have ever had. The tea was also great. I will definitely go back when I get to this area again. The only down side is the parking. You have to be ready for a walk.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you were happy with your burger and tea. We hope you stop by again soon.
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Redondo Beach
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Loved it !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here this past weekend (January 25). It is very loud - if you are looking for a romantic and quiet place to have dinner, this is not the place to go.
Now to the food and such: We had a very nice waitress, I think her name was Lauren. Very friendly and always a smile on her face. We ordered a bottle of wine - Viognier Blend 2010 but our waitress brought us a 2012 without saying anything. We are wine snobs, so we pay very close attention. I did bring it up to the waitress and she said that is all they had. That's fine, but that should be mentioned. There is a big difference between a 2010 and a 2012.

We moved on to order our appetizers and how good were they ! WOW ! My husband had the Braised Pork Belly and I had their Carpaccio ! Absolutley delicious ! The Carpaccio had a totally different way to it - topped with grilled Romaine, Kalamata Olives and this tzatziki paste of some sort. Very very good.

For dinner we had the Braised Short Ribs and their pan roasted Filet Mignon which was cooked the way I wanted it. My husbands Short Ribs just fell apart - so very good.
We skipped dessert since we were heading to a Birthday Party but did decide to close the meal with a Grappa. Perfect !
We will be back - maybe try their Burger and their Blood Orange Mojitos. They both looked awesome passing our table.
Thank you Upper West for a great dinner :)

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your meal, and to hear that you will be back. We pride ourselves on making our customers very happy, so we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Chicago, Illinois
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Handled a large corporate group well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Service was pleasant and efficient. Great cocktail and delicious salmon with perfect seasoning/garnish.

Visited January 2014
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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed you salmon and cocktails. We hope to see you again soon.
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Guaynabo
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice ambiance Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Service was a tad indifferent but adequate.I liked the casual chic vibe.I ordered the brusselsprouts which were seasoned sublimely and the mussels were fresh and done in a delicate light broth. I would go back again.

Visited December 2013
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upperwest10, Manager at Upper West, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy that you enjoyed your brussels sprouts and mussels. As for service ,if you have any specific suggestions, please let us know and we will be sure take them under consideration. We hope to see you again soon.
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