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Upper West

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Santa Monica, California
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96 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

For the West Los Angeles and Santa Monica area this spot is a great go to for Happy Hour. The happy hour is 5-7pm and most items are between $6 to $10.

Thank Justravelin86
Santa Rosa, California
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

For a few old friends, most from out of town, some from out of the country, with only one chance to get together to talk and reminisce, this was definitely not the right choice because the noise level is deafening - no possibility of conversation from one end of the table to the other - we had to scream at... More 

Thank Marigoldmunchkin
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Had three meals in three days here whilst working in Santa Monica. Wonderful food, and very unusual menu. Surprises throughout but very successful combinations. They are also extremely friendly, all the staff not just the obvious bosses. It also is quick enough to be almost "Fast Food", and I was welcome to overstay my meal to spend time in such... More 

Thank Peter R
Los Angeles, California
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348 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I think I had higher expectations especially at these prices but I have since learned that it's a good place for happy hour when the prices for the food are lower. At the dinner price you can do better elsewhere. The atmosphere is pleasant and the device quite good. The food needs a bit of improvement.

Thank Lasa88
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Almost afraid to share as this is my fav local spot/home bar. Best happy hour! Amazing food/drinks/wine/beer. Incredible food and the friendly service makes it feel even more like home. Absolutely love Upper West! :)

Thank Karen B
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I stumbled upon this restaurant on Open Table one day, and decided to try it out. So glad I did! We received great service, which was an add on to the fact that the ambiance is really cool/trendy and the food is AMAZING! Highly recommend the Blackened Salmon and the Bread Pudding.

Thank S M

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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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